Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not my kid! Nope...I will be a good mother

Thought I'd share a little story for all you moms, moms to be, and people in general. It goes a little something like this:

My kid will never act that way *shaking my head* I will be a good mother, and teach them right. My children will listen and have manners. THAT mother *pointing my finger* needs to be a better parent.

So, the story may go a little different, but the theory is always the same. I thought the same way. I mean really? Who thinks this..... 


You see this handsome boy Brother Baer? Well, he would never have the substitute van driver drive around our block 3 times today and end up calling me because he's telling her he doesn't live here and her paperwork says he does! (Ummm.....no not my kid!)


And my daughter, Baby Baer would never climb into her kitchen sink, nor would she take her diaper off under her nightgown while I'm wasting time on facebook cleaning the kitchen and pee in the sink and proceed to "splash in it". Nope...not my kid. I'll be a better mother for one, and my kids will act better then that for two.  


Nor will she climb on things, mover furniture and that shelf in the other picture above....I certainly will not move it from the living room so that she stops climbing it. I will just "watch her better" and not change my house for her. I will make her listen. 


My pretty girl will wear bows in her hair.


Or not. (But it will be my choice...not hers...because who's the mother anyways?)


And this beautiful boy, Little Baer would never take his diaper off and pee out of the crib, or on the floor, and he won't push his sister or try to hammer her. And Baby Baer will never strip her diaper off a million times a day either. I'll be sure to be a better mom then that. 


They won't get things like Nutella on their bread, simply to get them to eat the bread. *shaking my head* what kind of mother does that? A lazy mom, that's who.


I'll insist they eat their fruit too....not just Nutella smothered bread. See that wasted banana? My kid will eat it. 

My kids will be perfectly mannered and I will be the perfect mother. Whose kids who act that way?.....Their moms just need to be better parents. 

So,  Let's face it, There are lots of things I swore my kids wouldn't do. And I am pretty certain that everything I have sworn wouldn't happen, has. Or will in the near future. Probably while I'm wasting time blogging. :)

So....Mr. snotty, too good for you, judgmental man in line at the mall the other day looking down your nose at me and my children. Let me explain something to you....they were laughing and giggling! Who cares they were wrestling and pouncing on each other like wild apes....they were laughing, there was no blood, so relax dude!

And I hope you have kids that act just like mine!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sausage Skillet Fry


While my Mother in Law is here and keeping track of the little Baers I am catching up on the Blog. This is an amazing, super easy dinner I made last week. It was completely gone and everyone loved it! *Score*

My favorite part was it was a one skillet meal and took only 30 minutes. :) Perfect in my book. 

Sausage Skillet Fry:

1 lb of sausage, coined. I used smoked Sausage
8-10 medium Idaho potatoes, sliced with skin on
2 medium Bell Peppers (Mine were from the garden so not big) cut into strips
1 medium Red Onion sliced
Canola Oil for frying
Garlic Powder
Paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the Oil in the frying pan, add everything....I added Sausage and Potatoes first and chopped the rest and added it as I went. Cook over medium heat until it is golden brown and everything is cooked thoroughly. 

Served it with a Cucumber Salad and that was dinner! :)


Basket Bliss


How did I spend my Friday night? With my favorite girls....In the Basement.


Every year at this time our basement becomes a hub of Basket making activity. Mended Little Hearts of SWPA has their annual Basket Bash in October, and we start putting together Gift Baskets of all sorts to give away!


Toys Galore, Bath Basket, Italian, Kitchen, Grill Baskets.....You name it, we will have that kind of Basket made!


Even Kitty Baer wanted to hep


We log them, tag them, and number them as we go. 


Care Care Baskets, Christmas Baskets.....We have those too!


Riding Toys for raffle.....And 40 Baskets all logged and tagged ready to go. 


We are only half way to the end.....Over 100 Baskets will be given away that day! Plus there will be 50/50, Cash raffles, Food, Drink, DJ, you name it! Tons of fun for an awesome cause. 

To find out the details of this Bash and Why we do it, you can go to here:






Tuesday, August 14, 2012

God's Work

I have to admit, I am a work in progress when it comes to God and Faith. I have always been a believer, but my faith hasn't always been as strong as it should be. But, 3 years ago when little baer was born I found myself at a very important crossroad. And my faith began to evolve. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was sorting through some baby clothes that brother baer had worn. I pulled out a pair of yellow pajamas that had been bought my a dear friend of mine for brother baer and on the front of them it read: "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them" - Isiah 11:6. And at that very moment, sitting in the bedroom on the floor, with a baby with a broken heart laying beside me, I realized that this perfect little son of mine was given to me because he was leading me to where I needed to be.

