Monday, June 16, 2014

GOD IS FULL OF SURPRISES!

Have you ever felt like you were hearing God speak something into your life, only to turn your upward gaze away in disbelief?  

Have you ever doubted that God's blessings would flow beyond the amazing glory He has already shined upon you?

Have you ever felt like you knew the direction He wanted you to go, only to dawdle and dilly dally for fear it wasn't really true?  

Have you ever yearned to hear God's guidance, only to doubt what you heard, worried the response was created by your own deep desire rather than His Divine Will?  (even though HE places those deep desires within us!?!?!?)

I have.  

I was doing all the above.  That is, until the flashing lights became undeniable; and the gentle whispers and nudges became full-on Heavenly cheers and prods!  

We are on His path, we know it!   

WE ARE PAPER PREGNANT!!!! 


THAT's RIGHT!!!

God isn't finished blessing our family!!!!  Can you even BELIEVE it?!?!?!

We are officially paper ready (paper preggers) to adopt a baby girl domestically!!!

We don't know who she is, where she is (anywhere in the US) or when she will arrive........but we DO KNOW that GOD is already in the details!  He is orchestrating it all!!!!!

*Shaking My Head* in AWE of GOD's GOODNESS!!!!


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

SEVEN BLESSED YEARS!!!

Seven years ago today I married my best friend.
My soulmate.


The dreams we shared seemed unstoppable.
The love we shared ~ unmatched.
The road we walked together was full of promise, adventure, hope and faith.

Seven years later.........

Our dreams have been surpassed, and continue to blossom;
Our love has grown deeper with every day;
And the road we travel together continues to be blessed with promise, adventure, hope and faith!

I am awed by our first seven years, and am filled with excitement at the thought of a lifetime love with you, Honey!  You make my days better.  You make me better!

And as I soak in the joy, love and laughter that our family brings to my heart, I could ask for nothing more!  I am truly blessed!  You three are beyond my wildest imagination!!!

All GREAT things are worth waiting for........
And YOU, dear husband of mine, are amongst the greatest of blessings in my life!

I THANK GOD for finding me YOU!


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

APRIL FOOLS!

So, I thought I would be cute this year and put a little more thought and effort into April Fool's Day this year.  This deciphers down to........I actually got onto Pinterest before April 1st and copied some fun ideas!  {wink}



Monday night I went to bed with a bit of a skip in my step as I went over my mental note of little tricks I had just set up for Sami and Hubs ~ I couldn't really think of ones for Kaleab.....however, now that the day is over, a bunch of ideas come to mind!  Next year, Sweet Ka!  Next year!

I laid my head on my pillow, with visions of trickery dancing in my head!
1.  Cereal box bags switched all around......Check! {so they pour out a wrong kind of cereal}
2.  Light switches taped down { so they couldn't turn on the light}......Check!
3.  Vaseline under the bathroom door knobs............Check!
4.  Saran Wrap over Big Brother's shampoo bottle, so it wouldn't pour out.....Check!
5.  Saran Wrap over downstairs bathroom {where Dad likes to go in the morning since it's near his
     office}.......Check!
6.  Oragel deep into toothbrush bristles {numb mouth, anyone!?}.......Check!
7.  Mustard squirted into the toothpaste tube......Check {after Sami left for school}!

Sami showed me one of the taped light switches the next morning, "Mom, look!  I can't turn on the light in here!  What is this?!?"  To which I giggled  and smiled.  "Did you do this?....Why?!?" he asked, to which I explained through childish giggles that it was a day for pranks.

He then went to close the bathroom door, dousing his hand in vaseline.  He quickly pulled his hand away from the door knob, "You did this too?!?!"  {half smiling half looking confused}  To which I proudly answered with a twinkle in my eye, "Yup!  Gotcha!"  He just smiled and shook his head.  Oh! And, bless his heart, HE cleaned off the vaseline without any prompting from me!  Sweet son!  {Oops!  I better give Jeff credit too, as he cleaned off the knob in his bathroom without my asking too!  Progress, folks!}

They both caught on to the cereal bag swap before even pouring the cereal out.  {darn it!}  And the remainder acts of delinquency brought about a more chuckles as well!  As much of a prankster, Sami is, it was totally fun trying to get him on this day!

The final joke ended up being on me, in that when I came to brush my teeth that evening, and hubs had put SOAP on my toothbrush in an act of vengeance!  "Hey!  At least I put things that actually go in your mouth ~ mustard, Oragel ~ when does anyone put SOAP in their mouth!?!?  Eeeeewwwwwww!!!!"  I even had an after-taste of soap following this morning's brushing {must not have rinsed all the soap out well enough}.  Double whammy!  YUK!

All in all, a fun-filled April Fool's Day!  I even have ideas for next year ~ or sooner if I can't wait!  Ya gotta love Pinterest!!!!  {giggle inserted here}

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

FACE LIFT!


IT FINALLY HAPPENED!!!
MY BLOG GOT A FACE LIFT!!!

