Thursday, September 30, 2010



I do not do it well....

Right now I am at the mercy of the Russians. They have to determine if, based on all of my info, they will extend a referral to me. PLEASE pray that they can see the good that I would do for this sweet boy and the wonderful home that my family could provide... I was told that we should hear something by the end of the week.

SOOOOOOO nervous!!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010



The thermometers are no longer at $0. That is so exciting! It might not be much right now, but it is a start. And, hey! Once the ball gets rolling, it will hopefully pick up speed and get us where we need to be!!!

Thank you B for being the FIRST to support us! We love you!!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Starting the Fundraising with Something Sweet....

I just ordered the first fundraiser items....


They are lollipops. I am hoping that they will turn out to be very lucrative. I pay just $.25 per pop and then sell them for $.50. Seeing that I work at a school, I hope to sell LOTS!

If you think that you might be able to peddle some for "Team Cowboy," let me know!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Since my mother’s death, I have struggled. Struggled to figure out just what my purpose was in this world. I felt very lost. I did not think that I had a plan. No path that was laid out in front of me. What was I supposed to do with the rest of my life. This question would often haunt me at night.

The one thing that I have had the greatest pride in over the years has been my role as mother. Being a Mom is the one area in which I feel the most comfortable. My children are by far my greatest accomplishment and joy. I find no bigger thrill than that in watching my children grow up and thrive. My special needs children (Tobey and Taylar) have taught me that the greatest joy that we can see/feel is that in watching our kids surpass what is predicted by doctors, therapists and “experts.” The special needs community is near and dear to my heart as I have found many friends and “family” in the 14 years that I have been part of it.

I believe that all of this has led me up to what is the next stage in my life….You see, I have followed their website for months I have watched many families journeys. I have read the blogs. I have looked at the faces of all of the children. I have sat back and watched. I have dreamt of all of the children who are waiting. Just waiting for someone to choose them. A “forever family” is what they need. Someone to take them in and open their hearts to the love and joy that they would bring to their new family. No specific child stuck out to me. I prayed every night. My heart ached for all of these children. I was not sure what I could do to help, but I knew one thing and that was that I could not do nothing. My heart would not let me!

Then, it happened…. I saw what I thought was the most beautiful face….

A sweet sweet little boy. His face just stuck in my head. I thought about him all the time. Just sitting in an orphanage. An orphanage in a place where kids are sent to an institution at age 5 if they are not placed in a permanent home. A child that would be loved unconditionally in my house. A child who would have a chance to thrive in my family. I just could not forget him...

Never in my life did I ever think that I would be a candidate for adoption. Single, a teacher, 5 kids. I would have thought that these things would have crossed me out. But, that is NOT the case. In fact, my family can indeed adopt N, but (and the BUT is huge) we must get up the funds to do so. This is where I must plead to EVERYONE that I know and EVERYONE that you know and so on to help out here. In order to bring N to Texas, I must raise $30,000. That is a HUGE amount of $$. However, I have seen many families do it. I do have faith, that if it is indeed God’s plan to add N to our family, he will guide us through this and help to make it happen.

If you have any fundraising ideas, PLEASE pass them along. If you know ANYONE who would be willing to help us out, PLEASE pass my info along.

Thank you for ALL of your help in getting N home.

Getting our Ducks in a Row....

OK... So, we are trying to pull things together....

Since all of this is so new, it is really hard. I need to figure our which agency I will use in Houston for my Homestudy (Thank you so much Rhonda for all of the helpful info!:))

I am also waiting to touch base with Renee from EAC which is the agency that has listed N with Reece's Rainbow. I have so many questions.... Really want to chat with her before I even start to get the homestudy set-up...

I have really been talking it out with my older kids and have been amazingly surprised with their reaction. I have shocked at how welcoming and "on board" they were. They too felt that our family has plenty of love to share and are willing to go the extra mile to help out. Teens just never cease to surprise me!

We also have $2000 to raise. The only thing that scares me throughout this entire process is the $$, but I will stand strong in my faith that God WILL provide...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just thinking....

Today, I have just been thinking...This is REALLY a HUGE step for me. I do NOT do the UNKNOWN, the NEW, the UNFAMILIAR. I never have. I like stable. I like to know what is going on. What will happen tomorrow. The next day and the next.

Strange thing is this... I find myself oddly excited. I am so very thrilled at the thought of what might be happening to myself and my family. To be able to provide a safe, warm, loving home to a child who was considered a "throw away" by someone else is just inspiring. And, what we will do for him will be nothing compared to what he will do for us!! The joy that he will bring into our home will be immeasurable... :)

So, there may be HUGE mountains between us right now, but I have faith that we can climb them and get to the other side where the rewards will be plenty for everyone!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Welcome..... :)

We are just now at the beginning stages of our scary but exciting journey....

I'll be honest, the thermometer on the right scares the heebeegeebees out of me. But, I do believe that God CAN move mountains. And, IF it IS God's plan for Nicholas to become part of our family, we WILL find a way to raise the funds needed to bring him home. Right now, we need to gather the $$ needed to have our homestudy done and be able to make a formal commitment to him.

Only God knows the way....
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