Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Got Her" Day

As most of you know, our sweet Marymae is adopted. In adoptive families, we celebrate two birthdays sometimes. One is the child's original birthdate, the other is the date the child was "born" into your hearts. If is referred to as "Got Her" Day. November 12th is Marymae's "Got Her" Day. Although we don't celebrate it like some families do, I always remember the first time I met her and how I immediately fell in love with this baby girl. I had to have her and couldn't leave her side until I was able to put her in my car and take her home. We counted the months down (six) until her adoption was final. She was 8 and a half months old when we got her. Our family and friends accepted her as if she had always been with us. In fact, she is so much a part of our family that I often forget she is adopted. She helped soften the voice of sorrow in our lives and made Thanksgiving of 2004 one of enlightenment and awe. She is a very real part of God's perfect plan and I am so thankful that God chose us to be a part of it. The cycle of poverty, addiction, abuse, and prostitution has been broken for her. God chose to use us in His plan--I am not worthy of being her mother, but I know God thinks I am. He will enable me to parent her. As November closes this year just like in 2004, I am counting my blessings. But, I'm really counting the one of this sweet baby girl who has overcome so much already and who God placed in our hands to help her finish the journey of pursuit of our Lord.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm so thankful for these babies!

God has been so good to me. Aren't they just precious? I love them so much and am so thankful for them.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Check this guy out

Some friends of ours called the other day and wanted us to come out and check out this spider. Isn't she lovely? I say "she" because of the egg sack behind her. She is a banana spider; some people call them garden spiders or even signature spiders because of the line of thick web they put in the middle of their web. They are very beneficial and eat tons of harmful insects. We enjoyed our trip to go see her; we didn't catch her and pin her because spiders don't pin well. They decompose differently than insects and don't look good after pinning.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Name that photo!

How about a little friendly contest--name that photo contest. I snapped the above pic of Benjamin the other day and I think it's hysterical, but I cannot figure out what he's doing!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lots of men in a little booth

Have you ever seen so many grown men stuffed into such a little booth? We went to this restuarant with some church friends and the women got this big table all to ourselves and the husbands got this corner booth---they were real cozy. I had to take a picture because they looked quite stuffed.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Benjamin is tongue tied!

Jerry and I discovered that Benjamin is tongue tied. Pardon the biscuit in his mouth, but if you look closely, you can see the thing under his tongue extends all the way to the end of his tongue. We never noticed it before. Also, he can't stick his tongue out to a point. It makes a heart shape when he tries to stick his tongue out. Who knew? Apparently, tongue tie is hereditary but we don't know who in our families have it and there are different degrees of tongue tie. Some are so bad the baby can't even nurse without getting his tongue clipped. Now, we know Benjamin doesn't have that problem, but he could have speech trouble later on. We're just going to watch and see what happens as he gets older. There is a little procedure the doctor does that clips that thing under the tongue so that it doesn't restrict movement so much. As for now, we think it's kinda cute. It hasn't affected his speech that we know of yet, but he's not really saying "hard" words.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Such a good big brother

Allen is a great guy. He's always willing to take Benjamin and let him experience fun things. He takes him up in the tubes at McDonald's and shows him lizards and bugs outside. This particular trip, he took Benjamin up on top of a playhouse at the museum. It was so cute.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Benjamin's first date

Aren't they so cute? At the science museum, they had these little tables and chairs--perfect size for toddlers. Benjamin and a little girl friend climbed up there and played some checkers. So cute!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Long sleeved shorts?

I was dressing Marymae today; we had a little front move through last night so it was kinda chilly. I told her we had to put a long sleeved shirt on her because it was cool outside. Then, I proceeded to put jeans on her. While I was getting her to step into them, she said, "Oh, I have to wear long sleeved shorts, too?". Hee Hee. Yep, long sleeved shorts. Love it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Big Tree

The Big Tree is 35 and a half feet in circumference.
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More posing, see previous post.

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I took these pictures with my phone.

