Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween....:0))) It was a fun and candy filled day!! It started with halloween parties at school yesterday and today we went to Toys R Us for a parade and then trick or treating with friends Layla and Izzy. They can not wait to dig into that candy tomorrow:o)

Instructions For Life...

1. Take into account that great love and great achievemants involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R's - Respect yourself, Respect others and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change , but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good , honorable life. Then when you get older and think back you'll be able to enjoy it

a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the


14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace your've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is the one in which your love for each other exceeds

your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Post by Abby's Mommy....

Abby: A Taste of Our World
As you can see, Abby loves to cook. Helping bake cookies is one of her favorite things. When we were adopting Abby, Landis and Sami one of the ways we raised money was by creating the adoption cookbook.We compiled dozens of recipes from the countries and families of adopted children. Salads, appetizers, main dishes, soups, desserts... over 150 pages of great recipes. We have several cases of the cookbooks leftover from that fundraising effort. We would like to offer them again to do some fundraising for the expenses related to Abby's leukemia. Gas, food, prescriptions, hospitals, doctors, tests... at a time when our income was unexpectedly and dramatically cut, our expenses went up.But, we don't simply want to ask for money. We want to sell this fantastic recipe book for a price you would happily pay at a book store. The recipes are wonderful, and the pictures of the adopted kids heartwarming. On the cover is a picture Abby, and Amy Block's daughter, Aleigha. Many of you know Amy already but if you don't make sure you check out her blog here... you won't be disappointed. If you would like to buy one, it would be a real blessing for Abby and our family.
Purchase the cookbook here...Making cookies with Mee Maw... secret recipe!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thanks Tatum...:o)

Thank you so much Tatum and Tatum's grandmother for inviting Gabi to the horse farm where Tatum takes riding lessons. It was a wonderful experience for her. Not only did she get to ride and learn some lessons of riding, she had to get the horse ready with a saddle , brush the horse and then she gave the horse some peppermint candies that we learned are one of the horses favorites!! Thanks again , it was a a very fun morning!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


My friend Patty , her daughter Cambria ,the girls and i went to a horse ranch that had hay rides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, horse rides, a maze to hop through , and hay to climb on . It was a very pumpkin fun afternoon!!

****A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'
The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see......

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Matteya~~~ Too Cute!!

Matteya likes reading the newspaper at breakfast....maybe she will solve the world problems someday:o))

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Meet Logan..

Congratulations to my nephew Mark and his girl friend Kim...On Friday Oct. 17th. God blessed them with a very precious and perfect (and big:o) baby boy .. 9lbs. 7oz. His name is Logan Richard ...he is so very cute.....many blessings, hugs and love to the three of you as you begin this beautiful new chapter in your life!...can't wait to see more pictures!

Precious one ,So small, So sweet
Dancing in on angel feet, Straight from Heaven's brightest star...
What a miracle you are!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lord , Prop Me Up....thought for the day...

Every time I am asked to pray..... I think of the old deacon who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years. It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall. Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn...... I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't . So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord. '' If you stare at this barn for a second you will see who will help us stand straight and tall again...............

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Operation Princess Hair for Abby..(post by Angel)

...with tears flowing. This is sweet Abby now.. You will find her precious family at this blog address.
Abby is so many wonderful things. She is part of an amazing family. There are 7 wonderful kiddos in her family. 3 of those sweeties- including Abby came by way of adoption. Abby is a bouncing, happy, funny princess of a 3 year old....
Now she is also a dear little warrior fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with Leukemia and life suddenly took a radical turn for this amazing family. Her concerns of which princess dress she should wear have turned to whether she will get poked or be able to keep her food down today.

