Thursday, February 28, 2008

One more step down the path.

I received the email today that our main adoption agency has accepted our application. This basically means that they will; handle our dossier and make sure everything is in order, submit our dossier to the CCAA and be our guides and translators in China. We are actually using both agencies that we used for Acer's adoption, Children's Hope for the adoption and Child and Parent services here in MI for the homestudy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Glasses are back!

Hurrah for Bill!
Earlier this evening, Bill found Acer's glasses. They were under a piece of furniture I'd moved to check for them, but they must have moved with it so I didn't see them. Hurrah! That's 125$ I don't have to spend. Of course Acer's not nearly as thrilled. but his little eyes are once again protected.
Just a quick funny about the glasses. Two weeks ago Bill took Acer to open swim at the local high school. Afterwards when they were in the locker room, a couple boys about 8-10 years old were overheard saying "That little kid has the coolest glasses EVER"

Monday, February 25, 2008

It's all about the words you use

We had an interesting weekend experiencing Acer's language growth. Acer is a very verbal child, he basically self narrates and sings constantly. He can generally handle any new word you give him pretty easily, up to four syllables. His sentence construction is getting more and more complex and specific. We've counted words and he's come out with sentences 15 words long.
Conversation isn't his strong point, the give and take of words requires a little more something that he's still working on. So we were almost stunned when he had a conversation with Mum on the phone and was able to greet her properly without prompting, tell her he'd been to her church, had crackers, stomped on the crawlspace hatch in the floor and had a haircut (since she'd last seen him). I think he actually said a bit more, but can't remember exactly what that was.
Another bit of Acer word logic was shown as He was carrying something around that he wasn't supposed to have. Instead of following directions to put it back where he got it, he scuttled quickly away saying "Thank You, Thank you, Thank You". In Acer logic he was thanking me for giving it to him because he didn't want to give it back. If he thanked me, it was his.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A little bit about Little Miss

This is a little bit I've learned about Little Miss, those of you who know us well will instantly see how well she fits in with us.

She loves to sing all the worship english songs, like Hosanna( i see the king of glory...) open the eyes of my heart, etc..
Her favorite subjects are science and Chinese.
She also enjoys mathematics. She has done a lot of progress; she knows the multiplication table.
In English braille she is starting English Braille grade 2. (there are only three grades to Braille, I am learning grade 1 currently)
The head master and assistant are both very happy with her work at home and school.
Food : She is not a picky eater, loves to eat everything, especially meat and fruits. No food allergies or medicine allergies
Size: weight 48.4 pounds, 48.5 inches, 6.75 inch long feet
She has a great sense of humor, loves to laugh and loves jokes.
She likes to ask a lot of questions in class, when she learn a new subject she loves to learn more and asks even more questions.
She can perceive colors but red and blue she is not really sure about.
She can recognize the green, yellow, black and white.
She can recognize a shape on the "light box" , (a table with light to stimulate and exercice her sight) such as triangle, square, circle. She can see some pictures, like clothes or dog, and recognize them.
She can talk in English quite well now.
She loves to swim.
She is a little afraid of big dogs, she will be ok, with time.
She can shower and do her hair by herself, feed herself, wash her bowl.
She can make her bed, fold her clothes. She loves to wear new clothes!!!.
She is not a difficult child, very easy going child, so just gives her a lot of love, let her hear worship songs, talk to her about God, bring her to swim and put her in an environment with a lot of fun activities and people and she will be perfectly happy :) ;) !
The only thing we have to work with her is that she is a bit careless, she won,t really try to do things well, she has a tendency to do things fast and not with application, that's the only thing we can think about because she is just a great great kid!!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Blindness a disability or blessing

Recently, a family from one of my yahoo groups, for Bilateral Microphthalmia, was blessed by a new home from Extreme Makeover Home Edition. During the interviews, the son, who was born with Bilateral Anophthalmia or no eyes, said he considered being blind a blessing.
Think about it for a second. You would never judge anyone by what they look like. You would never judge someone by what they wear, or what car they drive. You would judge them by their actions. You would judge them on the words that come out of their mouths and the tones they use.
Think of the clarity you could achieve but not having to rely on the false impressions your eyes might give you, replying instead on truer things.
I know Acer is a blessing in our lives, and I know he's blessed with smarts and incredible gross motor skills, but now I know he's blessed in other ways too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fund raising

We need to do a lot of fund raising this year to be able to bring Little Miss home. I've found a company that sells cool, unique FAIR TRADE items and then splits the proceeds with an adoptive family. They are having a special during March and April - Half of the cost of an item goes towards our adoption of the Little Miss. They normally give 25% of their websales to the family, so this is a great bonus for us. Please check them out, the link is now at the very top of our sidebar. They have a lot of items that would make great gifts for just about any occasion. Easter and Mother's day are coming!

