Saturday, December 29, 2007
So hair styling is just not my thing. I think that I was feeling a little intimidated to try anything new because it is time consuming and I just thought it wouldn't work out for the best, especially since I really didn't know what I was doing. I was stuck in this rut of old hair styles, no beads, nothing fancy.
I got a little encouragement from Steph at Snapaholics along with some wonderful snaps and beads and we were in a hair do creating frenzy over here.
The best part of the experience was being able to read about doing hair on the Snapaholics website AND being able to email with questions and for more information. Thanks Stephanie! I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Now a whole new world of hair style possibilities has opened up to us, and as you can see Lulu and Bean are thrilled. It wasn't hard and I would highly recommend visiting the website and buying some exciting new things to try in your children's hair. The prices are really low for the big bang that the little beads and snaps give you and there is a wide variety of items sure to please most any taste and all outfits and holidays! :) And about the time consuming part, it really wasn't as bad as I was thinking. Lulu's hair style took about an hour (I put on a movie for her) and Bean took 15 minutes. Well worth the time, especially for Lulu's hair style which can last for 2 weeks or so!
Here is a link for you:
Sarah, Lulu and Bean
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sarah and Family
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thank you Aunt Amy for my fluffy puppy jacket. I love jackets and I love anything soft and furry. I will never let my Mom take this off of me. :)
Amy is my Mom's oldest best friend and she knows how to pick out cute things very well.
Angeline has been having some sleeping issues for the past 7 weeks or so. She had a very bad cold when I had strep and started snoring and waking up every night at least once. She has been sleeping either with Bob and I, or Lauren since that time. We were hearing her on the monitor at night gasping for air in between her snoring. She went to the family doctor last week and she is getting an appointment at Children's to see an ENT and we believe she has sleep apnea. We are praying that they can do something and she might outgrow it, or else she may be looking at surgery once again. It's very scary hearing her so loudly snoring and gasping all night long and none of us are sleeping very well! Hopefully her appointment will be soon so we can get to the bottom of this problem.
This morning she woke up with a runny nose, cough and fever, so I am praying that this doesn't make things worse for her! Thanks for your prayers.
Bean's Mum Sarah
Your the big winner of two hours of work from me. :) I was impressed with every one's answers, many of them correct... but Kathy was the first to reply:
Tyler's Tattoo is "HEAVEN" in Japanese.
So if your Kathy from this blog:
Email me at: Sisters3Designs@aol.com
And start dreaming up some work for me to do. :)
Thanks for playing along everyone!
(And Nina- thanks for the Antibiotic Ointment and Hep booster)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
with cars crashing.
I am from a good land,
with friendly neighbors.
I am from seasoned and spicy tacos,
and very cool ice tea.
I am from loud family dinners,
with “sit down and eat.”
I am from running outside all day long,
and acting like maniacs.
I am from watching lots of T.V.
and playing the Wii.
I am from a big family of 13,
and with a loving dog.
I am from caring parents,
and playful siblings.
I am from playing soccer,
with kicking a ball.
I am from supporting parents,
from saying “ You can do it!”
I am from an amazing life,
with people who love me.
I am from the best life ever,
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Well since I have a fine tuned memory for a 22 month old. I have never forgotten how to be a Geisha. I love playing dress up too by the way.
The other day while I was taking a break from eating my normal fanfare food "CHEESE", I decided to ask my Mom for some "O-Gurt". (I knew that she had bought some "trix" o-gurt, not the normal icky organic crap she buys.)
They did it, they left me alone for 2 minutes and I went to town! Let me tell you! I stuck my whole hand in that o-gurt, that pink sugar loaded goodness. The o-gurt makes a nice lotion. Even nicer than frosting, my third favorite food group.
When the o-gurt got to be a little too much on my hands for my senses, I shook my hands wildly like a crazy lady and I flicked that pink o-gurt all over my house.
FLICK, SHAKE, FLICK some more!
Several of my brothers and sisters saw me and quickly left the room for fear that they might be asked to change my clothes. They knew it was going to take a little more than a clothes change to fix my geisha fun.
Before my Mom could get that little shiny cup away from me I went in for one last drink of o-gurt. And I exclaimed: "GAY-SHA!!!!!"
I looked beautiful. There is nothing better than having moments alone to live foot loose and fancy free with a whole container of PINKness... my signature color.
See how proud I look of myself?
With sticky fingers and matted hair,
Lauren loves drawing and painting and the main focus of her art, is Japanese Anime. She creates her own characters and can quickly draw something incredible. Since I can't draw or paint, I am always impressed by the work that she does. (This one even made it onto the dining room wall.)
