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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A public Thank You!!!!!

I want to thank Ms. Mary over at for not only sending me pictures of our sweet baby girl but also hugging her and getting us information. This is the most wonderful holiday gift and we are so blessed to have met such a generous women. Mary is in China picking up her BEAUTIFUL daughter Lydia. Go over and check out her wonderful family. She also has another daughter ,Gwen who is equally gorgeous, who is traveling with them- what an amazing family!!!! So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts Mary- you've helped make this roller coaster ride so much more tolerable. Safe travels home.

Works For Me Wednesday.....

Wow, I haven't done one of these in a long time! Actually, I realize way too late (usually Thursday!) that I forgot to post- so finally here we go!

Part of our Thanksgiving turkey eating is making turkey soup Friday morning. I love the way it makes the house smell like Thanksgiving all over again. Part of the problem is the soup is too hot for the little ones at lunch time. While the soup is simmering and just about done I fill extra ice cube trays with the broth and freeze them- that way when we heat up the soup for lunch I can pop a couple of "soup cubes" in the boys bowls so the soup cools down but does not lose the flavor! Also, we have a bunch of different ways to eat the soup in this family and to keep me sane here is another of my boys prefers noodles in his soup while the 2 of us want rice and the big extras please! So I boil up some noodles, cook the rice and keep them in separate containers when reheating the soup I put the desired extras in the bowl and let the soup (once hot) reheat the rice/ for us!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,Transforming the yard to a winter delight.The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then thesure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,And I crept to the door just to see who was near.Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child."What are you doing?" I asked without fear,"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..To the window that danced with a warm fire's lightThen he sighed and he said "Its really all right,I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.""It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,That separates you from the darkest of times.No one had to ask or beg or implore me,I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',And now it is my turn and so, here I am.I've not seen my own son in more than a while,But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,The red, white, and blue... an American flag.I can live through the cold and the being alone,Away from my family, my house and my home.I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.I can carry the weight of killing another,Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..Who stand at the front against any and all,To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.""So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.""But isn't there something I can do, at the least,"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?It seems all too little for all that you've done,For being away from your wife and your son."Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,To stand your own watch, no matter how long.For when we come home, either standing or dead,To know you remember we fought and we bled.Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Friday, November 24, 2006

New Pictures of our Baby Girl!!!!!

What a gift! The kindest women, the most generous women is over in Nanjing picking up her daughter and she took the time to see our Cai Wei- she held her, talked to her and found out bits and pieces about her.....she's smart and quite talkative and she loves to mimic! She should do well in this clan! We are over the moon- what a gift!!!!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006


It is with great pride and joy that I announce our daughter Cao Cai Wei! She is waiting for us in Jiangsu Province Nanjing SWI. She was born on July 8th 2005. We are working as quickly as possible to bring her home and are just a few pieces of paper away! We have so much to be Thankful for this holiday season!!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Where is my PA? I feel like a 3 year old asking for candy!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Are you serious?

This is our first holiday season down south and I'm telling you I am having trouble getting in the holiday mood while still in shorts. I'm originally from NY and by now it is cold- coats on waiting for the snow cold. I just realized I have 2 weeks until Turkey day and 3 weeks until Jr. Spaceman's 6th birthday which in turn reminds me.......a little over a month until Christmas.....I'VE DONE NOTHING! I think I need to come up with a name for my new is something like jet lag and seasonal affective disorder combined.....or is it just denial?.....I'll get back to you!

****back to the insurance husband (God love him) took matters into his own hands- got the papers signed and now nasty lady and nasty lady's boss are very very angry (didn't like the "tone" of his which I say: use a different voice while reading then).......which in the military is NOT a good thing.....luckily my husband is liked in his squadron so enough people (and rank) are backing him on this one......phew!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Out of the mouths of babes......

Today we ventured out onto the Air Force Base.....had to get Jr. Spaceman's TB test and get our proof of insurance....seems like 2 very easy tasks to me....I figured I'd be home in time to watch Oprah! NOOOOOOOOO. The first I'll admit TOTALLY my fault- can't have a PPD done today because Friday is a down day and the lab will not be open to read the results. Yup, I goofed- I should have remembered it was veterans day and nothing would be open on base. Easy- no problem, I'll go back next week.

So I walk on over (2 kids in tow) to the Tricare office (our insurance)......"Hi, my name is M. and my husband and I are adopting a little girl from China. Our agency needs proof that we are insured by Tricare and in the event of a successful adoption our daughter will be covered too".....
Nasty lady: "I'm not signing anything". seriously that is what she said.
Me: well, why not?
Nasty lady: because I'm not allowed to. My boss says so. (I swear, I couldn't make this stuff up)
Me: Okay, then can I speak to your boss?
Nasty Lady: Well, you'll have to wait, I'm in the middle of something else right now".
Me: oooooookaaaaay.
Nasty Lady's boss: well, I'm going to tell you the same thing she told you.
and trust me this goes on and on and on.

I nearly lost my mind- I pulled the "it is the law" thing.....they know that by the way. I used tears.....didn't budge them......I pulled out pictures....heartless drones barely even looked. So we left with promise to be back tomorrow.-

we get home and my 5 year old says to me "Mama, don't worry about them- they are just chicken lickers anyway"!!!!!! So true Jr. Spaceman!

I'm calling my agency tomorrow and will see if they will accept a print off of the website that clearly states they WILL cover an adopted child- amazing.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Your civic duty.......

It is important that we remember to exercise our right to vote today. If you do not vote I truly believe it is a slap in the face of those that came before us who did not have this right- who gave their life for this right.........make a difference- VOTE!

Monday, November 06, 2006


If you do not follow Lisa over at go check out their BEAUTIFUL new daughter! She is so sweet and has the cutest name to match the cutest face! Congratulations to Lisa and Eammon- you've waited long enough to grow your family.......I can't wait to watch as you travel to get her!!!! Here's to a speedy TA!