Monday, July 20, 2009

My Life is Yours

The Driver, Mini-Me and I are headed to H*iti at the end of this week. We are leading a team there to help get an orphanage off the ground. Not sure how--if at all--I will be able to post, but here is the link in case you are interested.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday (a Little Late)

Daughter of Purpose has now been with us for over a year. About two weeks after her "Gotcha Day" celebration is her birthday. Here's a few pictures with her cake (when she stopped off her scooter long enough) and one with her new Build*A*Bear. Somehow that's become a tradition in our home...building an animal. Daughter of Purpose has finally joined the club!

(L-R: Mini-Me, The Talker, Daughter of Purpose and Littlest One)

4 of the 5 kids were around to enjoy the DELICIOUS ice cream cake made by my friend, Mo. The Negotiator had fallen asleep and we couldn't rouse him to save our lives! So at least you get to see most of our team! As you can see, Daughter of Purpose is very into dolphins. I think it started during our trip to Sea World earlier this year.

1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Scooter Queen

Okay, so I'm really behind on this blog. I had planned on having it finished up by now, but I still have a few more stories to tell! I'll try to get to it this week. For today, the birthday of Daughter of Purpose, we celebrate that she is riding a scooter!

Yes, you read it right...she's riding a scooter. Another thing she is doing that beats the odds. Daughter of Purpose has been dying to ride some sort of mode of transportation, but hasn't had much luck yet. It wasn't until last week when we were at a friend's house that she discovered a scooter with 2 wheels in the back and 1 in the front. She actually braces herself with her weaker leg and then pushes with her stronger leg. Amazing!

We decided to give her a scooter of her own for her birthday today and she was so happy that she rode it ALL DAY LONG!! Every moment she could be on her scooter, she was on it. I thought for sure she'd ask if she could park her scooter by her bed tonight and sleep with her helmet on. She has already declared to me that she is done with the bike trailer. She told me that from now on she would be riding her scooter when we do a family bike ride. What a crack up she is!

As she readied for bed tonight, she needed me to reassure her over and over that she would be able ride her scooter in the morning. I think I have a long day of scooter riding in my future!

In the picture she was barking at me to "move outta the way" because she had a scooter to ride!

1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bring it On!

Daughter of Purpose is ready to take on the swimming world. Today is our first venture into the pool and Daughter of Purpose is going to explode soon if I do not take her into the P-O-O-L!!! She has been counting down the days, as you can imagine. Now that "The Big Day" is here it is pure torture to her that she has to wait until 1:00 pm!! What were these party planners thinking? She was ready at 7:00 am!!

1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Who Would've Known?

Just about one year ago Daughter of Purpose was in Russia knowing nothing of the English language. Tonight Daughter of Purpose received her Awana Cubbie award for completing her whole book. Do you know what that means? It means that every week for the past school year, she has memorized one verse from the Bible--in English. Pretty amazing if you really think about it, don't ya think?

1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."


Another interesting thing I've noticed about Daughter of Purpose is her ability to know her surroundings. I noticed this awhile ago, but was watching to see if it was a fluke or not. We can be driving somewhere and if she knows our destination, she knows if we are going in the right direction or not.

For example, when we get off the freeway, she knows we are almost to church. We can even be driving somewhere else but is near the church and she can identify where the church is in relation to us.

It is not uncommon for her to direct me that I am going the wrong direction if I change course from what I told her our agenda was. Just the other day she knew we were going to our school group, but I decided to stop somewhere else on the way without telling her. As we pulled out of our neighborhood and I went left, she piped up from the backseat, "Hey Mom, you are going the wrong way. School is the other way."

The other moment that cracked me up was when we came out of In-n-Out Burger. In order to get to our house from In-n-Out Burger, you have to go right and then make a U-turn, but yet our house is to the left. Daughter of Purpose let me know that I was going the wrong way because home was back that way. I had to explain to her what I was doing. She still didn't really get why I couldn't go left, but once we got back to heading in the right direction she relaxed.

Since I'm directionally challenged, it is good thing that God gave me Daughter of Purpose. Apparently with her in the car, I'll never get lost!

1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."