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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chip In Challenge

The missionary at Maison (our orphanage in Haiti) has issued a challenge to try to feed the children for a month... she is really close!

Here you can help too!

Here is what she says:
As I wrote about in a blog post and email earlier this week, the orphanage is facing an interesting situation in the next month. I gave a general request for help, a blanket statement that I make from time to time.

I decided to make it specific. And I did my math. I’m going to challenge you to feed the orphanage for a month. Yes, a month. But I’m not asking you to do it alone.

Between my facebook friends and those of you who receive this email, and those who read my blog (I realize there is some overlap) I figured that if each of you gave $10, you could feed the orphanage for an entire month.

Did you catch that? $10 as in the cost of a movie ticket, 2 awesome beverages from Starbucks, a sale DVD at Target, all of those things are around $10. For that amount, together you can feed all 74 children and the entire staff (yes, we are responsible for feeding the staff daily) for a whole month.

When is the last time you fed that many people for just $10? I’ve watched other ChipIn meters go to the goal. And then go past them. And then rejoiced that so many people came together to make a difference in the lives of kids.

So now it’s your turn.

I’m going to make it short and sweet, because I know you’re going to respond quickly.

So between now and November 15, I challenge you to feed my children!

Let’s do this!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It is Final!

Today, we were able to finalize the adoptions of our two beautiful girls that God has placed in our family! We first met the girls - and started this process - 28 months ago. C was a tiny baby in a hospital in Port-au-Prince... and A was an 18-month old toddler in the orphanage... They are now both three years old... legally have our name... and are completely our daughters in the eyes of the State. :) And Zach and Josh got to tell the judge they will be good big brothers (wish we had the video camera to remind them from time to time! :))

We went to Denver yesterday and stayed in a hotel... with a pool... and then finalized this morning. Now... we are going to head to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate (we have a gift card... and the boys love it! (this will be the girls' first time...)) and then go get family pictures taken! What a fun day to celebrate. We are so relieved it is finally here... and final!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Z's First Violin Recital

Today was Z's first violin recital! And he did great! :) He was on the program to do a bow, but his teacher had invited him to play a couple of notes of "open up the elbow" (the first variation of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star that they learn) during the encore. He has only had his violin for a couple of weeks... and just two days ago he figured out the second two notes... so, when he got up there, he played all four notes over and over. He did great! We didn't know for sure when he would stop... but his teacher was impressed because she didn't know he knew that much of that first song yet... :) You can see it below. Great job Z!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We Did It!

Earlier this summer, I decided to take the kids to Helen Hunt Falls. I wanted to get out of the house and go do something... so, we all loaded up in the car, stopped by McDonald's for our picnic lunch (I HATE packing sack lunches! :)) and headed for the falls. I really didn't intend to take them to the top... (or I would have put C in something other than Crocs...) - but we had a great time... and I was a very brave Mommy attempting this hike with all four of my little ones by myself. (Keith was at work.) Now... it took us about 2 hours to complete a 1/3 mile hike in each direction... mostly because we had to stop about every two to three steps to dump out the rocks from C's shoes... but, none the less, we had a great time, got to yell, "We Did It!" when we got to the top and got to enjoy some of God's beautiful creation. Next time, I'll put real shoes on each of them!

Everyone celebrating that we reached the top!!!

A checking out the water rushing below the bridge.

All four in front of the falls before the hike.

Taking in the view.

Rest break... and a very sweet smile.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

J's 4th Birthday

Now that I've discovered Picasa will let me "blog this" for photos... I'm trying really hard to start getting pictures up for family and friends more often! So... Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunties, Uncles... this is for you!

Here's some great pictures of J's 4th Birthday. We celebrated by going to the circus for the first time... then came home and had cake and ice cream... presents... and a nap. He had a great day! His favorite part of the circus (which changes from time to time) was the motorcycles in the sphere... I can't believe he is already four! Love you little guy... :)

J on his birthday table cloth.

Z & J with a clown at the circus!

J with one of his great smiles! (and his birthday cake - Lightning McQueen and Mater)

A (aka, Karate Kid) stomping on the rocket launcher J got for his birthday!
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vacuum Their Hair???!!!

A few weeks ago, we were at a friends house for dinner and the girls decided to PACK their hair full of sand from the sandbox... we worked and worked to get it out - and even vacummed it with a shop vac. Another good friend couldn't believe I forgot to grab the camera... Well, Jill... I got it this time! :) This time it was actually MUCH easier to get most of it out b/c I caught (and stopped) them right away... and, I had just put their hair into pom-poms last night - so it didn't get down into it quite as bad...

I'm hoping to post some pictures in the next few days of Josh's birthday and our hike up Helen Hunt Falls (which I BRAVLY did all by myself with all four!!!)...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


This time Daddy gets to post...

Some day I will take the time to reflect on this whole process, but let me just quickly summarize our glorious news...

Our girls are home!! The arival was shakey and included a direct transport to the Children's hospital in Denver but we are finally home as of last night and are starting the settle in. The Boys are doing great adn the girls are finally warming up with smiles and laughter. We are under a 2 week quarentine to keep people away from our youngest until she is able to handle the likely risk to her health. I am certain Tana will post more later.