Thursday, April 28, 2016

Disney day 2...Hollywood Studios and GKTW

We started today with breakfast at Give Kids the World/ GKTW and Mickey and friends were there.

Awesome character experience. Ms Avah owned Every single one of those meetings today!:)

Cade did get kind of close to Goofy! As the day went on, he got more and more afraid. I think it was also because he was exhausted and maybe still not feeling good.

My mom is along for all kinds of fun!

Brynlee loved Belle. Cade thought she was so rude. But if any of you know Disney princesses .. She was anything but rude! Ha she was so sweet!


Cade is enjoying all the food choices. He was in heaven over the watermelon!

We had made reservations for Hollywood and Vine a few weeks ago! It was expensive but amazing fun. Sage, Avah and Mia had a blast... Cade observed from behind my chair.

He did love the buffet and had plenty of rice and broccoli. His two favorite foods.

The characters were awesome about backing away when kids are afraid.

Oh my the doc was in! They were giddy!

My older kids went to meet the Star Wars cast. They all played the part... Super fun experience.

We also rode the rides, enjoyed the Star Wars show, Frozen show and the Disney Junior shows.

And then my phone died so the pictures of Santa and the Christmas party at GKTW will have to wait until we get the Photos at the end. But needless to say Cade, Brynlee and Mia got the Doctor Baby Alive dolls they have been wanting and the rest of the kids chose something incredible as well! Glad I brought empty luggage!

Tomorrow we are off to Magic Kingdom and have character reservations in the evening with 1900 Park Fare.:)












Disney Day 1....

Today was travel day so nothing real exciting....
Other than we went to the Give Kids the World Hotel and it was AMAZING! We will forever be spoiled by this trip. The hotel was over the top awesome. Free papa johns pizza.... Free ice cream... Free rides... And this was after the majority of everything had closed.
We have a Mickey breakfast in the morning.... Christmas tomorrow night with Santa... Real live Candy land on Sunday night. They gave us all our tickets for all the parks and a genie pass(better than a fast pass).  Ah-mazing!
Now he's all snuggled into bed ready for his big day tomorrow!!!


More details and pictures later! I'm exhausted and we haven't even started!:)

We did add some not so exciting videos to our blog but more to come later.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blog issues...

Ahhhhh the good ole days of Blogger when I actually adored blogging and it didn't seem to be a chore.

I have had some major blogging issues with Wordpress so I'm back with blogger for now. We will see how long but for Disney I'm back over here blogging. And it feels good!

My kids will be posting videos on . Please subsribe for updates!:)

Cade is still asleep and I'm praying he wakes up fever free!

Now I'm off to finish my packing!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Walking around a Minefield...

As we wait for any adoption, as we are now. Not just adoption, but anything in life that Satan hates. We are typically hit pretty hard with some things from Satan.
With us adopting 2 beautiful girls (obviously Heaven sent, look at them):

...The fight keeps coming. 
Satans hit(Gods blessing)
- dishwasher broken(hubby fixed)
-dryer broken(hubby fixed 3 times)
-lost my husbands pension(whatever)
-lost insurance after we retire and missed out because of one 'difference' of my hubby's position to receive the huge buyout which would have paid for the remaining portion of what we need for our adoption.(whatever, God has this)
- found out I have arthritis throughout my back and a bulged disk.(just annoying)
-illnesses... This one has been big so far strep toe, strep throat, impetigo, fever virus ....list goes on and on. (This is the one that sends the doubt. This is where Satan puts that feeling of doubt on me sometimes) and then God always shows me the light. Even with our illnesses and our special needs... My kids are extremely healthy and thriving. Momma just needs to catch her breath every once in awhile.
-unspoken issues( this is the one that is hard for me to handle. I am sensitive. I expect everyone to be nice like most everyone is. Yet when I'm ignored or obviously slighted by someone... I pull back. It's easier to pull back then to continue getting hurt. It's hard to give and give and give... And be ignored. But my Lord.. Knows the feeling far more than I do. So I will praise him in this storm.

Anyway...I feel like I am walking through a mine field. Almost every which way I turn
I am afraid of what I might step on.

But these are just the hits. The lord has been blessing us unbelievably more!

-Our homeschool is ahead of the game. At this point we are over halfway with our History, Government, English and Math programs. Since we plan to take 3 weeks in China and another month off when the girls come home( saying that). We needed to get ahead.

-what I thought was a hit is now a blessing... Our dishwasher leaked causing some water damage that could cause much much more damage if not repaired, our home owners insurance is agreeing to cover the cost.

