Thursday, February 26, 2009

Enjoy the Little Things in Life..

Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions
Author Unknown

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.
My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.
My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen.
My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that.
My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from? No wonder God loves the little children! Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Neyvada's First Day at Camp....

Presidents Day....... Gabi , Bella and Neyvada went to camp for something different and fun to do on their day off from school. Gabi went to Karate Camp and had a great time. Bella and Neyvada went to the health club for a fun day of rock climbing, basketball , games, crafts, and swimming...Bella had alots of fun and loves that she can rock climb now that she is 5 years old.

It was Neyvada's first time at camp... Neyvada's first day at camp ended in tears and a trip to the emergency room. Neyvada fell at the pool and hit her head and fainted for a few seconds ... Thankfully she is 100% O.K. and was back to herself the next morning... She said she won't run at the pool anymore...poor Neyvada , it was a hard lesson to learn , but next time she goes to camp she will have a little more fun..

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tooth Fairy or Ratoncito Perez??

Gabi lost her 3rd tooth... She was so excited that the Tooth fairy came again.. Talking about this one night with friends , I found out that children around the world have different Gautemala has a rat named El Ratoncito Perez....I found it interesting and looked it up and this is what i found....... Legends of the Tooth Fairy (by Cathleen Alty)

Have you ever spent time thinking about the tooth fairy? I’m serious ... have you ever really thought about the whole tooth fairy mystique? After all, a child losing a deciduous tooth is a very normal, biologic function. But putting it under a pillow at night? Waking up to treasure? What do we really know about how tooth fairy traditions came about? We all know the story - a fairy somehow flies into a locked house and exchanges the tooth from under a child’s sleeping head for money or a gift. But why? Are baby teeth valuable? How is she able to fly while carrying all those teeth and all that money? How does she do all the currency conversions? The cost of giving all that treasure must be enormous! What is her unlimited funding source? Does she have a day job, or does she sell the teeth? Is there just one fairy like Santa Claus, or are there many? How does she know a child has lost a tooth, and how does she get into the house? What does she do with all those teeth she picks up? Where did these rituals come from?
Do all children in the world have the same traditions? Inquiring minds need to know!
Fairy folklore is all over the Internet, complete with imaginative drawings of what fairies might look like. There are even some well-meaning people who truly believe fairies exist, and others whom you can pay to send a child a letter from the tooth fairy or who will sell you tooth fairy merchandise. But I think that we, and previous generations of parents who have had to stumble bleary-eyed into their child’s room at night to find that tiny tooth, can safely claim that the tooth fairy is a childhood myth. The endearing and well-known tooth fairy traditions are firmly entrenched in American folklore and apparently have been since the early 1900s. Where did they originate?
Tossing it up on the roof
As with many American traditions, the tooth fairy has roots in European folklore. Historians say that the tradition of burying a lost tooth in the garden or surrounding field was done in hopes that the permanent tooth could then grow in the child’s mouth to take its place. This tradition was also steeped in superstition because of the belief that if a witch got hold of the tooth, a curse could be placed on the child or the tooth-holder could have power over the child. (Some more ancient European traditions even called for throwing the baby tooth into the fire to ensure a child was free from any magical intervention.) The tradition of burying the tooth changed because when cities began to grow, teeth were planted in flower pots or planter boxes as open space dwindled. The next progression of the story is that the dirt was done away with all together and the tooth was “buried” under a pillow. Who comes for the tooth? Well, it depends on where you live.
In England, Canada, and Australia, the tooth fairy tradition is the same as ours. In Denmark, the tooth fairy has the name “Tandfeen,” and leaves money behind. The idea of relationships as well as financial exchanges between people and benevolent fairies has been around for many years, especially in English literature. But fairies are not the only collector of baby teeth in the world.
In France, the “buried” tooth under the pillow is collected by “La Petite Souris,” a little mouse who will exchange the tooth for money or candies. In Spain, it is the mouse named Ratoncito Perez who collects the tooth and leaves treasure. In Argentina, children put their tooth in a glass of water. El Ratoncito comes to drink the water, takes the tooth, and leaves treasure behind in the glass. In Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, and Venezuela, El Ratón, the magic mouse, has the honors. Some children chant, “Rat, rat, rat. I give you a beautiful tooth. Send me back an old tooth,“ hoping to trick the rat into giving the child what he/she really wants. In South Africa, the tooth is placed in a slipper and a mouse takes it and leaves a gift in its place. In some areas of Greece, a mouse also takes the tooth. In other areas, the tooth is not buried but thrown up on the roof of the house for a pig to take. A rhyme is chanted, which loosely translates: “Take sow my tooth and give me an iron one so that I can chew rusks.”
Throwing the tooth on the roof seems sort of odd compared to our way of doing things, but it is how most children in the world dispose of their baby or “milk” teeth. In India, the tooth is thrown on the roof in hopes that a sparrow will bring a new one. In parts of Africa, many children throw an upper tooth on the roof and bury a lower one in the ground. Some families believe that if a lizard sees the tooth, a new one will not grow in its place. Sri Lankan children throw the tooth on the roof and hope a squirrel will come and get it. In East Asia, children throw a lower tooth on the roof and an upper one is buried, thrown down on the ground, or hidden under the bed. The thought is that the new tooth will grow toward the old one and come in straight. A wish is often made as the child throws the tooth.
Other animals - including rabbits and birds - are involved with tooth exchange. Brazilian children throw the tooth outside and believe birds will come to take it, but only if it is clean. A dirty tooth is left behind and the child gets no treasure, which is great encouragement for good oral hygiene! Children in El Salvador think a rabbit comes to get the tooth. Some Alaskan tribes feed the baby tooth to another animal, such as a dog, and ask for the tooth to be replaced.
Some Central American countries make jewelry out of the teeth for their child to wear, which may be from an ancient Viking tradition. Historians say that in those days it was believed that children’s articles were powerful and lucky, and were often carried in battle. A “tooth fee” was paid to children so the adult could have the use of a baby tooth, and the tooth was often made into jewelry.
Inflation seems to have crept into the tooth fairy’s economy as the price of a tooth seems to be going up. In the 1940s, a dime was the going rate. In the 1950s, American children reported getting a “shiny, new quarter” for their lost baby teeth, while in the 1960s, the going rate was usually a Kennedy half dollar. In the 1970s and 1980s, a dollar was the average exchange fee. In the 1990s and 2000s, the price has varied from one to five dollars, often depending on which tooth was lost. Historically, the first lost tooth seems to bring the most income to a child in the United States.
The tooth fairy is a very big deal to a young child. The anticipation is great for kindergartners and first graders as they anxiously await the day when they can announce to the class that they have lost a tooth, show off the space, and put a sticker on the lost tooth chart in class. A huge smile appears on the face of an impatient 6-year-old when a hygienist can finally report, “I see a wiggler!” While it’s true that a piece of childhood may be lost with every lost tooth, it’s also fun to watch those new, permanent teeth grow in to take their proper place.
The tooth fairy and all of the other imaginary entities that carry off baby teeth are firmly a part of folklore and the heritage of many cultures. How fun it will be to share some of these other traditions with the children we watch over.

