Lovin' my kids!

My life as head of the Looney Bin!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

In three days...

I will be sitting on the beach in Gulf Shores, AL!!! WOOHOO!!! I so NEED vacation this year. It's been wild the past several months. Georgia was born in December, I had kidney stones in January, surgery to remove them in February, and Georgia died in March. I can only remember one other time when my life was this stressful.

Leaving ya with a pic of my 23 year old daughter. 23 you say, how could you have a 23 year old?? Well, because she's dear friend's daughter and she relocated to TN a couple years ago and has lived with us off and on since then. She recently purchased her own home!!! This pic is of her enjoying my daddy's b'day cake. Love ya, Ashleigh!

And here's my cousin, Madie, who is going to the beach with us. I love this girl!

Monday, June 26, 2006

I need to go to beauty school...

Andy took Sean, Tucker, Riley, Asher, and Levi to get haircuts tonight. It was nearly $50!!!! I should sign up for TN School of Beauty.

Here's a pic of Riley with his new 'do...

And that working out that Riley is doing is REALLY paying off!!!

I found this pic on my camera today. It's Tilley helping Levi hold Georgia...

And Levi's new haircut...Tilley fixed it for him when he got home!

New favorite song...

Okay, my new favorite song is "How Great is Our God". Here are the lyrics:

The splendor of the King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice,
And trembles at His voice

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, Three in One
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb, Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing how great is our God

Listen to it here

If you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I encourage you to seek Him. He loves you more than you can imagine and He died so you can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Life will be better, sweeter and happier than you ever thought possible.

Here's Kaymie and Levi worshipping the Lord to my favorite song. Aren't they precious?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Happy Birthday, Dad!

My daddy turned 80 years old today. When people hear that my daddy is 80, they say, "well, how old is your mom?" How rude! My best girlfriend's parents are both in their 80s...some people have kids later in life. But, for those who must know, he is older than my mom by a little more than 20 years.

Anyway, I called him yesterday and told him that I'd fix lunch for him today after church. I put some cube steak in the crock pot last night. I added lots of onions, garlic, bell pepper, and tomatoes. It was YUMMY! I also fixed him a red velvet cake. He ate til I thought he would pop!

Here's some pics...
Papaw and the grandkids

My daddy and me...

My daddy and Mason

Riley enjoying the birthday cake




The birthday boy blowing out the candles...

And finally, here's a video of my daddy...

One more video clip...I think Levi enjoyed the cake almost as much as my daddy did!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Congrats Class of 2006!

Well, my camera has recovered and I can now share the LaPetite Class of 2006 graduation. The kids were all so cute in their red LaPetite caps and gowns. I was so proud of Asher, I nearly cried! He's come a long way from that severly neglected little baby we got almost five years ago. Here he is with his teacher, Ms. Linda...

Here he is receiving his diploma from Ms. Linda...
And here he is walking down the aisle...

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One more...here's Tilley and Kaymie in their matching t-shirts (the shirts say, "It's My Brother's Fault). Tilley insisted that I buy these!

Mom wins by a landslide!

Well, Mom wins...

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And watch me whip Madie's tail at armwrestling...

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Friday, June 23, 2006


Well, I was logging on here to share pictures of Asher's preschool graduation and a video clip or two, but the kids have done something to my camera and things aren't "right" with it right now. AAARRRGGGHHH!!! I'd like for my stuff to be left alone. They act like everything in this house is community property.....AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

Oh a happier note, we have EIGHT days til vacation!!! I talked to my cousin, Greta, today and she's decided to let her daughter, Madie, go with us. That'll be great for Sean.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Kaymie skating...

Well, she's on the scooter. This is cute.

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9 days and counting

We have 9, count 'em, NINE days til vacation!!! I am so ready; I don't know when I've ever needed a vacation so badly. Gulf Shores is my absolute favorite place in the whole world!

Asher has preschool graduation tonight. He and Kaymie are taking the summer off from preschool, but since he's going to kindergarten, then the Class of 2006 will be graduating tonight. It should be cute.

Got these pics of Levi and Kaymie on the back porch this morning. Notice that Levi is wearing Brooklyn's bathing suit top.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Daddy wins!

Mr. Big Shot, Daniel, challenged Andy to arm wrestling last night. Oh, and please ignore the dirty dishes in the background! :)

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My Little Custodian

Levi is a cleaning freak. He likes to sweep, vacuum, wipe the walls with a baby wipe, (play the toilet) etc., etc. Here's a video of him vacuuming today. Looks like a pro, eh? And if you listen closely, you can hear him barking out orders to his siblings. What a cutie!

