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I can breathe again. Foster daughter, Eva, has left. She is a super busy almost three year old. She kept me hopping from before the sun got up until well after the sun went down – and sometimes in the middle of the night. I learned a valuable lesson about myself – I cannot handle caring for 2 two year olds. Moms with twins – I salute you!

Moms of triplets – I salute you also. All three of the youngest children were 10 months apart in age… Eva, Katie, and Benjamin (in that order). All weighed in the neighborhood of 25 lbs. It seemed when one was having a bad day and needed to be held/carried – the other two would follow suit.

My back is finally going to get a well deserved break!

Laundry duty will be a little lighter. Nothing beats the two-three loads a day I did normally… until the other morning when five out of six children had accidents in bed. Ten loads of laundry. YIKES! Dried with my noisy substitute dryer.

My husband ordered the parts to fix my real dryer.

He’s working to install them… RIGH NOW!

By afternoon tomorrow, I hope to have a matched laundry set again!

A little good news arrived in my Inbox today! 🙂

mother-teresa-and-me[1] I’d heard about this book Mother Teresa and Me by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. I’d read all sorts of fabulous reviews from other Catholic people. I wanted to order the book. Click the cover image to be taken to Donna-Marie’s site for ordering information. Then I came across this post by Anne at Catholic Mommy Brain. There was a give-a-way involved. All I had to do was leave a comment to have a chance to win… what did I have to lose? Nothing. So I posted a comment. I got an email from Anne today – I won a copy of the book! I’m so excited. Mother Teresa has always been special to me. I’ll expand on that thought as I read the book and share with you my thoughts about it. The book should arrive to my real mailbox soon!

Dinner by Little Ceasar’s tonight. I just could not wrap my brain around cooking anything tonight. The fatigue and exhaustion was just too much and overwhelmed me after Eva left. I have not done anything but play games on Facebook, read blogs, and pray today.


Do you have any idea how irritating these little cars are when “driven” across my laminate floor for *hours* nonstop?

I am typically very late in posting anything in response to world events… so the fact I am writing about my thoughts, etc. about Haiti “this late in the game” is not surprising to me.

I guess I have spent much of the time since the earthquake watching and processing the news that was coming in. I have also been watching the world respond and thinking thoughts that for now are better kept to myself. Mostly, I have been praying. Praying. and more Praying.

I donated a few dollars, via my Parish, to Catholic Relief Services. Because my few dollars in combination with the other members of my Parish’s few dollars added up… this was then added to the donations from approximately 100 other Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Lansing.. which adds up to a lot of funds. Much needed, as the Cathedral in Port-Au-Prince collapsed, killing the Archbishop and many Semanarians (men studying for the priesthood). We need good and Holy Priests!

Today, I learned that After Mass Records has a Compilation Album available to help raise funds to assist Haiti’s citizens. There is no set price. Free will offering. If you cannot afford a monetary donation, they are accepting prayer donations also.

On the following issue, I cannot be quiet – it disturbs me too much…

One of our local television stations has been following the story of a family that started the process to adopt a little boy from Haiti almost 2 years ago. Due to the earthquake the adoption was expedited. The seven year old boy arrived in Michigan the other day. News camera crews and reporters present. Hasn’t this boy suffered enough trauma? To be orphaned before the age of 5, then to survive the earthquake, and now to arrive in a foriegn country under the care of people he barely knows to be confronted upon getting off of the plane by news crews?? My other problem with all of this, these families that are adopting these Haitian orphans – would it not be better to maintain a larger degree of privacy? Protect these kids’ identities until they adjust to their new life with their new families in their new country — they have just lost EVERYTHING they know!

The thing that REALLY, *REALLY* peeves me about the whole adopting old children from foreign countries – we have THOUSANDS of children here in the UNITED STATES in need of loving stable FOREVER families! If you are considering adoption to build your family and older children are “ok with you” – please consider adopting a child or group of children from the Foster Care System. Really, they are good kids! I have fostered thirteen to date. We are soon to be starting the process of adopting our “Katie”. Two other children that we fostered are already adopted into a great family. Two more children that we fostered (currently fostering one of them again) are being transitioned to their prospective adoptive family… the three siblings will be together again, instead of separated in the foster care system! Friends of our are in the beginning stages of adopting two of their three foster children. The process will likely begin soon for the third child.

I have other friends that adopted older children (teenagers) from the foster care system. Those kids got a fresh start and will have loving parents behind them as they find their wings and make their way into the world on their own.

No child should “age out” of the foster care system. They should all be found loving families!

*climbing down off my soapbox now and retreating back into the shadows*

If you’re a scrapbooker, digital scrapbooker, or someone that’s thinking about scrapbooking… Check this out!

