Friday, July 27, 2007


I love watching Pirate Master. It is a new reality TV show and it is just great!!! So I saw this and decided to see what my name would be. What a name!!! How bout you??

Your Pirate Name Is...

Dirty Ivy the Infected

June 30, 2006 OUT OF REVIEW

Those dossier that were logged in China as of June 30, 2006 are out of the review room!!
Congratualtions to all of these families for making through another hurdle. You are one more step closer to your precious babies!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I am Thankful:

For the wife - who says it's hotdogs tonight, beacuse she is at home with me and not out with someone else.

For the husband - who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is at home with me and not out at the bars.

For the teenager - who is complaining about doing dishes, beacuse it means she is at home not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay - because it means I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party - because it means I have been surrounded by Freinds. M has lots of new friends and I am sure she didn't mind cleaning up any messes left behind!!
For the clothes that fit a little to sung - because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work - because it means I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and guttering that need fixing - because it means I have a home. See T's about this

For all the complaining I hear about the Governement - because it means we have freedom of speech. Go T you have every right to use your freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot - because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill - because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church who sings off key - because it means I can hear.

For the pile of landry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day - because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours - because it means I am alive.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New York is the city for me

You Belong in New York City

You're the energetic, ambitious type.
And only NYC is fast enough for you.
Maybe you'll set yourself up with a killer career
Or simply take in all the city has to offer.

Monday, July 23, 2007


For all of you out there who have your babies from China home, I want to say "Thank You" Thank you for sharing the journey, thank you for sharing your parenting tips, thank you for allowing us who wait a small glimpse of what life will be when our China baby comes home.
For those of us who are waiting "Thank You" for sharing your life, how you deal with the wait, what you do while you are waiting, supporting each other and realizing that life does goes on. Who would have ever thought a year and a half ago when the wait was just a mere 6 months that we would be here 17 months later wondering when we will get our precious babies. Who would have ever dreamed that the wait would grow to what it will grow to. But here we are waiting our turn!!! Gleaning from those who have been there and supporting each other in so many different ways. These daily blogs are so inviting and I look forward each and every day to seeing what each of you have posted.
Again, THANKS!!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2007


The blogger weekend has ended and those of us who did not attend are dying to see all the details of the weekend!!! The suspense is killing us!!! Please share!!!! WE are dying to know!!! Can't wait for the next one, that will be one train I'll be sure to be on!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Special Sauce

I found this on another blog and it's so right on that I copied it to mine. Hope you enjoy!! It is what it is!!

I was sitting at the drive-through window at McDonald’s this weekend. I did the usual thing; I drove up to the menu and ordered. I proceeded to the first window and paid, then drove to the second window and waited for the order. After sitting there for a few minutes, the clerk slid back the window and asked, “Will you please pull over to the side; your order is not ready.” I was a little upset and even impatient, but I pulled over and waited. I thought, “How come other folks ordered and drove straight through and I have to wait.” I waited for another two or three minutes. It seemed like hours. Just as I was about to give up and drive away, the clerk finally ran out, tapped on the window, and handed me the order. Of course I asked , Hey, what took so long?” She replied, “You wanted the Special Sauce, which meant that it had to be specially made for the sandwich, it doesn’t usually come with that one.”

This scene is a reflection of our prayer life. We made our request to the Lord. Our menu is his word, where he has listed promise after promise. We stand before Him and request and plead and, sometimes, even beg.

We go to the first window and pay, sometimes with fervent prayer, sometimes with prolonged suffering, sometimes with obedience, and sometimes not at all. We then move to the second window and wait for our order. If God doesn’t answer within a few minutes, we become upset. You know the phrase, “Jesus, it’s 5:00 p.m. Friday; I prayed to You yesterday, and You still haven’t answered. I can’t wait much longer.” Why is it taking Him so long? I’ve seen people drive up before me and they received their orders right away! We even go so far as to tap on the window and ask if He has forgotten our order. We become impatient. We become upset. We become downright mad.

Lord, I asked for a mate ten days ago and I don’t see him/her anywhere.

Lord, I’ve been asking for a new job for two years; others have passed me by!

I’ve been waiting on a financial blessing for ten years; others have passed me by!

Where are You and why haven’t you blessed me?

Just when you think He is giving you the answer, He pulls back the royal curtain of Eternity, and states, “Please pull over to the side and wait a while longer.” This one frustrated me to no end, made mad, made me want to give up, made me want to holler; that is, until the clerk brought out my sandwich...Then, the revelation became clear.

Do you know why the Lord has put you on the side?

Do you know why you have had to wait for this blessing longer than before?

Do you know why He has put you through more this time than ever?

Do you know why it seems like you have had to go through more tears, more pains, and more struggling this time? Because this blessing is a Special Sauce Blessing! This is an Overflowing, Pressed Down, and Shaken Together Blessing! You made a Special Order and God has been putting together a Special Sauce Blessing for you and He has to prepare it for you!

That mate you wanted ... He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That job you wanted . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That financial blessing . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That peace on the job . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That deeper anointing . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That promotion . . . . He’s putting together a Special Sauce!
That Baby........................ He’s putting together a Special Sauce!

For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope and a future......Jeremiah 29:11. How many people have driven away before the clerk brought their food, and how many people have missed their blessings because they did not wait? Hang on in there. Keep on waiting. You made a Special Order, now wait on God’s Special Sauce! “But those who wait on 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.

They who wait shall receive a Special Sauce!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Classes for Men

This is too funny!!! Oh how I wish there were a class. I would sign my husband up in a minute!!
Classes for Men
Monday, Feb 6, 2005

Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays ---
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2
The Toilet Paper Roll --- Does It Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub? ---Group Practice.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor --- Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
After Dinner Dishes --- Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM

Class 6
Loss Of Identity --- Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7
Learning How To Find Things --- Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum.
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8
Health Watch --- Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes.Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost ---Real Life Testimonials. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11
Learning to Live --- Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.Online Classes and role-playing .
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy --- Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14
The Stove/Oven --- What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Isn't she LOVELY
Isn't she PRECIOUS
This is Jim and Colleen's newest addition!!
I couldn't be more happier for them!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Home Sweet Home!!

We made it to Wisconsin and now we are back home!!! The reception was over about 8:15 and by the time we unloaded everything at the house and I was comfy cozy on the couch watching TV and just about to la la land, Amanda announces that she doesn't want to sleep on the couch again and could we just drive home now!! Mind you it is about an 11 hour drive. She says "I'll drive" She is the night owl and I am the sleepy owl!! So at 10:00 pm we are fueled up and ready to hit the road. I drove (a little over an hour) to I-35 and she took over and drove to Des Moine. We got more gas and I drove for about 2 hours and pulled off at a rest stop, couldn't go any further. After aout 5 minutes Amanda says she can drive so away we go!! She drove for about 4 hours and woke me up and asked if I could drive, so we change again and away we go. We arrived at home at 8:45 am and were we dog dead tired!!!

Here is the bride and Amanda. Best friends for a very long

Amanda and Mom!!! Can you say DIET??? (for mom!!)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

16 months and still waiting!!!!

I wish I could cross out all the other months like the picture above. The wait is what it is and I cannot change that, so I will continue to wait just like the rest of us!!!! The one good thing is that I am certain that we are on the down hill side of things!!! It's downhill from here, glad I am not trudging up a mountain!!! I know we will see her precious face soon, but it is definitely not soon enough!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Gone to a wedding

Amanda and I will be leaving Thursday morning and traveling to Wisconsin for a friend's wedding. It will be a short weekend trip and we will be returning on Sunday. Pray for safe traveling!! Talk with you when we get back!!!