Friday, February 29, 2008

What's for Supper?

Well let's see:

bar-b-que sauce and mayonaise with a side of french fries and chicken nuggets. I cup of prune/apple juice to help the old bowels move.

And for entertainment purposes, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Did someone say it was almost March?

Yum Yum!

Retro Friday

Oh yes my mom did do that to my sister. She made her wear that dress that looked just like the one I had. I was probably 4 and she is 7 years older than me. Isn't that sad? Can't you tell how badly she hated it?

The next pick is my family of origin, at Christmas at my grandparents which is in the very house G and I live now!!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

She Lurves Meh

She passed this award on to me so I want to say thank you!! Lauri is such a sweet blogger and I love reading the trials of her fiesty princess.

There are so many I could give this too as I truly enjoy so many blogs.

So let me think about this and get back to you. Otherwise consider yourself awarded.

I don't have much today

but actually I have a lot. I am just so tired from an hour long tantrum G threw last night. She is going through another defiance phase. We were reading her book and she blocked the page with her blankie. I told her to not do that again and she did and looked at me. So I put the book up. Then she went berzerko. 

At that point I just said, "If you are going to cry anyway, just cry in your own bed." Then I carried her in there kissing her on her cheek and ear (I held her facing away from me) telling her I loved her but she needed to sleep in her room.

Then she continued with being afraid and begging. I finally made her get down and come to me. She refused initially wanting me to come get her. See, it is all control related. She even got mad at me for not coming to get her. By the time I convinced her to meet me in the hall way (our doors face each other down a 7 foot or so hall way) I was too tired to go to bed and to involved in the train wreck of a book I am reading to go to sleep.

So she got a frowney face this morning for the tears, we didn't finish the book and I am still exhausted. Then she had the nerve to tell me this morning that she was still sleepy!!! NO DUH!! I can't imagine why!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I Interrupt This Wordless Wednesday

This is two days of a caringbridge journal of a friend of mine. Their oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. It is hard to imagine that this little girl is going through this. She is about 1 year or so older than G and has a baby brother a year younger or so. For all of the complaining I do about G and the sleep issues, although for us it is big, this sure brings everything into perspective, huh? Here is her site if you wish to leave her a message:

"MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008 06:11 PM, CST
We were back at St. Jude today for another MRI. Ellen did wonderful! She's getting accustomed to all the "big cameras" and other medical equipment. She seems less and less frightened by it all. We learned today that the plan to get a permanent line inserted and chemotherapy started with go ahead tomorrow. They will also do a spinal tap and put chemo in her spinal fluid. Ellen will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow for 2-3 days as they will want to keep a close eye on her when the chemo starts. We also learned from the MRI done today, that the cancer is not in her spine, but it does very slightly encroach the bones of her skull and possibly the covering of her brain. The official stage of her disease is Stage III. Thank you for all the wonderful love and support. Ellen is doing so well and her spirits are high. Actually, she's hanging in there better than Mom and Dad. Love and thanks to you all, Ann

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 07:38 PM, CST Today was Ellen's first chemotherapy and her first day as an inpatient at St. Jude. We registered at 7am, then to surgery to implant a port-a-cath and for a lumbar puncture. While still in surgery, the doctor injected chemo into Ellen's spinal fluid. The surgical procedures were successful, however, we don't yet have the results of the spinal tap. Ellen received her first intravenous chemotherapy at 4:30 pm. So far, she is tolerating everything just fine. She's had none of the yucky side effects yet. Her chest was a bit sore from the line insertion and she got two doses of morphine that helped tremendously. Due to the morphine, she slept through most of the chemo infusion which took about 30 minutes. She is in really good spirits and is charming the doctors and nurses. The St. Jude staff make it easier to be in good spirits by treating Ellen like a princess. We will be here for a few days. We read all of today's guestbook entries to Ellen. After reading it, I said "Ellen somebody called you a princess" and Ellen said, "yeah, and an angel too"! Ann and I can't thank you all enough for all the expressions of love, support and prayers. It means so much to us and especially to Ellen. Love, J. Lee "

Please pray for this family and this little girl.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Toys b"R"eep Us, Be Darned!!

