"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." - John 14:18

Monday, December 12, 2011

Letting Go

I am just going to be honest...I am struggling right now. We have been filed with the courts for over a month & we have no court date in sight. Baby Z's 1st birthday is coming up in just over a week, we won't celebrate it with her. They are not coming home for Christmas. They are not coming home this year. I feel every day of this 20 month journey & I am tired. My heart is trying to straddle 2 continents right now and not handling it particularly well. We didn't sign up for a 2 year journey, we didn't choose to watch them get older in pictures instead of in our arms. I am clinging to these verses in Isaiah right now:

The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
   and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
   and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
   they shall walk and not faint.

I am clinging to those verses like a life raft because I have grown faint. I have grown weary. I have fallen, exhausted. I cringe when people ask me if there is any news. I am crestfallen when they don't ask if there is any news. In short, I am kind of a mess. I am putting on a brave face, I think, we had Hattie's "Adventure Time" birthday party yesterday and I wish I could have captured the pure joy on her sweet face. We are opening Advent Calendars, wrapping gifts, doing service projects, ringing bells for Salvation Army, helping out with the Angel Tree, collecting food for missions & food pantries, taking cookies to those who have to work on Christmas, singing Christmas carols at the hospital but when I am alone, usually in the car, I cry. Hard. Those tears are always just under the surface. I don't cry in front of the girls because I know that crying doesn't do a darn bit of good. I don't cry in front of Mike because my sweet fella has a tender heart & doesn't do very well when I am sad. But I do cry, mostly because I don't know what else to do. There are no more forms to fill out or things to get notarized or errands to run. This is all out of my hands (as if it were ever in my hands in the first place...) & I have to wait upon the Lord & know that He will increase my strength, that I will mount up with wings like Eagles (hoping those eagle wings say "KLM Airlines" on them!), that He will provide me with the strength to continue down this road which is so much longer and so much tougher than I ever thought it would be.

If this journey has taught me one thing (and it has taught me many more than that) it is letting go. Letting go of fears. Letting go of timelines. Letting go of control. Letting go of friends. Letting go of idols...

So today I am letting go of Z's 1st birthday. I am letting go of 6 stockings & 6 sweet faces this Christmas. I am letting go and giving it to God where I know it will be in such good and such caring hands. I vow to cherish these sweet Christmas-y days with my beautiful girls. I vow to celebrate Z's birthday with true joy in my heart because that is what she deserves. I will pray for B (Lord knows he needs prayer...he is going to have 5 sisters!) and ask that his heart be prepared for the big changes in his little life. I will ring bells and pack Angel Tree bags and remember the beauty of this season and give the rest of it to God because that is where it belongs.

And, when I am alone in my car...I expect I will still cry. Hard.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Handmade Quilts - WE ARE GIVING THEM AWAY!

Fall Colors Quilt
Sock Monkey Quilt
  
Pretty Pastel Quilt









 So...here is the next big thing we have going on for our adoption. My sweet mom has generously donated these quilts she made to help us raise funds for our adoption!! Thank you, Mimmy! Now, if you know my mom, you know the things she makes are pretty amazing. These quilts are no exception. So here is how it works:

Raffle Tickets are $1 a piece
For each raffle ticket purchased you will receive 1 entry
So if you buy $25 in tickets we will enter your name 25 times
If you buy 100 tickets you get 100 entries!!
Easy Peasy Mac 'n Cheesy!

Just click on the "Make A Donation Now" button below or 
on the top right side of the blog to donate. 
Please add a note that your donation is for the 
QUILT RAFFLE
The drawing will be November 18th
There will be 3 WINNERS!
The 1st name drawn gets first choice of their quilt
The 2nd name second choice &
The 3rd name gets the final quilt :)

The quilts are all large throws for a couch or a twin size bed.

Thank you!













