239 Years of Independence

Happy 4th of July!!!

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Little Book Worm

I’m so happy I held on to the books the girls had when they were babies/toddlers because this little guy LOVES books.  He will sit and look at them or get one and bring it to Lili or me to read to him.

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Although I’m not always fond of picking up his book mess, I’m thrilled that he enjoys books so much. I hope that loves of books continues throughout his lifetime.

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I have a love hate relationship with social media.  Honestly, it’s more of a like hate relationship. It is a wonderful place for sharing information, gathering information, connecting and reconnecting.  On the flip side, many feel it’s a great place to share their views in less than respectful ways.

For example, I recently saw this on a social media site.

I also saw this.

A few days later I saw this.

These were posted by the same person.  Someone who thought the cartoons were funny, but at the same time expressing their personal views.  Views, that in my opinion, were judgmental.  It’s impossible that everyone will agree on the choices other people make or how others live their lives.  What I would like to see is a day when we can all agree to disagree in a respectful and non-judgmental way.  We are all living our own lives.  We’re not living the lives of others, walking in their shoes, or feeling the pain of their suffering.

What I can’t say is that I could care less about your judgments.  After all, I am human.  I have feelings and I have had people close to me judge me harshly.  Those judgments have hurt me badly.  To have anyone judge you or your life hurts.  I can only imagine what it’s like to have millions of people judge you.

This post isn’t going to change the world by any means.  For the most part, I’m venting with the hope that maybe one person will chose to be less judgmental of others and the way they live their lives.  If just one person would agree to respectfully and lovingly disagree, the world becomes a little bit better place to live.  At least I believe it does.

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Fail, End, No

I LOVE this!!!

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Fashion Over the Years

My blog posts are typically about my desire to homestead, my love of travel, Georgette (our new RV), kids, adoption, foster care, or gardening.  But when  friend posted this video on Facebook and I found myself watching with interest,  I thought it would be fun to post it here.

Those who know me have probably already figured this out, but I’m really not into fashion. Unless, of course, your idea of fashion means a pair of sweat pants and a long-sleeved t-shirts in the winter and a pair of capris and a t-shirt in the summer.  Still, my lack of the fashionista gene doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate fashion or know what I like when I see it.

By the time I watched the end of the video, I realized that I do have a fashionista gene, but it is from a different era. Overall, my favorite is 1925.

Take a look and then tell me, which fashion year do you like best.

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Summer Travels

Most of our travels have been to the west of Illinois.  We’ve spent many a vacation traveling southwest to Texas for visits with family.  A lot of time has been spent in Missouri and last year we traveled to Colorado.  We spent 10 years living on the west coast in Washington state and made the drive between Washington and Illinois several times.  My sister lives in California and I lived in California for a short time as well.  We’ve been to Las Vegas in Nevada a few times and at one time or another have at least driven through every state west of Illinois, except for Louisiana.  Hubby, however, went on a fishing trip to Louisiana earlier this year, so between the two of us, we have hit every state.

East of Illinois has been a different story though.

We’ve been to Florida a couple of times and states in between.  We spent a weekend in South Carolina for an adoptive families event when Lili was 1 1/2 and attended another adoptive families event in New Jersey when she was 2.    On our trip to New Jersey, we followed some friends up to Boston, MA for a short visit and last November we spent a weekend in Sandusky at a water park resort.  I was able to visit New York with a girlfriend several years ago and a trip to Maryland and Washington D.C. was so long ago, I remember virtually nothing about the trip.  So while we’ve been able to see a few places to the east of Illinois, there are many we haven’t seen and would really like to visit.  Places that have more history than the parts of the U.S. we’ve spent the most time visiting.  Places, that I’m quite sure, will be beautiful.

So last night we made reservations at a campground and will be visiting North Carolina for a week next month.

We’ll be starting out in the Charlotte area and then traveling north toward Greensboro to visit with friends before heading home.

I’m quite sure our week will not be nearly long enough, but it’s a start and we look forward to seeing a part of the U.S. that we’ve never visited before.

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This is the first pictures we ever saw of our little Naomi.
November 11th, 2009 - 2010

Then we found ourselves in Ethiopia getting ready to bring this baby girl home.

Embassy and Home

Today she is 6-years-old.


She loves animals, especially dogs and apparently goats :-)


She’s silly.


She’s cuddly.

She loves to experience life and is full of spunk.

She makes friends wherever she goes and has a way of making everyone feel special.

She lets us know when she’s unhappy and I’m not sure she knows the meaning of quiet.

Without a doubt, Naomi is going to grow up to do big things in life and I have been given the distinct pleasure of being her mom.

Happy Birthday to my now 6-year-old daughter!

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