Okay so I ordered G's birthday gift on-line. Is it just me or does anyone else feel the universe is out to get them when ordering on-line. I have the sh*tt*iest luck ordering on-line. So anyway, shhhh don't tell her, but I ordered her Dora talking kitchen cuz it was onsale, and while I was at it, I bought a little Hello Kitty bling thing for her to use on my computer if I ever learn to share.

I also ordered a cherry media bench. It looked nice, I didn't read the size but I didn't want anything too big for the space I had in mind. I have only one piece of white furniture and it really can't be called that in my house so I ordered the bench in cherry. First off, I received the bench today and it is white.

I called the on-line store previously mentioned (sortof) and negotiated a big $20 refund, cuz I am just good like that!! It would have been a total pain in the arse to have it picked up as it was delivered and left under the carport anyway when I wasn't here. I am a single-working-out-of-the-house-mom. Okay, so then I said for $20 off I am starting to like the white; so lets get this put together. Oh and the box was all like all, um, well, it really was just four sides of cardboard taped together. I can't really call it a box, but it was up to the ole ups standard!!

Well, when all of the pieces were out of the box, I discovered not one screw, not one sheet of instruction nor did I find the little wooden dealios that cover the screws once they are in, what are they called? Anyway, I call back and am told that basically they are totally out of the bench anyway, so here is a number to call for the manufacturer's parts dept. Which was not a good number by the way (wrong area code), but I spoke with Wanda in VA who works for the maker and she is going to pass my info and request off so that maybe I can get the parts.

This may eat up my $20 discount anyway!! Just seems I do much better paying full price at the real store not some on-line place anyway. Oh and last time I checked after ordering the talking kitchen, G changed her mind and wants something else all together. Oh well. That'll learn me!!

Update on Baby Sister

Really there is nothing to report except that G is constantly talking about her. Then Sunday she asked me if we could have a baby brother. I said, "No." We have no room for a brother.

She tells me all day long (that we are together) what "baby sister" will or won't be able to do. She told me that "baby sister won't know dese songs so I will hafta remember dem for eber and eber." We have the cutest children's CD and that is what she is talking about.

Oh how I wish I had a windfall or inheritance from a long lost relative, yea right. I would start the process right now if I could but we will have to wait. The instability in all of the programs right now do not make my heart flutter.

Of course with the way G is not going to sleep, I don't want another one!! It is still miserable. For every smiley face she has earned she is receiving 6 frowney faces and thinks it is funny. Bedtime is my most hated time of the day again!!

More pics from Saturday with Blue

G climbed into this minivan that was a talking demonstration of seat belt safety. She buckled herself in and sat still for a bit. Then she climed in the front seat to push buttons, her favorite thing.

Here she is on a computer making a house on the beach. She so enjoyed designing her own house. Then we did a little groc. shopping and she restocked everything she took down.

Monday, February 25, 2008

More pics

Here are more pics from the CNY festival held at the Asian museum. The one is carved in a mamoth tusk and then G playing the drum.

This is a stork that is very tall among some other very interesting artifacts. The video is of G and a little boy banging the drums together.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday With Blue

"Is it really him?"

"Oh yes and he is best to look at from fah fah away."

"But I made Blues' ears and wore them all day long!!"

G and I went to see Blue from Blues Clues and had a really good time. Then we went to lunch and the zoo. G then took a nap in the car as I was putting gas in the car. Then we came home and piddled until dinner when we met our friends at Applebys. I personally don't like Applebys at all, actually hate it. We blew some money today on gas, food and well, gas and food. Okay so I have more pics to post and will do so tomorrow from work. I have some pretty cool videos too.
Humorous Pictures
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Retro Friday

Now these pics are pictures of pictures.
These were in my Grandmother's photos when she died. She had taken the time to separate all our photos to give to us in an envelope. Of course my sister got the most because she was the first grandchild (on both sides) and it is true what they say, "First kid has the most pics." I suppose that shouldn't be a quote since it is more or less just an understanding. Oh well.
I was under the age of 4 in all of these probably closer to 2. My sister used to like me. Okay the one in the striped matching jacket with my brother, I must have been over 4 because he is 3 years younger than me and he looks to be over 1. And yes I am mad to have to have a pic taken and probably to be dressed like him. And my sister used to like me then we grew up and we tolerate each other now. Probably now since she has kids more than we used to.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Explaining the Wordless Wed

First of all, thanks for all of the (lies) I mean positive comments on the quality of the pictures. In actuality they were crap taken by my video camera in bad lighting. So althought seeing them in real life is much better than the pic the pic reminds us of the beauty of the real. the detail is so incredible on all of the bone and ivory pieces it almost makes one weep, literally.

