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What Are You Looking At?!

You.....yeah, you!
What are you looking at?! What? You mean you don't look like this after you eat?? Really?? My mom and dad don't seem to mind. In fact, they usually laugh and tell me how handsome I am. :) I know, I know...I'm SO LOVED!! Now, for your viewing pleasure here is a close-up. Enjoy!! LOL!

Riding the R.A.D. Rollercoaster...

For anyone who doesn't know or understand R.A.D. here is a quick synopsis.  For anyone who doesn't want to read my rantings and ravings about this topic please stop now and move on to another blog. :)

Unfortunately, RAD is very real and very active in our lives. However, to be fair, our RAD does not present as a normal RAD case. (Of course not, we never do anything by the book. LOL!) Our child has another layer on top as there is mental disability as well. It's very hard for us to distinguish what is real RAD behaviors and what is honest-to-goodness-I-have-no- clue-what-I'm-doing due to mental impairment/judgement. Fun, I tell ya!

Now, I love roller coasters (or at least I did back in the day) but if you rode one all day long without a break for years on end,  I'm pretty certain you'd be sick and would not want to see or ride one EVER again! Well....that pretty much sums up most of our days around here and I am really so sick of riding this coaster! Sorry to w…

Surgery...Prayers Needed!!

Please, please pray for my son's best friend today. He is having surgery at John Hopkins to remove his thyroid and all the surrounding lymph nodes because they are cancerous. He also recently found out that the cancer has spread to his lungs. He is only 16 years old!

Please pray for Ed, his parents and the surgeon's hands to stay steady. There is great risk of damage to his vocal chords due to the location of some of the surgery. May God envelope Ed with His peace, comfort and healing and may Ed's life be long, healthy and prosperous to bring glory and honor to the Great Physician!!

Thank you!

An update:  Ed came through the 10 hour surgery well. God was guiding the surgeons' hands and no damage was done to his vocal chords...PRAISE GOD!!  He has a long recovery ahead so please don't stop praying for him!! Thank you!!


Anytime is the right time for sleep, according to Samuel. Well, that is, except night time when you are supposed to be sleeping. LOL! Little Sam has been falling asleep in his high chair during lunch the last week or so. He is definately a mover and a shaker all day (and sometimes all night!) long. Sean snapped this picture. Samuel was eating a cracker one minute and sound asleep the next. How stinkin' cute is that?! Out of 7 children this is the first one that has ever fallen asleep during a meal! :) I could just eat him up!!! Now, if I could just get him to sleep this soundly during the night maybe I could get rid of these huge bags under my eyes! LOL!


Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

'You know' he said, 'I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?'

The driver said, 'No problem. Have at it.'

Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.

The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure. The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving.

He immediately excused himself and went back to his car And called his supervisor. He told the supervisor, 'I know we are suppo…

My Lil' Brown Sugar...

Happy Gotcha Day precious boy! You are an amazing blessing and we couldn't imagine one day without you in it! Thank you for your brown sugar kisses, you smile that lights up our lives, and those warm snuggles you share with mommy so frequently.
I love you with my whole heart!

One of those days....

A couple Saturdays ago I had one of those days. You know, one of those days when you say "Wow God, I  can't believe how You love me!"  It just so happens that Tracie Peterson was coming to our little  town to do a book signing/luncheon event. So my wonderful mom signed us up and I'm so glad she did! Now honestly, I think I may have read only one of Tracie's books before so the main motivation for me was to ask her questions, lots of questions. :)
She was so kind and has such a great sense of humor! She was also gracious to answer my gazillion questions and gave me great advice in marketing my own book. After speaking with her we had some time before the lunch so we went for a walk and met her husband, Jim. Goodness, what a tremendous man of God! Funny too!! We spoke and we realized we journey some of the same roads....autism...disabilities....heartbreak....homeschooling.....mustard seed size hope. It was amazing how God brought us together on common ground to shar…

Hot Off the Press!!!!!

You see all those boxes?? They contain copies of my book Ransomed.  Woo Hoo, Finally!! :)
To read about it and buy a copy, just click on the tab at the top that says "My Book".

My goal in writing the book was to bring awareness  to two causes dear to my heart.....orphan ministry and sex slavery. I pray it does so and brings not only awareness but action as well!

Beautiful, isn't it?!

You only are a people holy to God,  your God; God chose you  out of all the people on Earth  as his cherished personal treasure. Deuteronomy 14:2  (The Message)

He chose us. We are cherished. He considers us personal treasure. Fills me with awe every time I think on it. Then I look at those beautiful faces and I have a teeny taste of how He feels because they are my cherished personal treasure. They were chosen. They are adored. And I can't contain my praise and thankfulness to the One who started the legacy of adoption in me first!! 

This Boy....

Samuel T. is a ball of action. LOL! He has a stealth mode and too many times we have found him at the top of the steps banging on the door to come in. So his climbing skills are first rate! :)  If there is an open door you can bet he will be out it before you can even turn around and the couch....well that's his own personal jungle gym. LOL! He likes to climb all the way to the top of it so he can look out the window and see what's going on. 

