Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Miss You Daddy

I have always loved this song and wanted to post it today as I remember and miss my Daddy!

Love you Dad.  You are missed!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Snapshot - Be a Voice Giveaway!

What does shopping, beautiful, meaningful jewlery and helping orphans have in common????

It is called Be a Voice and it is the wonderful concept of a good friend of mine who desperately wants to do something to help those whom the Lord has called upon us to help. 

Please read what Be a Voice is all about:

There are over 140 Million orphans in the world today. We want to do our part to lessen that number, one child at a time. We want to educate the public about the adoption process, offer support, and help defray adoption costs through fundraising activities. We want to bring our faith and our passion for original jewelry design together as a path to help raise money for the adoption process, and orphan care.

As parents that have been down that road, we understand both the barriers to adoption and the pressing need of the children awaiting a loving family. After seeing things first-hand, standing idly by is not an option for us. We want to use our voice to advocate for the voiceless, both for would-be parents, and the orphans in such great need. Thank you for joining your voice with ours!

For every purchase made from our webshop, we will be contributing $10 towards helping the voiceless. From clean water for children to clothes for orphans and toys for orphanages, we want to help in as many ways as we can.. We can also partner with fundrasing families and offer them wonderful products that produce 10.00 from each sale to help lessen the burdens. Lets be a voice together!

Tammy approached me this summer and asked if I might help her promote her new site and her mission and of course I said YES!  Tammy has a beautiful little girl from China and is working hard to bring another precious child home very soon! 

These beautiful children who wait so long for a family of their own have broken and uplifted and changed and inspired her heart and I feel very privaledged to be able to help and ...

to GIVE AWAY some of her incredible jewlery!!!

That's right - GIVE AWAY!!!

All you have to do is visit her new site, Be a Voice , look around and consider becoming a contributer by being a guest blogger or just by contributing your family story.  If you think this is something you can do, just leave Tammy a comment. 

You can also be entered to win by "liking" or "sharing" Be a Voice on FB or posting about it on your blog or just signing up for the newsletter.  EASY!

Just leave me a comment on this post to let me know what you will do to be entered and I will announce the winners next Sunday. 

Oh and there will be 3 winners - oh yeah baby!!!  That means that 3 of my wonderful readers will get to choose from Tammy's wonderful designs like this beautiful bracelet:

LOVE it!!!!

So be sure to visit Be a Voice and enter here, to win some fabulous, purposeful jewlery!!!!  Don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you have done to be entered!!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Snapshot - Seriously???

I mean honestly y'all

Where does this come from?

Cause it ain't Little Bear...

That's for sure

All I did was get out my camera cause the light was good

and then this happened!

Really, we watch Franklin and Magic School Bus and Arthur and (sigh) Caillou

and this doesn't come from Caillou - trust me!  Heh!

All I can say is the Lord knew what he was doing when he gave them 3 big brothers! 

3 MEAN big brothers! 

and a 100 pound nanny dog!!  Hehe!

Do you know how hard it was to get them to look "mean?"

I thought it would come naturally!!

I guess we have got some practicing to do before the girls are teenagers!!  Ha!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The View from My Rear View Mirror

Do I really need to cut his hair???

I can put piggie tails in it - not that he would actually let me!

The last time I could put piggie tails in it, Hubby threatened me with, "either you take him or I am taking him!"  Gulp!

Of course this is coming from a man who used to have a ponytail!!!  Heh! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sweet Lilianna is coming home!

Praise God!  I cannot say it better than sweet Adeye! 

Please go here to read about sweet Lilianna's rescue from certain death.

Thank you Lord for bringing this precious child home.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday Snapshot - Furry Heroes of 9/11

I recieved an email the other day about a group of 9/11 heroes that you don't hear about very often.  This video and the pics below are from this email.

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved'.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.   Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks. 

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.  'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.  'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.

These are the remaining few dogs who are still alive, 10 years later. 

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Abigail was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days

Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors
Thank you to all our furry friends who put their lives on the line to serve and save others.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Colin is HOME!

Sunday night I got to do something I have never done before, something that I will remember forever, something that moved my heart and something that was a true blessing from the Lord.

Sunday night, I got to welcome a new family home

Sunday night, I got to welcome Colin home, along with my dear friend Kim, who, by the way, planted the seed!!!

Sunday night, I got to see with my own heart how beautifully older child adoption can change lives.

Angie, Tom and Tommy are a truly remarkable family. 

While Tom could be thinking about retiring and not having more children (sorry Tom - LOL) and Angie has a great job and a beautiful little boy - a happy life, they chose to follow a path that the Lord set out before them.

They decided to follow a path that seemed impossible and impractical and down right crazy to most "sane" ( me not included - heh ) people.

They decided to follow God's path.

Never once did they falter.

Never once did they doubt,

Never once did they have worry.

They knew.

They knew that if the Lord wanted this to happen, He would make it happen.

And He did...

with a little help from Angie - super woman that she is!  Hehe!

You see, this family had never adopted before and had only begun to even talk about adoption when they saw his face, that one face that captured their hearts and told them that they had to bring him home and that, God willing, they would bring him home!

That wonderful face belonged to their son, Colin

Colin was 13 going on 14 and had to be adopted quickly or he would forever loose his chance for a family.  This child, like so many others, at 14 years old would never know the love of a true forever family - at 14!

They were steadfast, they were faitful and they trusted that the Lord would bring their son home.

And He did...

Sunday night...

and we got to be there

We got to witness the birth of a new family

and the saving of a very sweet soul

a very sweet 14 year old soul.

I feel so very privaledged to have been there and I thank Angie and Tom for including me and my crazy family!  Picture children playing tag in the middle of the airport - yeah crazy! 

Being there also brought the very children whom I advocate for, so very close.  My advocacy site has so many wonderful children who are just as Colin was and who could be just as Colin is, with the love of a family.

I have seen many precious older children come home but I have seen so many more age out.  It breaks my heart every single time.  

I always caution families to research older child adoption VERY carefully and to pray, pray, pray about it because it can be HARD. 

However, it can also be so very rewarding and is in many cases, life saving for these children.

Here are some (just some) of the very real faces of those who are "aging out," those who need a family, those who need YOU!  There are SO many more just like these beautiful children!

I leave you with the face of a precious (formally aging out) child who at long last is in her Daddy's arms.

Please go to,  Wonderful Waiting Kids

God bless you all, Angie, Tom, Tommy and Colin!!!