Friday, April 30, 2010

Foto Friday - At the Water Park

After we visited Doug's grandma for Easter, we headed to a water park in the Wisconsin Dells, the water park capital of the world. I was afraid because it was spring break it would be packed, but we stayed at the largest indoor water park in the world and it was fine. The longest wait for a slide was about 15 or 20 minutes. What a blast. Jonalyn hates water in her face, but we did get her into the wave pool this year, an improvement over last year. Next year she's going on some slides with us! Anyway, enjoy the pictures.

Before heading out into the deep part of the wave pool. The waves go on and off from time to time. They're off here.

Floating by in the lazy river.

I got brave enough to post a picture of myself. Notice that you don't see my bottom half!

Jonalyn was brave enough to do this. Small improvements!

Brian's activity of choice - his ipod.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Technology

Hold your breath and cross your fingers, toes, ankles & eyes, my internet is working this morning. We'll see how long this will last.

So, what am I thankful for this morning? Internet service! I wasn't going to continue this drama, but I am thankful for this technology that the Lord has allowed man to invent. I'm hooked. I think it's great. Over the years, I've met many wonderful people from around the world because of this invention. Last year I had the privilege of meeting one of them in person and it looks like they are going to visit us this summer!! I'm so excited. I'm thankful for the connections I've made because of the internet.

It also gave me great support when we were going through Jonalyn's adoption. I met many wonderful people online and got so much great advice when we had some delays. When I thought Jonalyn would never come home, they sent emails to encourage me. What a blessing. Still now, these people lift me up when life brings trouble and difficulties and rejoice with me over the good things in my life.

I'm thankful for the way it saves time. I'm not one to pick up the phone and chat with someone. Sorry, just not me. But I'm likely to shoot you a quick email. Yesterday I was able to pay a couple of bills online in the time it would have taken me to write a check (not to mention the envelope, find a stamp, etc.)

The Lord has given mankind the ability to develop and use technology - things in medicine, transportation, communication and so on that are far beyond my understanding. I'm thankful for the minds He has given us. A good reminder to give Him all the praise and to use these technological advances for His glory.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This and That

Still no internet at home. I've been calling every day and getting the run around. Yesterday, though, the Lord almost literally dropped the technical supervisor into my lap. He was 2 doors down as I pulled in from getting the kids from school. I RAN to him because he was picking up the cones to leave. He claims he never heard about my problem and that he never got the message the customer-no-service person supposedly sent him last Thursday. He promised to have someone out today to fix my problem. Yep, we'll see. I'm not holding my breath. The only good thing is that I now have a business card with all of his information on it. If he doesn't get it fixed, I'll be bothering him until he can't stand me anymore and fixes it. Ug, so frustrating. To top it off, last night I turned on the little TV we bought a couple of weeks ago for our bedroom & the camper. It turned on and right off again. After both Doug & I tried, I called. As soon as I told her the problem, she said it was internal and that, because we are under warranty, they'll send us a new one. Well, at least I didn't have to call them a million times to get service (I hope so, anyway!!).

So much to share, but I must get off here. I can't linger when I'm borrowing a computer. Hope to be back in the 21st century this afternoon. You'll be sure to hear if I am!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


...for my internet at home. I'm STILL having problems! Ugh. My brother-in-law gave me some tips last night for dealing with the cable company. Time to get ugly with them, I'm afraid. If they tell me to turn off my modem and turn it back on one more time, I'm going to scream. I can be a technical support staff member there because I can tell everyone that, too.

Anyway, we are adjusting to Jonalyn's new devices and learning how to deal with them. She's doing great.

I need to get off here. I'll post again when I'm able. Thanks for sticking with me while I'm having all these problems.

Friday, April 16, 2010


My internet has been up and down (mostly down) this week. I'm borrowing a computer now, so don't have much time. Just wanted you all to know where I've been. And it's been a great week for blogging, too. Jonalyn got her thera-tog straps on Wednesday. She gets her SMO shoe inserts today. Alyssa celebrated her 10th "gottcha" day on Wednesday - for ten years she's been a part of our family. Wow. That's about all I can say about that. Thank you, Lord, for her.

I need to sign off. I'll post some pictures when we're up and running again.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Snapshot Sunday - Easter


Yes, I know this is supposed to be Foto Friday, but we were out of town, so here are this year's Easter pictures a few days late. Are you sick of my Easter pictures yet? Well, I actually have pictures of Easter, so I have to milk them for all they're worth! We were at Doug's grandma's house this year and the girls made Easter eggs. We had a nice visit. I hope I'm that feisty still at 96! Then we spent a few days at a water park in the Wisconsin Dells. Those pictures are coming later.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Foto Friday - The Easter Cake

As promised, here is the lone picture I have of the Easter cake. Sorry it's not closer up. Can you guess which one is me?

My sisters and I in our Easter dresses that same year. Aren't we cute? I hated that dress. It had crinoline under it which itched my bear legs something awful.

As this will be my last post before Easter, I want to wish all of you a very blessed Easter as we commemorate the Lord's death and celebrate his resurrection. May you all find him very near and dear this season. Without his sacrifice, we would have nothing.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Adoption Friends

I'm so thankful to the Lord for the wonderful people he's sent into my life through adoption, who have also adopted. Sure, adoptive parents deal with the same things bio parents deal with - runny noses, sleepless nights, homework, puberty, and so on. But we also deal with loss, bigotry, unknown histories, questions of identity, and more. Many people don't "get" us. They don't understand the issues we face as adoptive parents and how adoption affects our children on a daily basis. They say our kids are so lucky to have us and think that everything is smooth sailing from the time the child is placed in our arms. They don't realize that adoption will affect us and our children for our entire lives - every day, forever.

Please, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I can't be friends with people who haven't adopted. I'm not saying that everyone gets everything wrong all the time. I have dear friends who haven't adopted. Yet they walk this road with me and encourage me. I am thankful for them as well. God has truly blessed me through them. But adoptive parents are a different breed, if you will. I can't speak with any authority about pregnancy and childbirth because that's not something I've experienced. People who haven't adopted can't speak about adoption with any authority because they haven't experienced it. I went out to lunch with a "non-adoptive" friend last week and somehow we got on the topic of adoption. As I spoke, she said, "I never realized that." I don't blame her. She didn't know. How could she?

But there are people in my life who "get" it. Who understand, to whom I can pour out my heart and know they will know what I'm talking about. They understand the issues. Many have been where I am and can commiserate. I was speaking to another adoptive parent the other day, telling him all about Jonalyn's therapy and all the issues we are facing with her. He got it. He understood. He didn't give me some platitude like, "Hang in there. Things will get better." Instead, he listened. He told me he understood how difficult and draining all of this is. Then he prayed with me. Thank you, Lord.

Thank you, Father, for all of the friends you have placed in my life. For all of those who have walked this adoption path with me. But thank you most of all for the adoptive parents you have sent to me as friends. Thank you for their experience, advice, wisdom and love.