Jan 29, 2013

Penny on the window

In the winter when the ice builds up on the inside of our windows, we always pass some time melting that pesky ice.  I grew up doing this and today mom introduced Gergana to the fun.  And yes, it is fun. She is now officially as weird as the rest of the family. 

Our favorite method of melting the ice? A penny.  It's actually amazing to watch as the penny slowly melts the ice. We usually have a couple of pennies kicking around waiting to be used on some unsuspecting patch of window ice.  Don't ask me how it works.  I have no clue. Have any of you done this before?  Or is it just a weird family thing that we do?
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Today at lunch...

Me: (Looking at Gergana)
G: What???
Me: You're cute!  That's all.
G: (head thrown back looking at the ceiling in agony) Nooooooooooo!!!

I forget what life was like before her. She has only been home 14 months but it really feels like she has been here forever.  She adds so much spice to our family!  I'm so blessed to be her sister.
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Jan 26, 2013

What Canadians do for fun

The sun was shining this afternoon and the temperatures were not crazy cold. So we took the kids out sledding this afternoon. So.much.fun. The hill was perfect today and these kids are just great. Really, they are awesome kids. I genuinely love hanging out with them.

And if some of you were doubting, snow can be fun. Come join us sometime!

Jan 24, 2013

Jan 23, 2013


edit-A family has committed to Daniel!

This child is a treasure.  I have no words.  Why does he still wait?  Day after day.  He is growing older.  No longer a preschooler but a boy. He is turning 8 in May and his chances of adoption keep growing smaller. Not many people want to adopt 8 year old boys. Why? I have no idea. I'm literally out of words. He already has $2,500 in his grant fund. All I have left is to beg. Please, someone, anyone choose Daniel. He has waited long enough. Just do it. I can't stand this any longer.

He is a treasure. Whatever family steps up to bring him home will be blessed a hundred x over.
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I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3

Jan 22, 2013

Last year and This year

Last year.

This year.

The changes we see right before our eyes is amazing.  We are blown away. How has so much time passed already?  It doesn't even feel like real life.

Jan 20, 2013

one tiny picture

Her sweet face has been tucked into my Bible close to two years now.  Her sweet baby picture.  The picture I first fell in love with.  I remember the day I put her picture in there, it was the day I found 'her verse'.  The Bible verse I just knew was a promise that her time would come, I just needed to wait. It was a short verse, but oh so precious.

"I wait for you, o Lord;
You will answer, o Lord my God."
Psalm 38:15

At the time I had no way of knowing how true that verse would be.  A few weeks back a certain European country closed down adoptions to America.  S lives in that country, most likely already in a mental institute.  This change in policy forbidding Americans from adopting means that chances of S being adopted are slim and shaky at the moment.  Things look so hopeless.  But I'm clinging to the small bit of hope that that verse gives me.  Her time will come, I have to believe it.  Please, would you pray for a miracle?  So this girl will again have a chance at having a family?  So all the adoptive families currently in process will be able to bring their children home?  so much is at stake.  So much is uncertain. Please pray.  Thank you.
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Jan 19, 2013

Sometimes I pretend to be a photographer

Sometimes I take good pictures.  Sometimes I don't.  But I think this photoshoot was on one of those magical days that I do take good pictures.  And the snow was amazing.  Just saying
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Hopefully the good photoshoots will steadily out number the bad ones.  And yes!  I have become so professional that I started a facebook page.  Yay me! Check it - Yellow Button Photography.

Ni Hao Yall

Jan 18, 2013

We live in Canada

We live in Canada.  And yes, it does get cold where we live.  Some areas of the country have amazing weather during the winter months...we do not live in one of those areas. It gets cold here during the winter.  It's just a apart of life and we don't even think about it most of the time.

That's why we all about died of laughter when we saw this movie the other day.  I don't doubt those people are cold, it's all in what you are used to.  It's funny because we can't even imagine being this freaked out about these kind of temperatures.  We literally can not wrap our brains around it.

This week we have been having amazing weather.  It's like a mid winter thaw and we are loving it. The funny thing is that our temperatures this week is the same temperature the people in LA are freaking out about in the above movie (5-10C/40-50F).  But instead of "grabbing the dog to keep warm" this is what we are doing.  (and yes, the kids DID build that sledding hill in our front yard by hand. It's about 2x the size now!)
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Yesterday the DJ on our radio station was talking about the weather.  It is going to get colder again next week and this is what he was saying "Next week the high will be -15C (5F) so still not so bad.  Enjoy this nice weather!" Welcome to Canada. You guys down South amuse me.

I'm sure anyone living in a colder climate can agree that this is hilarious. 

Jan 16, 2013

Meet the Kroll family || Reece's Rainbow adopting family

I was not going to advocate for any more children. No.way.no.how. I was done. But then there he was. Smiling up at me, so tiny, a bit of drool dripping down his cheek. And there was no way I could forget him, no way I could turn away. No.way.no.how. I was a goner. (check it.) He wiggled his way into my heart in an instant.