Project Life by Becky Higgins

I’m not a traditional scrapbooker, so I’m waiting for the digital version to go live. Not sure that I’ll have the $100 for printing the book at the end of the digital version, but we’ll see.

Apparently, WordPress will not me put the Amazon widget thing in my post. 😦 Or the image only link either.

In this post, I told how we were going to order toner for our color laser printer from InkTechnologies.Com.

The toner arrived yesterday via UPS. Ordered on Thursday and arrived on Monday – not to bad for the FREE SHIPPING option! In fact, that’s downright amazing.

So… the real test will come when the yellow toner cartridge is replaced with the one from InkTechnologies.

I’ll post another update to let you all know how it goes. I will not be doing the replacing… with my luck, something would go horribly wrong. So, I’ll let Patrick handle the change over!

I’ve been taking the pictures. Just have not been posting them. You know how it is… “I’ll do it later.” Later comes, but nothing happens. “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Today becomes the tomorrow that we talked about yesterday – and still nothing happens. I did that to myself for over a week! YIKES!

12 January 2010

DSCN0423web[1] My happy little guy, Benjamin. He loves to have his picture taken! He’s got such a great smile, I could take a picture of it *every* single day!

13 January 2010

IMG_0170web[1]Just a quick snap with iPhone of my hubby processed by the Lego iPhone App. Silly fun free stuff! If I knew how to link you to apps, I would and I cannot seem to find the website… maybe Lego.Com?

14 January 2010

See the blog post below.

15 January 2010

DSCN0434web[1] I decided I wanted to do a scrapbook layout about the blankets all of my children got from “Grandma Pat”. This is the ‘best’ photo of one of the blankets. This blanket happens to belong to our foster daughter Eva. We found out today (1/19) that she will be leaving our home soon to move in with her two brothers at their potential Forever Family’s home! We are so excited for Eva and her new beginning!

16 January 2010

Please forgive me. I did not actually take any of the photos you are about to see. Patrick, Christopher, and Nicholas went to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Between Patrick, Christopher, and a friend – I have more photos than I know what to do with!

P1000676web[1] This little mobile Coffee Cafe made me think of my husband’s cousin, David. In his college days, he started a little coffee cafe out of his dorm room if I remember correctly.

P1000789web[1] Patrick took this shot from The People Mover. That’s the Ambassador Bridge that goes between Detroit and Canada. I’ll be running across that if I make it to the Detroit Free Press Flagstar Marathon in October.

17 January 2010

IMG_0179web[1] Playing with the Lego App again! This is Nicholas.

17 January 2010

DSC_8394web[1] Playing with setting on my Nikon D40. Christopher really liked this photo – I took several. He chose this one. LOL

18 January 2010

Some how or another, I have no photo for yesterday. I got very caught up in behavior issues of one of the children. Maybe I’ll take a photo of the “Naughty Spot” for my photo book.

And that brings us to TODAY! YAY!!

19 January 2010

Today’s photo is a bit different. Let me show you and then I’ll explain…

DSC_8398web[1] Christopher has this project to do. His 9th Grade English class just finished Romeo & Juliet. He needed some artwork for a tombstone that depicted the story. The picture above is what he came up with. I photographed it because he needed the size reduced and did not want to draw the whole thing again… I don’t blame him.

Photo coming… I am posting this from my iPhone. Hubby is on my computer trying to get me a stellar deal on new toner for my color laser printer. Sad when it is cheaper to buy a new printer than it is to buy the new toner. We’re going to give a try. I’ll keep you posted. $47.00 per cartridge from vs. $117.00 per OEM cartridge (cheapest we found)… Worth a try!!

Today, we are going to pretend that you see a fabulous portrait of my “almost daughter”, “Katie”. You see, today is her 2nd Birthday. So I *did* take a photo today of *her*. Today is *all about her*. Unfortunately, because our adoption of her is not even started yet, I cannot show you a picture of her beautiful smile and her sparkling blue eyes.

Some day.

I hope.

Tonight, we are serving “Katie’s” favorite – Macaroni & Cheese. Maybe I’ll show you a picture of that tomorrow!


We had grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches for dinner. A few days late, but still in honor of Elvis’ 75th Birthday. The kids loved them. This particular sandwich belonged to one of the smaller kids, so it was a bit lighter on the peanut butter than most of them.










Here is my Project 365: Week 1 two-page scrapbook layout. The first week of 2010 was quite interesting!

Credits (for both pages):

  • Template: 365 Template 001 by MOriginals (blog freebie)
  • Papers by PixelWorks from Artist to Artist January 2010 Collab @ ScrapArtist – Patterns & Solids
  • Tied Sting Element by PixelWorks from Artist to Artist January 2010 Collab – A Beautiful Mess Elements
  • Digital Acrylic Numbers by MGL from The Daily Digi: Snap & Scrap Collab. (no longer for sale)


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