A Can of What?

While we were riding in the car yesterday, Camryn informed me that she has started her Santa list.  I asked her what she was asking for.  She said, “I want a canopy…”   Aiden quickly said, “A CAN OF PEE?!” 

That’s potty humor at it’s finest, my friends.

 Yes, we’re so proud 




What a perfect name for what I’m feeling right now.

I am just sealing up my first letter to a 10 year old girl that our family adopted through Compassion International last week.  Her name is Deborah and she lives in Indonesia.  To know that these little stickers and a color sheet is going to make her birthday is just amazing. 




I have been having so much fun scrapbooking our trip to Disney World in January. 

Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to…







I certainly never meant to be away from my blog this long!  Maybe you’ll forgive me when you read about my last month and a half…

In May I went to the doctor because I’d been having a lot of pain.  I was told to do a few silly things that I knew wouldn’t help me feel better.  So, I did the things my doctor asked and charted every single time I was in pain and what level of pain it was.  When I went back June 1st to show my doctor my log, she immediately agreed it was time for surgery.   So, nine days ago I had a complete hysterectomy with the removal of my remaining ovary.  I am already feeling the difference and I’m sure that taking this step has finally given me my life back.  The recovery time is 4-6 weeks, so I’m taking it slow right now.  I get so tired from the littlest things!

We also had a dance recital, dance team try-outs, the girls’ birthday party, and lots of end of the year activities to do.  It’s been just a busy few months and I was hobbling through it.  I’m looking forward to how great I feel when I’m finally healed.  I can’t even imagine a life without some amount of pain and soon it will be my reality.   I’m so thankful.

Forgive me?



NASHVILLE, TN…5/21/08… At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

This morning I learned of the terrible, terrible tragedy in the Chapman family.   Their pain is unimmaginable.   I can’t imagine trying to mourn the loss of your child, while trying to help your older child cope with his incredible guilt that he was driving the car that hit his sister.  Iam praying fervently for the Chapman family this morning.

Just yesterday, on my oldest daughter’s 11th birthday, I was listening to his new song, Cinderella, and crying thinking of my baby and how old she’s gotten in a just a few short years.

Please take the time to watch this short video tribute to Maria and say a prayer for the Chapman family.  It’s evident the love he had for his youngest daughter. 

Maria’s Video Tribute

Good Question

Earlier this week, right after Aiden finished some art, he looked down at his paper in his hand and asked me, “Mama, if I died holding this would it go to Heaven with me?” 

What a wonderful question.  I have no doubt he was thinking about his Little Papa since we had been talking about him earlier that day.  Aiden’s full of deep, insightful questions.  He just blows me away. 

So, why, oh why, won’t he stop and learn his letters?!  If it doesn’t spell mom, dad or Aiden, he’s not interested right now.  At least I don’t worry about him- not with deep thoughts like that and his amazing vocabulary.

We’re a family that rarely goes on trips.  For many years, we’ve taken a short trip to the beach with family, but it’s always been on a budget.  We’ve skipped the dolphin watch, and didn’t even consider going to Schlitterbahn.  Now that bills are paid off, we’re ready to make more memories with our kids.

Our first family trip was, of course, our trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando this past January.  So, what’s next?  We have plans to go this summer to Galveston and visit our friends.  We plan to visit the Aquarium and an exhibit of the Titanic.  How exciting! 

I also have been interested in going to the Texas Renaissance Fair in Houston this October.  This fall in History we’ll study this time period.  It would be a great time to go to the festival.

My last trip I’d like to do in the next year is a trip to Dallas.  I’ve always wanted to go to the book Depository and see the story of JFK’s assassination.  The idea of going to Dallas also is particularly on my mind, because Kirt didn’t get to do his Richard Petty Ride Along while we were in Florida.  We can go to the Texas Speedway in Fort Worth and let him do it there.

Both of the girls have birthdays in the next 3 weeks.  While we were discussing what they want for their birthday, we started looking at an American Girl magazine.  It was decided that they each wanted an American Girl Historical Doll.  We were dreaming of how fun it would be to go to the factory one day, when I realized that there is an American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Dallas!  So, that settled it!

We now have a reservation for a September trip to Dallas.  We also plan on visiting the West End one evening for dinner.  That sounds like a pretty special trip, if I do say so myself.  I can’t wait!