Friday, November 25, 2011
My best friend from high school, Glenda, brought her crew of four (and a half if you count the one on the way) and later our former youth pastor and his wife brought their five (or was it six?). Daniel and I became friends through that youth group when we were teens. We didn't go to the same school. Glenda and I also met there. It's hard to believe that was about 18 years ago.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I had prepared my mom ahead of time, letting
her know that our soon to be adopted daughter is 9 years old, but she's as tall as a
preteen. So, my mom walked in and saw
I have to say that it felt a bit like the miracle of the loaves and fishes where Jesus feeds a crowd of 500 with a little boy's lunch. Somehow, what didn't look like nearly enough food, managed to stretch to feed everyone and still have some leftovers for dinner that night. I'm always amazed how that works out. Guess I'll add it to my "Things I'm Thankful for" list this year.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
One of the absolute best things about their house is the yard. They have three acres that are beautifully maintained, including a mini forest that they keep mowed during the summer, so you can stroll among the trees and play in the leaves during the Fall. Grandpa's new green house is interesting, as all his projects are. They have a
The very best thing, though, about their home, is the love and the welcome that's always waiting there. I know that's why our former foster daughter, Molly, enjoys coming back with us each year. She pointed out that Daniel's parents will be her baby's only living great grandparents... and what GREAT
great grandparents to have!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The only bad thing that happened was that, when we stopped for lunch at McDonald's, I left Danya to guard my phone while I took "Happy" to the bathroom. She messed with it without permission and ended up accidentally putting a coded lock on it. We couldn't figure it out. We called the phone company who couldn't help us, either. All they could do was tell me how to do a complete reboot of the system.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I didn't get to be there for my son's first hair cut. I did, however, make sure I was the first one to take him to get some super cool "hair art". You can see the before and after photos here. I searched online and asked several hairdressers for recommendations. The important thing was to find a place that really knew how to cut African American hair. The place we found was "Freddy's Barber Shop" in Westminster. They have a whole book of designs to choose from, or you can bring in your own drawing or clip art. "Lego Man" was nervous at first, but he really liked it when it was done. The sad part is that it only lasts about a week and a half before the hair grows out too much to see it.
We got this done the day before we were supposed to leave for our trip. At the same time, Daniel took our big 15 passenger van to get new tires. We knew it was going to cost about $600. What we didn't know was that the shop was going to find a wobbly ball joint and say it would cost another $900 to replace it. Eeek!
Daniel called our friend, James, who told Daniel to meet him at a different mechanic shop. That place told us that the ball joint had been incorrectly installed originally. They just reattached it and tightened it... for no charge! God is so good. We're so thankful for the friends He's brought into our lives through our church who have helped us out in so many ways.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
What you may not notice in this photo is the small cluster of musicians to the left of the photo. That's where I'm supposed to be sitting, holding my trombone, and watching it all from behind the scenes. But when my kids are picked to go up on stage I can't help myself. I have to sneak off the side of the stage, grab my camera, and catch a quick photo.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I really like it. After all, I was blond my entire childhood until I entered my early 20's. So this feels more like me when I look in the mirror. Meanwhile, my former foster daughter, Molly, is asking us to take her to get her hair cut VERY short.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
The whole Options experience seems to be a bit of a mixed bag. It allows homeschooled kids to get a taste of the public school experience without as much of the hassle and it's only one day a week. But every class comes with its own frustration. For instance, all three of my homeschooled daughters are in a drama class. But my oldest, who should have had a large part with lots of lines since she's one of the oldest in the class, ended up with just one line, while my youngest, who has speech
Some of my kids have art class with a very unusual teacher who comes up with complex projects that you would expect high schoolers to be doing. But he's terrible at classroom management. Which means my son, Shane, gets bullied in his class almost every week.
On the plus side, my kids are making lots of new friends, getting invited to birthday parties, participating in clubs, and generally enjoying the experience. And for my peace of mind, the classes are taught by teachers who will not indoctrinate my children in evolutionism or require them to check their faith at the door.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Brianna and I made rainbow cupcakes together. All the guests got a variety of rainbow things including glow sticks and candy jewelry. They made some rainbow craft projects and then went outside to hit a colorful cupcake pinata. The pinata was a last minute idea that came as a total surprise to Brianna. Her face just lit up when she