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What?!?!

What do you mean I have to give up my pacifier? You GOT to be kidding me!  Oh me, oh my, what will I do??

Aw..mommy says not until I'm two. Geesh! That was close. LOL! She's the best! :)

Around here on Saturday mornings...

Some people have traditions like pancakes on Saturdays or crossword puzzles and scones. Around here ours is a bit different. We opt for cereal and radio! LOL! The kids so look forward to the shows on Saturday mornings played by our local Christian Broadcasting Station. We start the morning with Adventures in Odyssey, then it's Down Gilead Lane, next is Uncle Charlie and Keys for Kids and last of all is the all time favorite around here.....RANGER BILL! :)

This is a Saturday morning tradition we started years ago when the big boys were young. I'm so glad it's a tradition that continues with these little ones. Truths being taught in fun ways, bonding time together as we laugh and yes, sometimes cry at the shows and discussions started that can lead to a deepening of heart in so many ways. Good stuff indeed!

You should hear the noise as kids (and adults!) are yelling "Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland" with the announcer each Saturday. LOL!

Ah....yes....Saturday …

Prayer Warriors Needed!!!

Friends, we need to mobilize the prayer warrior troops. Dear Abby-girl needs our prayers. Her family needs our prayers. Precious Abby came home from China just this past December with a diagnosis that didn't seem possible. (The chances of her having this diagnosis are 4 in a million!) But today, her momma found out that in fact China's diagnosis was right and 6yr old Abby has leukemia. Plans are being thought through on the best course of action but we know that God can do the impossible. God can HEAL! God can! So, Jean is asking for any and all prayers on Abby's behalf. Will you join me in lifting this treasure, her family, and her doctors up to Almighty God? Please go meet Abby and her family. You'll be so blessed by their amazing God-sized hearts!! http://theresnoplacelikehome-family.blogspot.com

Space...the final frontier...

We've been studying all about the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets and space this month. It's been a blast! We've done lots of hands-on fun, learned fingerplays and songs that helped cement our learning, too many crafts (LOL!), and many, many fun games...like Astronaut, Astronaut, Alien, and Moon Rock Toss, Launch the Rocket, and No Gravity.  Even Nolan can name all the planets and give you many interesting tidbits about space too. Love it! 
Here's Kyalynn working on a Solar System puzzle that was a family Christmas gift and a HUGE hit!!
We decided a field trip was in order for this crew after their diligent work for the month so we ventured to Washington, DC and enjoyed the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It was AWESOME!!! Samuel was thrilled because he LOVES airplanes and as soon as you walk in there are tons of airplanes (full size airplanes!) hanging off the ceilings. For the first half  hour he kept his head craned back so he could look at all of them. :) Th…

Another One....

Massachusetts teen reportedly shocked for hours at special needs school Published February 20, 2012 FoxNews.com
A video of a disabled teenager bound and administered electric shocks for seven hours should be made public, the boys' mother says, so the "torture" her son endured at the controversial school can be exposed. "This is worse than a nightmare," Cheryl McCollins told MyFoxBoston.com about her disabled son Andre. "It is horrific. And poor Andre, who had to suffer through this, and not know why." The ordeal began after Andre struck a staff member. He was then tied to a restraint board inside a classroom while face down with a helmet placed on his head. He remained in that position for seven hours without a break, with no food or water. Each time he screamed or tensed up, he was shocked -- 31 times in all, MyFoxBoston.com reports. After spending three days in a comatose state, Andre McCollins was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was diagnosed w…

Our News....

Well, I didn't get a whole lot of comments here on the blog but I did receive phone calls, emails and texts asking what was going on. LOL!  It seems that in the past most of our "news" involved adopting another blessing and so that's what most people thought. But not this time....

Are we going to be grandparents? Nope, not yet....

