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Miss G....

Gabriella goes tomorrow, Monday, for the last step in her recovery since her operation. She and I will be heading to Hershey around noon for first an ultrasound to make sure her stent hasn't moved and also to re-check that all kidney stones are gone. Then we will meet with her surgeon to have her stent removed. He is hoping to do the removal right in his clinic which would mean no anesthesia or major surgery again. If the removal in clinic is not possible, she will return back to Hershey on December 2nd for a surgical removal of the stent. Please pray for God's hand to direct the surgeon's hands and that Gabriella will be covered in a blanket of peace. I have tried to prepare her ahead of time as to what will be done so she isn't in the dark about it. She is a  brave little girl and I know that God has her in the palm of His hand! She is so ready to be done with the bladder spasms, the pain and the extra medicine.

It will be a long day tomorrow for us and for Sean hol…

Even More Thankful...

Today I am infinitely more thankful for this little boy who sits on my lap hitting the keys and trying to eat my keyboard, as I type. Yesterday was Thanksgiving and as we scurried about preparing the food and our home I was thankful but honestly, busyness seemed to rank in importance at that point. It wasn't but 15-20 minutes after we ate that thankfulness, fear and lots of prayers were forefront in my mind and heart. My grandmother was holding Samuel as we were cleaning up and Zachary came in to the kitchen to tell me Sam had welts on his head. Sean went to check it out and came back in and said something is wrong with Samuel. I went in and looked and was shocked. He had these huge welts/hives on his head. I mean those babies were big! My grandmother was holding him and he seemed very lethargic. Holy smokes! I grabbed him up and said we need to get to the hospital right now. I ran out of the house without a jacket and barefooted. Sean had enough sense to grab my shoes for me and …

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Roots...and......Wings...

Today is the day our oldest son, Zachary, officially gains his wings. Today our 19 year old son signs his name on the dotted line and becomes a new home owner! It is bittersweet...on one hand I am so very excited for him. He has worked exceptionally hard over the years managing his money well and especially these last 6 months doing all the legwork to make this purchase happen. I am excited that he stands on the brink of his future and know that, as the verse says above, he will be absolutely fine. He is well-rooted in the Lord and His Truths and such a man of character and integrity. But if I'm being transparent, then I must also say how sad I am that my first-born will be flying the nest. I so enjoy my big boys and we have some amazing heart-to-hearts together. Not to mention they truly are FUN!! 
I am thankful that Sean and I have built a solid relationship with Zachary that now is a very precious friendship. God is good! Oh so good!!
The other wonderful blessing in all of this i…

You...

As Thanksgiving approaches I have been pondering God's many miracles and blessings in my life and I couldn't forget to mention each of YOU! 
When I began blogging it was a way to put voice to my thoughts, emotions, and fears. I truly doubted anyone would ever want to read about our lives and I can still remember my first comment ever, I was beyond excited to know someone out there was reading my words! :)  Then blogging became a way to share our world on a deeper level as a tool for others walking a like journey as us or contemplating adopting a child/ren with similar issues. I prayed my words would be an  honest reflection of what life is like, the good, the bad and the ugly. Not to smear or be negative, but to share the triumphs and the pain for others on the same path so they would not feel so alone. 
In the years since my blogs conception I have "met" so many wonderful friends. God has used YOU to speak into my life, come alongside in prayer and hold up my arms when…

So Serious...

Today Samuel is 8 months old! I had to include the above picture because in most pictures he is so serious but here he is doing raspberries for the camera. :) In fact, out of all my children, he is truly very serious. He will smile unabashedly for me but strangers...no way. He has these penetrating brown eyes that just seem to take it all in. He can sit and play with his toys (as long as he sees me and/or his siblings at all times) babbling away. He's really started talking alot and has also learned to shake his head no...uh oh! :) He knows his name and loves to play peek-a-boo. He has 4 teeth now, 3 on the bottom and one up top. He loves to snuggle and be loved, which is a good thing 'cuz he gets that all day from everyone! :) Nolan loves to say "he's my buddy" while holding Sam's hand....so sweet. He is still working on mastering the skill of crawling but can stand holding our hands for long periods of time. I don't think it will be too much longer befo…

Guest Post ....

