Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Two years ago I gazed on this face for the first time ever. I'm not gonna lie. My first thought was -- wow! that kid has some HUGE eyes! My life has changed so much since I looked at this face. My life is much, much louder. Micah has not let his three siblings overshadow him. I have an uber (my first time using that term - what do you think?) crush on this little MAN (his initials are MAN). Is there a maximum number of parentheses allowable in a sentence? I hope not. Micah is such a smart, usually happy kid. He is a lover. He is a hugger, kisser and a talker. He likes to repeat the last word of every sentence that everyone says. I got my first "I wuv you" from Micah the other day. Nothing will melt a mom's heart more.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Please pretend to ignore the fact that is almost month after her birthday. We had a great party (by my super low standards). Sophie wanted a surprise birthday party. She planned it all out. She knew every detail of the party, but wanted everyone to yell "surprise" when she walked in. Major stager that one. We had a movie party a few days after her birthday with popcorn, candy and cupcakes. Super fun!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Our China-baby adoption shirts. We really struggled with what to put on a shirt. Dan and I are both well clothed in adoption/advocate garb. So, we've seen a lot of them. I really wanted this shirt to represent our hearts for the orphan. I wanted it to represent more than just adoption though. I wanted it to represent the fact that we are all called to Defend the Orphan. This will look different for all of us. But, it is a very real command.
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What is "squares", and how does it work? It's simple really...and yet a little hard to explain. We will create a grid with 100 squares. Across the top, will be Michigan State and 10 columns numbered 0-9. Down the left side, will be Michigan and 10 rows numbered 0-9. For every $20 donation, your name will be randomly assigned to a square. That square will have a corresponding number at the top for Michigan State, and a corresponding number on the left for Michigan. See the grid below with the example names of Joe, Sue, Bob and Mary:
Based on the score at the end of each quarter of regulation time (for those non-football fans, there are 4 quarters in football), we will determine a winner for that quarter. That winner will receive $100, and will still have the chance to win in subsequent quarters.
Looking at the above example, if the score at the end of the first quarter was Michigan State 3 - Michigan 0, Mary would be the winner because Michigan State's score ended with 3 and Michigan's ended with 0. Moving on, if the score at the end of the second quarter was Michigan 7 - Michigan State 3, Sue would win $100. If the score at the end of the third quarter was Michigan State 10 - Michigan 7, Bob would win $100. Finally, if the score at the end of the 4th quarter was Michigan State 13 - Michigan 7, Sue would actually win another $100.
Hopefully that makes sense. If you're ready for the fun, click the PayPal link below and donate $20 for every square you would like to purchase.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This adorable boy turns two today. He is out on a date with Grammy right now. He affectionately calls her "Minga" (I have no idea). She is returning the favor. So, it's like their pet name for each other. Micah is a big fan of direct address, so if he says your name once, he says it a million times. Cute to hear him say "Minga" a hundred times.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sophie has this crazy need to look like a Chinese tourist for every picture. She is working it!
Micah seems to be settling down the insanity a little bit. As his language grows, his temper flares less. Thank God!!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
- consistent or habitual in action
- recurring at set times or functioning in a normal way
- conforming to a standard or to a generally accepted rule or mode of conduct
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Makenzie turned 14 on Sunday. To say the time has flown by is a dramatic understatement. This girl is incredible! Not a day goes by when she doesn't ask "Can I do anything to help you?" She has such a caring heart and is such a gift to our family!! We love you, Makenzie Joy Neal!!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Seth turned 12 a couple weeks ago. He was my baby. Dan and I had a moment this weekend where we were playing cards with some friends. They were going home to a kid-free house and would be able to sleep in. Seth came to kiss us good-night and asks if he can watch tv after 9am. Makenzie comes to kiss us goodnight and says see you after 1pm. Then, we started over... That is completely not the point of this post though. Seth's birthday...remember?
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sophie's pre-school has been reading this book. Sophie has been all about filling buckets. Well, about her bucket anyway. She did have a moment where she asked me if her "bad parts don't fill your bucket?" She spent a lot of time discussing how when Micah hits her it doesn't fill her bucket. Apparently, at class, Sophie made it very clear that watching tv with popcorn fills her bucket. Sophie's answer for most of the world's problems is to "watch a show". The first words out of her mouth in the morning and the last words from her mouth each day. It really is her love language.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We had a chance to spend a week in the Big Easy (New Orleans) with Rob and Julie and kids. We had such a great week. Super relaxing - as much as can be with 9 kids. I won't mention the 17 hour drive one way and Micah's choice to limit himself to a one word/one volume vocabulary.... "Mommy!!!". I didn't mention that. We were a little bit of a walking freak show where ever we went, but that's why New Orleans is a great place to visit. Freak shows abound.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Here we go....
At least Mom is smiling!
My favorite! This is the guy who cut Micah's hair. He was obviously super happy about the photo shoot.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Christmas card 2009
- traveled to Ethiopia
- became a family of 6
- welcomed a new nephew into the family
- rid ourselves of one dog
- entered the teenage parenting years
- started directing a home school program
- took 3 trips to Missouri to visit family
- welcomed a new niece into the family
- celebrated 3 years home with Sophie
- rejoiced in 2 years tumor free with Makenzie
- laughed heartily at Seth's constant antics
- enjoyed watching Seth's first fencing tournament
- felt incredibly blessed!!!