Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Well, we have come to another fork in the road. The first fork happened in August and it consisted of the Zambia program being put on hold and us changing to Ethiopia. We learned about the second fork yesterday while we were at the Colorado Secretary of State Office trying to get our last documents for the dossier certified. We were all set to send our dossier on Friday. We had some problems at the SOS office and I needed to call Love Basket to see if they could email us the forms we need to get certified because the person who notarized it did not have the correct stamp format. When I called Love Basket our adoption supervisor told us that she was just sending out an email to the families in the Ethiopia program to let them know that they had not been getting referrals as quickly or as frequently as they were expecting and they did not know when they would be getting the next set of referrals. She also went on to say that if something does not change, they would have to look at putting the Ethiopia program on hold for a while until they could figure it out. Well, as you can imagine, we were quite upset. We have been so very, very close to being done with all the paperwork. I have our dossier in an envelope ready to send in. There were tears yesterday, lots and lots of tears. Tears of frustration, not tears of throwing in the towel on our Ethiopian adoption. Our daughter is still there, somewhere in Ethiopia.
Last night, we made the decision of contracting with a new adoption agency and filled out our information for that agency online last night. Thank goodness this new agency will take our home study. We have to take a few steps back. This new agency will have to approve us into their program and we will have to fill out their application information, but then hopefully we will be able to send in our dossier soon. For now, we are enjoying the scenery the new fork has lead us too. Yes, the road to international adoption is one of the bumpiest roads I have ever traveled, but it is filled with kind people, dreams of our Ethiopian child, views of foreign lands, and shaped by God's very own hand.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Did you know there are only 28 days until Christmas...how the year does fly. This year there has been a major pull to buy handmade. I think this is important especially for Blake...all those toy recalls kinda scare me. I am going to try to do a good majority of my gifts handmade. There are so many amazing artists and ideas out there...so many possibilities to find gift ideas for those who seem to have just about everything. Here are some great places to look for handmade gifts:
You can also take the handmade pledge here.
If you are not too jived about doing the handmade thing, there are also some amazing options for helping others when you are buying your gifts:
Kiva Gift Certificates - Loans to entrepreneurs in a developing country
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
So yes, the cake was not the disaster I was expecting it to be. It was so much easier to cut the cake rounds in half once they were frozen. I also frosted it when it was still frozen so that cut down on many crumbs. This cake was kinda time consuming, but I think it was worth it...you can find the recipe here. This would be a great cake for Christmas too.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
2. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea - my co-worker, Elaine introduced me to this tea last year...I looked for it and looked for it at the store last year and couldn't find it anywhere. When I was doing some Thanksgiving shopping at the store the other day, I finally spotted it. If you are a tea lover, this tea has such a great light sweetness...I could drink it all day long. It's supposed to be getting cold soon...this tea comes in handy on those Colorado Crispy mornings.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Eric Carle - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket,among many other great books.
Patricia Polacco - Pink and Say, Thank you Mr. Falker, Betty Doll - Her books are beautiful! I have had to wipe tears away while reading some of them. She writes a lot from personal experience.
Shel Silvertein - His poems and illustration and funny and imaginative...We have almost all of his books...my favorite is A Giraffe and a Half.
Jan Brett - The Mitten, The Hat, Trouble With Trolls - Her illustrations are beautiful. She has an amazing website with over 4000 coloring and activity pages for kids to print out.
Don and Audrey Wood - The Napping House, Quick As Cricket
Hope you enjoyed Children's Book Week!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
~Kathleen Kelly played by Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I still love children's literature. I love the kids section of the library and book stores. My favorite class in college was Elementary Curriculum in Reading and Language Arts because we were able to learn about all sorts of children's books. I actually considered going back to get my masters so I could be a reading specialist. I just love reading.
This week is Children's Book Week. Since 1919, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated Children's Book Week during the week before Thanksgiving. During this week, I am going to post some of my favorite Children's books. Enjoy.
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
1. I love Starbucks...I use to spend hours there studying and reading and praying, and meeting with friends...I like the coffee too.
2. Since before I could remember, I was always intrigued with Africa.
3. I love living in Colorado.
4.I have been to the Philippines.
5.I did not see the ocean until I was 15 years old.
6. I love to paint.
7. I have a tattoo.
8. I play guitar...not very often, but I do play it.
9. I would love to live off the grid.
10. I love children's literature....the children's section of the book store is my absolutely favorite.
11. I have eaten Frog, Zebra, Hartebeest, Eland, Crocodile, Impala.
12. I am basically a vegetarian.
13. I am the oldest of four kids.
14. I've been to an N-Sync Concert (I didn't say I would be proud of all 25 things.)
15. I want to write a book someday.
16. I only went to three years of high school.
17. I love taking pictures.
18. I have read all of the Harry Potter Books and eagerly await for movie #5 to be released on DVD.
19. I'm kinda a dork.
20. When I was little, I wanted to be a professional singer when I grew up.
21. I hate roller coasters...with a passion.
22. I have my degree in elementary education.
23. I like to sew things.
24. My favorite book is Blue Like Jazz.
25. I would completely consider living overseas for a time...I think it would be a huge adventure.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Going trick or treating last night was the hardest part of the evening...Blake loved going up to different houses and having them put something in her bag...she has not had any candy, but she realizes that there is something special about it...how do you let your child go trick or treating without keeping the candy??? What do I do when she is older? I know that one day (hopefully far off) she will have candy...I love candy and I want her to enjoy it also, but what do I do next year at Halloween when I would still rather her not have candy??? Hmmm.
All in all we had a wonderful night...Halloween was fun, but bring on Thanksgiving!