Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Yesterday we all attended an adoption conference at a lovely venue out "in nature".
The girls all met together with other kids.
I was treated to a day of motivating speakers and good community time with others who've adopted and/or are fostering children.
Great, great day!
Mary said, as she was playing with her little dollhouse and people characters,
"Boys and girls are different."
To which I gave a brilliant and intellectual response, "Oh yea?!"
"Yea. They don't have bangs, they don't have long hair like us, and they don't wear dresses."
Thursday, October 27, 2016
We sponsored the meal for this last night.
The girls went with me and helped cook, serve, clean up, load up - smile
I look at it as a ministry opportunity for our family to reach out to others.
My part as an instructor at this weekly gathering is a paying job, and the director of the program attempts to find community agencies to sponsor meals for the families.
It starts at 5:30.
Folks need to eat.
I volunteered my crew to provide the meal for this last night.
I'm glad for the opportunities I've had to mix and mingle with new friends!
I hustled to the grocery store after a meeting at work - to buy pancake mix, butter, syrup, turkey bacon, juice, milk....and whipped cream in a can.
Fun to shake and squirt on pancakes (for kids and adults).
I left home at 6:10 this morning for a Prayer Walk at my school.
First one ever -- voluntary, before students arrived. A local pastor came and graciously prayed, anointed doors with oil, as we prayed (staff) and laid hands on door knobs, walls...claiming "immediate impact".
It was good for me to go.
Mom brought Mary later on so she didn't have to hussle so much.
Thank you, Mother.
Long day, but a good one.
Jerry is the storyteller, and we tag team teach.
He's an accomplished drummer with authentic African drums.
He took my girls through a few rounds of "rhythm learning".
As I've said before, our life is one big FIELD TRIP!
Posted by Vicki at 10/27/2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Mary was walking around in her undies (only). She climbed the ladder on the bunk bed to hug Emily goodnight. Emily and Molly were saying she looked somewhat tribal.
Mary asked inquisitively, "Does Tarzan wear panties?"
Posted by Vicki at 10/25/2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
We went out into the gorgeous southern countryside to bask in God's awesome Autumn day.
Playing with chickens on a farm...
Someone I've known from church (in the past) has a Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo...as a business.
It was s great day for this Family Field Trip.
Nanny Carol came, too.
Isn't this a darling chicken?
Sweetie Pie the Pig
There were goats, too.
Wonderful decision to seize the day.
Dusting will just have to wait.
Too much beauty to behold.
Time to be together!
Friday, October 21, 2016
There's a sleeping child in there in the pink Hand me down sleeping bag -
With Janice's quilt as the roof.
Writing on the box:
Mary Owns This House
It also says:
Ask Mary be 'fro' (not for) you get in this hous!
Plea Please and thank you!
(spelling glitches are hers)
Notice the cut of her door?
Uhm...Miss Mary thought she should cut that with adult scissors and not mention it until later.
She created her opening.
Er - NO!
Had to have a discussion about that.
She's having fun with her big ole box.
It's at the foot of my bed so she can play in it or sleep in it with me in the room to watch over her.
In the way?
I'm having fun with a dishwasher that aids us all in the kitchen clean up time.
Posted by Vicki at 10/21/2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Mary went to Madeline's Super Hero birthday party.
Mary made a card, we inserted cold hard cash for Madeline to "buy what she wants", and placed a homemade painted ceramic cross in the bag.
It had a cute ribbon attached to cross.
Mary wrote Jesus loves you on a tiny label, drew a heart on it, and Emily colored it in.
Madeline is on the right...in Batman tee shirt.
Kennedy is on the left.
They're in the same classroom at school.
Mary made this cape -- at the party -- from an old tee shirt we swiped from Mr. Winston -- Cookie's hubbie.
The theme was in honor of Madeline's little brother - Taylor...sitting in chair.
Madeline's parents are both hearing impaired.
I know the dad from my being in my school's carpool line every afternoon.
I AM the carpool lady...I call the numbers, get the kids out of the building.
Got a team of folks who work with me.
I've been waving at Taylor and letting him hold my walkie talkie in the afternoons since August, 2015.
I'd wave at dad.
3 days after school was out this year, the family was in a bad car wreck.
Taylor almost died.
He's having to learn how to speak correctly, walk, and use his right arm/hand.
Batman has been his "trademark" super hero.
Today was the first time I interacted with this family on a really personal level...in their home.
They're from waaay up north.
No family here.
Please pray for them if you think of it.
Dad stays home to care for Taylor and take him to tons of physical therapy appointments...the whole 9 yards.
Mom works at a school for hearing impaired kiddos.
They have a full plate.
I want my family to be a witness to them - in actions.
I believe we can make opportunities to do so.
This is Mary and one of our Cultural School buddies from Taiwan. She attends the school for hearing impaired kids where Madeline's mom works and knows this family.
I was delightfully surprised to see her and her mom at this gathering.
Funny/Blurry picture of funny/blurry girl on the trampoline at party.
Mary came home and ate Pho soup.
I headed to Lowe's with Forrest to buy a new dishwasher -- finally!
She had a great time at the party!!!
I'm gonna have a great time loading this new dishwasher
- at night
- so I can hurry to bed.
Posted by Vicki at 10/15/2016