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The Last Hurrah....

Time is ticking away and the minutes are passing way too quickly for this momma! We had a small get together for Ryan's best buddies and those dearest to his heart to gather and send him off.  It was wonderful! I think it's safe to say that Ryan has the gift of building relationships. He has loved well and is much loved in return!! And really, isn't that what we all want for our lives?!  I'll admit I've been a puddle these last couple of days. The tears hit me at such odd times...how can my baby be all grown up and going off into harm's way already?! Geesh! Tomorrow is a "just our family" lunch so we can have time to share our hearts and talk. I'm sure it will be emotional for everybody. LOL!  Then Monday he will be going with his recruiter to the main office and we will drive up early Tuesday morning to see him off. Oh my...this letting go is hard stuff! But that just means that the roots of our family relationships have been done well and our bo…

GOOD NEWS!!

So remember this little sweetie?

I received an email last night letting me know she has a family!!! PRAISE GOD!!!! That family is going to be SOOOO blessed! Truly, what a priceless gem to call "daughter". 

So....I thought I'd advocate for another treasure that pulls at my heartstrings....deeply. Who knows, maybe someone will see him on here and feel God calling them to bring him "home" or maybe they will share about him to someone else who will be the ones chosen to love him forever.  This little one is seriously running out of time. Please pray for a family to bring him "HOME".



This is from Until All The Children Come Home website. 
This little guy needs to come home so desperately!His name is Marat. He has spastic displegic cerebral palsy and is doing beautifully. He is from the south-eastern lands, Azerbaijanor Tadjikistan - a minority in Russia. If you adopt him you will be going through Region 15. He sat for three years in a wheel-chair in his orphana…
The media is always quick to sensationalize all the evil that pervades our world but are slow to share the positives. This story, I believe, embodies the hearts of our US Military. They are there fighting for our freedoms, justice and protection and for those innocently caught in the crossfire. They deserve so much more of our respect! 

Army sergeant who gave life to save Afghan child being flown home for burial
Published March 29, 2012 Fox News An Army sergeant and father of three from Rhode Island who gave his life to save an Afghan child from being run over by a 16-ton armored fighting vehicle is being flown back to the U.S. and will be buried Monday. Sgt. Dennis Weichel, 29, died in Afghanistan last week after he dashed into the path of an armored fighting vehicle to scoop up the little girl, who had darted back into the roadway to pick up shell casings, according to the Army. Weichel, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, was riding in the convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanis…

Lead Me?!

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6
The difficult point is that most of us don't want to come. We don't want to follow. We don't want to be led in the paths of righteousness. Somehow it goes against our grain. We actually prefer to turn to our own way even though it may take us straight into trouble. 

The world we live in is full of broken homes, broken hearts, derelict lives and twisted personalities remind us everywhere of men and women who have gone their own way. We have a sick society struggling to survive on beleaguered land. The greed and selfishness of mankind leaves behind a legacy of ruin and remorse.

Amid all this chaos and confusion Christ the Good Shepherd comes and says, If any man will follow me, let him deny himself daily and take up his cross and follow me (Mark 8:34). But most of us, even as Christians, simply don't want to do this. We don't want to deny ourselves, give up our right to make our o…

You Can Be A Hero...

My Mountain Men...

What I'm Going To Miss....

Ryan and Ed cooking a breakfast feast!

Ryan and my dad heading off to hike the Appalachian Trail for a few days before he leaves.

In just a few short days (11 to be exact but who's counting!) my boy will be heading off to his new adventure. Gosh my heart aches when I think about it. Truth is, I try not to think about it...at.all. I keep pushing it back into the recesses of my brain because if I dwell on it even for a brief minute I'm a puddle of tears. Of course I am happy for him, for the life God and he are making, for the excitement of being on that threshold of adventure and independence. But I'm so going to miss his long, lanky arms wrapping me in a solid hug that just makes my world "right" again. I'm going to miss the endless messes that come with being Ryan, the whirlwind of activity that surrounds him, his laugh that can't help but change a persons mood and the tender, compassionate, loving brother he is to our 5 littles.  Tears are pouring down my…

Celebrated...

