Odds and Ends...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We went to spend some time with our good friends yesterday...

Kate wasn't so sure of the swing at first...

Then, she warmed up to it.

Then she LOVED it!  She even tried to pump her legs.

Kate loved petting Patriot (the horse) but she was not so crazy about sitting on him.

Harry in the corn.

A fresh vidalia onion from their garden.  It smells so good. 
 I plan to use it in our fish tacos tonight.


I tried to capture this cute little chipmunk but he was too fast for me.
  As soon as I got him in focus, he would scurry away.

~Thank you for the prayers for Conner.  He is doing really well.  Hopefully, he will be flying home soon.

~Thank you for all of the amazing e-mails you have sent regarding the diet and supplements.  I have been overwhelmed with the stories that people have shared.  I have also received many e-mails asking specific questions and advice. I will answer them all but it will take me a while.  I will start on them next week when we return. If for some reason you don't hear back form me, try again.  It may have been an oversight.  And I will do a post on homeopathy in late July.

~ I have LOVED the Bachelorette this season.  I love, love, love Jason and hope she picks him.  Jesse is nice too but Jason is the one. Just had to throw that in there.

~We are headed to Minnesota to spend the 4th of July with this wonderful family.  I met Diana on Rumor Queen in our log-in room.  We clicked immediately on-line knowing really nothing about one another.  There was just a connection.  The more we got to know one another, the more alike we realized we are.  Then we were both referred little angels from the same province (Jiangxi).  Ruby and Kate are very close in age (about a month apart). I am so blessed to know Diana but I have never met her in "real life." We talk on the phone almost every Tuesday and we e-mail one another. This weekend is a leap of faith for both of us. Diana was brave enough to invite our family to their lake house and we are so grateful.  I am taking a HUGE leap of faith by conquering a fear that has paralyzed me for nine years.  I am getting on that plane!

~I am not brining my laptop because I want to spend all of my time with friends and family but I will certainly post LOTS of photos when we return.  (Diana and I might sneak in one post on her computer;)  

~I am probably the last person I know who did not own an Ipod until today.  I just bought one for the plane and am looking for music suggestions.  Feel free to leave them in the comments.

~I am so excited for our trip and my anxiety level about flying has been pretty manageable so far (probably due to all of the prayers).  I have copied almost all of the Bible verses on index cards (along with who sent them).  I still need to finish tonight. Please continue to pray for my strength and our family's safety as we fly early (7:30) Friday morning and around lunchtime on Tuesday.  I really appreciate it.

~ I am reminded of a line from one of my favorite songs:

" I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams and that faith gives you the courage to dare do great things. I am here for you whatever this life brings.  So, let my love give you roots and help you find your wings.   It's not living if you don't reach for the sky.  I'll have tears as you take off but I'll cheer as you fly." 

I am reaching for the sky! 

~Happy Fourth of July!


  1. I'm glad you got the ipod...that really helped me survive this last flight! Have a great trip. Email me your flight times and I will pray specifically during your takeoff...knowing someone was doing that for me made a huge difference to know they were praying exactly when I needed it.

  2. Minnesota is beautiful! I'm originially from Minnesota. Praying for a safe trip and the plane ride isn't that bad! ;)


  3. Hey! You're coming to our neck of the woods! Hope you have a fantastic week and very safe...totally uneventful...travels.

    Blessings - Beth

  4. Congrats on conquering your fear. Will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers but know you will have a fabulous time with your wonderful friends! Wendy

  5. I don't have an ipod either!
    Really I am not a big music or tv person though...
    That will be good for the plane. Kim I will be praying and I know you are going to be just fine.
    Love the pics of your fun day.

  6. you will have a wonderful trip and be there and back before you know it. I will keep you in my prayers for safe travel for you all. For your Ipod I love Jack Johnson all of his songs are fun and upbeat.
    Have a great trip.

  7. Kim,
    You will do just fine on your plane trip! Especially with all the prayers and thoughts coming your way! This is coming from a Mom that has lost count of the times I have flown with my children (retired military/stationed overseas)Even with as many times as we have been on a plane there are times I get a little anxious...I end up so preoccupied with the kids and I find focusing my energy on them really helps.
    Flying really can be lots of fun! It's getting through security that is the stressful part!;) By the time you get through that the plane ride will be a breeze!lol;)
    Have a GREAT trip and Happy 4th!!!

  8. Well, I still don't have an Ipod, so you aren't the last! ;)

    Conquering fears is hard, but I know you can do this...it won't ever be something you find easy to do, but you will conquer this one this weekend. {hug}

  9. Oh you will have a wonderful time, I am so excited for the both of you! I will pray for your safe travels, I love Itunes, so easy and great music. I loved the Richard Marx song "ready to fly" when I went to get Myah, makes me think of you this week! Or she's an eagle when she flies by Dolly Parton, or On Eagles Wings, oh I could go on and on with flying songs. Unless you don't want to think about flying then how about John Mayer, love him, I love Casting Crowns, 33 Miles, Nora Jones (love her!), Tony Bennett, Michael Buble. Hmm, I could go on and on.
    I sent you and email today that you might want to read before you leave. Something good!
    Well, off to baseball! Have a great time, give Diana hugs from me!

