Saturday, September 30, 2006
I ran out of gas today. I was alone with my autistic daughter Jessica. She likes to shop at Wal-Mart, so about once a week I drive to Wal-Mart (about 20miles from my house). About half way there I realized the car was on empty. I was driving my husband’s company car. I thought, "There is a gas station next to Wal-Mart, I'll get gas there". Well, the tank was emptier then I thought. We stopped at a busy light only 500 yards away from Wal-Mart, but the car would not start. I had to put my emergency lights on. I felt like kicking myself! I'm driving a company car, I get free gas, but I'm out of gas! There has to be a spiritual lesson there for someone! Anyway, God provided me with an angle. A man named George and his wife (I didn't get her name) pull up next to me and ask to help. He helped me push the car to the side of the road, and even went to get me my gas while I waited with Jessica in the car. A good on line friend of mine has had trouble being hurt by someone she thought was her friend. She wrote me saying "can you trust anyone anymore"? It seems descent people are getting fewer and far between. I am so grateful God provided me with the help Jessica and I needed today. They went out of their way to help me (an unorganized stranger who made the mistake of not looking at her gas light). With their help I was back on the road...some times a little help is all some of us need!
I saw these two really cute pictures in the paper this morning. They don't have anything to do with adoption or China...or maybe they do? The first picture is of Laurel & Hardy. I feel like the one who didn't get the girl! Yesterday I contacted my agency to see if our Documents had been sent to China. We sent them to our agency 4 weeks ago. It seems the German government is still giving our agency a hard time about translating the German police records. I am pretty sure they must do the work because I am an American, but I know they don’t like it! So last night I felt like Laurel...no girl! The second picture is a happy face made out of toast. Germans love their bread! Let’s pray God can bring a smile to my life! We want our girl home and all these delays are getting me down!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Get a fresh perspective on China, one of the world's richest cultures, as you hear individual life stories told through the eyes of the locals. Insightful storytelling and spectacular photographic techniques brings to life the fascinating and complex, contemporary world of one of the greatest nations on earth.Here. We don't get the Discovery channel, but you can order the DVD (out in November). The preview gives me the chills! I can not wait to see it!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The slideshow is of Thomas. He was adopted from
Monday, September 25, 2006
I love the words of this song by casting crowns, it's called Who am I. It makes me think of Thomas, but also myself. I am working on a slideshow for Thomas and I think I'll use this song.
Who Am I Written by Mark Hall Music by Casting Crowns Song based on Psalms 52 and 139 and Ephesians 2
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart
Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You're
Chorus: I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours
Who Am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
and watch me rise again
Who Am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me
I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear'Cause
I am Yours I am Yours
Today was Philip's first day of school. He said it didn't go so well! The other kids made fun of him because he has long hair. I could have guessed that would happen. When Nicole began the first grade she wore her cowboy boots. They were major in style in the
When I was in the first grade I lived in
school dressed up as cowboys and Indians’. I was creative and came as a cactus. My face was painted green; I had a green hat, and green cloths. The kids all laughed at me, and I hide in the bathroom and cried. Then I got called to the principles’ office. I thought I was in trouble! Instead I had won a special prize for best costume. I got $5.00, a chocolate bar, and my picture in the paper. All the kids stopped teasing me, and I was the class hero! Uniformity kills creativity! I love people who can think out side of the box!
PS. I talked to Philip's teacher and gave her the above picture. She showed the picture to the whole class and now everyone seems cool with Philips long hair. One boy even said he knows Jackie Chan.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Philip had his first hour of the first grade today. He was so afraid, he was crying this morning. That didn't last. He quickly realized he was one of the "big kids". He now has some confidence he can handle the work. He left the first grade so defeated and sure he just could not learn. Now he has learned...and the journey begins!
Friday, September 22, 2006
This morning Philip was eating a cinnamon raisin bagel. I told him he could eat it with butter or peanut butter. He insisted on eating it with a fine French cream cheese that had herbs in it, and boloney. I said "behold the new iron chief". Nicole said "he has gone where no taste buds have gone before". What do you know, he liked it! He added a warm hot chocolate as a desert. Voila'! An almost 8 year old boy’s dream breakfast. Philip said "taste like chicken"!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Hi, I put the funny videos on my site for my kids. I don't really want them watching U-tube because there is allot of junk on it. We don't have any adoption news right now. Our papers are still in
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Hi, I have jet lag still! I think Thomas has it too. Philip put a piece of Lego away in the toy box, and Thomas fell apart. He cried uncontrollably for 5 mins about this Lego. I think he is just tired. I know I am!
