Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we carved our first pumpkin or rather Jerry carved Gracie's first pumpkin. We haven't done it the last couple of years since Gracie was too young to really know what was going on but now that she is 3, she gets it and was super excited. Gracie had already picked out the pumpkin carving kit from Walmart and told Jerry that she wanted the skeleton pattern. She has this thing about skeletons and loves them! Jerry opened the pumpkin and when he asked Gracie if she wanted to help clean out the pumpkin, Gracie took one look at the guts and freaked out. She wouldn't even touch them when they were outside of the pumpkin! We finally coaxed her to help with the seeds and she even attempted to scrape out the pumpkin but her little hand barely went inside. The best part of the night for her, was eating the roasted pumpkin seeds which she loved. A girl after my own ♥ !
Happy Halloween!!

I love this picture!

Gracie and her BFF Becky at the Halloween concert last week

So excited to carve the pumpkin

Intently watching Jerry

Freaking out when it was time to clean out the guts

Helping with the seeds

" Helping" Daddy scrape the pumpkin. That's as far as her hand got into the pumpkin's insides.

In case you can't tell, it's a skeleton

The best part, the seeds!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some Not so Good News

I wasn't sure if I was going to post anything but after reading a wonderful blog from someone who went through the same situation, I decided to go ahead. Today, we received some devastating news from Korea regarding Brennan's medical situation. While I don't feel like going into specifics at this time as we don't have all of the medical testing, I can say that Brennan has gone from being a healthy little boy, to needing an MRI to find out how serious his medical situation is. I have had every emotion there can be today and right now am trying to let go and let God. Jerry and I have no control over what is going on right now and I have to know that it is truly out of our hands and into God's. Brennan will have his MRI on the 10th of November and if you can keep him in your prayers please, that would be wonderful. After that date, we should have more information and where to proceed from there.

I borrowed the follow from the blog I was telling you about and it has really helped me put things into perspective:

From Anxiety to Peace

Remind Yourself That God Is In Control: When you convince yourself that your world is out of control, you are on the verge of paralysis. Watch your self-talk. Are you saying to yourself: “God is in control of this circumstance, He is my Father, and He is ruling this for my benefit”?

Accept Confusion: Believing in God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean life will make sense. Believing in God’s sovereignty is needed because life doesn’t make sense. Your rest is not in figuring out your circumstances–your rest is in the God behind the circumstances.

Don’t Allow Emotions To Rule: As much as the emotions you experience will be right, good, and appropriate, don’t let them set the agenda. There is a temptation to do that, but allowing yourself to be pulled away by the emotions of the moment could cause you to regret your decisions later.

Distinguish Needs From Wants: Be very careful what you put in your catalog of “need.” The minute you tell yourself something is a need, you’re saying it is essential for life. Then you are going to determine that you can’t live without it. It’s easy to attach yourself and your sense of security to the gift rather than to the Giver.

Know Your Job Description: God promises to provide. Your job is to live the way God has called you to live. Instead of giving way to discouragement, look for ways you can contribute to God’s people at the moment.

Run To God, Not Away From Him: God’s promise to us is not first the relief of the suffering–His promise is to give us Himself. He will never turn a deaf ear to the natural cries of a person of faith when life doesn’t make sense. God hears and answers and works and comforts.

-Summarized by Tullian Tchividjian (via Susan Fiske) Taken from Paul Tripp’s six actions steps for combating anxiety.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Princess Celebration

When the Bs. came out to visit, we went to Disneyland on Monday to celebrate B.s birthday as that very day was her 3rd birthday. Both girls wore their Cinderella princess dresses and looked so cute! We ended up staying at Disneyland all day and got to watch the fireworks which were awesome! During the month of October, Disneyland really does it up for Halloween and has the whole park decked out with pumpkins and all types of Halloween things. The fireworks show is also a special one and Halloween themed too. I was worried that Gracie was going to freak out as in the past, she has hated fireworks but when it was time to watch the show, she watched them all and at the end told us that she liked them. She even said she was a big girl now and wasn't afraid of the fireworks! It was very cute!

