Monthly Archives: February 2009

Fundraising Madness!

I have wanted so many times the past 3 days to stop what I am doing and take a break to catch up on all my friends’ blogs. When I do make time this week, I will have a lot to read and I am excited to do that! We placed a classified ad in our church bulletin letting people know that we were available to sell stuff on e-b*y for them in exchange for a percentage of the sale to go towards our adoption.

The first week after the ad was placed two families brought us things. I sold a lot of the items on Craigsl*st and a local online resale site for our area. A few items went up on e-b*y and we made about $100! (PRAISE GOD!

As you all know, our family and especially me, were all sick for about 3 weeks. I have felt much better this past week and have been much more productive. I received a phone call a few days ago from a family at our church who wanted to bring some things by for me to sell. When she arrived, I was floored!! There were so many things, yet I knew after evaluating the contents, there was great $$$ potential in the dusty cardboard boxes I had been given! I have enough to keep me busy for weeks (uh, months) to come. I have posted over 100 items on e-b*ay and have sold 17 so far!

After church today, two more families brought more things for us to sell. Again, the things they brought are marketable and we are excited to no end at the great blessings He brought us through church friends!

Finally, I am signing off here to go send the final order in for our Pamp*red Ch*f fundraiser. Even with the crazy economy, we were blessed with over $100 raised for our adoption fund.

I just wanted to share how God is working in our lives. Fundraising and Paperchasing at the same time (and homeschooling and Bookkeeping) is taking a-l-l my time right now, but trust me, I happily walk away from the computer to read books to the kiddos or engage in a lively History discussion with the kiddos. I have done all of this without coffee! (I sure miss my Java) The doctor said the craving would go away. Hmmm, let’s see, it has been almost 2 months and I am still C-R-A-V-I-N-G my favorite liquid!

I pray that each of you has a wonderful week! Please remember to pray for Lydia & Abby and their families if you wouldn’t mind. Lydia has very little time left her in this world and Abby is going through an awful round of Chemo.

Love you guys!!

Paperchasing, pulling-my-hair-out Birth Certificate Question for You


Well, we are so very close to having every last little document to our SW. She is almost through with our HS, but is waiting and needs a couple of more things. One is my passport. First of all, I thought that the SW just needed the receipt that I paid for it and it was being processed. Uh, wrong. So, then I get sick. After almost three weeks of being sick, I had a so-so day this past Thursday and went to the post office to get my passport. I had my passport photos, my filled out and pre-printed application, my birth certificate, and my $100 in cash.

I get there and I am told that my BC’s file number is illegible and I must order a new BC before I can apply for a passport. Soooo, I went home and got online to order a new one. Here is my question, which one do I get??? I want to be sure that I have the correct one to get Apostilled for China if I am about to spend $22. Does anybody know? Here are the descriptions from the TX DSHS Vital Records website:

Standard Size

$22 each – 5 1/2″ x 9″
The most commonly issued format because it satisfies most purposes, including registering a child for school or sports, obtaining a driver license in most states, or obtaining a passport for a person who was born in a hospital after 1963. If the birth record is not available in this format, a full-size birth certificate will be issued instead.

Full Size (long form)

$22 each – 8 1/2″ x 11″ or 8 1/2″ x 14″, depending on the record. Used most often to obtain a passport for a person who was born at home or before 1964. It’s also typically required for purposes of dual citizenship, Indian Registry and immigration. Because this format contains information that can facilitate identify theft, we recommend that you order this format only when it is required.

Thank you for your help! I want to get this ordered tomorrow!

****Update**** The SW called. In TX, if you need a BC Apostilled, you must have the LONG FORM! So, I ordered both of ours his morning. $44 and 1st class mail. So, I guess we’ll get TB tests while we wait!

You Will Revive Me


This is sunrise at Mt. Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii. It is that breathtaking. I thought of this moment in time, where I stood with Rhea watching the sunrise over the clouds, as I meditated on these verses today.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Psalm 138: 7, 8

Hi/Lo Thursday

This post is part of “Hi/Lo Thursday” on the Riggs Family Blog. Check out their blog to read everyone else’s “Hi/Lo” posts and for a chance to win $100.

