Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
kitten in the hat =)
As sweet as Kylie looks (and is), she's got her moments, like all kids. A couple of days ago, she was very defiant and disrespectful to Rich. When he threatened her with a spanking, she replied, even more defiantly: "Then I'll tell my prinicipal!"
Can you believe this?!!
Spanking, or smacking, as they call it in New Zealand, is against the law here. In her 1 month at school, Kylie has obviously been told that if she got smacked by her parents, she could/should tell her principal. Whew!!!
Both Rich and I were taken aback by her comment.
We yet have to decide our plan of action for the future - good thing we've got 2 weeks =)
We don't spank a lot, but there are times when it's necessary.
With elections coming up in NZ, the only way this law will get changed is if the Kiwi Party gets into Parliament. We know who we will vote for!
Larry Baldock, the Party's founder, is a former YWAM leader - we stayed at his house when we first arrived in NZ - a GREAT guy!!!
The fur reflected in the mirror is from a rabbit he hunted a little while ago
He doesn't like the shade so much, but it was all he could find (it can always be changed)
Yesterday was the last day of school before a 2-week break. Jeremie will be gone to help with kids camps for most of the 2 weeks - something he enjoys doing just about every vacation.
Jeremie's a great big brother!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I already felt in my heart they were going to decline right after the visit (although they had left it open) and their decision didn't take me by surprise at all.
Since last week-end, LOTS has happened - - - way too much to tell you the whole story. Suffice to say that Rich and I are in the process of seriously reconsidering keeping Shayden after all - against all the odds and seeming impossibilities. And not because there is no one out there any more that may be interested (there are a couple of families that are possibly interested).
The conviction is growing in our hearts that it is God's will for Shayden to be part of our family - - - we think.
We are still not 100% sure - - - but need to make a decision very soon.
If we are keeping him, we will also take him with us on our trip. God will have to help BIG TIME, but if he is placing Shayden into our family, he will!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
She sure makes us laugh - she's got her own perspective on things!
Tomorrow morning, I will have the visit of 2 social workers plus a woman that wants to meet Shayden and find out from me what it takes to take care of him. She and her husband are SERIOUSLY interested in having him! The whole thing will be video-taped by one of the social-workers, so that her husband, who won't be able to come, will be able to get a feel "first-hand". Then they will hopefully make a decision by early next week...
Sounds promising - yay!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Rich is working here tonight (from 7pm to 7am) - one of the volunteers :)
He started doing 12-hour shifts after his training with Rescue-net in Australia last month - to keep his skills sharp. He LOVES it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hopefully there won't be too many calls tonight and he'll get some sleep, because tomorrow is promising to be another full day with the DTS.
How 'bout that for links - yay!
I've had a fabulous day catching up with a friend from Tahiti who came to visit just for a day (!) with her son - hadn't seen them in almost 3 years! It was a nice day and we spent some time outside - eating oranges straight from the tree. Spring is on the way!!! I am so excited!!! Had enough of winter for while!