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Bring Kareen Home

For those that know me, you have probably heard about a very special family in my neighborhood.

They are trying to raise money to adopt a special little angel. Here’s an excerpt from their blog:

iPad Giveaway for KAREEN!
Kareen is a 4 year old little girl with Down syndrome who was given up at birth and has lived in an orphanage in Eastern Europe ever since. In her country a child with special needs is only held in an orphanage until the age of 4 or 5 and is then transferred to an institution where conditions are bleak and offer little hope for living a fulfilling life. Kareen’s story has touched our family, and we are committed to bring her home. The cost of international adoption is very high, and we could use your help!

Donate now through Saturday, February 5th, when one lucky person will receive a Brand New 16GB Wi-Fi iPad

For every $10 donated, you will be entered into a drawing for the iPad (i.e. $50 equals 5 entries). Also, if after donating, you advertise this giveaway on your blog or facebook, you will get an additional entry. Simply leave me a comment with your name and the link to your post.

Ways to Donate:

  • Go to and click the “Chip in “ button
  • Bring a check or cash by our home. You may email me at for our address.
  • Tax deductible donation (must leave me a comment with your name and donation amount to be entered into the giveaway, since this site is kept confidential)

Every dollar helps, and brings us closer to having our little angel home safe.

Thanks for your Support!!!

– Kris & Kecia Cox

If you have a chance, please check out their blog. They are the perfect family for Kareen. They are rushing to get the adoption approved before she is transferred to an institution which is supposed to be really soon.

Please keep the Cox family and Kareen in your prayers.

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Dear Grandma. . .

Miss M asked Grampa to help her write a special note to Gramma Patty. You know, the one that says how much she loves Gramma?

Maybe next time, she will rethink who she as to help interpret what she really wants to say.

Dear Grandma,

I love Grandpa very much. He’s the best ever. He loves me the most.

Love Mercedes

Did I mention my dad is a prankster? Yeah. I don’t think she will be fooled again by him.

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Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal

For those who have experienced Miss M’s pickiness when it comes to food, you understand our frustrations with how few foods she will actually eat. It’s not easy to tell others what she doesn’t like. Rather, we list the few foods she will eat. However, it doesn’t stop there — We then have to specify how she likes it prepared. To say she’s a picky eater is an extreme understatement.

Miss M is texture-oriented. She doesn’t like mushy and many other textures. She’s also very visual. If it doesn’t look quite right. . . well, you get the idea, right?

I am sure we, as parents, have not helped matters much since we have not pushed her much. It’s one of the battles we have chosen not to push much. From  the beginning of solid foods, she has made her dislikes well known. She ate baby food from a jar once, and only once; sweet potatoes. I wasted so much time and money trying every flavor and brand, but after one time, she would refuse and not let it past her lips.

I’m glad I documented that one time:

Yup, despite that happy look — never again.

To give her credit, she does eat pretty healthy. She loves her corn, peas, carrots, apples, etc. She dislikes pudding, jell-o, etc.

In trying to encourage Miss M to try new foods, I will sometimes allow her to choose something at the grocery store that she would like to try. Usually she will try it once, then it’s up to me to eat the rest. So this time, when she wanted the Quaker Dinosaur oatmeal, I agreed, knowing I would eat it if she didn’t like it.

There are little eggs in the oatmeal packet that are supposed to dissolve when you add the hot water and stir, revealing little colorful dinosaurs. If you know much about Miss M, then you know she loves dinosaurs, especially when she gets to be the one to excavate them. I knew she would enjoy stirring the oatmeal, but would she actually eat it?

She tried the oatmeal, and she likes it! She loves it!

Wohoo! Need I say more?

I could just give whoever came up with the idea for Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal a great big hug right now!

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Pajamas & Teddy Bears

Today was pajama and Teddy Bear day at school. Miss M was so excited to not get dressed and to take Teddy her.

This is “Teddy” who has been one of her favored ‘Snuggles’ since she was a baby. He looks like a Teddy Bear is supposed to — ragged and worn out and loved.

One of the other Snuggle Teddy Bears, “Ted” (not pictured) didn’t get to go because he normally sleeps during the day and would be to tired, which would make him too whiny. (Sounds like good reasoning to me!) So, she made sure “Teddy” went to bed early so he could go to school with her.

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One of my favorite things about babies are chubby cheeks, especially paired with an irresistable smile. I love these kissable cheeks of his!

Another thing I just adore? Sisterly love:

Little D was swatting at his toys and while I went down to do laundry, Miss M snuggled up beside him and was talking to him.

Before he was born, Miss M had it all planned out; She was going to take on the job of teaching him — everything. This was our conversation:

Miss M – Mom, you won’t have to worry about going downstairs when the baby is here.

Me – Why?

Miss M – Because I will stay upstairs and take care of the baby. I will teach the baby everything! I’m going to teach him how to read, and write, and shapes, and colors and how to organize!

Me – Wow!

So you see, she is holding true to her word.

7 Weeks

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Miss M & Little D

Everyone has been asking how Miss M is dealing with a new addition. She loves him to the ends of the earth. She showers him with kisses and hugs. She sings to him. She loves to hold his hand during family prayers. She reads him stories.

She is the proudest big sister — ever.

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The Incredible Shrinking Tiger Project

A while ago I saw a scrapbook page titled “The Incredible Shrinking Bunny” about a baby and her bunny. It featured 12 photos — one taken each month of their first year together. I fell in love with the idea, but unfortunately, Miss M was already 9 months old.

So, Miss M picked out this tiger for D and I’ve decided to try it. So, here is the beginning of the “Incredible Shrinking Tiger Project”:

In the hospital:

One Week Old:

One Month Old:

I think the way D is eating, this project should be a success, right?

I love ‘out-takes’ (and the cat has to be into everything I’m trying to do)