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Monday, January 30, 2012

I Have To Laugh.......

This is what I saw when I sat down at the desk on Saturday.....

1. I did not know she knew how to spell dog, let alone know how to use upper and lower case letters correctly.
2. Her Daddy is a veterinarian......just makes it so funny that "Dog" is her first word, secretly written on the wall twice!!


She did help clean after I stopped laughing!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

100 Day Celebration!

The Jr Kindergarten classes at Madeline's school celebrated their 100th day on Friday. What an event!!!! She had a great time as did all her friends.....

I got to take this sweet group around for all the different activities

Getting ready to blow the candles out on their 100 day celebration cake









It was a fun morning!!!




All I can say about this week is AHHHHHHH! It sure is nice to have my sweet Madeline back! This picture sums up her behavior the past few days.....





I love you sweet girl!!!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rest For the Weary.....

Today was a great day. Madeline was so enjoyable to be around all.day.long.

Jeremiah 31:25 "I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."  .......that He did!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Birthday Smiles......

What a weekend, we survived had a wonderful time, won't mention the fits that were had....nuff said!

Madeline had her special day at school on Friday:

birthday note on her cubby

John David watching her do her journal work

Madeline's reaction to Gardner and Kendyl surprising her by coming to her special day!


getting to act like the teacher

"Georgie" left her a present


We had a wonderful morning with our little M!

Saturday, she celebrated her birthday with a few friends at Build a Bear











the entourage, minus Julianne (she could not get in town until later in the day)


because our princess loves Power Rangers:)


Yep she got the entire Power Ranger piece because you only turn 5 once Mom did not want a scene

thank goodness that is all she ate of her 12 pound piece!

and this is how Mom felt when it was over!

And finally lastly her actual birthday on Sunday, I have NO idea why I was not smart enough to have her party on Sunday instead of Saturday!


Yes that is her own itouch (used but she does not have to know that:)

M loved her pink cover!



Princess shoes for my Power Ranger lover




Oh happy day!
We love you sweet Madeline!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Madeline's Birthday Weekend!


This says it all:)
 with a little spiciness added for good measure!
Madeline's birthday is tomorrow.....
we had her special day at school on Friday morning
her party with a few friends today
and dinner with the fam tomorrow
more to come......

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Just Sad......

 I hesitate to post this, yet I want Madeline to know the depth of our love for her when she reads this as she grows older. Two years ago we met with an adoption specialist regarding Madeline's rages. She was a wealth of information and helped us greatly, specifically helping me "get into" Madeline's head. We starting holding therapy whenever she fell apart and could not control herself.......until she is able to control herself and let us help her. It is so very hard, can take a full hour of fighting, which is where the "just sad" statement is from. Just sad that she has been so greatly affected by the laws imposed upon Chinese parents which make them leave their sweet baby on the steps of an orphanage. Just sad for this mother and father that try desperately to help her heal. She did so very well, no holding, for over a year. That came screeching to a halt the night I wrote about her enormous fit a few months or weeks, don't remember....blocked it out.....back.

 So, we are back to holding.....and she is responding again. It is THE hardest thing Hank and I have ever had to do in parenting.......just sad that she needs it. As I write that, I am struck with a true thankfulness that she does respond well to the technique and that we are not in a worse predicament. This to me is no different than having a child with a disease......you deal with it and try to figure out all that needs to be done to cure it and give your child the best chance at life (makes me think of children and parents dealing with cancer, there are no words). And love them through it. That is where we are now....taking it a day at a time and hoping that we see her learn to control herself again.

 Seriously I just get mad sometimes that there are so many children out there with broken hearts because they lay in cribs for the first year of their lives, if not longer, waiting for someone to take care of their needs. I have to trust that God has all this in his hands and opens hearts of those he desires to bring a child into their family....to love them with a deep, fierce love that they need and deserve.

So, my sweet Madeline, your mommy and daddy love you as big as the sky and the clouds, even though you tell me sometimes that you hate me as big as the sky and clouds. We are never leaving you no matter what words you choose to say. We trust that you will once again show us your beautiful heart with a giant smile upon your face. We love you more than you can ever imagine.....

Monday, January 16, 2012

Family Visit.....Power Rangers and Princesses

Hank's family came to visit this weekend, they have lived in Colorado for the past 4 years and just moved back to Tennessee. We have not seen Sarah and Larry and the kids since our fateful trip to Wyoming last summer when Madeline broke her arm and we stayed in the hospital instead of with family:(, such great memories!!!!


This weekend was much more enjoyable as long as I can block out Madeline's fits over sharing toys. It is going to be a rough few weeks when we get home with Janie. I sure hope she shares better with someone younger than she did with her cousin who is her same age, Macie was VERY forgiving!! Madeline was either fighting over a toy or having a wonderful time......go figure!! Here are some pics.....

Madeline and Macie are one week apart in age yet  Macie is a head taller:)


Showing me their Power Ranger moves:)



Holding hands while Uncle Larry removes a splinter from Macie's hand..

fashion show