Sunday, September 28, 2008


Jamie and I went on a date...with about 20 other see the new movie, Fireproof. Anyone from our generation remember the TV show Growing Pains? Well, one of the show's stars, Kirk Cameron, has moved on from the TV screen to the movie screen, but in movies that are not the norm for today's culture. You can actually sit next to your grandma and not squirm out of embarrassment. Fireproof is an awesome movie...full of drama, action, comedy and you will need tissues. But believe me (and per the guys that all went), this is not a chick-flick. It challenges all of us to be the husbands and wives we are supposed to be! Go see's great! Here's the link:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

All in a day's work

Our days are filled with activity. Here's a sample...
Too early in the AM...

I didn't realize my icemaker was dusty.

"Helping" mommy sweep.
The boys are jammin' to Steven Curtis Chapman's "Something Crazy."

Love cuisinaire rods.


What was the math problem again?

Sharing Bible stories.

Sick monkey

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I can't tell you how many times I've been how do you communicate with Laura? How do you know what she wants? Well, after living with a person for over 3 just get to know any relationship, right? Last night, Laura was a little more obvious with her request. I was at church with the kids, signing them up for our Wednesday night Kid's Life Program...great program...thanks, Mr. Dave. Anyway, as with any good church function, there must be food, and last night it was icecream. All the kids were filling their bowls with this treat and adding as much topping as they had icecream. I was walking around talking to parents while holding Laura. I put her down so she could "chat" with some of her little friends, and she made a beeline for the icecream table. She crawled across that room, pulled up on the table and grabbed the handle of the icecream bucket in record time! No communication problem there, wouldn't ya say?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


One more thing to check off the to-do list: immigration paperwork. We mailed our application today to the immigration office in Detroit. They have to process this application, and then mail us a letter stating that the government has approved us to adopt a child from Thailand, and to allow that child to later become a U.S. citizen (after filing more paperwork and paying them more money!). I have to admit, this is not a quick or easy process...and Detroit is not known for its speedy turn-around time. Previously, we've had Senator Levin's office help move our application along, and later, a lawyer helped us get ahold of Charlie's citizenship paper. Here's hoping that this app. will come through without all the song and dance!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back to School

We are officially back to school today. Jacob is in 3rd grade, and Laura & Charlie are doing preschool. They were excited to excited that Jacob was up at 3AM and couldn't get back to sleep. Charlie couldn't wait to "do school with Jacob." So, we took this photo, and proceeded to walk to our kitchen tables to start school.

We're ready!

Math...not the favorite subject!

A new box with crayons and scissors!

Monday, September 1, 2008


We just returned from 8 days in Arizona, and all we can say is "wow!" What a beautiful state, with so much contrast between the north and south...100 degrees vs. 70 degrees, desert cactus vs. green forests, brown hills vs. the Grand Canyon. And who knew that AZ had monsoon rains? We experienced those, and found a few stray cockroaches that sought our condo for a dry escape! Also glad to say that we didn't encounter any diamond backs, gila monsters or huge spiders. Phew! We enjoyed the pool (a must when it's 100 degrees!), great southwest/Mexican cuisine and the guys loved the golf course at The Legacy.

Charlie, the fish...think he's prepared?

Photos will never do the Grand Canyon justice.

Our dare devil was not allowed out of the stroller at the GC. :)

This was as close as Jacob was allowed to the edge of the GC...can ya tell we're not into heights?

I love this place, mama!

A game of chess at the beginning of a monsoon rainstorm!

Laura in Sedona

Arizona desert and cactus

What a bunch of bull!

A new favorite pastime for Jacob.