Before we went to
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Hi, I slept well. I can actually think a bit. The kids are off to school! Jessica handed me her cloths this morning (an hour and a half to early). She was very excited to return to school. I can't wait to hear what she writes about her trip. I wanted to write down a few last thoughts about the trip before I forget them. First I want to say something about our last full day in
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
There is a saying, "Everything in
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Day 12: Today is our last full day. We are all trying to pack as much as we can into this day. We could easily use another week (or month) of vacation. This place is WONDERFUL!!! Here are a few pictures from the day. I had Thai silk shirts made for the boys. They are so good looking!!!The shirts are nice too! Nicole and Juergen rode a jet ski again. We went shopping and swimming. I guess our Thai cooking class is tomorrow morning. We leave at 5pm for Bangkok. Our flight leaves at 11pm. Jessica managed to break her portable DVD player. Juergen and I both have laptop computers with DVD players. Juergen thought it was crazy for us to bring two computers, but it looks like we will need them. I will post when we get home. Until then, thank you for following our trip, and thank you very much for your prayers. Please remember Jessica. Please pray for her, that she sleeps well on the flight! Thank you very much!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Day 11: Today we are taking it easy. We slept in, and then spent some time at the pool. Nicole rode a horse on the beach. Juergen took the kids to eat lunch at the mall. Then they went toy shopping. Jessica took a long nap. I read. It is suppose to rain this afternoon. Nicole and I have a reservation for a Thai cooking class tomorrow. We are preparing ourselves to return home on Friday. Thomas is beginning to act up again. I thought about this all night. I finally realized the “why”. Yesterday I began to talk to the kids about our return home. I wanted them to get ready for the trip home. This thought of change was (I think) the button that triggered Thomas’s insecurity. He does not handle change well! He begins to act like a circus performer who does a stunt, then says “Ta Da”!!! Every time Thomas does something, he strikes a pose and even says “Ta Da”!!! He wants us to watch him, so he even acts badly to shock us, anything for attention. He doesn’t often act like this at home. He stopped acting like this a few days after we were here in HuaHin. I am thinking it is transition that triggers this acting up! Maybe some of you who have adopted older kids might be able to give me some insight? I can imagine change is scary for someone who has never had safety or security. He has never done well without clear boundaries. Again we need grace and wisdom to help us through the coming days! You can not imagine what a great kid Thomas can be, and how bad he can also be. Security seems to be the difference, Security is everything! He has to be feeling really mixed up inside. He has had such a great time, but it’s almost time to go home! I remember when Nicole was 3 years old. When the party was over, she would cry uncontrollably. Sometimes I think Thomas is only 3 years old emotionally. He just turned 9 years old, so his behavior doesn’t come across so well! Still, a person needs the chance to grow up. There are gaps in his development. I’m not really sure there is anything we can do to speed up the process…we just need to be here to help.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Our next stop was a cave (Dao cave). It was Juergens turn to stay with Jessica. I hiked up the wet and uneven steps to this very stinky cave (it smelled like mold and bat droppings). They had a few Buddha’s in the cave. If I was Buddha, I wouldn’t want to live in that dark and moldy place. I got a few pictures of the cave. It was pretty cool to look at! The boys liked to flash the light on the bats.
Finally we were taken to a resturant in the middle of knowhere for some pretty good Thai food. The chicken soup was extra tasty. Nicole and I would love to return to this place for a cooking class (they offer a class). We only have a few days here, so I’m not sure if it will work out. We will see! Today was our first rainy day. We had booked a trip to the jungle, South West of Hua Hin, only 10 miles from the border of Burma/Miramar. The van ride was very interesting. We past the Dole pineapple fields, and sugarcane fields, and bananas. We stopped at a new Buddhist temple, opened only two years ago. It had a giant statue of a famous monk from Thailand (don’t ask me his name). This statue was the size of a mountain. Then we went to Huay Yang waterfall in the Khao Sam Roi Yot national park. This is the largest national park in Thailand. It has wild elephants and monkeys (the animals hide during the day so we didn’t see any wild elephants). It was still raining when we arrived. Jessica had no interest in going for a wet jungle hike. I had the wrong shoes, so I waited with her while the others went for the hike. They got pretty wet, but came back with great pictures, and great stories of the jungle adventure! While I waited with Jessica in a hut next to the rushing river, I saw dozens of different trees, and flowers. There were strange looking birds, and large blue black butterflies. The crickets were louder then the river. Nicole told me later that the crickets in the jungle were as loud as an approaching train. I wondered what beautiful flowers where hidden in this thick jungle never see by people. It made me think of the millions of orphans hidden away in children’s homes all over the world. They will never know the love of a family. Their gifts and talents will go undeveloped .Their beauty will remain hidden.