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Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been slacking on my blog lately but it really feels that I have no time to do anything anymore.  Things have just been crazy lately…which I will share later on…but I wanted to do this quick post from Fill in the blank Fridays which I follow at Lauren’s Blog: The little things we do.

1.   The best way to spread Christmas cheer is     doing little things to brighten people’s day.  Also by putting a little bit of magic back into Christmas.

2.   The thing I love most about Christmas is   giving gifts, the smell of tape (haha I know I’m weird but I just think the smell of scotch tape reminds me of Christmas. I also love candy canes and Christmas music.
3.  The holiday season is a time for   being with family and celebrating Jesus’ birth.  Also seeing the magic of Christmas on the kids faces.
4. My favorite thing to eat at the holidays is  Turkey!!
5.  I will be spending Christmas    with hubby’s family and then on Christmas night heading to my mom’s to have a second Christmas on boxing day.  Then on the 27th we are heading to visit Little E’s biological family to spend Christmas with them. Then after that visiting with great friends.
6.  Tis better to (give or receive?)  Giving.  I love watching people unwrap the gifts I gave them.
7.  I’m dreaming of a    memorable     Christmas.

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Consolidated...but still a $0 balance!

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The other day we were sitting around the supper table talking about presents for Christmas.  My hubby asked me what I told my dad that I wanted for Christmas.

I told him that I asked for a goat.  (not a real goat…but a goat to help a family overseas that would help to bring in some extra food or income for a family that needed it)

Little E pipes up and says:

“Come on guys!  Santa doesn’t have goats!  He has reindeer!”

Kid’s got a point.  Foolish mommy!  🙂

Laura

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See this thing right here?

This “gadget” has been the bane of my existence for the past….oh….month and a half.

Why?

WELLLLLLLL….because I wanted to buy this for Little E for Christmas.  He loves using my iPod touch and I knew that he would just LOVE this.

About a month and a half it came on sale at Walmart for $89…which is a $20 price drop from the original price.  I went to our nearest Walmart and they didn’t have it…so drove all the way to the other Walmart (it’s not really far…but remember my story about going around the rotary?  Yeah…what should have been a ten minute drive turned into about a 20 minute drive).  I found it at the other Walmart…buttttttttttttt…and here’s the BIG BUT…they only had one left and it was in the color PINK.

However  because I can always find a way to get myself out of a mess (usually) I decided to buy it and then later on when they had green ones in stock exchange it for a green one at the same price of $89.

Little did I know that the evil elves of Walmart didn’t feel the need to stock up on anymore LeapPad Explorers.  And the extra naughty elves of the internet were selling them on Amazon and Ebay for almost double and triple what they were worth.

All I could think of was “this is just like the Tickle Me Elmo” scenario a few years back.  However, I didn’t run over anybody (yet) to get one.

So I brought it home…hid it in my closet and probably annoyed all my friends with my asking them if they were going away so that they may be able to get one for me in the color GREEN.  I called other stores…even 4.5 hrs away…and all were sold out.

Then last night the magical elf that loves me came to visit.  He brought me a flyer from Zellers that said “LeapPad Explorer’s on sale $99.00”.  I was soooo excited.  Here was my chance to get a green one. We hurried out to Zellers the night before the sale and the nasty sales lady said “they don’t go on sale till tomorrow…they won’t be out on the floor until tomorrow.”  I replied….”I’ll buy one for regular price.  All I want is a green one”.  She nastily replied “be here at 8 in the morning if you want one”.

Seriously…cause nobody works right?

In my head, though, I was plotting.  How will I be there at 8 in the morning.  I have to babysit kiddos all day…it’s just not going to happen.

I turned to hubby with my sweet eyes and kindly asked “hey can  you be there in the morning at 8 to get this for me?  Pretty please???”

He quickly agreed and he headed in to Zellers at 7:30 this morning.  I really think he was just tired of me talking about it the for the last month and a half.

