Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I thought I was just getting lazy. I managed to go to church yesterday with the girls alone, although I really didn't feel like it, but the thought of staying in the house another day was depressing. Aaron got called to work, so he was not home. He did get back in time to go last night though, and after that busy day, I feel pretty horrible today. Lightheaded and slightly sick to my stomach. And of course the ever present sore throat and headache.
I think Aaron probably has a mild form of it. His throat has hurt for a few weeks, and he had a headache for about a month off and on starting before we got sick. He doesn't have tonsils though, so it is hard to tell in his throat.
I have seen how sick people have become with it and maybe the worst is yet to come, I hope not, especially for the kids sake. The fact that Madelyn and Hannah hardly act like their sick, is something to be thankful for. Luckily, we can still go places if we feel like it, as long as no one drinks or eats after us, and we don't cough in peoples' faces or have a fever.
Please pray we have a swift recovery and that Natalie avoids it, which she has done so far.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
On Wednesday, we took a day off for a field trip to an American Indian Heritage day. It was about an hour away from here at a government owned place. When I signed up, I had to give the names and ages of all of us coming. Then they sent us a map and a letter, telling us to bring a photo ID, our car tag receipt, and proof of car insurance, and be ready to have the car searched. Well, luckily, we didn't have to go through all of that. This place is real big, I mean miles big, the directions were "drive 2.3 miles, then turn L, then 3 miles, then turn R, then 4.5 miles etc. All that was after going through the guard gate. Well, I made a wrong turn and ended up off the property and had to go back to the interstate and start all over. Luckily there was a different guard at the gate when we got back around.
It was a lot of fun, and to quote Natalie "this was the funnest day of my life" There were lots of American Indians dressed up, and others showing how to make flint knives, throw spears, there was a mud hut, huge tee pee, samples of Indian food, crafts, etc. But the best was the Native dancing which was excellent. One guy was the 2007 champion ring dancer. Of course they did lots of loud Indian drums and chanting into microphones, which made it very loud. As we were walking to it, Hannah of course, completely lost it freaking out. I must admit, to a 3 year old, they probably looked and sounded terrifying. I ended up having to carry her to the circle to sit down, screaming. Luckily, the singing was so loud, I don't think anyone heard her. Then all 8 of the dressed up Indians started dancing right toward us (we were at the far end) I kept on pointing out to her that there was a girl about 8 or so dancing, so they couldn't be all that scary. She settled down and wonder of wonders, for the last dance, they asked for volunteers and Hannah raises her hand. Madelyn and Natalie were too scared. So, Hannah went out there with about 30 other kids and they all joined hands and danced in a circle, weaving in and out. I was so proud that she overcame being terrified so quickly.
There was also a life size robot that talked to the kids and moved around on a base with wheels. He was pretty funny. The guy controlling it and talking to us was really good. He just paced back and forth behind all of us like he was just another visitor.
I forgot the digital camera, so all I had was a disposable and don't have the pictures yet.
Still working on the Vietnam dossier. It is coming together fast and I hope to have it done by December.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
4-8 cube steaks
1 packet of onion gravy
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
1 tsp of garlic powder
Dredge the cube steaks in flour on both sides.
Brown both sides in a skillet with oil.
Put beef in crock pot on low.
Put the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot with beef.
Cook on low 8-10 hours stirring a few times.
I love cooking in the crock pot. I probably cook 75% of the meat we eat in the crock pot. It is so easy. Plus, there is not a mad rush at the end of the day trying to time the meat getting done with supper time. Bad thing is, you have to remember to plan ahead and start it in the morning.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Madelyn had to try and figure out what to do with a hoop skirt while sitting down. I think we got it down pretty well. There is a Trunk or Treat Wed. night before church, so they will have another chance to dress up.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 8oz tub cool whip thawed
1 cup chopped keebler fudge shoppe grasshopper cookies
3 drops green food coloring (optional)
1 6oz chocolate graham cracker pie crust
additional grasshopper cookies for garnish
Mix cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer until well blended.
Fold in whipped topping, chopped cookies and green food coloring.
Spoon into crust.
Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
Garnish with cookie halves.
(can substitute oreos instead of grasshoppers)
This recipe is quick and easy and very good. I got it out of a book of recipes using graham cracker pie crusts. Yum!