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Father's Day

Yesterday was Father's Day. I know all of you think you have the best husband and your kids have the best dad, my my kids DO have the best dad and I DO have the best husband.

I had worked on the Father's Day gift for several weeks. I couldn't decide on what to buy him, so I decided to make him something. I put together a video of our kids with the songs, "A Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait, and "I Want to be Just Like You" by Phillips, Craig, and Dean. I got up, fixed him breakfast burritos, and we parked him in front of the tv while he ate breakfast. I think he really liked the video.

Last night, Andy was talking about how much he missed Georgia yesterday. I felt the same way on Mother's Day...it was very bittersweet. We have all these beautiful, wonderful children, but even though we have 8, something is missing.

Here's a pic of Andy and the kids. There are other pics that are better, but I like this one cause not everybody is looking at the camera.

My grandfather is being moved to rehab today. It's further from our town than the hospital is, so we're all going to take turns taking my grandma up there for visits and his therapy. My cousin is going to be staying with her at her house so she doesn't have to stay alone.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I LOVE this video...

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He's shakin' his booty!

Watch how quickly Asher turns on Riley after Riley has been videoing him...

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This is for you, Deanna!

Since Asher couldn't learn to do it the "right" way, my cousin, Brooklyn taught him how to improvise.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Update on Papaw...

First of all, I want to say thanks to my friend, Pep, for her kind words. ***hugs*** to Pep!

I went to see Papaw last night. When I said his speech had been "mildly" affected, I hadn't seen him yet. His speech has been severly affected! He was trying so hard to talk to us last night, but I could only understand about 1 word out of every 10. But, being Papaw, I understood "cross", "Lord", and "song". He has a mild case of Parkinsons and it was so hard to sit there watching him shake and trying to talk to us. All I could do was cry. Please continue to pray for him.

Mamaw did say that the neurologist came in and said that the stroke had been on the right side of the brain, but, there's no bleed in the brain and no swelling...PRAISE THE LORD! They're bringing in all kinds of therapists today to start working with him. That should thrill him because he was so sleepy yesterday that he couldn't stay awake more than five minutes or so.

I got really annoyed at the nurse, and should have reported him. Papaw had fallen yesterday morning, I guess as he was having the stroke. He had a pretty good gash on his arm. The hospital had put a "tagaderm" (sp?) on him. The tagaderm was nothing more than a clear tape kind of thing. There was nothing in there to soak up the blood. Anyway, by the time I got there, his arm had continued to bleed underneath that thing until it was leaking out on his sheet, gown, etc. My cousin, Andy, pointed it out to the nurse and he started all this crap about how that's how it's supposed to be...yadda, yadda, yadda (took the guy 20 minutes to get in there and stop a beeping IV!). Andy told him (and if he hadn't, I was going to), "we want that cleaned and changed". As I was leaving, they were getting ready to clean it up. ARGH!!!!

I'm going back to visit tonight. I hope he's doing better.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New video of Georgia Rose...

I love newborn grunting. She was getting her diaper changed and she's not incredibly happy. She was 6 days old in this clip.

I sure do miss her.

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He's outta here...

Well, my bil, Jeff, ships out for Iraq today. He is stationed in San Diego. I can't imagine how that must feel for his wife and kids. Please pray for his safety and quick return.

My papaw had a stroke this morning. He seems to be okay except his speech has been mildly affected. He's being admitted to the hospital. I guess he'll be there a couple of days.

My papaw is one of those "rock" kind of people. I have never met anybody so totally devoted to the Lord. He spends the majority of his days reading his Bible, praying, and listening to preaching programs on the radio. Everytime I go up there, he always says, "Jill, are you saved?" I say, "yes, Papaw, I'm saved" and he says, "Just checking". I remember when I was a kid, being up there before school and he would be up getting ready to go to work. He would have every radio in the house tuned in to J. Vernon McGee. Bro. McGee has been dead for years, but he's still on the radio and everytime I hear him it takes me directly back to my childhood. My papaw is a BIG dude...over six feet tall. I remember when he would drink his coffee (this was in the days of percolators...yep, I'm gettin' old) he would pour it out into a saucer and drink it. I used to be REALLY skinny when I was a kid (I KNOW that's hard to believe), and he always called me "wire legs". I love my papaw SO much...I even named my sweet Georgia after him. Here's a pic of him and Levi at Christmas...

