Lily and Lily Wen fill their pots with dirt!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Lily and Lily Wen fill their pots with dirt!
Posted by Margaret M at 5:47 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009
So....I had a HUGE hornet's nest in my backyard. It was first discovered in the fall when we had some dead trees cut down on the large hill behind our house. I knew that I needed to get rid of it but did not quite know how to get rid of it. Yesterday evening, I was talking to a neighbor about the hornet's nest and my yard in general. He is a wonderful man and he offered to help me with the nest as well as other major issues with my yard. You see, I have lived in this house for three years and it was a house that needed some tender loving care. The downstairs has been remodeled and the front and side yards are in good shape but the backyard was a large hill with a steep slope that basically goes up to the top of the mountain. It was in complete disarray. I needed to have more trees cut down and lots of undergrowth removed. I am wishing now that I had a "before renovation" picture of the back hill.
My neighbor said he would take care of the nest on Monday. He decided to surprise me. He was worried that one of the kids would get stung so he came by today and burned the nest while I was at work. The nest dropped from it's position as it burned and the brush caught fire and the wind blew all at the same time. The fire flew up the hill behind my house. Since this was the first time he had worked up here, he did not know where my hose was located. They used a bucket and some water standing to try to put it out but it spread too quickly. They tried to contain it but the wind kept blowing it. The fire department arrived and took over trying to contain the fire. The department of forestry was called in and firemen from a neighboring county. They fought the fire all day and finally contained it late this evening. 30 acres of forest near my house burned. It burned within feet of my home and my other neighbor's home. It is still amazing to me that no structures or houses were burned. Thanks be to God!
I knew nothing about the fire during the day. I went to pick up Graeme from day care and the worker pointed out the smoke to me. I thought...hmmm, that looks like it is close to my house. Graeme and I drove up and saw all of the department of forestry trucks parked near our house and some firemen walking down the hill. I said, "Hey guys, what happened?" They replied, "Some guy was trying to burn a bees nest." That is when I knew that the fire had originated in my backyard. To say I was shocked is putting it mildly. I was asked in a silly e-mail today to answer with one word a series of questions and one was What is your biggest fear? to which I replied, Fire. I had no idea that the hill was on fire when I typed that earlier today. It has always been and will continue to be my biggest fear.
My neighbor feels horrible about what has happened and thought I would be mad at him. I am just so thankful that no one was hurt and that no ones house burned down as a result. I am thankful to God to have my house and even if it smells smokey...it's mine and all of our special momentos..pictures, items from China, etc are safe tonight. I am thankful for my neighbor who tried to do a good deed and for the fire fighters who contained the fire (they were just up here again as another little ridge ignited so I was able to thank some of them personally). We are so Blessed and may I never take that for granted!
Posted by Margaret M at 7:34 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Please pray for little Antonia. I can't imagine her going through surgery without a Mom to care for her. It makes me think of when Graeme went through this same surgery in China and I was not there to care for him. Bless her little heart!
Posted by Margaret M at 6:00 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Lily Wen with her basket
Lily Wen and Graeme ready for the Easter egg hunt at church
Posted by Margaret M at 6:01 PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I started typing this post yesterday but just could not stop crying to put any kind of positive spin on the day. Yesterday was just plain YUCKY (to use a preschooler term in case my kids ever read this blog). From the blog, you can tell that I typically share the fun of our week or the silly of our week but I struggle with the things that are deeply emotional for me. I struggle with those things anyway and am the type of person that keeps it in for the most part until I have one of those days where it all just surfaces...that day was yesterday.
I had the final deposition for my divorce. It just seems that 13 years of marriage can be disolved rather quickly and it almost seems too easy. Anyway, I had lots of conflicting feelings related to the deposition and the discussions with the attourney and my soon to be ex. Apparently the divorce will now happen in the next few weeks. I won't even be in court and at some point, I'll get a notice in the mail that my marriage is officially over. No showdown in court, no messiness...just no longer married. I can't even begin to process the feelings.
Then, I had to deal with taxes. Yes, we seperated in December and were filing jointly so we had to deal with that last night. I know that it is my civil obligation but I REALLY HATE TAXES!!!!! Then, we were not able to use all of the adoption tax credit so now we will have to deal with that again next year! UGH!
After all of that and the wee ones were in bed, I finally listened to the messages on my machine and found out that a dear friend from church who had battled cancer for a while had passed away yesterday. Bless her and her family! That news is what tipped me to the other side and I crumbled in a puddle of tears. The ironic thing is that my friend, Delilah, and her husband are the ones that completed the premarital counseling with Wes and I. I became close to Delilah during this time years ago and have prayed so much for her during this recent battle. Please keep her family in your prayers. Delilah was an AMAZING woman and she will be greatly missed.
The positive spin....Today is a new day!
Posted by Margaret M at 8:44 AM
Monday, April 13, 2009
Graeme is so into each new thing we do with him. He is up for the adventure.
Posted by Margaret M at 6:50 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This is cool Mom!
Posted by Margaret M at 8:04 AM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Nine months ago we traveled to China to meet our son. We spent the trip with 2 other families. We were all adopting children from different orphanages but from the same province. One of the families, Wyatt's family, was also from Kentucky. What a small world to travel to China to meet people who live 3 1/2 hours away. We are going to see them tomorrow after Graeme's appointment with his doctor. I can't wait to meet the rest of the family and to see Tamara, Andy and Wyatt. It should be soon, stay tuned for pics of our reunion. In the meantime, here are some from China!
Posted by Margaret M at 6:49 PM