Tuesday, December 23, 2008

World Premier Musical in Chicago

Last week, I attended the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, a yearly event that I ALWAYS look forward to. This year, while in Chicago, I was able to see a world premier musical titled "The Bowery Boys" starring a former student of my friend Pam Smith Kelly. What a great evening! The musical was wonderful, as was the performance of Brian Sears, the 'star.' There is a strong possibility that 'The Bowery Boys' will be going to Broadway. Above is a picture of me, Brian Sears, Pam Smith Kelly, and Sandy Stoekel. Pam and Sandy are special friends from undergrad days at Central Missouri State. Pam is SO PROUD of her former student.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas from Higgins

Higgins is sitting still with his eyes on a treat....that seems to be the only way he'll obey my commands. He even sat still so that I could tie the red bow around his neck. I will be traveling to Kansas City for Christmas so that Mom and I can be with family....that is the current tradition. I'm looking forward to starting new Christmas traditions with my little Caroline.
Here's hoping that you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hague Accreditation

Wonderful news! Children's Hope International (CHI), my adoption agency, has just received their Hague Accreditation. This has been a difficult process to go through for all concerned, but it has ended with a positive result. This news has lifted the spirits of CHI families and we are more hopeful now.

This means that CHI will begin receiving the 'waiting child' or special needs listings. This would include children who have minor to major medical issues, or they may be healthy older children. I have decided that I will have my name included on the SN list while maintaining my spot on the non-special needs list. I have prayerfully considered this option, and I believe it is the right thing to do. I don't feel like I (as a single working mom) should try to consider any major medical condition, but I feel quite comfortable with many of the medical conditions that typically affect these kiddos. Many times, the children have already been medically treated and are healthy. So....I'm waiting to find out what the updated SN process is, and will put my name 'in the hat.'

Thank you for your continued prayers regarding my adoption of Caroline Anne. While I don't yet know who she is.......Caroline is my daughter already. She is tangible to me, not just a dream or a thought. I miss her and I don't even know her. I long to hold her on my lap......I long to hold her close and look at her nose-to-nose. I know it will happen one of these days.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Concert - My Sweet Kids

My children's choir concert was last week - 'The Heart of Indiana Children's Choir'.....so proud of them. We rehearse once per week on Tuesdays for 90 minutes. If I'm having a bad day, they brighten it and make me smile.....even if they get just a little mischievous. I just had to share a few pictures from the concert. The last picture shows the 'final bow.' When I give them a certain signal, they bow and hold for three seconds, then straighten up again. The little ones are so cute when they bow.