Just look at that beautiful smile! Yesterday was Samuel  T's big 2nd birthday!! We celebrated him all day and can't thank God enough for this precious "surprise" gift. :)  I can't believe my baby is 2....WAHHHHHH! LOL! Happy, happy birthday little man. We love you more than words could ever say....

Bethany....

Oh I would so love to scoop this little one up in my arms and call her mine. However, we don't meet the qualifications for her country. :( So I'm hoping someone "out there" will see her "here" and know she is "theirs." Let me tell you just a bit about precious Bethany.....
Bethany is 5 years old and is diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease). She is not walking yet but the doctors are confident she will and probably very soon. She is a very determined little girl who just learned how to sit up and crawl at 4 years old due to not having the necessary treatments for her disease. She has a wonderful personality, full of joy and is very smart too. 

Reece' s Rainbow has a large grant ($12,400) to help with her adoption. She has so much potential and would be such an awesome addition to your family! Another of her talents is this girl can SING! Just take a listen: Bethany singing...
You can read lots more information about her at Unt…

Compliment?!

Nolan was asking me why we do crafts in school. I explained it's only because they like doing them. He said mom you do great crafts. I said thanks Nolan. Then I said I try to do great things even if it doesn't always work out and then this is what I heard from the other room:  

Connor:   "Mom, even if you don't do great things you're still the best".
Aw.......:)

Reading Aloud...

Every day, every.single.day, I read a ton of books aloud to the little's. They LOVE books, which is great but sometimes I cringe when I see the pile of books they have picked out for me to read. :) So on this day I had the great idea for each child to pick one book to read aloud to all of us. They were so excited and carefully chose their book. Nolan started us off. Because we had read this Dr. Seuss book a million-gazillion times already he had it memorized and did really, really great! He decided he needed to wear those funny glasses while he read and then decided so should everyone else on their turns too. 
He was so happy with himself.  We all clapped and cheered for him and you can see how proud he was!

Kyalynn was a riot with the glasses on! LOL! She read one of her very favorite books...The Boy That Changed the World by Andy Andrews. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it! It is thatgood! Kyalynn is an excellent reader and she even did voice inflections like I do whil…

Back in the Saddle....

She's bbbbaaaaacccckkkk! Mommy is back to her old self. Can you tell how excited we little's are?! It just wasn't the same when she was sick. :( 
I'm sure she wants to give you a run down of all that's happened lately but I asked her if I could. Then I smiled. When I smile at her it just melts her heart (at least that's what she always tells me) and so here's the week in a nutshell.....
Kyalynn lost 2 teeth... Samuel (that's me!) learned how to do thank you, love, bulldozer (my favorite!!), tractor, and truck in sign language.... Nolan and Connor have learned how fun legos can be.... Gabriella visited her specialist and we were told good news! No surgery on the horizon! Thank you Jesus! Ryan is counting down the days until he ships off for bootcamp (whatever that is)... Kyalynn celebrated her 8th Gotcha Day! She was real happy and smiled the whole time we watched her welcome home videos and looked at all her pictures. Geesh! She has lots and lots of pictures..…

Oh my aching head...

I am still struggling to fight off this sickness. Oh my! This yuck hit me hard! In fact, I haven't been this sick for at least 10 years. All the little ones are on the mend, thank God. Three are on antibiotics but no fevers for the last day so HALLELUJAH! Now if I could just get this head to stop aching, my nose to stop oozing, and some level of energy back I'd be good! :)

Hopefully tomorrow.....................

My Nose...

It doesn't breathe; It doesn't smell; It doesn't feel So very well.
I am discouraged With my nose: The only thing it Does is blows. ~Dorothy Aldis ~
This is the state of being in our home this week. SICK! Actually, the "ickies" have been here for quite some time. First Ryan, then Sean, and this past Saturday it hit Gabriella like a freight train! It wasn't but a day before Kyalynn, Nolan and Samuel succumbed to it's tyranny. :) Finally, Connor and I were hit. It's like a symphony of coughing bouncing off our walls and ceilings. I've never had 5 children sick all at one time before and then me as well. Interesting...LOL! We are surviving and I'm praying constantly that this too shall pass.......quickly!! It's funny really how each of us presents with different symptoms. Gabriella has had a very high temp most of the time so I've been giving her a cocktail of Ibuprofen and Tylenol every 4 hours and she sounds like she's coughing up a lung. Co…