Had I known it was going to be this fun and easy ~ THANKS TO JENNIFER JORDAN! ~ I would have tackled it long ago!  Ha!

There is still some work to do with some of the links and menu, but the majority of it is DONE!  And I am too excited not to share!  I feel like I just got a totally new hairstyle! Or like I just bought a new wardrobe!  Or just left the MAC counter with a beauty make-over!  Only, this time.....it is my poor neglected blog that got the refreshing new look!  YAY!

Seriously, I cannot rave highly enough about Jenn!  She is the absolute BEST!  She humored my requests to try different things, she listened to my desires and literally brought to life any idea I breathed or dared to whisper!

She is absolutely A-MAZING!!!!

If you ever entertained the idea of giving your blog some bling or a whole new "lift," Jenn is your girl!!!  If you want to create or update your etsy site or FB page, she can do that too!  I am convinced she can do ANYthing!!!  {wink}

I feel blessed by her talent and privileged to work with her.  Jenn's heart is huge, her talent is vast, and her ability to bring to reality whatever mind-picture you may have is incredible!

THANK YOU, Jenn!!!

Click on her link to learn more!


Sooooo, now that I have this fresh new look, you can count on hearing from me more often!!!  {big grin}


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Friday, January 10, 2014

POTTY PARTY!

My baby rests.

After a full and fun day today.

You see, Kaleab and I had what he dubbed as "A Potty Party!"

It really was a FUN day!  We spent the morning as usual, waking up slowly {how he likes it}, playing a bit and reading, then breakfast.

Of course I let him drink twice as much juice as I normally let him drink!  Anything to fill his bladder for the Potty Party, right!?  {wink}

The next four hours were spent focusing on "potty" things, based on the book "Toilet Training in Less Than 24 Hours."  What can I say.  This.Book.ROCKS!!!

I got to spend my entire day with nothing to do but focus on my little peanut, play with him at our "party," let him drink and eat his favorite things {which he LOVED!......Pretty sure this is what made him feel like it was a party!} and fill him with praise and giggles with every success along the way!

A day doesn't get much better than this!!!!!!!!!!! {huge mama grin inserted here}

My little guy caught on amazingly quick, and he had his nearly independent first successful void in less than an hour!

Though there were a couple of accidents speckled throughout, the day was full of multiple independent "pee-pees in the potty!" This sweet boy not only learned the independent steps to void; he also learned how to empty the potty bowl all by himself, clean up any potty messes on the floor (yes, there was one) as well as how to put his wet pants in the hamper AND put on his clean dry pants!

Not bad for four hours!!!!

So proud of my peanut!!!

Tomorrow we will continue to work on his recognition of a "potty urge"and see if his repetitive practice today carries over!

Cute little things he said throughout our day {more for my memory of the day, but I think you might giggle along with me}...............

"No, Dolly.  No pee-pee in pants!............We love you!..........No pee-pee in pants!"

"Mama!  We are having a party!"  "A FUN party!" as he giggles and grins {drinking yet more root beer ~ to fill his bladder.  yes, I said root beer.  not on a normal day, but hey!  anything to encourage him to drink every few minutes!}

"Mama, this a Potty Party!!!" 

I told Ka he would receive the Disney CARS character RED the fire truck when he did a big pee-pee in the potty.  He was really trying to void but without success.  While sitting on the potty he waved his hand at me and said, "You can just go get me Red, Mama.  I can have Red now."  Bless.his.heart.

"YAY, Kaleab!!!  YAY me!"  {following my enthusiastic praise for doing his first big pee- pee in the potty.  i was getting him the aforementioned promised fire truck and he was standing in the kitchen awaiting his cherished reward}

Very audible (and cute!) grunts, groans and moans ~ with eyes squeezed shut ~ and chin up in the air ~and me, trying my hardest to stifle my giggles....."Mama, I can't go.  Can you help me get it out?"  {yes, yes.  this is where the lesson on sitting Relaxed was learned}

Me:  "Kaleab, do you think we should try to go use the potty?" {while slowly walking toward the BR}
Kaleab:  "No, Mama.  I don't want to use the potty."
Me:  "Kaleab, do you feel like you need to go potty?"
Kaleab:  "No, Mama.  No.  I don't have to go potty."
Literally two seconds later {before I could even get him to the BR} he was standing in a puddle of pee.  The look of bewilderment in his eyes melted my heart.  It was a look of "How did that get here!?" Sweet boy!

After his third and final accident today, in the latter half of his "Practice" trials, he says, "This is hard work, Mama.  I'm tired.  I can be done practicing now." {I think this is the time that the effect of "Practicing" had it's greatest impact}


Sami came home from school and Kaleab was so proud to tell his big brother, "Sami!  I went pee-pee in the big boy potty!"


At dinner, {the day's activities were bouncing around in his head} Kaleab randomly asked, "Daddy, do YOU like wet pants?" 

I captured only a few pictures, as we were both quite busy all day long.  But I find the pics to be priceless!



Love You, Big Boy!
And SO PROUD of you!


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