I picked up my old Bible, and started searching. I wasn't really sure what for exactly. But just felt the need to read it. Then I called my mom, who called a dear old friend, to find me passages to read in strength and courage. I began to rely on it, daily reading the Bible to get through those months. The upcoming Open Heart surgery, the life after that. All of it. Then I felt God calling me to give back, to do his work for others. To open my heart and mind to his calling. And so I did.

It's been three years since that time. And some days I feel like I might be wrong about my path. The days that I find myself overwhelmed or feeling inadequate. The days that I feel very ill equipped to be a special needs mom, or some days even a mom at all. The days that I feel like this "job" is to big for me and it's not something I can accomplish. Or the worst days that I think....Why me? why on earth did you think that I could do this?

But that quickly fades, as an email comes in from a friend, or a phone call from a new family. The days that my kids shine with so much love and grace. It reminds me that I am doing what I was meant to be doing. I was meant to be this special needs mom, a heart mom, a voice for others. When things get dark and times get tough....something ALWAYS happens. Every.Single.Time. An offer of help, a donation from a stranger, a carload of donations for Care Bags, or just a smile from those babies of mine. It's like a voice from God saying.....You are doing the right thing, you are doing my work, and I am supporting you through this.

There has NEVER been a time on this journey that I (or We) needed something and the person we needed or the thing we needed to be supplied with has not been placed in front of me just as it is needed. From the very first person placed in my life, at the exact right time to the endless supply of love and encouragement that comes my way. That is how I know that I am following God's plan for me. I am following the journey as it is laid out for me to walk. It is certainly not easy. And I guess it was never meant to be. but, I am not alone. And that my friends, is a wonderful feeling.




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Day of Victory and some Funnies

Today we had brother Baer's evaluation for TSS hours in school this year. It's a procedural thing. Once we see the Pyschologist, who says we need a TSS then we can go in front of the Mental Health Board in the county, who aren't doctors, who will listen to us tell her why we need TSS and how bad my kid is so that they can decide if he really needs it. It's a really silly process, likely they will turn us down, but we will try anyways. We have been approved in the past. Having Brother Baer kick the board member probably helped that....Not that I think he should kick people, but...I get kicked everyday and if there was ever a good time to kick someone that might be the time.

I gotta tell you I felt like a real supermom today. Left that meeting without one tear being shed, not one of the three little baers cried, no one yelled, and their office was in one piece when we left. It was amazing. I claimed Victory today! And it felt great.

Anyways....We are in the eval and we are talking and she is asking Brother Baer questions and the conversation went like this:

Do you know what today's date is?

ummm.....Let me think, two days ago was Aug. 6th....so Aug. 6th, 7th, 8th. Today is Aug.8th.

How did you know that two days ago was Aug 6th?

August 6th,2012 is the day my stupid ass mom took my IPAD, Wii, and DS away from me

Nice,  Real Nice Brother Baer.

On good note, apparently being grounded from all electronics for 5 days has made an impression.

*Giggles*

Supermom  - 1
Brother Baer- 0

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I didn't mean it like "THAT"

The whole "R" word debate....It gets me angry. The "R" word you say? Yes...The word Retard (For those of you who don't understand) And the most common response is "I didn't mean it like that!" when I say something to the person using it. I advocate, I speak up, I say things. Sometimes it comes from funny ignorant pictures people post. People who are "friends" of mine. People who are family. People who KNOW that we have Little Baer and the love and life he brings to us. Sometimes I can't find the words.  Sometimes, my words shake when I speak them. When I'm not able to openly say something, that is the time it hurts the worst. I feel like I am failing my child. I am allowing him to grow up in a world that is so bias against him and others like him. Would you hate this child? Want to oppress him and bring him down?


But here is the thing....We have TEACHERS....educators.....COACHES who are using this word and then demanding it was a "joke". Demonizing people who stand up to them about using the word. People making excuses for why hate speech is ok. People telling parents that we are "overly sensitive" Seriously? Overly sensitive? We stand for these children....We are their voice..And even when my voice shakes I must speak.


