The Baby Shower

The best thing to say is that it was the perfect day! Laura hosted it and my Paula and Roger’s did their usual awesome food ideas. YUM! Laura made my favorite chicken salad of hers on crossaints. YUM again! The cake was fanstastic and turned out just like Jamie from Creme de la Creme described it. Jess and I found the perfect dress that coordinated to all the decorations. Laura has the cutest fortune cookies made that said, “The gift chosen by GOD above, 4 Mike & Lou a token of love **Nadia**” She made a little Chinese take out box for each guest with a truffel (from the Sweet Shop) and a fortune cookie in each. We just thought it was so sweet.

The cake was SOOOOOOOO cool. It looked like 2 presents stacked on top of each other and the tag said, “Our Precious Gift” then there were red and white baby blocks that said A B C and then one set spelled out NADIA. The cake “boxes” had black polka dots on them. Later this week I am going to get some photos posted on the blog.

It was such a blessing to have so many people that I love and care about there (I am sorry for those who were sick today – hope you feel better soon). Some drove some mightly distances to be here and I was really touched by that. I was completely entertained by the comments made on how people knew me or when they first met me. Some were funny and some were sweet, but all fun.

The gifts were wonderful and everyone was so thoughtful. I can’t wait to get all the stuff up into Nadia’s room this week and ready for her arrival! I could go on and on, but it’s enough to say that it was the best day and I will always remember it. Thanks to everyone and to those who couldn’t come who sent gifts for our sweet girl. It’s such a blessing from God to see so many people so excited about Nadia coming into our lives.

**And to Tahni, that painting with the Jer. 17: 7-8 Bible verse was the most wonderful thing of the day. Mike and I were so touched by your gift. It’s the sweetest thing and I can’t WAIT to hang it up in Nadia’s room.

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for friends!! Randy, Jessica and the girls are here this week. Mike and Randy are working at Alt-n and Jess and the girls and I have been running around. We went to the zoo, book shopping at Half Price Books and we have been doing a boat load of eating. No good Mexican food in Denver, so Jessica is getting her fill this week 🙂

Thankful for the upcoming baby shower. It’s going to be great fun! I am so excited that I can’t stand it.

**This one is short because we have guests, but we are praying that referrals get mailed from China by Friday so that we can see Nadia’s face by Monday!! I am going crazy here. LOL.

Memorial Day

We are grateful for all the Veterans who have served our country with honor to protect our country and keep us safe. We are also grateful for all the men and women of our country currently serving in the Armed Forces. And thanks to all your families who have made sacrifices with you.

To Matt and Jeff – thanks for your service to our country with the Screaming Eagles (101st Airborne) in Iraq.

Today we remember especially Mike’s dad who was killed in Vietnam in ’69 and his cousin who was killed in Iraq in December of 2005.

There aren’t words to describe how grateful I am for the sacrifice that the armed services make for us each and every day.

**Recommended Memorial Day reading – “Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Dick Winters” If you enjoyed the HBO series you will love this book. If you are local, let me know if you want to borrow our copy.

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful CHINA IS MATCHING!!!!! What does that mean? That somewhere halfway around the world a government worker is matching us to Nadia. I know that God has selected our child for us, but now the paperwork is going to be put together. I am so excited I can barely contain myself!!!

I am thankful for so many friends and family that can’t wait to meet Nadia.

I am thankful that so many people have RSVP’d to the shower – what a wonderful day it will be.

I am thankful for new friends (Melissa) and old friends coming to visit (Jessica/Randy) and good friends who are moving soon, but taking time to visit with me before they leave (Johanna and Lauren). What a sweet week this has been.

I am thankful for fellow Child Ambassador Nicole who I have never met in person getting 2 “Texas” shirts to our sponsored child in Peru because she is originally from there and went to visit family. You can’t send big packages to the children, so how great is that to have a hand delivery to the WV office down there? WOW – thanks Nicole.

I am thankful for all my fellow Child Ambassadors who take time out of their busy life to share the work that World Vision is doing with friends, family and even strangers! There are around 200 CA’s nationwide all volunteering their time every month for WV. Think how much “payroll” that saves WV that can go directly in to the programs?

Right now I can’t think straight to add more since my head is spinning with excitement.