Thursday, December 29, 2011
I know I have gushed about my husband a lot on here but I can't help it. I love this man so dearly. Tomorrow is his 35th birthday. He has always gotten overlooked on his birthday because it is right after Christmas so I always try and make it extra special. Well tomorrow I'm taking him away overnight to the laguna cliffs Mariott in Dana Point. I will make him the traditional cinnamon muffins in the morning and he will eat on the famous you are special plate. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know all about the traditional breakfast we have on birthdays :) I look forward to celebrating this wonderful man. We have been enjoying playing with our christmas goodies. I got an I phone and a I pad for Christmas and I'm already addicted to word with friends. It's a game like scrabble and some people cheat and use the dictionary(you know who you are lol) the boys have been enjoying learning how to shoot there new bb gun with dad and playing with thier new Lego set. Legos are huge this year in our house and I'm so happy to be hearing about something other than Star Wars. Hannah has very much enjoyed her babies and doll stuff. I love playing dress up with the dolls too sooooo fun. It has been a great week.
Monday, December 26, 2011
This Christmas was so wonderful. It only happens once every seven years or so that Christmas lands on Sunday and it was so great to be at Church on Christmas Day. We always go to Christmas Eve Service which I Love but there was something special about being at Church on Christmas. The Service was beautiful and I just Love being around our precious church family that we adore so much. Jason was saying how this year felt so much more relaxed and not rushed or stressful and I couldn't have agreed more. We are so thankful for the precious gift of Jesus. Christmas eve was spent hanging out as a family. One of our traditions we have on Christmas Eve is to read the Christmas Story and then open three gifts. The three gifts represent the three wise man and they are a practical, fun, and spiritual gift. They always get matching jammies as there practical gift, this year they got an odyssey drama for the spiritual gift, and the game quirrkel for the fun gift. After an evening at church and visits with family we tucked them in and got all the gift arranged under the tree. Noah really wanted to set up a video camera to see who really puts the presents under the tree. He is convinced that it is us. So Jason being the silly dad he is dressed up as Yoda and I video taped him putting the gifts under the tree. The boys thought it was hillarious as did I. It was a fun day full of fun surprises for all of us.
Friday, December 16, 2011
I have had such low energy lately and have desired to blog but it just wasn't happening. We have had a lot of fun things since my last post. The boys were in the Christmas musical through there homeschool program. Noah played one of the Angel Characters and Jonah played a star. I was proud of Noah for memorizing all his lines and remembering when to say them. They were both great. Jonah was so excited to finally have a turn to be on that stage. The following week Jason and I attended a formal ball entitled "King Of Kings" it was put on by my wonderful trainer and friend Dan and his wonderful wife Myrna. They wanted to have a night honoring the True king and share the real meaning of Christmas. They did it beautifully. I had never been to anything quite like it. It was at the most beautiful hotel, they had a full orchestra, beautiful music, and a wonderful message. Jason and I had a blast getting all dressed up and are still talking about what a great time we had. I recently got approved to go to UCLA for further testing. I will make an appointment in January after they reveiw my files. All of the doctors that i have seen so far agree that I have some form of a muscle wasting disease but are unclear as to what it is. They are hopeful that UCLA will have answers for me. I joke that they are going to name a disease after me. I see improvements from working with the trainer, some days are good and to be honest some days are just plain hard. This is mostly due to the fact that I just have little energy. I feel like I'm pregnant without any light at the end of the tunnel. I fight harder on those days to get my perspective in line with God's and he usually brings me right back to where I need to be. I have a daily reminder in my daughter of what he's capable of and that helps tremendously :) She encourages me to fight through it and to do what I need to do. We are loving the holidays and looking forward to celebrating his birth with family and friends.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
So after reading this post from Nester I decided to reveal some of my favorite things. I love seeing other peoples favorite things and it helps give me christmas giving ideas. After reading her post I really want to do a Favorite Things party!! Doesn't it sound SO FUN!?!? And what a fun way to have some girl time this holiday season and bless your friends with a few fun little gifts!!
I would love to hear your favorite things and know who is actually reading this little blog :)
If you do a Favorite Things post, please let me know! I love finding new favorites. :)
#1 I LOVE my Tom's they are so comftorable. I'm usually a flip flop girl and would wear flip flops all year. The doc said no bueno so I have been trying other shoes and these are my new faves I already want another pair in grey.
#2 My mom got me this devotional book called Jesus Calling a few months ago and I LOVE it. It speaks to me every morning and is filled with good scripture.
#3 I Love Happy Nails. I Love to get pedicures. I don't get there as often now as I would like but it is something I LOVE to do. I have tried lots of places and this place is clean and they always do a great job.
