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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thought you would all enjoy this. Edwin... my most favorite musician of all times. Seriously people. He is amazing. Takes my breath away every time. WOW...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas is OVER :)

And I mean that in the nicest way possible. Really, I do. This year Christmas just wiped me out! WOW! I really didn't do alot of shopping, I think a majority of my meltdown was traveling. Christmas Eve day we had Shannon's family over for Christmas Brunch. It was yummy and delicious and the company was even better :) Then off to my dad and step-moms house in Walterboro for their annual party. There were so many people there that had never met Norah, so that was a real treat to see family that we haven't seen since she has been home. Of course she loved being the center of attention once she settled in and she had a blast! She was running around after Elias the other boys chasing them and then they would chase her. Then back to my moms house to spend the night. We can;t stay at our house because we do not have a chimney, and Santa cannot get inside without a chimney dontcha know. I didn't get to bed until around 1:30 and Elias was in my face, literally, at 6am. That kid has never woken at 6 his whole entire life. Lovely. So we opened gifts and made the traditional Hazelnut coffee and mom made her famous sausage and cheese biscuits. It is divine I tell you. I HAD to nap. I knew that I was going to collapse at any moment if I didn't close my eyes. Mom woke me up at 2:00. We had to leave to go back to Walterboro for Christmas with my mom;s side of the family. One hour to shower, bathe the kids, get them dressed as well as get all of our things together to head back home straight from Wallyworld. Ugh. We did it though :) Walterboro was fun times as usual. It is so good to see everyone and spend time with family this time of the year. Gives me warm fuzzies :) Shannon;s mom and dad and brother Nick and his wife Jess will be coming in a few days to wrap up the Christmas festivities. And a good night was had by all :) Here are some pics that I have been meaning to post as well as some from Christmas. Enjoy :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I have been tagged by my friend Peggy to list my 8 favorites. I was also tagged by Denise, but I will finish that another day as the children allow me very little time to cut and paste on the computer! I promise that I will finish that one up!! So here goes:

8 Favorite TV Shows:
1. Jon and Kate plus 8... guilty pleasure :)
2. House Hunters
3. The Take Home Chef (For those of you that have seen this, no explanation necessary)
4. Saved By The Bell (I plead the 5th)
5. A Baby Story
6. CSI any of them
7. Gilmore Girls
8. The Bachelor

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Took a shower (Thank God for small miracles)
2. Cooked Breakfast
3. Cleaned house - ALOT
4. Washed about 7 loads of laundry
5. Went to my mom's house
6. Met the girl's at StarBucks
7. Went to Target
8. Went to Kohl's

8 Things I look forward to:
1. Christmas morning with my kids
2. Spending time with family this holiday season
3. MASON!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Watching my kids grow up - But not too fast!
5. Going back to China one day
6. Possibly adding to our family
7. My 34th birthday :)
8. Seeing Edwin in January!!!

8 Things I wish for:
1. That all chidlren have the love of a mother and father
2. Peace from the inside out
3. My children are safe and happy in theeir life
4. That my family stays safe and taken care of
5. That this cold will go away and the frog will remove itself from my throat
6. Looong many years of marriage
7. Happiness
8. One more sweet baby from China :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Possibly Picasso??

Elias brought home his Tuesday folder with assorted papers and things from his last week at school. A+, smiley faces, good jobs, FABULOUS ART WORK, keep it up stickers, 100%, I'm sorry... did you say ART WORK??? Why that is a child after my own heart!!! I was beside myself looking at all of the really cool things that he did in art class. BLOGWORTHY things!!! So here you go!!

PART 1- That would be me with the huge red lips and ginormous eyes, thank you very much :) Our house, Norah (sister) and "bad" dad. Now look at the following pic...

This would be Shannon at the shooting range. The black square with the yellow head would be the target at the shooting range. COOL!!! And Elias in his car :)

Three trees on top, and on the bottom there is a monster, a rabbit head and a cat. Nice.

Perhaps my favorite :)


For those of you that have adopted from China...

