Thursday, January 29, 2009

SNOW DAY.....

Donnie got a "snow day" off of work today so he and the kids went outside and played in the snow. Donnie pulled Peyton and Maci behind the 4-wheeler around the neighborhood. We didn't get much reaction out of Maci so we're not sure if she liked it or not. She did have fun making snow angels though. I even let Donnie pull me around on the sled. Peyton got a video of me, but I will not be uploading it for your viewing pleasure. I am screaming like an idiot and looking a bit stupid! Okay, a lot stupid!



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WINTER.....



Monday, January 26, 2009

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY....

Because today is Chinese New Year, I am taking treats to school so Maci's classmates can celebrate this very special day with her. Me and Maci made sugar cookies with red icing and red sprinkles. Then we filled red envelopes with chocolate coins to hand out to each child. I also let her wear her pretty green Chinese outfit to school. She was so excited about taking the cookies to school!

I got to talk to the kids a little bit about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. They were pretty fascinated by the fact that the Chinese celebrate for 15 days!!! But they were more excited about getting the chocolate money in the little red envelopes!!! They couldn't believe that I found money that you could actually eat!!!

I hung out in the class for a while and got to see what Maci does during her day! The kids all absolutely love her and take care of her!!! They kind of treat her like she's their baby! It's so sweet! She is starting to come out of her shell at school too! The other kids get so excited when she talks--and they are very quick to let the teacher know. If you listen closely in the video--you will hear one of the little girls say "She's not shy anymore!"

It was such a great day and a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year with Maci's friends! I can't wait to do it again next year!

Getting ready to go to school in her pretty outfit!
Adorable!
Maci and some of her friends
Mmmmm......
Maci doing a little singing and dancing.....
Listening to the story

This video is so cute! They are singing "The Wheels on the Bus".

Friday, January 23, 2009

CONVERSATION WITH MACI.....


Maci - "Mommy, LaLa!"


Mommy - "I love you too Maci!"


Maci - "Moon and back!"


Mommy - "I love you to the moon and back!"


Maci - "For ebber and ebber and ebber!"


Mommy - "I love you forever and ever and ever!"


Maci - "To the sky!"


Mommy - "I love you to the sky Maci!"


Maci - Mommy, where's WeeWee (Whitney)?"


Mommy - "She's at home."


Maci - "What?" (looking very confused)


Mommy - "WeeWee is at home. Where did you think she was?"


Maci - "I don't know."


Mommy - "Maci, you are crazy!"


Maci - "No Mommy! I'm not cwazy! I'm 3!" (holding 3 fingers up)


I SURE DO LOVE THIS LITTLE GIRL!
A WHOLE, WHOLE BUNCH!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

SNOW BABY.....

We had our first snow today and I let Maci go out and play for a while. The snow wouldn't pack but Peyton and Maci had fun anyway! They made snow angels and attempted to make a snowman.





Sunday, January 18, 2009

MACI'S DOWNSTAIRS CAFE.....

Peyton had a couple of her friends spend the night and Maci always tends to be right in the middle of what they are doing. Today, I went downstairs to get Maci so the girls could do what teenage girls do. Well, this is what I saw! They had tucked blankets into the ceiling tiles and made a restaurant--and Maci was their waitress! I thought this was so sweet! Maci was having a ball taking their orders and then going to her play food and serving it to them! Aren't big sisters and their friends G-R-E-A-T?!?

Peyton is eating her hamburger!

Mommy--do you think they'll leave me a good tip?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

HAP-BEE "3RD" BIRTHDAY.....

We had Maci's "3rd" Birthday party at the church today. She is just crazy about "The Bee Movie" so that was our birthday theme! A friend of mine made the cake--which was absolutely adorable! We invited the family and all of her little friends. It was a lot of fun! I only forgot one thing--the birthday candles. But we improvised...Donnie cut down some taper candles and "VOILA"! Maci was in a bit of a funk during the party--she wouldn't hardly smile, she wouldn't blow out the candles and she wouldn't jump in the jumpy castle. The next morning she was running a fever--poor thing didn't feel good at her own Birthday party.
Look...it's even got a stinger!
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!
Dillon, Maci and Heidy at the craft table
I told you she didn't even crack a smile
Donnie's grandma was even able to make it to the party
Little Gabi kept trying to steal the balloons!
My brilliant husband fixing the candles
Make a wish!
Enjoying a little cake with WeeWee (aka big sis Whitney)
Gabi and Alex having a little fun!
Look mom! I got a coffee pot just like you! Now I can make my own "CaCa"
Maci and Peyton
I just love this picture of Whitney painting Maci's fingernails!
It wasn't long before all the girls wanted in on the action!
Maci and all her loot!
Gabi finally got what she wanted...the balloons!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

GOD IS SO GOOD.....

The Farmer family was on quite a roller coaster ride in 2008. As a lot of you know, early in 2008 we prayerfully decided to adopt from China yet again. We were very excited and couldn't wait to start the paperwork process. Then in July, our agency was denied their Hague Accreditation and we were told to find another adoption agency. I was totally devastated and very upset--but we pressed on. This would mean we would have to completely start from scratch...a new home study, new birth certificates, marriage licenses, physicals, etc. Have them notarized again and send them off to be state certified...again! Our family and friends had selflessly helped us and were still helping us raise money for this adoption...and now those funds were gone! What were we going to do? Through endless prayer and lots of support we sent our application in to another agency. But, I was still very uneasy about the finances. Only through a miracle would we be able to afford this. But you know what? God sent me an angel...and her name is Cheryl Dunn!

