Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's Here !!

I received my ASC Appointment Notice in the mail today!!!!  Our appointment to have our biometrics (fingerprints) taken for immigration came today saying our appointment isn't set until July 17th. Boo Hoo, that is 24 days from now. I will be doing a walk-in on July 5th, to see if we can speed this up a little. I have been in constant prayer that the Lord will get me to China before Blossoms 7th birthday. If I shave off even one day to help speed this up I am going for it. I would go sooner but my son Matthew just boarded a cruise ship bound for Alaska today with his Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle and will not return until July 3rd. I have heard through the yahoo groups that some people have been successful and others not so successful. I will pray that we will be one of the lucky ones.

So while I wait I will leave you with a few more pictures of Blossom.

I would also like to take this time to introduce my sister in law Diane and her husband Keith and children still living in the home Aaron, Nicolas, and Lilly. Diane will be traveling very very soon to China to bring home Bobby and Kylie. I am so excited for them and every time I think about it I wiggle and giggle inside. You can visit their Blog up top called Holsworth Haven. Click on the tab and you will go to her Blog. Here are a couple of pictures of their family and their little ones waiting for them in China.


Kylie 5th birthday 12/2011 last one without her forever family!

Robert (Bobby) 8 years old now. Named after my husband Bob. Diane's brother.

So it has been a great start to the weekend. Tomorrow I will sew all day. Every last one of my children will be out of the house for the entire day and I will have the place to myself! Ahh!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers day Bob. I want to honor my late husband Bob on this very special day set aside to tell dads just how special they are. Who would have guessed that these two at the young age of 17 and both  still in high school would get one day get married and have four beautiful children? I mean really??? look at us.  We barley look old enough to check out a library book on our own.

Bob and I did get married at the age of 20 and enjoyed 14 years of marriage before the Lord called him home. Together we adopted our oldest son and had three more children together. Bob was an awesome husband and father to our children. Bob was a romantic kind of guy. An example of one of the many ways he showed me he cared was when he came home to visit during one of his internships. I knew he was coming home that day but was not sure when. The doorbell rang and when I answered it there was no one there. I looked down and on the step was a small pile of Heresy Kisses and a trail that lead away from it. I smiled and followed it around the corner and at the end was Bob with a bouquet of carnations for me. Bob did these acts of romance frequently throughout our marriage. Bob went to College later in life after we had all of our children.  Bob spent many nights studying in our room or at the library to become a Physical Therapist. On weekends instead of saying I need to have me time I have spent time all week studying he would take the time and spend it with the kids. He knew that me having the four children all day and into the evening can at times become exhausting. More times then I can count he would give me Saturday to go and shop or what ever I wanted to do. He in turn would take the children and take them on bike rides, play basketball with them or go down to the river in Sacramento. He would do a mad sweep through the house tackling any left over dishes, laundry, what ever needed tiding up and although (sorry) he was not what you would call a cook per say he would make us dinner to enjoy.
Bob had a heart for Jesus. He loved to spend time learning about what the Lord wanted for his life. I can remember him spending countless hours talking to my brother Gary or my friend Keri's husband Russell about what does this mean or what does that mean. I know Bob walks with Jesus in Heaven today this I am sure.

This is a glass picture I gave Bob one Fathers Day. I do not remember the year I gave it to him and I never knew how much the statement would be true so early in our life. It is a little fuzzy but this is what it says. If I could sit across the porch from God, I would thank Him for lending you to me. I do sit with Jesus and I have and still thank him for Bob

You know, one of the greatest complements my son Nathan has ever said about Bob and I relationships was this small conversation he had with a classmate one day at school. Nathan was talking with a fellow classmate whose parents were unfortunately in the middle of a separation. The classmate said to Nathan, "Nathan what did you do when your mom and dad would fight?" " I just can not stand it anymore." Nathan responded to the classmate with this. "I don't know my parent s never really fought." WOW !! 
Any way we are talking about Fathers Day. So here are some things that Bob did as a father that drove me insane at the time but I look back at them now and laugh and they are now great  memories. 1. He took the older two children out of school every now and again to just go watch a movie one on one. 2. He allowed the children to have ice cream right before dinner. Not often but it did occur once in a while. 3. He left Lego's laying around after building Lego monuments and I would step on them Ouch! 4. I am not sure how he did this maybe it's genetics or something but Bob never used a glass to drink water, he always just drank out of the faucet. Guess what? My youngest son Matthew does the exact same thing AUGGGGG!!

Yes, Bob was a fantastic husband and father. This day is one of those days that bring joy and sting to our hearts around the Bean home.  Below is the last Family portrait taken of us all together. It was taken  two years before his death. We miss you Bob and will always love you. You were a committed, loving and funny husband and father to our children.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ladybug Blanket Drawing

I want to thank everyone who donated to the Ladybug blanket drawing. It brought in $150.00! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! The lucky winner is................................................................................

Here is the official ticket. Congratulations Kim. I will be sending the blanket in the mail tomorrow. Be on the lookout. Thanks again everyone.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ladybug blanket

My sister in law Michelle crochet this beautiful ladybug blanket to help raise funds for Blossom.  I asked friends and family to donate for a chance to receive this beautiful blanket. I have decided to extend this offer out to my blog. Michelle spent over 50 hours making this blanket. Each ladybug was individually made and then crochet into the blanket. The blanket measures 39 inches x 39 inches. For a $5.00 donation you will have a chance to receive this beautiful blanket. This blanket can be given to a new mom as a shower gift or a new addition to the family through adoption.  What a wonderful story behind why it was made. I know this is short notice but the drawing will be held next Sunday the 17th at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Asking for prayer that there would be many participants.

Please use the chip in button on the right side for your donation. A donation of $5.00 will get one ticket and each additional ticket will be $3.00. There will be no charge for S&H. Please include name, address, and phone number  so I can get this out to you. Also if you can E-mail me and let me know you have purchased a ticket I will be able to get your name on the back of ticket. Sometimes Pay Pal is a few days behind and I want to make sure everyone who donates receives a chance. My E-mail is       

Thank you for your donation and your prayers for this short notice event. 
So excited to do this drawing!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I 800 dollars and more from your checking account paperwork has been sent FedEx!

I am soooooooo happy. After waiting for what seemed like eternity (hee hee I have know understanding of what eternity is like) I received 5 notarized copies of my home study in the mail yesterday. Last night I finished off the last signature on the I800A form and obsessively doubled check it for completeness. Today after work I headed out to the Postal Annex with everything in hand and sent it on it's way. I suppose at this moment it is at the Fresno Air Terminal waiting to board a FedEx plane to Alabama.
Wait a minute....................  I forgot I can track this little package, wait.....................................
O.K. I am  back. Here is what I found out, as of 6:20 p.m. my package is in Oakland CA. It is on the move and scheduled to be in Lifelines office at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

James 1:12

New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.