Monday, June 30, 2008

LID-versary Flower Text

Yes, it has been 22 months since our paperwork was logged in at CCAA. This waiting just sucks.

You want to talk organic. This is organic!!

We are so lucky to have berry patches all over the farm. And it is berry season. And it looks like it's going to be a good one. We picked our first bucket last night. Brynn watched out for the "toison ivy" and jaggers. She doesn't want to itch and she didn't want to get scratched.

Berry season really makes me miss my mom. She made the best berry dumplings with a sugary syrup on them. Put some milk on them and the milk turns berry colored. Yum. Yum. Another recipe I wish I had gotten before she died.

Brynn picking the berries. One for me. One for the bucket.

Our little helper. Dora, Grammy's tom cat.

Our bowlful of berries. Vanilla ice cream with fresh berries for dessert tonight!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Funeral, A Birthday, and Gratitude

When Kevin's grandma died, we hoped that his brother and family would be able to come home. Not only did they get to come home; they stayed for a week. It was wonderful getting to spend time with them and the nephew and niece.

Who Stinkered?

2 of her 3 grandchildren

Like my hat?


Cute personified!

Little Miss Kitty

Look at all my teeth!

We also got to see Kevin's extended family. Brynn loves to play with her cousins Sophia and Isabella. They just really seem to get along well. We can't wait to get together with them again.

Sophia, Isabella, and Brynn

Then I had a great surprise by getting a phone call from my Aunt Janice. She was in town with my cousin and they were celebrating another aunt's (Aunt Louise) 90th birthday. Now, you have to understand how important Aunt Janice is to me, so to get to spend time with her is wonderful. Plus, I was going to get to visit with some of my mom's family. We don't see them much since Mom died, so when I get to see them, I really enjoy it. And I took NO pictures. How wrong is that?

I am so grateful that I have family on both sides that I adore. Kevin's family instantly became mine and the same is true about mine to him. Everyone doesn't have this connection and for this we are truly blessed.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I Hate Them!!

See this? It used to be huge and full and beautiful. Then, those evil 4 legged animals sniffed it out and devoured it. I hate deer.
My aunt and cousin were home over the weekend and saw one that they had picked at. Now, they have eaten all of them. Ugh.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

These things I know...

  1. When my daughter throws up, I want to throw up.
  2. When my daughter throws up close to the table as we are getting ready to eat, my hunger disappears a little.
  3. When my daughter throws up at the table all over her plate full of food, send me to bed without supper.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Holy Hail, Batman!!

What is up with this weather? We had a huge hailstorm hit our house Monday night. We thought it was going to break our skylights. And my husband left his truck window down. Dork.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!!

What's up with the cheesy smile? Cheeseball.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

In Memory

Kevin’s grandma died Saturday, June 14 at 2:15 pm. She was 95. She leaves behind two children (another is deceased), 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

I wish I could say she had an amazing life, but when asked about her life, she would have told you that she could not remember a day when she was happy. Not one day. Not the day she was married. Not the day her children were born. Not one.

And I am not sure she ever tried.

Such a sad way to live a life.

The viewing is Tuesday with the funeral Wednesday. Kevin’s father is preaching at the funeral.

We told Brynn last night about Grandma's death. She asked a few questions, but not as many as we expected. She had a relationship with Grandma W. Kevin’s mom would take her with her when she visited the nursing home. Brynn was probably the closest out of all the great grandchildren mainly because she visited the most. I expect her to have many more questions before this week is over.

We pray that Grandma is now in Heaven and that all of her pain is now gone. And that she is rejoicing with the angels and eternally praising God.

Maybe now she will find the peace that she didn’t have her entire earthly life.

Goodbye Grandma. Please rest in peace.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Referrals Came

I haven't posted much about the adoption recently. Probably because there really isn't much to post. A couple of referral batches have come and gone without even a mention from me. LID anniversaries have passed as well. We kinda forgot about them.

Have we given up on this adoption? Not at all. We just know that we won't be getting a referral anytime soon. The month's batch only got to January 20th (maybe the 22nd). That is still a long way away from August 30th.

I think we have put protective gear around our hearts for now. It is much easier just living and being. We will get our referral when we are supposed to. I just wish it was sooner rather than later.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Cinderelli, Cinderelli...

I had what I thought was a wonderful idea over the weekend. Since we are planning on visiting The Mouse in September , I thought that maybe we should get Brynn more acquainted with the characters that we may run into. She knows The Mouses and their friends, all of the Pooh Crew, but not many of the ugly, parents must buy Princess crap (oh sorry, souvenirs) that I am sure is going to catch her eye.

So, I decide that while Kevin is watching the hockey game (Can you believe that hockey is still being played?) we would watch Cinderella. I've now realized that this movie is really not all that wonderful. I mean seriously, the cat is named Lucifer and Cindy is treated so badly that Brynn made remarks about it. Did Walt really need to make the stepmom and her daughters that mean?

Can't wait to watch Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.