Love my coffee! Cool mornings and the porch…..

I am happy that Fall is finally bringing cooler weather.  We don’t get a lot of that here in Louisiana!  I love to take a cup of coffee early in the morning, out to the back porch and just sit.  Before everyone wakes up…peaceful!

Some who follow us know that we have announced our plans to adopt internationally.  At present, we are trying to raise the International Home Study fee through fundraising.  Our initial goal was $2,000.00.  We spoke with the lady yesterday who is going to do our study.  Her fee is $1,200.00! Yay!  So, we have reduced our goal to $1,200.00.  Where does coffee fit in with this?  Just Love Coffee is having a fundraiser on our behalf.  They created a storefront for us and we receive a part of the proceeds from their sales.  So, if you like quality, fair trade coffees, check out this wonderful company.  They also support orphanges, other adoptive families and churches.  Make sure you visit the About Us page to read about this wonderful, giving family.  They have experienced International Adoption personally. Click here to visit our storefront.

Thank you and Thank you!

Steven, Andrea and Vivian

Just Love Coffee…must have coffee!

Hello all! 

Many of you are aware that we are starting the adoption process to adopt internationally.  We are looking at the Philippines program at present.  Our goal is to raise our home study fee.  This kick starts the process and we are kind of in limbo until then.  So, in order to get it “kick started”, we are rolling out a few fundraisers.

We have teamed up with Just Love Coffee.  If you like good, quality coffee, check them out!  You can purchase coffees a la carte, or you can sign up for their subscription service and have your choice coffee delivered to your door!

Make sure you check out their OUR STORY page.  These business owners have experienced adoption first hand, thus their motivation to help other adoptive families.  They also support orphanages in Ethiopia.  I hope you find something you like!

Thank you for being you!

Steven, Andrea and Warren

My sister vents….

And I say “AMEN!”  Read on….

 Throughout my life, many people have offered me “kind” words.  Words that they say will only “help” me.  Words that they feel they must get off their chest because they know I will be a better person because of it.  Intently, I listen to these words looking for a precious gem I can take away with me for inspiration and growth.  However, after the majority of these people utter their first sentence, I wonder why I even took the time to open myself and my mind to them.

    You see, I’ve learned that there are people out there who use unsolicited advice as a vehicle for their own agenda.  They use sweet words dripping with honey that only serve to cover up the two-edged sword they are swinging.  These words guised as helpful advice are only used to deliver their passive aggressive message.

    If you disagree with me, fine, disagree with me. This is the beauty of human nature. We can all disagree, yet still flourish and learn together.  However, just because you disagree with me does not give you the right to use demeaning and patronizing language to try and whittle me down to conform to your belief system.

    Next time you offer “kind” words to someone, ask yourself what purpose it is serving.  Will it really be beneficial to them or are you just making yourself feel better or pushing your own agenda? Be real with yourself.  Be purposeful – only genuine expressions that are not solely used for serving your agenda will make a difference in someone else’s life.

**Thanks for reading. I needed a place to vent**

Big Life Announcement: We are adopting!

Yes, this is a big announcement!  Steven and I (and Vivian!) have decided to adopt.  We have talked about it many times.  We have finally decided to go ahead and take the leap of faith to get the process rolling.  If anyone knows of someone or has adopted before, you know that it is a long process and it is also expensive.  Please check out our new blog chronicling this process at:  www.beautyofadoption.wordpress.com

If anyone is interested, we will soon be listing items that will be available for purchase to help us offset the cost of adoption.  Thanks to everyone who has wished us well!  We are very excited and cannot wait to welcome another child to our home!

Andrea

Nothing like a 6 year old to make you feel stupid

Its 15 mom...

Ok.  So, Monday I started working on my Science assignment for this week.  I read some of the problems, answered the ones I could and then put off the ones I needed to understand a little bit better before answering.  I read one of the questions that was stumping me out loud yesterday to Steven to see if he knew what calculation I needed to make.   It was about Relative Motion.  I understood the whole fixed object thing.  Steven was not sure either, so I emailed the instructor.  Vivian looked at me after I read it and said “15”.  I said “oh ok Vivian, (whatever)” 🙂 

Today, after receiving the formula I am supposed to use, I drew a diagram using the word problem and figured out the relative velocity.  Do you know what the answer was????????????????  15!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yes, it was 15.   After pondering it for 3 days, emailing the instructor, drawing it out on paper and doing the calculation, I came up with 15.  Three seconds after I read the problem to her yesterday, Vivian came up with 15.  What is wrong with this picture????  I am going to quit college and send her.

Andrea

Happy Birthday Vivian!

Happy 6th Birthday to my sweet darling daughter Vivian!  Or is that 25th Birthday?  Dunno…. Sometimes I wonder!

Last night, in the midst of trying to do math homework (Yay me!), I was baking cupcakes.  I sent Steven and Vivian out for a while so I could de-grump.  🙂  I was pretty grumpy due to homework (that I did not understand) being due and baking a million cupcakes.  Well, that’s an exaggeration.  It seemed like a million.  Anyway, when Vivian got home, she put the plate of teacher’s cupcakes on the table because she wanted to put sprinkles on them.  I had already iced and decorated them.  Vivian left the kitchen and the dog (Taavi) found the cupcakes.  Needless to say, I found him in his kennel and knew something was wrong (remember my posts about Houdini? He does not willingly stay in his kennel).  When I found the plate of demolished cupcakes, I understood why he put himself in time out!  He is going to be soooo sick today!  So, I had to make mini cupcakes with the batter I had left for the teachers.  Who knows, maybe they will appreciate the smaller portions!  See, Taavi was looking out for their health. 

However, if he had to find something to eat, I would have preferred it been my math book.  I think with the proof of him eating my floor (in a previous post) would have gotten me off the hook with my teacher, ya think?  Taavi has taken to chewing on the wood floor too.  I don’t know what has gotten into him!  I had to put a big piece of clear tape over a small place in the floor.  It appears that someone dropped a heavy piece of furniture and chipped the floor in this spot.  Taavi found the spot and started pawing at it, like he was digging for something.  Now he has made a 1 inch hole, a 2 inch hole!  Dumb dog….how can you love and hate your dogs equally? What a contradiction.

Anyway, this post is supposed to be about Vivian.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIVIAN!

Andrea

The hard life of a first grader #2

Two or three posts down you will see what happened when I left for a minute and told Vivian to continue her homework…she fell asleep.  We were sitting in the study, both doing homework, when it got very quiet.  I looked over and Vivian had fallen asleep sitting straight up in her chair…lol.  Poor darling. 

Vivian sleeping during homework time

She gets the ability to sleep anywhere, at any time, no matter what else is going on around, from me.

Andrea

Vacation 2010 Southwest

It has been a long 10 days, but we are back!  We visited Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, back down to Texas and then on to home sweet home, Alexandria, Louisiana.

Here are a few pictures of the places we visited.  It was a lot of fun!

1st set is the GRAND CANYON, Arizona

2nd set is LAKE POWELL, Page, Arizona

3rd set is the beach of LAKE POWELL

4th set is MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

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OUTSIDE GRAND CANYON, North Rim:

 Andrea