Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Health & Freedom

A dream came true this summer.  

I rode on the tube with both of my girls at the same time.

This has been a dream since before Lily even came home from China.  
Hannah's health issues delayed this experience for two summers.  

What a gift. 

And what a gift to live in this country and to have so many freedoms!

Hannah's long time babysitter, Jenn, (from California) has a brave brother, 
Justin, that has been serving with the US Marines.  

This past week has been a nightmare for Justin & his family.  
Justin was hit by an IED ...and has extensive injuries.  

This is a dear, sweet, caring family.  
Please pray for Justin & his family: Jenn, his sister & parents Maureen & Cliff.  
They were all reunited today in Maryland for the very long road of healing & recovery.  

It will not be easy and life will never be the same.

Justin, thank you for your incredible service & sacrifice. 
 Our prayers are with you for your healing & 
for your entire family to sense the peace of God in the midst of this difficult road.  

Life is so short.  
Treasure the moments.  

Never taking my health or freedom for granted ... 

All God's best from HOME,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Plain & Simple ...

Last week was a great week.

I took a job.  Haven't started yet but I am gearing up & ready to go!  
Back to doing outside sales in the corporate world.   
I know it will be a lot of fun.  
I really can't believe they are going to pay me to talk to people & make friends all the live long day.  
Don't they know I'd do this for free? 

Hannah, Blair & I went to the Lady Antebellum concert on Thursday night.  
They were incredible but the BEST part was watching Hannah sing along & dance in the row.  
She is so alive full of life ... and I am so thankful!!!

Friday was Open House at Lily's Pre-school.  Super fun.  
Lily was given about 20 tatoos which she put ALL over her body as soon as we got home.  
Just finally got them all off tonight (4 days later!)
While at the Open House, a friend told Hannah about a karaoke 
competition for kids at the KY State Fair.    
So off we went to the fair ... for Hannah to sing her heart out. 
She did move on to the semi-finals but didn't make it to the finals.  
She rocked the stage ... owned it & had a blast.   

She was so super excited when she came off stage -- 
honestly, you would have thought she had won based on her enthusiasm.  

Here are some pictures from our great week in KY: 

On our way to Lady A concert ... one of the best nights ever.  
Lily took this picture before we left. 
Yes, she's 3 but she can work the Canon DSLR.

At the State Fair for the karaoke contest.
Just had to get a picture with this sign.   Not often we see our last name spelled correctly.
This was a booth for "Eriksen Chiropractic" 
.. no relation to us. 

On stage ready for her first performance ... she calls this her "home."
 Being called back onto the stage to move on to the "semi-final" round.   
She was over the moon!!

 Lily (and "Baby") in the tricycle race at the Fair.  
Isn't she so adorbale?  
We have been having some sweet times together ... 
L.O.V.E. this girl!!
 Oops ... "Baby" got stuck under the back wheel. 

Hannah working the stage during the semi-finals.  
She had an absolute blast performing!!

Can't go to the fair without doing the rides.   
This picture is from before some crazy ride.  I should have taken a picture afterward ... oh my! 
Don't think I will be doing this ride again next year.  
I was scared out of my mind on this thing.  
When did I become such a wimp ... 
and why is my thumb double jointed?  

Life is good.  
 no matter what craziness is going on 
... and I know me a lot of crazy!

All God's best from HOME,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back in the Swing of Things in KY

Well, I love Kentucky.   Just love it.  
Life here is relaxed .. 
less crowded... easier ... kinder.   

The South (even, here, just shy of the Mason-Dixon line) 
is a great place to live.  
I will never regret raising my girls in this beautiful place!!

We are in the swing of things for the Fall Season.  
School is awesome.  
Hannah's 4th grade teacher is a man.  First time she has ever had a male teacher.  
Wonderful for her to have a male role model at school each day.  

I asked her tonight how he does with the boys that are sometimes out of control.  
She said "Oh, he has magical powers over with those crazy boys."  

So glad for her teacher with the "magical powers"...
I am counting on him. 