Tuesday, October 11, 2011

iPad2


Sorry it has been SO long since I have updated the blog. Life has been busy, busy and I don't know if I will get to update for our story today but I wanted to mention another family bringing children home from Uganda who could really use your help. They are the Stonebrook's and they are fundraising like CRAZY to get 2 special kiddos home in a jiffy. Right now they have an ah-mazing fundraiser going - you make a donation to help them bring their kiddos home...you get entered in a drawing for an iPad2! Who doesn't want one of those? No one! So head on over, check out how the Lord is using them & see if he wants to use you to help them out. Thank you!

http://ugandaadoptionstory.blogspot.com/2011/09/ipad2-anyone.html

I promise to update about B & Z soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prayers & Necklaces

Yesterday started off with encouraging news from Uganda. Both children's medical reports had been received & we were just waiting on one more piece of baby Z's report to come in. Steps in the right direction had us feeling SO good! However, shortly after that, we received word that little Z & another baby from the home were in the hospital recovering from dehydration. It really drives home just how very far away they are.

When Mabel was 2 she contracted Rotavirus & had to be admitted to the hospital for dehydration. I still vividly recall how she felt like a rag doll in my arms. I remember how this child who struggled to the point of vomiting when she got a routine vaccine did not even react when they put the IV in her arm. I remember being really scared...and I was right there by her bed. I did not leave that hospital for days because that was where my child was and she was sick. I remember the relief I felt when a friend brought a doll by as a gift for Mabel & she glared at it and said "You too stinky to play with" because I knew that my difficult, cantankerous, slightly odd little child was going to be okay.

Today I sit in front of a computer not a hospital bed, but the fears and the worry, they feel the same. Today I have to let go & trust that the Lord is sitting beside that hospital bed, looking after 2 tiny souls, ready to breathe a sigh of relief when they turn a corner. Today I have to let go because I am not in control & no amount of worry or stress or sadness or crying out that this isn't fair will change anything. I can't control that Z is sick or that this is taking much longer than I had ever dreamed it would, but I can work harder than ever at making sure everything is in place when the time comes.

So, once again, if you would like to be a part of bringing B & Z home, we are offering these beautiful Ugandan Paper Bead necklaces made by women in Uganda. Make a donation of $15 or more by clicking the donate button below (it will take you to PayPal) then just indicate in the notes which necklace(s) you would like. Shipping is free.

And please, pray. Thank you.



(click on picture to see larger images)

$15 for one or $25 for two







Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank You!


Well, thanks to a bunch of you being sweet enough to buy coffee, tank tops & hats we were able to deposit $505 into our adoption fund this week! I am so humbled by your generosity and your willingness to help us be a part of bringing B & Z home. I feel a little Blanche DuBois-y..."Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers"...only you are not strangers & I am, hopefully, not on my way to being committed ;) Remind me I said that when we have 6 kids running around!

Last week was a good, good week for our little family. We had a fantastic visit with my Vegemite eating, Banjo playing, Bluegrass loving Aussie best friend, Sharm. I cannot say enough things about "what a good kid that Sharm is" as Mike likes to say. She makes me laugh. Hard. We bought matching sparkly pink leopard print wallets (my first animal print purchase...glitter improves EVERYTHING), toured the Gap Cave, ate Tim Tams & bbq'd (not shrimp).

Last week we also got some SUPER encouraging, big step forward news about our adoption! A power outage in Kampala has caused a little bump in the road but, God willing, I should have something super special to share with you soon.

Thank you again to our family & friends who made last week so encouraging for us. We are so lucky.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

And, for the Ladies...Simply Love Tanks!


(click on picture to see larger)



Thank you, ladies! All of the tanks have been sold except for one Bella Organic Tank in Chocolate & one Bella Sheer Longer Length Tank in Maroon. Both are size M & available if you make a $25 or greater donation to B & Z's coming home fund!

You can donate by clicking the button below. Thank you! We are getting SO close to bringing them home!!












Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Simply Love Hats!

Hey everyone! We are trying out a couple of new fundraisers. We are selling some "Simply Love" items that another family adopting from Uganda was sweet enough to sel
l to me at cost after she did all of the design work ;)

We have Simply Love Hats in: black, pearl grey, warm brown & olive.

We are also offering "Man Up" tees for the fellas. These awesome T-shirts proudly proclaim your commitment to care for "the least of these"!



Simply Love "Man Up" Tees!

We are asking for a minimum donation of $20 for the hats and $25 for the t-shirts. You can simply click the "Donate" button below to go to PayPal. Just put a note to me about whether you want a T-shirt or hat and, if you would like a hat, please indicate your color choice. The t-shirts are men's XL and the hats are OneSize.