Gracie with M. lurking behind the tree

Tinkerbell and Gracie admiring Gracie's Hello Kitty ring

The two princess'!!!

Not sure what happened to my camera but Gracie and B. with Snow White

The B. family watching the fireworks

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Birthday Party

This past week has been a whirlwind of events! Last Saturday, our good friends the B.s, flew out to help celebrate Gracie's birthday and have a fun vacation in CA. G. helped me plan Gracie's party and she is an awesome planner! G. is very imaginative and creative and comes up with things that the average person wouldn't. You should see her own kid's parties! She should actually start her own party business as I know G. would make tons of money. G.'s daughter B. is actually from the same orphanage as Gracie and we got our girls at the same time and that is how we met. We've been great friends ever since and email each other almost every day. I feel so blessed to have the B.s in our life and am happy that Gracie has B.

We had a ladybug theme this year since Gracie wanted to dress up as a ladybug for Halloween but she was that last year so I compromised and promised her a ladybug party. For Gracie's party, I rented a jumper which all the kids loved and we did some great activities. Aside from the jumper, the kids painted ladybugs, ate cake, and we even had a ladybug release. The party went by way too fast and I wasn't able to get pictures of all the adults but got ones of pretty much all the kids.

Since this past week was pretty busy, I have a ton of October pictures that still need to be posted. I am probably going to do one post a day, just so I can catch up. I can hardly believe that November is around the corner but am excited as I am hoping that Brennan will be home in November. Please pray that he is. On a side note, we have all been sick in our house and I had a cold, then got sick again which I found out yesterday from the doctor, that I have bronchitis. I am now on meds and am feeling better and am ready to face to holidays feeling healthy as this has been going on for 2 weeks now! One blessing is, we haven't contracted the Swine Flu and I pray that it continues to stay away!

Gracie is ready to party!

For the ladybug painting, we made the kids aprons and Jerry had to have his own!

Painting the ladybug

Cute cake!

G. demonstrating how to cut a round cake

Ladybug release

Beautiful Gem with the ladybugs

We attempted to get a picture of all the kids at the end of the party

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

I'm trying to catch up on my October posts as life has been so busy lately! I still have my Legoland pictures which are really from September and Mickey's Trick or Treat party. Hopefully I can post those soon. So a couple weeks ago, Gracie and I met Becky, her BFF and Becky's mommy Karen at the pumpkin patch. The girls had a lot of fun running around the patch, going in the jumper, and picking their own pumpkins and us mommies had a good time too! After the patch, we had a nice lunch in the park and the girls got to play on the swings. I feel so blessed that we have people in our life like Karen and Becky as they are such great people.

On a sad note, Jerry had to put his dog to sleep today. Woofie actually started as Jerry's dog and then evolved to be his sisters after Jerry moved out. It was a sad day as Jerry and I went to the pound together many years ago and both brought home dogs. Domino my dog, is living at my dad's house and has a mass on her leg but she somehow still gets around. Anyway, if you can say some prayers for Jerry and our family, that would be nice.

Ready to pick pumpkins

Becky and Gracie or should I say the kitty and the witch!

Too cute!

Jumping around

I love this picture!

Gracie found her pumpkin

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday

Today is Gracie's birthday. I can't believe that my little baby is 3 years old! Maybe it's my imagination, but she seemed older today. I took her to Disneyland this morning because now that she is 3, she no longer gets in free so I had to buy her a pass. Disneyland is offering a free ticket to people on their birthdays and if you live in SoCal, you can apply the amount of the free ticket to a pass so I had to go today. Disneyland was actually crowded considering that it's a rainy day here but Gracie and I easily got on all the rides that she wanted.

Each time Gracie's birthday comes around, I especially think of her birth parents and family in China. I wonder if they are thinking of her today and I prayed this morning that somehow, Gracie's birthmom could feel some peace and know that her daughter is safe, happy, and much loved.

Happy birthday Gracie girl! Mommy and Daddy love you very much and you will always be my little baby. :)