Our goal is to raise $12,000... Seems big but I am choosing to look at it like this.... That is only 120 $100 bills. And my Auction gave us 30 of those not included all the friends who rounded up their orders. I am thinking with my ornament sales and Camyes artwork. We could get 20 more $100 bills which leaves us with only 70 $100 bills. Not bad, right? We also maybe getting a tshirt designed for us right now.
So exciting! We are putting on our armor

Literally! Ha .. Couldn't resist adding Avah in her armor garb! Doesn't she look cute!

And fighting this we probably have 7-8 weeks left until Travel Approval comes. We have got this!:)

My all time favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

~Mia turns 6~

I can't even believe my smallest yet second to youngest child is now 6 years old.

Mia Grace Heimee
Best friend: Big sister Avah
Loves: her baby brother Cade
Can't wait for: Gina and Sage to come home
Favorite thing to do: play stuffed animals
Favorite clothes: polka dotted Jeans like Gina

Mia is the most outgoing, spunky, loving, attached little girl I know! She makes a friend everywhere we go. 

She only requested an Olaf to snuggle for her birthday but of course she got a few more things than that. We tried the birthday presents together with Avah... Her Irish Twin... But we weren't crazy about it... So we may switch it back next year.

Mia is severely allergic to gluten and thankfully her favorite kimbap and bulgolgi are just that.

Thanks to grandma and grandpa.. Mia has all sorts of baking tools and she made and decorated her own Gluten free cupcakes.

Lights off---typical Amsa style! She blew out her candles after her wish!