Cheryl and her husband John are missionaries from Taiwan. Their family came back to the states on furlough for 7 months and lived in Mt. Carmel. Our church supports John and Cheryl and their ministry. They are a wonderful Christian family spreading God's love to the people in Taiwan.

I began to talk to Cheryl about our adoption in China and all of the ways Satan was trying to stop us from getting our baby girl! I spoke with her about the money and how I just didn't know how it would be possible--especially since we were wanting to take our kids with us this time. Then I began to ask her about adoption in Taiwan. We talked on several occasions and I asked her to please pray for our family.

I had been praying for God to please make it clear to me if this was His will. Sometimes I can be a bit oblivious when God is trying to tell me something. I needed Him to give me a clear answer--either open the door or slam it shut! Guess what? God's answer was as clear as day!

I remember the day like it was yesterday! On the morning of December 8th, I received an email from our adoption agency that the orphanage fees were going up to over $5,000 plus the wait could very well reach 4 years. There was no doubt in my mind that this was a slamming door! I quietly thanked God for the answer--even though I was extremely upset. Did this mean I wasn't going to have another daughter to love? My heart was completely broken! But I had accepted God's answer. I talked with Donnie when he got home and explained to him what God had revealed to me earlier that day. We cried and prayed with each other and felt this was God's will--not to adopt from China.

Then, around 8:30 pm I got the call that changed our lives! It was Cheryl Dunn! She began to talk to me about a non-profit organization that she was going to start working with when she got back to Taiwan. They are an organization birthed from the desire to build relationships with Taiwanese women. They are devoted to helping pregnant women who have no place to go and do not want to have an abortion. Cheryl had spoke to one of the women who runs the home and told her about our family and our circumstances. (She was not aware of what had gone on earlier that day) They were very excited to hear about us and told Cheryl to tell us to send in an adoption application. They were wanting to start doing international adoption and would like for us to be their "guinea pigs". Plus, Cheryl would be the foster mom to our baby before we went to pick her up! Is God not AMAZING?!?! He had slammed one door shut and opened another one for us--all on the same day!

But--all of this happening in one day totally freaked me out! TOTALLY!!!!! I called my best friend Debbie crying my eyes out hysterically! Before I could even get the whole story told to her, she was in her car and on the way to my house! Debbie has been such a great friend to me through all of this. There will never be any way for me to show her how much I love her and appreciate her friendship! God definitely blessed me immensely when he gave me my best friend and sister by heart...Debbie Jo! By the time she left, I was calmed down. But I was still worried about how we were going to afford it!

On December 12th I talked with Cheryl again! I just came out and asked her, "If we decide to do this, can our family stay with you in Taiwan when we pick up our daughter?" Her answer was like music to my ears! "Of course you can! We would love that!" Another answered prayer!

On December 17th, I emailed them our application and we were approved! After Wednesday night church, Cheryl called Taiwan to ask them a few questions. I had her ask them exactly what the cost was going to be. I really needed to see for sure if we could afford this. What Cheryl told me brought me to tears! They were going to waive all of the Taiwan fees--they did not want us to worry about money. They just wanted us to focus on bringing our little girl home! PRAISE JESUS!!! Our biggest and only expense was going to be airfare!

Someone recently sent me this scripture: "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4 I am reminded in this scripture that even though our plans were to adopt from China--God had bigger and better plans! He knew our daughter, Mylee, was in Taiwan all along. I believe that our journey throughout 2008, even though we walked through many a valley, helped us to be drawn closer to God! After all, isn't that what God wants. James 4:8 says "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." And just look at the mountain we are standing on now! Shouting God's grace and mercy to all who will hear!

This journey for us is not quite over! Not until our daughter from Taiwan is placed into the arms of her forever family! Which will more than likely happen this year! All I can say right now is...GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

IT'S A MOUSE--OR IS IT???

I was standing in the kitchen the other day and I saw a mouse run into our bedroom. I told Donnie to get a trap so we could kill it. By the time we went to bed, we still had not caught it. On Monday morning Dillon came running up the stairs and said he saw the mouse in the family room. Then he said he saw it run into the laundry room, so he shut the door and put towels along the bottom so it wouldn't get out. Okay!?! So, after the kids went to school I got a trap and went downstairs to put it in the laundry room. When I opened up the door, the stupid thing was just walking around in there like he owned the place. And, it sure didn't look like a mouse to me! Anyway, I put the trap on the floor and didn't go down the rest of the day. When Dillon got home, we opened the door to see if we had caught it. Well, either this little rodent didn't get hungry all day long or it's very, very smart--because it was still walking around in that laundry room very well alive! If this little animal was going to be in there all day long--the least it could have done was finish up my laundry!

When Donnie got home, he took a bucket and caught the mouse/mole and put it in the field across the road! I looked the thing up on-line and I think it was a shrew! Who cares what it was as long as it's not in my house anymore!

This is a video I took by just cracking the door to the laundry room

This is a video of my brave children when Donnie was catching the thing in a bucket!

Monday, January 5, 2009

MACI'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.....

Today was a day that Maci has been looking forward to for weeks--her first day of pre-school! She went right to bed last night reminding me that school was tomorrow! When she woke up she again reminded me that she was going to school! She was so excited she was going to get to use her new backpack that Santa got her! Once we got there she acted a little scared, but she was a very big girl when Mommy kissed her goodbye and went home. Then the best part of the day was getting to ride the bus home with Sissy! I would say Maci had a FANTASTIC first day of school!
"Look at my new backpack Santa got me!"
"I'm ready for school Mommy!"
Just before we left--Maci is telling me how excited she is to go to school!
Maci with the "deer in the headlights" look.
Making friends
Doing a little drawing
Maci and her teacher, Miss Higginson