Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Stella!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby girl Stella! I can't believe that two years has already flown by so quickly - you are growing up way too fast! Daddy and I both love you so much - you are a joy to have!

I am going to do a birthday interview with her tonight and will post the answers to my questions tomorrow.

Ellis and Stella 11/17/2009

Stella celebrating her first birthday 11/17/10 @ The Best Pho and Thai

The Birthday Girl at home 11/17/11 - NUMBER 2!

Sorry for the sideways pics - I can't figure out how to upload them so they are vertical. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Thoughts from Moi....

I just got off the phone with my brother who called to wish me a Happy Birthday. He and his wife just became certified to be foster parents and among our catching up he related a story to me about some children that were placed with  him briefly last week. The cops found the three children at 10:00 at night, walking the streets without any real clothes on with a father who was on drugs. The youngest, a 17-month old, wasn't even wearing a diaper - just wrapped in a blanket. The cops took the kids and CPS called my brother and his wife, who took them in, clothed them and fed them.

When he told me this story, my heart broke. You hear stories on the news and see it while driving in your car, but after talking with him this morning, it suddenly became real to me. While I live in this bubble of happiness and love, there are many, many children out there who never get to feel that. I complain about stupid, stupid things when there are children, LITTLE children, that are walking the streets at night without clothes or food. I am extremely humbled by this. I feel so shallow and embarrassed that I have lived around these situations and have done nothing about them. I do know that I am going to do what I can to change how I have been reacting to these situation.

I think good, honest Foster Parents are the most unselfish, caring, charitable and god-like people I know. I am thankful for my brother and his wife for doing this hard, heartbreaking thing. I am thankful for my brother and his sweet spirit - he truly is an example of Christ.

So on this day, I am thankful for people who see bad in the world and do their best to change it.