Happy Birthday sweet girl! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you for your 6th year.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

~~~~~~ LOA~~~!!!

I am so happy to announce LOA (Letter of Acceptance) has been issued and we will be receiving the hard copy hopefully within a few weeks.

This basically means we have been officially accepted to adopt Gina and Sage. This is wait being quoted as 90-120 days of you are adopting 2 and were logged in within a month of your dossier. So here is hope to all who heard this... 

For timeline stalkers: PA was 7/17 and 8/18: DTC 8/22: LID 9/2: OOT 9/12: Soft LOA 11/6
Today is day 65...Now we have approxiamatly 2 months until our Travel Approval. Then we will get a consulate appointment and Go Go GO within a few weeks of TA.

Friday, October 17, 2014

My college girl...

I really can not be prouder of this precious daughter of mine.

Homeschooled for 13 years and making straight A's 13 hours away from mom and dad.
She is loving college life.

The first weekend of October was family weekend. So we decided to take a trip to see her before heading to Kennys parents in Texas. Her college is on the way!

I do love this crew! What a fun two nights we had.
Camye stayed in the dorm with Chloe both nights. And Camye is counting the days until she is goes away to college.
Some things never change. Kenny sent me the above pic while I was taking Chloe, Kianna, Blake, Camye and Kristin to a haunted house. 

For a couple of hours, boys were allowed to enter the girls dorms so our guys took advantage. One more family pic outside her dorm!
And then a goodbye.. With a lot of tears. But we were returning the following weekend for one night on our way home. But it was still so hard to leave.
We stayed at grandma and grandpas for the week. 

We had so much fun visiting with Grandma French Fry...

And seeing Uncle Nathan, Aunt Taylor and our niece Lucille.

And then back to see Chloe!! 

And boy did we miss her.. She stayed with us at our hotel this time. And it was so nice to have almost all of our kiddos together again.

Mia had a really had time saying goodbye. She was convinced she was staying.

It was a fabulous time but I will admit I can not imagine traveling in a 12 passenger with 11 people for our next trip to Texas. A 15 passenger will most likely be in our future.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Documenting Chaos}

Thought I would document my day...
Many people have said many things
'How do you do it?' That ones easy.. I don't.
'Must be nice to stay home and not have to work'--- Hahaahh good one.
So I documented my day...

It is 11;52.... We have sat at the table since 9:02... Paul is done with school. Camye had done math. Blake has done English. I have sat here and done lessons plans. 
Here are a few messes I see as I look around. My little three are having a blast.

Still working at table... No lunch.. Hoping to get it by 1pm. Paul did finish everything. Blake, Camye and I are still at it. But I look up to find this...

Yes such a mess... Paints.. Sticker letters..books... An IV that the hosptial still won't pick up after 3 Advocare chargers... 

Quit school for the day at 1:52. Still not done. Did a quick clean up. Fixed lunch. Cades meds. Moved 415,621 boxes out of the pouring rain.. Thank you fed ex man. Headed to two different pharmacies to get Cades meds. Mail bags at ups. Mail stuff at PO. 

Oops... Slight problem at home even though only 3 kids were there.

Post office later. Everything else done. But it's now 3:50... And I need to get home to start supper at 4:15. And the loveofmylife gets home at 4:15. 

But my kids surprised me with a super clean school/dining room! Yay!

This blog is to say.. 

I don't do it all.

I don't have the awesome clean, perfect settings for Instagram, Facebook or Blogs.

Life is chaos. But documenting my day.. Sure made me realize... I love my chaos. I am going to embrace my chaos.

I am enjoying the messes that won't always be.

I am choosing to realize that life is what you make it.

As I look around at the 5 kids snuggled in my bed... This is exactly what I love.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Why? Why not a son?

I am trying to keep it together.

I am trying really hard to not ask God why.

Why is it taking it so long?

Why is he so perfect yet no one os going for him? Did you know the majority of children waiting in china, are BOYS?

He may not be the fastest.
He may not be the cutest.
He may not be the teachers pet. 
He may not have the most vibrant personality.
He may not have had the opportunities that most children have.

But I do know he is full of compassion. My 4 yeAr old had a PICC line while he away here. My 6 year old tripped over it. This little boy.... 

Yes that one... Up there. He carried my sons PICC line back to me. Ever so carefully with my son beside him. Careful to never pull on it.

No parent ever taught him that. 
He is naturally a compassionate and kind child.

Typically... Children come out of orphanages with some hoarding food issues... Low tone issues... Why??? Because they have never been given a chance.

If I could bring home 3... Right now. I would do it.

But I believe he is has a family who will adopt him... Much sooner than we could. 

Please please share this! Where are the 50 people who PMed me while he was here?
He is still waiting.
He is still going to sleep alone every night.
Dreaming of a family.
A family he begged for.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

~Vegetable Soup~

My favorite time to cook and bake is in the Fall.
After busting, my crock pot yet saving my soup.. I was asked to share my recipe. This is my own recipe as we are a large family... Hubby can't have tomatoe based foods because of reflux... And we like to eat it as left overs.

1 7 pound roast(shredded after cooking 10 hours in crock pot)
6 large potatoes, cubed
1 onion, diced
Lots of carrots and celery, diced
3 cans of diced tomatoes
4 cans of corn
4 cans of green beans
2 cans of peas
2 bags of frozen Lima beans
2 boxes of beef broth
1 small can of tomatoe paste
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook in very large pot until tender.

We shred the roast instead of chunks because we hate chunks of meat. Just a preference! 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Christian Chronicle--- finally!

Back in August 2012, while our daughter Gina was here being hosted from China. A friend from Christian Chronicle came to visit and interview our family. 
We wrote back and forth. Rewrote the article. Things quickly changed. Gina went back to China. We went to Korea twice. Cade came home. Homestudy was started and the list goes on and on.

But at Gods perfect time.. I finally had time to sit and write. But before I could finish my writing... Cade got sick.. Very sick. Our adoption agency called and Surprise! Gina's file is ready and another surprise.. We will approve you for two from China .... And just like that God chose to reveal our daughter Sage.

And then the words came to me... To write this article.

I haven't even seen it yet but friends are messaging me. I am so excited to share our story in this incredible publication.

If you have an extra copy... Please email me I would love to send you a self addressed envelope to receive one for each of my kids.

God bless!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here we go....

This is it.

She made the decision go to Harding only last year at about this time.


I am not sure how I can leave her here 13 hours away after 13 years of homeschooling my baby/little girl/daughter/right hand man/ best friend. But it is time for this incredible daughter of mine to spread her wings.

We had a 'interesting' ride here. What should have taken 13 hours.. Took 20 1/2 hours.

We left at5am. 

After about 2 hours, we thought something sounded off with our car. After 6 hours, of babying it up and down West Virginia hills... Unable to talk because we couldn't hear one another... It was getting worse. Found a little shop called Exhust Pro and found out our exhaust had two holes in it? Odd and our Mass Air flow fuse/knob/ Was unplugged. Yes unplugged. The mechanic said someone had to purposely do that. Okay.. No clue how to process that information.

So we were in the middle of no where and got the best pedicures of our lives aka massage/punching of our legs and feet. Not joking.

Once that was fixed and our toes were done... We had bike issues.

And that meant many stops and many views like this.

But we arrived at Harding.... And it is gorgoeus. Absolutely beautiful.

Then we checked into her dorm.... So glad we got to check in early. I can not imagine how crazy this will
Be tomorrow

I am not sure how my departure will look.:( 

She is rooming with her longtime BFF from home. 

Her dorm was awesome! It's all girls dorm. While we were working on her room... Over the intercom it said 'man on all floors.' I loved that.. So if all these girls were running around naked or immodestly. They all had a chance to go put some clothes on. Perk-- of attending a Christian college.

To be continued.... My heart just can't go there yet with how we are feeling. I feel like my entire being for 18 years has been focusing on her... Helping her... Encouraging her.. Loving her... And I feel like it comes down to these last moments. 
I know I will still be doing all these things... But it will be different.