Mish Mash

Friday, February 6, 2009

There are a couple of things I want to post about so hang in there.  This might get long.

First, the gracious and generous Kimberley at The Seventh Diamond is helping to raise money for some special babies in China.  These babies are orphans and they all have cleft palate.  A wonderful foster home has agreed to care for them but they need sponsorship.  Please go to Kimberley's blog and see if you can help these little angels.  You can also go to this blog set up just for the cleft palate babies.  Imagine the difference your contribution will make. Our family sponsors a special needs orphan in China and my children love getting updates and photos of the little girl we help.  I love teaching them that God wants us to "adopt" his children in any way we can. Someday I will share more about the darling angel that we sponsor.  She is very special.


Last weekend when we were in Dallas, Eloise graciously invited our family to dinner at their home.  We had such a nice time.

First, Eloise and I spent the afternoon chatting and browsing the shops.

Eloise bought his tres chic Philippe Starck Ghost chair for her daughter's room.
I am helping her carry it out.

I have my eye on this petite version for Kate and might get it when I get the crib out of her room. Isn't is precious?


That evening we had a delicious dinner at their home.  Everything was so lovely.

Kate was "full of personality" that night and was even kind enough to throw a tantrum or two for our entertainment.  She adored Eloise and Dots and Vivian and the cats and Robert and especially...."Hockey Boy" who was on his way to a dance.


He looks so handsome in his "Texas Tux"


After dinner, Eloise indulged Will in a game of Stratego.  He has made her promise to play either Risk or Axis and Allies when she comes for a visit.  Will loves a good strategic game.

Then Dots lead us in a game of Balderdash.  I loved that game.  Kate was on my team and we won:)

Our families really got along well.  Eloise and Robert are so warm and gracious.  Their home is beautiful and their children are a delight.  I cannot say how much we enjoyed our time with them.   Thank you Eloise and family!

Now for a little sneak peek:)

This is what my family room looks like now.  (the sofa table is out on approval~which was not very smart of me since I cannot really tell how it will look with 1/2 the room sealed off). I  should have moved that throw too.

Hopefully they will be done today but it will take a few days to dry.  So I will post the photos next week sometime.

Finally, my Will comes home today!!!!  He was away from home for the first time this week on a school trip.  I was a NERVOUS WRECK the first day or two.  I prayed a lot and talked through it with some friends (thank you).  It is SO hard to let them go.  I need to write a post on that soon.


This is Will the morning he left.  His way of saying goodbye to his brother and sister!

Isn't he the CUTEST?


  1. Looks like a fun shopping trip and weekend with special friends. I think the hardest part of being a parent is letting go. Look forward to your post on that :)

  2. oh so much to comment on:)
    how kind of Kate to throw a tantrum ;)
    oh I hope Will had fun.

    Can't wait to see the finished cabinets. They are really beautiful either way just a matter of taste and the look one is trying to achieve. I love the room.

    have a wonderful weekend. We are supposed to have a gorgeous one. 70's.

  3. Hey Kim,
    I have been out of the blogging world for awhile with all that is going on but enjoyed catching up on your family.
    You mentioned you are learning how to redo your blog? I am wanting to do this also, is it hard? I like change too much to keep paying someone. I'd love any advice or pointers.

  4. What a sweet surprise to arrive at your blog and see the face of the baby we are co-sponsoring. :)

  5. Looks like you have been busy and having lots of fun..
    LOVE the pink chair..
    can't wait to see the new look..
    Have a great Weekend..

  6. Your kids are all darling! I especially love the one of Will at the end of this post, and Kate's anniversary picture! I've so enjoyed your decor tips too!

  7. oh sweet Will! I hope he had a great trip:0 I love the chair, sooo cute! It looks like you had a great week:)

  8. That last picture of Will and Kate is my absolute favorite....I am glad he is back safe and sound!

    Looks like you had a wonderful visit with your friends.....love that chair and think it would look so cute in Kate's room:)

    Have a great weekend!


  9. Will looks so much older-I can really tell in these pictures! He and Jeff would get along fantastically-he's a huge Axis and Allies fan! Looks like ya'll had so much fun with Eloise-and that chair is super cute!

  10. Love your family pictures!!!

  11. Will is very handsome.

    I love your sofa and the sofa table.

    I think I would also like the shelves better painted.

    I love the ghost chair for me!

  12. Love the pink ghost chair!!! My friend has a lavendar one in her daughter'r room and it gets SO many comments. Is Kate wearing a Hanna Anderson sweater dress? It is SO cute and so is she.

    Looks like you and Eloise had a lovely time and it is always nice when families get along so well. Great new friendships being made are life's greatest treasures.

    Glad that Will made it home safe and sound. I can't wait to hear where he went and how he did. He is such a handsome fellow. I love the affection he shows towards his siblings! Sooo sweet!

  13. you seem like the most fun of friends!
    and i LOVE your taste in EVERYTHING ( kids, hubby, decor! hahaha ) -
    and i posted pics of some sock monkey stuff i made -
    hope you take a peek and enjoy!
    kisses and cupcakes,

  14. I DO love his smile...so sweet.

    Looks like you had a really blessed weekend with friends.

  15. Hey - looks like you have been as busy as we have. The "Boys" are off in the morning and so I think it will be the first day of complete rest I have had in ages :D

    I don't have your e-mail and I need it to invite you into the Workshop Group. I am having to rebuild my entire e-mail address book - it is been awful!

    If you could just make me a contact on Flickr - you will get an invite faster.

    Talk soon and :D
    Ladybug hugs,

  16. Kim,
    What a great post! A cause very near and dear to my heart...
    My oldest son Matthew was born with a cleft lip and palate. I will be visiting the cleft blog and learning more about how to help these precious babies.

    Oh, and yes, your Will is adorable! Get ready Mom, the girls will be knocking on your door very soon :)


  17. Those babies are so precious and just touch my heart.
    LOVE the pink chair - that goes without saying ;)
    Looking forward to seeing the finish cabnits,
    And, I know only too well how hard it is to 'let go' especially the first time, but I have to admit I even have a very hard time letting my older boys go off to college! Poor Griff, since he is the only one home, I never want him to go anywhere.

  18. I LOVE it that you play games!!! It seems like most kids these days just want to veg out on the computer or Wii and don't actually want to interact with humans!!!

  19. Thanks for the sweet comment, Kim! I loved seeing this post and your family get-together with Eloise and fam. That is so cool. You both are such special people.


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