Kyalynn "The Birthday Girl" Lease
Today's my birthday! I 8 years old. Tyrone (from the Backyardigans) is my favorite. He on cake. Samuel, Nolan, Gabriella, Connor, Kyalynn, Daddy, Mommy, Zack and Ryan, Ericka and Hannah, Grammy, Pappy, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle and Monica, Ryan Earl at my party.  I open presents!! There's a picture, that's me with presents. Mommy played my birthday song. (It's Your Birthday by Kevin Max ) Library? Pet store today? I love books! I love animals! McDonald's?  Happy birthday Kyalynn!!
My sweet girl, mommy adores you! You are SO SPECIAL in every way. Just look at that smile! We love to really decorate and make a big deal out of birthdays to celebrate their lives and when she walked downstairs this morning this is what she was saying..."Oh it's my birthday. Look it's my party. Cool! It's for me. Look at all the cards. Happy Birthday Kyalynn. Eight years old." I just never tire of hearing my girl talk and heari…

Could have been worse...

My heart is pounding out of my chest right now. We were notified about 1 1/2 hours ago that my dad was in an accident and taken to a local hospital. My dad drives a big 18 wheeler for a living. This is a picture of the accident scene. Apparently the accident happened at 9:59 am! How could it take that long for them to contact us?! I've only spoken with my dad briefly but it seems the high winds blew his truck over as he was going around a corner. He had the window down and his arm was out the window so when the truck went over it landed on his arm. He was pinned under the truck and he was certain he was going to lose his hand. Thank God that he didn't. He is in pretty rough condition but it could have been worse. Thank God that my dad is alive!! He'll be the first to tell you he is a tough, old bird but this one was too close a call for comfort. His arm and head are pretty messed up, he has stitches, staples, lots of bandages, bruises, scratches and lots and lots of pain b…

The Countdown Continues...

The countdown has been happening for some time around here.  What are we counting down to you ask?  Well, don't you know that Miss Kyalynn is having a birthday this week?!  Goodness.  How could you not know?  I mean she is telling everyone, EVERYONE, we see it's only (fill in the days) till her birthday and that she is having  Backyardigans on her cake.  Tyrone the moose specifically.  Now if only I can figure out how to draw Tyrone the moose so he sorta looks like himself....hmmmm....we'll see how that goes! LOL!
If you know anything about my girl you know how much she adores birthdays.  It doesn't matter whose it is or even if it is a birthday, she's right there belting out the "Happy Birthday" song with all she's got. In fact, every time a cake is made around here, even if it's just to have cake, she automatically assumes it's someone's birthday.  When we try to explain it's not for a birthday but just because she doesn't seem to care and …

The need is GREAT....

Please look closely at this picture of our sweet Nolan when he was just a newborn. You don't have to look to hard to see how absolutely perfect he is!! Just look at those eyes, and those curly locks that are wound tight like Berber carpet. That devastatingly handsome face.....oh my! Be still my heart.... What's not to love?!
And this picture below when he was about 3 months old still smelling like a newborn and so cuddly and sweet. 

I can't even begin to put into words how very blessed, truly blessed, we are to parent this treasure! He fills my days with sunshine and sloppy kisses. :) I can't get my mind around the fact that so many people are not open to adopting an African American or mixed race child. It breaks my heart to hear so many agencies desperate for adoptive parents open to AA or AA/Bi racial babies and/or children. Oh if only I could adopt them all....but I can't....so what about you? Are you thinking about adoption? Would you be open to loving a sweet ba…

A Bundle of Personality....

C'mon, just look at that smile.....

No energy shortage here.....LOL!
And just look at Samuel....aka "The Bulldog" :) Does he look like a future linebacker or what?! 

For all the mommies in the trenches....

....doing the hard things not many others choose to do........loving a child or two that choose (often!) not to be lovable.... ....that cry out to God over and over and over again for their child to be healed from their past.... ...that have children that use their bowel movements and urine as "control" and you are so very tired of dealing with yet another time of the child exerting their "control", especially at this age.... ....that deal with a downpour of lies daily and although the child/ren knows lying is wrong and will always be followed by discipline, they still choose that..... ...somedays it's hard to see the real child underneath all the yuck they bury themselves under... ...you will never judge another family that disrupts because you have thought about it yourself too many times to           count.... ...taking a long term view of parenting this child causes lots of emotions, many of them not good.... ....being honest with others causes them to look at you…

Our Little Ray of Sunshine...

