Tuesday, September 9, 2008

As I was sayin'...

(Disclaimer: A contest winner, plea to vote for me, some mind-numbing rambling and a huge prayer request going on below...get ready, your eyes may burn, your mouth could go dry, you may shed a tear but it's all worth it, I tell ya. It's all worth it!) Let me start at 7:47am. Do you know what I did at that time this morning? Here are your hints: 1. I squeezed tightly. 2. Giggled. 3. Smooched. 4. Waved. 5. Cried like a baby! My youngest, only the tender age of 3, got on a bus and started his trek to pre-school. I am still in shock. My house is quiet. I have been quite productive this morning. I was out to the post office and back within 10 minutes with no shoes to tie, diapers to change, or cajoling to do. He is at school. I am missing him terribly! This child of mine has been a miracle from the start. He came home April 25, 2006 as a severely neglected and abandoned 9-month old foster child. He was emotionally inept and had the pain tolerance of an elephant. For 3 months he did not have tears when he cried. I questioned the doctors about dehydration. They told me that tears are the body's way of SHOWING a need. When needs are not met for an extensive period, the body stops making tears. Like many of his firsts to be celebrated, I remember the day his tears "came in." Then, on April 9, 2008 he became a BROWNLOW! His adoption was final. We all shed tears that day! Tears of joy! This is my baby who got on the bus today. He has issues from his past that make him quite a handful on some days. But this baby can love like there's no tomorrow. He woke his brother and sister this morning with tender kisses and said, "Me bus!" He hugged them goodbye and waved and giggled as the aide buckled him into his seat. Here's a peek at my little wonder!

(btw...YES, I saved the tears until the bus pulled away...I read the books, people, I know what I am doing! LOL!) ----------------------o0o-------------------- CONTEST WINNER!!! Wow, I heard lots of advice from your moms and got a lot of giggles, too! My mom always told me about the "clean underwear" trick, too. Somehow, I hoped that if I was ever in a life or death situation (which I have been and ironically was not wearing underwear...because I was having a baby!) the doctors would be more concerned with SAVING me than with the documentation of "clean or dirty"! But of all your advice there was one that stood out above the rest...one that I will start sharing with my children!

"Choose your friends, don't let your friends choose you!" Pink Heather from Penguin Pie is our winning entrant and Dawn of Because I Said So is the other winner for referring Pink Heather here. Pink Heather wins the AMAZING magabook, between us girls by Vicki Courtney! Enjoy! Congratulations PH, we hope you will stay and enjoy MY SEMBLANCE regularly! I love your blog! If you haven't checked her out yet...click on her...she is one talented mom! --------------o0o----------------- Check the sidebar and vote for me for the DIVINE CAROLINE contest! I could win a $250 VISA gift card! The winning blog has only 70 votes more than me! HELP! --------------o0o------------------ On a more somber note...there has been a tragedy in the blogosphere! Read this story about famed Mommy Blogger Mrs. Nielson from the Nie Nie Dialogues. Her family is in need of your prayers and support! Read the article and if you find it in your heart, search out the auctions on eBay and bid! What an amazing outpouring of love for this "virtual friend" - Go Mommy Bloggers! A friend needs us now! ---------------------o0o--------------------- Peace!

7 comments:

Diane B said...

Thanks for letting us all know about the Nielsons. They and their beautiful family will be in my prayers.

The line in the article "Unlike much of the blogosphere, which is ruled by sniping and snark .." caught my attention. Michelle, thank you for putting out some positive thoughts and making people laugh. There is a lot of ugly out there (like I have to tell you... hello, recent J&K+8 'debate'); thanks for using your blog powers for good and not evil.

PS. Your baby is ridiculous cute! The picture of him on the bus is adorable. He just can't WAIT to start his day can he?

Julie in PA said...

Whatever happened to OHM???

Your son is adorable! What an amazing story. Enjoy your time alone!!

Ginny Williams said...

He looks soooo excited to go to school. What adorable pictures. Was day two any better for you?
I sent my baby to Jr High a week ago, and teared up thinking how amazing it was that he survived to see this day :)

Jennifer said...

Hi--I'm new to your bog! Your little guy is SO cute--what a great story. I had a double whammy this year w/ my oldest starting high school and another starting kindergarten--I've been a basket case!

Annie said...

How cool is it he gets a bus to preschool!?!? MY 3 yo would be pumped. Heck, my 5 yo would be. We live too close to take the bus to kindy.
Very cute!

Debbie Yost said...

Your son is so lucky to have you. I know, you feel the lucky one and of course, you are, but after a rough start, I'm glad he has such a wonderful mommy and family to help him overcome the sadness tht began his life. He looks huge compared to my 3 year old. Of course my 3 year old is smaller than most 2 year olds. She loves to ride the bus, too. She doesn't have school on Fridays and misses riding it!

One question for you new Q&A if it's not too personal. I noticed he's missing his front teeth. It seems a little early for that. I hope all is ok. I know teeth can be a real problem. If this is too nosey, just tell me to butt out!

Wani said...

aw... love the first day of school pix!