At about 7:50 I texted him and asked him if there were a lot of people in line.  He said “5 and then me…so 6.  5 Crazy ladies and me…I feel so dumb.  Do I run?  Do I scream while I run?”

Oh the humor of that boy.

I said…”no just walk very very quickly!!”

There was silence and then I heard the lovely “twinkle” saying that I had a text message and this is what it said:

“for it” (yes…hubby is still learning how to text)

Then a reply came quickly after that “Got it!”

Woohoooooooooooooooooo I was so excited.  Little E wouldn’t have a pink LeapPad after all. (Although I’m sure he probably would prefer the pink one)

And what am I doing with my pink one?

Hahaha…I’m joining the thousands on ebay and trying to sell it for more than it’s worth.  If it doesn’t sell then I’ll post it on Kijiji or take it back to Walmart…but a girl has to try right?

Laura

Ps.  Note to self:  Buy the popular items ahead of time!

Blessing:  No women were killed or trampled on while my husband grabbed the LeapPad Explorer.  🙂

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This book review was done by my hubby.  This is not my kind of book, but he was anxious to read it and do a review on it for me. This came to us in the form of an audio book.

This is a science fiction story about a guy named Kit who has a pretty ordinary life that he’s happy with but he’s not really unhappy with either.  The book begins on an average day when he’s going to meet his girlfriend and he gets lost and finds himself in a different world, in a different time.  Trying to comprehend this strange journey, he returns to find his girlfriend and the two go on an adventure full of twists and suspense.

The story had a lot of good suspense and movement keeping my interest the entire way.  There was a fair amount of work done on explaining the concept of time travel and dimensions which was confusing at times but gave the story a unique feel.  The characters were believable and intriguing and there was definitely room to take this novel to the next level in the second book.

The twists and turns in the plot kept me riveted and the one who was reading the story did an excellent job with voice inflections and reading.  I was a bit disappointed in the ending but after I found out that there was a sequel it wasn’t such a letdown.

The book seems to gradually build to it’s climax rather than an intense climax at the end.  Stephen Lawhead fans will love this book and be anxiously awaiting the sequel to come in the mail!  I found this to be a better book than some of his other ones that he has written.

All in all, I give this a 3 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I have one more guest post to share with you on adoption.  I know it’s not November anymore but I think you will still like it anyway.

Hubby and I had the pleasure of talking to Ben  & Sarah and sharing similar stories about children maybe about 5 years ago on a stormy cold day waiting for a plane to take us to Florida.  🙂  Sarah was one of the first people I told about us adopting Little E as I knew she would be so overjoyed for us.  Not only was she overjoyed but God has something planned for them as well as us.  Who would have thought!!!

Here’s their story as told by Sarah.  You can check out her blog at http://canneyland.wordpress.com/

If I had been given a child when I wanted one, he/she would be around 5 years of age now and would be in school.  He/she would have a younger sibling around age 3 and another one around age 1.  That was how things would have gone according to MY plan, and although the thought of having three children under foot right now sometimes makes me wistful, it in no way makes me want to change what God had planned.  If I had been given what I wanted, when I wanted it, I wouldn’t have James.  I wouldn’t have grown in Christ the way I did.  I wouldn’t have connected with other women who have shared in the sorrow and the joy of what I have lived.  I wouldn’t have understood what it is like for young women who have unplanned pregnancies. I wouldn’t be writing this post.

When my husband Ben and I decided to have children after 2 years of marriage, we just assumed we wouldn’t have complications.  Perhaps it would take us up to a year to get pregnant, but that was common, so there was nothing to worry about when month after month went by and I wasn’t preggo.  There was a lot to be frustrated about though, and my frustrations soon turned to bitterness as time passed.  Why wasn’t I getting pregnant?  I thought I had done everything “right,” so why wasn’t it my turn to be blessed with a baby?