I get emotionally choked up with that level of detail in sculptures/artwork. Of course I always reflect back on the Creator who made man to be that creative and then I get sad to know that man has taken the gift to worship other gods in their creations, but that is another post for another day.

So one might think that I took these all while I was in China? Well one would be wrong. This collection of Asian artifacts are located in the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic history. See this man has more money than sense and collected all of this stuff. Thankfully he did set up a museum that is actually cheap to see (free for us on Sat.). It is truly amazing what he collected and again the detail of the stuff.

There is a life size Monkey King in pose there that G refused to stand by, heh heh. She didn't really stand next to any of the statues though. She would stand near them but not next to them.

If you happen to be in my area, tell me and I will give you the info to get to this place so you too can see the amazing things there. It is actually larger than I thought so I am glad we explored more this year.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

My baby is growing up ::SOB::

G is really growing up too fast for my taste. Her Grammie and Grandad bought her some really cute size 4t clothes over the weekend. G got to see them last night. She wanted to try ever last outfit on and was so proud that she literally HAD to wear one of the dresses to school today to show off.

To me this is big because G, although she had opinions, never or hadn't really been interested in the trying on of an outfit until recently. And a dress?? This summer it was t shirts and crocs. Now she is all about her tennis shoes and matching outfits. And this dress? Well it is cute on her. But I just never dreamed we would get to this point so soon.

The other thing telling me she is growing up is disappointment, as in her own disappointment. Friday night she had a dream about Santa Clause visiting her and bringing her a rope to play with. She absolutely couldn't wait until the alarm went off Saturday morning to tell me about it. Then she couldn't wait to take me to her room to see it. You see, I couldn't convince her that it was a dream that just felt real. I have had them, everyone has them sometimes. I also didn't realize that was the reason we had to go to her room as soon as we got up either until I opened the door and looked at her little face. It was a mixture of embarrassment and misunderstanding and well, disappointment. I haven't ever seen it on her before.

Oh sure I have seen and heard the cries for not getting her own way but this was something totally different. I really felt badly for her. I felt like a failure of a mom who couldn't protect her. Oh and it passed in her but still, ya know?

My Niece-here for my entertainment

You see this? This is called a clover. Yes my amazing niece can fold the tip of her tongue into 4 parts. Pretty darn cool if you ask me. I can only roll/flip my tongue. G can fold her tongue as can everyone else in the family except me and my sister (the mom to my amazing niece). So genetics, pretty important. Not sure what functionality plays here but I am sure there was a reason beyond the entertainment of her aunt for her to be able to do this.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

licketts or candy?

Blue M&Ms make a lovely lipgloss, don't you think?

Is Science Impossible Without Evolution?

"Some evolutionists have argued that science isn’t possible without evolution. They teach that science and technology actually require the principles of molecules-to-man evolution in order to work. They claim that those who hold to a biblical creation worldview are in danger of not being able to understand science!

Critical thinkers will realize that these kinds of arguments are quite ironic because evolution is actually contrary to the principles of science. That is, if evolution were true, the concept of science would not make sense. Science actually requires a biblical creation framework in order to be possible.

Science presupposes that the universe is logical and orderly and that it obeys mathematical laws that are consistent over time and space. Even though conditions in different regions of space and eras of time are quite diverse, there is nonetheless an underlying uniformity.

Scientists are able to make predictions only because there is uniformity as a result of God’s sovereign and consistent power. Scientific experimentation would be pointless without uniformity; we would get a different result every time we performed an identical experiment, destroying the very possibility of scientific knowledge.

Evolutionists are able to do science only because they are inconsistent. They accept biblical principles such as uniformity, while simultaneously denying the Bible from which those principles are derived." From Answers in Genesis

Friday, February 15, 2008

No retro right now

I will post tonight from my home computer. Here though are some pics of G I took earlier in the week and of her and her friend Sam playing. The dog is Lucy, S's boxer. She is very very old and very vocal and full of expression. She is/was the drama queen in the house.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday, Happy Valentine's Day

G has now taken our baby sister conversation to school. She told her teachers that she was getting a baby sister, who would not be from China but would be Asian like her. She even told them her name. Both teachers have asked me and I confirmed that yes, one day we would.