I hate to wait. Sometimes it gets discouraging when I think of all the time I have been waiting to adopt. Hannah will probably be around 4 by the time we get the referral of the baby. I was hoping they would be closer in age. Sometimes, it is good to not know how long something is going to take to happen. It would have been discouraging to know from the beginning that it would be at least 2008 before we would get a referral. All in God's timing, I know, but still a little discouraging at times.
We took a hike tonight at "Daddy's work" which to other people, would be known by an official
name. The girls love to hike and with her short little legs, Hannah does rather well.
Then, we decided to go through the Taco Bel drive thru for supper. The older two love it. We should have known something was wrong when we pulled in and there were about 7 or 8 cars ahead of us, but hey, it's fast food, right? Not tonight. We pulled into the drive thru at 6:20 and didn't drive off with our food until 6:57, I am serious. It was soooo annoying. Bad thing was, by the time that we realized that the line was not moving, 2 cars had pulled in behind us and there was no way to get out other than drive over the curb. Since we were in our van, we decided against that. Strange thing was, we watched so many people park, go in and then come out with food. I don't know what the deal was, but Aaron and I didn't even order food for us. Luckily, what the girls eat is already prepackaged, and not made as you order, so we figured, their food would be ready quick.
Church services were great today. They started at 8am and lasted until about 12:30. Once a year they have a special day where all 4 of the elders speak. During the 1st and 3rd speakers, the kids had class, so that was nice that they didn't have to sit still 4 hrs. straight. Plus they took a break after the first hour for breakfast. The girls loved today. Especially after the last speaker, we got to eat lunch at church. We had driven separately, just in case the 4 hrs. was too much and we needed to take a break with one of the kids. We didn't. I ended up getting to stay and meet a few new people and talk to someone else considering adoption while Aaron got to take the girls home and get Hannah down for her nap. I didn't get home until 2pm. Been a good day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Also, I have enclosed a picture of a shawl I made for the girls. I am currently making #2 and I will probably make a 3rd one that will fit Hannah, although right now, other than wanting to try it on for the picture, she has not fought over wearing it. I found that real soft expensive, small skeins of yarn for sale at Hobby Lobby. Usually it is $5 for a skein and these were $1 each. I bought 19 skeins in different colors. That one shawl would have cost about $25 in yarn alone, but only $5 on sale. It took me about a week, but I didn't work on it everyday. Pretty easy pattern.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
20 oz canned pineapple chunks, drained
15oz canned peaches, drained
11oz mandarin oranges, drained - reserve 1/3 cup
4 med. apples, peeled and diced
1 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice from mandarin orange can
4 serving sugar free vanilla pudding mix
8oz plain yogurt or 8 oz sour cream
Put milk and orange juice in a large bowl.
Stir in pudding mix until blended.
Stir in sour cream or yogurt.
Finally add all the fruit and mix well. It will become thicker upon refrigeration. This is also good with grapes or chopped nuts on top.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Madelyn and Natalie had their 2nd soccer game today. Natalie scored. Madelyn scored last week. They are both on the same team, which is nice for us. Next year, they will be separated. We are very proud that there is more hustling and less holding hands and playing with the other girls on the team this year.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
2 pkg. frozen broccoli florets (about 20 ounces)
1 can cream of mushroom
1/4 cup milk
1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Bisquick
1/4 firm butter
Cook and drain broccoli (I usually microwave with a vented cover about 8min.)
Place broccoli in ungreased 8x12 casserole dish.
Beat soup and milk until smooth.
Pour over broccoli.
Sprinkle with cheese
Mix baking mix and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over cheese
Bake at 400. until crumbs are light brown. About 20 min.
This is my favorite broccoli casserole. Unless you enjoy the hard broccoli pieces of stem that they fill up the broccoli bag with, spend the extra money to get broccoli FLORETS. They are so much better.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Here are the girls waiting on the hay wagon to go and get their pumpkins. We had a good time, although it was quite a bit hotter than October should be. I had to have 20 people for a tour and barely made 19 until 3 people showed up about 45 min. late. The farm was way out in the boonies and took a lot longer than we thought. I was panicking the last minute on Tuesday, since I had 2 families cancel on me, but I called Aaron's parents and invited them, and they brought 2 of their friends. We went with a group from our homeschool church school.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
3-4 lb sirloin tip roast, or beef roast of your choice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1tsp of garlic powder
1 packet of dry mushroom gravy
1/2 cup of A-1
Brown roast on both sides in large skillet using some oil.
