Thursday, May 22, 2008

Please pray for this family.

My heart just breaks for this family, please keep them all in your prayers. I can't imagine the pain they are feeling at this moment. Please read below...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 22) - The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family's home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
***In this picture, Maria Sue is in her daddy's lap***
(taken from AOL news)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I've been tagged!!

Well, this is my first time being tagged AND I was tagged by two of my favorite blogger's... Laine @ and Barbie @ it goes...

Favorite person (outside family)? Rod Franklin. He is a very dear friend of ours,he's the associate Pastor at our church and I've been in an ongoing bible study with him for over 2 years.

"Favorite food? Chips and fresh salsa!!!!! We we're in Mexico, that's all I eat!!

Quirks about you? Wow, I have so many.... Let's see.... I Windex my kitchen sink several times a day. I like it to be shinny. It's the one thing in my kitchen that doesn't have little prints all over it!! LOL.

How would the person who loves you most describe you in ten words or less? Well, I asked CJ and he actually wrote it down on paper for me!!! Ok, this is what he said... " Sexy, honest, caring, self-less, funny, hardworking, intense, loving, leader and always giving. I thought that was so sweet of him....I love you CJ!

Any regrets in life? Yes, I wish I would have given ALL of myself to the Lord much earlier in my life, I feel so much peace within myself that I struggled with for many years. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 21 but it took until I was 30 to give it all to him.

Favorite Charity/ Cause? Definitely special needs orphans, St.Jude's Children's research hospital (I actually have recruited nurses that work there), Shriner's Hospital in Chicago (Linzhi will be receiving treatment there next month)! and

Favorite Blog recently? I love this site! Pam and her husband moved to China to teach English but one night a little baby was abandoned outside their apartment, they took the child to get medical care, fell in love with her and did eventually adopt her. That's not the end of the story which I cannot do justice, you have to read their story. I am in awe of their Godly hearts for the little ones in China... Please check out this site. Be prepared to laugh, cry, smile, pray, jump for joy and just be plain inspired =)

Something you can’t get enough of? My favorite Christian radio station and a flat iron (lol)

Worst job you’ve ever had? Years ago when Trevor was a little guy, I was a very young single mother and desperately wanted to avoid putting him in Day care so, I became a licensed childcare provider and had a very successful daycare in my home for 2 years. I had 7 little boys which I loved with all my heart. I loved my job with these babies but the worst (hardest) thing I had to do was turn a mother into DCFS. I was terrified! But I saw this little guy turn from a happy child to a terrified child the minute his mother walked in the door. He hid behind me when she came to pick him up! I was afraid she would retaliate but I had to trust the Lord and do what I knew in my heart was right to protect that child. He did end up living with his father which was 100 times better. I will never forget that day .

If you could be a fly on the wall, where? The set of American Idol...I love that show!

Favorite Bible verse right now? So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10

Guilty Pleasure? Dove chocolate covered almonds...yummy!

Got any confessions? Yes, I am addicted to reading blogs and My Adoption website! There, I said it!!!!

If you HAD to spend $1,000 on YOURSELF, how would you spend it? I would buy $1000 dollars worth of flowers and palm trees for the backyard.

Favorite thing about your house? Hardwood floors, my soon to be new kitchen and the backyard. My husband put an in-ground pool in 2 summers ago and it's the hang out place for family and friends and I just LOVE everyone at my house!!

Least favorite thing about your house? The carpet on the stairs, it's old and needs to be replaced.

One thing you are bad at? Getting up in the morning, I am a night owl.

One thing you're good at? I think I'm a pretty good mommy and wife.

If you could change something about your circumstances, what? Nothing. I love the life God put me in. This is all I ever wanted.

Who would you like to meet someday? I would LOVE to meet Linzhi's birth parents and thank them for choosing life.

What makes you feel sexy? When my husband says "WOW baby, you look sexy" =)

Who is your real life hero? Other adoptive families... ... Anna, Laine, Barbie, Stefanie, Susan Moore, Pam in Henan, Doug and Carmi, Judith and Keith... and the list goes on and on!

What is the hardest part of your job? Juggling TIME!!!!!

