Monday, October 31, 2016





Girls signing and singing a song - at Adoption Conference
They learned the signing gestures that day. Other kids performed, too.


Roller Girls


Got to meet this neat family

The Girls Surprised Me With Dinner - They Cooked and Decorated




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mary's Candy Corn Cross - Made It At An Adoption Conference





It's too cute -- the crafts that can be created to help a child like Mary understand the nature of her Heavenly Father.

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!



Ah. Wisdom...

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

End of Session - Working With Families to Develop Their Love for Reading

We sponsored the meal for this last night.
The girls went with me and helped cook, serve, clean up, load up - smile 
and greet!

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".
Amen!

It was good for me to go.
Mom brought Mary later on so she didn't have to hussle so much.
Thank you, Mother.

Yawn.
Kinda early.
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!

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. 
Like Tarzan.
No...Jane.
Maybe Tarzan.

Mary asked inquisitively, "Does Tarzan wear panties?"

Just sayin'.....

Monday, October 24, 2016

More Pics from Saturday




Mary holding a chicken...and sisters doing the same



Sunday, October 23, 2016

For the Beauty of the Earth (lyrics)

  • 1. For the beauty of the earth,
    For the beauty of the skies,
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies,
  • (Chorus)
    Lord of all, to thee we raise
    This our hymn of grateful praise.
  • 2. For the beauty of each hour
    Of the day and of the night,
    Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r,
    Sun and moon, and stars of light,
  • 3. For the joy of human love,
    Brother, sister, parent, child,
    Friends on earth, and friends above,
    For all gentle thoughts and mild,
  • Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917
    Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872

  • Said, "Forget cleaning up our dirty house. Let's make memories today!"

    We went out into the gorgeous southern countryside to bask in God's awesome Autumn day.


    Cotton fields




    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.


    Amazing!






    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

    Dishwasher Box Becomes Playhouse


    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?
    Yup.
    Worth it?
    You bet.

    I'm having fun with a dishwasher that aids us all in the kitchen clean up time.

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Super Hero Saturday



    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.
    Sweet girls!


    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.
    Smile.
    Then...
    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.
    Goin' up!


    Mary came home and ate Pho soup.
    Slurp. Slurp.
    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.