It was several weeks later before we got the word that YES he was adoptable.  So the advocating started. The yelling. The fundraising (remember Team Jacob getting pied?). I have talked with more people then I can count about Jacob. So many families were interested in him but none stepped up for him. I was just about to loose hope, I felt like people were rejecting my baby. I just couldn't understand why he hadn't been chosen yet.  But then it happened.

Meet the Kroll family.
They saw the little boy so many people have fallen in love with, and they said yes!  Everything makes sense now.  They are the perfect fit for my darling boy.  (Hello, they even have ponies for Jacob to ride!). 

Ben & Jen met in 1994, became high school sweethearts, and married in 1998. He works as a retail assistant store manager and she is a stay at home mom and artist. They have five great kids: Katlyn 15, Andrew 13, Emily 11, Faith 10, and Leanna 10 (yes twins!). When pregnancy complications became too risky, it became clear that to grow their family it would have to be through adoption. Over the years it became Jen’s deepest desire of her heart to be able to help orphans, especially those with special needs. After a few more years of prayer and hard work, God provided the larger home that they would need. He also provided the resources and support that they would need to adopt a child with special needs. In the fall of 2012 Jen found Reece’s Rainbow. As she looked through the profiles, one grabbed her heart, and she started thinking that it might be time to start the adoption journey. Unknown to her, Ben was thinking the same thing. When he saw the face of the little one she had fallen in love with, he agreed. It was time to go get their son. All of their kids are excited about the new addition to their family and they cannot wait to meet him. Both Ben & Jen thank everyone that has donated, advocated, thrown pies and prayed for this precious little boy. It means the world to them that others care so much for him. Without their help, they may have never seen his profile. They thank you for your continued support.
Check out the Kroll family blog here: A Sparrow's Nest

Helping these children find homes will never, ever get old.

Jan 15, 2013

The yellow pants

I don't buy a lot of things. Not at all. I could count on my fingers the number of items of clothing I have actually bought new. We grew up on second hand clothing. And we (as a family) have perfected the art of thrift store shopping. Why? Well partly because I grew up in a tiny town 2 hours away from civilization. Partly because we are not the richest family out there. But mostly because, why not? You can find great deals with out spending a ton of money at thrift stores. If something is in good condition and you like it, where does it matter where you got it from?  And honestly, I would much rather pass my money on to someone who really needs it more than buy new clothes.  That's a fact.

However, sometimes I do want something.  It's not like I need it.  I just want it  And I have come to learn that that is okay. It's ok to want things sometimes.

For several months I have wanted a pair of yellow pants.  Random, I know.  But the color yellow makes me happy. I have been looking and looking for the perfect pair.  No luck at our thrift stores. Or our usual shopping places.  So I moved on to looking at the mall.  Nothing was the right color. Nothing fit me correctly.  Finally, we found a pair down in the States.  It was a tad too bright, but they fit perfectly.  The problem? The price tag was more than I was willing to spend.  Yes it was a normal price for [new] pants.  But no way was I going to spend that much, not on something as trivial as yellow pants.

As silly as it was, I was feeling a tad desperate.  I know I didn't need the pants.  But it was something I had wanted for months.  However yellow pants just were not as easy to find as I had first thought.

This Saturday we went shopping again.  Our mission was to find the allusive yellow pants.  I knew by now that the only way we were going to find that perfect pair of pants was if God showed them to us. As silly as it was, I told Him to provide exactly what I needed, taking my wants and needs into consideration. He knows what I need far better then I do. He knew my desire for those pants. The ones I didn't need but wanted. So this Saturday we searched.  I tried on many different pairs of pants.  Nothing worked.  

And then my mom saw something.  Tucked into the sales rack, was the very.last.pair of yellow pants in the store.  They looked to be the wrong size.  We didn't have much hope, but it doesn't hurt to try them.  And surprise, they fit.  Perfectly.  And they were on sale.  On sale!  Cheap!

It always surprises me how God cares about the little things.  Like yellow pants. I didn't need them.  I only wanted them.  And he chose to honor that and bless me with the pants.

Always thankful. Always blessed. 

Jan 14, 2013

It was my birthday

Yesterday was my birthday (yay me!) and all though I got many amazing birthday wishes through out the day, this was by far my favorite one I received. Sent all the way from Pennsylvania.  The sweet darlings I spent so much time with.  Oh how I miss them.  They are great and oh so adorable.  Even the big boys, sorry Z and J, it's true!  Thankful for the many days and nights I got to spend taking care of them!

You can read more about the time I spent with these children (minus the newest brother) here: Collins family.

Jan 11, 2013

The great big picture post of Christmas 2012

If you are not related to me this may be a tad boring.  If you are related, read on.

We drove 33 hours there.  Visited.  Reunited.  Introduced Gergana.  Saw Aunts, Uncles, Cousins  Grandparents...all people we hadn't see in years.  Then we got the flu.  We got better.  Visited some more.  and drove another 33 hours home.  Fun times.

Pictures.  I basically picked these with my eyes closed.  Don't expect anything fancy...
Family: let me know if you are looking for or need a specific picture and I'll send it to you.
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