I got a sweet message from a girl that I used to go to church with, and I must say...it was perfect timing. Here's what she had to say (regarding Andy and me working in children's church)..."I still remember all the candy rains and of course my favorite times were when you guys would bring your dalmation. Your ministry with children really molded my life at a young age. "

Okay, so I've been feeling REALLY down about this autopsy thing. Why? I don't know. We didn't do anything wrong (unless loving a child totally and completely is wrong) so why should I worry??? The Lord has given us these children and we feel this is our calling, is to love them, care for them, and minister not only to them, but also to their birthmother and her family. So, again, why should I worry??? Is the Lord going to let our entire calling be destroyed by something like this??? I DON'T THINK SO!!! The kicker was "your ministry with children really molded my life at a young age." I've prayed for days for some peace in this whole thing, and that sentence brought it. I know that the Lord was moving on that young lady as she wrote those words because they were EXACTLY what I needed to hear!

Okay, enough rambling...the dryer should be buzzing anytime (I feel like I spend more time with the dryer than I do my husband sometimes!!!)

Monday, June 12, 2006


Look at what a cutie Ashley is. Read more about her here... Could you be her mom or dad?

This is pretty darn cute...

Asher is ALL boy and he's seen his brothers do this arm pit thing to make weird noises. Anyway, here's his attempt...followed by his infectious laugh.

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It's been a few days...

Andy has been home installing a chain link fence around our yard. This will keep our dogs away from evil neighbor, Bill (see previous posts about him "showing out" down here). So, I've been busy *supervising* from inside my air conditioned house, of course. :) One thing I ain't...an outdoor lover. I don't like to sweat at all!

Talked to Georgia's bmom the other night. She said she'd talked to the forensics people and they said the autopsy was in the hands of the DA's office. I talked to one of my pastors who used to be the chaplain here in my county and he said that was normal procedure. That the DA, not the Sheriff is the one who orders autopsies and it goes back through them for them to say, "okay, this was SIDS...case closed." My pastor also reminded me (which I knew, but I tend to be a worry wart) that if she'd been physically or sexually abused or overmedicated, they would have already been here to get one of us. It's hard to explain what it feels like waiting for an autopsy to come back. We know that we know that we know that all we EVER did for that baby was to love her and take care of her. BUT, having this looming over us is just not fun. I just want this overwith. I think once we hear from the autopsy, then we'll be able to totally move on. We'll never forget Georgia, and I don't think I'll ever stop grieving for her, but we have other children who still need their mommy and daddy and we gotta march forward. At times, I almost feel guilty for going on...I know that sounds silly, but I don't ever want to feel like I'm betraying her or her memory. Lord, how I love that baby!!!!

On a happier note, Tilley and Riley's baseball team, the Vols, won their tournament Saturday!!! GO VOLS! Now, they will play against the other team who won the previous tournament in the "World Series". It should be interesting.

Here's a few pics of the kids we've taken over the past few days...
Daniel shaved his head!!!

Here's my cousin, Madison, helping Andy and Daniel dig the holes for the fence by adding a little extra weight...

Here's Madison again with Levi...isn't she gorgeous? She's as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside...

Thursday, June 08, 2006


They got him! He's dead!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!! That's just the news I wanted to hear..."Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead". It's about time. This man was evil straight to the bone. Can you imagine BEHEADING another human being?

Okay, sing along with me (to the tune of Wizard of Oz's "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead") Ding dong al-Zarqawi is dead, al-Zarqawi sorry piece of trash is dead, ding dong al-Zarqawi is dead".

I'm not usually happy when another person dies, I am usually a very compassionate person (a little too compassionate sometimes). But I remember the first beheading of an American citizen, Nick Berg, in Iraq and it was al-Zarqawi who did it. I remember how angry I was and how I felt rage building up inside of me. I remember thinking how that poor man's mother must feel, and how scared he must have been...and what a horrible death that would be. I remember praying, "Lord, deliver this man into the hands of the United States military and let them kill him!"

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Look at Gary...isn't he a cutie? He's available for adoption!


Well, I went to the doctor today and I have a big ole whopping case of bronchitis. I feel awful today. The doctor gave me an antibiodic (which makes me vomit) and some cough medicine so I hope to feel better in a couple of days.

Tilley has her friend Erin over spending the night tonight. Erin tried to get Tilley to go home with her, but Tilley wouldn't. She's like me...a homebody.

I love this pic of Georgia...Levi had grabbed her headband, pulled, and let go. She was not happy.

