Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Six Months!!

Six months ago I walked off a plane and out of the airport. Upon exiting the terminal building I was surprised by a most beautiful site. Below is what I saw.

Yes, it has been six months now that I have had Johanna in my arms. I am still amazed at how wonderful my life is with her in it. I am amazed that God would choose me to be her mother.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Trying New Things

Johanna has had an eventful week. On Tuesday she got in her two top molars. I didn't even know she was cutting them. Teething doesn't seem to bother her too much. Thursday she was "signed off" by the early childhood specialist team. They think she is doing great and will continue to develop on target. I have also posted some photos of some of the new things Johanna has done this week.

Here Johanna is reading the single parent supplement for the "Growing Kids God's Way" class I am taking. I sure hope she learns a lot from it!! LOL

I gave Johanna a fork for the first time. I would stick it in the food but she got it to her mouth very well. I actually think she did better with it than she does with a spoon. She still prefers the fingers however.

I bought Johanna two doll bottles on Saturday. She almost knew what to do with them. She kept wanting to feed the dolly in the eye so I would move the bottle to the mouth. She even tried using both bottles at once. I have no idea where she got that idea from!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008


My FFF photo is the one I posted in the previous post. Wednesday afternoon I walked down the hall to get Johanna out of the guest room where she shouldn't be. I found her trying to stand up. This is as high as she got several time.

She has since taken a few steps but nothing serious yet. I'm not sure if I am ready for her walking yet or not.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Cheese Stands Alone

Okay, not the Cheese but the Princess. I went down the hall to get Johanna out of the guestroom. This is what I found her doing.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Beautiful Baby - I know!!

I received this email just awhile ago. Read through to the bottom and I will fill you in.

Your Baby's Photo Has Been Selected To Be Included In Our Book!

RE: Your Recent Baby Photo Submission

Dear Gail,

Congratulations! After thoroughly reviewing and discussing your baby's photo that was entered in the Great American Photo Contest, our Selection Committee has chosen your baby to be featured in the beautiful hardbound 2008 Edition of America's Most Beautiful Babies!

Gail, with your permission, we'd like to celebrate your baby's tender photogenic qualities and the priceless moment you captured by featuring your baby in what promises to be the most beautiful collection of baby photographs ever published . . .

America's Most Beautiful Babies 2008
Library of Congress 0-7951-5315-5

This wonderful book, America's Most Beautiful Babies, is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2008. From the thousands of baby photographs we receive, there will be less than 1,500 chosen for publication. It is certain to be a moving photo collection highlighting the most important person in the world . . . your child! We believe your baby's photo in America's Most Beautiful Babies will be an adorable and inspiring addition that will add immensely to the esteem and appeal of this special coffee-table book. Go here for more information.

Gail, your baby's photo will be presented in the most thoughtful way possible. Every aspect of publication and design will convey the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that will go into the production of this special oversized edition. Your baby's photo will be published on fine-milled, acid-free paper that's been specifically selected to last for generations, and quality typography will be displayed throughout.

There is NO obligation to have your baby's photo
included in this edition . . .

Gail, your baby's photo was selected for publication because of your child's beauty and their unique appeal, and we believe your photo of them will add to the importance and distinction of this book. However, you are under no obligation to have your baby's photo included.

Of course, many people do wish to have their baby's photo included and to own a copy of the book in which they appear. If this is the case, we welcome your reply and guarantee your satisfaction!

This finely-crafted volume will make a handsome addition to any home, a treasured family keepsake, and a highly-valued personal gift. Most importantly, your child can take pride in the fact that their picture was published in this historic national collection. Go here for a special discount if you'd like to have a personal copy of America's Most Beautiful Babies.

Here's how to include your baby and get
your own discounted copy . . .

To have your baby's photo included in this first-run 2008 edition, go here. Let me assure you, your baby's photo remains your property and America's Most Beautiful Babies is copyrighted as a compilation. The copyright notice for your photo is published in your name. This means you have the full copyright to your own photo.

Also, Gail, you can include some personal information about yourself, your photo, or your baby. Many readers have told us that one of the most interesting and enjoyable parts of the book is learning about the babies and the stories behind their photos. Many people write about their children, including stories about their unique personalities and interests. This gives the reader an added perspective about your baby. Remember, this unique book will be seen by thousands of people around the world! Although there is a nominal set-up fee for this extra service, there is no obligation to include this information. Your baby's photo can be published without it. Go here for order information.

In the meantime, our design department has already begun working on a distinctive layout for the baby photos selected for this wonderful book. Remember that you must reply within the next 10 days for publication.

Again, congratulations, Gail! You should feel proud knowing you have one of the cutest babies in America today, and we would love to include their photo in this special keepsake book! Only 2,000 of these limited edition books will be printed. So act fast to make sure you get your edition.


Jeffrey Bryan
Managing Editor

P.S. Gail, you should be genuinely proud of your photo and your baby! Of the thousands of photographs we see each year, only a fraction are good enough to be published. I hope you are pleased that America's Most Beautiful Babies will allow your baby's light to shine for everyone to see! Plus, we are so confident that you will love both the quality of the edition and the way your photo is presented, we offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied, your money will be promptly refunded, no questions asked.

I clicked on the link. It went to a place to pay $70 for a book. I KNOW Johanna is beautiful!! I don't need that book to confirm it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008