Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This year at Christmas has been fun with the Natester! Several "firsts"...first Christmas concert from his preschool, first time to smile with Santa, first letter to Santa, first time to make gingerbread cookies almost all by himself! Here's some photos for you:
Sunday, December 19, 2010
So, the other day, I showed Nate the advent calendar...which is a wooden bird house with little wooden doors. We were late getting started and I had put chocolate santas from Day 7 to Christmas. He opened Day 7 and was excited to find a very tasty surprise in there. Then I said.."Now we only open one day at a time until Christmas and you might find another surprise!", thinking I was so clever and all.
"Nate, do you know where the chocolates are?"
"No""Nate, I know dad didn't eat them, and I didn't eat them, so don't lie to me. Did you eat those chocolates?" *eyes looking side to side...silence...and then....**Shakes his head "yes"*"Did you eat them or hide them somewhere?""I ate them"(A few days later I discovered the empty chocolate wrappers stuffed in the bottom of the bathroom trash can.)So, from that day on, he opened the door to find advent calendar broccoli and carrots....and mom is one year wiser.Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
......and I'm determined NOT to pack on the pounds! Wow, I am seriously behind in my blog. It has been a whirlwind since we had our Mexico Mission trip back in Oct. First Mexico, then grandparents in for a week, then Israel, then swamped with artwork, then Disneyland, then more art while Don was preaching in Michigan, 2 sick guys on top of all that.....and here we are today. I'm looking at the Christmas packages sitting under our tree, waiting to be mailed. Thinking it might be a gift card type of year. ha! Haven't even got the Christmas lights up yet. At least we managed to do the tree.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We walked through the streets of Old Jerusalem today. Incredible experience! More writing later...it's late & it took forever to get all these photos uploaded. Wake up call is 6am and we're going to the Dead Sea & Masada tomorrow. Can't wait to float on it!
ISRAEL PHOTOS DAYS 6-7 LINK
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Standing on the original street in Bethsaida where Jesus would've walked.
Sorry to keep you all waiting! We FINALLY have decent internet service in Jerusalem....where I am currently writing to you.
What an amazing trip! We actually stood...STOOD...on a street in Bethsaida where Jesus would've walked. How surreal is that?? Not only to see the historical sites but we have received so MUCH historical background about the culture during that time. The scriptures make so much more sense now.
I have very limited time to write but I did want to include the photos for you. Check out these links below. I will try to write more tonight. Our days begin & end from 7am - 5pm every day..filled with Bible studies, lectures, visits, etc. Today we visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem & much more.
More later....for now, here's photos!
ISRAEL DAYS 1-3 PHOTO LINK
ISRAEL DAYS 4-5 PHOTO LINK
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
We're organizing meals to bring to one of our PRCC families who just had a baby! Congrats to Leanne and Steven and their new baby girl, Hayley. The family lives in Catalina. If you would like to bring a meal this week or next, please comment or email me at email@example.com with the day you will deliver and we'll get directions to you.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Here's the link. Hurry though...auction ends Tues Oct. 12!!
Just wanted to throw this out there...
A friend is trying to round up items for a family who lost everything in a fire. And when I say, "everything", I mean EVERYTHING. They are in IMMEDIATE needs of many household items and also have a newborn + a 2 yr old (boys).
If you are willing to part with any items you have, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or facebook me ASAP & I will make arrangements to pick up the items. Below is the list. Thanks everyone!!!!!
sofa, chairs, side tables, lamps
kitchen table & chairs
coffee maker, silverware, pots/pans, spatulas, coffee cups, towels, dish cloths, glasses
queen or king bedding/sheets, side tables, lamps
shower curtain, trash can, towels
washing maching, iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner
diapers (NB & size 4), wipes, baby wash, clothing (3-6 mo & size 3T-4T).
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Hey guys! On Wed., Oct. 13, our Tupperware fundraiser will include a special..
