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    World Adoption Day (a few days late!)

    This post is a few days late.  I know it shouldn’t be this difficult to stay on top of daily posts, but some days really are harder then others.  Sure, I can find the time but as I sit here typing I’m also thinking of the 512 other things that I could or should be doing. (Even if one post does only need to take 10 minutes…so does cleaning the bathroom…) November is National Adoption month and the 9th was World Adoption Day.  The first one ever!  To celebrate, there was a photo op going around of adoptive families taking pics with smiley face drawn on the palm of their…

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    Family Dinners

       As a kid, we sat at the table and had dinner on a very regular basis.  Talked about our days, joked, laughed and enjoyed the company of our family.  Sometimes there were faces at the ‘yucky’ food we had to at least try, most often the meals were delicious and seconds were often enjoyed.  Sometimes we got to choose a meal.  Mom would let us pick our favorite dish, sides and dessert.  It seemed like such a big deal to get to choose dinner!  There were certainly nights that one parent had a meeting or one child had an event or it was just simply a ‘lazy’ night and…

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    Cows and cupcakes

       I missed yesterday’s post.  I didn’t have to work, had the girlie home sick still and took advantage of getting to just be Mama all day.  (Which was great, by the way!)  Josie is seeming much better.  We’re still on breathing treatments and the poor nose is pretty stuffy, but she’s got more energy and I’m seeing more of ‘my girl’.  We got out yesterday for a little walk, hoping some fresh air would be good, and got to enjoy a through-the-fence view of a local airshow.  She thoroughly enjoyed the walk and all of the planes and had more energy after our walk then she’s had all week!…

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    Reflections

    You probably thought this was going to be some deep thought filled post about reflecting on the past, the future, life in general.  Nope, sorry. (Maybe next time?) Today, I’m being literal.   I am thankful for actual reflections. Two specific reflections.   This one…. I am so thankful every time I look into my rear view mirror and see this reflection.  That little face peeking back at me, melts my heart every time!  And this one…. She LOVES herself in the mirror. Smiles, kisses, laughs, makes faces.   This is the reaction to ANY mirror that she catches herself in.  Or any surface that might give her a reflection…elevator doors, stainless steel…

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    Hallmark Channel

    I have always been one of those people who really loves Christmas BUT also enjoys Thanksgiving and usually don’t want to miss out on the Thanksgiving decorations and festivities to get straight to Christmas.  This year is a little different.  I am still looking forward to Thanksgiving.  We do have a ‘Thankful Pumpkin’ in the center of the table and the walls will continue to be covered with turkeys, Indian corn and pilgrims.  Hand prints and Foot prints will be turned into feathers and turkey bodies.  And the meal itself will be thoroughly enjoyed by all.            However, I’ve officially been sucked into the Hallmark channel Christmas movie marathon “Countdown…

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    Bath time (Day 4)

    My girl is not feeling so great right now, and it kind of stinks!  Scratch that, it stinks A LOT! She’s in a steroid crazed/sleep deprived/coughing is for the birds kind of mood. She is still trying to play and be happy, but is obviously not feeling good at the same time. It’s heartbreaking for this Mama to have to go to work and leave her….even though I know she is in good hands and having as much ‘fun’ as possible, with “Bamma”. The one thing that is making her the happiest right now is the bathtub! She loves her time in the water. I’m convinced she thinks she’s part…

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    Sick Days

    Let me clarify.  I’m not thankful for being sick or for the fact that anyone needs to be sick to constitute a sick day.  My darling girl woke up this morning (or in the middle of the night rather) wheezing, crying, coughing (trying to anyway) and gasping for a deep breath.  Due to having Down syndrome, she has tiny airways and very low tone.  This makes coughing a challenge.  Which means something as simple as a little cold can turn into something a little more serious for my girl.  It was a scary few minutes for both of us.  She was panicked trying to catch her breath and I hated…

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    Orphan Sunday – Meet James

    My daughter is an orphan no more.  She has a mother and a family.   She was an orphan, but has now been found.   She is loved.  She is cared for. She is a daughter. When I traveled to Colombia to meet and pick up my sweet girl, I was given the amazing opportunity to visit the orphanage where she had spent so many years.  It was such an emotional day.  Those children seemed so happy to see us and to see their friend back for a visit.  Their Friend.  They were all friends, family of sorts.  Most didn’t know any different.  They had each other and that made them happy. …

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    Full of Thanks for Firsts

    November 1st – The beginning of a month of Thankfulness.  I’ve attempted to write a blog post of ‘thanks’ each day for the month of November for the past two years.  This year I’m at it again.  I’ve been a little behind with the posts since we’ve been home, but this is my hope to catch up and blog a little more regularly!  I have SO many things to be thankful for this November…(all the time really)!  I’m certain I won’t have trouble filling each day…as long as I can find the time to post it! Today, on the first day of November, I’m thankful for many months of firsts! …