Happy Birthday to My Baby!

PookieBear had a wonderful birthday. She slept in, played, ate Lo Mein for lunch, took a long nap, and is about to open her presents and have her banana bread (cake).

Tomorrow I take BooBear in for a well check so the pediatrician will fill out the physical form for the HS. Other than that, I have a bit of de-cluttering to do before our HS on Saturday. I must run, my plastic container drawer is being emptied by the birthday girl.

Mommy Doesn’t Want Me to Have a Birthday Party!


Yeppers, that is right. I do not want my precious baby to turn one tomorrow. She is the child we never thought we could have. Who knows if we can have another one. Our adopted child-to-be will more than likely will be over 2yo. So, yes, tonight when I rock and sing to her to sleep & tuck her in tight, I will pray over her and thank the Lord for this amazing year with such a wonderful child. I treasured each laugh, late-night feeding, cuddle, hug, and all first year milestones these past twelve months, but the months just zipped by anyway. I love you my sweet PookieBear! Sweet dreams my soon to be 1 year old. It’s alright, I am ready now, you may have your birthday! : )

Trip Highlights

This is what PookieBear thought of her photo shoots while we were in Colorado. Actually this was a different day, but since she didn’t feel well most of the trip, we didn’t get an ‘official’ family pic for the needed adoption scrapbook. We will try here in Texas! Here are the highlights of our Cordillera, Colorado and Bossier City, LA (Barksdale AFB for my cousin’s retirement ceremony)trips.

1. With a family of 6 and all of Rhea’s equipment for the job, we had to rent a trailer.

2. I got lost (and lost the kids) in the 9000 sq. ft. house we stayed in.

3. Housekeepers/maids get $25 an hour in Vail Valley–I passed and cleaned the house.

4. CO tries to do Tex-Mex, but they need to keep trying.

5. Much more protein is needed in hotels’ free continental breakfast.

6. DVD players are great for car trips so you can ‘chat’ w/ your husband w/o the 13yo listening in.

7. I always wanted to have a birthday in Colorado, and I had one!

8. I got to see my cousin from Paris.

9. We got to pilot & navigate a B-52 Simulator.

10. We all rode in the back of a Sheriff and State Trooper’s cars on Friday night. (we couldn’t fit in one you know)–we broke down

So, with all that said, we had to reschedule our HS b/c of the car trouble. Our package finally arrived (today) and our new HS date is this coming Saturday. We have family pics to do and I need to get a physical. Other than that, the paperchase is shrinking (for the time being)

It’s great to be back!

Bossier City, Here we are?

We made it to Louisiana. My cousin’s retirement ceremony from the Air Force is tomorrow. We were singing to the Lord and praying last night as we came in. It was raining, and foggy when our engine light came on and then the battery light came on. The alternator seemed to be going out. We prayed and prayed. We were 35 miles out of Shreveport at 10:00 p.m. Our 2004 Suburban packed full, pulling a work trailer, and containing 2 sleeping children, and 2 awake ones to pray with Mommy.

God guided us here safely! Our Suburban is at the local dealership, we rented a new one for the day, and we are off to visit family who have come into town to see my cousin. After lunch, we are off to the base to take a tour. Fun for my boys!!

Adoption news: the papers STILL have not arrived in Cordillera, CO. They can’t be rerouted back until they get there. sigh. Thank you guys for the encouragement though!

We’re Leaving Colorado

We are leaving tomorrow morning. We saw elk, heard coyotes, and played in the snow. It was a dream to be here for these 2 weeks. We are leaving to go see my cousin’s retirement ceremony from the Air Force. SO, Louisiana, here we come!

Adoption stuff: the papers never arrived! I prepaid at the post office for them to overnight them back to our house in TX when they arrive! Our HS is Saturday morning. We get home on Friday night. WHEW! We can’t wait to get this adoption show on the road!