#4. Is my Canon SLR Camera. Got this for Christmas last year and it is awesome. I don’t know how to fully work it yet but I LOVE how I can capture my little girls smiles. She is fast and smiles for a millisecond for pics and with my point and shoot i would miss the shot. Worth every penny just for that.
#5. My last thing would be my DKNY perfume BE Delicious. It comes in this adorable bottle and smells so good. It is light and sweet and I love the smell. Hopefully others do too :)
There are so many other things I love but these are the things that come to mind at the moment. Ok now it’s your turn. what are your favorite things?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Boy oh Boy did I get behind on this blog. I guess you can tell we are back at home and back to busy life. We had an amazing time in hawaii. So blessed to have lots of rest and relaxation with my family. Something about being away that changes everyones moods especially in a beautiful place. Can't wait to go back someday. Here is a continuation of the things I'm thankful for.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So I wanted to join in and Praise God all month Long for the things I'm most thankful for. I'am behind so I will share two things in this post.
Monday, October 24, 2011
It has been way too long since my last post. So many great things to share. Our family got the privilege of attending a wonderful adoption conference called Together For Adoption this past weekend. It was held in Arizona. We drove out a couple days early and I got to spend time with a blogger friend Mary . It was a sweet visit that probably could of lasted for hours and hours. She is waiting for another little sweetie in China and you can pray her file gets expedited quickly. There was so much great stuff we took in from this conference and so many great people and stories. People are truly living out the Gospel and being Christ's hands and feet in this broken world it is just beautiful. One of the things that stood out to me the most was at Dennae Pierre's breakout session. She said "If we think that because we have adopted we have done our part or are doing are part to care for the orphan, we are wrong. They are no longer orphans. They were once orphans but are no more". I just LOVE that. It made me think and process other practical ways our family can be caring for orphans.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
I had one of those beautiful experiences this morning of God showing us how he is using us for his glory. This is always my biggest prayer that I would be used by him in ways that were glorifying him. Last February we did our first America World Adoption Seminar at our church. We had decided to sign on as associates to help spread the word about Gods design for adoption and share our Journey and the work the Lord did through our adoption of Hannah. I had decided to leave a few flyers out at the benches at WC Friday school incase anyone was interested in coming. After the seminar a couple who had picked up a flyer at WC came up to us and said they were so blessed by the seminar and that there hearts were open to adopting from China. We talked a bit and said we wanted to have them over for dinner. Months went by and at the end of school we found out that they had applied with an agency and were starting the process. We were thrilled for them. Over the summer I had thought of this couple often wondering how things were going. This morning I got the opportunity to catch up with my sweet friend Alexis. She told me that she was so blessed by our story and the ways God was already working in their journey. They had received a referral for a 7 year old beautiful girl with a heart condition. They decided to name her Melody yes you read that right Melody(down came the waterworks) They said they were beyond happy to be naming there child in our honor and that we played an instrumental role in God's adoption plan for their Melody. After bawling I hugged her and said how excited I was for them and Melody and this journey. Lord thank you for that special conversation this morning and for allowing me to see the ways you are using our family to Glorify your name. You are an amazing God and we constantly stand in awe of you. The Lord spoke to me through this conversation this morning. He reminded me that I'm so blessed to be his. That I just need to concentrate on the wonderful blessings and WAIT on him because he is doing a work in my life that is bigger than diagnoses and tests and diseases. If you would like to hear more of Alexis's story you can read it here http://www.melodyfromchina.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Favorite Photo Friday~
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Many of you already know that I homeschool my blessings. Well I kinda do anyway. They really only do school with me half the time. The other half they each go to there own co-op class. This means that someone else teaches them and nine of there close friends at a separate house. They also go to Friday school. This is through a private christian school. They are in a classroom with like 15 kids and have all the fun things that a school offers like school pictures, assemblies, flag salute, fundraisers, programs and field trips. It really is awesome and they love it. Well this week co-op officially started and Little Miss started her very own pre-school co-op. This momma had mixed emotions. I was excited and nervous for her all at the same time. She did great. She kept saying "ME SCHOOL" "MY TURN" it was very cute. She was so excited to take her back pack and her lunch bag. With all that has been going on it was nice to have a few hours to myself to just sit and breathe and run errands. It is going to be a great year.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Today was our official first day back to school. I say official because we have been doing some school work over the summer but nothing structured. I Love making a big deal out of the first day. I served homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast and woke the kids up to some fun music. Then it was off to get dressed and get there chores done. Jonah was super excited to be able to do the file system this year(sorta like work boxes)he couldn't wait to do every task. I hope he is this eager all year. Noah had a good first day but I forgot how hard it is for him when you are not specific with times and details. He is very Type A and likes to have the day layed out for him so he knows what to expect :) I will be sure to cover that tomorrow :) We celebrated with a fun dinner and dessert to end the day. I will take the traditional backpack pics infront of the door on there first day of co-op and then some more on there first day of friday school. So many firsts i gotta make sure I get them all :). As for Miss Hannah she was my TA for the day and kept busy playing playdough, coloring and anything else that would keep her occupied long enough.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Yes all these things happened in one day. I hate to miss a good party. So in grand Lietzau fashion we tackled all three and wore ourselves out. The day started out beautifully. I went to a beautiful shower for my friend Sarah on one of the only existing farms in LA lol. It was great to be amongst wonderful woman celebrating another miracle. I came home and we rested before the next two parties that were back to back. The first one. A special birthday party for Hannah's friend Jadie Mei who was adopted six months ago from China. We did not want to miss her special day. It was 98 degrees out and our little monkey spent a lot of time in the bounce house. We think she may have over did it because by the time we went to the other party she was very fatigued and threw up all over Grandma. We were thankful that this Anniversary party was across the street. We got everyone cleaned up and after some Gatorade Hannah perked up. It was scary to see her fatigued it brought back memories of the day we got our baby girl and how sick she was. No more bounce house in the heat for this girl. Sometimes we forget that our baby girl has a heart defect and can not always handle as much as the other kiddos.
