Thursday, September 24, 2009

Prayer Request

I would like to ask for your prayers for a sweet family I know. They are a young family with 3 children (ages 8 yo, 4 yo, 9 mos). They are expecting identical twins in February. The twins share the same placenta, but each have their own sac. This can cause a problem referred to as Twin to Twin Transfusion. In this situation, the twins share the food supply - one twin usually receives most of the nutrition and the other doesn't. This can result in some serious complications. It was discovered that one twin had considerable less amniotic fluid around it than the other. This can indicate the beginning stages of the Twin to Twin Transfusion (TTT). From monitoring the situation it seems things have not improved and have gotten worse. The family may have to travel to another state to have surgery on the twins to correct the situation, which in itself is risky.
Please include this family in your prayers as things unfold and decisions have to be made.
Thank you.

Friday, September 18, 2009

How (Not) To Spend Your Friday Afternoon

It has been fairly busy here at the sandcastle. Big Tuna and Godzilla attend public school; The Princess attends preK 3 mornings/week; and I homeschool The Queen. You can rest assured that when Friday rolls around you can sometimes hear a sigh of relief in my voice.
We have also had an unusual year weather-wise. We just went through one of the coldest winters; very mild spring and summer. We actually had a change in seasons. Global warming ain't happening in southeastern NC! Last week we had the weirdest weather in that about 10 inches of rain fell on our small town. In fact it was almost localized within a small radius that included our house! It was a s though a hole opened in the sky and the faucet was turned on us. Weird indeed.
Anyway, to get back on topic. They actually do come together. Today after getting through lessons and picking up The Princess, I was ready to sit back a spell and relax. The girls wanted lunch and I went in the kitchen to fix their food. As I am heating up the soup and staring at the wall over my stove I see specks that look as though they are moving. Now, I really do need a new pair of glasses and sometimes what I see isn't what I see. Upon closer inspection I see black specks moving on other walls. I start looking in the cabinets. Ants. I do hate ants. They were everywhere. I guess because of our water-logged soil they decided to move into the house and higher ground. Not only were they crawling on things, but they were in things as well (syrup).
I started having flashbacks to the "Exploding Prune Juice Bottle Incident of 2004" when my beloved Father-in-law (God rest his soul) left an opened bottle of prune juice on the counter for a week and a half. To quote my FIL, "I ain't never seen anything like that!" That incident also occurred on a Friday afternoon. No, this wasn't on my list of "things to do" no matter how far down the list I went. There are lots of "things" that need to be done, but this wasn't to be found on my list. I knew what had to be done. I also know why things like this happen. Things like this happen so you will clean out those cupboards and throw away all of those spices and stuff that you have had since the beginning of time and will never use. It's like hurricanes. They happen so you will clean out your refrigerator.
I spent all afternoon cleaning out cupboards, washing down the cupboards, which them turned to pulling out the stove to clean under and behind it; which then lead to completely deconstructing the kitchen. I just better not see an ant in the morning!
Even though we have had a mild late summer; I'm afraid that a freak hurricane will head our way. "Why", you ask? My refrigerator needs to be cleaned out.
Now this post is interrupted for some things of interest and cuteness.
Godzilla has been on a creative streak in drawing dragons. Lots of mutant dragons, actually. We have also started cleaning his room. This means he has found things he hasn't seen in years. He's back to building Bionicles. Again, the "off-species" variety.

Not sure what this guy's name is.

Ok, this is Rocker. His only job is to move rocks.

Now for some cuteness.

Don't you just love how The Queen can multi-task? She can play a computer game, cuddle her nai-nai (blanket), and such her thumb all at the same time. She told me that she wasn't sucking her thumb. Big girls of 5 years old don't suck their thumb. And she is a big girl.
BTW, has anyone heard the weather forecast lately?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy 5th Birthday to The Queen!

