Friday, March 31, 2006

Sneak or Sneeze?

I hate meal time. Seriously, my life would be so much better if I did not have to EVER feed my children. They would be so happy if we had pancakes for dinner every night. It is always a battle to get them to eat. Always. So last night we are eating dinner, and mind you we are having grilled chicken, rice and corn. Nothing horrible. Just simple easy food. Well they were convinced the rice had bugs in it. And so we battled on and on. Makenna tries scraping the rice around the plate to say she is done. Mark says, you need to take lessons from malaine on how to "sneak". A few weeks ago he caught her hiding her hands in the trash can unwrapping candy and shoving it in her mouth. Makenna says, "Malaine will you teach me to sneak? " Malaine answers, "Oh ok, you go like this... leans her head way back and says "ah Choo". We all look at her and Makenna says it again, will you teach me to sneak. Again, she does a big Ah Choo. Finally we realize she thinks she is saying sneeze. And no matter how many times we try to explain sneak, she would say, Oh ok like this, and continue to sneeze! It was way cute! She never did get what Makenna was talking about! and never did understand why we were all rolling on the floor laughing! So makenna never got her lesson in being a sneak, and yes she did eat all of the rice!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Retail Therapy

Trying to post pictures, but can't figure out the new camera. So look for pictures later! I was able to get away this weekend along w/ 7 other ladies to The Lake of the Ozarks. It was members of the MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) steering team which I am a part of. It is amazing that 8 woman could stay together for 2 nights and all get along perfect! We had a blast. We stayed on property of the outlet mall. So we shopped, ate, shopped, laughed till we cried, shopped, ate, you get the picture! It was perfect therapy for me that is for sure. After being so sick, thankfully I felt fine for the weekend. And w/ the referral news coming out right before we left, it was perfect timing. I told Mark this is great therapy for referral depression. I think he is hoping referrals start speeding up because we can't afford retail therapy once a month!! :) In another post I will share our new weight loss strategy we started!

As for referrals... Sadly the rumors came true. They only included May 26-30. And 2 of those dates are weekend dates, which you don't get LID's for weekends. So, that is 3 LID's. Wow. Everyone is in shock, and can't figure out what is going on. As far as I know, they have NEVER done this few of days before. What does it mean? The really scary rumor is that May 31st is huge, so are they only planning to include that day in the next batch which will not be out till the end of April? Will they only do 5 days at a time from here on out? IF that were the case, for us that would mean a referral in July. Right now they are 21 days away from our date. Maybe they did this short batch, and then will include ALL of June in the next round? Who knows, no one really knows except China. And God of course.

So what are my thoughts? You know what? Maybe it was simply being able to "get away" for just a few days. But I feel peace. I know God has a plan. Do I understand it? No. Do I like it? No. But I trust that God loves me, He loves Sage and He wants her to be home. I also trust that He will hold her till I am there. He will bring her home when it is His time. Last week I questioned Mark, did we hear the right country? Did he maybe say, Vietnam, or Guatamala, and we just thought we heard China? But I have no doubt that he led us to China because that is where Our Sage is waiting. And I have no doubt that the moment she is finally in my arms, I will understand why we waited.

So, yes it stinks. but for now I am ok. However, anyone want to plan a girls shopping weekend for the end of April? I might need it!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Rumors Galore

Always a few weeks before referrals, rumor world begins in the Land of Adoption. Somebody knows somebody who's neighbors brothers best friends cousin heard through the grapevine that this is the inside info on the new batch of referrals. I would like to say I try not to read the rumors, but we all know that is not true. During the wait, you are grasping on to ANY detail you can find. So as promised on Friday, everyone said rumors should start Monday. What do you know? They did. Not a peep till then, which seemed odd. So this week the "rumor" is that referrals are only coming out through the end of May. As you can imagine, that has caused an uproar. NOT what is wanted to hear. I am not buying into it... yet. My agency, Childrens Hope Intl, says our CHI staff who talk to CCAA in China, have not said this. Maybe they are out of the loop? Or maybe, this is just rumors, and no one really knows anything yet, because there is nothing to know. It ain't over till it's over, and until I see it posted on the CCAA board, I don't believe it. I am still praying for a miracle. HOWEVER, if this nasty rumor proves to be true, what does that mean for us? We are LID 6/20. If they only cover the rest of May, my guess is we will not get our referral till June. Maybe late May. BUT WE ARE NOT GOING THERE!! Sage is waiting for me, and I am ready to go. (after I am over strep anyways, WHICH WILL BE SOON!!) We need miracles.

Monday, March 20, 2006

One Strep Two Strep, Everybody Has Strep!

Makenna tested positive for strep today, so the doctor is going to treat all 3 kids to be safe. Thank goodness. She wants to retest Makenna to make sure she is not a "carrier". when she looked in her throat today it looked fine, but she tested her because of me. She was really surprised she had it. Can Mark miss it? He better, because I have a girls weekend scheduled for Friday through Sunday and I don't want to miss! Hopefully we will all be healthy by that point.


