Friday, December 26, 2008


:: posted by alex ::

One of my best friends, Chad, sent a Christmas present to my Nana and Pepaw's house just for me.  Boy was I surprised!

I couldn't wait to see what it was.


No way!  A remote controlled helicopter!  Sweet!


This morning, my cousins and I took it in the back yard to play with it.

The first flight took the helicopter OVER the house and into the front yard.

The second flight took it from the front yard, across the street, and onto the neighbor's roof.


The third flight took it from our front yard, back across the street, into the top of a tree, over the neighbor's roof, then into their backyard.

After the neighbor was kind enough to help us get it...AGAIN, he requested that we take the helicopter somewhere else to play because he had work to do.

Thanks for the super cool, high flying helicopter, Chad!
I'm going to put it away for now so we can fly it together and you can see for yourself how cool it is.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Nine years these three have hung.
Nine years of just us three.
This is the last Christmas these three stockings will be hanging.
Next year there will be four.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


2 adults. 1 child. 1 dog. 
drove 17 hours.
through 5 states.
made 4 stops.

to spend Christmas with family.

we left the warmth of sunny florida.
and landed here, in the cold.
where the temperatures are in the single digits.

i packed my flip flops, because i couldn't imagine not wearing them.
after all, they are a staple in my wardrobe.

and anyway,
how will everyone see my french pedicure in close toed shoes?

well, apparently they won't.  it's too cold.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

our friends...

they are quiet amazing.
they encourage us, pray for us, and continue to bless us.

they gave us this.
a box full of change.
their change.

they are collecting all their spare change to help us with our adoption and have committed to do so until the baby comes home.  

we have been blessed with amazing friends.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I am so blessed to have this man as a best friend and partner for life.
He is an amazing husband and wonderful father.
He is very passionate about his Lord and the ministry God has given him.

This man, my man, is something.
As we continue on our journey to grow our family through adoption,
I am continually amazed at the sacrifices this man is willing to make.

He works hard.
Really hard.

He has dreams.
Dreams of things he will one day have.
A new truck.  A bass boat.  A motorcycle.

he sacrifices.
He is choosing to not go after those things.
Things he has worked hard and saved for.
Things he still dreams of having one day.

he's choosing to go after something else.
Someone else.

He is putting his wants and needs aside...once again,
and choosing our family.

Yes, my man, he is something.
And today is his birthday.

I am certain he will not get all the things he dreams of,
all of his wants and desires.

But I did!
I married the man of my dreams.
And I pray that our boys will grow up to be just like their daddy.

Friday, December 5, 2008


After dropping Alex off at school this morning, Keith and I headed to Magic Kingdom to watch the taping of the 2008 Disney Christmas Parade.  Even though most of the taping will take place tomorrow, Alex has a flag football game.

Sorry Regis and Kelly, we have some cheering to do. And a little taping of our own.

Since Disney does such a good job of keep everything under wraps, you never really know the Who? What? When? and Where's?.  When we got to the park, we found out they weren't taping until after lunch.

That gave us plenty of time to run over and ride Space Mountain.

While in line, we meet this cute senior adult couple from Tennessee that are here on vacation.  Without their family.  Just the two of them.  And riding Space Mountain.

The only performance we were able to watch was David Cook, this years American Idol winner.  Since he was one of my favs, I was very excited.  It took them about an hour to tape him singing, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.  He would sing one line over and over.  Then, they would have to stop and touch up his make-up because it was so warm out.  He was able to sing it all the way through a couple of times.  It was fun to watch, but since it took so long, we had to leave before Sarah Brightman performed.
So sad.

But, if we stayed, that would have meant being late picking up Alex from school.  Really late.  So late he would have been the last one there.   Probably a little worried, maybe even scared., sorry, I had a quick flashback.  I was left a school a time or two when I was younger, but that's another story for another day.  (love you mom, I'm not bitter, I promise)  Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah, we left, ran home, let the dog out and got Alex from school.  And yes, we were ON TIME.

David Cook