Dental hygiene...THE most important thing in life

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Teenagers, anyone???

Look at these great kids! They are available for adoption!!!

Gonna have to go to the doctor...

I can't shake this cold/sinus crud that I've been battling since Saturday evening, so I've decided to go to the doctor tomorrow. I'm going to have to find a new doctor, because my regular m.d. is going through a divorce and is out of work "indefinitaly". That stinks. So, because my cousin works for a doc at a walk-in clinic, I think I'll head up there first thing tomorrow. Andy's going to stay home a couple of hours so I can go. Hopefully, they can have me feeling better soon. If I weren't coughing til I wet on myself it wouldn't be so bad, but I just can't stand that!

On a more positive note, the kids and I have been working on a Father's Day surprise for Andy. I hope he enjoys it as much as we have.

Here's Andy's mom, Elaine, and Georgia on Christmas day.

What about this could irk somebody?

I'm a member of an adoption forum (not Teatime, another one which will remain nameless). A lady posted on there that she was looking for quotes on fatherhood. So I posted this:
"You don't become a great dad by donating your sperm. Lots of guys do that without ever acting much like a real Dad. Being a really great Dad takes three things - none of which require your genes:

Love God above all else.
Love the Mother of your Children.
Love your children like you want to be loved"

My husband, Andy"

Now, this had been on there for a couple of weeks, and I check today and there's this quote from some user that, obviously, is less than intelligent:
"I dont want to get in an argument. However, that statement really irked me a lot."

First of all, he DID want to start an argument, or he wouldn't have said anything. Secondly, don't bash my husband cause if you do, there WILL be an argument because he's about as close to perfect as any man I know.

After reading, and re-reading Andy's statement, I'm still wondering what could "irk" someone about it? Is it not true??? Are you required to be genetically linked to your children in order to be a good parent to them, or is he offended because I *gasp* mentioned God??? Basically, I really don't give a flying flip if this guy liked what I posted or not. I checked his post history and he seems to love disagreement and keeping something stirred up (which is pretty typical of a lot of the users and administrators on this particular forum). Bottom line...Andy is enzacly (the way Tilley prounounces exactly) right! You wanna know how I know???? Because everyday I watch the man that I love live with a houseful of kids that aren't genetically linked to them, and he is a GREAT father!!!

Love you, Andy...kissie, kissie.

If this doesn't make you smile

I'm not sure what will. Isn't Kaymie just darling??? She's such a little ham, she wanted me to video her singing her entire repertoire, but I had to stop her. She's such a girlie girl and I can't wait to put her in dance class!!!

I know, I know, I have THE cutest, THE sweetest and THE best kids anywhere! ;)

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Go Daniel Go!!!

Daniel went to play baseball with our church team tonight. He hit TWO in the park homeruns!!!!!

Little boys are born to make car noises...

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There are some things you just can't fake...

and a bellybuster is one of them!

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A cannonball...kindergarten style!

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So THAT'S how you're supposed to eat an ice cream cone!

Andy and I were sitting at the table tonight reading the paper. We hoped to read more than a sentence or two, so we did what any *good* parents do...we fixed chocolate ice cream cones for the kids! ;) Here's Levi eating his from the bottom...

Here's Asher and Kaymie enjoying theirs...

And as if I haven't posted enough of my kids today, here's a cute video clip of Sean and Levi playing with a guitar. The video is a little dark (the kids were playing with the camera AGAIN), but it's really cute.

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Instant family, anyone?

Look at these three beautiful sisters. Click here to learn more about them.


Oh good grief, I'm battling some sort of sinus crap today. I know it's probably just allergies, but I feel R-E-A-L-L-Y crappy today! UGH!

Weird weather...it was like 96 last Monday and not even 80 today...really, really weird.

STILL waiting on the autopsy results on Georgia. I'm so sick of this whole mess. I think the DCS Special Investigator knows, but is waiting on the faxed copy that was promised to him. I know this is just another case to him, but this was MY baby. If he knows, WHY CAN'T HE JUST TELL US????? We didn't get the closure of a funeral, and I'm hoping that this will give us some peace. It's not that I'm tormented or anything over it. However, Georgia's bmom is telling that we smothered her. Imgaine living with THAT hanging over your head! The only thing we EVER did to that child was love her wholly and completely. Gosh I miss her. Here's a pic...she's with Papaw (her great grandfather). His name is George and she was named after him. He held her and was blessing her...it was the sweetest thing.

Don't understand...