Please Pray for our DHL Shipment


We are in Colorado on business as most of you know. We have notarized papers for the adoption that were sent to our home in Texas. We had a friend mail them here this past Tuesday so we could submit our app to the HS agency and the Adoption agency from here before we returned home. The papers were supposed to arrive today. However, the clerk at the shipping desk clicked ‘Ground’ instead of ‘2-day’. Now, the shipping website says the package is in Aurora and is due to get here on the 15th! It was supposed to be here today. We are supposed to leave on the 15th. We know this is all in God’s Hands and we are leaning on that. Will you please pray the DHL truck drives up tomorrow?

update: the shipping company called. DHL quit shipping to this CO zip code and their computer had not updated that information and they were sorry. Our package has been rerouted to USPS. There is no mail service to this house (it is a vacation home). I called the postmaster at the post office where the package should arrive. She said they will call me when they receive it. WHEW! Still pray for it to arrive before we leave, if you will? Thanks.

Snow? no. But I Do Get to Go out for Dinner!

We looked forward to seeing snow yesterday, but we didn’t. That is okay. We have time since we will be here for another 2 weeks. After schoolwork and Rhea is through w/work for the day. We get to go ‘into’ town and shop and go out to eat and I hear LOTS of chocolate is in my future. Why? it is my birthday today. I can’t think of a better place to be than Colorado! Do you think I can find Thai food or Tex-Mex here? ha!
I will take pics of our time today and have a follow-up b-day post later.

Adoption news? Well, I was getting pics together for the application and realized I did not take pictures of the house! So, I am having a friend go by my house today and take some and e-mail them! Did I finish the Intro Letter? uh, well, uh,….no. It is so tough. It is so important. I guess I need to approach the letter like I did on college exams: go with what I knew, my gut and the first thing I wrote!

Hot Tea, Milano Cookies & Our Intro Letter

The weather here in Colorado is amazingly perfect! We are blessed beyond imagination to have this once in a lifetime chance to stay in Rhea’s client’s 9000 sq. ft. home while Rhea updates their a/v system. You think it is hard to keep up with kids in a 2000-3000 sq.ft. home, well I spend more time than I’d like looking for my sweeties or asking someone, “Have you seen _____?” Now, I am not complaining mind you, it is just I am living in a home/world that is so not me. Could this lifestyle grow on me? Well, maybe, some of the things. I will say I am enjoying the 2 dishwashers in the kitchen, the Viking stove, 2 sinks, the 4 ovens (I haven’t used but one, but knowing I could use 4 at one time is fun to think about), the warming drawer (I have used that every night), the 2 laundry rooms, the hot tub/spa that overlooks the mountains and hearing the coyotes & elk every evening. Yes, I could get used to these things. However, the Lord has us here for a brief time and I am glad. De-cluttering & cleaning 9000 sq.ft. would not be easy and there is something about our home that is ‘just right’. This is a great opportunity for sure.

So, tomorrow, as I use the instant hot water spout to make my tea, grab a couple of Milano cookies my husband surprised me w/ yesterday, and take a seat at the table that overlooks the mountains and the golden-leaved aspen trees, I will type-up our final draft of our Intro Letter. In a few weeks we will be back to the humid-Houston area. That is where God has us and we are content. I, too, thank Him for this opportunity to be with my family in a beautiful state!
Maybe I’ll go have that tea and Milano now….I’ll just have to type our final draft tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

7 Random Things About Myself

I have never won a blog award or been tagged, so I am honored I’ve been tagged, I think?? : ) My sweet friend Cara tagged me. Let’s see she only wants 7 quirky things about myself??

1. Even though PookieBear is about to be 1 year old, I still treasure & even love getting up with her 2x a night. The last 2 nights she has slept w/us and on us or in between us touching both her Mommy and Daddy. She has been so sick with a virus.

2. Nothing gets me quickly irritated than someone continuously crinkling plastic. Granola bar wrappers, cellophane, and chip bags can all get me tense.

3. I love chocolate & I like nuts, but my favorite is chocolate WITH nuts! I’m a salty sweet kind of gal.

4. Most like the beach for a dream vacation, but I like the mountains any season of the year (Telluride,CO especially)!

5. I can shop & organize my scrapbook & sewing areas all day long, but never seem to get around to doing either like I’d like to!

6.Rhea and I have always wanted a large family, however we both come from a family with one sibling each!


7. I love board games!

Our View





Here are the views from the windows in the house where we are staying. We are here on business and we are staying in the client’s 9000 sq ft home. While Rhea works we are doing school and playing outside. PookieBear is doing so much better. She finally smiled for the first time since we have been here.

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