I called my agency about VietNam. The international adoption agreement is going to expire on Sept 8, 2008. If it is not completed all adoptions will cease and only those currently in process will finish. So I asked about getting started. My agency wants a homestudy and I171 and $5000 dossier amount to get on the list for referral. After referral then the dossier is completed. So I have to say, I don't have that kind of money. I won't have that kind of money for a while. So now I need to curb her talk. I don't want her to get her hopes up and I don't want to keep talking about it.

Today, G got a big bump on her forehead from walking into the car door. Why is it when we get home that she stops right behind/infront of me? I mean I put her down and turned back to get something. I of course thought she had started walking towards the house. Did she? NO! She stood right behind me to the point that I almost knocked her down. I said something that scared her and she turned around too fast and conked herself on the head. Of course she fell apart and I felt horrible. And no I don't know what I said, probably just her name.

She does it all the time though. My arms are loaded and we walk into the front door. Does she keep moving? NO! I can't even see her where she stopped. I have to tell her that she is in my way! I have knocked her down before. What is it about the stopping in the walkway? She goes infront of me but doesn't move forward or sideways. I am forever telling her to get out of my way.

We are currently watching Alice in Wonderland. I have confiscated all the candy and put it away for doling out a little at a time. She ate 2 "puh-cakes" at the Valentine's party. We had a wonderful time playing with S while his parents went for dinner last night. I will post pics tomorrow at work.

I attended a training today about my job and I feel soooo much better about what I can do and how it works. I have one more training on another part that is supposed to take place in Omaha. Of course after booking all the non-refundable tickets, they are re-thinking the travel thing. I asked before I booked but was told to go ahead. Whatever. I would rather not go for a lot of reasons and none of them have to do with Omaha itself.

G is trying to figure out this yo-yo she received as a valentine treat. I have never been good at yo-yos or paddle balls (which she also received). We are both tired and as soon as AIW goes off it is bedtime.

And an update on the smiley frowny faces? G hasn't gotten more than 2 in a row since the first week. She just really doesn't care and I am out of options. I am too tired to do the in her own bed right now so that is not an option. I really need to sleep and getting up to put her back in bed or get her from hysterics is not what I can physically do right now. I just can't. So we keep working on it and I pray over her every night. Maybe it will click soon.

Okay so this is long. Hope you get through it all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Not in the swing of wordless wed yet

G and I had the most amazing conversation last night as we were getting ready for bed. She had started earlier playing with a bunny and calling it her sister. She said that bunny knew everything and didn't have to go to school but would go to work with her. She talked to it, at it and about it. She named it Beverly Baoxiao. Too cute.

Then she started giving long complex syllables for her little sisters name. So then we discussed names for a baby sister. We both agreed on Maria but no middle name yet. G said she would be Chinese like her. I had to sadly correct her and say she may be Vietnamese but would be Asian like G. Then we talked about where the baby sister would sleep and how old she would be and what she could and couldn't do.

Needless to say, G is not ready for a baby sister. She would let baby sister sleep with us on the outside, not close to me, or maybe on G's tummy when she was afraid. But at least she is thinking. And it is a step up from last time when she said baby sister could sleep in her bed alone.

I may check into the Vietnamese process; I am willing to wait for a referral in order to pay off debt and get the house sold and the one we are in bought. I need to pay parents back or have a plan in place for it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Couple of Things

First is a conversation G and I had Saturday night. We were in bed and G has gas issues anyway. The thing is she learned early from someone how to blame the passing of the gas on the dog. So we are in bed and Gs toots under the cover. I heard it. Then I smelled it. I told her that she passed gas and she said the dog did it. I said, "Well, it smells under the covers."

 She said, "No it doesn't, yet me see. Oh yes it does."

 I couldn't help but laugh.

Second thing is that I may not be going to Omaha after all. After I booked everything on non-refundable tickets the CFO and Controller want to see how much it will cost to have one trainer come here rather than 5 of us go there. If worse comes to worse the company will eat the price of the ticket and I will have one ticket to use in the year. I am not sure if I will have to pay for it or if I will even use it. I may try to fly G and me somewhere cheap next year. That would be fun.

