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O Christmas tree……

I think we have set a record, we got our tree up with 10 days still to go until the big day! Usually its like that week/couple of days before the 25th.  Actually we got the tree on Saturday morning, so that is like 12 days before Christmas(granted it hung out in our garage for the weekend, cause we were way too busy to put it up!).

But alas it is up in all its sparkly light glory.  The biggest obstacle was trying to get all 6 kiddos, in front of the tree, smiling for the camera. But after a couple of  bad shots I threatened to take away supper until a lovely picture was taken, and bada bing bada boom, we have one!

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My Peeps.

What to do on a nice afternoon, but take some pictures?

Yeah…those are my peeps.

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And then we were 8…..

Ya know, I always thought we would eventually adopt again. When I imagined it, she was a sweet, chunky little Liberian toddler. A girl, of course! And I would do her hair into little puffs and she would wear the cutest little toddler girl dresses ever. She would be our last baby. I had it all planned out…to a ‘T’.

Then of course, God had bigger and way better plans for my family.

This incredibly beautiful 12 year old girl, from Brasil no less, is our newest daughter. And we are all enchanted to say the least. We met Miss G, by phone, last July. She was in Brasil being adopted by an American mom. I knew them kinda through a friend, and I helped with translation stuff. We have watched for the past 15 months as Miss G and her adoptive mom have struggled. And not too long ago her adoptive mom decided that she could no longer be Miss G’s mom. And now here she is. Of course, its not really like *snap* and here she is. There are a lot of little details, gut wrenching intense moments, and heartbreak.

I have been trying to write this blog entry for quite a while. I’ve written and erased several times over the past couple of weeks. Trying to find the just the right words to explain my feelings about all of this.

And I kept thinking of this fabulous Ben Harper song called, Blessed to be A Witness.

The Chorus says, I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed to be a witness

And that kinda sums it all up. I am blessed. I have this fabulous opportunity to witness Jesus in action on a daily basis. I am humbled that ultimately He gave me exactly what I have been desiring, one more daughter. She isn’t the chunky little toddler that I had envisioned in my head. She is way, way better…..

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M.I.A.

Here is the definition that my online dictionary gave for busy-excessively filled with detail. Isn’t that a great definition? I feel like I should get a cute tee that says that in big pink letters, cause that is what life has been around here, excessively filled with details. Not really bad details, but still make me run around and act crazy  kind of details. Goofy things like 3 soccer practices, and getting 3 kids ready to go to 3 different(new) schools, getting 2 remaining children ready for the homeschool year.

My little guy on his 1st day of kindergarten!

Here is Miss P, in uniform, on her way to full day school for the 1st time.

And in the midst of that we had the honor of having the cutest, sweetest, most fabulous baby around at our house for a whole week!

My cutie niece came for a visit! My very prego sis with baby #2 came all the way from Tennessee for a little vacation in Seattle. This was the first time we had all gotten to meet Miss Cutie herself and she had my whole entire clan just wrapped around her little finger.

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And to our great sadness, they are gone back to Tennessee. There is no cute baby for us to all watch and laugh with.  *sigh* I guess its just back to school, soccer, and homework. *sigh*

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Mr. H’s breakfast yumminess.

Being the Betty Crocker mom that I am, I made yummy pancakes for breakfast. I always feel very proud of myself when I make pancakes instead of toast with peanut butter. So this was pancake morning. Being quite inspired, I even boiled a couple of eggs. Now I was pretty sure that would put me into some prize for cool mom.

So I’m flipping pancakes and handing them out to kids at the table. All the pancake fixings are on the table ready for use. Mr. H comes to me and asks for the ketchup. In my euphoric breakfast mind state, I say yes. But then I stop. Ketchup! Wait we are eating pancakes. Syrup + pancakes not ketchup + pancakes.

“Hey Mr. H, come show me”.

Please notice the ketchup in the middle of my nice pancake. He took his boiled eggs and cut them into little pieces. Then he cut his pancake in half. And of course, the eggs and ketchup went into the pancake. Like a big ole’ nasty breakfast sandwich.

After this picture he asked me, in his most serious voice, if I wanted a bite. Yeah…..I didn’t.

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The new dresser

One of Mr. O’s summer projects was to sand, prime,and paint Miss P’s dresser. They would be her very favorite colors in the world; pink and purple (with sparkle as her 3rd favorite!). He just finished it last week, and it turned out really cute. Miss P was just in awe of the pink and purpleness that was now in her room.

So after church Sunday I sent the kids to put on play clothes. As I am making lunch Miss P calls me into her room. She shows me a purple shirt and a pink skirt. She asks if she can wear this outfit, because she will match her new shiny dresser. I look at her for a minute trying to decide a)can I laugh? b)is it okay to have ones only daughter dress like her furniture?

I figured why not? I told Mr. O that he should be totally flattered at life imitating his art work!

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The Littles

I’m having a hard time finding time to blog. So here are some way cute pictures of Little G with his very best friend in the whole world, Little O. These two guys met each other when they were still in diapers, toddling around. They truly adore each other and have each other’s back against the terrible evils of big brothers and sisters. They are known as “the littles” when our families are together. The Littles get away with stuff that those big kids would never be able to. Like coming inside with the moms(when they should be outside), sleeping over at each others house, and getting a little extra juice. I’m glad that these two have each other(imagine the Toy Story song, ‘You Got a Friend in Me’ playing…). And seriously, could they be any cuter???

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