Sunday, February 17, 2013

mid february update

i can't believe February is 1/2 way over!  
time flies when you are a busy mom for sure.  
we've had a fun filled week after recuperating from a sick weekend last week

i've been researching cars/suvs/vans for a while and bought a new (to us) nissan quest this weekend!
my little 1998 honda accord was a good car and i was a bit sentimental to it
i had it for 10 years and it still ran good, but i needed more space and a bit more security for road trips this spring and summer with molly
i decided you just can't beat a van for space and comfort, so i got a great deal on this van!
molly calls it a "bus" and wanted her car seat to be in the very back
it's been fun adjusting to a new car this weekend!
 between my teacher gifts and molly's v-day gifts we racked up on chocolate!
kids are so funny, they couldn't wait to walk into the classroom last week and give me their box of chocolates!
especially the boy who brought be the biggest heart in the back of the picture there!

and look here...
don't be jealous of my mexican dancing doll a student's mom made for me!
wow!  he was so proud as i pulled this out of the gift sack on Valentines day
i didn't quite know what to say!
my grandmother would have loved this!!
today molly wore her chinese new year dress to church since we were sick last week
a friend gave us this outfit from china and we've been waiting until she was big enough to fit into it
it looked so pretty!

 i cleaned up my house this weekend because it was so dirty from us using the fireplace all winter
i have gas logs and i think something must not be working because i had a thin layer of soot all over the den
i closed it up for the spring...hope we don't have anymore snow days ahead!
 i put away the valentines decor and brought out the st. patricks day stuff
that little frame has this quote:
Image of Charles Dickens March - FREE
i downloaded the printable from here

 and here were my valentines/chinese new year decor...

finally, my grandma sherrill who has been in a nursing home for a year is not doing well
it's hard to predict when anyone's final day will be
but, she is not able to swallow and she has been asleep for 2 days now
she's still breathing on her own, but it is becoming more labored
we expect her to pass on sometime this week
will you pray that it will be swift and pain free?
you can look back on some posts i have done on her here

she's precious and deserves a dignified death...whatever that may mean

Sunday, February 3, 2013

snow day!

this winter has been cold and wet
but not cold enough for snow...
this is not good for teachers across the district! ha!

however, we did have our first snow day on friday and it was glorious!
however, it wasn't really much snow to speak of:(
then on saturday morning we got a surprise round 2!
and, still wasn't much to speak of but it was just enough to play in for a while
and so we did
 molly was so excited!  it finally snowed enough to play in

 we were the only ones in our neighborhood common area
i couldn't believe other kids weren't out playing
this always amazes me when it snows
why aren't the kids out playing??

 we had to make snow angels

 everytime she sled down the hill
she would get up and make another snow angel

 it's so fun to play and roll around in the snow!
you just have to smile and laugh

 she would hike up the hill dragging her sled behind her
 never complaining or tiring
we played for about an hour
and our faces were frozen!!

 finally on our way home she dragged her sled through all of our neighbors yards because the streets were already melted

 she had to eat a little snow

 somehow i don't look nearly as cute as she does on this early saturday morning in my snow gear!!

February 3...the first time ever I saw her face

this date is so special to me
because after 5 years of waiting i finally saw my daughters eyes for the first time
and it was such a fulfilling moment
everyone said when you see the child you are meant to have you would just know
and they were right
i really did know instantly this was it!

i had been on the "special needs" list since october and had looked at 4 files of precious little girls
 but, they weren't mine
and the process of "rejecting" those little ones 
in hopes that i would finally see mine was highly emotional and very difficult
i had second doubts and i shed many tears over them

so, on this day to finally have a face that i could claim as my own was priceless
but, i didn't actually see this cute picture first
i first opened the 2 picture files of her "special need"
1 picture of her hands
and 1 picture of her feet
and when i saw those little hands and feet i knew they were my daughters
that was exactly what God had prepared me for

so, on the 3rd picture
when i saw those big round eyes staring into mine
and that head full of hair
and that pink ruffle around her dress
i was ready to jump a plane and get her immediately!
but, it would take a little more patience than that

now, 3 years later i could never have imagined 
how she would grow
what she would learn
how quickly we would attach
or how much she feels like my own flesh and blood's such a mysterious miracle only God can choreograph!

 she wouldn't smile in this one...but i wanted a picture of her whole outfit to show the little blue cape!

her favorite animal...stripey

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