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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Word-Full Wednesday


I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Gretchen…well, she’s actually my sister’s friend from nursing school but for the last 4 years she has become a friend of mine as well!

About four years ago, Gretchen asked my sister, Vickie, if she thought I would let her “borrow” my Ricky for a few hours.  You see, her family was trying to adopt a baby locally who was going to be born soon and happened to have Down Syndrome.  She wanted her SIX children to see what a child with DS was like!  After spending some time with my amazing little man, I’m pretty sure they all were in love with him! Although they already had a name picked out for their new baby, the children all convinced their parents that he should now be named Ricky!  Gretchen was worried that I would be upset by this and asked my sister what she thought.  When Vickie told me they wanted to name their baby after Ricky, I remember just crying.  My Ricky will never be able to father a child so to me, this was like his opportunity to have a child named after him, just like he was named after his daddy!  In other words, I was deeply honored!!!

Fast forward four years…Gretchen is in Ukraine right now adopting another little man with Down Syndrome!  She needs your prayers as the paperwork is causing some delays.  You can read about her experience on her family blog. Her Ricky is the one of the left in the photo!

Gretchen is one of the most amazing advocates for people with DS that I know.  She travels around the country to speak at rallies and the capitol, gives talks in Ethics classes at the University and is a huge supporter of Pro-Life Minnesota.  We couldn’t drive anywhere in the metro area for the past 2 years without seeing her Ricky’s gorgeous face up on a huge billboard somewhere, advertising Pro-Life!  Please keep this sweet family in your prayers as they bring home another one of God’s precious children!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Special Olympics and Thrifty Thursdays!

Ever since Ricky was born, we have looked forward to the day when he could compete in Special Olympics.  His daddy is such a talented athlete in almost every sport(and fiercely competitive too!) and luckily for Ricky, he inherited that natural athletic ability too!!  Ricky is competitive and pushes himself to be a better athlete but he’s also a good sport when competing with others. 

At age 8, a child is eligible to compete in this wonderful organization so this is Ricky’s very first ever competition today in Track and Field.  It’s actually a 3-day event but we will only make it today and tomorrow as we will be at the lake on the weekend.  Today he will compete at the University of MN campas in the Softball Throw…tomorrow is the 400 meter relay and that is quite a hilarious sight to see Ricky and the 3 other athletes running this race!  I’ll let you know how he does…

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Today’s THRIFTY THURSDAY special is on this cute pair of pink and sage green socks for only $3.00 at my Etsy shop!

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Friday, June 11, 2010


I’m not sticking with this week’s theme for FFF.  I just ran out of time and didn’t get around to taking pictures of the things we love!

Today is my kids last day of school!!  It’s hard to believe that my twins will be in 3rd grade in the fall!  Hannah finished middle school and now I will have 2 kids in high school…how did that happen???  Today was supposed to be a field trip for the middle schoolers to Valley Fair, a local amusement park.  Since it’s pouring rain, Hannah doesn’t want to go so we will get her pre-paid ticket from school so she can go another day when it’s hot and sunny!  Poor Taylor has more final exams all day so she left for school all stressed out!  I remember the stress of finals week and don’t miss that one little bit!

Here are my twins last September on the first week of school…

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And now the last week of school!

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I think they all grew a few inches this school year!

To see more FFF, check out Hannah’s blog!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

I am trying a new deal at my Sox That Rock shop called Thrifty Thursdays!  Each Thursday I will feature one item or group of items that will be offered at an amazing low price for just one day.  Today’s offer is this pair of socks in any child’s size for just $3.00 each!!  Go HERE to check it out…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


It seems to me that most people either blog or do Facebook, but it’s difficult to try to keep up on both.  Then there are people like me that don’t do a good job keeping up with either of them!

I recently added a FAN page on FB for Sox That Rock.  On it I will post special sales and new products in my shop!  If you have a FB account, will you please stop by and become a fan of Sox That Rock?  Once you do, you will be entered in a MONTHLY drawing giveaway for free items from my shop!

We recently attended a Presidential Academic Awards Ceremony at our middle school.  Hannah received an award for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better throughout her three years at middle school.  Actually her GPA was 4.0!!!

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Great job, Hannah!  We are so proud of you!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wordful Wednesday

Let me start by saying that I like my boys with longer hair…I’m not a fan of short hair and especially not shaved heads!  With that being said, my poor little man has such a nice thick mop of hair and he sweats so much when he’s hot.  The hair stylist who cut his hair last time suggested that we shave his head just for the summer months to allow him to feel more comfortable.  So here is the BEFORE….

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Although I can say I really don’t like his hair like this, I know he is already so much more comfortable on these hot days.  We left it a little longer and his hair grows back super fast so I know it’s only temporary!  He’s still my handsome little man!!

To see more Wordful Wednesday posts, please go to Angie’s blog.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Life at the Lake

This chair had my name all over it!!

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 Mommy and her handsome little man…

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Peter doesn’t remember being at the lake last summer.  He LOVES playing in the water and sand and he kept saying to me, “this is just like a beach, Mommy!”  I kept telling him, “this is your beach, Peter!”

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This past weekend, we enjoyed time with cousins…these three clowns had trouble finding the right sized life jackets! 

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Boating….the kids love to drive the pontoon boat with their grandpa…

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Bright and early in the morning while still in their pajamas…

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Ahhh…life at the lake!  Do we really need to go home and leave all this fun behind???!!!

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