Sunday, April 22, 2012


But still very heartfelt.....with lots of love!!!

Happy Birthday to my husband!

He turned 50 celebrated a very important birthday....ahem.

Last week.

On Wednesday.

Oops, kinda late posting this.

At least it is still April.  Right?

I did take him out to dinner.

On Wednesday.

On his birthday.

That counts.....for something.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The {Princess} Cake!!!

This post is long overdue.....

What can I say? 
Except better late than never. (?)

Avery is such a girlie-girl in every.single.way.

I love it!

She turned six a few weeks ago.

She wanted a pink princess cake.


She wanted me to make it.


From scratch.

Say what???

I am not good in the kitchen.

Cooking and baking are not my strong points.

But, when this little face looks at you and asks you to bake her a pink princess cake from scratch....

It is hard to say no!

Avery was prepared.

This was the recipe 'we' were to follow.

Together with my (ahem) helpers....

This was the cake that was created:

Not too bad.

The cake part was a tad bit flour-y tasting.

The frosting was very, very, very sweet tasting.  

However, I do believe the birthday girl loved it.

And after all, that is what really matters!  :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Eggs!!!

Oh how 'we' love coloring Easter Eggs!

It's just kinda fun.

The dipping.

The watching and the waiting...for the perfect shade of color.

The detailing.

The choosing.

The end results.

Easy fun!

Oh the joy of it all!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Celebrating Easter 2012

My two youngest children reveled in the Joy of this day!


All day long.....

They were giddy.

They were full of smiles.

Yes, they received Easter baskets.

Yes, they had a little Easter egg hunt.

But, it was more than that.

They 'got' what today was really all about it.

They have been waiting for this day.

The day that Jesus conquered sin, defeated death, and rose victoriously!

At bedtime, they both agreed that today was a good day.

A happy day.

The best day.

All because of Jesus!

Happy Blessed Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pretty much Wordless Wednesday {Oh the Love!!!!}

Shea and her big bro, Scott have a very special relationship.

They adore each other.

Can ya tell???

Monday, April 2, 2012

"Hand in Hand" ~ part 2: Avery and Her Best Friend, ZhuLi


A couple of weeks ago, a blog writer from Half the Sky contacted me.

They wanted to do a follow up journal post about Avery and her best friend, ZhuLi.

[Remember this journal post, Hand in Hand that was featured on their website? And the back story as to how I stumbled upon this incredible post?]

After I had read the "Hand in Hand" post about Avery/ZuLa and ZhuLi, I wrote to them.
I told them a little bit about our sweet Avery.
I explained how very emotional and extremely sad Avery was when we first met her.
And lastly I described Avery's reaction to this amazing story....
about her and her best friend from the orphanage.

Half the Sky wanted to share what I had told them on their Family section of their new website.  Being very hopeful that this {new} posting could be the impetus for something perhaps these two girls getting a chance to somehow reconnect?????

Of course, I thought this was a fabulous idea and readily agreed.  :)

Hand in Hand part 2: Avery and Her Best Friend, ZhuLi.

If this ongoing story of these two precious little girls can get out into the adoption community......

Well, do you believe in miracles?

I do!

And it would be nothing short of a miracle if Avery and ZhuLi could be meet again.

It would definitely be a God-thing!

Would you consider sharing this awe-inspiring continuing story on your blogs and Facebook pages?

Hand in Hand ~ part 1
Hand in Hand ~ part 2: Avery and Her Best Friend, ZhuLi

Who knows, perhaps together, with lots of prayer and the use of social networking, we can reunite these two children!

Thank you, Half the Sky.

And thank you to my friends and family.

Now, let's do this thing!!!