Thursday, September 30, 2010

Operation Serve

So I know my Picture of the Day is technically over, but I didn't actually take these pictures, so they don't really count! ;) Every year our church has one big day of service for the city called Operation Serve, where hundreds of people spread out all over Clarksville and... well... serve! It's awesome! We have been part of Operation Serve the last few years and look forward to it each year. They have tons of different projects that people can sign up for so no talent goes to waste!

This year Kameron and I signed up for Random Acts of Kindness, which is the same thing we did last year and we LOVED it. Unfortunately, I woke up extremely sick that morning and was unable to go. I was so bummed out! Fortunately, Kameron was able to jump in with my mom and Kassidy on their project so he still got to go. He was a little upset at the thought of not being able to do anything.

So, my mom, Kassidy and Kameron did the Teddy Bear project. They made teddy bears (over 100 I think) for the police station to give to kids who are in accidents or victims of crimes. Hopefully these bears will help comfort a scared or hurt child. Kass and my mom did this last year too, but most of the bears were destroyed in the flood last May.

From the pictures someone at the church took, it looks like the kids had a lot of fun!! :) You can check out all the hundreds of pictures from ALL the Operation Serve projects right here. Great job Grace Community Church! We're proud of you! :)

POTD #30 - PLEASE! No more pictures!

Th-th-th-th-that's ALL, folks! I hope you've enjoyed this month of POTD as much as I have!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

POTD #29 - Kennedy and Mommy

We spent our day at the Pumpkin Patch today with our homeschool group!! There will be more pictures on her homeschool blog eventually... I haven't gotten around to editing them yet. It was a fun day but this mommy is exhausted! I'm going to get my krew to bed and head there myself! Night everyone! :)

Q&A #160

Thanks Renee! I REALLY needed to hear that today. Can I share this? 
Yes! Please do!!

This is beautiful. Can I copy it to place on another blog? - A fellow adoptive mom 
Always! And I fixed the author, so be sure to get her name in there as well. :)

Can you take some time and explain the difference between Mosaic Down syndrome and Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome? I have googled Mosaic Down Syndrome and I think I understand that with Mosaic that not ALL the cells have the extra chromosome...but I could be misunderstanding it. Could you help me become more educated? 
You are right! :) I will take lots of time next month, during Down syndrome awareness month, to talk about the differences between the THREE types of Down syndrome, and lots of other fun stuff! :o)

The middle one looks like a fish to me! Who did that one? Kennedy?
Yep that's Kennedy's masterpiece. I asked her what it was and she said she just didn't know! LOL 

My kids love those Magna Doodles too! Sure wish they lasted longer though. Seems like they start getting harder to erase about a year after you buy them! As for abstract art...I love abstract art as it is a regular thing around here :) LOL 
I agree! We go through them very quickly here, especially with Kellsey... she's VERY hard on them. Drives me nuts! Oh well, it's an easy present idea for just about any occasion! 

Come on Renee are you telling me you didn't have an Etch a Sketch when you were a kid? And that you didn't just love to create whatever you could and shake it away? Now see the fun of the Etch a Sketch was you never knew where your line would start. Made for some creative pieces of art work ;). The magna doodle is just an improved version of the Etch a Sketch.
I actually HATED the Etch a Sketch and the Rubix Cube. Two most horrible toys ever created... probably because I could never do anything with them! LOL I used to take all the stickers off the Rubix Cube and put them back on in the right places so it looked like I figured it out! HA! 

