Monday, December 13, 2010


This is my gorgeous granddaugher Makenna. She's nine months old and the apple of our eye!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Our Wrist Band Fundraiser

Our Home School wristbands-Heritage Christian School~~~Living a Vision
Our wristbands are in hand and they are ready for sale. We currently have five designs with a sixth on its way.  All funds will go towards paying off the wristbands and our adoption. There are some imperfections on the wristbands. I will try and send you the best that I have at the time.

Prices: $1.00 each
Shipping up 30 bracelets $2.00- First Class Mail total
                     30-60           $3.50-First class Mail
                    $5.00-Priority Mail

For payment you can go to the Paypal button on the right of the blog. Tell me what you want and your address. If you live in the San Diego area I can hand deliver. You're also welcome to send me a check. Shoot me an email at if you have any questions. Thanks!

Every Child Deserves a Family-Front Color swirl  will vary on each bracelet

Every Child Deserves a Family  (back)

Selected Not Expected designed by Sheri. This phrase was on her adoption announcement when she joined her family many, many years ago.
Selected Not Expected front-Comes in Adult or children's size
Selected Not Expected Back

Faith Hope Love designed by Joe my 15 year old son-Front and back are the same.

The color segment varies on each of the Ethiopia bracelets.
I Love Ethiopia front (Adult size)
I Love Ethiopia (back)

Jesus Christ is Lord-Front (Adult size) Glow in the Dark

Jesus Christ is Lord back-Designed by James my 13 year old son

The Accident

On Thursday (this was last month) we headed to my daughter's who lives in Arizona. My son Joe wanted to introduce me to Fred's Burgers and since I had never been there I was eager to try it. We had Fred's Burgers in sight and started turning right. As we turned we saw a man lying in the middle of the road. No one was helping him and cars were going around him. I couldn't quite wrap my head around what was actually happening. I said to Joe, "What is going on? This man is obviously hurt yet no one is helping him." I decided we had to pull into the shopping center and go to him to see if there was something we could do. As we were pulling in we saw a young man run from one of the stores to help the man, but I don't know what happened to him, maybe he was the one who called 911. The man had been on a bicycle and was hit by a delivery truck. The delivery truck pulled into the same shopping center parking lot where we were. The accident had just happened, we just didn't see the impact, we saw the after impact.

I got out of my van leaving my son to himself and ran out to the man. He was lying on his right side, his bike wrapped somewhat around him, blood streaming from his nose and mouth. I wanted to pray, but I didn't even know where to start. "Dear Jesus, help this man." was about all I could manage to pull together in my mind. I assessed his situation and tried to process what I was seeing and what had just happened. He was breathing, but his breathing was sort of a choking gasping desperate attempt at getting air. He was not coherent, his body was just breathing, loudly. Near his head was a puddle of liquid, a mix of blood and alcohol, probably vodka by the strong smell. There was an empty fifth bottle of something near his head and a forty ounce can of beer probably at the point of impact. Since he was bleeding and obviously hurt very seriously I didn't want to touch him, what would I have done? I thought about just lying my hand on him and praying, but I didn't. Another man in an orange shirt, possibly a Cals Tran worker was now on the scene with me, and he was about to touch the guy when bystanders on the curb were yelling at him not to touch the guy or anything at the scene. They didn't know if his neck was broken or not. So he didn't touch him either. What a helpless feeling, someone obviously needs help but we were woefully inadequate to help him.

I walked over to two men on the other side of the street from where we parked, they were right in front of Fred's Burgers and I asked them if they thought we should divert the traffic down the alley. They shrugged and didn't know, so I took matters into my own hands and started directing traffic around the scene. The smell of alcohol was overwhelming. It took all the strength I had not to vomit. Just as I was about to step away because of the smell I saw the police car lights and heard the sirens screaming towards us. I quickly ran to the side of the street where Joe was, and he was now standing on the curb waiting for me.