We went through various tests, but it was the laproscopic surgery that determined I had severe endometriosis.  What was suppose to be a simple cyst which would be easily removed, turned out to be a disease that destroyed my left tube and bent my right tube, making the ability for me to get pregnant very slim.  Being highly recommended for in vitro, my husband and I believed that instead of investing the $10-$15,000 for a procedure that might work, we’d go with International Adoption.

During this emotional roller coaster ride I began blogging, and in doing so began to connect with other women.  I suddenly began to stop seeing the women who were pregnant, and began to see those who weren’t.  I wasn’t alone.  God also used someone to help me see my barrenness as a gift.  It sounds crazy, but in accepting my barrenness, I found healing.  I began to see that there was a purpose for my pain, and if it meant praying more earnestly for those in my situation and rejoicing when their babies were brought home, it was worth it.

Things for the International Adoption were coasting along.  After much prayer and consideration we decided on Ethiopia through an agency called Imagine Adoption.  Money began coming in that we hadn’t even asked for, and soon our Provincial home study was complete (costing $2000), and we had paid $1500 to the adoption agency.  We were about ready to send in some more money since all of our paperwork was finished, when the unthinkable happened.  The agency went bankrupt. In an instant, our dream of Ethiopia was gone. We were devastated.

Then a week later I received two phone calls that changed my life.  One was from a woman who said she had been fasting and praying for us and that recently the Lord told her we were going to be blessed with a child in the coming year.  I thanked her, but my heart was very guarded.  Within 2 hours I received another phone call from a woman telling me that someone was in her office who had a daughter that was pregnant.  The daughter wanted to give her baby up for adoption to a Christian couple.  Would we be interested?  I couldn’t believe it.

Nearly 9 months later – after having developed a relationship with a remarkable young lady who chose us to adopt her son, after having been to doctor’s appointments and seeing ultrasounds, I was in the hospital room with the biological mother of my son, hearing his cries for the first time.  Even now it seems like a dream.  Not only did I get to see James being born, but I got to name him, be with him in the hospital, and best of all, bring him home with me.  I will always be grateful to his biological mom, whom I still have a wonderful relationship with.  Another neat thing is that James looks like my husband.

I know my son is adopted, but I don’t think of him as being adopted.  I love him as my own flesh and blood, perhaps even more because of the “labour pains” I had to go through before I could be his mom. I’m praying that he’ll have a brother or sister someday, and I continue to count every day with him a blessing.

“Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own.  Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it.”

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If you have an adoption story and want to share it give me a shout at hegivesgrace@gmail.com  (This can be either you adopting or maybe even giving your baby up for adoption…or even the process of adoption you are going through now)

Laura

Much thanks to Kirk & Kim and Ben & Sarah for sharing their stories!!

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It’s Friday!!!  And That means it’s Fill in the Blank Friday with Lauren at her blog: The Little Things We do
1.   The holiday season is    more special than last year  because Little E is really getting excited about it!  We put up some decorations today and he was jumping around the room saying “Santa comes soon!”

2.   Snow makes me   cold.  I hate snow.  I like it when it’s falling from the sky but when it stays on the ground for endless years then I don’t like it.  However Little E loves it….soooo guess I’ll have to live with it.  🙂
3.  The best comfort food to eat when it’s cold out is    Hot chocolate and toast.  Love it!
4. Winter is the best time for  cuddling up with a warm blanket and a good book!
5.  I can hardly wait for    having a night out with hubby to do some Christmas shopping for Little E.  First time we have gone without him.
6.  When it comes to holiday gifts I prefer to  give them.  I love watching people open gifts!!!
7.  If I were to rate my excitement about the holiday season on a scale from 1-10, I would say I am at about a    8 or a 9. Super excited for Little E to be excited for Christmas this year!  And also to see Family and friends!
What about you??  Feel free to fill in some blanks of your own in the comment section!
Laura
Blessing: Some unexpected gifts came in the mail this week which made things a little easier!

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