BTW, how goes the homeschooling? I'd love to know!
It's going GREAT! You can read all about it on our homeschool blog, if you want to follow along! There's lots of info on there! :)

Silly Keeghan and Silly Kellsey could be twins!!! Do you get asked that a lot?
ALL the time. Kassidy says I should just say "yes" and be done with it lol. Otherwise I say, "Actually, no... she is adopted and..." then I go into this whole long spiel and the people say, "But she looks SO much like your other kids! Are they ALL adopted?!" And I say, "Nope, just her." And they say, "That's amazing!" LOL Kass just stands there and says, "Here we go again!" LOL 

Here's what I've been meaning to ask, how is your Nonnie doing? Special prayers for her... 
Thanks for asking! She's been doing pretty well, considering. She has some friends who have been checking in on her lots, making sure she's getting out of the house and stuff and my aunt, uncle and 2 cousins are close by as well, so that helps. She will be traveling up to Northern CA soon to spend some time with her other 3 kids, so it will be good for her to get away for awhile. My grandparent's 64th wedding anniversary is coming up October 12th, so that's going to be hard, I am sure... one of many "firsts" without my Bompie. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Team... what?!

Put your thinking caps on!!! Our Buddy Walk for Down syndrome is LESS than a month away in Nashville! Up until now we have always been "Team Kennedy!" because... well... it worked for us. However, now that Kellsey is home, that no longer works. SO since I have NO creative juices flowing lately, I am calling on all of YOU to help us come up with a new team name for our buddy walk! It doesn't necessarily have to have the word "Team" in it... there really are no rules, so be creative! If we use your idea OR if your idea sparks the idea we eventually DO use, we'll send you a free team t-shirt!!! AND if you're local and would like to walk with us on Buddy Walk day, watch for details coming up SOON!!!! :)

POTD #28 - Our Chili's Night!

Here are some pictures from our Chili's Night! We had a lot of fun even though I was not feeling quite up to par. Thanks everyone for coming out! Dena, I wish I would have gotten pictures of your crew on the way out!!! I didn't think of it until we got in the car!

Angela (Angel Cody's mom) and Bella and Ben (with his back turned) and her friend...
We saw them on the way in!

Kameron's Pepper!

Kennedy's Pepper!

Kellsey and her "cheese face"

And a real smile! ;)

Love those big brown eyes!!

Kass coloring her pepper

Michael, Lori and Reagan

Kass... with her mouth full of chips! haha

Kaylee putting lipstick on Ella :)

Kassidy and Jackson (Jackson is also a Leukemia survivor from Vandy!)

Our whole table... NOT looking! haha

Silly Keeghan!

And Silly Kellsey!

Lori and Michael... I'm good at catching people with their mouths full! LOL 

Kass' Pepper

Keeghan coloring his pepper

Of course it's green... his favorite color! 

The rest of our table!! Kameron covered his face! Crazy boy! 

We had a wonderful night out and hope you all did too!! My mom was not feeling well and couldn't be there this year. We missed you, mom!! We'll see you all again at Chili's NEXT year!! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

POTD #27 - Kennedy's Peppers

Here are all the peppers that people have created for Kennedy!! Thanks everyone!! She has had fun looking at all of them! Don't forget to go eat at Chili's TONIGHT!!!!! Also, the Thirty-One fundraiser for the 46 Mommas is ending SOON! So if you were waiting to get your order in, DON'T WAIT!!! 

By: Brook

By: Lisa

By: Cheyenne & Maya

By: William

By: Catherine

By: Brooke

By: Ragan

By: Jeannette

By: Christi

By: Rustin

By: Emily

By: Tina

By: Elizabeth

By: Paige

Sunday, September 26, 2010

POTD #26 - The Magna Doodle

I don't know what it is about kids and Magna Doodles, but all my kids love them, even my big kids!! The other night, Kameron, Kennedy and Keeghan put on an Art Show for me. I bet you can't guess which one is Kameron's! LOL I'm thinking Kennedy and Keeghan are going to go into Abstract Art! HA!

The Invisible Mother

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe .

I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals we have no record of their names.

These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.'

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction, but it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on.

The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my child to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Written by: Mary Lynn Plaisance

Saturday, September 25, 2010

POTD #25 - Silly Girl

No funny stories to go with these pictures... just my silly girl, full of imagination... I love her!