The first police officers and paramedics arrived and as they got to the man and noticed he was breathing they encouraged him to "stay with them." This poor man was still not coherent. He had no idea what was going on. As they were preparing him and themselves to take him to the hospital Joe and I decided to leave. We were on our way to my daughter's and needed to drive about three hundred twenty miles. Before we got in the car we walked over to the delivery truck that hit him and saw a big impact indentation where the windshield was shattered. I'm guessing this man cut across traffic as he approached the corner or was leaving the corner to get to the other side of the street. He must have either been going to the local park where the homeless hang out or he was coming from it. We found out he was a homeless man and arrived brain dead at the hospital.

I look at what happened. His life was there one minute and gone the next. Why did we, of all people, come around the corner when we did? Why wasn't anyone helping him? How could I have prayed for him more differently or more effectively? I don't know. I do know that God ordained us to be in that spot at that moment. I just don't know why.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Lady at the Gas Station

We were driving home from Arizona and one of my children needed to use the restroom. NOW. Well if you've ever driven through Imperial/eastern San Diego County you know that there are no restrooms. We came upon a gas station or store of some kind but the bathroom wasn't available for some reason so we kept driving. We finally landed in Jacumba where there is a gas station with porta potties in the parking lot. Yeah! We pull in and much to our surprise and happiness they had just been cleaned. We all hopped out and charged the potties.

As I was heading back to our van a lady approached me out of nowhere. She came up to me and said, "The president of New York told me to dress this way and I want to know what you think?" Okay, so I thought I was on Candid Camera or that this was a prank of some kind and a car of laughing people was just to the side, but I wasn't and there weren't. I looked her up and down and hanging below her shirt hem was a huge flab of fat. I looked her in the eye and told her, "I think it's disgusting." She started laughing hysterically and yelled over to the man who was with her but standing aways away, "Well at least she's honest!"

Ummm.....what is happening? Why do I attract these people? I tried to keep to myself and not engage anyone in conversation. I often get accused of talking to strange people wherever I go. I didn't even know she was there and she approached me.

I continue on to my van and climb in to the passenger seat where the kids are now asking, "Who's that lady mom?" "Why is she talking to you?" "What did she say?" I tell them what was said and then we looked over and her partner was now using the guard rail as a toilet. My husband comes out of the porta potty at this point and is furious at this man for urinating in front of our daughters when he could have just as easily used a toilet. The lady approaches my side of the van and is just staring at me. She's not saying anything she's just staring. Talk about weird!!!! Hellllloooooo?!! I couldn't wait to get out of there. Where did she come from? Why was she there in the middle of nowhere? Why was she so weird?!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sarah had her baby boy! Isaiah is here!!

Nathan & Sarah are the proud parents of a beautiful son Isaiah Stephen. Isaiah was a whopping 9.5lbs and 21 1/2" long. Sarah did a wonderful job and is recovering at Arrowhead Hospital. Isaiah has dark brown hair and is the cutest little thing. I was privileged to witness and help my daughter give birth to her first child. She is doing a wonderful job as a mommy. Nathan has done a fabulous job as well of taking care of both of them.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tastefully Simple Adoption Fundraiser

Just a reminder!! My friend, Lesley, is a Tastefully Simple Consultant. She is willing to host a fundraiser for us through this week until next Tuesday and will donate ALL proceeds, which will be 30% of ALL sales towards our adoption!!! When you shop don't order online. Simply send the order to her at and she will either call you or email you which ever you prefer. She is reducing the shipping to flat $5.00!!!! To go to the website simply click on the blog title above or go to

Thank you!!!

Ethnic Dolls

Sock Dolls

My friend Lori won a trip to Ethiopia with Visiting Orphans and My Crazy Adoption just by buying a t-shirt from My Crazy Adoption. Here is the description of the trip she won:

Visiting Orphans is partnering with James River Assembly church to send out this mission team. This trip is open to members of James River Assembly Church and individual sign ups through this website and Kari Gibson’s blogsite, My Crazy Adoption.