I still like my job it is very busy on payroll week, however. I don't like getting behind and I am getting a bit behind. Should be caught up by Friday though. G and I have big plans for the weekend. She has two parties this week at school, one today for a bday of a classmate and on Valentine's Day, where I signed up to bring cookies.

I haven't taken any new pics in a while so those are long overdue. Will try to get some this weekend.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Oh What A Night


The 4 year old, Gili

G watching the presents being opened.

Opening a gift G now wants, the Cars art box.

I got to hold the object of my desire and G's jealousy, little Margaux. Of course it took a cookie to bribe her but when I got her she sat in my life and giggled and smiled and ate sprinkles. We, G and I, spent an evening with our China sisters to celebrate a 4 year-olds birthday, an LOA and an Ethiopian referral. Three families, three celebrations, lots of fun little girl giggles.

I asked G what her favorite part was and she said, "Open fresents." She actually enjoyed watching someone else open gifts. My favorite part was the adult conversation and watching G and the girls play.
They loved singing happy birthday and then there was a pinata. G was the one to finally give it the fatal blow. Yeah G. We got home and to bed after midnight. We left their house with everyone else around 11pm.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Retro Friday

Instead of a picture post, I will do a retro story post. This doesn't go back too far just to 2005 in Guangzhou, China almost 2 weeks after having G with us. As some of you may remember by earlier postings and recapping the journey, G hated me with as much baby passion as one could muster and only warmed up grudgingly and slowly. To that end, she adored her grandad and anytime he was around I couldn't come near her. So by the time we got to Guangzhou, mom and I had devised a plan to take G out alone in the stroller for bonding time.

This particular morning we walked up to the coffee shop, Blenz, while watching the morning dancers/exercisers (is that a word). I was needing a latte. G was walking around eating a cheese cracker snack, and my mom just enjoyed the scene. Then all of a sudden G did it. She gave her first kiss willingly. Up until this point she didn't even willingly kiss her favorite person.

Who do you suppose was the recipient? Oh come on, take a guess. Oh okay, it was the Wall.

Not just any wall but the outside wall of the coffee shop!! I took a picture of it but couldn't get it printed because it just looked like a grease spot on the wall. Well it was a grease spot in the shape of lips, G's lips.

It was several more months before she actually willingly kissed me or Grammie. Actually, she didn't call me Mama until late November. She continued to call Grammie "dis." But she had "dandad" down pat quick.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Double the Adventures, Double the fun

Did you see this? When I left work yesterday the tornado sirens were going. I didn't have any problems but by the time I had gotten to my mom's, where dad had taken G, a tornado had hit the mall not 1/2 mile from work.

So it probably hit it while I was in process of leaving. So I call my mom to find out news since the radio emergency said we were all about to be blown away, just not in those direct terms. Mom sounded quite put out with me and told me to just come home.

When I get there, mom says, "I didn't know you were so afraid." 

I looked astonished and said, "I wasn't but I had no information from anywhere and what I did have said we were gonners." Needless to say, no harm no foul there.

Later, however, after G and I take our shower and as she is in bed waiting for me the power goes out. Now I was taking my reading 5 minutes, which I like to do so I won't be disturbed, when the house fell dark. If you understand that, then you will know where I was at that moment. If you don't then I shall not elaborate.

I finished my business and in the dark go to the kitchen where my new fashlight and batteries were. I unplugged the computer and got G's flashlight. Then I heard them, the sirens started. I calmly told G to get her flashlight, blanket and books and follow me. I grabbed a blanket from her bed, my pillow and her big carebear pillow, and my cell. We camped in the bathroom floor to read our books. I called my parents thinking my dad was watching TV, not as their power was out too. I needed to know how soon we were going to be blown away, though.

Well, thankfully we weren't blown away. Dad called back just as I was moving us out of the bathroom, when the sirens ended. The dog was spastic and only got calm when we were all on the bed. The bathroom is a tight fit for me, G, and Clementine. Each cat just came to the door to look at us as if to say, we will take our chances out here, in the hall.
G and I were talking about why we read our books in the bathroom after our adventure was over. I told her that the sirens were a warning that a tornado was coming. 
She said, "Well, are they ugly?" 
I said, "Yes" 
She said, "All of dem?" 
I said, "yes." 
She said, "Well not on beggie tales."