Just one of the MANY things she has been forced to give up is her GORGEOUS princess hair and it makes her very sad.... What is it like to be the mommy that has to tell your 3 year old that she has to take medicine that will give her horrible sores, make her throw up constantly, and cause her to lose her hair? What is that like? What is it like to watch tears slide down your sweet baby's cheeks even in her sleep cause that's how much it hurts.
If I could I would make this go away. If I could I would change this- I wish there was a way. I know there are so many of us who wish that. We CAN'T MAKE IT GO AWAY! We just can't.
What we can do is give Abby back her princess hair. It's expensive and not something this family needs to worry about during this stressful financial time of paying for medicine and gas and hospital bills. We can not make this all go away but we can give Abby back her hair and make her smile.
OPERATION PRINCESS HAIR!This is your mission, should you choose to accept it...1. I want us to buy sweet Abby one of these-
It's called a pony sport. It costs $228. It's made with real human hair. It's very comfortable and can be worn with any baseball type cap that Abby prefers.
After visiting with her mommy we feel this would be very comfortable and fun for everyday use at home and the hospital.
2. We will flood Abby and the other kiddos in the family with care packages that let her and her family know they are loved. If you feel you would like to send Abby or her family a present please e-mail me at
We can all send Abby fun presents AND ALL SEND an ADORABLE BASEBALL CAP to wear with her new hair. Then everytime she is having a hard day her momma can bust out a new care package to give her something to smile about.
3. We are also going to buy Abby a custom made wig! Check it out here....
I am so excited about this! It is going to be custom made to look a lot like her hair did before she needed to start chemo. So when Abby wants to dress up nice and look like the Abby she remembers she will have this. This wig will cost about $450. It is made of real hair and created just for her little head.
4. If there are donations exceeding the needed amount for the princess hair we will invite the family to use this money to help with whatever extra expenses they are facing during this difficult time.
It's hard for me to fathom what this family is facing. I want to do whatever I can to support them.
They are full of faith and strong. Cancer FEARS this little fighter! Let's do whatever we can to love and walk with this family during this time. I can't begin to imagine what they are facing but I PRAY that people would be there for me if we ever did walk this path.TO HELP ABBY GET HER PRINCESS HAIR YOU JUST NEED TO CLICK ON THE PAY PAL BUTTON ON THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER THAT SAYS "OPERATION PRINCESS HAIR.

Thank you from the BOTTOM of my little ol' Texas heart for taking care of a little girl named Abby. What we do matters. What we do makes life better or worse for those around us EVERY SINGLE DAY. Let's take time to stop and care. Hugs, Angel
PS If you would like to spread the word on your blog PLEASE do it!! Feel free to take this whole post or part of it. Then please link your blog to mine so everyone can see how many people are loving and praying for

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fun at the Fair....

Bella, Gabi, Vada, and Teya
Bella milking a fake cow..
the big slide..
Bella in a sack race Betsy, Gabi and Vada

Bella on a bull ride..
Frank not having as much fun..
me , Neyvada and Matteya ..
Gabi , crying because I would not let her buy a bunny...
the bunny .... Neyvada and Bella sharing...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy 6th Birthday Gabi!!!

Wow... time does go by fast. Gabriela just turned 6 years old. She is growing up so fast and she is not my litle baby any more, she is our beautiful little girl getting older every day. Gabi lived a year at Hogar Cuna Orphanage in Quezaltengo Guatemala and she came home at 14 months on Christmas day. Her adoption day was Christmas Eve. She truly was the best Christmas gift and a precious blessing from God....this little girl has blessed us and changed us beyond belief. She has such a sparkle in her eye and a sunshine of a smile that really does light up a room when she walks in it. She makes so many friends where ever she goes . Gabi is an amazing precious little girl. Gabi 's party was at the Martial Arts where she is now an orange belt. She had a great time with her family, friends and her friends at school. Mr. East made the party extra fun with all the activities and she even got to cut the cake with a sword. She had her favorite oreo cookie cake.

Happy 6th Birthday Gabi.. we love you!!

More of Gabi's party...

Tooth Fairy ....

Gabi was very excited.. she lost her first tooth. It fell out 3 days before her 6th birthday.

She went to bed a little bit early so the tooth fairy would come. The tooth fairy gave her a dollar with a bow on it:o)