Check out my ETSY shop!!!!

Check out my ETSY shop!!!!
Click on the photo to see my latest creations at Etsy!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010


I have two favorite photos for this week’s post.  The first one I’ve titled “hanging around”.  That’s right..hanging by one arm off the ground and eating a cookie with the other! This guy is such a monkey!

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This next one is called “I can do it all by myself!”  Peter is a very stubborn little 3 year old and often insists on doing things his way.  He dressed himself the other day and was too stubborn to admit that there might be a problem here!! It’s a fun stage that most toddlers go through, however, so we are trying to enjoy his new independence!  This inside-out-arm-pulled-through-the-neck look strongly resembles a toga,  doesn’t it!!??spring 2010 137

We are looking forward to spending a fun-filled weekend at our lake home enjoying this gorgeous spring weather!  Please keep our military men and women and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate our freedoms this holiday weekend!

Join in the FFF fun at Hannah’s blog!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Best Friends Forever!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

40 Something…

Forty-something years ago, this little girl was born! What a wonderful ride it’s been so far!  I’m looking forward to many more years of fun memories and good health!


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Thank you for your well-wishes and birthday greetings on email and facebook…my friends!

Friday, May 21, 2010

FFF-“That’s What Friends Are For”


Today’s theme is friendship.  For the most part, I think my kids all have pretty nice friends.  It’s easy to guide them towards nice kids while they are young but as they become teenagers, it gets a little tougher influencing who they “hang out” with!  We’ve been lucky with some great friends that stick by our children through thick and thin!

Greta’s friends have seemed to multiply since we put up the trampoline! At least I know where my kids are hanging out though!

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Ricky has some great friends who have been in school with him since age 3! Mark and Ricky played together earlier this week at our house…

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These two are the best buddies of all! I was just noticing that there is almost always a hockey stick in every picture we take!!  We are a hockey family…even in the summer!!

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Peter, being the youngest one who is stuck at home with mom day in and day out, doesn’t have many opportunities to play with friends.  He’s excited even to play “house” when little girls come over to our home!

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Taylor and a sweet friend after having her hair and makeup done at a sleepover last weekend…

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More of Greta’s buddies…

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These three muskateers are all in Special Olympics Track and Field together!

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This hilarious picture was taken last summer at our lake home…Ari(right) is their cousin and one of Hannah’s very best friends!  The girls were having a fashion show for us and came up with this silly pose!!

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Another of Hannah’s friends…

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And of course, my very best friend of all, Rich…this was taken in Paris last summer.

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Hop on over to Hannah’s blog to see more FFF!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Giveaway!

Here is another chance to win some items from my Etsy shop!  I usually get contacted by people looking for items to give away on their blogs and I have participated in quite a few of thoe.  This time, I approached Sarah and offered items for her to give away on her blog!  She is a fellow adoptive mom and we have enjoyed each other’s family blogs for a while now. She offers such great giveaways on her blog like Yummy Cuppy Crafts and Poppy Dip Dresses!  Check out her site HERE where you can register for a chance to win several giveaways.

My daughter, Hannah, will eventually be moving her items that she makes off of her Etsy shop and over to mine.  If you don’t keep adding new items to your Etsy shop, your stuff falls down so far on any of the searches that you never get visitors.  That is what has happened to her!  It’s discouraging to never have any sales anymore so I will just keep adding her handmade craft items to my shop!

Here are the items for this giveaway!

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Good Luck!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Adoption Books and Update

It’s been a busy few weeks at our house.  Originally Rich and I had planned to be gone to Italy on vacation now but when that volcano erupted in Iceland and I saw all the stranded passengers on the news, we decided it’s best to wait a while.  We will re-schedule the trip when it works out for Grandma and Grandpa to babysit for us…maybe in the fall!  I was really looking forward to gondola rides, fine Italian foods and wines and just enjoying all the Italy has to offer tourists!  Oh well…

Hannah was recently confirmed in our church which is a milestone in her spiritual walk.  She gave her testimony in front of the entire church…we were very proud of her! The class was a small one this year with only Hannah and 3 boys!

Hannah's confirmation 051 Hannah's confirmation 006  Peter had his first dentist appointment this past week.  He did great and really enjoyed doing what he saw his big brother doing!  He was a brave little man!

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I have been talking to Peter lately about being adopted.  He seems to understand (as much as a 3-year old can) that he has another mommy in Guatemala and is interested in talking about how he came to live with us.  I found a book about adoption that is really cute.  He loves this story!  The book is called, “I Wished For You-an Adoption Story” by Marianne Richmond.

Do any of you have any other good adoption books you would recommend?  I’d love to get him a few more!

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Mary Merkley…if you read this, could you please email me?  We haven’t been able to get on your blog for months and would love to see pictures of your girls (and boys!) again! Peter always loved seeing M’s pictures!!