Please be sure to use code Bowman-Tomlinson at the check out so that we can get the credit.

Note, this is a very hard thing for me to do, I like to be independent, financially and otherwise, so to ask people for help money wise is not easy, please just click over and check it out.
Heather BT

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Where would YOU hide them?

Acer's glasses are missing. he went up the stairs and to his bedroom with them on. He came out of the bathroom, q-tip in hand without them.
Now, I know he doesn't really like wearing them, he barely tolerates wearing them to be exact, but he usually calls one of us to take them off his head. He's usually just pulled them down around his neck before this, if he wanted to take them off himself.
I've looked under the bed, under the dresser, hamper and our bed. I've looked in the garbage cans, I don't think I heard the toilet flush while he was in there. I've dumped clothes out of the hamper, pulled out the sewing table and looked behind the head board of the bed.
I think it's time to...gasp, do Spring cleaning, yes, yes it's true. Despite the fact that it is well before Spring I will need to go room by room in a inch by inch search for these expensive little buggers.

On to other news.
Acer had his last visit to the Dr's for shots, plus his 6 month well visit today. He really behaved well, for the first hour. After that, well...what three year old would behave well stuck in a tiny room knowing that he's there to get shots. We survived, and now he's caught up on shots until Dec.. Poor little guy, he was so upset, I let him talk to Bill on the cell phone just to get him calmed down for the car ride home. I also gave him a special lunch treat of Nutella on Ritz crackers.

He did get a special treat tonight, he asked to go shopping with Bill alone. Bill and Unca James usually go shopping, but tonight was just a Baba & Son time.

Tomorrow we're back at school after winter break. Acer will come home with some new toys from American Printing House for the Blind. Each state gets an amount to spend per child and Acer's quota is just starting to come in. I guess it kind of dribbles in. They even ordered a braillewriter for me. I have a slate and stylus to braille with right now, but the braille writer will be much faster, even if it is bigger and bulkier.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I've been tagged...

by CC with the book meme. I'm kind of excited, this is the first time I've been tagged with a Meme.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag 5 more people.

I picked up The Grim Grotto, #11 in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I've read all the way through #11 in the last two days and now am on the hunt for the next two.

Wait five seconds and then open the hatch! Aye! But don't hesitate! Aye! He who hesitates is lost! Aye!

I didn't count the Aye!'s as sentences because they're interjections and It's my entry.
So Now I tag
Monica, Sharon, Amy, Selina and Gwen.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

new pictures

I've added new pictures to the fleece entry down a few posts. They're at the front, so if you've already seen the others, you don't have to watch the whole thing just to see the new ones.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Project Two Underway

After much searching of the internet waiting child lists, prayer and thinking, we have decided to start the paperchase for another child. We are praying to adopt an eight year old girl who is blind. She is a beautiful little girl, described as polite and adventurous; We have even seen a picture of her jumping off a set of stairs. So now, you're welcome to join us on the rather boring paperchase journey as well as on our regular life of adventure and excitement;)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Show the love program from Colgate

Colgate currently is allowing people to vote for Children's hospitals. The winner gets a new play/recreation area. You can vote once a day for your favorite, until February 29th. While I'll obviously be voting for Detroit Children's, feel free to vote for whichever is closest to you.
Colgate's Share the Love

Friday, February 08, 2008

Feb Week 1 in review

Here they are, pictures of what Acer does to keep himself busy. Banging on the drum set, climbing the stairs in unusual ways, guerilla crawling down the stairs, Smearing macaroni on his face instead of eating it, it's just all in a day's work for the little man.


Acer loves Fleece, the sera soft blanket on his bed, the fleece and micro fleece clothing I wear, you name it. Well, this week he figured out that HE has fleece to wear HIMSELF! So, I've started taking pictures of Acer in his beloved material and will keep adding new ones to this folder every few days as he has a LOT of fleece. The other alternative was to put the shirts on him and take them off all right in a row, but that was just a thought that was instantly doomed for failure. Also, please excuse the odd pictures, I'm not the best photographer.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I know...

that you are REALLY only visiting to see pictures of the little man. I've been remiss and will post the ones I've taken lately, very soon.
PS, Bill and I think we've figured out why Rugby has been being a goob at night. Last night we had a good night's sleep!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Earlier this week, I joined the ads by google, I actually get a tiny sum of money for every time someone clicks on the ad at the top of the screen. Generally the ads are adoption or child related, but when I logged in this time, it was an ad for Acer computers!

Yes, I am amused. Acer was named because not only is it latin for sharp; it's the botanical name for the Maple genus (important if you're a horticulturalist) it is a computer brand (important if you're in IT) so it was a name that meant something to the both of us.


Well, Bill took Acer to the mall play place last night and I got to NAP!