  10. Have a super, safe trip! I can't wait to hear (read) all about it when you return!!!! Between the two of you - there will surely be a million beautiful pictures!!!

    Happy 4th of July!

  11. I think you are going to enjoy your weekend!
    I dropped my dear husband at the airport earlier today and he's on his way to Australia. I hope he has a good time too. I know I have at least enough anxiety for two people!
    Wine is helping!

  12. SO happy Conner is doing well. Yes, I would love one of Harry's pots:) and girl, you reach for the sky every single day of your life -you are a leader, a pioneer, yourself and most certainly a mentor to so many - we will pray for you as you fly and I know the Lord will use this to stretch you, grow you and just plain love on you as you visit your dear friends (give them kisses for us, by the way:)

    ...but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 (Oh how I have used this in times of trepidation:)

    PS - what's an IPOD? ;)

  13. Kim,

    Have a wonderful trip...I will be praying for you!! I love Colbie Caillat, download the whole CD...you will love it! I also got the Leona Lewis CD for Mother's Day from my boys, and I love it too, Michael Buble...cant go wrong with him either...oh and Il Divo!! Wow...I am kind of shocked by how quick those artists came to mind. Have a great weekend.


  14. Just catching up on your blog after being out near your "neck of the woods." Went to a great outlet mall in Leesburg and wondered if you'd ever been there.

    I know you will have a wonderful time with the "jewels." I'll be praying for your flights to go well for you. Love the song -- it's perfect for your situation. Can't wait to see all the pictures once you get home.

  15. oh Kim!
    What a living example you are to your kids. It is great for them to see you face such a big fear and do it through prayer and faith! I will be praying for you Friday morning! Looking forward to some great pictures of your lovely families together!!! What awesome friendships we form in the adoption community!
    God Speed,

  16. I will pray for safe travels for you and your family. You will have such a fabulous time!! This is one of my favorite songs, too. I sing it for my girls (although I can't sing) and I dance with them to this song because it speaks to my dream for them. It's one of those songs that makes me cry, but it's a good cry. ;-)

  17. Once you actually get up in the air you will feel such a relief. I'll be praying for you. Blake just got back from Minneota and said the weather is great. Have fun!


  18. I know how scary flying is! I wish you the best of luck, and a safe, easy flight! Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Kim, I am praying for you! Praying for a wonderful flight and a great time in Minnesota! Can't wait to see photos!
    Kim, just wanted you to know you are such a blessing...thank you for the valuable info you have provided.

    For your iPod...great Christian music such as Susan Ashton (one of my personal favorites)..her CD called Awakened by the Wind is just incredible...the songs are wonderful. And heck, she's a Texan! iTunes has a ton of her stuff.

  20. Kim,

    Have a wonderful time! I can't wait to see photos of Kate and Ruby together!!

    I actually love podcasts . . . you can really get absorbed in an interesting show (I love This American Life from Chicago Public Radio) . . . before you know it, an hour has passed!

    Travel blessings,

  21. Have fun on your trip.. Can't wait to see all the great pictures..
    LOVE the Bachelorette this year too.. I am with you.. Jason all the way..
    Thanks for the quilt square.. I truly appriciate it..

  22. Such a great post!!!!!! You picked the perfect song and quote from it too!!!! Who knew that God would bring us together, so that you could fly!!! He never ceases to amaze me with his plans! I am so glad that I asked, and you all said YES!!! I will be there Friday morning with bells on (and COFFEE!)

    Blessings my friend! I will see you on the other end of the jetway!


    P.S. LOVE the pics!!

  23. A wonderful song to help on the plan and worship... Kari Jobe, The Revelation Song... It is powerful!

  24. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
    Congrats on the IPOD. I took all my CD's downloaded them into my I-tunes library and then loaded them into my Ipod. I have a hard time spending .99 cents for each song I want. HAVE A GREAT Weekend and I will be praying you through the air!!!

  25. I love that song. It makes me think of my son and how grown up he is getting.

    I truly understand your fear of flying. We have a understanding in my family. I only fly for babies. That is it. No matter what only for babies.


  26. Have a great trip, Kim! You guys will have a blast- can't wait to see pictures!

  27. Kim,
    Have a wonderful trip "up North" and I know you will be fine! I will be thinking of you and praying for you to have a peaceful heart and mind during the flight. You are so lucky to have meet that darling family. I have been reading their adoption website for a long time. Such beautiful girls and wonderful parents.

    Thinking of you!
    Blessings on your trip!


    BTW- Jack is doing great and taking the supplement you recommended to me. YOu really helped us!

  28. Have a wonderful trip! Your pictures are beautiful! I love that sweet smile!!
    Happy 4th!!

  29. Oh... have so much FUN! I will be praying for you. Deep breaths...

  30. What a great post. I'd love to add you to my blogroll if that's okay. What a neat blossoming friendship you guys have. Have a great fourth.