HOLIDAY FLYER15 Additional Products!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I've heard the stories. Comments people have made to parents who've adopted kids. So far we had been spared many of those comments. Probably because everyone assumes I gave birth to Nate since he looks similar to me. However...I knew we wouldn't escape it completely.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
My little man turned 4 this weekend and we did way more celebrating than I anticipated! Don was out turkey hunting with friends on his birthday (Friday) so we had his actual party today. However, I have to celebrate ON the day so we ended up at Denny's for his free birthday Grand Slam...Trail Dust Town to ride the train & see a shootout, school carnival to play endless games, and a free kids meal at Sonic..then getting the house, handmade cake & food prepared for 20 people at his party today. Crazy!! I think my "Clark Griswold" thinking totally kicked in. I'm exhausted!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm so excited!! We are doing a very easy and fun Tupperware fundraiser to help bring home our baby from Ethiopia! For every order you place, Tupperware will donate 40% OF THE SALE to our adoption!! There are NO parties involved. Instead, there are two options available....
1. An online order link
2. A packet with order forms where you can take orders from your co-workers, local-friends & family. **TUCSON ONLY**
Tucsonans can do both if you'd like. Email the link below to your out of town/state friends & family...product would be shipped directly to them.
When you use the packet & collect orders, my Tupperware rep has generously decided that you will receive 1 Raffle Ticket for every $50 in orders you collect, for a drawing for $100 of FREE TUPPERWARE!! This is only for local/Tucson orders you collect with the packet (not via the online link).
Packet orders ONLY will be shipped to my rep & I will deliver them to you. Please let me know if you'd like to take a packet of order forms & I will get that to you asap. Deadline to order is Oct. 22.
If you click on the link below, it will prompt you to sign in and direct you to our special Fundraising Catalog (Please order items from the Fundraising Catalog, not the regular catalog. Only Fundraising Catalog orders will count toward our adoption).
For every order you place, Tupperware will donate 40% OF THE SALE to our adoption!! Our goal is $3400 to send the dossier off. Your order will be shipped directly to you, after Oct. 22. No parties...very easy!
Please forward this link to all your family, friends and co-workers. With your help, anything is possible! The deadline is October 22.
Thank you so much for supporting adoption!!!
P.S. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. You may receive this invite twice as many of us have the same friends!
Don & Denise SullivanEmail: email@example.com
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So, on Thursday, Don comes home from work & says, "Hey! Feel like going up to Williams?" He wanted to scout for turkey for his upcoming turkey hunt next weekend. Naturally, who am I to say "no" to a road trip? Especially when we haven't had a 2-day family weekend since January!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I have been so crazy busy lately...art, art & more art, church art/events, a rambunctious toddler, adoption stuff....celebrating birthdays (priorities people!)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
440 W. Calle Concordia, between La Canada & Oracle Rd
Monday, August 30, 2010
I admit it, I am hooked. On GROUPONS that is. A friend told me about and I'm sure she regrets it because I keep advertising for referral credits. haha.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Yay! We've just put 3 dots on the mileage map! To date we've raised $2,117!! Thanks to the Ramos, Kirk Bushell, Slater, Miracle, McKinney, Corbin & Jackson families for your coffee, T-shirt & purse purchases. You helped us raise $153 of that total! We are so thankful for your support.