When Bill finally came to bed, after letting me sleep alone & stretched out over the whole bed, it started again.
Rugby who had been fine and simply sleeping beside Bill in the computer room, started up again. Now what is the difference between Bill sitting up and Bill lying down we want to know? I let Rugby out, just to make sure it wasn't full bladder talking, no, Rugby was in full stressed out mode.
I took the camping roll used as a crash mat for Acer's swing, then I took the dog beds (actually each dog bed is a sleeping bag, much cheaper for a big dog bed) I took the giant purple knitted blankie of DOOM and my pillows and away we went to sleep on the bathroom floor. I set us up, Lobelia too because she simply moves with the dog beds, and there we stayed until 7 AM when Bill woke us up and let us out.
Aside from having back cramps, I actually had a reasonable night's sleep. I was proactive, I didn't lie there in bed and try to argue Rugby into sleep. Nope, I just picked us all up and away we went. I actually had more sleep last night than I've had in a while. Hurrah!
BTW I don't worry about Rugby waking Acer unless Acer happens to get a cold nose to the face. Acer sleeps through just about any noise, including dogs barking at full volume.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I need a NAP!

That's my theme song these days, yes it's an actual song; written by Sandra Boyton and sung by Weird Al Yankovic and Kate Winslett.
I've been in pain, and haven't been able to play well with Acer since about last Friday. Also since mid last week, Rugby has been waking up at three in the morning and WHINING LOUDLY! I think there's a critter involved usually. but other times it's a windstorm or in last night case, a thunderstorm. So I've been getting up, throwing the dog beds, the dogs and myself into the bathroom and turning on the exhaust fan to try to drown out the sound so Rubgy will calm down. Bill has to work, and if Acer wooke up I'd have to get up anyway, so off I go. I am not amused. I need to schedule a Vet's visit when Mum can watch Acer and take both dogs. I'll just get them their normal shots, it's about time anyway, and get Rugby some sort of doggy drugs. I'm serious, I can't live like this, I need my sleep. I don't need to be angry and frustrated in the middle of the night, so I will drug the dog to ease his anxiety and ensure a good night's sleep for the entire household.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Another use for the beeping Easter Egg, who knew?

The paragraph below was from Sheila E. on my Bilateral Anophthalmia/Microphthalmia yahoo group. A great group who've really given me suggestions and help about how to be a better parent for Acer.

I remember a “beeper” being made for me. We lived in the country, and sometimes things were difficult to locate without a path to follow. I had a beeper made of a cardboard box with speaker holes punched into it, and another hole where a switch stuck out of the box. I would take the beeper to the sand box for example. When I wanted to go inside for a minute, I would turn the beeper on and leave it in the sandbox. I was able to locate the house with echolocation. When I came back outside, I just followed the beeper. Save those eggs!

Friday, February 01, 2008


It was close, and the lead kept switching so much I couldn't watch. But when I went away for the last 1 3/4 hours, LWB pulled ahead. They won the challenge, so if you donated or even just looked at their cause, Thank you.
Heather BT

two hours left ( until Noon PST)

if you've considered giving, do so now. It's ten dollars, the price of a visit to the fast food restaurant, but much better for you. YOu just need a face book account, and getting one is fast and easy, you can even get one for each email address you have. LWB and the Chinese orphans need you.

Love without Boundries Facebook challenge ends today noon PST

Howdy All,
Love Without boundries is a charity working in China to get SN kids the surgeries they need to live. There is a challenge they are in, through facebook, needs individual donors, not dollars, to win. A ten dollar donation can help them win FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. I know of many parents who've adopted LWB surgery alumni and can literally say that most of them wouldn't be alive without out LWB. Please help. The challenge ends at noon. Two starbucks coffees can save a life. Instructions below from my friend Amy
Heather BT

For those who do not have a Facebook account, here are the
1. Go to:
2. Click on the "Sign Up" button in the middle of the screen.
3. Enter the various information.
4. Facebook will then send you an email confirmation.
5. Access your email and click on the email confirmation
6. Once you have an Facebook acount you should go to this site:

7. Once at this site you can donate to the LWB Facebook Cause.

You can sign up for face book if you are over the age of 13. I signed Jessica, Nicole, and Juergen up and donated for them. I used the yahoo e-mail accounts they already had (it only takes one minute to create a yahoo e-mail account and it is free). I realize this is crazy and why should you waste 5 or 10 minutes just to donate $10? But there are real babies in China that have already lost their parents. They will lose their lives if they do not get heart surgery. If Love without Boundaries wins the 2nd place prize 5 kids will get surgery...but if they win the first prize 10 kids will get surgery. Your one donation could
be the difference, it may end up being that close. You will spend $10 to go to the movies, buy good coffee, and drive through McDonalds. Please give $10 and 10 minutes of your time to give to this cause. It will be the best $10 and best 10 minutes you
spend this week