I have been so lacking in my posts! Life has been a little crazy this season. So where to begin?

We actually were attacked by piggies in early November.  All three of my little piggies got H1N1.  And survived.  While it wasn't fun- it wasn't as bad as the coverage that is out there.  Thankfully- as a friend from our August DTC group that adopted from China the same time we did, lost her husband to the Swine Flu.  This reminded me how very easily a simple illness turns deadly very fast.

Sammy was the first to fall, Jack second and Katie Mei last.  Sammy and Jack were better for, oh, a day- and Katie Mei then started a fever- and then so did Jack and Sammy.  Again.  Turns out that many children who have H1N1 get a secondary infection at the end.  So, the day Katie got sick, we were at the doctor, with Sammy who had a bad ear infection, Jack with Strep Throat and Katie starting the flu.  All this the weeks before Children of Eden was set to open.

Lots of prayer, bleach, purell and tide later- and finally we all were well. I had the windows wide open in 35 degree weather every day just to air out the germies. 

Children of Eden opened and went smashingly- I will have photos of that soon.  Michael and I were at every show- and Michael took the most AMAZING photos.  I can't wait to share some with you.  Jack was such an AWESOME brother- came to each show- even wanted to be there- and never complained. He is such a great guy.  Sammy and Katie did such a great job.  I can't even explain what it is like to watch your children on stage, loving what they are doing and shining.  I see it so much in Sam.  He has a love for the stage, and all things drama.  It is a joy to watch him grow and blossom.

The bond that this cast and crew shared is something extraordinary.  Such sweet sweet people.  And a director with a heart for God, theater and people that adds up to be something very special.  We have been so blessed to be a part of this production.  It truly changed lives.  Of actors and theater goers alike.  God really was at work.

Don't mind though, that we had so many humorous and a little frightening behind the scenes glitches.  Like the fog machine not working, the tree of knowledge pyrotechnics either fizzling out or in one heart stopping few minutes, possibly spilling out.  And then of course the night a light caught on fire.  Yes.  It was fun.  But, no one got hurt, nothing got damaged, and the cast kept on!  Awesome indeed!

Thanksgiving was amazingly wonderful.  My parents and my sister Amy and her family came out.  We got to spend some fun time together- showing them a little bit of Oklahoma.  Including the American Banjo Museum.  Yes.  It is true.  We had SO MUCH FUN with everyone. Wish they lived closer.  I am secretly praying that my nephew Taylor chooses to go to college here.  I am a great spoiler.  And would spoil him rotten. : )

What is next on our agenda? Well, we are all about Christmas.  We bought a tree, decorated outside and inside….and have been spending a lot of time listening to Christmas music and watching Rudolph.  The kids have all bought gifts for each other this year, with their own money.  I love that!  I cannot wait to see the faces when they watch the others opening the gifts they chose!  So fun.

We are also headed to CA – and onto Tahiti for some much anticipated vacation! I am looking forward to sitting on the beach and watching the kids snorkel.  And eating fresh pineapple.  Watching the kids collect hermit crabs on the beach, and seeing the stars at night.  Celebrating not only New Years, but also our 14th wedding anniversary in Huahine.  Spending time with my sweet niece Lindsay.  Trying not to scare people with my sadly very white body.  Perhaps it will be a little golden when we get back.  

We also get to spend time with friends in Ca before we come back home.  What a vacation!! : )

Here are a couple of photos from Thanksgiving.  More to come later.  Hope you all are basking in the glow of tiny white lights, fires in fireplaces, hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream and the joy of the birth of our Savior.  

Breaking bread for stuffing….

I love bread.

Sweet girls.

Amy and Scott.  Love you guys!!




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