I am not sure what to make of this little girl. Is she contemplating getting a Christmas tree but the snow's too deep so she will be happy with the bare tree she has? Or perhaps she is just deep in thought?
I just like it so much. I can't get enough of Lauren's creativity!Lauren draws so much in fact, that I haven't had to buy coloring books in a long time. Lauren just draws up some pictures and the kids will spend hours coloring them.
Thanks Lauren for being such a great artist, daughter and sister to your sibs.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I got these adorable pictures yesterday and thought that I would put them into a slide show to share with you. Turn the music off on the right side of this page and click play above. I know that I am slightly biased, but what an adorable little boy Isaac is. :) As you can see from the pictures near the end he was singing his favorite song: "The Wheels on the Bus".
Thanks COTP for loving my son so well.
These pictures meant the world to us.
Ericka has been such a dear friend to me. She spent her Mother's day weekend in Texas helping to care for Helande, Christella, Angeline and ME too. She has been there for my family and I through the past months of good times and bad. Yesterday a package came in the mail of a beautiful prayer shawl that her church made for my family. (One is also on it's way to Haiti to Ella's family.) It says "Please wrap up in my prayers and hugs when remembering Ella. On this date and around our gathered circle, this shawl has been passed through our praying hands and been blessed by our loving hearts."
I am so deeply touched by your thoughtfulness Ericka. This shawl has already provided much healing to myself, my husband and children.
Christella's family went to the clinic yesterday and Lori was able to translate all the letters that were written for them. Her family was so touched by all your kind words and there were many tears shed. They said that they feel that they have found family. Lori was also able to give them some money to help with making sure they have a blessed Christmas. Thank you Lori for being there for them and for giving everything of yourself, in good times and bad, to make a positive change for God's most precious people in Haiti.
I like to think of our family, and Christella's family, forever bonded by the love and grace of Ella... wrapped in our prayer shawls, many miles apart, feeling the same warm memories and remembering the gifts that we have all been given.
Monday, December 10, 2007
My baby sister was not just from any old family she was with her mother but her mother could not take care of her any more. So, my mom went to Haiti so she take her home to where we live. But my sister needed medical care so we went to Ohio for my baby sister. My mom went to the hospital while my brothers and sisters went and stayed with our Nana. When my mom got back we took her back to Washington so we could have her as a part of our family. A couple of months her adoption paper work came through and we went to the court so we could adopt her. While they were preparing the adoption papers I was so excited that we were having a new member in our lives- I was happy as ever!
I was so happy that we got a new edition to our family. Now we have 12 kids though we are waiting for another baby. His name is Issac he is also from Haiti. Angeline is amazing she is a two year-old baby sister that is so loving and gentle and loves to always have something to do. She is the best baby sister ever! I hope that my baby sister will always be so fun-loving and caring. I love my baby sister!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Another great gift idea for the Holiday's is this wonderful book EAT PRAY LOVE. The author Elizabeth, has been on Oprah twice now talking about the book. If you haven't read it, you must. That's all I can say, you must read this book. I truly believe it changes lives and helped me a great deal in dealing with Christella's passing and the trials that I have been personally going through.
If you are the one person left who hasn't heard of this book, Liz, the author went on a journey of self discovery and spent a year of her life between Italy, India and Indonesia trying to find out who she was, and find her inner spirit.
It's a great book for all denominations and beliefs and I feel as if no matter your faith, it will help bring you to a higher place in your faith, and in yourself.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below, I couldn't help but mark the pages where the quotes were and I have gone back often to re-read them, understand them, live them:
"We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don't have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down."
"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. It's easy enough to pray when your in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments."
Regarding becoming an open pipeline for God's love:
"The intellect stops, the intuition rises and all she has to do is permit her God-ness to flow through her. She says: it feels like the wind comes and takes my hands"
"But I was always coming here. I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never NOT coming here. This was never NOT going to happen"
Read it, digest it, pass it on to someone else who might need a little extra love and grace in their life right now.
I read about this website on another blog and I am enjoying it SO much that I thought I would share it with all of you. If you are still Christmas shopping, or just looking for that perfect gift for someone, please visit:
(Here's the link)
I love supportive artists and WAHM's. I found some of the most amazing gifts that I will be giving this year at Etsy. I waited to post about Etsy until after my five orders were complete to see how fast the shipping was etc. There are so many different ways to search the website, by item, by color etc. I know that you will find that perfect something for that special someone at Etsy. They have items for men, women, children and pets. Enjoy!