What the Tooth Fairy Does With All Those Teeth
(based on an unscientific study conducted on the tooth fairy experts-- kids!)• Builds a castle up in the sky• Throws them away• Uses them for money in tooth fairy land• Turns them into gas for her car• Her horse eats them for treats• Plants them in her garden and grows children• Makes jewelry with them• Turns them into seashells for fish to live in • Makes sparkling clothes out of them• Grinds them into fairy dust and sprinkles it on herself; that's the magic that makes her fly• Gives them to elves and gnomes to turn into gems for the fairies• I don't know• Puts them into a museum

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Please Pray for Guatemala...

Please pray for the children in Guatemala....
"As recently published by Nuestro Diario, a leading Guatemalan newspaper, children are being abandoned to the streets at an alarming rate. With few government institutions to provide care and the closure of many private institutions, some birthmothers are simply leaving their newly born children in trash dumps. Nuestro Diario reports that in Guatemala City alone, 91 children were found abandoned with 70 being new born infants. Twenty abandoned children in Guatemala City were found after they had already perished. What is being done to build a social service system which not only protects children from corruption but also from a tragic death?"

I went to an adoption playdate this afternoon, it was Guatemala and China adopted children. This wonderful family who adopted a little boy adopted from Guatemala and are waiting for a girl in china created a fun Valentine party for the children. I spoke with many of the families who ,like myself who are very scared and sad for the children in Guatemala who are left on the streets and in crowded orphanages because Guat. adoptions are closed.. This problem will only get worse.. PLEASE pray for these children, their birthmothers and families . Please pray that there will soon be a solution for this very heart breaking situation....These children with so many tears need and deserve forever families , forever home and forever love........

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Update on Guatemalan Babies

The Guatemalan quads. are doing so well!!! My mom , Neyvada, Matteya, Betsy and i went to see these precious girls and play with them last week.

Andrea, Allison, Alejandra, and Alondra are 9 months old now, very healthy and beautiful!! It was a fun afternoon!! We will pray that some day Liliana's 10 year old daughter in Guatemala will someday be able to join her family....and meet her 4 sisters.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Praying For Abby....

Please keep praying for sweet Abby. Now more than ever she needs your prayers. Please pray for knowledge for the doctors and for strength and peace for her parents. We love you precious girl- keep fighting!!!

Matteya and Baby...

Matteya loves her baby dolls and sleeps with one every night....Next month she will be 3 years old and will be ready for a big girl bed:o)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Email from a Friend...Christian One Liners...

Christian One Liners....Don't let your worries get theBest of you; remember, Moses startedOut as a basket case.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Some people are kind, polite, and
Sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Many folks want to serve God,
But only as advisors.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*It is easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*The good Lord didn't create anything,without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*People are funny; they want the front
Of the bus, the middle of the road, and
The back of the church.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Quit griping about your church;
If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*If the church wants a better pastor,
It only needs to pray for the one it has.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*God Himself does not propose to judge
A man until he is dead. So why should you?*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
Some minds are like concrete,thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Peace starts with a smile.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*I don't know why some people change churches; what difference does It make which one you stay home from?*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*A lot of church members who are singing
"Standing on the Promises"
Are just�sitting on the premises.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*We were called to be witnesses,
Not lawyers or judges.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Be ye fishers of men. You catch
Them - He'll clean them.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Coincidence is when God
Chooses to remain anonymous.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Don't put a question mark
Where God put a period.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
Don't wait for 6 strong men
To take you to church.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*Forbidden fruits create many jams.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*God doesn't call the qualified,
He qualifies the called.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
God grades on the cross, not the curve.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
God loves everyone, but probably prefers"fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts!"*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
God promises a safe landing,
Not a calm passage.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*He who angers you, controls you!*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
If God is your Co-pilot - swap seats!*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
Prayer:�Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty!*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
The task ahead of us is never asGreat as the Power behind us.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*We don't change the message,
The message changes us.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
You can tell how big a person is
By what it takes to discourage him.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
The best mathematical equation
I have ever seen:�1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*
my favorite....Don't put a question mark where God puts a period...( we would have no regrets...)