Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A day at the lake...

So today we went to Lake Granbury where they have a little beach and it was a blast!!! I loved it and so did my boys! The weather was perfect and there weren't many people. Of course I brought the camera and got some cute ones of Ez. We then went and got some passport photos taken for his citizenship application and ordered his birthday and Christening cakes. whew.. busy day but now we're home and dry and TIRED! I'm very anxious to see how his birthday cakes come out seeing as how the woman who took our order was VERY rude and just shot down every idea that I had for a custom cake (we're not talking a simple sheet cake here people) so we'll see. I'm still seething from that encounter. So aside from that, enjoy the photos!


My handsome, lovely, happy boys!!!




This is actually a happy face :)



Ezra's "footprints in the sand"

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our trip to the dinosaur park in Glen Rose, TX






It was packed with people and cars today at the Dinosaur Valley State Park but the weather was perfect and the water was just right. We'd never been but it looked really cool and it so was, I'm also a water lover myself so I had a blast and Ezra would cry when we'd pick him up just to move down the river, he LOVES splashing around! It's amazing to see the fossilized footprints of the different types of dinosaurs in the river bed. I can't wait to go back with a tube or a float so we can spend more time there and actually swim a bit. We got all the way there and I realized that I'd forgotten to pack a bottle - YIKES. Ezra is totally opposed to sippy cups so praise the Lord his mind was on playing and not having a bottle. We managed to make it there, enjoy it for about an hour or so and get back home w/o incident :)

Happy Memorial Day



I was hoping this would show our beautiful roses but they don't really show up too well.



This is what Ezzy does to EVERYTHING. Note his baby bed rail below! If anyone has horses they will know what "cribbing" is, and Ezra is literally cribbing on his crib!





Ez hated this floaty suit thingy! And I do too, it should have a warning sign that it tops kids over onto their faces :) poor guy.


Well this time last year I was fishing at Toledo Bend :( Wish I were there now. I LOVE to fish! Michael.. not so much. The weather is nice here so I think we will be going to the dinosaur park thingy. I'm trying to find a bakery that I trust to do Ezra's first birthday cake!!! I'm so running behind on getting that done. I still haven't even sent out the invites, I'm terrible!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Water Baby...






Well Ezra just loves the water! We brought him for his first swim in a "big pool" at Gammi's house and he just loved it! He just kept wanting to lick the water :) Uncle Weston (my 7 year old brother) was trying to show him the ropes of swimming and water gun fights. Today we just let him play in his kiddie pool. I went to Target and couldn't believe what they have for kids these days in terms of blow up pools! I was amazed! Once he gets a bit bigger I may have to get him one of the ones with slides and water cannons, etc. I really really wanted to get away this weekend but with 2 dogs and a baby it's almost impossible w/o some serious planning ahead of time. I think if the weather is nice tomorrow though I may take Ez and Michael to the dinosaur fossil park. You can see fossilized footprints in the river bed and also go tubeing.

Friday, May 22, 2009

As a Catholic I am deeply ashamed and deeply disappointed....

This video says so much to my heart and for many Catholics everywhere who share my opinion. I used to dream of a day when Ezra may attend Notre Dame but now I don't know what to think.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My heart

This just nourishes my soul. Listening to this music just makes my eyes fill up with tears b/c I feel like my body is seperated from my heart which was left in Ethiopia. I feel just ripped apart and it's hard for me to think of anything else besides getting back to Africa. I NEED to do more, it just consumes me. I don't have the "fear" that Tom Davis talks about. I KNOW that the Lord will provide and I am ready and willing to be his hands and feet, but what do I do when my hubby doesn't feel that "calling"? I am not blaming or fussing about him at all but I just feel like 1/2 a person. All I can do is just keep praying for direction. Maybe this is why the doctors all can't figure out what's wrong with me, maybe it's spiritual anguish manifested as physican pain :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My boys are gone again :(



I love this picture b/c he just "loved" that screwdriver. Of course I was paranoid about his poking his eye out with it, but he just crawled around with it upstairs.



Our little angel!



Harvard MBA here I come! Getting a heads up on the GMAT :)


Some of the beautiful wildflowers by our church.


Well the boys are in Shreveport again visiting family and I'm here all alone. I enjoy some "me" time but I miss my little angels. Well one little one and one man sized one :) I was supposed to do a Pro-Life walk today but it's just pouring down rain - yuck! Now I have all this time to clean the house since Ezzy won't just come behind me and slobber all over the wood floors I've just mopped but I can't seem to find the motivation. I have only just now started reading Tom Davis' "Red Letters" and I can't put it down. It just speaks to my heart to passionatly. I'm ready to jump in my car, buy a plane ticket to Africa and just be Jesus' hands and body for these people! I'm also still so in love with the little 7 year old boy I found on Rainbow Kids and I just keep praying for the Lord to work in Michael's heart and in mine to let me know what I'm supposed to do, whether it be just prayer for his life and a family to love him or that I should become his mother.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Finally some smiles...

I tried all day to get some good Mother's Day pics of Ezzy smiling and FINALLY I got some. It's not that he doesn't smile ALL the time it's just once he sees the camera he is so intent on getting it from me OR putting his finger on the lens that photographing him can be trying. But here are some new smiley pics of our lovely little man! As well as one photo of our baby birds that are killing my fern but I can't complain. They are getting so big that now they hardly fit in their little nest.





Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Well I'm thrilled to report that by this Mother's Day AWAA and Children's Hopechest have met the goat of $12,500 to provide 400 cans of nutrient rich formula for the children at our transitional home. Much thanks and praise to God for this small miracle. Also today is my first day as a eucharistic minister at our new church :) I'm really excited to be able to play a larger role in "communion" with our church community. I'm also trying to plan Ezzy's first birhtday party and I'm running out of time. I just can't believe that he'll be ONE in less than a month! The Semlow's are in Ethiopia now to get their 3 kiddos and I just pray that all goes well and they can come home healthy and quickly. They've waited soooooo long to be united, I just can not put myself in their shoes. Here are some new pictures of Ezra with some of our beautiful Texas wildflowers!





Thursday, May 7, 2009

Formula Drive for kids in the AWAA transition home...

UPDATE 5/7: You've given $9065! to send formula as of 12PM today...lets keep going. We can now send at least 240 cans of formula! Keep it coming! We've got blog buttons for you here. And a new testimonial from Roger and Kari Gibson.
URGENT NEED: Forumla Needed for Malnourished Babies in Ethiopia

A little backstory. The AWAA Transition home is where Ezra lived from 2-7 months of age. They are nearly out of American formula and have 90 kids in the home currently with many being severely malnourished and at risk of death by starvation. If you click on the button at the far top right you can go and donate to buy some formula to keep these babies alive. There are 90 kids at the Transition home ranging from infants to 11 years. We learned quickly with Ezra that one can of formula does not go very far. We also learned while in country that a can of formulas is VERY expensive there. One small can of the Ethiopian formula was more expensive then the American version and with the average yearly income being only $100 U.S I can imagine why there are so many starving and abandoned children.