We will have tanks for the ladies soon, just working on sizes and colors so stay tuned and, as always, thank you for your love and support!



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wash. Rinse. Repeat!


Sorry it has been so long since I have updated - a lot of great things have been happening in our adoption over the past few weeks. First, the letter that we asked for prayer about has been obtained! Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. Also, our lawyer has had a chance to look at our children's case files and interview their relatives to make certain they fully understand the adoption process and what it means for B & Z and for them. He has stated that ours is a "good case" and that B & Z's extended family fully understand and support adoption for them! However, in moving forward, it was discovered that Z had not had her blood work done so that must be done and her results must be in before the referral can FINALLY be official! So, guess what? More waiting ;) At this stage, it is almost comical. By the time we get one thing we need we find we are waiting for something else we else we need. Wash. Rinse. Repeat...as many times as needed!

We also have a great new fundraiser that we would like to share. Joanie Gilbert is having a 31 Fundraiser for us and donating her entire commission to our adoption! We feel so humbled by her generosity. If you would like to be a part of B & Z's coming home story, you can find our fundraiser here:

http://www.mythirtyone.com​/celebratechrist/

1) On the right click on "My Events"
2) Then click on "Libby Edwardson Fundraiser"
3) Click "Shop Now" & you are good to go!

You can view the fall catalog as it is published here;

http://fall2011.thirtyoneg​ifts.com/page1.html

You can share this with friends and family as the party is open to anyone who would like to be a part of bringing B & Z home!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The In Between Time


I have been hesitant about doing an update regarding our adoption because we have news...but it is not quite time to jump up and down and go crazy...and that is the news that I would love to be able to share with you! The news we have did cause me to float several feet off the ground for a couple of weeks and it was news my heart needed to hear but I kept hoping that a certain piece of the puzzle would fall in to place so I could share THE news. But God has other plans for right now. So here is the scoop; Nightlight has let us know that the sweet little boy & his adorable baby sister that we have been praying so very hard about for so many months are INDEED the children they would like to match us with! (Cue sound of shoe dropping) However, because of their unique story, we need a special document before they can officially be referred to us. So we have moved from waiting in one way. To waiting in another way. I am getting the feeling that God may think I need to learn a lesson or two in the patience department ;)

I should clarify, we don't have to wait on these children. Nightlight called us to make sure we were okay with the situation...with waiting on these 2 precious lives. We could have opted to go ahead and get a referral for a child that was ready to go...and every child there is precious and beautiful and in need of a family. But here is the thing (and those of you that know me well know this) - I have been down that road once before with adoption...the road where you don't consult God and you fight hard against His plan because you are trying to do something good and you don't realize that not all GOOD plans are GOD plans. That road ended with a lot of heartache and a lot of tears and a lot of pain that could have been avoided if I had just once asked God what His plan was. So I guess I am learning. I am learning that waiting on God is hard, but it is worth it. I am learning to listen to that still, small voice. To step back and trust that God has it handled.

I remember the first time I saw a picture of our baby girl and read her name. Something inside of me knew, something stirred within in my heart and I knew the Lord was telling me "Pay attention because I am moving in your life." I had seen so many pictures of so many children and read each of their names and each of their stories but, with this one...I flew home and opened the file on the computer and shared her story with Mike. The stirring I had felt in my heart, he also felt in his. The funny thing about that photo is, we would learn months later, it was mislabeled! It wasn't even her! It was a little boy who had already been matched with a family. But her name had settled on our hearts and we could have cared less if that photo was her or not. So a week later, when another photo and story came to my inbox, the story of her big brother - I was confused. We were only approved for one child. I wondered how I could have gotten it so wrong again and I felt crestfallen. I went home to Mike and I cried because I had felt so certain. I had tried so hard to pray for His will and not mine and somehow, I had gotten it wrong. Again. But God has "tricksy" ways, as Gollum might say, and we were finding out that the end of this story had not yet been written! Soon (and I mean, within hours soon) we found that another name was settling on our hearts and we wondered - could we adopt 2? We have so many kids already, could we take on 2 more? The answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!".

