Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trauma and Holidays

Holidays can be oh so hard sometimes for our kids from hard places.  Sometimes they come and go with those normal everyday expectations that most families have for those days:  food, fun, family, pleasant conversation, gifts, etc.  And sometimes when you least expect it, when things have been going along smoothly, a giant crocodile lunges full force out of that smooth flowing stream, churning it to rapids, and sending you coursing through rocks and rapids at breakneck speed as you gasp for a breath.

Today is one of those.

And it's 10:20 am.

But I can see it turning around.  I can glimpse the other side of the crocodile's wake.  We are pulling for shore.  Resting our boat.  Trying to start over.  It's been a long 3 and a half hours.  But we are coming to the calm.  I pray it's so.  I hope it isn't an illusion.


I obviously have so very very much to be 
for this year.
First and foremost...
Macy finally came HOME.

She is THRIVING more than I ever 
could have dared to hope or imagine.

 She jumps into each and every new experience head first.
No holding back.
And loving every minute of it.

She has started kindergarten,
and gymnastics.

Experienced Halloween

And costumes.

  She loves unconditionally.

And wakes with a HUGE smile each and every day.

She's now been home for FIVE MONTHS.
just unbelievable.

Snow was scary at first but she quickly took to it in full form.

And hot cocoa is her new favorite drink!

We've braved many health issues this year, 
and God saw us through with the help of many friends.

There were many ups and downs prior to Macy's arrival,
especially in the last few months awaiting that day.

But we are oh so Thankful,
knowing so many more have challenges 
we couldn't fathom. 

 Have a BLESSED Thanksgiving!
Monday, October 26, 2015

Positively Passionate for Purple!!!

I mentioned in another post how I had stumbled upon this amazing pencil sharpener to use in my classroom. It's touted as the "sharpener that all the teachers are talking about" and I know why!  It's so easy to use and works a million times better than any other large sharpener I've tried!

People spoke and through multiple requests the company has granted their hope - this great sharpener is now available in purple!!!!

We love it even on Pajama Day!!!

** I did receive a free sharpener for doing this review, but all review ideas and information are mine for the sharing!**
Monday, October 19, 2015

Four Months

I say this constantly, but I really don't know where all the time goes!  Macy's been home for four months now.  She is growing like crazy.  Physically she's gone from size three to a five.  She has completely switched over to English (sadly I'm not sure how much Creole she even remembers). 

Macy is loving school and learning so much.  She spells and writes both Macy and Mom with ease and sounds out almost anything you can think to ask.  She gets very confused with Liam's name... because where is the 'e'??? :)  Macy went to her first Amusement park and is going to be another dare devil just like her sister!  She does get in trouble from time to time but usually it's because she and Liam "fight" over their place in the family.  They are both vying for the same spot it seems. :(  So we're working on it.  And it's making progress. :)  It's all very 'typical' five year old behavior, nothing more.

Macy loves unconditionally, grieves over her friends back in Haiti, goes all out for fun, gets upset when I have to say no to her millionth request for ice cream, and is just all out having a blast fitting in and figuring things out.  She amazes me.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted through foster care. We just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

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