We managed to see the seal show which Gabe thought was positively spectacular. Anything that makes him smile and laugh is pretty great to me too. And an okapi garnered a lot of our attention. None of us had seen one of these before and he was positively beautiful. The colors of a zebra but related to a giraffe, just by looking at it you could see how graceful and regal of a species the okapi is.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
We walked through most of the barns and checked out the animals
Gabe enjoyed his 1st (and 2nd ,3rd and 4th) experience of the bouncy slide. And loved it! We went so fast that these were the best pictures my mom could get.
The big boys rode more bumper cars.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Estes Africa t-shirt and tote bags are on sale, bracelets are 25% off and their are lots of product donations to buy to feed, clothe and benefit children in Africa.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
But I know how quickly things can change in fundraising so we're still pushing forward! We want to be in the TOP 3.
Can you help us?
Think early presents for your family, a sweet surprise for a friend or a pretty bracelet for yourself!
Or buy a sheep... how many times today have you been asked to buy a sheep?
And please, please, please share this!
Don't forget to pick our (my) name from the affiliate drop down box as you check out!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
and sharing his pool with Nonny.
Today... is a day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it....
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Grant contest goes through Sunday night... don't forget to choose us as the affiliate you want your proceeds to go too!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Nevertheless, fundraising is part of adoption because adoption is so darn expensive. We have a big fundraiser planned for the beginning of October that I'm trying to get in order but right now, Ordinary Hero has a grant contest going on that we are participating in. Not only do we recieve 40% of each purchase but the top 3 sellers recieve an additional $500! We want that grant money! Contest ends Sunday August 28th Texas time! Just don't forget to choose us from the affiliate drop down box when checking out!
Buy yourself a t-shirt, cool hand-made flip flops or buy a sheep or blanket for needy children in Africa AND help us raise money to bring our baby (or babies) home from Ethiopia.
Matt has the t-shirt linked above and he loves it! Well as much as a man who cares little about clothes can love a t-shirt but it is probably the softest t-shirt I've ever touched!
And stay tuned for our October fundraiser... you can sit on your computer at home and shop some pretty cool things if I do say so myself!
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. -Isaiah 1:17
Sunday, August 21, 2011
There are many important dates in adoptions; the day you find out your 'expecting', the birthday, the court day. But for me, the most important day was the day that Gabe was put in my arms ready to go home. Home sweet home, it was. And still is.
Friday, August 19, 2011
And then on Sunday the partying continued. Gabe's 2nd birthday party was also at my parents house (they were so great with opening their house to let me have to parties there on one weekend!). The house was filled with Grandma's and Grandpa's, aunts and uncles, cousins and a few more 'family' members. It was much smaller, less hectic but just as fun as Gabe's beach party last year. I'm learning that more often than not, less is more. And contrary to pictorial evidence, Matt was able to be in Ohio for Gabe's birthday party. His work required him to be in Youngstown Ohio the friday before so he extended his weekend (and saved his company money on airfare cause he's such a fabulous employee) and was at Gabe's party. With Matt being there for our babe's birthday party, nothing could have made it anything but perfect.
A Thomas the Train birthday cake
I think this was Gabe's first "sleep over" with all of his cousins although he didn't actually sleep in the room with them. We'll save that for a later date!