Sunday, April 22, 2012

Garage sale update

Due to interest in donating all types of items, we will be taking donations for all items not just children's items for the Garage sale! If you are interested in donating items to the sale please contact me or Amanda at! The sale is May 10-12 at my house if you want the address, contact me!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Childrens Items Garage Sale

My sweet friend Amanda came up with a great fundraising idea. She is even planning it all out so I don't have to do it! How awesome is she?! Here's the scoop. If you have any children's items you are willing to donate (anything from clothes and toys to furniture and anything in between) she will come pick them up from you, price them and we will sell them at a garage sale at my house the second weekend in May! Here is how you can help. If you want to donate just email Amanda at and tell her you are wanting to donate. Another way is to come shopping!! :) Who doesn't love a good garage sale? Ok, ok, I know not all of you are garage sale junkies like I am but hey, come out and see us anyway! Keep an eye out, we will be posting more updates on the sale as it gets closer!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nahum's surgery update

I know this is an adoption blog, but it is also a way for people to keep up with us in general. I thought it would be a good way to give everyone an update on Nahum after his surgery.
If you didn't know, we have been trying to get Nahums tonsils and adenoids out for quite some time but we couldn't ever keep him healthy long enough to get it done....for instance, he had strep 4 times in 5 weeks and then 2 ear infections....So the Dr had us in quarantine for 2 weeks before and on antibiotics for 3 weeks before in order to keep him healthy. PTL he stayed healthy!
On the day before his surgery he was really nervous and kept asking questions and telling us he wasn't going to do it. The morning of surgery we had to be there really early so we just woke him up and left. He did really well up until we got into his pre-op room. He panicked thinking it was the operating room. Once he figured it out he did fine.
The Dr came in to check on him before they took him back and said his ears needed drained but there was no need for tubes. For some reason this translated to Nahum as "you don't need surgery" So he marched out of the room and followed the nurse back to O.R. like a big boy. All. By. Himself!
Surgery went well and quickly. When we got back to see him in the recovery room he was so groggy and sad. :( He kept asking to go home. Poor kid. He was refusing liquids so they made us stay until he drank 4 ounces of sprite....this took 2 hours....
Once we got home it was a rough day/night. He would panic every time we asked him to drink or take his medication. I think part of it was him still coming off of his anesthesia. He did however want to try EVERY food item we had purchased special for him. I NEVER buy 90% of the stuff we let him have so he thought he was pretty cool. He would take one bite of something and then move on to the next. It hurt him too bad to eat, but he wanted so badly to try he did. Here is his food log for the past 24 hours
3 oz watered down cf coke
2 licks of a popstickle (as he calls them)
2 Tbs ice cream
3 Tbs jello
2 Tbs pudding
2 Tbs instant mashed potatoes
2 oz chicken noodle soup
2 more Tbs chicken noodle soup
2 Tbs pudding
1 Tbs watered down cf coke
1/4 c overcooked mac n cheese
1 tbs apple juice
a few more licks of a Popsicle
3 oz apple juice
2 oz cf coke
1/4 c mac n cheese
1/4 cup cool whip (gag me)
5 mini marshmallows
1/4 c overcooked pasta with Alfredo sauce
3 oz coke
meds~ all through the night
1/8 cup cream of wheat made with choc pediasure and Greek yogurt
3 oz cf coke
1/8 c spaghetti o's (makes me want to vomit!)
1/8 cool whip
1/4 ice cream
1 oz cf coke
1 oz apple juice

What a nasty diet!! Obviously he isn't eating a ton, but at least he is eating often lol! Keep the prayers coming. The dr said first week is critical for us to help him heal. If he doesn't drink  A LOT he will end up back in the hospital. We don't want that!

the car ride there with his GINORMOUS dinosaur
After he got his mini scrubs on in the pre-op room they got  booties and a hat for his dino...forgot a pic of the hat :)

right when he first woke up in recovery

Watching tv in recovery because he refused to lay down.

He kept asking to go home. Poor kid.

snuggling daddy ...and that huge dinosaur lol!

a few licks of his popSTICKle

runny mashed potatoes anyone?

chicken noodle soup....what's next?

No, I am not sick is this? :) Ah well, at least he is eating.

late night movie time

so excited about his balloons from his school friends. I love his school!

 Dunno who likes em more, Olie or Nahum

The balloons came with this dog. He hasn't put it down yet!

This is his little set up in the living room. He is so tired!

He loves those stinking balloons! ;)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fundraiser Instructions

Ok, this new coupaide fundraiser is a great one, but there are a number of steps to go through in order to finalize it all. I figured it might be helpful if I gave you super detailed, step by step instructions. I know not everyone is computer savvy and this can get confusing.
Here are your directions

~Go to or go to our blog and click on the coupaide fundraiser box on the right and our site should come up.
~click on the red button that says BUY NOW
~Now you have to register. Fill in the blanks by making up a user name and password. (They will email you a confirmation)
~ Now, use the user name and password you created to log in.
~Once logged in you purchase however many deals you want.
~ Once you purchase you gift card it says to print it.
~ Print it (There is no button to print, so just print by hitting Control and P at the same time)
~ Go to the website it tells you to go to under the "redeem at:" portion (It should say
~click the tab that says redeem your gift
~enter in your zip code in the zip code box
~ Enter how many miles you are willing to drive for a restaurant in that box (I did 30 and a TON came up)
~ Then you should show that you have $50 (or however many you bought) to spend and you can start scrolling through a list of gift cards you want to buy. For instance you can buy a $25 one for      La Esperanza and a $25 to the Emporium or split it however you want to between the restaurants listed. There will be pages of them and each restaurant offers 3-5 different price ranges to purchase.
~Select how many, of which ever ones you want and add it to the cart. Continue shopping if you haven't spent your full amount.
~Once done "shopping" you select "check out"
~Now, enter in your email and make a password (can be same as the one you used at but doesn't have to be.)
~Fill in the blanks on your email...blah blah blah...Make sure you check the box that says you read their policies....blah blah blah...
~Print each gift certificate. You have to do each one you order/buy individually
If you are wanting to purchase more than one, but not all at one time, please email Matt at   and tell him how many you want to purchase and he will send it to you via email. They are trying to correct the problem of not being able to order more than once, however if it is not corrected and you would like to purchase another gift card use this route!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fundraiser with Coupaide

Yay! We are super excited about this next fundraiser! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN THE USA you can be involved in this AND SAVE MONEY all at the same time! For this fundraiser, all you have to do is visit our site, purchase a gift card with a $50.00 for ONLY $20.00 and search for restaurants in your area! I promise there will be at least one....I mean heck, there is even one that participates in the sticks of the upper peninsula where my parents live and the itty town of New Paris has one! No, I am not kidding! I am super excited about this one because not only do we receive $10.00 for every card you purchase, but you save 60% at some really great restaurants! What a cheap way to have a great date night! Check it out guys! Visit !