Tuesday, March 31, 2009

On behalf of 2 of my children....


go to the web site and make a PLEDGE!!!!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life can wear you out

Yes, she was really sleeping like this!
This girl LOVES her food. I couldn't believe she fell asleep :-)

Life is rough!!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home again

We are home again! YAY!! Rubea of course lost her breakfast on the way home :-) But, at least we are home! She is comfortable and sleeping. So, she goes back in Monday (3/30) for a cast change in the OR. Then the next Monday (4/6) to finish the surgery. Then hopefully we'll be done! lol

Thanks for all the prayers,


Monday, March 23, 2009


Good Evening!!

Rubea is out of her 5 hour surgery....it was suppose to take only 2-3 hours! WHEW!  She is resting comfortably with daddy and Emilea. Mommy is home taking care of the rest of the crew! They were able to do a big portion of the surgery, but did not finish. She will be going back in so they can finish in 2 weeks. The doctor (whom we love and trust) said she could not withstand him trying to finish. So, back to the OR in a couple of weeks! She has been nauseated and mad, so it was a fun time for me this afternoon. She has been an ANGEL for her daddy! Little sinker....

I'll update again tomorrow when we get her home!!


Sunday, March 22, 2009


Rubea will be having club foot surgery tomorrow to correct both of her feet. She went through casting soon after coming home in October 2007. However, her tethered cord really did some damage so she will now have to have surgery.  After recovering from this surgery, she should be able to get up in a stander. This will be a whole new world for her. She has only been able to play sitting assisted or laying on the floor on her back or belly! We are so excited that she will finally get to be up right and start bearing weight! Of course, shoes are now in the near future for her!! She really can not keep shoes on, so we are REALLY EXCITED to go shoe shopping!!  

Kaylea had a minor surgery Friday afternoon. She had some complications with healing from her tethered cord surgery. So now her titanium rib surgery will not be happening in April, but we are hopeful she will be cleared for that surgery in May!! 

Thanks for checking in......


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ethan, Kaylea and Owen are going to camp! For a week! I am so excited for them!! They have asked me a hundred questions in the past few weeks about *our camp*!  They want to go ahead and pack now. Owen asks several times a week if it is time yet? Ethan just keeps saying he is ready to go ride the horses.  Kaylea  just keeps asking questions about the boys. She is such the little mama. I have been trying to reassure her that there will be adults there to take care of them! She is afraid Ethan will forget to take his medicine, or Owen might fall. She is such an AMAZING sister...you think the boys will ever realize that?? 
They will be attending a Lions Club camp for children in TX with physical disabilities and diabetes. They have all the typical fun things to do, too. They will get to swim (Owen is worried about having a life jacket), go horseback riding, do arts/crafts, sit around at the camp fires, have music, drama, play sports, etc.  Today we got their confirmation letters in the mail!! They are all so excited and ready to pack! LOL I am sure it will be a fantastic experience for them and so much fun going together. I am not sure what we'll do without them for a week....maybe enjoy some quiet time. :-)


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Good deal

Here is a coupon for 30% off through tomorrow at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic!!  They are also having clearance sales!!  I'm off to shop tomorrow!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am soooo thankful that my friends, the Hays family, have their BEAUTIFUL son, Kai, home from Korea! He is a sweet, loving, CUTE little boy! He came home on Tuesday and just loves all of his siblings! Especially their virtual triplet girls. Kai is their 8th child and their 6th adoption!!
Go check out their site and their GORGEOUS children.  You won't be disappointed!!!  
We love you Hays Family of 8!!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Please pray.....

I do not know Bryson, or his family, however, he needs our urgent prayers!!  He had surgery this morning and is experiencing some pretty major complications!!  He has Arthrogryposis, the same s/n as my Kaylea and Owen!  Please head over to his blog and read the updates and say a prayer for him AND his mommy and daddy.

Thank you, bloggy friends!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A couple of rows back....

Last weekend driving home from the Zoo, I heard this conversation going on a couple of rows behind me:

Owen: when we grow up, will we all live together (speaking of my fearless foursome)

Kaylea: we can if you want to.  :-)

Owen:  we can??

Kaylea: yes. Or, we could always have sleepovers!  

Aren't they just the cutest??  Just trying to figure out how this thing called *life* works......

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Great Giveaway!

Over at Believing in Faith, she is holding a great giveaway!  Actually 3 giveaways!  The first is for a Pillow case dress from here, matching bow from here,  and matching socks from here!!! WOW!!!  The next 2 prizes are for $10.- Gift Certificates for this shop!!  Go check out the blog....she is offering 11 chances to win!!

Good Luck!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Comment Number.....

....5 you are the winner!!  

 metaphase said...

I tried to leave a comment before, so I hope I'm not duplicating. Just found your blog. We're a military family with a son from Vietnam and one homegrown daughter.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Congrats!!  I will email you privately.  I will need the size T-Shirt you want and an address to have it shipped to!!

Thank you all for playing!!!!


after surgery January 09

Jack's 12th Birthday (she and Jack were together at CCC in Bangkok)

Enjoying Rylea!!

Proving she is 42"...at Sea World after Christmas

Her 8th Birthday!!

Helping out her new friend, Leo!  
My 3 Thai's!!
Her 7th Birthday!!!
With her best friend from CCC in Thailand.  We surprised the girls by meeting at Chuck E. Cheese. (They are the same age!)
Kaylea, Ethan & Owen on Kaylea's adoption day in Delaware!
Meeting her at CCC in Bangkok!
From when she was a baby!
One of the first pictures we received of her!!
One of the first pics we received!

Kaylea has been apart of our family for 3 years!! It is hard to believe that she has ONLY been with us for 3 years!  I will never forget our time in Thailand with her and all of our adventures!! We took a taxi to visit her orphanage for the last time. I was nervous for her and for us. I was wondering what she would think saying good bye for the last time. Would she understand? Did she have the language skills to understand?  The taxi driver was near the orphanage, but wasn't quite sure the exact location. Kaylea stepped up to the plate! She was giving him directions in Thai and English! She was literally yelling at him to turn a certain way or the street was up ahead and then a word would pop out in English! She was so funny. Then she would tell us what he was saying under his breath!  On another outing to the mall, John had her in his arms looking for a restroom when she started yelling in Thai. A woman came running out of a shop and jabbering to them in Thai.  Apparently Kaylea was shouting that she had to *pee* and the woman came out to give them directions!!  She was quite proud of herself!! LOL

She has had a difficult time with attachment, but has blossomed over the past few months! She is a great student and amazing reader. She adores her baby sisters and tolerates her brothers!
She is very petite for an 8 year old, but don't let her fool you, she rules those brothers of hers!!
And they KNOW it!! 

She is FINALLY going to get her Titanium Ribs implanted in early April! We hope this will add a couple of inches to her 42" height. 

We love you Kaylea!!! Happy 3rd Gotcha Day!!!