UH uh uh... I said, "No G not a "t-o-m-a-t-o" or a "p-o-t-a-t-o" but a "t-o-r-n-a-d-o". Poor baby thought we were being attacked by a giant vegetable!! Well I guess if that were the case we wouldn't have had any damage or at least not much, huhn?

Borrowed from Blame Bush

"Hillary Vs. McCain?
Rejoice, fellow liberals, for with Hillary and McCain both poised to receive their party's nomination on this most Super of Super Tuesdays, November will mark the first time in U.S. history that two Democrats have ran against each other in a Presidential election.

The question everyone is asking, however, is whether McCain has what it takes to energize his liberal base. His calls for amnesty for undocumented workers, his opposition to Bush's Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans, and his long, romantic walks on the beach with Senator Kennedy suggests that he does. However, there is reason to suspect that despite his progressive record in the Senate, McCain isn't as devout a Democrat as he would like everyone to believe.

First of all, he's running as a Republican. That's already raised some eyebrows within Democrat Party circles. Secondly...well, I guess that's about it. I can't really think of any other reasons to believe that John McCain is a conservative.

Nevertheless, I'm not ready to make an official endorsement. I was almost tricked once. It may yet turn out that McCain is every bit as conservative as Obama is."

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Just Out Of Curiosity

Why in the world does anyone care who the Grateful Dead are voting for? Or rather the remaining members? I mean while they were in their prime they spent most of their time stoned and out of touch so why do we care now? I mean this made the news.

Okay so I am stupid

I totally forgot about the primary elections and didn't get registered in time to vote. I may take my passport and go vote in my last home area, but that is a different state. I think it is illegal to do so too. I only want to vote in the federal part anyway, no local stuff. I am registered with AR for the Nov elections and everything past January 20 or so, but I needed 30 days prior to the election. I can't complain about who is going to be the republican nomination, but I hope he will be a pro-life candidate. If not nothing else matters, right?

I mean if individuals are valued in the womb why should we value them more 8 to 10 inches outside of the womb? If they aren't valued as pre-born why value them at 86? Trust me there is no difference in a live not yet lived and one lived if you value life at all. SLED-there are four areas that are different in a pre-born and everyone else, Size, Level of Development, Environment and Degree of Dependency.

Size: The unborn is smaller than a toddler but toddlers are smaller than adults. Then what do you say of little people or giants? Who gets to judge?

Level of Development: The unborn is less developed than a toddler but a toddler is less developed than a teen and a teen is less developed than an adult. Should it matter?

Environment: The unborn is in the protective environment of the womb. I change location daily, that doesn't redefine who I am.

Degree of Development: I hate to be the bearer of bad news but non of us are independent!! We all require others for our survival. So does that make an unborn less human? I doubt G would survive very long without me or another adult to take care of her and I know I wouldn't survive without the infrastructures in place and the people to keep it all going.

So where then is there a difference for someone to make a decision to abort? Again I say, if pro-life doesn't mean anything and doesn't matter, nothing does.

Right now the only pro-life candidate is looking like Mike Huckabee who is willing to bring about a pro-life amendment. Go Mike!!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Movies that Foster Adoption Talk

(Warning no spell check and could be preachy.)

Well like I said in the earlier post, Pete's Dragon is one, but I am actually writing this about a long forgotten one (at least to me): The Prince of Egypt. I had seen this a long time before G came home. I also know the story from the Exodus account. I know the story is very well know to me and anyone with a knowledge of Biblical history.

The thing is I watched this movie recently with G. Oh my, can I just say, tears? The scene where Jochobed made the decision to abandon her baby because the Egyptian Pharoah decreed all male Jewish babies be thrown into the Nile, struck a significant chord with me, as it should for all adoptive parents of abandoned Chinese children.

Talk about an easy starting point to discuss G's adoption from birth. Her birthmom, made a decision to abandon her because the government law didn't aid in keeping families together. I mean I don't know the exact reason for G's particular abandonment, but it is based in China's one child policy. I can give a purpose to G though. Moses was found and adopted by the Pharoah's daughter. Unlike in the movie, Moses was in line to the Egyptian throne but he gave it up because of the teaching of his birthmom's faith when she nursed him. What G didn't get was to be nursed by her birth mom for 3 years as Moses did but that wasn't in the movie, just the true account. She did spend some time with her birthmom though, that is documented.

