Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
So far I have:
Taken 1 trip to the Salvation Army
Sold my first thing on EBay
Posted 4 more things on EBay
Posted my first lot of books on Craig's List
Donated about 5 bags of stuff to a friends adoption fund raiser garage sale
Filled about 4 boxes of books that need to be dealt with
As you can see we have been busy and still lots more to go. David will be out of town all week, so I will have some extra time to work on it.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this. This credit is taken off taxes paid only. An adoptive family may receive credit for fees paid for the adoption of their child. Presently international adoption runs between 25,000 and 35,000. So you can see the tax credit is very helpful for those who have a tax liability.
This year the 2009 Federal Adoption Tax credit is $12,150 but the tax credit is set to expire in December 2010 unless Congress votes to continue it.
Write your representative today!
Write your senator today!
When we got home we pruned rose bushes! This picture is Grandma Mae in our garden last year. I love pruning, it always reminds me that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Hannah asked me while we were working in the yard, "Why do we always have to work?"
Well I did not think we ALWAYS worked, so I said, "We work to take care of things and make things pretty!"
I think it was the "pretty" word that convinced her that this work stuff was OK.
Thank you Lord for all the beautiful things you put in your world for our enjoyment and for us to take care of.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Before they left Hannah put on her brown jacket (like Erinn) and her new sparkly shirt. When she came down she said she needed some new flip flops, I am thinking it is too cold and all the sandals are hidden in the attic, so what is she talking about. Erinn pointed out to me that she was wearing sandals, so Hannah wanted some too. We did find some for her, so she would match her sister.
Isn't imitation the highest form of flattery!!
When they got back Hannah had her purse on one arm and was proudly displaying her first all by herself purchase. She was so excited! What a birthday present, teaching her how to dress and shop all in the same day!!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Hannah is working on matching letters on the Leap Frog game. She is getting the sounds, so we are using lots of resources to reinforce the letter sounds. I love all the fun games that she enjoys so much she does not even realize she is learning.
It was funny when the game asked her to name something that starts with "n" and she said, "spaghetti", well don't you have "naghetti" once in a while?!?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Now I know I am a good teacher (LOL), but the idea of Hannah "helping" to look up words when she does not yet even know all her letters seemed to moving a little fast!!
Well he got all 10 words looked up and written down in less than 15 minutes! And look how strong he is after all those push ups and sit ups of the last few weeks!!
As I have said before, I will take learning in whatever form it comes. Even with your sister on your back, literally!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Drew para sailing in Mexico in 2007!
Eating escargot on the Mexico cruise in 2007!
Drew racing cross country his junior year!
Drew as State Cross Country Champion 2008!
Happy Birthday son! We are very happy to see the man you are becoming and look forward to what the Lord holds for you in the future!
"Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice." Proverbs 23: 22, 24-25
Hannah and Drew got to open a few birthday presents early yesterday, when Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit.
Hannah was delighted with all the girly things she got, especially the doggy purse!! And she was very happy with the new clothes and this morning had her whole new outfit but together!
Drew is modeling his new shirt from Danielle. He will be having his big party today.
Thank you Lord for these children you have blessed us with the pleasure of raising!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Notice David's hat in the house. That is my effort to reduce our heating bill!
Drew threatened to do damage to my blog if I posted unkind pictures of him. Here his mouth is open, but then again it usually is!!
Here we are all practicing ballet with Hannah. She is checking to make sure Dad is doing it right.
Caleb is risking an enormous amount of teasing from his big brother for being caught in this picture.
But to tell the truth, Drew was here with us too,but Erinn was not fast enough with the camera to get him!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I did decide to leave all the records for later as people really are not looking at collectibles in this economy.
I came up with a good pile to bring to my friends garage sale, they are trying to raise the last of the funds needed to finish their second adoption.
David and Caleb are spending the afternoon skiing. Last week Caleb made it all the way to the top of the mountain. We will see how he fares today as their is fresh snow and it is probably snowing now.
Drew finished up his papers and headed out to a friends to "make" shirts for tomorrow's Valentines Day couple race. He and his friend are running as a team and making heart shirts I guess.
Hannah has spent the day helping me haul things all over and trying dresses on.
Erinn is house sitting this weekend and working on a major paper that she is struggling with. Send up a prayer for her that things will come together and she will find the resources she needs.
We are looking forward to a weekend with David home!!! Yeah, his year end reviews are done!!
Join us in praying for all the men and women serving in our armed forces all around the world, and for all the family they leave behind.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Even though they have been here 3 years all the choices put before them were too much. I took a lot of choices away and actually left for a couple of hours and they made much progress.
Hannah was definitely in her element with pink, stickers and shinny things.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
We are abundantly thankful to the Lord for His blessings upon us day by day!!
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." Psalm 37 4-6
Monday, February 9, 2009
I had an hour to grab a few things for the kids for Valentines Day and for dinner tonight. We are looking forward to a sit down dinner, something we have missed for a while with David's long days at the office. Thankfully he was able to finish all his year end reviews on Saturday! Yippee!!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
For those of you of my generation or later you will understand why a did a double take when she said she hoped it would be lighter!! Remember those first computers and how huge they were?! Never the less she is very happy to have one that is more reliable and will boot up faster.