The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Big Changes for the Schlenner Family

Whoohoo!!!!! We officially are MOVING!!!!!!! We signed paperwork last Sunday but I've been crazy busy with sick girls with the flu~that I haven't had time to post the news.

See ya old house.......we'll miss ya! We brought Jocelyn, Ahnya and Magnus home to this house. Had 9 1/2 great years in our home.

Hello new house!!!!!!!!!!! This home just "fits" us perfectly. It's our style, close to our friends and kids friends, quiet neighborhood, private backyard, 3 bedrooms down, 2 bedrooms up, and office on main level, completely open floor plan, and a beautiful sunroom. So many things about this home seal the deal that it's the right move.

We're good friends with the buyers who are selling us their home. They came over last Friday and gave us a small statue of St. Joseph. We were told to dig a 12 inch hole in the ground facing our home, put the statue in the ground upside down and cover with dirt. So we dug the hold, re-read the directions again how to do this, and put St. Joseph in the hole. The girls and I held hands and prayed very hard that we would sell our home.

Here's a picture of Jocelyn and Gabriella holding St. Joseph!!!
We prayed many times during the day together. The girls had some beautiful prayers.
Here's a picture of the shrine above the grave of St. Joe! The girls picked beautiful flowers from our gardens (and some from the neighbors gardens, too!) They made a sign that says "St. Joseph".

Now fast forward 24 hours to Saturday......By that Saturday afternoon we heard from our Realtor that our buyers home had a buyer and contingency waived. That was the final straw! We did it!!!! Go JOE!!!!! We signed papers 18 hours later and the rest is history. Our home is sold and our buyers home is sold.... and we close Sept. 17th!!!!!!!!!!!!
My girls (and Magnus...but he doesn't get it yet that we are moving) are excited to move. Mainly because it's a larger home with much more room and mostly because they have friends in the neighborhood!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School Time!!! What a week

Gabriella and Jocelyn were ready Monday morning for their first day of Back To School!!!!!! Yes I cried! And I dropped them off in my pj's! (I didn't get out of the car!)
 Jocelyn woke all smiles, as usual, and put on her outfit that she had decided on the night before!!!
 Lil Jocelyn is in 1st grade at Holy Redeemer and is in Mrs. Sodeman's class!! She is happy to have her friends Halle and Lily in her classroom too!!!
 Gabriella was set for her first day of school. She had been waiting all summer to go back to school!!! All morning Gabriella kept telling me she was so nervous with stomach cramps...I figured it was nerves and told her to buck up!!
 So Gabriella, with sore tummy and cramps, put on a happy smile and went to school.
 Gabriella is in 3rd grade in Mrs. Supernaut's/Mrs. Buysee's classroom!!!! She is seated in the front row for a reason, too! Very smart teachers at HRS!!

I picked the girls up from school at 3:00 pm and Gabriella had a fever of 103, burning up, and ready to empty whatever was in her stomach. I snuggled her up in bed and there Ms. Gabriella was for 2 days. Poor baby!! She didn't want to miss her first day of school and mommy missed all the warning signs the flu was coming. Aaahhhhh......
I had our traditional back to school meal all planned and fancied up for the girls. Since Gabbi was dead sick I made quick decision to do 2 back to school meals. Why not work my buns off one whole day slaving away cooking, when I can do it for TWO days!!!! The things we do to make our children happy, carry on traditions, and make memories. So I split up the menu and we had Grilled Korea Bulgoki Chicken on Monday and saved the Steamed Mussles for Tuesday when Gabbi could eat.
 This is Jocelyn coming home after first day of school. So happy she didn't get sick like big sis!

 I made Steamed Mussels with clam sauce linguine and they were delicious. This is one of Gabbi's favorite meals. No Jocelyn's. Can't please everyone.
 This is our dinner Tuesday night....................
 And this is Jocelyn Thurday morning. Yep, she has the flu! Poor baby Jojo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart breaks. So she's in my bed all snuggled up. Sleeping. Hasn't puked yet...but I know it's coming. And she has a bell...she rings it and I come running.
 Ahnya is healthy so far. We started her nebulizer today because of her coughing and I am a full time nurse this week.
Magnus is still healthy too. He's just full of nuts!!!!

The moral of this story is, the reality of back to school week is not always fun for everyone. In fact, it makes me realize I should seriously look into home schooling....they'd be able to stay in my bubble and be healthier. No germs no viruses. But, we do what makes our babes happy. And my girls LOVE school and their friends. So inturn I am happy. I wish everyone a "better" back to school! At least we're getting the flu out of the way for the rest of the fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Guess who's going on the potty??!!

It's been two weeks since Magnus was potty trained...and I am proud to say my lil Magnus goes on the potty all by himself!!!! No more diapers and stinky pants!!! Momma is happy and Magnus is happy to be a big boy, too!!!!! Thanks to my friends Heather and Erica for teaching me the trick to putting lil boys on the potty backwards!!! No more pee-mess when they sit on the potty backwards. 

It's the little things in life that brighten my day and make me happy! This was one of those days!