Here are some pictures from this past week ... 
at the park:

And at Hannah's school today for lunch ...

Hannah is signed up for soccer 
& guess who is going to be a coach?  
Aaaaah ... yes, that would be (crazy) me.
This girl that never played a day of soccer in her life.  

So I will stand on the sidelines & cheer ... 
what more do they need at age 9 ...
Well, maybe more? 

Thankfully, I think another mom will coach with me.  
She knows more about soccer.  
Yippie for co-coaching!!

I am prepping the girls for me to go back to work full time in September.  
I know all of my discussions about how things are going to change will pay off.  
The girls are ready ...and so am I.  
I am so excited to get "back out there" striving for annual goals.  
It will be fun to be back in the field & doing what comes natural to me. 

Life is good.

We are three very blessed girls living up life in Kentucky ...
in a home filled with peace!

Thank you, Lord!!! 


"The nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge."  Psalm 73:28

"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him."  Lamentations 3:25


All God's best from HOME in KENTUCKY,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Day of School & Three Years Since Referral

Today is three years.  

Three years since we drove to Sierra Madre to get the photos of Lily's referral pictures.  

This precious gem of a girl brings joy & laughter every day!!! 

Here she is today with her referral photos.  

She wasn't too interested in a "photo shoot" but I did the best that I could.  

I will never forget that day of seeing her happy face for the first time: 

Her smile brought much needed joy all the way from China!

I am so blessed to be her mom.  

There are no words for what her joy has brought 
in the midst of Roisin's passing, Hannah's illness & the loss of my marriage.  

The Lord always gives good gifts ... 
He knew I'd need her.  

Exactly HER.

I am so thankful for HIS PERFECT plan ..

even when I don't understand the details

that involve tremendous pain & waiting on Him. 
 God is good!

On a separate note, we hit the ground running this week: 
landed from Idaho, shopped for school supplies, packed the bag & lunch ... 
and got Hannah off to her first day of 4th grade! 

To see her riding the bus is a gift.  
My girl that lived on blood transfusions, 
lived life for over 160 days on a hospital unit is now entering 4th grade.  

Life is good  ... 
all of it, 
even my alarm at 6:30AM.

I wouldn't trade that alarm clock for an IV pole & hospital unit for anything! 

Here are pictures of Hannah's first day of school --

We had the greatest summer ever ... 
just the three of us & I am so thankful.  

Thankful for the peace we have had.  

Thankful for the memories we have made.  

It has been much needed time for us to be off schedule & just be together for summer travels & plans.   

I am one incredibly blessed Mom!!
No complaints from Kentucky.  


"I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips."  Psalm 34:1

"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert .... 
to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart."  Deuteronomy 8:2

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Still loving life in Idaho ..

Lucky Peak Lake 
August 7, 2011

Lily with "T" (Katie)
Good times with my BFF
Campfire bbq

Getting ready to go back across the lake to the truck

     And then Uncle Kevin let Lily drive the boat ... 

And WOW, 
    she loved it ..
 And got revenge for all the times I have said:
"bedtime", "no" & "you are going to get a spanking"
 Our lives flashed before our eyes!
 It was surreal to be dragged around the lake by my three year old while trying to pull my best friend up from falling off the back of the tube.

Somehow we all hung on & lived to tell about it!

I have never laughed so hard in my life.  

Good times.
Wonderful memories.

Beyond thankful to the Lord for this time with our Slazas family in Idaho!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Good Times in Idaho

We have been loving life in Idaho with Auntie Mom & Family. 
Lily & Hannah are having the best time ever.

I'm taking a vacation from my problems, as Bob Wiley says.  
Ha, ha! 

Went boating ...

 Went Fishing ...

Been Eating at Some Diner Drive In & Dive locations  ..

To a swim meet weekend....

Saw Twin Falls ... Beautiful!

Just enjoying being together ... 
Hate to think about these fun days together ever coming to an end.  
We have just over a week left for more Idaho fun.