Monday, November 30, 2009

Need Some Decorating Help

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So, what do you see here? A hideous choice of paired colors? Or, two colors that might actually have potential together? Hubby and I set out to paint the kitchen a color that would go with the cabinets that came with the house. Cause even the thought of painting the cabinets gives me a headache and a slight panic attack, and replacing them costs a heck of a lot more than a few gallons of paint.

Anyway, this is the color we finally decided on, and a professional approved, but now that I've painted one wall I don't think I like the two of them together and don't want to finish the kitchen. (Yes, this means my kitchen now has the bottom half of one wall painted.) BUT, yes there's a butt but, Rick and the boys LIKE the color and want me to finish painting. UGH!

So, if there are any decorator types who would be willing to advise I would greatly appreciate it. I think the pics are pretty true to color. Oh, and ignore the funky orange countertop. That's gonna go.... "someday". I was hoping for a European Country look with my color choices, but I think it might be too much like "Clowns Escape and Paint your Kitchen" No offense to any of you clowns out there! ;o)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wondering What's Up?

Anybody been wondering what's going on with us? I've actually just been laying low while we were waiting for Dr. Psychologist to submit his reports, and oh ok, I'll admit it a few times having a pity party.

But, we are on the move again. Homestudy Agency got the reports and within 20 minutes of getting them sent me a message saying we were good to go. Does anyone else think it's ridiculous that three months of waiting was wrapped up by a fax and a 15 minute "meeting" to interpret the fax? I just had to laugh, but was really glad they didn't make us wait to get the go-ahead.

So, after all that fuss, and Dr. Psychologist disappearing from the radar for a while, we are back on track and hoping to meet with our actual SW on December 18. After that we can submit the HS to USCIS to get our I171-H, then we get our entire dossier apostilled, send it to Liza's country, and wait for a travel date that will hopefully come in early March. Then the excitement really starts!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reece's Rainbow Christmas Video

If you're touched by one of these beauties please contact Andrea with Reece's Rainbow to learn more about adoption. The adoption grants raised through RR really go along way to help each child find a family, but if you're still nervous I would urge you to check out Lydia's story. If they can do it what's stopping the rest of us? It can be done, and with all the roadblocks we've faced I can still say that. More news on that to come ;o)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Claire/The Angel Tree

Remember Claire? She's the little one I'm praying for during the Holiday's this year. she's still waiting for her Mom and Dad to come for her. To adopt her into a loving family and out of the orphanage. Away from the threat of the institution.

Even if you don't feel that you are called to adopt I encourage you to take a look at Reece's Rainbow's Angel Tree and sponsor one or more of the children featured there. There is truly no shortage of families that are ready and willing to bring these children home, but there is a shortage of funds all too often.

The NUMBER ONE reason I hear for people not adopting is the cost. So, please sponsor a child. I would love for it to be Claire, but go and take a look at the Angel Tree and decide for yourself. Reece's Rainbow will send you an ornament for every $35 donation and it's Tax-deductible. It can be a wonderful way to teach your kids to pray for the orphans. Hang the ornament on your Christmas Tree or display it in a prominent place to remind you to pray every day. I can tell you, it's an amazing feeling when you find out a child you've been praying for has been committed to by a family.

Let's see the lives of some special kids changed this Christmas! To get to the Angel Tree click on the Reece's Rainbow Christmas Ornament on the sidebar or this link MAKE SURE to mark any donations with Claire's (or the child you choose) name so that the donation is marked specifically for them.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Music and Life-I Hate Everything

First time I heard this song I thought, "What a pitiful country song. You can't really hate EVERYTHING." But, today I know how he feels.

No, we haven't really had bad news or anything. I am just sick of chasing down Dr. Psychologist trying to find out if the reports ever got done. I'm sick of not having a Homestudy done that should have been done a long time ago. I'm sick of trying to get "people" (I really wanted to say something else but will restrain myself)to just sign a piece of paper that we need for our dossier. I'm sick of having to fight the enemy and his minions at every turn in this adoption. Mostly, I am just sick to death of being thousands of miles from my daughter.

So, now I feel a little better and plan to drink a little wine, eat a cupcake, and dig the rest of the chocolate frosting out of the tub until I'm sick of it too.

Any body got a problem with that?!................

I didn't think so...... ;o)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween 2009 Lesson

I was prepared with the kind of candy I thought kids would like, Starburst Gushers and Jelly Lemonheads. Waiting excitedly for all the cute little Trick-or-Treaters to come to my door since my own children had deserted me to go door-to-door with some friends (apparently that's what happens at the preteen/teen stage). I just couldn't wait to Ohh and Ahh over all the little princesses and try to act scared of the little monsters.

Well, guess what? Not ONE little, or big for that matter, T-or-Ter came to my house at all. They were all walking the streets on the other side of my neighborhood. Along with the girls who looked like real Street Walkers, but I won't go there tonight. The point is I bought all that candy that I didn't get to give away to anybody. You know what that means? I'll have to eat it myself*.

So, what lesson did I learn from this?...............
Next year, buy CHOCOLATE*! :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quilt Winner

Anybody remember this? When I first set it up I had the issue that came up with P*yp*l that threw a wrench in it for a day or two, but I did have two ladies who donated before that happened. Then I made a flyer and posted in a few places here in my community and had a couple folks donate because of that. All in all I guess it didn't do so bad. And believe me, every little bit helps get us closer to our goal.

Thanks to ALL who entered! And now on to the WINNER .
This is my trusty helper, Noah. Don't ask about the face, I have not a clue! But, it's cute :)
Here's his pick! Again with the weird faces.....
And The winner IS......

Natasha M! She actually works at the boys' school and is from Liza's country. On top of donating for a chance at the quilt she has also offered her services as a translator if I need them. I am so happy we got connected. I wish I had a quilt for everyone who donated, but am so grateful to everyone who did. Thank you all so much!!

And, of course, we do still have the bracelets for sale. I wear mine everyday and so does a friend of mine. Because they have so many colors in them they go with anything you wear but they're not overly bright or gaudy. If you knew me in real life you would know I DON'T do gaudy or loud. Check them out if you need an idea for a Christmas gift :)