Why is it that some women are drawn to losers? Why can't they pick a nice, decent guy and live happily ever after (like me)? I have a dear friend, actually, she's almost like a daughter, who seems to be incapable of finding a good man. We've told her over and over again to just wait and the Lord will send her the right guy. Instead of waiting (which is also what she heard from the Lord), she's picked one of the biggest losers in our area. This guy is about 11 years older than her, is a partier, druggie, no good kind of a guy. He has a pretty set pattern...he's all about sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll...until he gets in trouble with the police. Then, he's burning white hot for God for a few weeks until he's back to his same old stuff. My friend is such a sweet girl and wants so desperately to have a good mate. She's very responsible; she works two jobs and has just bought a house. Loser, on the other hand, still lives at home with mama. My friend attends church regularly, but now even that is falling by the wayside because of this no good guy.

*sigh* It's hard to sit back and watch, but I've tried to warn her and she won't listen. I guess she'll have to get burnt to learn for herself.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Thankful today...

I know I originally said this is supposed to be about little stuff, but I have to say today that I am thankful for my pastor, Dr. Ernie Varner. Pastor Varner has to have one of the sweetest spirits of anybody I've ever met. He preaches the word, not 429 stories per sermon and 2 Bible verses...he preaches ALL word! He's kind and compassionate and is always very careful about doing things the right way and not hurting anybody's feelings. We've recently had an uproar in our church (read my previous posts about Mr. and Mrs. Badparents and their unruly daughters, especially D2 and D3). Pastor Varner has handled the entire situation with an amazing amount of grace and dignity and always with a kind word. He's such a great guy!


Look at this picture of a beautiful east TN sunset. I took this on the way home from my bil's house last week.

Twelve weeks...

Well, as of two days ago, Georgia has been gone as long as she was here. It's so hard to believe that she's been dead 12 weeks. It's hard to believe how much it still hurts. It's totally amazing how a little person can come into your life and make things so much more wonderful, even if it's just for a short time. Here's a pic...this smile was for Sean.

I posted last week about the flowers that the church presented to those who'd lost a love one. Here's a pic...

New dishwasher!!!

Well, my prayers were answered. Our evil old dishwasher finally sprung a leak and Andy said, "let's go buy a new one". It was like a commercial for Cascade around here...our old evil dishwasher was one of those that you had to wash the dishes before you could put them in the dishwasher. I was ELATED when it died to say the least! Our new one has all sorts of bells and whistles. It was the best one Home Depot had in stock. My dear husband spent all day yesterday installing it, and he did a great job!

My kids have always been the kind that they'd rather have a stick and a box instead of a bunch of toys. So, needless to say, Kaymie and Levi had a blast with the dishwasher box yesterday (everybody else was gone...it was WEIRD to only have two kids at home!!)

Speaking of my kids, look at this picture of Tilley...hmmmm, the weird things my kids do with my camera. Then there's one of Levi sleeping that Daniel took the other night. So sweet!


I found this on the internet today. This should be against the law...
Caucasian baby girl due to a mom who has placed before. She is seeking open adoption and needs a very involved adoptive mom (family) to give her support, love and just be there for her. Estimated fees are $35,000.00!!!!!!! THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ooh, I could get on my soapbox and stay there all day. Over 100,000 kids waiting, wishing for, and wanting parents and they are asking for that much money? FOR WHAT???? I'm sorry, but that amount is nauseating, offensive, bewildering, and screams greed. There oughta be a law against that.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I know y'all wanted to know this about me...

One of those silly quizzes and I'm a Ballerina Barbie???? Interesting...

Friday, June 02, 2006

So incredibly sad...

I had waited since last week to watch it...Diane Sawyer's Primetime Live special on foster care. I thought it was awesome! Any of you who know anything about me at all, know that this is very near and dear to my heart. I guess you could say it's a passion of mine.

I was heartbroken over those children. Summer who had been so sexually abused and forced to eat dead deer off the kitchen table because her mother was too strung out and too busy with her sex life to give a hoot. They kept showing this teenage boy over and over; he was blonde with braces and glasses, and he kept telling all kinds of good things about himself. I nearly cried because he was giving his "sales pitch", hoping that somebody would be interested.