When are you most relaxed? In the evening when the kiddies are in bed (except Trev), I'm finished working out and all I have to do is just hang out with CJ... I love our time at night, even if we're just being couch potatoes!

What stresses you out? When I'm running late.

What can you not live without? Jesus and my husband and kids.

Do you agree or disagree with the recent article that reported that blogs are authored by narcissists? I didn't read the article.. sorry...

Why do you blog? I like to keep in touch with other adoptive families AND to journal the almost daily life of my family.

Who are you tagging?New/Newer bloggers: I'm still very new at this so I know of only one Jessica @

Bloggy friends: Well, my bloggy friends are few again, I'm new AND they've already been tagged!!! =)

Bloggers you’d like to get to know better: Doug and Carmi @ They are on there way to child number 3 from China! and

Rules:1. Answer the questions 2. Link back to whoever tagged you (I think I know how to do this) 3. Tag eight bloggers to do the same, 2 from each category.New/ newer bloggers (since we want to share the love and send them traffic)Bloggy friendsBloggers you’d like to get to know betterBloggers you don’t think will respond, but you hope will. (I don't know enough of you...LOL)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother/Daughter Banquet and My Mother's day

Happy Mother's Day to you all! I know it's a day late, I've meant to post last night!!
On Saturday, Rachel, Linzhi and I went to my mother-in-laws church for their annual Mother/Daughter Banquet. This was the first year I brought both of my daughters. It was a nice time especially when the girls were able to hit the playground. I enjoy this time with my mother-in-law, I like to see her in her role as a Pastor's wife. My mother and father-in-law set a wonderful christian example for all us us and their church family. I'm so proud to be their daughter-in-law. I don't know what we would do without their love and support.
Sunday, as my husband calls it is "Amy's day" I got to sleep in, he made me breakfast, cleaned the kitchen, took care of the little ones while I got ready for the day. After church we went to lunch at "Famous Dave's" and then did a little shopping. When we got home, I took a little siesta for about an hour then my sister Allison came over and we watched "Forrest Gump". Throughout the day CJ and I shared many laughs especially when it came to the kids, they don't know it but they make for some great belly laughs!!!
As I was praying last night, I couldn't help but become emotional when I thanked the Lord for all the love and blessings he gives me everyday. At times, it gets crazy around here and on most days I could pull all my hair out but i wouldn't trade my life for anything. I am where I want to be and couldn't ask for more.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Grateful for it all!

Well, this week has been ...let's just say interesting.... When my beloved husband has to go out of town over night it always makes things at home a little more chaotic. Trying to manage kids, home, dog (four child), Trevor's mysterious rash, Linzhi deciding she really is a monkey and not a little girl and Rachel just being my "colorful" child and not to mention my job as a health care I've been rather unusually busy! I do however count my blessings everyday that I have a wonderful partner in CJ, I am so blessed to have a wonderful profession that allows me to work remotely from home (plus, fantastic managers) and of course, three beautiful HEALTHY children and the love of my Lord that makes sure I have the "strength" for this life that has been given to me.
Well, when daddy is out of town the kids and I kind of stick to no certain schedule and it's kind of fun to be on our own. So Tuesday night, I took the kids to Old Country Buffet. Not my favorite restaurant but I thought the girls would have fun making ice cream sundaes and Trevor, like all teenage boys was just happy to eat. After that, we went to Target and just "looked around" actually ended up buying several summer dresses that were on sale for $5. My girls LIVE in sun dresses so when I find then that cheap, I stock up! We ended the night by watching my favorite show "American Idol" called in my 25 votes for the beautiful singer David Archuleta, tucked my baby girls in for the night, chit chatted with Trevor, then went for my daily dose of Billy Blanks and Tao bo. It's nice to be off schedule but it's so nice to hear the garage door open and see my hubby walking in the door. The girls of course squeal "Daddy, Daddy" and I wait my turn for the "I'm home kiss" Life is good!
Today, I let the girls stay in their PJ's and play with Play Doh until lunch time, it was nice to just drink my coffee and watch the TODAY show...Yeah, right!!! I wish!!! Amy did laundry!