Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Yes...it's true. My handsome 10-yr old...you know, the one with the big brown eyes and eyelashes out to here? He has a girlfriend. Well, as much of a girlfriend as you can have in fifth grade. They're "going out". What a stud my little man is.
Pictured to the left is pal, Zack, and Isaac sitting on the stairs doing their "I'm-t00-sexy-for-my-shirt" dance. I'm pretty sure the "going out" negotiations took place over the phone and involved some friend-interventions.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
|You Are Sheryl Crow!|
Down to earth with tons of creative energy
When you talk, everyone can relate to you
"Life springs eternal
On a gaudy neon street
Not that I care at all"
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"It sounded cooler inside my head."
from Emma (my 9 yr old...in a handwritten note on My Little Pony paper with little pink hearts expressing how much she hates me and her older brother right now because we won't give in to her little tantrum)-
"I feel like crying but I ran out of tears. From, Your daughter that hates you!"
Talk about drama queen...
(Random Pet Peeve Statement: By the way, WORLD, I just used "myself" in the previous sentence the correct way...I am so frustrated with the way people use that word in place of "me"!!! Even on the news, in presidential debates, sermons, in books...it's criminal.)
Oh crap... I just remembered that I have to make lunches.
A friend on the Waiting Child list posted this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr today: "The day our lives begin to end is the day we remain silent about things that matter."
It sure is easier to remain silent, isn't it? It sure is easier to live in our comfortable homes and think that the most important issue of the day is where we want to go out to eat that night or whether we can get our kids to soccer practice on time. It sure is easy to not think outside our own little space. Does it matter that millions of children around the world live every single day without a mother or father to care for them? Does it matter that so many orphaned children with medical needs don't have access to the healthcare that could improve their lives? Does it matter that many are unable to go to public school? Or that they go to bed each night feeling that their special need might define them for the rest of their lives? I think those who love children would say it matters greatly.
The woman who posted the quote went on to say: "Let's not keep silent about the things that matter..... all these precious children who need love. " I hope everyone whose life has been touched by the miracle of adoption chooses to be vocal and encourages those around them to consider building a family in this wonderful way. Those of us who track the waiting children lists often watch child after child have their adoption files returned without being chosen. I looked up the opposite of "chosen" online, and the word that I saw made me cringe. Did you know the opposite of chosen is "rejected?" What an awful word that is.
It is a sad reality that thousands of children around the world each year are abandoned. We all wish that wasn't the case. But for many... there is still hope. The staff in their orphanages who care for them prepare their files and send them forward with the hope of a new family. But for some, particularly the boys....no one ever comes forward. The time goes by and their files are returned without being chosen. The hope of a family is gone.
Right now on so many great agency lists....there are children who are waiting and who have not been chosen. It is hard to believe that with millions of potential parents in the United States, that there isn't a family for every child who shows up on an adoption list. We know adoption is expensive. We know it is most definitely a leap of faith. But all of us at LWB believe completely that every child born deserves to know what it really means to be loved. And when there is a will to become a parent, there is almost always a way....whether it is through domestic adoption or international.
Let's not keep silent about the fact that so many orphaned children are waiting for homes. Have you seen Winter on Small World's list? (see photo to the right) She DOES NOT DESERVE to be orphaned for the rest of her life. Her smile tells us all that she is child, who if just given the chance, will accomplish great things in this world. Have you seen BumbleBee boy on CWA'slist? What family wouldn't love to tuck him in at night? Or little Dallas with CHI, whose caregivers wrote: "We all love him and wish him to have a beautiful future." (note from Melissa: Dallas's information is available by password. If you would like the information, just comment below and I will make sure you get it)These precious children and so many more are waiting right now for a family to choose them for their own.
Help spread the news that so many kids are waiting for homes. You never know.... the person you tell might have been praying that very day for a way to become a parent. The majority of people around us have absolutely no idea that so many children wait. Let's not be silent.... because every child on this earth truly does matter.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Jenny, Emma S. and my Emma rockin' out!
Isaac tried his hand at break-dancing!
Today Maddie asked me if she could give me a make-over. I guess I've had "What Not To Wear" on a little too much lately. She got out her play makeup from Christmas, a squirt bottle (for my hair) and all the hair do-dads she could find. Every so often she would say, "Ok...I'm done. Now pretend you're another person." Then she'd grab toilet paper (clean toilet paper!) and wipe all the lip gloss off and start again. I think I ended up with more lip gloss in my mouth than on my lips but, hey, my finger nails have glitter!!!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Enter stage left: Jess Strantz (ROCK ON!)
Jess attempts to teach Melissa her first guitar lesson all while spouting advice about toughing up finger tips by holding your fingers over a flame and then testing the callouses later with needles... (sidebar: kids, do NOT try this at home! Especially MY kids!)
Center stage under mounting pressure to perform: Melissa, sticking her tongue out at 20 + years of procrastination and trying to figure out how to hold the guitar with boobs in the way. (Please take note of the way rad Invisible Children shirt...one of my Christmas presents.)
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Maddie helped shovel, then played in the snow with Emma where they built a tunnel around our tall grasses.