Monday, July 21, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

My week has arrived! My birthday week, that is! Yes, I celebrate my birthday for an entire week. Don't you? When I was younger, I used to celebrate my birthday for an entire month, so it appears that I am maturing with age. But I do insist that my family go all out for my one week! Part of my present this year, was for Boss to redo our master bedroom and bath. Here is how it turned out!





















So, for my 26th birthday, I thought I would write down 26 things that you may or may not know about me. Here Goes:

1. My favorite drinks are sweet tea and coke.

2. Boss and I knew of each other for six months before we ever had a conversation, we dated for two months before becoming engaged, and were engaged six months before being married. Our friends thought we were crazy and many of them told us so. We have been happily married for five years!

3. I am incredibly afraid of elevators, and take the stairs EVERY time.

4. I struggle with fear and anxiety.

5. I am the mother of two amazing girls and hope to adopt one to two more.

6. I was in college for four years and still don't have a degree. I don't care. All I have ever wanted to be was a mama.

7. I have been a housemom for three years and have had over twenty foster kids in my care.

8. I LOVE my job.

9. I hate coffee, but love the smell.

10. I love to sleep. I can fall asleep anytime, anywhere.

11. I love taking a bath more than I love sleeping. Thank goodness our water is free!

12. When I was younger, I did not like my brother. Now he is one of my friends and I look forward to talking to him each week.

13. I am always late. I don't like that about myself.

14. I love to read.

15. Sometimes, I fantasize about being Amish. Weird, huh, given the whole bath thing.

16. I love correcting other people's grammar. I hate when my mom corrects mine.

17. I want to adopt a child.

18. I am scared to adopt a child.

19. My daughters take my breath away.

20. I am not good at saying "I'm sorry." I am working on that.

21. I do not deserve a husband like Boss. He is more than I could ever have imagined.

22. Even though Boss has a masters degree, last year we stood in line for welfare. It was tough on our pride. This year we have too many blessings to count.
God is good.

23. I am a Christian. I should do a better job of sharing my faith with others.

24. I have never smoked or been drunk. The girls in my house can't believe that.

25. I have written a few children's books, but have never sent them in to try and have them published.

26. So far, life is getting better with each passing year. I am enjoying growing up.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

This and That

My girls are growing so quickly. It seems Kate's speech has taken off, and Emma has blossomed from a toddler into a little girl over night. I have not been on the Internet as much as I used to be, and my only thought about this is that I seem to be living my life more, instead of only writing about it.

We are having a fun, yet busy summer! We are enjoying swimming in our little pool, eating popsicles, and spending time with daddy while he is off for the summer. We have also started the tradition of Friday nights at Grammy's. This is so special to me, because it was a tradition I shared with my grandparent's during my own growing up years. From the time I was seven (when we moved back to the states) until I left for college, every Friday night, my Grandma would have burgers, baked beans, and coke floats for whoever from the family wanted to come to her house. Sometimes all of my cousins and I were there with our friends, and sometimes there would only be a few of us, but it was always waiting there for us if we wanted it! So this past week when Boss and I were talking about what to do on Friday night, I suggested that we start Friday nights at Grammy's for our girls! So we did. We had burgers, baked beans, and coke floats, and then we went swimming at Grammy's pool, and it was just like old times. I love traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. I also love that our foster girls get to be a part of family traditions, as that is something that several of them have never experienced before.

Our work at the home here is going well. We are prayerful about the growth of the school where Boss works, and if it continues to grow, there are some possibly exciting positions that might open up for him there. I am continuing to enjoy working with the girls in my care. We really feel as if we are making a place, a home, for our family here, and I can't tell you how good that feels! We are also doing a lot of work on the house. We had hardwood floors put throughout the entry/kitchen/dining, we have painted nearly every surface of the upstairs level, and Boss has redone our master bedroom and bathroom for my birthday this month. I got to pick out new bedding/lighting/paint, etc.

Some awesome news is that it looks like one of my good friends and her family are moving here next month! I have been praying fervently for God to send me a girlfriend here, and I am so excited that things are falling into place. They houseparented with us in New Mexico, and Emma and Kate are excited for Carter, Cooper, and Cole to join the Mid Western family! Life is good! My birthday is next weekend and we are on relief, so Boss and I are thinking of a movie marathon, followed by big bowls of ice cream. Yum! I am looking forward to it. I am blessed to share my days and my life with the ones I love most in this world.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Birthday Business































The Zickafoose Cowgirls Want To Go For A Ride,
So Throw On Your Denim And Fancy Cowhide.

Saddle Up Partner, It Will Be So Much Fun,
With Pony Rides, Western Games, And Prizes To Be Won.

Emma's Turning Four And Kate's Turning Two,
To Celebrate Their Birthday's, We Need You!!