The team will be working in Addis Ababa with Project 61 for extreme needy children living in the Korah city dump, and a 2-day ministry for orphaned street children (feeding program). We will have a special outreach at an orphanage 1.5 hours outside the city, as well as an excursion to Negash Lodge to see the beauty of rural Ethiopia. We will also visit Fistula Hospital for an exclusive tour of the center and the courageous women featured in the movie “A Walk To Beautiful.”

Lori has decided to take her daughter with her and they are selling handmade items to raise funds for Ali's trip. I bought two of Lori's dolls when we were adopting Anna & Adah back in 2007, we didn't know at that time who would join our family, but we bought the dolls anyways. Really cute, affordable, and just the right size=perfect!!

Buy One in your choice of Four Nationalities: African, Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian. OR, purchase TWINS! By one for yourself - AND - we will send her identical twin to an orphan in a foreign country. Body/Hat color requests accommodated when possible.
$10 go to

A Doll's Heart

Dolls available from: Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, China, Haiti, Ukraine/Russia $30 each

Each doll all has it's own country's flag colors embordiered on their hearts. There are 6 countries currently available, but she can make any country of Africa that people would want also.

All the proceeds off her site go to helping orphans through various avenues so she really want to get the word out. Please feel free to spread the word and list this on your blogs and FB if you like. I am currently highlighting an orphanage/children's home on her blog that houses only special needs kids, that I visited this fall.

Heart 4 Hearts Dolls

Kudos to Target. They got this one right! There are six beautiful dolls to choose from: Dell (USA), Lilian (Belarus), Rahel (Ethiopia), Nahji (India), Tipi (Laos), and Consuelo (Mexico. When you buy a Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, a portion of the purchase price is donated to children's causes in those countries through World Vision, a global humanitarian organization. $24.99, shipping Dec 22. Free shipping right now if you spend over $50.00.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Books for Sale!!!

I'm cleaning off my bookshelves!!! I've homeschooled for twenty-two years now and I'm gettin' rid of books to raise funds for our adoption.

Below is a list of what's for sale. For payment you can click the donate button to the right or go to Paypal and use my email address to pay: or send me a check. Let me know what you want to buy and I'll set it aside for you and mail it out when you've paid. Shipping will be $3.00 for the first book and then $.50 for each book after that. Shoot me an email at if you have ANY questions.
$1.00 Books
American Heritage Volume 2-Colonial America
Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues-by McKissack (cover worn-inside clean)
Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir by John Gunther
Great Explorers: Exploration of North America-The Story of the discovery and exploration of the New World
Nations of the Plains by Bobbie Kalman
How To Draw Maps and Charts by Pam Beasant and Alastair Smith
My World & Globe: From the Seven Continents to the Seven Seas, from Katmandu to Kalamazoo-An Interactive First Book of Geography by Ira Wolfman
Great Explorers by Joyce Grosseck
The French Explorers in America by Walter Buehr (ex-library)
The Adventures of Lewis and Clark by Ormonde de Kay, Jr. (Step-Up Books)
In Their Own Words: Lewis And Clark by George Sullivan
Franklin Dealano Roosevelt by Russell Freedman (Scholastic)
My Name Is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Scholastic)
At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers
The Amistad Slave Revolt and American Abolition by Karen Zeinert
Indian Chiefs by Russell Freedmand (Scholastic)
Indians-A New True Book by Children's Reading Institute
President Kennedy Selects Six Brave Presidents by Bill Davidson (Ex-Library)
The Legend of Jimmy Spoon by Kristiana Gregory (Scholastic)
Night by Elie Wiesel-Winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize
The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell
Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla-Scholastic Biography
Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin (Scholastic)
A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass by David A. Adler
Teammates by Peter Golenbock
Seeing God's Purpose in Everything: Stories to read and discuss at the family circle
Nat Turner by Judith Berry Griffin
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Author of the Little House Books (biography)
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins (Cover very worn-inside nice)
Harriet Beecher Stowe and The Beecher Preachers by Jean Fritz-She opposed slavery with a passion and used her talent to destroy it. (Ex-library)
Harriet Tubman (In Their Own Words) by George Sullivan
Harriet Tubman (History Maker Bios) by Maryann N. Weidt
Science Stories Book 3, 1936 copyright (ex-library edition)
Faithful Friend: The Story of Florence Nightingale by Beatrice Siegel-Scholastic Biography (Cover worn-inside slighty worn)