He is so stinkin' serious with most folks but he has a tremendously funny side he shares often with us. His face in this picture cracks me up! 

Samuel has a unique way of getting around these days. Although he can walk if we hold his hand he hasn't tried nor does he have any desire (we've tried enticing him with cookies with no luck) to walk on his own. So, this is how he gets around. It's more than a crawl but less than a walk. :) 

And there he goes. Just look at that cute little baby bum and those chubby legs!! :) 



Saw this posted on Adeye's blog this morning and had to share it. Tears, lots of tears. As we crowded around the computer screen to watch it, it was even more poignant as today is Connor's 6th "Gotcha Day" and there but for the grace of God go him.
Please watch this and be reminded again of how valuable, special, unique and gifted EACH of us are! There are so many orphans just waiting to be loved, just waiting to know how special and valuable they are. Who will discover their talent? Is it you?!

Hands-On Science....

The other day the kids came running in all excitedly yelling at the same time.  (This happens VERY frequently! LOL!) Turns out Nolan spotted a Dung Beetle . I had no idea these insects were found around here. At any rate the kids and I sat mesmerized by God's amazing creation! 

Since I didn't know all the answers to Connor's questions about the dung beetle he quickly ran to get his insect book and happily filled in the gaps for all of us about the life of a dung beetle. :)
I was pretty impressed that Nolan was able to identify the beetle being that he is just 3 but then realized again how blessed we are to home educate. He is like a little sponge soaking in all the information his brothers and sisters are learning each day. I LOVE science and history so those are my strong areas to teach in and it shows in my students. Zachary and Ryan always excelled in those areas and tested off the charts in them on the standardized tests. Now math....that's another subject.....LOL!!


Our precious Nolan Elijah turned 3 yesterday! This boy is such a ray of sunshine in our lives! 

He has the most gorgeous smile and the best personality. He makes us laugh....alot! Which is so good after an especially hard day with another child that often brings me to tears. 

He really loves construction vehicles now and calls them road builders. There are 4  books about construction equipment that we have that he asks me to read over and over and over again.  I love to watch him with Samuel. He is very protective of him and loves to make Samuel laugh by playing peek-a-boo with him. These two will be the best of friends as they grow, we just know it! :)
Nolan Elijah, God smiled on us when He brought us you! We love you with all our hearts!!

When God is tapping....

In the middle of the night when I awaken, during my quiet time with Him, as I watch my little ones play, as I watch my youngest asleep in my arms, God is tapping. At first it was just a tiny tap and although noticeable not anything that made me truly stop and take note. Lately however, the tapping has increased and honestly, it's become annoying. It penetrates my thoughts day and night and consumes most of my conversations with Sean.  It has made me stop and truly ponder, deeply, what He is trying to teach me. I won't lie, I've wrestled with it again and again and again. And yet, here I still am. Being one of His most distracted students, He needs to constantly help me to re-focus so that what He is saying sticks deep in my soul not just slip out of my mind.  I'm certain He's ready for me to learn these truths so we can move on to bigger (and harder!) things. LOL!

Over the course of the last couple of days the truth that has slowly been penetrating the deepest part …


Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can. ~John Wesley~

Backyard Tourist...

We live in an area that is visited by thousands each year to tour and explore. We have lived here over 12 years and we still haven't been to most of the tourist attractions. A couple of times the boys and I did visit some of the museums as it related to our school study but mostly we frequented the areas in the winter time, after tourist season ended. Last weekend we decided to go visit 2 of the sights right in our backyard. One was a fire museum and although small it was filled with so much information! The volunteer on duty had been a forest fire fighter for years and shared so many stories with us and explained the tools of their trade. It was terrific! I could have stayed longer but Kyalynn was done and not wanting to cause some serious chaos we just left and decided to come back later.  Then we went to visit an elephant museum. There were 80,000 elephants from all over the world! Some were gifts from Royalty and some were just trinkets. Apparently, this was only some of the el…



Check out Kyalynn's new bed! Gabriella will have one just like it and Connor will have one with a cross in the headboard. After pining away for bunkbeds (all the kids beds have been on the floor) and finally finding a set that was within our budget and my man saying yes then the IRS holds back our refund and those beds went from $118 (for the set with free mattresses!)back up to $538!! Um, no way! This girl ain't paying that! So since the guys have time and extra wood they are making them instead. How cool is that?! AND I heart these waaayyy better too!! :)

The kids are so excited. We are painting the girls' white and then Ericka will be painting pictures on the headboards to match their personalities. Kyalynn~bugs and animals, Gabi~princesses of course! LOL! Connor's will stay wood grain and not sure yet what pics he'll have on his. Big brother Zachary had made a bed for Nolan back when Samuel first came home because we needed the crib. (I don't know why becau…