Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunny skies are calling us....

My sweet husband is taking me to sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 8 days!!! Yep, you heard right, 8 days to get this WHITE body a bit more bathing suit ready...YIKES!!! Fantasy Tan here I come. I've never done it before so I'm going to try it. I hate tanning beds, used to love them years ago but not anymore so I am going to a salon on Friday to have my body tanned by a technician with a spray gun...LOL.. should prove interesting since I'm rather modest. I was assured I can wear whatever I'm comfortable in. Do you think she could get through yoga pants and a tank top?!?!

I am so grateful for this little warm getaway with my hubby. He's so good to me. He knows when we need to take a time out for the two of us. I am blessed. I will most definitely post about our trip upon my return AND when I get back it will be time for my 100 post giveaway and I'm guessing it will be something pretty from Puerto Vallarta!!!!

God bless,

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Christmas message...

Jesus is on my mind everyday, I honestly think of him throughout the day and thank him for my many, many blessings. This week, is the week we celebrate his birth and again, I'm reminded of the sacrifice he made for all those who believe in him as the Lamb of God, our Saviour that took away our sins through his blood. The thought of this many times has brought me to my knees to worship Him. I'm in awe of our Heavenly Father, who knew what would happened to his sweet, baby child that was born to die for the sins of the world. None of us truly deserve the ransom he paid for us and yet, it's ours for FREE! Our God is an awesome God!
In closing, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and remember to celebrate JESUS!
God bless always,
CJ, Amy, Trevor, Rachel and Linzhi Rose

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Never underestimate a child.

As you know, our youngest has Arthrogryposis in her upper extremities. When we received her referral from China, we were not given a concrete diagnosis (She was diagnosed after we got home). Before our agency gave us her information, we were warned "she may never be independent of you, she will probably always need assistance in self grooming and toileting". This information didn't scare us as we believe our God is bigger than Arthrogryposis. Linzhi has been home for over a year now and is potty trained. CJ and I take her to the bathroom but encourage her to use the step stool and to try pulling down her pants, etc... all of which is difficult for her but she always tries and she's always excited to be trying.

On Friday, as I was house cleaning my little China baby told me she had to go potty (which she says often as she drinks water all day long). I told her to go down there and set up her stool and I would be there shortly. Well, to be honest...I forgot! A few minutes later Linzhi appears again with out her pants but her underwear was pulled up all the way...Hmmm, did sissy help you? Linzhi replied "nope, I do it myself". So we went in the bathroom and sure enough there was pee pee in the toilet and a little tiny piece of toilet paper stuck on the seat. I quickly asked Rachel, "did you help Linz potty" (not that I didn't believe Linzhi but I couldn't believe my EYES). Rachel assured me, "I was too busy to help her, I told her to do it herself"....LOL...

So yes, my little baby girl that we were told might never be independent from her mommy and daddy made a HUGE milestone on Friday...HUGE! I can't even put into words how much of a VICTORY this is for her and to top it off, she pulled her panties up over her bootie which she has struggled with, she could only pull them up mid thigh. I know the Lord was smiling down on our baby girl. He created her in all his glory and grace. He provided her with an undeniable will that completely puts CJ and myself in complete awe of HIM. We are just so excited to see what this kid will do next!

Friday, December 5, 2008

This and that...

First of all, happy Friday!

Secondly, I am approaching my 100th post! I am planning a giveaway so please stay tuned for more details. Also, I have taken my blog off private mode. I find it too hard to share with friends & family as I get the call or email "I forgot the name of your blog"...etc... Plus, I want to be able to share our adoption/family story with people that many be considering adopting a special needs child.

Lastly, Please pray for Troy and his children Bek and Syd. It's an emotional story about a young mother and wife that had cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma 2 months ago. I don't know him but I've been commenting on his blog and praying for his family. Yesterday, his sweet wife Hyatt passed away. Please go here to read their story. http://hyatt911.blogspot.com/

Honestly, following this journey has changed my marriage and the way I look at life.

God bless.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


OK, I am one of those mother's that is ALWAYS pressed for time. With that said, I tend to rush even more when it comes to putting myself together in the morning. I am in the process of growing out my bangs so I am always finding a hair bow, barrett, whatever to keep them out of my face. Yesterday morning I was putting my make-up on and found this HUGE styling clip to hold my hair back...Well before I knew it I had a little girl with jet black hair (she will remain nameless), stand before me with pee pee running down her legs so I quickly stopped my make-up to bathe my baby. Now time was really rushing so off we went... I dropped the girls off at school, with the big clip...Ran into W@lgreens, with the big clip, Kro$er...yep, with the big clip and then to the bank, WITH THE BIG CLIP! UGH, finally I get home plop in front of my computer to start working and I see the big clip in the reflection of the screen. Why didn't anyone at the above places say "Hey lady, you have a big clip in your hair"

Oh well, at least my bangs were out of my face!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday (sort of)

Sissy and little sas!