"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

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Monday, January 30, 2012

More Decorating!! :)

I LOVE the sculpture (?) above my bed.
Found it at T.J. Maxx.
My favorite thing about it?
It's three-dementionality! (Is that a word?)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Early Morning Cuddles......

Thanks to Ana for taking the pic!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Started something new......& it's backfiring.  :(

I don 't know if I have ever been this honest on my blog before, but Ruthie is really struggling right now. 

Adoption may sound all romantic & sweet.  But it's not all the time.

She has SUCH anxiety right now-over everything.  It all started when I took her to see a picture of her birthmother that we have stored in our safety deposit box. 
Tonight, (& last night) anxiety reared it's ugly head again, when after reading a story w/ Ana at bedtime, she no longer wanted to go to her room & climb into bed.

Buckets of tears over wanting to sleep w/ Ana.  And being afraid to sleep in her own room.

We got through it tonight.....after a long walk through the house, shutting windows & doors, locking the house & setting the house alarm-together.  But, I still had to sit outside her room for her to fall asleep.

I used to resent this.  But, in the last few months, the Lord has granted me TRUE compassion toward her in this area, & I long to give her the re-assuance she so desperately needs. 

I used to "poo-poo" the idea that she might need more vocal assurance that we LOVE HER-every day.  But, I have seen the power of telling her (several times a day) that we love her, & that she is & will always be-OURS!

And for now, these are small things I can do for her, that prove to her I love her. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Skiing again......

And a good (exhausting) time was had by all!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Busy Cleaning, Organizing, & Decorating.

Here is a recent project:  Ruthie's newly organized & re-decorated room.  We also did Nat's room that day.......but forgot to take pics!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

I Said "Yes!"

She wanted to sew a bag.  She had no idea what she would use it for.....& w/ no real plan, it was so hard for me to say "yes," but I did.

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Ruthie-Full of Questions....some easy, some a bit more difficult.

She & I went to the safety deposit box over Christmas to see her Birthmother's picture.  We have not shown anyone else their birthmom's picture, because there is so little about their adoption that is theirs to control. 

This way, at least to see/not see their birthmom is up to them. 

And honestly, she has started to ask more simple questions about why she & Nat look different than us.  Daddy & I always tell her how beautiful she is (of course), & as other questions come up, we try to answer them as honestly & openly as we can. 

One blessing that has opened up recently, is that we have struck up a friendship w/ another family that has an older bio son & a daughter a week younger than Ruthie, also adopted from Guatemala.  (we met at the zoo-how bizzare is that?)

Ruthie loves talking about her new friend, & she loves that they both share some of the same story.....you know? 

We had them over for some playtime last weekend......& they enjoyed a few hours together.  They even did a pretty good job including Nat! 

Here they all are together-
beautiful, are they not? 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ana's Adventure

An emergency visit to the dentist.....to get two baby teeth pulled.

An infected gum.....now feels much better.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Calling it a Night....

The time on my phone says 7:56 PM. 

Every once in a while, I wake up EARLY.  & can't go back to sleep.  3:30 AM is waaay too early to start my day, (& I love early mornings.  But not that early.)

So, I'm in my cuddly jammies, & I'm turning in.

(Yes, those are my Minnie Mouse jammies.  I know you're jealous.)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Dillon Bed & Breakfast is Open for Business!

Complete w/ it's own bathroom-& totally on it's own floor!  Room to spare for kiddlets as well!
My dream would be to fill it w/ friends-every single weekend.  So, if you are one of our out-of-town friends/family, please come to visit us!  Colorado Springs (& all it has to offer), & a fun time of fellowship await! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

She's Been Home for 5 Years.....

While I was sad to be leaving Guatemala (for what I thought was the last time, but that's another story), my face tells a story here that words are not needed to tell!

(Can I just sound like every other mom in the world & say, "How did that happen?  5 YEARS?!")
On the plane, January 9, 2007.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Breathing a Big Sigh of Relief.......

I love Christmas.....really, it is one of my favorite times of the year.  & I love to try & make it special for my family.

But, can I also say, I am so happy that all the decorations are put away, & the calmness of January routine is setting in. 

We are also getting back to more normal "fare."

Saturday, January 7, 2012

And the Celebration Continues!

Due to my own negligence, a family tradition we have had for several years had to be postponed for a week or so.

We have a stocking from Guatemala that is filled each year w/ gifts from our kids' birth country. 

Since we moved, I have pretty much updated all our address info-except for w/ Amazon, apparently.  And, wouldn't you know......the stuff I ordered came from 3 different shippers-all to our old address.

So, tonight (almost 2 weeks late), we opened our "Guatemala Stocking."

Merry Christmas, again.  :)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

So excited to find a way to post from my phone-WITH PICS!

There has always been errors when I've tried to post w/ pics if I just went to the Blogger website

Novel concept-try using an app!  Yeah, it works!

(pics taken at my brother's wedding last month)

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testing once again...

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Testing Windows Live Writer


Not sure how I will like this…..

Jumping On the "One Thousand Gifts" Bandwagon......

A blessing in my heart......children playing peacefully together.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Skiing.......A Picture of Life

One perk to being a Colorado resident......the 5th Grade Ski Free Pass.  Ana is in 5th Grade this year, so we signed her up. 

Monday, I took the girls up to Monarch Mountain, with both my sisters & all their local cousins.

Poling my way through the chute-for the first "load" on a chair lift.  In this case, for the first time in FIVE years.  (the last time was a week or so before I left on Ruthie's Pick-Up trip).

Yep, I was scared.  The thing I hate most about skiing is the "unload" at the top of the mountain. (the only injuries I ever remember getting have to do w/ the stupid chair lift!  Including the one where the snowboarder I was riding up w/ TOOK ME OUT dis-embarking.  Knocked the wind out of me, & bruised my ribs for a month!  But, I digress....)

I knew it was coming.....I could see the top of the lift.  I rode up w/ my oldest nephew-just recently turned 13-& not afraid of anything.

"I can do this.  I can do this. I can do this. I have done it before.  It's like riding a bike-you never forget, right?" (the conversation I had w/ myself went something along these lines.)

Tips up.

Move to the edge of your chair.

Take a deep breath.

Skis sliding across the ground directly under my chair. 

& just at the right moment.....

Stand up....& just glide.

(I screamed like a girl-but, that's ok, because I am one, ha!  ha!)


I am naturally afraid to try new things.  Ana is petrified of them.  Ruth?  Not one IOTA of fear. 

There has to be a BIG payoff for me to risk:

1.  Injury
2.  Pain
3.  Exhaustion

But, I have risked theses things in my life, as well as on the skislope, & I'm glad I did.  There's nothing quite as exhilerating as standing at the top of the mountain, knowing I'm getting ready for the ride of my life!

Loving others is a risk.
Starting college was a risk. 
Having biological children is a risk.
Adopting is a risk.

I guess that's part of why I thrill to ski.  It scares me to death, but very little is so rewarding-at least not in the physical world.

Our favorite run of the day-& yes, as you have probably guessed, I am soley a "Green Run" kind of girl.

Our fearless wonder!
(in case you are wondering, Ana had so much fun-after conquering her fear,
 I could never catch her for a picture by herself! 
All of us at the top of our favorite run-"Rookie," highlighted in the top picture.
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