$2.00 Books
1.The Story of the "Old Colony" of New Plymouth by Samuel Elot Morison
2. Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier
3. Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank-Grades 5 and up
4. Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors
5. Scholastic Encylopedia of the North American Indian by James Ciment
6. History Stories for Children by Dr. John W. Wayland
7. From Sea To Shining Sea For Children by Peter Marshall
8. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton (Scholastic)
9. Many Thousand Gone: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom by Virginia Hamilton (Scholastic)
10. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers (Winner 1992 Coretta Scott King Award)
11. The Story of Geronimo by Jim Kjelgaard-A Signature Book
12. The Lewis and Clark Expedition-Landmark Book
13. Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories by William J. Bennett
14. If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
15. The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
16. The Greatest Christian Stories Ever Written (Rod & Staff)
17. Noah Webster: A Man Who Loved Words (A Beka-grade 5 reader)
$8.00 Books
America's Providential History by Belilies & McDowell
D.L. Moody's Child Stories by Dwight L. Moody
$20.00 Books
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Volume Six

Lamplighter Publishing-Rare Collector's Series-Like New Condition-Never Read-Sat on shelf.
To find descriptions and retail prices of these books go to
True Stories Of Great Amreicans For Young Americans
$10.00 Books-
Basket of Flowers: A Tale for the Young by Christoph von Schmid
Boys of Grit Who Became Men of Honor by Archer Wallace
Boys of Grit Who Changeed the World by Archer Wallace
Christie's Old Organ by O.F. Walton
The Inheritance by Christoph Von Schmid
Jill's Red Bag by Amy Lefeuvre
Joel...A Boy of Galilee by Annie Fellows Johnston
Mary Jones and Her Bible by Mary E. Ropes
Melody: The Story of a Child by Laura E. Richards
Pillar Of Fire by J.H. Ingraham
The Robber's Cave: A Tale of Italy by A.L.O.E.
Rosa of Linden Castle by Von Schmid
Shipwrecked But Not Lost by Hon. Mrs. Dundas
Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross
Teddy's Button by Amy LeFeuvre
Titus: A Comrade of The Cross by Florence M. Kingsley
Tom Watkins Mistake
The White Knights by W.E. Cule
Amy & Her Brothers by Sarah S. Baker (small stain on back of book)
Buried In The Snow by Franz Hoffman
The Boy Who Never Lost A Chance by Annette Lyster
The Captive by Christoph Von Schmid
Fireside Readings Volume 1
Fireside Readings Volume 2
The Hedge of Thorns
Jessica's First Prayer by Hesba Stretton
Jessica's Mother Comes Home: A Sequel by Hesba Stretton
The Little Lamb by Christoph von Schmid
The Lost Ruby & The Lost child by Von Schmid
Nobody Loves Me by O.F. Walton (small spot on back cover)
Probable Sons by Amy Le Feuvre
Tomorrow by Maria Edgeworth
$6.00 Books-
1. The Three Weavers: A Tale for Fathers and Daughters
2. The Three Weavers: A Tale for Fathers and Daughters

Vision Forum
*Laird & Lee's Guide To Historic Virginia and The *Jamestown Centennial $2.00
*Little Faith by Mrs. O.F. Walton $5.00
*The New-England Primer $5.00
*Of Plymouth Plantation: Bradford's History of the Plymouth Settlement 1608-1650-by William Bradford (ink smeared on cover at printing) $7.00
*The Original Blue Back Speller $6.00
*Ten P's In A Pod: A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family by Arnold Pent III $5.00 (read once)
*To Have And To Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown-400th Anniversary of Jamestown Commemorative Edition $6.00