Does it look like I have lost weight?
….and gotten grayer?
It has been a crazy, busy month!
Let me back up. Last fall, we enrolled our girls in Beginning Ballet at the Glory Academy of Fine Arts dance studio. While the girls have been learning ballet and preparing for the end of year recital, I have also been learning things. I have learned a lot over the past several months regarding growing out bangs, pinning not so long hair up into a bun, etc. I have not been allowed to sit in on any of the girls’ dance class, so I really didn’t know what they were learning. Oh, occasionally one of the girls would show us a dance movement at home, but they were pretty hush-hush about “The Production.”
Right after Christmas, the each girl in the dance academy was asked to write a letter or prayer to God. What happened to those letters was truly amazing.
The letters/prayers were used to inspire the choreography, music choice, and artistic design of “The Production.”
Last week was the “Tech” week. Though my girls have been in dance classes before, I had not experienced a more professional one. There was dress rehearsal each night before “The Production.” I’m talking complete costume, make-up, and hair. We (moms) were given a very detailed description of exactly what make-up and hair style our girls were to wear.
It was a long week!
But we got through it!
I was really excited to see how all of the “Letters to God” would come together.
It was AMAZING! I am so proud of my girls and all of the girls in her class. I don’t know if they will continue with dance class next year, but if they do it will be with GAFA.
Yesterday Captain Daddy called during the middle of school. He wanted to know if we had too much going on. You see, the weather was perfect……and the tide was lowering…He wanted to know if we wanted to go to the beach.
Being the rigid school Ma’arm that I am,
I dropped everything and grabbed the beach bag!
Let’s just call it a “field trip”, shall we?
A lesson in the observation of the tidal cycle…
from atop a boogie board…
and the contact of the waves…
and just the joy….
and the wonder of it all!
Way back when, I started following a blog of a family at Cornbread & Chopsticks. I don’t recall how I found the blog or how my sweet friend Annie found my blog, but we did. Annie and I really bonded when I feel in love with a sweet little girl that needed a family. Annie and I started advocating for this precious child in hopes that a family would come across our blogs and find their child. I don’t know if our advocating led a family to this child, but it definitely led Annie into becoming champion advocate and a voice for those that have none.
Well God has been doing some amazing things in Annie’s life! Annie recently announced that she and her family are adopting again! Isn’t that wonderful? Her daughter “XM” is beautiful and I am so happy for Annie and her family!
I also know what a challenge adopting a child can be. It is not for the faint of heart or for those that don’t like paperwork! On top of all that are the fees and costs associated with the adoption process. I know that most families that want to adopt do not have money laying around or growing on a tree in their backyard! (I wish I had a money tree!)
I also know that God wants us, as believers, to do what we can to help orphans. There are many ways to help. But today is your lucky day! Here are some easy opportunities for you to help this precious child, XM, to join her family!!
First, y’all know that Mother’s Day is coming up soon. You didn’t? Well, I am glad that I have informed you! Now thank me by going on over to Be A Voice. The folks over at Be A Voice are having a fundraiser to help Annie and her family in their adoption endeavor. Be A Voice sells beautiful adoption/family jewelry, such as this lovely bracelet for ONLY $20!:
They are offering, for a limited time only (until May 4th), to donate the entire purchase amount to Annie! There are some other lovely pieces such as this family pin:
There are several other pieces that would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift (HINT HINT HINT). In fact, I ordered my own Mother’s Day bracelet just so I could help Annie and because I wanted it:). Definitely a win/win relationship.
Secondly, if you have already bought your Mother’s Day gift, you can help by “chipping in” on Annie’s blog site. There is a “Donate” button on the upper right side of her blog.
And third, you can pray for Annie and her family, and XM. They can use prayer for financial provision, the process to go smoothly, for XM to be prepared to join the family, for XM to know and feel their love, for bonding, for every aspect of this process. Yes, prayer does move mountains.
So, go shopping at Be A voice and get your Mother’s Day gift without having to leave your home!
Beach Mama and this is my blog. Well, I call it a blog though it has been so long since I posted, that it should be called a blog-less. I thought I should introduce myself and my blog since it has been a while, and you have probably forgotten about me.
It has been a very busy, and somewhat complicated winter. So, I’ll just do a quick re-cap of the past few months to bring y’all up to speed…
We celebrated Godzilla’s 13th birthday. He is officially a teenager y’all! Not to mention that he now surpasses his Mama in height (when did that happen???). He wanted a “Yin/Yang” cake for his birthday..and this is what he got..
..and all from scratch I might add.
Next, we celebrated Big Tuna’s 20th birthday...
…with a “pink” (strawberry) cake. It is what he wanted, and it is quite often requested by all around here.
Then there was my birthday, and most recently Captain Daddy’s birthday. We won’t go into the specifics as they were very low-key.
This has been a rather mild winter. So mild, in fact, we had some great beach days…
And finding beauty around us.
I wonder what he is thinking?
I have also discovered a lot of “random” photos on my camera taken by a “guest” photographer…
..including incriminating self-portraits.
