Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Day in the Life of ME

Thought it would be fun to write snippets from a day in the life of ME! 

Grateful this morning the kids let me sleep to 7:00a.m.  WOOHOO!!!  Jacob has been congested so I have been "trying" to sleep on the couch holding him. 

Breakfast to everyone then clean table and floors.  Who knew such a mess could be made by eating a bowl of cereal.

Tried feeding Jacob but he was just not ready yet.  Changed diapers and put kids on potty.

Chatted online with three different adoptive moms all at the same time.  LOVE FACEBOOK MESSAGING!!

Therapist number #1 came and spent an hour and a half working with two kids.  While therapist was here Durable Medical Equipment company calls to apologize because they screwed up AGAIN!!  The are getting parts on order ASAP. 

Isaac falls down and scraps up his nose and gets a small cut. 

Therapist leaves, time to eat lunch.

Therapist number #2 arrives and spends two hours working with kids.  Meantime I am teaching younger kids in school room.

During all of this I am going back and forth helping two older girls with their school work.

Have heart to heart talk with child who has lied to me AGAIN.

Therapist leaves. Clean the kitchen from lunch.  Jacob finally eats something.

I run down to the pharmacy to pick up Jacob's food, which I was supposed to do on Friday but forgot :)

Child needs blood work done but that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Ran out of time today

Finally get a shower.  I won't tell you how many days it has been.

Hubby gets home. WOOHOO

Start dinner.

Dinner and celebrate Faith's birthday

Take daughter to church

Got Jacob to eat again.

Bath for little ones and put to bed.

Pick up daughter from church

Put rest of kids to bed.

Jacob ate again and put to sleep.

Worked on paperwork for three kids who need additional services.

Maybe tomorrow I can write down all the odd things that were said in our house.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Family Changes Everything

This is our Sera's referral video from 2009.  It breaks my heart when I watch it.  She was a very sad little girl.   She had been brought to the orphanage by her birth mother.  It was obvious that Sera had not been touched often.  She pulled away and cried when someone went to touch her.  She was very malnourished.

What breaks my heart even more is to think about what her life would have been had she not been "REDEEMED" through adoption.   Without corrective eyeglasses Sera could only see 4 inches in front of her.  She also had seven fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.   Sera would have been considered "WORTHLESS" .    Sera's future would have been alone begging on the streets.


 *Photography by Nina Mullins Photography
Sera has a long road ahead of her.  We have no idea what her health will look like in the future.  She has a progressive kidney disease which could potentially lead to double kidney failure.  She will also continue to loose her vision.  There are so many unknowns in her future.  However, there is one thing that she will always have . . . .


Saturday, March 2, 2013

More Pictures from Photo Shoot

Are you ready for more pictures from the photo shoot???? 
All of these pictures were taken by Sandra Dee's Photography

Grace now has a modeling facebook page.  Please stop by and "like" her page.

Miranda now has a modeling facebook page.  Please stop by and "like" her page.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Makeover

A year and a half ago I walked into a dental clinic with my newly adopted daughter. She was from Ethiopia, spoke zero English, and had a mouth full of rotten teeth. When the dentist walked out with my daughter I thought "WOW! she is beautiful, I can't believe she is a dentist". Then she started talking to me about my daughter, then I thought "WOW!! she really loves her patients". She really took a great interest in making my daughter feel comfortable, pain free, and beautiful. After all the dental work was complete my daughter said to me in her broken English, "I so happy, my mouth no hurting". My daughter also said, "my doctor so pretty". That beautiful caring Dentist is Dr. Misee Harris. Dr. Harris gave our daughter her smile back but God was not done with Dr. Harris and our family.

Fast forward to the present. One of my daughters has always wanted to be a model. Her 13th birthday was coming up and I had told her that we would not even consider modeling until she was thirteen. She shares a birth date with one of her sisters. We had been so busy with medical issues with some of our children and the recent adoption of two more children I wanted to treat my big girls to something special. That is where Dr. Misee Harris enters into our lives once again. Who would have thought? Misee Harris was giving away a shopping spree, makeover, and photo shoot. She chose my girls!!!!

We shopped and shopped until the mall closed.
They got a makeover!
Then the photo shoot . . .
Photography by Sandra Dee's Photography
I know you want to see more pictures but you will just have to wait :)  I have something more important to tell you about right now. 
Dr. Misee Harris is now a friend to me and a mentor to my girls.  As an adoptive mom of children of different races, it is important to me and my children for them to have role models of their own skin color and of other skin colors.  For many years society has told us that we are not all equal.  This is beginning to change and I want my girls to see women of all skin colors as the successful and beautiful persons that God intended. 
It is also important that persons of all colors be represented on television and print equally.  It is important for my children.  I am so proud of Misee Harris and her quest to be the first Bachelorette with darker skin.  It is important to my girls to see a young woman of their same skin color going after their dreams.  Wouldn't it be great to see multi-racial dating presented in a good light?  Or even better to see more multi-racial families represented in the media.  If you would like to follow Dr. Misee Harris' quest to become the first Bachelorette with beautiful brown skin follow her Facebook page, Misee Harris 4 The Black Bachelorette.