Look....I have used the word. Many times actually, I didn't realize the hurt and hate that came along with it. Because, I like others was ignorant to the entire world in which I lived. no one took the time to tell me. I knew all about the "N" word (I don't have to explain that one do I?) and the "F" word. I made a conscious decision NOT to use those words of hate. And I did the same with the "R" word. But for those people who are told about the "R" word and the hate speech that it is....to then say that we are overly sensitive? Tell that to an African American after you use the "N" word. Or after you call a Gay American the "F" word. See how they like your explanation. Because I'm telling you now, using the "R" word is hate speech. It ranks up there with the other words. It diminishes the respect for my child every time you use it. And for every child like him. Even if you didn't mean it "THAT" way.


So...here is yet another attempt to educate and advocate for those of our society you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This is from another blogger, who has a much better way of speaking (writing) then I do. Given to me by yet another friend who feels the pain and sting of that word. These words are NOT mine per say....but they represent how I feel and why I stand among so many others who advocate against why using the "R" word is so damaging.

While your reading, understand that my little Baer is a person with feelings. With love and a heart of Gold. This little guy can not speak for himself. but that does not diminish the fact that he is a person...just like you. For that reason I am not overly sensitive and I am pleading for you to understand EXACTLY what the word retard represents and understand the "real people" behind that word. And then vow to not use the word and allow my child, my little Baer, and others like him to be victimized and hated. This is who the REAL PEOPLE are:



It's time to recognize that the 'R' word is an attack against who people with with intellectual disabilities 'are', it is an attack against the group that they belong to. It is like other words that exist to slur an entire people, unacceptable. The fact that people do not see the seriousness of the word and the attack it represents is simply a result of the fact that they do not take the 'people' who wear that label seriously. The concerns of those with intellectual disabilities have always been diminished and trivialized. There is a sneaking suspicion that they 'don't understand, poor dears', that they 'miss the point, little lambs' so therefore their anger need not be feared as justified. The people who 'ARE' what the 'R' word refers to have a long history.

 They have been torn from families and cast into institutions.

 They have been beaten, hosed down, over medicated, under nourished, sterilized, brutalized, victimized. 

They have been held captive, have been enslaved, have had their being given over to the state.

 They are the group in society most likely to be physically, sexually and financially abused.

 They are the group least likely to see justice, experience fair play, receive accommodation or support within the justice system.

 They are the group most likely to be bullied, most likely to be tyrannized, most likely to be the target of taunts.

 They are the least likely to have their hurt taken seriously, physical hurt, emotional hurt, spiritual hurt.

 They are most likely to be ignored when they speak of pain, have their words diminished by an assumption of diminished capacity. 

They are the least likely to ever be seen as equal, as equivalent and entirely whole.

 They are the victim of some of the most widespread and pervasive prejudices imaginable.

 They are those that the Nazi's thought unworthy of life, they are those targeted by geneticists for non-existence, they need fear those who wear black hats and those who wear white coats.

 They are educated only under protest, they are included as a concession rather than a right, they are neighbours only because petitions failed to keep them out.

 http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2010/08/people-who-are.html

Friday, July 27, 2012

Confessions of a hoarder

I like to laugh a lot about my basement and my clutter "issue" around the house. j Joke that I'm a hoarder and need an intervention. Well....I am decluttering my basement (HA! as usual) and trying to find some sense in all this mess that I've managed to accumulate for years and years. And really working hard to declutter. So I've enlisted Goldilocks (Who btw has the same issue as I do) and she who is yet to be named to help me in the basement. They are becoming great help and working with me to part with "stuff" I would chronicle this journey in pictures, but to be honest I'm too ashamed to. LOL I am taking pictures though and eventually will do "before" and "after" Once the after is complete and I can feel better about it. :)

But here is what I have found so far:

1. I am completely emotionally attached to "stuff:....Pictures of loved ones, letters or books of my dads who passed away 18 years ago. Bells that were my grandmothers. Pictures my kids have made. Tokens from vacations or fun times. China and dishes that were my great grand mothers and beyond....Lots of things to cherish but so much that the meaning is gone when it's packed away in a box in the basement for years on end.

2. I keep "stuff" because I have this thought that I might need it someday and not be able to buy it. *sigh* I'm pretty sure this comes from being poor as a child. But....Seriously hoarding a bunch of blankets or purses or shoes or "whatever" for the past 10 years isn't really going to help me if I do NEED them someday. Likely they are outdated and not usable for any purpose then just having it. Which...is pretty silly.

