Happy Adoption Day!

November 24th, 2012

fab 5 2012On November 17, we celebrated National Adoption Day. ¬†In our home, it's the day in which we celebrate the adoption of all 5 of our children. ¬†Some years it's a big party, this year, it was a little toned down. ¬†It was a busy week in our household and I was on my second week of being pretty darn sick. ¬†The kids did not care. For us, Adoption Day is also about awareness. ¬†We celebrated through the week as I went to both The Captain's and Tinker's classes to share a book and a little chat about adoption. ¬†This year's book was, I Wished for You. ¬†This is a heartwarming story about Barley Bear who looks a little different from his… [more]

A Rich, Full Life

October 6th, 2012
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901908_-_exercise_at_home_-It is difficult to believe that I am posting this early in the month but here it is. I am so excited to have a relatively slow, lazy morning to 'chat' with you. We have been so very busy for almost a year now. It is hard to imagine that things are going to slow down but I am making a strides in making it so. I have noticed that OSG functions so much better when he has time at home to regroup. All of the running and pushing to get places really seems to affect him negatively. He is also my sleeper, averaging 12 hours a night. When we are so busy, he does not have that kind of time to… [more]

Sibling Rivalry

September 29th, 2012
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1185567_collection_business_1I am sitting here on what could easily be called 'the most beautiful day of the year.' It is amazing here in the Midwest. The sun is shining, the temps are reasonable and the colors... well, I can't even tell you how fantastic they are. I love days like this. I have OSG and the other kids working outside. He is 14 1/2 and fights me on it but I know the value of a pretty day and hard work. Today is good for both. OSG continues to grow. I am amazed at his size already and he hasn't hit his major growth spurt. He has outgrown his older brother (by 4 months)¬†and is not slowing down. He doesn't understand why he has… [more]

I Am Blessed

August 30th, 2012
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1334731_valentine_day_cardI am often asked how I adopted OSG. It is very obvious that he is adopted and people want to know his story. When he was little, it didn't seem like a big deal to talk to people about his apparent situation. Now that he is a teenager, he desires that no one notice the differences. He wants to be like all of his peers. Yet, he is not and it is that fact that makes him feel insecure. The question that I deal with on a regular basis is how do I help my son deal with his adoption in a way that will not cripple him in adulthood. He has to look head-on at the truth of his story and walk… [more]

Mr. Mediocrity

July 26th, 2012
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1368686_horsesI have to admit that this very hot, very dry summer has kept this farmer's wife on her toes. I so rarely sit- even for a second. Perhaps that is an exaggeration but it is how I feel. We need a break. Yet, in the middle of winter when things are slower on the farm, I always look forward to the busyness that summer holds. OSG has been incredibly busy as well. He (and his siblings) are the reason that I am so very active. He has been showing horses, shooting bow and reading like crazy. In between all of that, I make him work. He is very involved in 4-H and channels most of his activities through that. His archery is a… [more]

Very, Very True

June 27th, 2012
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1368686_horsesI knew the time was coming that OSG would begin to grow into his skin. It has happened. This kid is shooting up quicker than I can keep clothes on him. He towers over me now- which isn't a major feat (I am 4' 10".) I believe that he is headed for the 6' range by Christmas. I kept telling him, "Just wait, your body is storing because it knows that it has a lot of growing to do." The words of a mother sometimes fall onto deaf ears. Just yesterday, OSG said to me, "I think you were right, mom." "Right about what?" I replied. "I think that I am going to be tall." "Uhhmmm...." I thought. On top of growing in height, OSG is growing… [more]

Normal, Normal, Normal

June 21st, 2012
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809192_gasoline_pump_normalSummer officially started yesterday. In our neck of the woods, we have been having a very hot, very dry 'summer' for almost a month now. I love summer- especially when the air conditioning is working! OSG has a busy summer planned. He is currently away from home and living it up in a dorm room while attending a 4-H program. Three days and two nights of quiet and freedom. That is why I finally have time to stop and chat with you for awhile. The program that OSG is attending is a pre-college convention that allows kids the opportunity to live on campus, experience dorm life and look over all that is available for them post high school. I love things like that… [more]

All in All- The Kid is Amazing

May 21st, 2012
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1294140_confettiIt seems that I am always blogging that I have been busy. It is always true. I have been so busy lately that it is difficult to find time to sit for more than a second. The end of the school year wrap-up seems to dominate my time and attentions. I am certain that it is the same for you. I sit and reflect this morning. It is raining outside so the watering has been done. The kid that goes to school is there and the others are not up yet- all it silent. So I am breathing a sigh of relief and blogging. In my reflection time today, I remembered that Orange Shoe Guy (OSG,) appropriately named that after his choice of… [more]

Learning How to Trust

April 30th, 2012
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836231_do_you_trust_meTonight I had the privilege of talking to a great woman who has a heart for foster child adoption. She had such a neat perspective to share. I enjoyed our conversation. She desires to adopt a foster child that has dealt with loss or trauma in their life. What an interesting desire. It stems from her psychology studies in child development and trauma. She sure made me think about the many children that I know who have been adopted out of situations that were hard. Some of them are doing well- others struggle. Adoption of children out of foster care and tough situations is difficult work. It takes people like this woman that I met today dedicating themselves to making a difference. There are… [more]

You’re Not Fat

April 14th, 2012
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1180301_silhouetteThis morning, I sit looking out over the rain covered lawn that I was supposed to finish mowing. Well, I guess that is not going to happen. There is a small part of me that feels badly about my inability to complete the task but the larger part of me is rejoicing at the new found freedom and small amount of¬†time for my own activities¬†I have gained. I know that the freedom is short lived but I¬† cannot tell you the last time I had a Saturday morning to relax. I love it. I think that OSG loves it too because I have yet to drag him out of bed. He LOVES to sleep in and is not afforded the option often because… [more]