Have you ever been just minding your business, perhaps working, and that smell hits you? That smell of "China", the smell that takes you back there and makes you reminese about your China days? I smelled Hong Kong tonight at work and had to stop and let my mind wonder.... ahhhhhhh

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I am sitting at my computer this morning completely overwhelmed by emotion at writing about what I am thankful for this year, 2008. I knew that 2008 would be much better than 2007... it just had to be. 2007 was not a good year for me personally. 2008 has super exceeded it. So without further ado...

- I am thankful for my husband. He is so gentle and loving and is an amazing father. There is no where he would rather be than with his wife and children. We have been married almost 8 years and they have been the most amazing years of my life. He brought to life my passion of adopting, although at first it was from the outside looking in. He didn't understand it, didn't ask questions about it, he just knew that it was my desire and he dived in head first. There is something special about a man that is able to love a child that is "not his own". And when I say "not his own" I mean a child that was not created by him. He was hesitant and nervous at first, I am not going to lie. He played both sides of the fence at times but he was just being realistic. On Gotcha Day he stood back videotaping, so scared to touch or feel this dream that we had seen come to life for fear that it would be snatched away. In that hotel in Nanchang he fell in love with a little girl that had never known the love of a father. A little girl so scared and frail and unsure of these people she was now stuck with. To see him being so gentle and kind to her would touch even the hardest of hearts. He fell in love with a little girl that knew nothing of a family and did not know how to trust. He put himself out there for her, to be the father that she needed. And now it is evident that she is so in love with him and it just melts his heart for him to hear her say, "I yub you dada".

- I am thankful for my son Elias. Elias was the baby that was never supposed to be. The baby that I carried in my broken heart years before he was born. I had been told for years that I would never conceive because my eggs were like that of a 70 year old woman's. Nice. I had a dream one night, a dream so real that I wept when I woke up. I dreamed that I had delivered a little boy and I was walking down the hall to visit him in the nursery. The nursery in the hospital was under construction so I was actually visiting a room with a bassinet, a rocking chair and some other random equipment. I lifted my baby boy out of the bassinet and cradled him gently in my arms. I sat in the rocking chair holding my baby and touching the top of his hair. He had on a white t-shirt and a diaper. He had a head full of dark brown hair. There was a little stain on his t-sirt from his bleeding umbilical cord and I could smell his baby smell. As I was stroking his head he looked at me and said, "Don't worry momma, I will be home soon." And then I woke up. Sobbing and sobbing and just aching to hold that baby that had been in my dreams. I was pregnant and didn't know it.
So Elias and I have a history I guess you could say. He is my angel. He made me a mother. Something that I desperately wanted to be. He is an old soul that has been around for a while. Wise beyond his years. Intelligent and sarcastic... such a wonderful combination. He will say the sweetest things to me and I love when he calls me his girly-girl. I like that better than momma, because he made that up. He is incredibly witty. In a different time and in another world if we were to meet, we would be best friends I am sure. He has a kind heart and a quick temper. He is amazing to me and I am so thankful for the joy that he has brought to my world since he entered his. I love you Elias, with all of my heart.

- I am thankful for Norah. Thankful that she took that leap of faith right along with us and trusted us. She has come so far in her life and she is braver than I could ever be. She too has made me a mother twice over. I never thought I would have one child, but I have been blessed with 2. The wait, the trip, the journey was all for her. We love her so much and cannot wait to see her blossom even more. We pray everyday that she will be safe and feel secure in her new world. So much joy... all of the tears and pain have been erased and I am whole again.

- I am thankful for my family - thankful that they have always been by my side in this crazy world. Thankful that my mom sacrificed and worked to give me the best of everything. Thankful that Bill overcame the cancer that was found. Thankful that we have another year to love him and to learn from him. Thankful that my sister was kept safe this year. She is amazing in more ways than one. She is funny and beautiful. I am pretty sure that God gave us to mom 13 years apart because we would have been to much of a handful if we were several years apart. She is half of my heart. She has so much to offer this world and will figure everything out in time. I love her so very much.

-I am thankful that my step-mom, Carrie, is in remission. For 6 months she was tortured by chemo. She is so strong and brave and fought her cancer head on. Her kids and grandkids are the most important to her and she did it for them, I know she did. My dad has been healthy this year... one more year thankful to be with him. Amen!