Put roast in a crock pot. Put all ingredients in on top of roast and turn crock pot on low for about 10-11 hours. Turn roast a few times while cooking to mix the sauces. No need to put any water in, the roast makes it's own gravy while it cooks. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
So right now, of course, our agency is not going to refer any more babies.
I know that God knows where our baby is, now it is up to Aaron and I to pray and listen to see where God decides to lead us. Whether to stay and wait, or maybe this was God's plan all along and our daughter was never in Guatemala.
I am so stressed and last night at work, I was almost lightheaded with worry. It didn't help that I read it right before walking out the door. So, I am slowly calming down. If our daughter isn't in Guatemala, I know someday I will be able to look back and be thankful that God led us in this direction.
It is just hard to give up a dream even if you know that God has better dreams for you. For instance, I went through mild mourning of the dream of having a boy that looked just like Aaron. Everyone with an awesome husband I think wants a boy just like him. When it became clear that God was planning something different, then I had to give up that dream and it is hard,but I don't have a problem with it anymore. It won't happen, no sense in grieving.
Then, when I knew I wasn't going to carry another baby, I mourned that dream and prayed that God would help me get over that. And He did and now, I don't really have a desire at all to get pregnant. (And when I waver, Aaron makes vomiting noises and brings me back to reality) For 5 years, I have pictured our adopted baby as Guatemalan. A little, chubby long black haired, dark skinned baby. Now, I have to alter my dreams. Of course, they may change their minds. I just want everyone to say a little prayer that we will go in the direction God wants us to. Thanks for listening.
I will be at a Ladies Retreat tonight from church and Aaron is taking the girls to see his parents - his dad's birthday is tomorrow. Karen
We aren't going to change, since we feel 100% that God made it clear to us that He has a girl in mind for us.
But, as I told Aaron last night, there may be a lot of "girl" people who switch to "boy" to get a shorter wait time, and if they do, then that means we will move up faster when those people switch. Who knows though, there may be no one switch.
We went to Birmingham Saturday morning and got fingerprinted for the 4th time and hopefully the last. We got fingerprinted twice for our homestudy, the first set wasn't readable and had to be redone. Once for our agency, and the last time for CIS. I was so scared and prayed all day Friday and Friday night that we wouldn't get sick and miss our appt. time. It was 9am Saturday and at our Friday coop classes, there were 2 kids in Hannah's class vomiting. Then, Aaron took the girls to a birthday party Friday night while I was at work and the birthday boy vomited 3 times at the party. My prayer was "Lord, just let them wait to get sick until we get back from Birmingham" Missing our appt. would have meant losing almost $800, since we would forfiet all that money and have to reapply. God answered my prayer even better in that none of the girls got the stomach virus this round.
There were 3 papers in our dossier that need to be corrected. I have 2 back to the agency corrected and I am still working on the 3rd. Aaron's medical form. He misspelled a word on the original and put a line through it and the Guatemalan govt. doesn't allow mark throughs. So, I sent it back to the doctor and asked the doctor and notary who works in the MD office to please just redo it exactly as before and send it back. If they were nice enough to put the same dates as before , I wouldn't have to county and state certify again. Unfortunately, they put September date, but upon further inspection, they signed 2 separate dates. The whole point of having a notary is that the notary is saying that they actually saw that person sign, so having 2 dates makes it a little unbelievable, so I will have to get it redone again. I hate to keep bothering them, but usually when people find out they are helping with an adoption, they are happy to help.
It will probably be a while before this blogsite is nice and pretty and I start utilizing all it has to offer. I am not too good with the computer and if anything messes up, I am usually yelling for Aaron to come help me. Plus, all of you that have been in my home realize that I am not a very decorative person, so plain and simple is what you will get. By the way, it will most likely be me, Karen, who writes these blogs, if Aaron ever decides to write, I will tell him to be sure and identify himself.