so this post is a few days late, but sunday would have been her 87th birthday. my granny....one of the most influential people in my life. she passed away a little less than one year ago now, so she'll be celebrating with Jesus. now THAT'S a celebration, for sure! and she's not bed-bound anymore like she was at the end of her life. she's running and jumping and laughing and smiling. and i'll see her again one day. my granny was incredible. she ALWAYS had time to listen to me talk...about any and everything. we had so many great conversations. she gave me great advice....the kind that comes from a lifetime of living....and never judged me for whatever it was that i had to say. she understood when many times those around me did not. we would both climb up in her tan recliner and watch tv together. i wish we could do that right now. she always had the most beautiful fingernails and her hair was always just right. she took pride in her appearance and always looked so pretty and just "put together". she was also funny and sassy....two of my FAVORITES qualities in a person. she had SPUNK and was not just another passive southern belle, but she was a southern belle...if that makes sense. i miss her so much. i love how she pointed me to Jesus and mentioned him in her day to day living...not just on sundays. i have her bible now and i took it to church with me this past sunday...her birthday. she used to love the song..."you are my sunshine" b/c my grandaddy would sing it to her. he is singing it to her in heaven right now i bet. well....granny ....i love you so much and thank you for each and every moment you invested in me and the person i have become today. i only hope that i can continue to make you proud.
"you are my sunshine,
my only sunshine...
you make me happy,
when skies are grey.
you'll never know, dear..
how much i love you..
please don't take my sunshine away."
i love you...
above picture was the very last one we had taken together.
4/17/11 (Palm Sunday) after much prayer, we decided to adopt internationally through china's special needs program 4/20/11 chose Lifeline adoption agency 4/22/11 (Good Friday) went home to tell our families 4/23/11 submitted application and first fee 4/13 & 4/14 had BIGGEST GARAGE SALE ever..... made $3000!!! 5/18 first home study visit 5/25 second and third home study visit 6/6 mailed off FBI fingerprints for state 6/8 last homestudy visit ~ mailed remaining homestudy fee 6/13 boys had their medical exams 6/15 kevin's medical exam 6/22 my medical exam 6/23 cash for gold party ~made $1100 7 /9 friends' kids hosted "lemonade for Lane" ~ made $133 7/19 FBI clearance from first set of fingerprints (state set) returned (6 weeks 1 day) 7/26 mailed off i800a application!! 8/4 received 797c ~ biometrics appointment date 8/23 biometric fingerprints taken and premier jewelry party with stacey strassheim willoughby ~ made $270 10/18 DOSSIER TO CHINA!!!! (DTC) 10/30 Log~in~date (LID) 11/30 REFERRAL DAY!!!!!!! 12/5 received pre~approval (PA) and began LOA wait 12/13 mailed off care package to Lane AND RECEIVED A VIDEO of HER!! 1/20/12 Lane received care package 2/14/12 I800 approval received and boy's passports arrived! 2/24/12 national visa letter arrived 3/13/12 article 5 picked up
well. . where do i start? i'm the mom of two young boys that are absolutely my heart. we are on an adoption journey to our precious baby girl in china. i adore my sweet hubby and am blessed to call him mine. i love my Lord and am thankful He saw fit to love me despite myself. i consider myself a mom and wife first and foremost, but i also faux~finish, teach preschool, and make wooden distressed frames. no. . i'm not busy at all :O)