Little Abby should be going home today. This is wonderful news! Well, I am to post my Hi of the week and my Lo of the week. So here they are:

Hi-Rhea has two good leads with builders in Houston. This is a huge praise with our economy!

Lo-I am still in bed with fever and a sinus infection. I am on week three of being sick and have been in bed for most of that time. I am resting in Him and staying close to the foot of the cross.

I’d love to pray for you. just let me know how I can lift you up to our Lord.

Laughter Lives! Tuesday

Laughter LivesThis post is part of “Laughter Lives! Tuesday” on the Riggs Family Blog. Check our their blog to read everyone else’s “Laughter Lives!” posts.

Okay, Sweet Abby is enjoying the videos people are sending. To keep her smiling, let’s everyone post some funny pics or video! I uploaded our L’il Canon and it is always a scream to see what the kids have been doing with it in my absence. So here you go Abby, some crazy pics my kiddos took of themselves!!

Leevster’s hint to me that he needs a haircut!

Here, they are putting a cereal box on the baby’s head? Pretty silly, huh Abby?


Next, we have BooBearattempting Rhythmic Gymnastics with a measuring tape?



I hope you are smiling now Abby! Have a terrific Tuesday!

Kawasaki Disease


One year ago today, our Leevster was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital. He had a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a puzzled pediatrician. At the age of 10, Levi was a strong little boy who fought and never gave up. Leevster did not fit the age profile for Kawasaki Disease. Usually the disease is seen in children under the age of five. Since we did not know what Levi had until almost a week later, I had to stay away from the hospital since the baby was only 3 months old at the time. Rhea took off work and stayed with Leevster 24/7 at the hospital.

I was finally able to see Leevster after he had been in the hospital almost a week. The doctors decided that even though we didn’t know what we were dealing with, Leevster needed his mother. At the time, he had not been diagnosed yet. It was the most frightening time in my life. We prayed, cried out to God, and prayed some more.

On the day I finally got to see him, Leevster had developed pneumonia. He was struggling in so many areas. The fluid build up around his organs was caused by the Kawasaki Disease. As soon as our little guy was diagnosed and given gamma globulin and baby aspirin, he began to improve quickly! Leevster was diagnosed on day nine of his KD and he suffered no lasting heart damage. We praise God for his team of doctors at TCH. Leevster was definitely one of ‘the’ cases while he was there. He had a consistent stream of medical personnel standing outside his door looking through his chart!

We also praise God for allowing us to continue to raise our wonderful boy to serve Him all the days of his life!



Please take a minute and review the symptoms of Kawasaki Disease. Although doctors have not figured out yet how one gets KD, there is a cure if caught in time!

Kawasaki Disease is characterized by an inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body. There is no specific test for KD; doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a collection of symptoms and physical findings. Early symptoms of KD include:

* Fever that lasts for five or more days
* Rash, often worse in the groin area
* Red bloodshot eyes, without drainage or crusting
* Bright red, swollen, cracked lips, “strawberry” tongue, which appears with shiny bright red spots after the top coating sloughs off
* Swollen hands and feet and redness of the palms and soles of the feet
* Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Understandably, children with these symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and irritable. Any parent whose child has persistent fever and any of these symptoms should take him or her to the doctor immediately.

Without treatment, about 25% of children develop heart disease involving the coronary arteries. Timely diagnosis and treatment (which usually includes intravenous gamma globulin) is highly effective in preventing coronary complications. For more information, please visit the Kawasaki Disease Foundation website.

Below: Our Leevster minutes after arriving home from the hospital. He was so anxious to see his baby sister!

Leevster today! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!

Algebra & Fevers

Well, mom is starting to feel better. I am still pretty wiped out, but with the baby down with the crud now, BooBear still down with it, and Rhea about to be down, I need to get going!

I was grading schoolwork today (from bed) and realized D-man needs help with his current Algebra chapter. It just isn’t clicking yet. Well, up to this point in his math career, anytime he would get stuck, I could quickly see the problem and how to fix it. Today, I pulled my hair out had to really concentrate. I had to watch his math video, read my teacher notes again and even called my math genius friend. I did it all while letting a toddler with 103 fever lay on me. We finished the assignment though! Tomorrow we go at it again, I am sure. Did I mention, I am dreading the day I have to remember my Calculus?? Praise God that is four years away!

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