Miss Kyalynn ~ age 7~ soon to be 8 and excitedly counting down the days until her birthday!

Something to Ponder today....

Today we had a special guest speaker at church. He was awesome! He is an evangelist from Kampala, Uganda. His name is Steven Sebyala and he runs the Africa Harvest Mission. He is a fireball full of the love of God with such a great vision for Africa...one billion souls by 2050!! Now how's that for vision?!

Anyhow, he said something that really got me to think. He said over in Africa there is no time limit on God or the ministers of God. The people stay for as long as he preaches, no matter if that's one hour or one day! No one moves until the minister feels he has said everything God asked him to say. He said over here how different it is. When he comes to speak in America he is given a time quota and must not go over it. That in America the people are busy and hurry God into their 55 minutes so they can get on with their day. He said that in Africa the spirit of God moves him and he listens. Here, he must listen to the Spirit but also watch the clock.
How           very         …

Guess What Tonight Is.....

This night has been anxiously awaited by 4 small children for far too long.  Tonight is Family Movie Night with Toy Story 3! Of course we will have pre-movie games like: Pin the tail on Bullseye Lasso the stuffed animal Sergeant Says (like Simon Says) and don't forget the treats... alien cupcakes Jesse cowboy hat cookies Stretch fruit roll-ups Mr. Potato Head Tortillas Yeah baby, this is a big deal around here. Sad isn't it?! :) Off to get the food and fun prepared.....eager children await....

Operation...

Around here we have dubbed November:  Operation No More Diaper!!
And so far things are going well. I made sure to build up this whole "tactical mission" with Nolan in advance so when November 1st rolled around he was ready. :) His sticker chart is being filled and so is the potty. LOL! The thing is, he was quite capable of being potty trained months ago but had no desire. This time there is no option. I told him by the end of November there would not be any more diapers on his body. I secretly think the whole military-like description has sucked him in (he is a boy after all! LOL!) He likes to put ships (small pieces of toilet paper) into the toilet to sink during his "maneuvers". He is also loving the loud cheers he receives from his "crew mates" after a successful mission. Team work my friends, team work. It makes such a difference. At least on this "base" it does. :)
Here's praying Operation No More Diaper is a huge success!!!

Working Hard...

Our little man is almost 8 months already! Goodness it's going way too fast for me. I just love to watch his facial expressions and to see him smile at his siblings crazy antics. :)
Let's see...for my memory....Samuel now has 2 bottom teeth and is working on the top right one as well. This boy can't wait to eat! He grabs everything he can get his hands on and especially loves paper, magazines, letters...you get the idea. In fact, often times he is on my lap while I am at the computer and you can see where he's been by what has been gnawed on and ripped. LOL!  
He is working hard on learning to crawl. He gets up on his legs but when he moves his arm to go he falls to his belly and that's where he stays seemingly swimming. :) He loves to stand on our legs and stays up for a long time. This boy is all about staying up with his brothers and sisters. He watches them with his eyes and I can imagine him not being far behind them, here in a couple more months. He is so funny…

5 Lil' Pumpkins...

Moments I treasure....

Tonight, after all the little's were put to bed, I was feeding Samuel and Ryan came in to sit and chat for a bit with me. We began with light-hearted conversation and before long he was sharing his heart. I just love those moments!! He mentioned that he had been thinking alot about Kyalynn. I thought he meant because she has been so sick with a cold for awhile now but I soon found out my boy had much more on his heart. He was telling me about a lady at his work that is going to school so she can work with autistic children and that he told her about Kyalynn and that she was autistic and hearing impaired. The first words out of her mouth were "Oh, I'm so sorry."  (This is when my momma tears start).... He said to me, "mom, I couldn't believe she felt sorry for me. I mean, she doesn't even know Kyalynn. Then I started thinking about her and what a gift and a blessing she is just like she is. I know that some people say autism is a curse but I don't see …