Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cute commercial

Here is a cute commercial that I ran across the other day on a friend's blog. Sananda and I enjoy watching it together and next time I am at an India grocery, most likely in India, I am sure to look for these and buy one for my baby girl!
Hope you enjoy watching it too.

Monday, December 29, 2008

பிச்டுரே உப்டடேஸ் (picture updates)

I will try to post some new pictures from Thanksgiving and Christmas sometime this week yet, I tried a couple of times but everytime I got all my pictures loaded and tried to post, it would kick me off. Sorry, I have been trying, so check back.
Oh yeah, something else, I have found that when I type in my titles that when I click the enter button everything translates to Tamil. SO, I thought it would be fun to leave in it the title bar today, reason being why you can't read it except that I tranlated for you behind it. Unless of course, you can read Tamil, then you could read it. :) Now you know that it is much more work for me to post than normal. Well....I like the way the written Tamil language looks anyway.

Encouraging Story

I ran across this story/video on another blog and wanted to share it with you all. I was touched by the compassion this guy has towards the group of people called by others as the "untouchables" http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/07/14/untouchable.models/index.html#cnnSTCVideo. You will have to copy and paste it in your browser to view, sorry I have not learned how to create the link yet.
I love to read stories of the face of India changing in this manner.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sananda at Work and Play

Thought I would add a couple of new photos of my little girl who is growing up so fast. Here she is playing a game with one of her sisters and another one of her helping me to make some Chocolate Zuchinni Cake, which she loves and keeps asking if we can make it again, and again and again. :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

The word is out!

Sananda is going to be a big sister!! And Jessica, Javin, Isaac and Olivia will all have a new sibling!

We are excited to be blessed by God once again!

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Pictures

Thought I would post some more recent pictures.

Here is Sananda in the first two photos ready to do some grocery shopping. These shopping carts are so cute and she loves to drive the carts around the store if there are any left when we get there. They have this bus and also a firetruck.

The second picture is Sananda in her horse shirt that she likes to wear.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Ok, so I am just popping in to say "Hi" to my readers. I got into trouble this past week by -you know who you are- for not posting since well..................it's been a while I guess.
I have been keeping busy from my neighbors kindness. I got a call Sat. morning and was offered as many grapes as I can pick, so I went over and filled a box full and am now making grape juice, love that stuff. I ran out of jars though and wouldn't you know that none of the stores have the quart size, at least till the middle of this week, so my juice making is now on hold. :( Well, I did get some made. Earlier this summer we were also blessed with a load of cucumbers from another of our wonderful neighbors, my kids really ate them up. Hee hee. Truly both of these gifts were such a blessing to us. My garden only did well in peas and green beans this year.

What's that? You came here to see how Sananda is doing?? Oh, ok. Well, she is doing great. Really growing up and talking so much more and saying things that keep amazing me. Her potty training is coming along great, Finally. Although she did potty in the toy isle of a store a couple of weeks ago. Sorry workers! NOW, we wear diapers when we are out to church or shopping, just in case. What else? She is really into kittens and loves to carry them with her all over outside. The slide is her other big favorite.

We went camping the other night because my husband set up the tent to dry out from our last overnighter as it rained on us. It kept dripping in on our son through a link in the window and got his mattress all wet. It seems everytime we try to camp, especially in the tent, it rains. So, the tent was dryed out, or so we thought, and we climb in there to sleep for the night and Olivia says that her matteress is wet. What!!! The tent had been up for a couple of days and should have been dried out. I grabbed the flashlight and looked at it and sure enough the mattress was more than a little wet. I lifted it up and there was a TON of water underneath it too. Also under ours and the boys. At first I thought Sananda must have brought in a container of water and dumped it on there, which is another of her favorite things to do these days, but it was WAY too much water for that or for a cat to have left a gift. Since our wasn't matteress wet, on the top at least, the girls piled in by me to sleep. By the morning poor daddy woke up on the floor of the tent, amazingly not wet. We guessed that the rain from a couple of days ago must have gotten in and we didn't notice, either that or it was a great practical joke from some friends. Whatever it was from, I think we have decided to trash this tent because of the holes in it. No more camping for awhile. We can still enjoy a campfire though, which I think is my favorite part of camping anyway.

Have a great Monday and enjoy this wonderful fall weather!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Wow! Two posts so close together! What is happening here? Well, recently we had a little reunion of some of our kids who stayed at the same orphanage around the same time. We had a fun time with a cookout on Friday night and a visit to the zoo on Sat. It was really neat to meet the families, and babies that went home to them. We swapped traveling stories and reasons why we all adopted and from India in particular, it was nice to get to know them. I wondered how Sananda would react to get to see these kids again. She just started in playing with them like it was any other day. I hope we can do this again in the future and that more families can join in the activites. Since we met on India's Independence Day I had brought coloring pages of the Indian flag for the kids to fill in. The next day was Rakhi and I brought braclets and sweets to celebrate it, but we were at the zoo and I didn't think I was allowed to bring anything in so we never had the opportunity to do those activities together, it was a fun time being there anyway.

Comments on the photos:

1. Play ball!
2. Sananda showing her bangles that I brought home for her recently from my trip to India.
3.Sananda being cute!
4. Sananda's friend Anya
5. Sananda's friend Zane and his mommy having a laugh.
6. Sananda, Anya and David playing beside each other.
7. Sananda, Anya and David coloring India flag pictures.
8. Sananda's friend David
9. Photo in front of the elephants. The "elephants" seemed the popular place to take family photos that day.
10.Sananda was really hoping to touch a shark(my girl!)but never did it.

Hope you enjoyed!

The latest

Everytime I write on here it seems that I always say it has been so long since I have written on here. Well, I think this is truely the longest it has been. I guess I mostly wanted to keep it adoption related and have been too busy to post anyway.
Well, today I have news again and here is it...

Today we were invited to go to a ceremony for our daughter to receive her certificate of citizenship. This was the last piece of adoption work that we had to complete and it feels good to have it all done. Sananda has already been a U.S. citizen for awhile now, but it was nice to be at the event and for her to get the certificate. The town we went to for this was a long drive and after getting there the whole event took around 1 ½ hours. There were 32 countries represented with 72 people receiving their certificates. Some of the names called were international ones and the speaker even apologized in advance if she messed any of them up. I just did an article on another blog about naming an adoptive child and I had been thinking, as I said in the article, that Sananda’s name is easy to pronounce and there shall be no problem with our baby’s name. When the speaker called our little girl’s name we didn’t even know she said it because it was not recognizable at all, except she said our last name too. When no one else stood up to go to the front we looked at each other and thought, I guess she means us. We took Sananda to the front of the room and sure enough there was her certificate. The speaker was very nice and talked about how good it was that all of them , either through hard work, adoption, or from parents migrating , have become citizens. Someday Sananda will enjoy hearing about all of this, but today during the ceremony she wanted to do anything but pay attention. So much for a 2 year old getting into anything like that. After we left it was time to eat so we stopped at a really good restaurant to celebrate and then found an Indian grocery and grabbed some Indian sweets (barfi) for dessert.

About the photos above, we sat behind a lady and during the ceremony Sananda did not want to sit still for long. She kept squirming and twisting on my lap and she finally managed to kick the lady in the backside. I was so embarassed and apologized to her a couple of times. She was so sweet about it though and afterwards you can see her helping to hand the flag to our girl for her photo shoots. What a sweet lady! I am glad she is a citizen here!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

To clean or not to clean?

I cleaned out the vehicle the other day. The next time we went somewhere my son says," Who keeps cleaning back here? Your messing everything up." %]