So we sent off some emails, made some phone calls, filled out even MORE paperwork and found ourselves approved for 2 by the beginning of March! We then began praying...and waiting...and praying some more. At the end of May we got the news-that-is-not-yet-news and that is where we sit. For now :) I know that this mountain will be moved and I am pretty sure it won't be moved when I want it to.

But I know it will be moved exactly when God says the time is right.

Maybe this impatient girl will learn her lesson yet.

"But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint."
- Isaiah 40: v 31

Friday, April 15, 2011

What Faith Can Do

I was just noticing on our LilyPie ticker that it was a year ago today that we started our adoption journey. One year ago Uganda wasn't even a blip on my radar. I had seen the movie "The Last King of Scotland" but mostly because I love Forest Whitaker. So it is pretty safe to say that I knew Uganda existed...and not a whole lot more. Fast forward one year, one amazing God, and one baby's home full of some of the most beautiful children I have ever seen and I find that half of my heart is in a country that I was barely aware of 365 days ago. Not a day goes by now that I do not think of Uganda, its people, its bright spirit, its need, its beauty and its children. Not a day goes by that I don't anxiously check my email (approximately 8,000 times) to see if it contains the pictures of the children or child who we will have the privilege of calling our own. I dream of being able to see Lake Victoria, visiting the markets, taking in the streets of Kampala and of finally, finally being able to take into our arms these children who have gone through more in their short lives than I have in nearly 4 decades. I will be honest, the waiting is getting really tough, but how worth the wait are these perfect children? How long would I wait, how hard would I try, how many papers would I fill out, how much money would I raise if I knew it was Grace waiting for a home? Or Hattie? Or Mabel? Or Essie? It is every child's basic right to have a family and we are so thankful that our family has been chosen for this purpose. Praise God.

So, in honor of that country I am dreaming of and those millions of sweet children waiting for families to call their own, I encourage you to visit "Bunnies for Bugembe". It works just like Tom's Shoes - you buy a bunny for a child you love and a child in Uganda gets the same bunny. One for one. How beautiful is that?

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Home Stretch!

Dear Family & Friends,

As many of you know, our family has felt called to adoption for several years. We have prayed about it daily for nearly 7 years and, over the past year, God has finally begun to open the doors wide to make this dream a reality for our family. We feel blessed and humbled and pretty scared but we are so honored that we are being trusted with (at least!) one of “the least of these”. The orphan crisis worldwide has reached epic proportions and we feel that we no longer have the luxury of closing our eyes to these fatherless children; instead, we are opening our hearts and our home to children from the African country of Uganda. We have yet to be matched with our child or children but we are praying hard about a sibling group at our baby’s home. The little boy is 3 and his sister is about 3 months old. Adopting two children means additional court costs, visa costs and plane tickets but it also means having someone else in the family that looks like you and understands how it feels to be African & adopted in America.
They estimate there are currently 147 million orphans worldwide and that if only 7% of Christians would care for just one orphan…there would be no more orphans – humbling statistics for sure but, one at a time, we can whittle away at that number. We realize that not everyone feels called to adopt, but we feel sure that everyone feels called to have a heart for the orphan.
The biggest challenge for our family lies not in opening our hearts and our home to more children; it lies in finding the finances to make this happen. Honestly, it is difficult for us to make our needs known but, in the end, we have to put the lives of these children before our pride. So we have written this letter to ask you to pray and consider helping us bring these children home. There are 2 ways you can help:
1. Prayer – Please pray for our children at the orphanage. As I write this letter there is an outbreak of Malaria and many of the children have compromised immune systems due to disease & malnutrition. Please pray a hedge of protection around all of the children who are still healthy and pray for the children who are sick and who have parents worrying over them halfway around the world.
2. Financial Support – Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us pay the remaining $15,000 we need to complete our travel & court costs?

If you would like to be a part of helping us bring these children home, you can make a fully tax-deductible donation by sending a check to “Lifesong for Orphans”. Our fundraising goal date is May 30, 2011 so please try to send it in by that date. On the memo line please write “Preference Fitzpatrick/#1878 adoption” and send your donation to:




Lifesong for Orphans
Attn: Fitzpatrick #1878
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744
*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and for your prayer and support, it means much more than you can possibly know. We will keep you updated with pictures as soon as we have them!