P.S. I don't work for Etsy or get a kick back from you visiting there. It just was so great, I couldn't help but share. :) LOL
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Visit her beautiful blog for more updates and to read more beautiful heartfelt words from this most faithful and inspirational Momma:
D. has been an incredible amount of support to myself in the hard times that we have had in life in general and also with Isaac's adoption. Please take a moment to pray that things quickly come together for her most sweet little Jellybean to come home soon, with no more delays and a happy heart for him and his wonderful family.
Thanks in advance prayer warriors!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I have realized that my kids and life just don't get what enough really means.
The other night we noticed one of the girls drinking a glass FULL of vanilla creamer. Isn't it enough that they have it to use for cups or tea, do they really need to drink it glass full straight out of the bottle? Yuck.
Sunday night after spending the entire day with his friends sledding one of the boys was invited to youth group at their friends church. When I said No, the response was nothing short of pathetic and ended with the child in the bathroom crying because he wasn't allowed to go.
Wasn't the entire day with your friends enough?
The weather... don't even get me started. Wasn't it enough that we had about 8 inches of snow on Sunday... but then the blowing winds and inches of rain came Sunday night and Monday... enough already! (We personally didn't get flooded, PTL, but there has been devastating flooding south of us.)
Then we have Dominick.
While the other children were making a memorial poster for Christella, Dominick was inciting a riot. The riot was his teenage siblings rolling in laughter at his protest poster. Dominick still thinks it was because it was so cleaver of him to write that Homework Kills Trees. Obviously it was because he wrote HO work kills trees. (I won't be explaining that one any time soon, and must admit that I did get a good chuckle.) The poster was a rude wake up call. Apparently my child doesn't understand that he is HOME schooled. If he had NO homework, he wouldn't be doing ANY school work. Not to mention the failings of this home school mom who apparently came short a bit in the spelling arena. Isn't it enough that I devote so much time to educate my children that maybe just once they could appreciate that? Or at least spell "homework" correctly?
So tonight is when Kris Kringle/St. Nick comes and fills the children's shoes with goodies while they are sleeping. It hasn't been enough that my children have enough fortitude to treat one another with love and kindness so KK might be leaving a little reminder note tonight about making better choices instead of goodies. I am a mean mean Mom sometimes. My kids don't do well when they know that things like Christmas are coming. They tend to get all wiry and antsy and short tempered with one another. And we can't have that. I must maintain peace in the home, that's enough of the uglies.
The dentist... whoa... so our old dentist who was just sparkling and wonderful no longer takes our insurance. There aren't actually many places that take our insurance. Isn't it enough that we made appointments for nine children in the past three weeks and brought them all there to this new clinic? Apparently not. Because the initial appointment is for a "check up" and "x-ray". Don't want to push ourselves for a teeth cleaning in there, that would be a 2nd appointment. For those with cavities or who need something "extra", that would be an additional 1-2 appointments on top of the first two. And did we mention that we can only see three children at one time at the MOST? So that will bring the dentist appointment total somewhere near 30 appointments for the month. Enough.
The only blessing through the crazy weeks of appointments has been that my husband has been home. By now his court TV watching, salsa eating self typically makes me insane. Since he has been so busy with appointments it has given us enough time together, and enough time for me to get work done, Christmas under way, and my head on straight. Maybe I don't even feel like I had enough time with him I guess? Maybe I am the one who doesn't get the concept of enough? Robert will be home until the first or second week of January. His work did pick up two new jobs that will start after the new year. I hope by then I will have had enough time with him. :)
Any in closing an apology...
Jeremy, our oldest son emailed yesterday very upset. In the moments of sadness and reflection over the past weeks, we forgot to email him about Christella. Jeremy is still in New Orleans doing volunteer work full time, and doesn't have a phone or computer. He does go and check his email when he can at a public computer somewhere. Jeremy has had enough of his family and their communication breakdowns. So not only did he have to deal with Christella's passing, but he had to read about it on his blog and his siblings my space pages, instead of hearing it from his Dad and I as he should have. He sent the kindest most gentle and timely email letting us know how upset he was and how even though he didn't know her well, he felt like she was a baby sister to him, and was very upset to hear about her death. I am sorry Jeremy. I will do better with communicating in the future. We love you son and we are proud of the hard, meaningful work that you are doing.
Blessings of content, nice hands and warm fuzzies.
Happy Birthday sweet Cole Bear!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
My birthday happens to be shared with World Aids day. Please watch the video and hear the message. Learn what you can do, whether it's pray, educate yourself, open your mind a little, embrace others, donate funds, offer hope, and help end the suffering.
Above is another link to a short and powerful video.
Much Love and Many Blessings,