So, come on already, what's the news???  :)

Ok, ok, our news is that our son Ryan has enlisted into the Army and will be shipping out on April 3rd! We are so very proud of this boy! This has been his dream and goal for quite a long time and there for several months it looked like it wasn't going to be possible. But God! He orchestrated it all and although I am not jumping up and down at the prospect of my boy not being here, I am excited that he will be defending our freedoms. He will be an excellent soldier!

Go Army!!

Now if I could just figure out some way to fit into his suitcase...a 9 week vacation sounds just about perfect. LOL…

Ten Ways to Love...

1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18) 2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19) 3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26) 4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9) 5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1) 6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15) 7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14) 8. Trust without wavering. (Corinthians 13:7) 9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13) 10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)


A Little Late...

We are now the parents of 2 adult sons. Ryan turned 18 two weekends ago. 18! I can still remember when the boys were just 1 & 3 and thinking those days of diapers and baby talk would never end. Sean and I married young and then began our family young because we had plans, ya'll.  We were going to give parenting our all and when they were grown we'd still be so young we could do all those things we had dreamt about.  And here we are....43 and 40 years young but with an almost 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 6 year old and 2- 9 year olds. LOL! God had other plans and honestly, I am SO THANKFUL He did!  Sure, Sean mentally tallies up in his head how old he will be now when our last child is grown but these plans...God's plans...hold significantly more "living" than what we had dreamed of.  I can't imagine if we hadn't adopted and I'd be facing an empty nest soon. Oh my, break my heart! But God knew and He graciously blessed my home with lots to keep nurt…

No Nonsense...

Yes that pretty much sums up my girl, Miss Kyalynn! LOL! It's been awhile since I've posted about her progress. We are so proud of her! She is doing amazingly well and we are thankful that God continues to do His work in her life. She is truly a diamond in the rough. Many would overlook her value because it takes time to draw her out and you must dig deep to reveal how precious and beautiful this rare diamond is! 

For those of you new to our little corner of blog world let me give you a brief synopsis of where she was not too awful long ago. Our girl was diagnosed with autism around age 3. It blew us away. She is also deaf in one ear, hard of hearing in the other. Anyhow, by age 5 she only could say a couple of words and spent most of her time screaming to communicate. We put all of the little's on a GF/CF diet when she was about 6 years old and miraculously, she began talking in 2-3 word sentences. I can't even put into words what that was like...to hear your daughter …

The Power of Patience...

A patient spirit is better than a proud spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8
  Psalm 37:7 commands us to wait patiently for God. But as busy women in a fast-paced world, many of us find that waiting quietly for God is difficult. Why? Because we are fallible human beings seeking to live according to our own timetables, not God's. In our better moments, we realize that patience is not only a virtue, but also a commandment from God.      We human beings are impatient by nature. We know what we want, and we know exactly when we want it: NOW! But, God knows better. He has created a world that unfolds according to His plans, not our own. As believers, we must trust His wisdom and His goodness.      God instructs us to be patient in all things. We must be patient with our families, our friends, and our friends, and our associates. We must also be patient with our Creator as He unfolds His plan for our lives. And that's as it should be. After all, think about how patient God has been with us.
Trust …

Aw..... :)

Our sweet Samuel....such a precious blessing in our lives! Although he doesn't talk yet he still gets his point across, let me tell ya. LOL! We've been trying to teach him signs and so far he can do hat, more, cheese, and a very iffy Jesus. :)
He is ALL boy, climbing on top the table, wrestling his siblings, playing outside and using the furniture like a jungle gym. Oh and did I mention that his nickname had been "hammerhead" for awhile because he loved to headbutt....the floor...the couch...his siblings...my leg. OUCH! I think we mostly have that behavior licked....at least for now. :) 
 He loves trucks and construction equipment and will rifle through our bookshelf loaded with books until he finds just the right one. Then he will bring it to me smiling, grunting and pointing at the dumptruck. He will turn around and ease himself backwards onto my lap and then settles in for me to read him his book. Precious moments for sure.
He is finally able to wear 18 month cloth…