3. I am surrounded by stuff that serves no purpose. And I don't really LOVE but can't seem to part with it for a variety of reasons.

4. I keep "stuff" that I have plans to change into something else, or redecorate, or upcycle. But....I have no time to do that stuff because I am constantly working to declutter.

As fast as I take out it seems to pile up. I declutter and a month or two later it's back!! From where? I don't know. I purged 60 bags (YES 60!) during my 40 bags in 40 days project over Lent and I seem to have more now then when I started....What is up with that?

So....I have forced myself to face this. Taking an hour out of each day during nap time or after bedtime and making myself sort a box one at a time and either re-homing it or throwing it to the curb. I have given up on the "yard sale" idea. Because that gives me a reason to "hoard" so I'm just ridding it.

The past two weeks I have managed to rid out another 20 or so bags/boxes from the basement. And little by little it is going away. Not as fast as I would like and not as easy as I would like. I need to changed my attitude and my emotional connection to stuff.

I might not ever reach "simple living" status, but maybe I will be able to have more space and less "baggage" literally. :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

IPAD Apps for Special Needs

I was given a great list of apps for Little Baer and Brother Baer from one of our therapists. So I thought I would share! Most of them are free (At least their Lite versions) so you can try them out and see if they work for you before you purchase the bigger version. I try to incorporate FUN with learning and the IPAD is an awesome tool for that! The boy think they are "playing" when they are really learning important developmental skills. 

The Scan job isn't the best! But they are readable. :) Happy App'ing!



Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Challenge for you!!

Here it is! A Dinner Challenge for you all! 

I want you to tell me what I should cook for dinner this week. It's a pretty impossible task though. Here are the rules, you have to follow the "guidelines" as stated. Otherwise....have at it! If you can come up with something (must be edible for real) I will cook it! For real!

Here are the guidelines (This ensures the Baer Clan will actually eat it and I don't waste my time)

1. No soups, chili's or anything of that nature (Papa Baer rule)
2. Nothing that requires being spoon fed (Little Baer rule)
3. Nothing "mixed" like Casseroles, etc. All foods must be separate. (Brother Baer rule)
4. No Mexican, Asian, or other foods that may present themselves as "different" (Papa Baer, Brother Baer, and Little Baer's rule)
5. No Pasta or noodle dishes. (Little Baer rule) 
6. No Salad as main course (Brother Baer rule)
7. No Italian dishes (Little Baer rule)
8. Nothing that resembles a sandwich. (Little Baer rule)

So....that's my job Every.Single.Day of the year. Find dinner for these impossible eaters. Seriously...if you use those guidelines I dare you to find something that I can cook and have them eat it. It's nearly impossible. And it has left me exhausted before I begin. I need some serious help here~!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas Shopping in July

If you knew you could start Christmas shopping in July, could find some really awesome handmade items for your friends and family, AND help a family bring home an orphan would you? 

Well here you go! I've started shopping already and I'm excited to give some great gifts this Christmas and feel good about doing my part to bring home a child with special needs. 

Here are some really awesome sites for purchasing some gifts AND helping these Reece's Rainbow families raise their Ransoms. 

Do you know someone who loves scarves?

You can find a whole variety of handmade scarves here: Life's Amazing Journey

What about an Auction on FACEBOOK! Where you can find really cool items like this:


the auction ends Saturday! (Tomorrow) and there are tons and tons of really cool things. You can find it Here:

What about Pampered Chef? the Marble Family is traveling VERY soon and still need a lot of funds. You can go here to order some Pampered Chef and help them! Marble Family Pampered Chef

What about this really awesome "Mother" plate


you can find it along with a TON of really awesome items including stampin' it up items and so many others here:


Do you like Avon or know someone who does? You can order through here and under events you can choose a family for the proceeds to go for:


What about hairbows? eeekk....I have already ordered some of these for my Princess! I'm hoping baby baer gets enough hair to wear them by Christmas! 


She has tons of different hair bows and holders to choose from! You can check it out on Facebook!

How about a baby that needs a gift? My little baer's love their taggie blankets. 


You can find these along with a lot of other taggie blankets and different items up for auction Here:

Want to enter a giveaway and have a chance to win a new TV to give to someone for Christmas? (Or keep it for yourself? lol)

Go Here and enter!!! Journey to Reunite Two Angels

Check out this little baby doll! Handmade and waiting for a little girl! What a cute gift. 