I have had a sore throat since last week. Blamed it on the weather, and sinus drainage. Well today I decided to "look" in my throat and I saw white spots. Called the dr and they told me to come get a strep test done. And yes, I have strep, AGAIN! Never have had strep, now I get it twice in a months time. Thankfully this time so far I don't feel like I am about to die...yet. Maybe I never got over it the first time, which seems possible, because I have not felt real great this past month, but have blamed that on being in my 9th month of pregnancy, I mean waiting! Anyways, I am back on medicine and I am taking the kids in this afternoon to get checked. Makenna has had some weird symptoms going on, so better safe than sorry. We are sick of being sick!! Mark says he is moving out before he gets anything!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Do you Believe in Miracles?

Of course I do. I have 3 angels here to prove that miracles do happen. Lately I am praying for another miracle. China has sent referrals for up to May 25th. In just a few weeks another batch should be coming. For the past 6 months or so, they have only been sending out at most 2 weeks of LID's. Before that they sent close to a whole month over. So if you were LID anytime during June, you would get your referral w/ all the people of June. Why did it slow down when we started? I have many theorys, but I don't really have an answer. So if they go according to their latest trend, they will be sending referrals for LID's from May 26 through maybe a week or so of June. Or even worse, only a few days into June. Then they could do the middle of June coming out in April or May, and then gasp, send out the last part of June in June which is where we could fall. So here is my prayer, and I am asking all of you to pray w/ us. Pray for a miracle. That ALL of June would come out in this next batch. I believe w/ all my heart that it could happen. But it will ONLY be by the grace of God that it would. Not only do we want our baby home, we want ALL the babies home. We are so ready! We have made wonderful friends that we may get to travel w/ if our miracles happen. Makenna has made a friend online who she might get to travel w/, again, if ALL of June comes over. But most important, we are just ready to hold our baby. We have waited and waited and waited. We have prayed for her and she is SO real to us. So if you will, pray w/ us. That God would give us, along w/ ALL the waiting June families a miracle. Most important, that He would give us peace with whatever HIS plan is.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Painting Fun in Daddy's Office

Not the best of ideas to let the kids help w/ the painting, but they enjoyed themselves! Mark is working away on ceramic tile for the floor this week. Hopefully by the end of the month he will be moved into this room and I can start working on fitting a crib into our room!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


For a while anyways! I went to church last week w/ no diaper bag for the first time in over 5 years! YEAH!! It has been almost 8 years of diapers here. We had a short break between Makenna and Sawyer and now FINALLY Malaine has decided she is done. Isn't this picture terrible blackmail? She will hate me someday so don't tell. And no, those are NOT her real teeth. Anyways, just wanted to share the good news. It has been over a week w/ no accidents so YEAH!!!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

YUMMY Mac & Cheese

I took this recipe off of another blog a few months back and it is SO Good. Who knew mac and cheese could be this delicious? Personally, I am pretty sure I had never had it unless it was from a box. Maybe that is why I was not a big fan. Till Now!! Hope you enjoy.

I guess the recipe comes from Patti LaBelle courtesy of the Oprah Show, and of course from a fellow blogger and adoptive mom!

  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound (box) elbow macaroni
  • 8 TBSP (1 stick) plus 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 Cup (2 oz) shredded Muenster Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (2 oz) Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (2 oz) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (2 oz) Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 2 Cups Half & Half
  • 1 Cup (8oz) Velveeta cut into small cubes
  • 2 Large Eggs, slightly beaten
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lighter butter a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole pan.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni and cook until macaroni is tender.(approx 7 minutes) Do not overcook. Drain well and return to cooking pot.

In a small saucepan, melt the eight tablespoons of butter. Stir into the macaroni. In a large bowl, mix the muenster, mild and sharp cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. To the macaroni add the half and half, 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, the cubed velveeta, and the eggs. Season w/ salt and pepper. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Sprinkle w/ the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and dot with the remaining one Tbls of butter.

Bake until bubbling around the edges and browned lightly on top, about 35 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

I usually double the recipe and cook it in a 9 x 13 cake pan. I prepare it the night before and bake when needed.

Monday, March 06, 2006

More Baby Dreams

Here is Malaine in her new "ladybug" outfit. We love ladybugs around here, as they are "supposed" to be good luck in China adoption World! Speaking of Malaine, she has been dry in panties since last night. I am not holding my breath, but maybe, just maybe SHE has decided she is done w/ diapers. Hmmm...
I have been praying that God would speak to me in my dreams. I realize I am not a very good listener and when I sleep might be the only time I am quiet enough to hear Him. So I am not sure how much I can read into this, but i did have sweet dreams last night. First, we were meeting w/ our social worker to get an update on our homestudy. She told us that we were going to be getting a referral and that they were getting ready to mail ALL of June over from China. Then we were in China, in a room, and a bunch of ladies came in carrying our babies. We could not pick Sage out of them. All of a sudden i was holding her though and she was just looking at me and calm. She was also very tiny, and she had narrow eyes. It was so real, I could "feel" her in my arms. And let me tell you, it felt good. Very good.