- I am thankful for all of Shannon's family. Thankful that they all shaped him, in one form or another, into the man that he is. Thankful that they love both of my kids. Thankful that families were reunited. Thankful that there were no illnesses and that we all had one more year to share with one another in love. They are my family too and I am so thankful that they treat me that way. I am thankful that Nick and Jess are married :) Now she is stuck. Jess, welcome to the family. You and Nick will be very happy together I just know it. Those Sharp men are easy to love :)

- I am thankful that Mason will make her entrance into the world in early 2009. I am thankful that she is healthy and she will be so loved. Valarie and I tend to have our kids one right after another. It makes sense, we are soul sisters. So after settling down from the excitement of her being pregnant, it didn't surprise me that she would have another baby. Norah and Mason will carry on our legacy and I am so thankful for that. I cannot wait to see her and hold her and lick her head. Yes, I said lick her head. Don't touch that one, that's just what we do. :) I am thankful that I have had the same best friend for 20 years and all of the things that I don't say she gets. She is my Anam Cara. My soul friend.

- After traveling to China I am thankful for so much that I always took for granted. Thankful that we can all worship however we choose, thankful that we can have good jobs that pay well, thankful that we have a house, and that I have lots of nieces and nephews. Thankful for my car, the food on my table and for freedom. Freedom to do what I want, when I want, how I want. I learned so much while there. It would take your breath away. I am most thankful that they entrusted us with one of their daughters. I will never be the same.

-I am thankful for all of my "old" friends and for the new friends that I have met along the way. I am thankful that each brings a unique gift to my life and I hope that I do the same for them. There have been some good times with these girls, some good times and some true friendships. Thank you :)

- I am thankful for all of the blessings that God has given me this year. Thankful for His mercy and for His grace. Thankful that He does provide what we need but He also provides extra. Thankful that He has taken this woman's heart and has put all of the necessary band-aids on it so as not to break. And they are, respectively, Elias and Norah. Thank you God, for both of my children. Thank you for choosing me to be their mother. I pray that they never doubt for one minute that I love them with all of my heart.

I hope that all of you found things that you are thankful for this year. Things that are beyond the normal house, car, and money. Things that make up the real things in this life. And that is the love of a family and your children.

My cup runneth over...

Friday, November 21, 2008

There's no place like the park...

Before I can even begin to tell you about Norah's day, I have to say a HUGE thank you to Brendon. Brendon and I went to highschool together and I really haven't seen him since. We are friends on facebook though. So to make a long story short, I had some pictures that didn't upload to my computer. I did everything that I knew, but
nothing. They were gone. Brendon messaged me on FB and gave me a program that allowed me to retrieve EVERY SINGLE picture that was ever on that camera and deleted. I am very very thankful that he was able to help me, and that he took the time to do it! Thank you Brendon!!!!! :)

We took Norah to the park today for the first time. At first she was a bit unsure of the situation at hand, but she got warmed up to the idea at 20 screaming kids and a HUGE playground! I took tons of pics (that were RECOVERED!!!!!!!!!!) Elias had a great time! I overheard him saying this to a little girl as they passed Norah:

Elias: Hi Norah!
RandomGirl: You KNOW her?
E: Yes, that's my little sister.
E: Yes, she is from China. My parents went over there and got her out of a box. Her mom and dad left her there. Can you believe that? They just left her! Now she's my baby sister! Isn't she the cutest thing?
RG: speechless

Needless to say we had the talk about appropriate and inappropriate and what to tell and what not to say. Ugh. We are working on it! But it is interesting to hear it from his perspective.

So here they are, the lovely pictures (THAT BRENDON HELPED ME GET BACK!!!!!!!!)

Gahagan Park

I see you!!

Hangin out on the slide...

Daddy and Norah swinging



And away!!

Taking time for some sugar :)

I love this picture! It reminds me of Elias... In constant motion!

A little more sugar...


And again... How can I resist!

I LOVE this smile!

Momma and Norah

Momma's Prayers :)

Sweet Boy

I love the way she looks at her daddy...

And the way he looks at her. They have something very special!

I'm not too sure about this thing...

But I will give it a try...

Look at me momma!

No hands!!!

I think I might just stick with my Ya-Ya

You can't catch me!!!