  31. Have a wonderful trip! I don't like to fly and I amespecially afraid of turbulence. A few weeks ago my daughter and I were on an really rough flight. She loved it and was laughing and giggling-she thought it was like a Six Flags ride! I didn't want her to know that I was terrified so I tried to remain calm. She looked over at me and said "Mom, you look like you are going to puke!" and gave me a little pat on the arm. That little pat really calmed me down! And she had no idea how scared I was.

  32. So thankful that Conner is doing well. These are wonderful pictures. Praying you have a safe and relaxing trip!

  33. Have an awesome weekend visiting Dijo & family.....Can't wait to see Ainsley & Ruby with your kids!!! Praying for your flight!

  34. Kim -- We got to San Diego safe and sound. I know you will have safe flights too. Take LOTS of snacks! Have a great time with the Pearl and the Ruby!

  35. Safe travels! Hope you all have a wonderful trip! The iPod is a great distraction...I can't travel without mine. I really like the song "It's going to be alright" by Sara Groves. Also Jack Johnson is great - happy and relaxing music. Enjoy!


  36. Beautiful pictures and great time for your family! Prayers are going up for you as you board that plane and I know you all will have an amazing time!!! Happy 4th!!!

  37. Love all the pics.... Kate's expressions are priceless!
    I too LOVE THIS Season of Bachelorette and have wanted Jason for her from the very first episdode. She will pick him... they are precious together!
    (so excited to have someone to share that with) lol
    So thankful little Conner is doing so well. Will say a special prayer of thanks to our great Healer!
    Have a wonderful trip my friend... enjoy each moment and no worries.... you are in His hands!

  38. I will be praying for all of you too but I KNOW you will be just fine!
    Love ya,

  39. Happy 4th!

    Beautiful pictures as always. Where did you purchase a girl's bracelet for Kate. SOoooo CUTE!

  40. First of all thank you for the updates on Conner. And way to go conquering your fear!!! Have a safe trip and a great 4th of July at the lake house!!!

    P.S. I thought Harry's clay pots looked like yummy chocolate cookies!!

  41. Happy 4th Kim and have a GREAT, great time this weekend! I will pray for you regarding your flying~ you can do this and you will be fine! Years ago when I flew a lot, a friend told me to "pray for the plane to be surrounded with angels and to be carried on their wings" and I have done that ever since. :)

    It looks like you all are having an awesome summer! I love Harry's clay pots!! What a great idea...we are having a lemonade stand and the boys are trying to think of some other things to make and sell but we never thought of clay pots! hehee How creative he is!
    Such summer fun!! Enjoy!

    Oh I will email you some song suggestions...I have no idea what you like, so this could be fun! :)
    I hope it's not too late!

  42. same to you sweet girl.....I can't wait to hear all about your vacation. ;)

  43. Looks like a fun day. Love the pictures : )
    I am a bit Bachelorette fan! I love Jason too. I knew he was the guy from day one.
    Have a wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy your iPod. I hope listening to music will help you relax on the flight. I walk 2-4 miles a night and I don't know what I would do without my iPod.

  44. Hi Kim!

    Have a wonderful visit with Diana.

    Since the 3 of us never got a chance to meet up in China for that much discussed glass of red wine...please drink a glass (or two) for me when the two of you are together!

    I will pray for your safe travels.

    Love to you and your family!


  45. Great pictures! I love little Kate's dress. Hope your brave flight went wonderfully and you enjoy your time at the lake.


  46. Hope that you made it there safe and have a wonderful weekend - I know that you will!
    Ladybug hugs,

  47. Oh Kim, I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! I know that your flight will be very amazing as you conquer this fear. I think you will feel a whole new set of wings, as well as a whole new world that will open to you.

    I'm so happyto hear that Conner is doing well. He seems to be such a little fighter.

    Well I can't wait to see some wonderful pictures from your holiday weekend.

    Love and prayers for you !:)


  48. Have a wonderful 4th of July vacation with your sweet friends and family!!


  49. Hope you are having a great time with Diana and her family. Happy 4th of July!

  50. Have fun on the plane. hope this will be your first of many more to come!!

    and oh yeah...JESSE FOR THE WIN!!:) I really think he's a great person. but I like Jason too (just not as much as Jesse tho)

  51. I have been away and just saw your post. I can't believe your flying trip is here. And when you read this, done, and behind you. You are very strong and brave. Well done!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  52. hope you had a great trip. I am sure the music helped. And as usual, great pics!

  53. I hope that you had a wonderful time away. I am always delighted at seeing pictures of your gorgeous children.


  54. It sounds like you had a wonderful time over the 4th. Your photos are great as always. It is also great to hear that little Connor is doing well and should be returning home soon.

  55. I too loved this Bachelorette season, And you are right Jason is it!!

    It is so great that you got to go visit friends this weekend. We spent time with friends too and it was great!!

    Still praying for Connor!


  56. Hope you are having a wonderful time and the plane trip was enjoyable. I know the Ipod helped.


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