Sunday, August 31, 2008

Johanna's Got Talent & New BC

I cannot believe what a talented daughter I have! I am going to share some of Johanna's talent with you. On the video below you will see her (somewhat) balance a ball on her nose, dance, bark like a dog and meow like a cat. I am thinking about having her try out for the show "America's Got Talent." Let me know what you think.

Johanna got her new birth certificate in the mail yesterday from the state of Kansas. This has her "changed name" - Johanna Faith Lucia and my last name. She seems very pleased to have this in her posession.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Toady the Frog

This is a really cute book you all need to get. It is the first in a series of books to come.
Toady is a frog who doesn't really like his name until his mother explains how special he is and his name is. The books to follow will all be about Toady and things that children go through. I am hoping there will be one about adoption soon. (I have influence with the author.)
This book can be bought at, and
You can also download the readings for these books.

Friday, August 22, 2008

FFF- Friends with Stuffing

This week's Favorite Foto Friday theme is "Friends with Stuffing." I just put Johanna down for her morning nap and was able to get a picture of her with her three favorites. The Gymboree kitty I sent to her in Guatemala. Her foster mom said she slept with it every night so I have kept it in her bed. (This isn't her normal bed.) The lamb sings "Jesus loves me" and I got it for her while waiting. Her very favorite is the musical light up Glow-worm. She got it as a shower gift.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Great-nephew Shane & Johanna

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bloggers "RE-union 09"

Two blogger friends are in the early stages of planning a get-together for bloggers who have adopted or are in the process of adopting. So far there are over 50 families interested in going. Wouldn't it be great to actually meet the people you have read about online? Johanna and I are definately going, God willing. I am excited already. Below is the link to the OFFICIAL "RE-union 09" blog. Please go take a look.

Friday, August 8, 2008

FFF - Having a Ball

I don't have any pictures of Johanna with any balls yet so I am putting up pictures of Johanna "Having a Ball" at the county fair.

The pigs were safely behind the fence, safe for Johanna, that is.

The goat decided to show Johanna what he could do.

This horse suddenly stuck his nose way out through the fence and sent Johanna into hysterics. It was pretty sad.

Johanna on her first tractor, a John Deere, of course.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I got this idea and symbol from Stacy, Isabella's mom. I think it is a great idea and something I need to do more often, list the things I am thankful for. I will try to do 5 each week.

1. Johanna Faith, my precious baby girl
2. My mom who is also my best friend, co-worker, and housemate
3. The cool day today - high about 80
4. My church and church family -
5. My blog friends

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Brilliant Weblog - Tag

I was tagged by Ellie for the "Brilliant Weblog Premio" award. I have to answer the following questions about myself and tag seven other friends.
A. Attached or single? Single
B. Best friend? My mom; Johanna's only grandparent
C. Cake or pie? Neither. I prefer something salty
D. Day of choice? Saturday
E. Essential item? Laptop
F. Favorite color? Pink
G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy bears
H. Hometown? Garden City, KS
I. Indulgence? Sunflower seeds
J. January or July? January
K. Kids? 1
L. Life isn’t complete without? God, my daughter
M. Marriage date? to be announced, maybe
N. Number of brothers & sisters? 3 older sisters, 1 younger brother
O. Oranges or apples? oranges
P. Phobias? heights
Q. Quotes? For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord . . . Jer. 29:11
R. Reasons to smile? Johanna Faith, Watching "Wipeout"
S. Season of choice? Fall
T. Tag seven peeps! (see below)
U. Unknown fact about me? don't know
V. Vegetable? corn
W. Worst habits? biting my fingernails
X X-ray or ultrasound? whatever is needed
Y. Your favorite food? Mexican
Z. Zodiac sign? Capricorn

I am tagging these seven blog friends:
1. Carrie - Mary Sofia's Mommy
2. Stacie - Allie's Mommy
3. Jane - Cara's Mommy
4. Dottie - Kylie's Mommy
5. Kerri - Medina & Ruby's Mommy
6. Becky - Tabitha's Mommy
7. Carol - Selena's Mommy

Sunday, August 3, 2008

One Year Ago Today

It was one year ago today that I received my referral for Johanna. I can still remember the phone call from my agency coordinator. I can still remember the moment I first saw my baby girl. I still remember the emotions I felt at the moment and the happy tears that were shed. It has been such a wonderful year since and I know there are many more wonderful years to come.

Friday, August 1, 2008

FFF - Crazy Hair

For today's Favorite Foto Friday Johanna is going to show all those with crazy hair how to tame it.

While taking this video I realized the water was going a little deep. I scooted Johanna back and turned the water off. Johanna didn't like that at all and proceeded to throw a fit, pitching herself forward. She forgot she was in the tub. I quickly pulled her face up out of the water. I wish I had gotten a picture of the startled look on her face. The next day when she threw her fit, she stayed vertical. Guess she is a quick learner.