You can find this cute doll and so many other items here on Facebook: But by Grace

Bows? Hairbows? Again...I love hairbows. Here is an example of one you can buy:


you can find them here on Facebook: Bringing Home Orphans


What about this awesome handmade necklace for a mom or sister or friend:


You can find this along with lots of other necklaces on Facebook Here: Auction for Lily and Isaac

What about this bracelet? Hmm...*hint hint* I want one! :)

You can buy them Here: One at a Time 

How about Tee Shirts? 


you can order them here: Life's Amazing Journey


These are just a few of the items that you can purchase or bid on RIGHT NOW! I'm also including the link to the Friday Family Fundraiser Page from Reece's Rainbow. you can check in with them on Fridays and see new and exciting items. 


Seriously....Isn't it awesome to get a handmade gift? I love them. And I love giving them. And since i'm not so crafty this is perfect for me. Made with love, bought with love, and given with love, knowing you can help rescue an orphan while you are doing something that everyone does! Shops! 




Happy Shopping Ya'll!





Wednesday, July 18, 2012

4 "Pins" I wish I could find on Pinterest

I love Pinterest. It's fun and entertaining and inspires me to be crafty and makes me laugh. I can day dream about the perfect house and the awesome dinners I will never have time to make. But honestly....Finding ways to make sandwiches into fire trucks, and paper cups into Christmas Trees really isn't all that helpful in my crazy life. So, here is what I would like to find (Hint: if you find them and they work...pass them along please)


1. How to keep a diaper on a toddler. Seriously. Why is this an issue? Every.Single.Day. I am a grown woman with 22 years of child rearing experience and this baffles my mind. I can't find an answer. 

2. How to keep your sons from peeing all over the bathroom. this baffles my mind as well. the toilet bowl is HUGE compared to your pee pee...get it in the bowl for goodness sakes. Pee on the floor, on the toilet, on the back of the toilet, on the rug, in the garbage can. Everywhere put the darn toilet. 

3. How to get poop smell off your hands. This goes back to the #1 pin I need. I feel like it's a constant state of stink in this house, then I realize it's my hands that stink. I wash them, I use hand sanitizer, lotion, you name it. The smell is still there. 

4. How to get laundry to fold itself. this task is simply daunting to me. It's like an over run circus when I try to fold the clothes. It goes something like this: fold, unfold, fold, unfold, throw on the floor, pick it up, in the basket, out of the basket, fold, unfold. Take the toddler out of the basket, put the clothes in, turn around to pick up the other clothes....and the cycle starts again. 

That's it. Pretty simple if you ask me. That's all I need these days to make me giddy with happiness. 



Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcoming Sight....The Front Door

It's done! Finally It's done! what used to look like this:

(This actually was after the first paint was stripped off and ready to repaint)

To this:



A much more Welcoming sight don't you think? I replaced the screen and cleaned off all the "old paint" (Not from me! lol) off the screen door glass and the door itself. It looks a million times better. It matches the eaves of the house and the trim on the windows. I'm preparing the fence area to start that project tomorrow. And today I'm painting the creeper/serial killer door Cellar Door. Then there is the shed, the swing set, and the flag post....oh and the mailbox post. For some silly reason there were 3 colors of paint on various things throughout the property. I'm not really sure what statement was being made...but it's outta here! :) 


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Where are their mamas???

This past week within the Orphan Warrior community, it was brought to our attention that there are 63 Orphans listed with Reese's Rainbow who have been waiting for a very, very long time. Years and Years they have waited for their mamas and papas to find them and bring them home. So, today is officially Blog Blitz Sunday! We are sharing all these kids and hoping and praying that their families see them and hears God's voice telling them....SHE is MINE! HE is MINE! I must go get him!!!

We are going to be YELLING and SCREAMING their names and faces in hopes that their families will find them and bring them home. 

Please join me in reading about these sweet faces. Pray for them, share them, and YELL for them. We can not sit by and watch these children die waiting for a family. 

We can not all adopt. I'm aware of that. We also, can not all give money, although we CAN support the families that are adopting by Christmas shopping!!! We all do that right? Lots of families have auctions and sales going on to raise money. 