Andy and I got into foster care after having numerous miscarriages. Once I got pregnant, I couldn't stay pregnant. We went for one meeting with a fertility specialist. When we left, we agreed that instead of bringing a doctor into our bedroom, we would find a child who needed us. We contacted DCS and started the paperwork. We were young with no other children and lots of energy, so we went the therapeutic foster care route. Therapeutic foster care is now done through contract agencies in Tennessee (Agape, Omnivisions, etc.). It was defined as fostering children with severe psychological, physical, or emotional needs. We finished our training and began waiting. One day, the call came. It was our worker, Suzanne. She said she had a four year old little boy that needed a home NOW...could we take him? I called Andy and we agreed. We were incredibly nervous when Glenna, Daniel's worker, brought him to our house. We had wondered all day long what he would look like. He was THE cutest kid I had ever seen. He was fair skinned, with the perfect sprinkling of freckles, chipmunk cheeks and a high pitched squeaky voice. He had on clothes that were too small, cowboy boots that were split open across the top of the foot, and a coat that the sleeves were about two inches above his wrist. He had an incredibly worn blue bird stuffed animal tucked under his arm. That was back when hoods on coats still had strings on them. Daniel sat down on our couch and proceeded to sit flicking those string ends together. They told us all the important info and left. Daniel was placed in our home because of his ability to tantrum for hours (no joke). There were times when Andy and I had to restrain him to keep him from hurting himself or us. Then one day, it hit me. His outbursts came shortly after taking his Ritalin (he was on a mega dose...40 mgs. 3x/day!!) I got him off of it and he turned into a different child! That was 13 years ago, and Daniel has been our son legally since August of 1995. It's not always been easy or fun or sweet or great, but it's been rewarding, and has given me a huge sense of accomplishment. Daniel is almost 18 now, and is trying typical 18 year old stuff (wanting to leave home, be emancipated, he doesn't want to be corrected, etc.), but he's still MY son...Andy and I are the only parents he remembers.

Then we have our sib group of six (was a group of seven before Georgia died). We didn't take them all at once, and they came at different ages from 2 days old to 4 years old. Tucker and Sean had suffered failure to thrive and malnutrition and Kaymie "severe abuse". Asher is still developmentally delayed because he was left laying in a carseat for hours with little to no stimulation. Where would they be today? They would most likely be spread out all over this part of the state and would never know that the others existed (there are three more in different parts of the country). Does anybody realize that they can have a ready made family?

Daniel's situation is not unique, there are hundreds of thousands of Daniels out there. Why don't people want these kids, I've often wondered? Maybe the fear of the unknown...although you are not promised perfection if you give birth; I have a cousin with severe birth defects and retardation. Maybe people want babies. I understand that, I know probably better than most anybody the ache for a baby (I've had 10 miscarriages). I've even had it hinted to me that I was selfish for taking another baby when there were so many people waiting. I truly believe that I have this sibling group and my biological daughter, Tilley, because Andy and I were obedient to the Lord and started this foster care journey.

Here's the whole thing in a nutshell...the Bible says this, " James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." I believe that anyone that watched that show last night and doesn't seek the Lord's will for their life regarding these hurting, broken children will answer to the Almighty some day. I can't imagine how this grieves Him.

So, take a look here at just a few children in TN who are waiting for their forever home. If you'd like to adopt any of them but don't live in TN...NO BIGGIE, that's what ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) is for. It takes a little longer, but it's worth it!!!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't let this opportunity pass you by........

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Now THAT'S punishment!

This is ridiculous. Way to go, Tennessee!!! Get 'em where it hurts. What about all the sorry deadbeat dads who don't care for fishing and hunting only staying high and living off mama like my cousin's sorry ex??? She works her tail off to make ends meet all while her sorry 40ish ex-boyfriend does nothing to help support their son.

What is this world coming to?

One month and counting....

til vacation!!! July 1 Gulf Shores, here we come!!! I'm excited!! I'm gonna pile my big self up somewhere and rest for a whole week. Andy's parents are meeting us down there and his uncle Richard and aunt JoAnn are even talking about dropping by for a visit. Richard is a HOOT!!! The fella has to be 73 or so, but is a fireball! He's the kind of guy that keeps you laughing all the time. JoAnn is such a sweet lady and so incredibly easy to talk to. Being around her is always like catching up with an old friend. It'll be cool if the do make it...I know my mil will be THRILLED! I definately hit the jackpot in the in-law department.

We had a blast Sunday...we had six of our kids plus two of my cousin's kids and a friend of Tilley's in the pool. I fed them all lunch and they swam the rest of the day until church time. Last year when we bought a new table for our kitchen, we stuck the old one on the back porch. Works out great when the kids are wet and we don't want them in here dripping all over everything.