Let’s help a family out people!

I blogged about this earlier. I donated to sweet Olga. I put it up on facebook. And you know what- so did A LOT of other people. So many people have decided to be a part of this Christmas miracle that sweet Olga went from having $78 in her adoption fund to over $10,000!!!!!!!! I am floored by the generosity and kindness. And now I sit and wait with baited breath. Praying that a family will step forward and take these two gifts- the gift of this money- and the gift of this sweet dear heart of a girl.

I thought I was done spreading the word. I have mentally committed to myself that if I win the IPOD Touch giveaway- well I’m going to use it to try and raise money for another of the sweet Reece’s Rainbow children.

In the meantime, while we wait for the thursday deadline of Patti’s giveaway to come. Some of my most very favorite folks have decided to blackmail us into continuing to spreading the word about Olga! Yes that sneaky mother Courtney has decided to withhold Pudge and Biggs stories and pictures until she has received 100 comments and additional help to spread the word and help Olga.

Usually I don’t give in to ultimatums. Except when I agree with the cause of the hostage taker. So please go donate to Olga, go read about the miracle over at Patti’s and be a part of it.

It’s simply awe-inspiring what we can do when we are brave enough to care.

Oh- and when you are done- please go over to Courtney’s and post so we can get our favorite squib stories back!

corner view: tradition

 Once upon a time, a  Happy Little Family went high up into the mountains looking for some holiday cheer to bring back into their little home.

The little family stopped by a tree farm that was perched on one side of the mountain and the big sister got out of the little car and started looking over the trees.

Some were too small and some were certainly too big…

Then the big sister spied one that looked just right. So the Daddy, he chopped that tree down and carried it back to their little car.

The little sister, well she was not so very happy to see that perfect little tree all chopped down. She was so cold. Her little stroller had tipped way over on the side of the mountain. She had eaten all of her O’s and drank all of her milk and just felt so very sad and tired and hungry. And her Mommy, well her Mommy just kept taking more and more pictures. So she just cried, and she cried.

But the big sister, well she had done this cheer gathering once before. She knew that it was alright if you needed to cry and cry while your Daddy chopped down the holiday tree and your Mommy kept taking pictures. She knew it just meant you left your holiday tears out on the side of the mountain and only brought home your holiday cheer. So she followed her Daddy over to the little old tree farmer and laughed with delight while he caught that perfect little tree up in a net.

Once that perfect little tree was tied up to the top of the little car, the Happy Little Family drove into the nearby little mountain town and the big sister told the little sister a secret. She told that little sister that the best part of going up to the mountain to find the holiday cheer was that once you were done with all of the chopping and taking pictures the Daddy would drive you to a Bakery and buy you your very own donut! With that little halo of sweetness a big grin spread over each of the faces of the Happy Little Family. They had all found their holiday cheer! 

And they happily did it again year after year…*

*some artisitic liberties were taken with the retelling of this tale. It was romanticized just a wee bit. Well except the part about the wailing. That part was spot on. And the part about doing it over and over again. That part is spot on as well. I guess that’s why it qualifies as a tradition 🙂  

See what’s going on around the world:

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gratitude journal

1. a sweet box of truffles from a kind boss

2. “Misery is optional”

3. a Christmas lunch

4. the children wanting the babysitter to stay longer

5. a baby walking!

6. showing off the baby walking!

7. a baby in pigtails

8. a 4 year old trusting you enough to tell you what she did wrong

9. sisters giggling

10. a bag of baked goods on the back porch from a very good baker and friend

11. teachingsofjon.com

12. families that are willing to help orphans

13. mocha swirl rolls

14. cutting down the Christmas tree

15. a beautiful day

16. an oh-so-thoughtful gift of one of my favorite pictures being turned into an ornament for me

17. a baby squawking at the tree as it’s brought in the house

18. red baby unionsuits

19. an oh- so-thoughtful gift of a quail ornament

20. a white elephant gift giveaway- it’s the giving away part I”m grateful for!

21. a 2nd try at sitting on Santa’s lap this season- and while no tears- no smiles either. Guess they are consistent

Let’s help a child out & you could win an IPOD touch in the process!

Is that not win-win?! Go here. Meet Patti and see the lovely donation she is making and the awareness and love she is spreading in the process. She has committed to helping sweet Olga pictures here find a loving home. In just a day- she has raised thousands of dollars! Read the post, read her earlier posts about orphans in Eastern Europe and what we can do to make one child’s life- well a life. It’s heartbreaking knowing that these dear angels are sentenced to a life in a crib at best and death at worst without loving families stepping in. If you donate to Olga and leave Patti a comment- you get a chance to win an Ipod Touch. She also wants you to help spread the word- and you will earn additional chances. It only takes a couple of minutes. Please help!

corner view: improvising

 …with my parenting and discipline techniques these days.

Trying to explain to a 4 year old that Momma does know a few things and she should listen- well it’s hard. The line between wanting her to behave and not wanting to crush her spirit- it’s more like a ripple in a pond. One minute you see it, the next you end up searching for it. So……I’ve decided to go with magic. Have you heard of the Elf on the Shelf

The story goes like this- Santa sends out scout elves around the holidays each year. The elf that flies to your home watches the children during the day and each night he flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa for his naughty/nice list. Then after he is done he flies back to your home and lands somewhere else. Each morning your child has the delight of going to look for the elf to see where he is. This of course also means that said parent needs to remember to move the elf or else you may have some explaining to do to little ones. The only rule is that children cannot touch him. If they do he loses his magic and won’t be able to fly back to the North Pole to tell Santa all the good things you’ve done.

Meet TJ, who turned up at our house about a week ago. Someone….has been been trying very hard to mind her manners this past week. And while it’s still hard and we’ve had some earnest tears when reminded that TJ just saw  x, y or z. She’s also recovered more quickly and been big on letting me know the list of nice things she has done that I need to be sure to inform TJ of.

Boy I’ll be sad when he flies back to the North Pole for the last time on Christmas Eve…..

See what’s going on around the world:

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Quailday: One step for mankind…

One step for mankind...

…and a few dozen for this little rockstar! I may very well keep crowing about this all week. Please excuse me, but I am sooooooooooooo incredibly proud of our little bird! Last night, I got out the contraption that I had devised and thought might be a brilliant walking tool when the time was right and lo and behold…it worked! I put a couple of small hand weights into a cooler we have. It’s about 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The perfect height for the girl to pull up on and then use to stabilize herself as she walks. All the walking toys, she’s not ready for them yet, they fall over when she tries to pull up on them and if we help her up, the slightest push causes them to fly out from under her. Even my spiffy Plan Toy Walker that I was certain would be brilliant because you could adjust the tension on the wheels. For right now, having this big heavy, but not too heavy box is perfect. She pushed it all the way down and back our hallway before plopping down!!!!!

I’m tickled as pink as those little Garanimal hi-top sneakers she’s sportin these days!