(Who has been into Mama’s make-up?)
There also has been some play dates with friends.
I am looking forward to Spring.
I need renewal.
What a busy weekend! Oyster roast, Winter Jam, Super Bowl XLVI, and the Lantern Festival. But the BEST part actually started a few weeks ago.
I began to notice a change. A change in the girls’ attitudes towards each other. Don’t get me wrong. They get along as well as any other siblings, but being so close in age, and being together all day everyday (for the most part), well can make for some attitudes. The Queen always wanted to be A-L-O-N-E, which made me cringe when imagining what a teenage version of The Queen was going to be like. The girls were being kinder towards each other. They were playing together more often and being kinder to each other. I noticed this change and even commented to them how happy it made my heart.
Then a few weeks ago, I was checking over The Queen’s school work. Her curriculum is pretty much self-directed with assistance from me. She reads her lessons and works through them and I help with key concepts and any questions she may have. Her Social Studies lesson had been going over the church, pastors, etc. As I looked over her lesson, it was about The Bible. Specifically it was teaching about salvation and even asked the question, “Have you asked Jesus into your heart?” This has also been something that we have been talking a lot about in her Sunday school class (grades 1st – 5th) as the timeline is of John the Baptist and Jesus beginning his ministry. I made a mental note to myself to go over the lesson with her again the next day.
The next day when it came time for the Social Studies lesson, I sat down with her and The Princess. I read the lesson to her and when I came to the question, “Have you asked Jesus into your heart?”, she immediately replied, “Yes.” The Princess said, “So did I!” I began questioning both of them about when and how and if they knew what it all meant. They were both adamant that they had done it and seem to respond appropriately to my questions.
Later that evening I told the news to Captain Daddy and asked him if he would talk with them. Again, they both said they had asked Jesus into their hearts, and responded appropriately to his questions. I (we) just wanted to make sure. I do believe that they did ask Jesus into their hearts.
We told them that the next thing they should do is to be baptized. Our church does not have a baptistery and usually our baptisms are held in the summer at a church members swimming pool. However, as only God can do things, our pastor and a pastor of a local church had been talking and the other pastor had offered to let our church use their baptistery for our next baptism!
So yesterday, February 5, 2012, on Super Bowl Sunday…
our two beautiful daughters became citizens of the Kingdom of God…
and the extra, extra special part….
was that Captain Daddy was allowed to baptize them!
Of course I didn’t remember that the camera could take video until after The Princess had been baptized. I wanted a “do over”, but didn’t get the chance. I didn’t think it would hurt if The Princess got “double-dipped'” :) In fact, she probably needs it!
Yes, God has a plan for both of these precious girls.
But He also has His work cut out for Him:).
Happy Year of the Dragon! This year I asked to share Chinese New Year with our homeschool co-op.
As usual, I went over the top. It is not often that I get to share things that we have from China, so I took the opportunity yesterday!
Toys, books, videos…
…display board, goodie bags, dragon mask/crown craft…
We chased away Nien by stomping on bubble wrap and making lots of noise!
Followed by auspicious foods of orange slices (good fortune), goldfish crackers (prosperity), vanilla wafers (wealth), and M&M’s (happiness for Moms)!
Wishing y’all health, happiness, and good fortune in the Year of the Dragon!
Happy 2012 y’all! I’ve decided to take a highlight tour of 2011. I am not ready to assess the year, just to look back on the highlights. I do plan to assess our school year, as I am feeling need of some changes. But for now here is how it was:
Happy New Year 2011!
We are oh so grateful that the cold doesn’t last but for a few days!
We celebrated Godzilla’s 12th birthday with the “Jaws Skateboard Cake.”
Lots of celebration in February!
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
We welcomed in the Year of the Rabbit.
Our little Empresses!
Second, we celebrated Big Tuna’s 19th birthday with my amazing :) 16-layer, Fiery, Power Ranger Cake!
March was a little quieter; however, there was a birthday.
Happy Birthday Captain Daddy!
April 15th brought an end to Tax-Season!!!
And Easter-egg hunting!
We journeyed to Washington D.C. on an extended “fieldtrip.”
We said goodbye to our 16-year old dog, Coco.
June brought the end of our second year of homeschooling.
Big Tuna completed his first year in college.
And a “Gotcha” Day celebration with The Princess.
The month turned to sadness as my sweet MIL, Marie, passed away.
She was greatly loved, and is terribly missed.
Some “normalness” returned as we started off a new school year.
See how happy we are?
Very funny, Godzilla!
Celebrated The Queen’s 7th birthday with a Pony Party!
Captain Daddy and I celebrated 22 years of marriage;
Our fishing trip to Harkers Island;
And Trick-or-Treating with a Mermaid Princess, a Ladybug, and Godzilla as Big Tuna.
The Princess lost her first tooth!
The month began as we celebrated The Princess’ 6th birthday…
with pierced ears,
and a Diva Party!
Still enjoying beach weather…
We are looking forward to the New Year, and thanking God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on us this past year.