Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 90 - Asiatic Lily


Stunning beauty that PandaPop planted in our flower bed today along with gorgeous gerbera daisies and some other fantastic painted flowers!!! I can't stop taking pics of all of them!!! It was incredibly HARD to choose ONE photo for today......more to come, I'm sure!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 89 - The Master's Tiny Creations


Though these little babies scream SPRING, the weather for the past three days ventured back into winter. The temps have been soooooooo cold after we have all put away the winter clothes and donned our flip flops for a couple of weeks. Today's high is in the 50's with dark grey clouds....tomorrow will be 76 & partly sunny....Sunday will be 90. Go figure. Love my TEXAS anyway!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 87 - Girl's Night Out


PandaGirl and I went out for a little girl-date and had such a BLAST at Pei Wei, Charming Charlie's, Bath & Body Works (I know.....I said I'd never go back, but I love their stuff!!), Yogurt Story and Target! We ended up with these darling matching power rings. PG's favorite color is GOLD. Very persistent with that choice, too. Not yellow.....GOLD. Nice taste! We were so delighted to be together without the high maintenance little jabber-jaws along with us this time. We love PJ so much, but we all need breaks from her demanding little self. This is the first time in two months since she came along that PG and I have done something together. Much needed GNO!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 86 - A Girl's Security


I ADORE this story!!!!! This morning PandaGirl was looking for a purse to carry to church. Well, PandaJOY wanted one too, so she trotted over to one of her toy baskets and got her black purse. We drive to church, walk in the building and I ask her, "where's your paci?" to which she quickly replies, "in my purse!!" So precious! She opened it up and showed me how safe & sound her little security "blanket" was just lying in the bottom of her purse all by itself. I asked if she wanted a tissue to go with it and she joyfully said no being completely happy with her paci in her purse. She also was showing anyone that would look inside her purse at her prized paci.

I love this on two levels: one, we girls have to have our "stuff" in our purse and with us at all times.....just in case we need it. Second, look at the parallel between our life and this purse & paci. We want everyone to see our pretty purse on the outside looking so together, but on the inside is all our insecurities and our true self.

I'm thinking I'll use this little beauty of a story many times over in my life.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 84 - Sweet Surprise!


Some precious friends from out of state sent the girls these darling aprons today!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 82 - New Eyes


This is the perfect quote and picture for me today. After yesterday's cringes and cries, some personal reflection and a very stress-filled dream last night about something totally unrelated to PJ...I am now looking at this adoption and other areas of my life with new eyes and a lot of prayer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 81 - The Reality of JOY


Oh my. This picture is perfect for how today went down.

The honeymoon is over. : (

PandaJOY is called to be with us and we know the Lord has plans for her and us as a family, but she has been here since February 8 and is now showing some of her true colors.

You don't think a two year old can KNOW what they're doing when they are mischievous? HA! This little one MUST have my attention at all times or she'll go off and do something naughty or give me the evil eye. Once she's done with her fit then all is well and it's back to I love you's and playfulness. I'm telling you.....she is wearing me OUT!!!!! Love her to pieces and love how stinkin' funny she is and cuddly, but the amount of work it takes to parent her is very, very challenging.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 80 - Lifestyle Change


This 40 thing has really done me in. I have self-medicated my emotions over the past year with the worst food choices, gained back all the weight I'd lost & have an achy body all the time. Something's gotta give. I have to take charge, make a change & stick with it for my physical and mental health.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 79 - Bonded Even More


After another long road trip and being in way-too-close quarters with my two girls was a huge blessing for allowing PandaJOY to bond with us even more. We are so blessed by her presence in our life!! She continues to suck up all my energy, but she is so worth it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 77 - Yard Sale


We helped PandaPop's parents with a huge yard sale that took a day to get ready for and then two FULL days of working the sale. They have recently retired and have stored up stuff to sell. GOBS of stuff. We are sooooooo tired and glad to be home!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 72 - Thank You Notes


Just now being able to make some time to send out thank you notes to all the sweet people who've blessed us with goodies for JOY.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71 - Mini Kitchen Re-do


When PandaPop has spare time he works diligently on our kitchen. He has removed four layers of wallpaper from the previous owners, retextured & painted the walls, sanded the cabinet doors and now painting them along with the cabinets. He is so dedicated and I can't wait to see what it looks like! We'd love to have new countertops and black or stainless steel appliances, but it's just not in the budget. That's OK.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 70 - Moving Right Along


Thanks for your continued prayers. This little one has rocked our world in good and in challenging ways over the past several weeks. We are SO IN LOVE with her! When people say how cute or sweet she is all I say is that she's like a cupcake and I want to eat her up!! She does drive me crazy every day, though. This little gabby mouth never shuts up! AHHHH! That is funny most of the time, but we other three can get all wonky listening to her ask the same question. over. and. over. and. over......and over again. I cannot wait to be able to show you her GORGEOUS eyes on her darling little face. You can see joy in her countenance. JOY.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 69 - Bradford Pear Trees


Our area is COVERED in these gorgeous Bradford pear trees!!! They are stunning in beauty and look like snow has fallen all over the limbs. Such a pretty sight when there are so many on the streets!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 68 - Goin' Jeepin'


Since we sold our beloved black Jeep last year we have longed for another one! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE riding in the Jeep. Today we were able to get a new umbrella stroller Jeep. It's the best we can do for now!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 67 - Etouffee


I have never celebrated Mardi Gras. All that comes to mind is the debauchery filled streets of New Orleans on this day. Crazy stuff. However, our dears friends invited us over on a whim tonight for homemade etouffee, rice, bread and king cake. Yummy!

Day 66 - Scribbles


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 65 - Cherished Gift


My beloved pastor's wife made this for us and PandaJOY. Cherished words of affirmation from The Word.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 63 - His Silent World


Sweet PandaDoggie doing what he does so much of the day. His deafness is his saving grace when I want to kill him for acting naughty. I still can't believe we have a huge, deaf house dog......but he is so perfect for our family.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 62 - Fluff & Stuff


New fluffy pink towels for the girls' bathroom! I'm about to paint a HUGE cupcake on a canvas to go along with them and the darling brown shower curtain covered in sprinkles of large polka dots. Too cute!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 61 - First Sign of Spring


This little gem was delicately decorating the path to our front porch this morning!! Spring is coming soon!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 60 - Shop!!!


What fun we had last night using the wonderful gifts card from the toddler shower!

Blessed beyond words! ; )

Day 59 - All the Children of the World


The girls were blessed with these darling soft baby dolls from one of the sweet office ladies with whom PP works at church.

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black & white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.