And the winner is..................LOU KIRK!! Congrats Lou!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'm having too much fun creating these chili pepper purses! A few more for sale in my Etsy shop!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
On Sat., Don got free tickets to the AZ Cardinals football game. Nate went to his very first pro game and I had the afternoon & evening all to myself!!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Well, this was fun! I just finished making two applique purses from recycled coffee bags, with a fun Chili Pepper design.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My baby is growing up into a handsome little boy. Today he started his 1st day of preschool!!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Today we took a little road trip to Apple Annie's Orchard & Farm in Wilcox, AZ...about 2 hrs southeast of Tucson. We had a GREAT time and it was easy to get carried away. They gave you a bucket to pick peaches and we had to restrain ourselves from over picking! You have so much fun, you don't realize how many peaches you've picked until it's too late.....then you realize you have to pay for them. ha. They were handcranking homemade peach ice cream and we had homemade peach pie ala mode. Ohhhh so good!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
3 years already?? Still seems like yesterday when we met our son for the first time in China. I'm sure I'll be saying that every year for the rest of my life. haha. Nate is older now and we've told him that he is adopted and how we flew on an airplane all the way to China to bring him home. Of course, he doesn't fully understand it but he smiles, nods & says, "Yep!" He knows how very much we love him.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Nate took his last swim lesson today & had a great time! He's become very comfortable in the water, holding his breath longer & learning strokes. Definitely worth it! Today all the kids got to go on the giant slide at the pool & I was proud of Nate going by himself...head first!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
We took a spontaneous road trip to Parker Canyon Lake this morning, in southeast Arizona. The weather was beautiful...a storm blowing through dropped the temp down to 75 (YESSSS!!!) and left big puffy clouds. Don & Nate caught a ton of bluegill...threw them all back...but Nate had a great time fishing. Don got a cane pole at the dock shop, threw the line out & a second later hooked a fish! I went on a 5-1/2 mile hike around the entire lake (not knowing it was going to be that long!) It was gorgeous & cool out and we were wishing we'd brought a tent to stay the night.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Nate had his first ever swim lessons today & had a great time! I came prepared to get in the pool with him but he didn't need me. haha. There were only 2 other kids in his class so they all got some good one-on-one attention. Two weeks of swim lessons for only $20. Can't beat that! I'm glad I didn't get in because I was able to take a few photos. Got all the way & realized I'd left my camera at the pool so I had to go back. Doh!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Well, Becky P...you'll be pleased to know we went on another spontaneous adventure today! At first we planned to go to a movie, but I really felt like "getting out of dodge", so I said to my man, "Hey! Why not just go for a drive?" Don, naturally, has to have a purpose to that drive, so he ran into the garage, threw a bunch of fishing stuff, chairs & what-not into the truck and said, how about Patagonia Lake? (well, whatever, as long as it's out of dodge!) The lake is a little over an hour south of us.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
When I was a kid, my dad took us to a ton of different summer-kid activities....summer reading programs, Wallace & Ladmo performances, VBS, etc. Now I get to do the same thing with Nate. However.....it's EXHAUSTING! Or maybe it's because I'm a parent later in life and a little lacking in the energy department. ha.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Had a great time at our church's July 4 carnival fundraiser! I was basically at the church from 8:15 that morning until 9pm that night. It was hot, sweaty work setting up the booths after service and I think I was a little dehydrated from the heat & over dosing on coffee to keep me awake, but thanks to several volunteers, we managed to get everything set up by 5pm! It was so awesome to see families arriving & having a great time. I really wanted a Starbucks basket up for auction but the price got too high for our budget. Next time I'll have to put a stash of $$ aside!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
What a day! Our church is putting together a July 4 carnival fundraiser.....to build homes in Rocky Point, Mexico and today we did a ton of set design & construction. HOT HOT HOT but so many people stuck around to get 'er done!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I had to watch Nate's friends today while their mom had an appt, so I decided to let them play in the pool after breakfast. Yep....it's hot enough in AZ to actually play in the pool at 9am. I figured that would wear them out & keep them entertained for awhile. They had a ton of fun, and then I decided to whisk them into the truck & head to Bookmans for some fun. Bookman's is a used bookstore out here & they have free kids events over the summer. Today they got to decorate their own book bag. Nice activity to keep them occupied. Unfortunately...not as long as I had hoped! They did a great job so we went over to the kids area to look at books until their mom arrived. After that, Nate & I spontaneously decided to join them for a free summer movie (well, ok it was $2 for adults!) so we headed off to the dollar theater to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Very funny movie...but my stomach was GROWLING by the time it was over. So I loaded up Nate & headed to Chik Fil A across the street for a free kids meal & free ice cream!!