Archives for December 2010

Totally Tots

I’ve been keeping a secret since Relevant and I’m ready to spill the beans! While I was at Relevant I connected with Carisa from 1+1+1=1 and Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations, the leadership behind Totally Tots. I’ve been a fan of both of them for quite some time and made it a point to find them […]

Budget Shopping: After-Christmas Sales

Confession: The majority of the presents under our tree this year were not bought in 2010. Yes, they were brand new. No, I didn’t pay a lot of money for them. Want me to reveal my budget Christmas secrets? I thought you would! The key to being a Smart Budget Shopper is to always be […]

Jonah’s First Christmas Program Performance

As I was cleaning off one of my cameras yesterday, I realized I never shared Jonah’s First Christmas Program Performance. I know some of you out there probably could care less about this video, but I do have an obligation to share this with the grandparents. Although, if you were to watch it, you’d get […]

Christmas Snow 2010

It’s a very rare thing for us to have snow on Christmas. Imagine how excited we were to get enough snow to play in on Christmas Day! Look at how beautiful our Happy Brown House looked in the snow… Jonah was all smiles as we played outside. He was practically diving in the snow, much […]

On My Nightstand…

I have a stack of books that I’m working through. Some of the books have been recommended to me by various friends. Other books I picked up during my trip to Relevant (and barely made it in my suitcase because of the weight limit–50 pounds on the dot, baby!) And a few I have had […]

Bake Me A Memory…

To me, Christmas just isn’t complete without doing my traditional baking and candy making. It started way back when I was a little girl. Our small kitchen would be full of melted chocolate, laughter, and my sister belting out Christmas tunes. It was glorious! (Ok, maybe not the incessant singing…but for nostalgia’s sake we’ll go […]

The Kindness Of Friends

When I went to Relevant, I scrimped and saved to get there. Now,  I’m not usually much of a “girly-girl”, but I realized that I would be seeing my online friends in real-life for the first time. A sense of panic rose from somewhere deep inside and insecurity bubbled to the surface for various reasons. […]

Jonah says…

Mommy: “Jonah, do you want us to get a boy or a girl from Ethiopia?” Jonah: “I want a girl” Mommy: “I thought you said you wanted a brother? Did you change your mind?” Jonah: “Well…I want a boy AND a girl. We can get a whole bunch of babies, Mommy. That would be fun. […]

Adoption FAQ #2: Why Ethiopia?

Ah, this is a fun story…. When we submitted ourselves to God’s call to adopt, our next question was “Where, Lord? There are so many orphans. How can we possibly pick a country?” We asked Him to show us–close every door, except the one we’re supposed to go through. He did. If I’ve ever had […]

Adoption FAQ #1: Why Adopt?

A Little Background… Ray and I have always known that we would adopt at some point in our life together. It was a personal desire for both of us, before we even knew each other. When we talked about adopting, it was always in the “someday” category. We had our plan—have a couple kids naturally […]