Monday, November 24, 2008

Alarms and Alarm Clocks

Did you know, that when you turn off the alarm clock, it does not go off, even if you REALLY wanted it to? No, really, test it if you want!

We found that out this morning, as I woke up @ 7:18, realizing that Acer's bus comes at 7:30. Apparently, in order to let the then sick LM sleep in, I turned off the alarm after the "first radio" as he calls it, so that the 2nd and 3rd didn't wake him. Well, I dutifully set the alarm back to weekday times, and promptly forgot to turn it on.

We did, however, pass our first schoolday panic test. He was ready(I had just cut his hair last night, so no bed head) and out the door with his breakfest (granola bars) at 7:30.

However, the favorite New This Drum did not make it out the door, I found it on the floor a few minutes later. Oh boy, we shall see what happens when he gets home.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Help Bring Little Miss Home

Here are a few new pictures to remind you of our reason for fundraising.  The gentleman in the pictures is a long term sponsor of ChunBin and the woman is a Foster Mother of a little blind girl living in Beijing.  She was visiting Bethel to see how she could help her foster daughter and took these to send to me.

We're over one third of our way to the goal and I'd like to point out the shades of us gift store has Free trade Items, and that our etsy store has handmade items, made by me and by others and donated to us.  I'll be adding more to the etsy store soon, including pretty bracelet keychains and re usable gift bags.  Heck, they're cloth, they can even be washed!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monkey revisited

He's just so cute, but I can't seem to post more than 5 pictures at a time, so here are a few more or the extremely cute costumed Little Man.  These are all from 10/30.


Acer's school was closed on Halloween, so Acer was allowed to wear his costume on the 30th.  These were pictures I took while we waited for the bus.  Yes, it really was that dark, we were waiting at 7:30 in the morning, before Daylight savings time kicked in.  In this post, the exterior pictures are from 10/30 and the interior are from 10/31.
Brandon and Acer had their usual good time and we celebrated Brandon's birthday with pizza and frozen custard.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Christian's Birthday

Here Is Acer and the drum - Note the contented smile!

Acer had a great time at Cousin Christian's Second Birthday party.  Three reasons, a swing, a slide, and uncle Dawei's (Uncle David's) Djemba drum.
Here we have a picture of cousin Logan, unknown small girl, Uncle Joe, cousin Christian, Cousin Lulu, and the cake.  For some reason Acer didn't want any cake, he said, no thank you, and could I have some ice cream please.  As he says, He had his manners on that day!

Hurrah! I have pictures to post!

I know that I haven't posted any in a while, and I wholeheartedly thank Bill's Brother David for lending us a cable to let the computer and camera talk so that I can finally post some more pictures.  Thanks for visiting even when there were only words!

This is a picture of Acer and his Chris Kimmerer Drumsticks, from the day we met Steven curtis Chapman in September.  Yes, He really loves drumming this much.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Update on Rosanna

Thank You for your prayers, Rosanna has come thru surgery fine. Here is her mother's  report

Rosanna's surgery went well! It took 2 surgeons and 3 hours, but the surgeons were very happy with the outcome. They told me prior to surgery that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, they expected it would be about a 9, given the pathology of her eye.  They said it was every bit as tough as they expected it to be, but  they accomplished everything they had realistically thought they would. She has had her cataracts removed, and a cornea transplant.  They were not able to put in an artificial lens, but that had been a slim hope anyway. It's too early to tell how much visual acuity she will get, and she will need glasses since she no longer has a lens.  She is not a happy kid right now, as she keeps complaining that even with sunglasses, everything is much too bright and the light hurts her eyes :-) She did go trick or treating last night, and was able to recognize porch lights and tell how many there were from several houses away. She could not do that before. We are cautiously happy.  So thank you for all the prayers. It was a difficult surgery, and we are thrilled she has more opportunity now for sight than she has ever had. We'll just have to see with time what she can see.