Well, I lost my cell phone. I mean, really lost it--like I have NO idea where I even lost it--gone, nothing, vanished. So, I got a new phone and got it in last Friday. It takes a micro SD card and I can take pictures on my phone and upload them to the computer just like my camera does except the phone is only a 1.2 megapixel. Well, I forgot to take my camera today, so I just used my phone to take the Rockport pics. They aren't bad. My phone is a good backup plan. Marymae was more than happy to pose for me to get used to my new camera, I mean phone.
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Can't we classify this a field trip?

Talk about your history lesson. We read lots of historical markers today and saw lots of Rockport history. It's probably history that no one really cares about, but Allen knows more about Rockport history than he'd care to know. Do you know who Mr. Burhl is in Rockport? Allen does.

I had to get school in, but I also wanted to meet my friend Roxi, so we figured out a way to do school and have lunch with a friend. Works for me!
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Windmill in a tree

During the 1919 hurrican that hit Rockport, this windmill blade was blown into the top of this oak. It is embedded in the branches of the tree. This tree stands in someone's front yard in Rockport. Cool, huh? I'd kinda like to buy that house. I mean, how many people can say they live in the house with the tall oak with the windmill blade in it?
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Marymae and Benjamin "climb" too

Just the roots of this tree were enough climbing for Marymae and Benjamin. They "climbed" up the trunk area and sat down for a picture.
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Allen is a tree hugger.

Allen climbed up in one of the trees on Goose Island, not the Big Tree, but ones we were able to get to (Big Tree was fenced in so you couldn't touch it or climb it like Allen wanted to do).
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BIG tree!

Allen, Marymae, Benjamin and I traveled to Rockport today to meet Aunt Roxi for lunch. We decided to see some sights and one of them we chose was Big Tree. This tree is on Goose Island and is over 1,000 years old. Crazy, huh? It was massive as you can see how it dwarfs Allen and Marymae.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Corn Maze

Last Saturday we went to a corn maze outside of Halletsville. We chaperoned the youth group from church with Greg, our youth minister. It was a great trip. It took forever to get there and back, but I think it was well worth it. The had a maze made out of a corn field. Actually, several mazes were in this huge field. They had a huge slide to go down. They had a barrell train, a hayride, corn cannon, another slide made from black pipe, a mini maze made of hay rounds, a flower garden and butterfly catching area. I loved it.

Look at Benjamin's face on this slide. He wasn't so sure about it. Poor baby.
Marymae had a ball. This was right up her alley.

This slide was made of black pipe and you bumped your butt all the way down it.

This is the youth group. This bridge was in the middle of the corn maze.

Allen brought a friend, Luke, to the maze. If they brought a friend, they got to get in free. We had a good time.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

We really did go to the pumpkin patch before Halloween, but....

I just can't post in a timely manner these days. I'm running about a week or so behind in all my posts. Seems like I just can't take the time to load pictures to my computer so quickly after I take them. We did go to the pumpkin patch before Halloween; I just haven't posted the pictures yet. As you can see, Allen made his pumpkin into an AK47--boys will be boys. Benjamin acted like the sweet little pumpkin he is. Harley came over for the day and she Marymae posed with their hands in their back pockets. I'm not sure what the novelty was in that, but they wanted their picture taken that way so I obliged. They are so sweet. I love the contrast in their hair--orange and white. We bought our pumpkins and then Halloween night we made dinner IN a pumpkin. My sister's blog has the actual pictures of that yummy meal. She found the idea and she made the meat mixture that went inside. We all had dinner together and took the kids trick or treating. It was a nice, relaxing night--we're hoping it becomes a Halloween tradition for us.

Monday, November 3, 2008

High Aspirations

He just knew he could make a basket. I felt so sorry for him, but he didn't seem to care that every time he threw the ball, it didn't go very far. Sweet baby. He would just throw it and clap for himself and do it all over again.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bubba made me a mohawk!

Allen bathed Benjamin for me and made his hair stand up like this! Hee Hee. I love it.