Be content with what you have, for God has said "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So say with confidence, "the Lord is my helper I will not be afraid." Hebrews 13:5-6

Monday, October 27, 2008

okay, um....I've been tagged?

I guess I have been tagged by Teabo silly girl! I am a new blogger and I have no idea what this is....but I am going to try!
apparently I have to list 7 random or wierd facts about me, so okay.....
1.) my first car was a 1979, 2-toned yellow Toyota Carolla aka, the banana boat
2.)my husband boils water on the stove to add to my bath if the hot water runs out and I want to stay in longer.
3). I am scared to death in a gondola (sp?) or that ride that goes across the fair, I just know the cable will break on my turn.
4). When I was little I wanted 2 set of twins, their names would be Micheal & Jordan and Mercedes & Ben.
5). I love car games!
6). I like salt on my ice cream
7). My dream home is on a farm with lots of animals, lots of kids and lots of love! A territorial view of the willemette valley would be icing on the cake.
SO, I think that I did this right and now I am supposed to tag 7 people which I think is hilarious because I only know like 5 people who blog, 1 of which blogged me and I's guessing I cant send it back your way so......Cory, Emily, Kelsey and Amy even though I know you have done this before (gulp!) um yep thats about it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

And the title goes to.....

MY HUSBAND! #1 Dad and husband of ALL times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this weekend was a girls weekend that we have been planning for months for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday, so on friday afternoon, me, Kristen, Julie and Kel (Joe's twin sis) headed out to central Oregon for and awsome weekend. It was such amazingly beautiful weather, crisp-fresh air, sharp clear views and blue sky. It was like God knew it needed to be a special weekend. We had the best time in a beautiful cabin in Sunriver, lounging around relaxing, and doing girly things and going to places that I don't dare trod into with kids. Meanwhile.....back at the ranch Joe was home with boys. This great father took our boys to the zoo, the park, a community event at the fire station (in their Halloween costumes too!) and then to church all by himself. And the most amazing part was that when I came home the dishes were done the house was clean, the yard was mowed and the laundry was done and PUT AWAY!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much sweetheart, you really are the best!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

loving life!

For some reason I feel like I should post only because it has been a while since I have posted, but the truth is life has been very steady recently, thank you God! The boys while keeping me quite busy are just melting my heart lately. Today I was at the Goodwill and I saw a beautiful little black baby doll and I had to get it. Even though we are still a ways a way from actually bringning our daughter home, I thought that at least I could introduce dolls into our house hold, it is the first one, and also one that will look like their sister. I was shocked at how sweet my oldest child was with doll. he wanted to hold it and played with it for quite a while. Now this may sound pretty normal but for Wyatt who has special needs we are just starting to see a little bit of imaginary play beginning. He was patting the doll on her bottom like I was when I was holding her and he was pushing her around in the "new" Maclaren stroller that I also got at the Goodwill for $15! Score! And I have to share my last bargain of the day just because I am so excited about it, I love a bargain.....I got our new daughters bedset, bumpers, quilt, dustruffle and cribsheet all a set made by Laura Ashley, brand new and just what I wanted for $9!!!!!! I was so excited I almost threw myself on it. It is so exciting getting ready, I am feeling more and more excited lately as I see my boys getting a little older and more mature and a little less scared of being a mom to 3 little ones. I have to tell one funny story that happened recently, I was walking up to the door with Owen and I had my hands full of groceries, I asked Owen "can you open the door I dont have any hands" Owen just gave me this concerned and questioning look and said "mommy no hands?" as he frantically went looking for my hands! It was very cute.

Monday, October 6, 2008

a little update

Wyatt loved the bounce house/slide we could barely get him out! The pic of him to the left is in a filbert tote on the back of Grandpa Tom's tractor. He pulled the boys around in that thing for what seemed like hours!

Yeah.....our buddy barely walked he got the royal treament on Grandpa and daddy's shoulders....did I mention that the walk is like 1/4 of a mile!

Rachel Coleman of Singing times was there it was SO awsome! The boys loved seeing her. They are looking at a real AUTOGRAPH for THEM from Rachel, we couldn't get them to look at the camera! The hot momma's are Joe's sister Kelly and our friends Julie and Kristen, thank you so much for coming to supprt our buddy!

It has been a little while and so I wanted to give the 2 people who may read this blog an update on how our family has been doing lately. Well 2 weeks ago we had our buddy walk. The buddy walk is an event where people come and gather and celebrate their children that have Down syndrome and also to bring awareness and change regarding our children. It is an incredibly fun event for the kids and adults too! This year Rachel Coleman of Singin times came, she held a concert the night before and the boys had a BLAST! They love them some Signing times! The weather was so georgous and it was just really great to see such a large group of people, especially all of our family and friends, gathering for such a great thing and it was fun to see all of our little ones running around. I also must update on the amazing results of our month of nothing which officially ended on Sept 30th but becasue our eyes were opened SO much we have really changed our spending habbits. In the month of Sept we bought nothing that we didn't need, ate no meals out, had no Starbucks that was not bought for us (thank you Tom and Karen who graciously gave us a couple bucks for "road coffee only!) and so because of this we were able to put an AMAZING $1200 in Ruby's account which was very fortunate because we had an $860 sum of money to pay for out immigration (I600A form) and fingerprinting last week. So needless to say we were a little embarassed as to the fact that we had not been having any left over at the end of our months and it left us really wondering where it all has been going? We are planning another month of nothing in January although I believe that we have changed our habits already and are more aware now, but I am sure we will need a resfresher after the holidays! And in terms of the adoption we are finalizing the homestudy right-up that was written by the Social worker and hopefully be completing our Dosier paperwork very soon. We are anticipating being put on the wait list around Late December early Jan.