Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fundraising for Friends

My friends, the Rubenstien's, are bringing home more preciousness from China and they are in the final push of fund-raising. Soon, very soon they will receive the last paperwork OK to go to China to bring Max home. :D

Here is the link to their family blog.

Please look it over and consider if you'd like to donate and in doing so, you could win an IPad 2!!! An IPAD 2, people!! ::squeeeal::

You can win additional chances by linking your blog to theirs, or linking their blog to your FB. Remember, we are not all called to adopt, but we are all called to assist the widow and the orphan in their distress. Honestly, once you get started, it's rather addicting. :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dreams ... and Letting Go

Since CollegeGirl was 14, she has declared she has wanted to be a realtor. Out local state university has such a program, a realdeal 4 year program. CollegeGirl has worked hard and is ahead of the curve, as far as credits, because she took many college-level courses, while still a high school student.

But, she is not happy with the real estate program. We are not surprised by this, as the coursework is heavily focused on numbers, accounting, etc. She took a elective course that really seemed like a great fit for her. She loved the creative outlet it provided for her. The photo is a project she had to present for the class. She was presenting a nursery design. I'd hire her. :)

So, we encouraged her to change majors and finish up her degree in design, vs. real estate. Annnd we thought that's what the fall would bring. But, we were wrong.

CollegeGirl will become EastCoastGirl in a matter of a few days. She feels she needs to be in NYC. She has a friend there, but nothing else. And by 'nothing else', I mean *nothing else*. No job, no school, no place to live, no money, no plan.

And no amount of logic and reasoning will dissuade her form trying her wings. She is going. And I am worried and sad and worried and sad and worried and sad. lol I do not know where God is in all this, but of course, I trust that He is.

So, if you think of my dear, sweet, treasure of a daughter, would you please pray for her ? I am concerned, most of all, for her safety. Midwest girl meets the mean streets of NY? ugh

This is a song I used to sing over BabyGirl, LittleGirl and soon, EastCoastGirl. I will lay hands on her and bless her with this verse/song, as she heads out into the big world:

"The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you.
And give you peace forever.

The Lord be gracious to you,
The Lord turn His face toward you
And give you peace forever".

*To be a mother, is to forever consent to having your heart walking outside your body".*

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Helping Hand

EWWWW!! What *is* that creepy thing?

Hi!! I'm waving to you!! Do you see me??

Yes. We see you. What ARE you?

Oh. I see now. You're a back scratcher. hahaha

But, wait. WHY are you here? Weirdo. ::snorts::

On FB one evening, I mentioned that I had an itch in the middle of my back, where I could not reach it myself and jokingly asked it anyone was willing to either come over and scratch my back or bring me a back scratcher so I could do it myself.

Several days later, one the front porch was THIS. And I laughed and laughed and laughed. And I knew immediately which lovely friend had left the gift for me. Because really? How many friends does a person have who would do this for her?

Anyway. I love that creeeepy thing. It says 'LOVE' to me. :D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

On my husband's dashboard --UPDATED with related link

This is from God's mouth to my ears, if you ask me. We are looking at a very challenging upcoming school year, as budget cuts and other changes will change the way we do our jobs.

I am not in control of any thing but my attitude. I will require God's help *daily*, as I navigate the changes, live in the tension and strive to serve the children well.

Prayers appreciated. XO

UPDATED: PS here is a blog I love, with similar concerns, only she had the energy to think the problem through and do the math related to the changes in her job description. Please know that, although she and I are both school-based speech/language pathologists, we do not know one another and do not work in the same state. These problems are severe and widespread. I am sure most parents do not know what is about to hit them (metaphorically speaking) regarding their child's school-based speech services. God help us.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Warm Evening Light


Last Week's Offerings

Came home last weekend to this ::gasp:: worthy arrangement of blooms. I love them! The bright colors, the shapes?

Magnificent job, LittleGirl.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Where I Started ...

... Is (hopefully) not where I am going.

I do this once every two weeks (set up my medicines). I feel like I live in a nursing home. ugh

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cancer Sux

Yeah. After Mark's brother's recent cancer diagnosis, I bought us ALL these buttons to wear or display. Love that boy's mischievous smile. Heh.

Crude? I don't even wanna hear about it. CANCER is an icky, hateful thing and we know soooo many people who currently struggle or who have lost their battle.

I pray we can help Lee fight well.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I know very little about my family of origin. I have questions and no-one to ask. So, I have a new hobby:

I have few hobbies. I shop at Goodwill and drive an 11 year old car. So, I finally gave myself permission to pay the fee and have access to all portions of the site. And I have been having a blast.

Part detective, part history and part family tree ... I am into discovering what I can.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Exciting Times to be an Iowan

I was able to attend the recent, hometown announcement of Michelle Bachmann's Presidential candidacy.

Yes, I really was *that* close. She is a tiny (but mighty) little thing.

Some of Michelle's family members: daughters, son, mom, etc.

It is too soon for me to know who I will support in the upcoming primary and nomination. But Michelle Bachmann is the real deal: she is a true conservative, patriot, mom, Christian, etc. I feel she is a strong contender. I had a great time at her rally, getting to know her better.

And yes, that is little ole me, shaking Michelle's hand (captured by our local paper, The Waterloo Courier).