We celebrated The Queen's 5th birthday last week. Come join the celebration!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Ten Commandments According to Obama

WARNING! The following is a political point of view. Turn away now if you are easily offended.
The Ten Commandments According to Obama
I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.)
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore.
III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama.
IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money.
VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you've been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives.
IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian.
X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet.
After observing Obama on the campaign trail and during his first six months in office, the Patriot Update has concluded that our President lives and governs according to his own set of “Ten Commandments.” They’re certainly NOT the Ten Commandments you learned in Sunday School. In fact, many are the direct opposite! To prove that their conclusions are correct, you will find a link to source documentation for each commandment on the Patriot Update web site.

Friday, September 11, 2009

911 Aerial Photos

In honor of those who gave their all and to all who gave. Click it to full screen for viewing.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Prayer Request

These two precious girls are the daughters of my friend, Sonia. Claire is the cutie in the forefront, and Delaney is the cutie in the back. Sonia and I met via our adoption agency's group list back in 2007 when she and her husband were in the process of adopting Claire, and we were in the process of adopting The Princess. Sonia is also my sister in Christ and I love her and her sweet family. Today Sonia has requested prayers for her and her family and I would like to extend the request to those of you that may frequent my blog. You can read more about this family at Choose Ye This Day and on their CaringBridge page. Claire will be undergoing her second heart surgery on September 17th. This precious child is truly a MIRACLE. She has a severe heart condition, which I can't even begin to explain. Regardless, the surgery will be complex and the family has some specific prayer requests for those who will take the time to pray for them over the next few weeks/months:
*Claire - her health, her fear, for this not set them back too very far in the area of attachment, and for healing.
*Delaney - that she will feel secure and not abandoned.
*Sonia & Johnny - strength (spiritual, emotional, physical), financially
*God alone is the Healer and we know that. But please also pray for the doctors, nurses, therapists who care for Claire. Pray for wisdom and for their hands to be guided by His power in her healing.

Thank you to all that join me in prayer for this child and her family.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Week of Learning

Several years ago there was a popular poem/book titled:

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

We have had a full week of homeschool plus a field trip on Saturday with Godzilla's science teacher.

Here are some things I/we have learned this week:

  • Give the Princess a pair of scissors and she will cut a piece of paper to confetti.
  • I actually enjoy homeschooling (so far:))
  • The girls are actually retaining the information I am teaching to them.
  • The Queen is smart and I may not be able to keep up with her.
  • The Queen may be teaching me before it is over with:).

  • The Golden Silk Spider has some of the strongest web silk. In the tropics, fisherman used to use the webs for nets. No kidding, if you pluck the silk, it sounds like a guitar string (and doesn't break).
  • The female Golden Silk Spider grows to be very, very big!

  • The best part of a nature hike is the snacks that you eat.

  • The female Wolf Spider can carry a lot of babies on its back.

  • A Dung Beetle uses its back legs to roll the dung ball. How does it know where it is going?

    And closer to home,

  • Each cedar shingle goes through a 4-step process before being ready to use on the house. (dipped in primer, hung to dry, dipped in paint, and hung to dry.)
  • We can hang 75-80 shingles per line in our Garage Mahal.
  • We can hang 8 lines of shingles, or about 640 shingles at one time.
  • It takes 3 of us 2 hours to dip and hang 8 lines of shingles.
  • It takes 6 of us 3 hours to dip and hang 8 lines of shingles:).

And out of the mouths of babes:

Words of wisdom as spoken to the Queen by Big Tuna:

  • It's not nice to boss people around and tell them what to do.
  • NO Barney!

And the ultimate words of wisdom from The Queen:

  • You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit!

And finally, when it rains it pours. (This is my half-flooded yard.)

The news this week of the death of Lavender Banks has saddened me. I feel like I have cried buckets of tears for this precious child. Lavender's adoptive mother was a woman the Chinese adoption community fought for when the CCAA said she could not adopt Lavender (they had approved the adoption but then rescinded her referral after they learned she was an African-American woman). The CCAA eventually reversed their decision, but a very good adoption agency in Tennessee had their China waiting child program pulled from them by the CCAA in retaliation for fighting for their client, Lavender's adoptive mom. As more
details emerge about Lavender's adoptive mother, the situation gets harder and harder to bear.

God's peace and love be with you Lavender. You are missed and mourned by many.