Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why God made Moms

My friend Kimberly e-mailed me this and I thought it was amusing and had to share.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom ?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook ? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time. [This kid is a genius!!!]
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of Plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

Beach pictures

I realized I took 175 pictures in Myrtle Beach so I will share some of our favorites over the next couple days.

Vacation to Myrtle Beach

We went on vacation this year to Myrtle Beach with my sister in law and her family. My niece is 10 and my nephew is 7 and all five kids got along great! The weather was really nice except in the evening it was chilly enough for a light jacket. Must have been the ocean breeze! The kids really enjoyed the beach but loved the pool! Most of our time was spent either by the pool or eating! We visited Broadway at the Beach, Ripley's aquarium, and Barefoot Landing. There is a lot to do in Myrtle Beach but I think next year we will go somewhere else. All in all it was a great vacation!

Summer update

We have been enjoying lazy summer days yet the summer has remained quite busy! I thought for sure that once the boys were out of school our schedule would slow down a bit~WRONG! The boys have been to vacation bible school, swimming lessons, soccer, soccer camp, Tae Kwon Do, and we went on vacation.

I had decided during the summer that I was going to try to focus less on the adoption and more on my family and spending time with them. I still occasionally visit my adoption boards and check out the latest news in the China adoption community but I have really limited my time to maintain some sanity. It looks like at this point that we could still be waiting another 2 years before we receive Mia's referral and to me that is just depressing! I can't believe a year ago when we were at the end of our paperchase we thought we would be traveling in a year or 18 months at the most! It is amazing to me all that has changed in one years time. I will admit there are days I just want to give up and be grateful for the family that I have. I know however if I don't remain strong and on the path that God has put us on there will always be an empty place in my heart that only Mia can fill. This week I was reading adoption stories and I found inspiration in a quote a mother had written about the wait.

"I am doing this not for myself but for my child. This little one is worth waiting for. That child is an orphan, dispossesed and forgotten in a fast moving society, but here, where time seems to stand still, I wait. I have not forgotten about this child. This child is that important to me."

This statement meant so much to me. So often I think about "our" wait and not the fact that Mia will be waiting too. The bond between us has already been formed. As we wait we have prayed for her, loved her, dreamt about her, and planned for her. Our parenting her has already begun. We will continue to wait for her as long as it takes because she is that important and worth waiting for.