Monday, August 22, 2011
So am I the only one that feels like this summer flew by? I had so many things I wanted to do and sadly did not. I know part of it is I just did not have the energy in me. This makes me very sad at times and I'm daily giving it up to the Lord. This little two year old darling has more energy for the both of us. She has enjoyed the water, playing dress up with her brothers, play dough, eating lots of icecream and mostly being outdoors.
Monday, August 15, 2011
It was nice to have a day to do whatever our hearts desired. No appointments and nothing on the calendar. You have to understand this is not very typical for our family. So Jason let me sleep in a little and even made me breakfast. Did I mention I have the greatest husband EVER. We did some organizing and playing most of the day and then talked daddy into taking us to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. This is one of our favorites. We like to eat dinner and then watch the trains at the train station. I'm loving these fun summer memories. School starts two weeks from today. I will be homeschooling two this year I can't believe it. So thankful for our co-op classes and friday school at Whittier Christian.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
My heart has been overflowing with joy as I have been reading some of my favorite blogs. A few of the families I keep up with are either in China or are going. It has been exciting to read there journeys and to see the lords handiwork. I feel like I know these families so well even though we are states apart. I get so encouraged and inspired by each one of them and Love how we share this common bond of adoption. Thanks friends for letting us in on your stories. Life here has been good. We have enjoyed baseball camps, lake trips, swimming, and lots of icecream. We are preparing for school to start back up in a couple weeks and trying to soak in as much as we can of these final days of summer.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Friday evening we spent time with my Brother and sister in law. We went swimming, enjoyed a meal outside and made Smores by there fire pit. It was the perfect summer evening. we had a major breakthrough with Hannah and her fear of dogs. Since we have had Hannah she has been terrified of dogs and screams when she sees one. At first the dog would be a mile away and she would have a fit. She has gotten better at being able to look at them from afar and be okay. Well she finally was okay being in the same room with a dog which is a huge accomplishment. It has been hard for us because we want to spend time with our family but do not want to make our daughter feel scared at the same time so this was so huge for her. Saturday we met up with a family that adopted a little girl from china 9 months ago named Grace. Grace and Hannah are 7 days apart. They share the same doctor and similar heart condition and our doctor thought we should meet(he is so great). We had a great time at the park together. I love how adoption has connected our family with so many great people. we look forward to spending more time with this great family. If anyone is interested in hearing more about international adoption or our story. we will be holding an America World adoption seminar September 10th from 10-12 at 1507 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach, 90266. you can register at AWAA.org at there events page.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We have just unwined from a wonderful week up at Hume Lake(which I will post about later) and are back in the busy shuffle of life. This week Jonah is in baseball camp. This great couple from our church run this amazing baseball ministry www.calledupbaseball.com teaching kids baseball and also that the ultimate success in life is Jesus. He is loving it and will be so sad when the week is over. I love seeing his excitement and his self confidence lifted. I also reluctantly decided to start potty training miss Hannah this week as well. I have been wanting to put it off and decided I could no longer do that when she #1. Asks me to use the potty everyday and #2. started handing me her diapers after she had taken them off herself :) Fine okay I will potty train you. We started Yesterday and she has not had one accident. She tells us when she has to go and is loving her new princess undies. WHHAAAATTTT!!! If I had known it was going to be this easy I would have given in a long time ago. Heres hoping it continues.