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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! …

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    Four

    Today is a very special day.  It’s a day that my heart is celebrating and aching at the same time.  It’s a day that a special little girl, on the other side of the world, is meant to be celebrated.  She’s meant to be pampered and spoiled and loved and hugged and kissed.  Surprised with balloons and cake and presents.   Today, that special little girl turns four.  Another year older. Another birthday, alone.  I’m sure she’s grown taller, I bet she’s mastered a few more skills.  I hope and pray that today, someone kisses the top of her head and tells her that she is loved.  Tells her that she…

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    One Less

    One Less There’s a child. Been abandoned on out on the street, now she’s waiting for someone to be her miracle. There’s a wife. Somewhere half way around the world, begging God for a little girl she can call her own. Well, worlds collide, and colors fade and a man and wife brought their little girl home today!! And there’s one less ONE LESS one less broken heart in the world tonight Yeah there’s One Less one less One less broken heart in the world tonight! We are called, to the widows and the orphans but it’s easy to ignore their silent cries. Oh, but every single time somebody reaches…

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    Leaving Colombia

    Two weeks ago today (after triple checking our luggage, paperwork, itinerary, tickets, passports, oh my…before heading to bed the night before) I woke up bright and early to get ready to head home.  It was honestly a day full of such mixed emotions.  I truly enjoyed my time in Colombia and met some wonderful people while there.  I loved getting to learn about J’s culture and visit some amazing places.  I was sad to leave and sad that she would be leaving the only place she’d known. BUT at the same time (and more so!) I was happy to be heading back to the US.  Back to start our lives…