We can all pray! Pray for them. God commands this. God says we should take care of the orphans of the world. Not as a "thing to do" but as his children we are told to take care of orphans. 

I want to introduce you to a few of the waiting children. And tell you a little about them. 

This is Carolina, born in 2006. This girl is adorable!!!:



Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin.  She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay.   She can walk by supporter or holding one hand.  She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly.   Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!
Carolina was transferred to a boarding school in 2011 (not an institution).

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
Psalms 68:5-6
This is Valerie, born in 2004, so cute and happy:
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
Isn't Valerie cute??  She is diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  She also has strabismus (crossed/lazy eyes).    She is diagnosed with developmental delay, and shows many of the facial characteristics of a child with FAS (Fetal Alcohol syndrome).  But she is a darling girl, very active, loving and affectionate!   She is facing the institution soon.  I hope a family is out there waiting just for her!
If you are unfamiliar with FAS, please spend some time researching this condition.  Just as with Down syndrome, FAS and FAE have a wide variation of effects on each child, both medically, physically, and cognitively.   This is typically dependent on how long during the pregnancy the mother consumed alcohol, and of course, how much.   There is no way to know this ahead of time.

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1:17
This is Justine, born in 2001, STILL waiting. Look at her adorable smile!!!:

Justine is a pretty girl with dark hair and eyes.  She is fully mobile and active.   Her face bears features of FAS, but this is not documented and is only a cautionary disclosure.
From her medical records:  congenital microcephaly, autism
As with all children living in these difficult conditions,  this child’s cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger.  It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child.    These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.
These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 31:8-9

This is Kristie, born in 2001. She belongs in dance classes or cheerleading! I can see her now!!:

Kristie was born with Klippel Feil syndrome, as kyphosis and 6 of her vertebrates are fused together.   Despite this, she is completely mobile and totally functional/self sufficient.  She is also of typical development cognitively.  Kristie's older sister was recently adopted into another family (separated legally), so Kristie is still waiting for her own "forever family".
And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Matthew 18:5
And this is Austin, born in 2006. His smile is so cute. I bet he would be an awesome son!
This darling little boy is waiting for his forever family. He has very unique facial features, but I am unfamiliar with the condition that causes these.  One of the possible diagnoses we have been made aware of *may* be a form of Russell Silver Syndrome  (RSS). This most recent photo shows he is growing well, and seems to be active and relatively happy.   After what we learned about RSS, it seems much more likely than the previously supposed progeria, which is good for Austin!  Please consider adopting Austin and helping him be the best that he can be! There will never be a place for him in his country outside the walls of an institution, just like our children with Down syndrome.
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!
Matthew 25:40
To see and read about the OTHER 63 children who have been waiting for sooooo long now please see these other amazing blogs. The Warrior Army is Screaming Today!! Come join us:

to get involved or find out more about adoption please visit:
www.reecesrainbow.org







Friday, July 13, 2012

Limping Along

We are limping along here! that's about all I can think of to summarize the progress here. My Garden is FINALLY doing something. :) Although it's limping along pretty slow I can finally see progress. so excited. I picked 2 cucumbers today. Brother Baer says they look weird (They are completely ROUND HA!) I said they fit in just fine and I'm sure they will taste yummy. The bad soil, the heat, the no rain thing...It's not been good. But We have babies! YAY!!!

 Squash! :)
 Zucchini!
 cucumbers!
 Tomatoes!

And the yard project is "limping along as well" The day the pool was torn down:

Now: Woohoo! We have grass, sand and garden! I seriously CAN NOT wait for the fence to be painted. That's on the agenda for next week. First though I have to remove all the overgrowth and get it ready. *sigh*
 This project is "limping along" as well. Although right now it's pretty much.....stalled. Hello ugly 80's mauve again. *sigh* Mauve...Chocolate Brown...Mauve again. ACK! Hopefully this weekend it is Chocolate Brown to stay. LOL This whole paint disaster has left me frustrated and "over it" hopefully I will get some motivation back to finishing removing the paint so I can paint it again. *shakes my head*
 More babies! :)



The driveway project isn't even started. The basement is still in disarray and after all the work on the doors all I have to show for it are flies in my house. ACK! I hate flies. Literally hate them so bad. They creep me out, make me feel dirty, and drive me batty. So....Killing flies today is on the Agenda! 

I sure hope the progress picks up soon. LOL Whoever is in charge of these things isn't very organized. ;)