But God was with Moses from before birth. God did not make the law, but He used the law to bring good to those who loved Him as Romans 8:28 says. Abandonment is bad and man created for whatever reason. It isn't the original intent of God. Sin in this world brought bad things like baby abandonment and abortion. In man's law there is evil intent, but in God's providence, there is a purpose. Do I know that purpose? No but God will reveal it to G in due time. It is my responsibility to point her to her God. And that I plan to do so!!

Any law passed without God's purpose is evil even if the person making the law thinks it is for good. The good deeds of man are as dirty rags to God. If you don't know Him a good place to start is with the story of Moses in Exodus 2. Then fly on to the New Testament and read Romans 8.

So off to a not good start

G received a smiley face from me on Thursday and Saturday but then last night lost it over tears and wiggling, squirming, her routine. So she paid me her dollar this afternoon. We will try again.

I am working on two big personal projects. One is taking all my digital prints off of my laptop and putting them on CDs. That is taking a lot of time. I have a card reader and several photo cards. I took several to china in 2005 and reuse them a lot. Then I picked up a 2G jump drive to keep documents on after the picture project. This should free up lots of space on my computer which should make things go much faster, I hope. Maybe I can delay needing to purchase a new computer for a while.

Then I started a picture book for Wuzhou SWI. I sent one last year about this time and need to do another one. If I bought all of the pictures it would cost as much as doing it this way. Plus this way I can actually type my own captions that will be easier to translate. I will send that book and some of G's art work and hand prints through our agency. CHI is really good about sending things to the SWIs for us.

Work was fun. I have already been bad mouthed, no joke. Last Thursday one of the older employees asked for a guard's W-2, to leave for the guard. I told him I would take care of it. He came back another time and I said the same thing. I left the W-2 for the guard as asked. The problem was that I didn't jump up the first time I was asked and give it to this man. First off, I happen to be responible for last year's W-2 copies and I don't think it was his place to take it. So this guy went and bad mouthed me around. My boss, when he told her, said, "well lets go see if she did what she said she would do." I did but the damage had been done. Oh and he is a friend of one of the owners.

I like what I do I don't like this bad mouthing talking bad about others atmosphere. It is petty, untrue and ridiculous. So what is the deal with these men? Other than that I have been able to decorate my office and today added some chinese scroll paintings. They have been in my mom's closet for two years so I took them. I will take a pic with my cell phone tomorrow and post it.

So this is a payroll week and beginning tomorrow I will be pretty busy. I should be able to post though during the waiting for the programs to work.

We are watching Pete's Dragon. If you haven't seen it, Pete is an orphan who was purchased by a family who abused him. Elliot is his dragon that just showed up to help him. They have to escape this family and go to a lighthouse town. It is interesting to say the least and I remember getting to see it in the theater as a kid. As a matter of fact it was a stormy night and my dad had to work. Mom wasn't happy about Dad working and we went with another family. Fun times. I don't remember the movie per se but the event. Surprisingly G likes the movie. I wonder when she understands "orphan" and the abuse in it if she will like it later.

Friday, February 01, 2008


by Sunshine and Rubber Duckies to reveal 7 weird things about myself and then tag 7 more people leaving the unsuspecting 7 tagged messages on their blog. So here goes:

1) I have an extra peircing and it isn't on my ear.

2) I posted my fav. kitchen things earlier. These are the items I use most and would be lost without regardless of the brand new set of utensils or all the other perfectly good utensils in my kitchen.

3) I am a pasta freak, love it, mostly with pesto but I love the original blue box (family size) Kraft Mac N Cheese. I even have a Mac N Cheese sleeping bag. Used to have the watch. It was during the advertisment era of Cheese N Macaroni.

4) When I feel overwhelmed my response is to shut down.

5) I love office supplies and office supply catalogues.

6) I am totally addicted to spider solitaire

7) I am extremely high maintenance though I'm loathe to admit it. There is not one restaurant, coffee shop, that I will go and not change the order or request a specific change to the standard order. That throws fast food places totally off by the way.

I now tag:

her, and