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” – James 1:27



Blessings,

Mike, Libby, Grace, Hattie, Mabel & Essie

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Word No

Not my favorite word, "No". I have never been big on being told what to do. In fact, I was a model student all the way through school...until 9th grade. I was always too shy to speak much in class but began to find myself, and my voice, by my freshman year. The first words I ever spoke against a teacher were as follows "Don't you ever tell me what to do". This didn't go over particularly well with him but, in fairness, he told me to "shutup" which didn't go over particularly well with me. My friend Ryan calls me "anti-establishment" which is probably a pretty fair assessment and yet we find ourselves in the home stretch of an adoption which requires nothing but obedience. And rules. And red tape. And, as we found out again today, plenty of the word "No".

We had applied for a matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans...and we were turned down for help. We can still fund raise with Lifesong but they really just open an account for you and people can donate through Lifesong to it so, in that way, it becomes tax deductible for the donor. I do not know yet if we will even bother with this as we already have a separate account open for our adoption funds.

At any rate, I am trying to keep my chin up but this day has been frustrating. My tooth hurts (which probably means I need to go to the dentist, an expense I would rather avoid at this point), we keep getting turned down by organizations that say they have "prayerfully considered" or "been led by the spirit" which makes us feel worse instead of better as the spirit didn't lead them to us. So maybe this keeping my chin up thing isn't going especially well today...sigh. I am just feeling decidedly human today. And decidedly frustrated. And my tooth hurts. And it is hailing outside. Oy.

But the good news is, God has brought us this far and he will help us finish the journey. Our paperwork is complete and the next step is finding out who our new children are! What a miracle to think that, even as I type this, our family is being knitted together across the ocean. One or two of the precious children that we have the privilege of praying for and seeing pictures of (and, oh my word, each one is more beautiful than the next!) has already been chosen to be in our family. Awesome.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Dad

The past couple of weeks have been a mixture of blessings & disappointments, of hope & confusion but, in it all, we have been able to clearly discern the will and the hand of God and we have such a peace that He is at work in our lives.

On February 23, I said goodbye to my dad as he passed away from this life. I didn't know Dad very well, but I liked him - you couldn't help but like him. He was smart and he was funny and he was kind and he was impossibly optimistic. I haven't cried and I hope that doesn't make me seem callous or hard. I just didn't really know him. I met him only a handful of times in my life and I think in order for someone to leave a hole in your life they have to have been a part of your life. A lot of people tell me it will hit me later and perhaps they are right. But, for now, I feel that peace that only God can provide. I know dad is free of the body that imprisoned him. He had been paralyzed since before I was born and over the past decade his body had failed him even more, but he didn't seem to feel sorry for himself and I admire that. I am at peace with what he gave to me. He was not a parent, but I am here because of him and I like myself. In the end, people are just people. They do the best that they can and I believe that Dad did as much as he could. Like anyone, he struggled with demons and weaknesses and, mostly they won, but it doesn't make him bad...it just makes him human. In the end, if I could have chosen another father - one who was present and strong, who worked hard and came to school plays - I wouldn't have. He is a part of me and I am thankful for that. So, thank you, Dad. I am glad you were part of my life. I hope you know that.

On the adoption news front, our dossier is complete! So the next step is being matched with our kiddos! Wow. That makes my heart beat a little faster knowing we are so close to finding out who God has planned to round out the Edwardson-Fitzpatrick clan! We have had some disappointments regarding the adoption - we were turned down for help from the ABBA Fund (an organization that gives no-interest loans to adopting families) but we know that there are other families that must need those funds more than we do and that God has something else planned for us. He revealed a little bit of that yesterday. An old, dear friend in New York called and said she and her husband wanted to pay for our air fare to Uganda! That is a substantial portion of what we are still raising funds for. Also, a family that we have never met sent us a donation so generous that I struggle to find words to capture what it means to us. Praise God for old friends and Praise God for brand new ones!

