Friday, May 22, 2009

It's Somebody's Birthday In Our House........

It's Jack's (a.k.a. Paige's Daddy's) birthday!

Paige is currently on "vacation" AGAIN, this time with Grandma Carole & Papa George in St. Louis.  She is visiting Aunt Rachel (Jack's sister), Uncle Scott, & cousins Allyson & Daniel.  

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Daddy!  We love you so very much!  

Today is also Claudia's, our niece's, birthday!  She turned 4 today.....and is enjoying a day with her Mommy, my sister, in NYC!  Claudia has been calling with updates about her special day.  She called after her horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park and during her birthday lunch at the American Girl Cafe......she was tickled that she was drinking pink lemonade.....Happy Birthday my sweet, sweet Claude-hope all your birthday wishes come true!

Prayer Works!

China FINALLY sent referrals for this month!  Families with log in dates from March 8 to March 14, 2006 received their referrals!  We are April 3, 2006....things are slowly moving along!  YAY!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fingers Crossed & Praying To God......

There has been a "rumor" out in the China Adoption Community that the Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs has suspended referrals until September 2009 due to the Swine Flu.......needless to say that makes Jack & I sick to our stomachs and we are HEALTHY!

We spoke with our agency today, who told us that they believe referrals should be received the end of this week.  Now no one knows how many families will receive referrals, but we would be THRILLED with any amount of would bring us one tiny bit closer to our Lily..........

We know you all are praying for our Lily......can you please say one extra prayer tonight?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Family Is A Good Thing.......

.........this picture was taken after a fun-filled but long and hot day at the Magic Kingdom.......Paige just loves having her cousins visit!

Wildfires Are Awe Inspiring Works Of Mother Nature....

.....last week Paige and I were sitting in our living room catching the latest episode of Toot & Puddle, when out of the blue there was this lightning strike that sounded like it landed right on our sofa!

....we both jumped out of our skin, and then poor Paige freaked out more when she saw her mama was really freaked out......

1st we shut off Daddy's plasma T.V., (I would not want to live through the experience of something bringing harm to Daddy's T.V.)

2nd we started reading all the Toot & Puddle books we picked out together at the library

3rd within a few minutes, Paige says, "I want to look at the sky and see if I see rain yet." So off we go to the patio, where I can see the traffic behind our house is at a standstill and fire engine lights......

4th "Hmmmm......Paige lets go out the front of the house and see what's going on"

.........and this is what greeted my you see the flipping FIRE TRUCK & SMOKE that is DIRECTLY across the lake from our house?!?!?!?! That lightning bolt started a fire in the conservation area next to our house!!! OMG!

........It takes a few seconds for my brain to process what my eyeballs are seeing, and then Paige & I race back to the house, & "Smart Mommy In An Emergency Situation" grabs her CAMERA and goes back out to take PICTURES, by the time I got there the flames were low.....phew...

I tell Paige to get dressed (she was in a nightgown) and think to myself, "Get cat, get dogs, get Paige & get Mommy and Paige's sleeping blankets".......(NO THOUGHT to the house insurance papers, pictures, passports, birth certificates, nope just the cow blankets Paige & I sleep with!)

Now mind you, while these thoughts are racing through my head, Paige is running around the house in underwear freaking out like her mother (poor kid is doomed).

But then after a call to Daddy, who called our neighbor Bruce, who went out and surveyed the wildfire situation and declared an all clear......Paige put back on her nightgown & Mommy had 2 glasses of wine.

........and here is a picture of Bruce, "assessing" the wildfire situation!

Our neighborhood was VERY fortunate, there are many other local central Florida neighborhoods that are being evacuated due to wildfires.......and some families lost everything......

I personally wanted to run up to those firemen and hug them! A huge thank you to all those firefighters who are keeping people safe!

It Sure Has Been A While!

.......please accept my apologies for not posting!  Life just sometimes gets in the way of blogging!

Since my last post:
.....Paige got a new "fancy" flower hat in her favorite color, pink, of course!
......had a couple of sleepovers at Grandma Carole's & Papa George's house....
.....attended one of her "best bud's", Blace, 3rd birthday party
......had a playdate at our house with Cousins Sam, Molly, Michelle, & Jason from NY
.......went to the Magic Kingdom with her cousins for Sam & Molly's 1st trip ever to see "the mouse"
.......and went to preschool, dance school, had just a couple of meltdowns, and watched her favorite new tv shows: Special Agent Oso & Toot & Puddle a gajillion times with her Mama
.......she now knows her phone number & address by heart
......and right this very moment she is on vacation with Grammy & Pop Pop on Long Island for her other cousin, Claudia's 4th Birthday party TODAY!
.......and in about 24 hours, my little monkey will be back home in Orlando wrapped up in my arms--I sure did miss you kiddo!