Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Crazy May

Well Hello there, it looks as though it's MAY ELEVENTH.
Holy toledo, where does the time go?
May is another busy season for us... the wrapping up of oh, everything. School, dance, school performances, jobs... birthdays, anniversaries, etc, etc... all good, all fun, all head-spinning!

Ignore my wrinkles and big nose for a second and check out this gorgeous little lady... she has a lead role in her 1st grade play this week, in the Zimbabwe version of Cinderella... she is Cinderella (in this version: Nyasha)!!!! So proud of my brilliant girl... and she'll be in a big dance recital this weekend too! Pictures to come...
It's been quite fun living here for these few months... I get to see things like Annie's PROM HAIR! Yes, our sweet Annie got to go to prom! I need to track down some pictures of her dressed up, but here's the hair at least... she looked so cute! She went with a special-needs boy who has been in school with her since their education began. Their teachers were at the prom to make sure they were okay. So cool that these kids were included in such a fun event!
While it HAS been great living here (hi mom, hi dad), it's also been eye-opening to live with a middle schooler (my youngest sister). Ahem. I won't say more than that. However, if you don't know what this is like, get ready. Be prepared. Be very, very afraid. And have a good therapist lined up. And a lot of wine. (I kid! Sort of! AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!).

Anyway, It'll be nice to wake up to this every morning:
And I can't wait to make lots of delicious meals in this cute kitchen (not usually a huge fan of darker cabinets but HELLO! Check out these original oak beauties!). We are so blessed to have found a home that will serve our family so well.

I wish you all a wonderful week... and I'm holding so many of you in my thoughts and prayers. Many friends are traveling soon to meet their children, their children who have waited for families for so long... many others are waiting, in that time of painful wondering... who are my children? I have such dear friends walking the long, tedious, heartbreaking road of infertility, and I'm holding you all in my heart as you journey through these things.

I love this little passage and reflecting on gratitude.... lots of love to you all!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melodie Beattie


  1. 1) You are beyond cute and you don't have wrinkles. That's just what happens to the face of a person who smiles, and it's a good thing.

    2) Leah is awesomesauce and I am pumped about that performance. Julian is playing a snake. Ha!

    3) Annie's prom hair is the greatest thing EVER.

    4)That kitchen is precious to the MAX. I love it!

    5) Also, did you know yesterday was Bono's birthday? It should be declared a national holiday.

  2. I agree with all of the above comments. I also love the quote about gratitude. I am scared Miles will not get full time next year (he finds out tomorrow) and he will have to focus on being grateful.

  3. Gratitude? Okay. I should practice that today.

    Oh, and I agree, those are just smile creases. Very normal. And you do NOT have a big nose.