We have also opened a Just Love Coffee store and we raised $35 there in just one day! You can visit our store here: http://www.justlovecoffee.com/MikeLibby . For every bag of coffee sold they send us $5 - just like that! Wow. If you don't like coffee they have other stuff, too :o) We also raised almost $400 with our Touchdown for Orphans! So we are getting there, slowly but surely and, most importantly, in God's perfect time.

Loving this new adoption song and video from Third Day! What a beautiful reminder that we have all been adopted into God's family.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Righteous Anger

I have always been comfortable not "fitting in"...in fact, it feels more comfortable to me to be on the outside than to be part of a group. But, sometimes, even loners need love and support...especially when taking a huge leap of faith such as pursuing an international adoption. Doing something different than the majority, I am finding out, brings out people's true colors. We have received support and love from people we barely know and that has brought us such joy! On the flip side, we have received judgment and criticism from people that we have invested a lot in emotionally. We have been slapped in the face with "let's take care of our own" philosophies from dyed in the wool Christians. We have heard "I just don't understand" so many times it makes me a little sick to my stomach. Quite frankly, I don't need you to understand. I need you to respect, though. I need you to love and support. I need you to make room for the fact that everyone feels called to a different path. I need you to understand that, when I look at pictures of orphans, I see my children's faces. I see YOUR children's faces. I need you to consider the possibility that we have not taken this on lightly, or glibly. I need you to think about the fact that every issue, every problem, every difficulty about adoption that you feel the need to point out to me...I have already considered. I have already worried about. I need you to realize that I am scared, but I am willing. I am overwhelmed by paperwork but I am also overwhelmed by God's faithfulness. I would love for you to understand that everyday I have to put my faith and my trust and my life fully in God's hands in order to keep walking down this path. And I want you to know that, even though your criticisms may break my heart, I know with unwavering certainty, that my heart is in the right place. You can say to me that you don't understand, but I also don't understand you. I don't understand how anyone can fail to be moved by the crisis of orphans. I don't understand how you can see their faces, hear their stories, know how many are suffering and not be moved to act. The difference is, I believe that everyone is called to a different path and I have room in my heart and in my head for you to be different than me. You want to understand? Watch this video. I have posted it before but it is worth watching again. It is worth watching a hundred times over. If you truly want to understand how a mother's heart or a father's heart for the orphan feels, then watch this video and try to comprehend that this is how I feel. This is the level of urgency that drives me to fill out the ridiculous reams of paperwork and to drive 5 hours to be fingerprinted and to give more than I ever thought I could...and then give some more. And in going forward let's all try to be kinder, try to be gentler and try to be more open to the differences that define us.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Praying for His Will


It has been a month since my last post but the weather has been conspiring against us! I stayed home for Christmas break with the girleens and then stayed home some more...and some more because we got snowed in up on the mountain! I was so thankful for the extra time with the chix but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I had a *wee* bit of cabin fever!

Since my last post things have been moving along really well for us in our adoption. After we had an approved homestudy we sent our application off to USCIS (immigration) and within a few days got a notice saying it had been received and a few days after that we got a notice letting us know our fancy fingerprinting would be done in Nashville on Feb. 8th!! However, between sending off our app. and right now we have been praying about God moving in a big way in our lives and our adoption. I am not ready to share just yet what is on our hearts but, if you could please keep us in your prayers that we follow God's will for our lives and for this adoption, we would be so grateful. It means a little more paperwork and possibly a little more waiting but we feel that God has prepared the way and trust in Him to lead us down this passage.

In other news, I still haven't posted pictures from Hattie's 10th birthday. Oy. Above is one to wet your whistle and give you a sneak peek at her party theme. I also haven't posted Christmas pix...or sent out my Christmas cards...but I have spent a lot of time loving up on my girls and lovingly completing paperwork for our adoption so I am not going to be too tough on myself.

Lastly, a BIG round of applause for our Hattie and our Essie! They are both Good Citizens this month in their grades! We know our girls are the bee's knees but it is always nice to have someone else give them the thumbs up, too.

Because this post has been a bit random and all over the place I am signing off with my current favorite song, "You Are More" by 10th Avenue North. I love it's message that you are not defined by bad choices. That is what I try and instill in the girls I mentor - you are good person who is making bad choices which does NOT make you a bad person. Enjoy :o)