Carson has been saying the cutest things lately.
Mom can you put my hook up? Hook= Hood
Can you give me the commode? Commode= remote
Is that jealous? Jealous= Jelly
He sees christmas lights and says "yea, its christmas time"!
Dad, are we going to get Noah from the Ark?
Does Santa live in America, Mom?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Carson has been saying the cutest things lately.
Posted by Greta Jo at 10:02 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Today is your birthday
and I truly must say
The Potter did such a masterful job when
He formed you so delicately with His pristine clay
I do wonder how He did it
as He thought whom to create
and considered your hands, your feet, your mind, your heart
that one day I would have the honor to call you my mate
The life that you live is one of great value
You've used what He's given you to serve and to bless
Your faith in our Master is something to behold
As you walk often blindly, trusting He'll provide the rest.
As thanksgiving approaches and soon will be here
This day, I celebrate all that you are, my wife
And give thanks to our Lord for what He has done
You are so funny, so lovely, so altogether fly
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday sweet love, Happy Birthday to you
Posted by Greta Jo at 9:36 AM
Monday, November 23, 2009
Guatemala reopening international adoptions
JUAN CARLOS LLORCA
Published: Nov 20, 2009
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Guatemalan officials on Friday announced the resumption of international adoptions after a nearly two-year suspension prompted by the discovery that some babies were being sold.
Legal reforms established during the suspension will prevent problems in the future, according to the National Adoption Council, which said in a statement on its Web page that it will start a pilot program involving four countries.
The Council did not say when the program would start or which countries would be involved.
Prior to the shutdown, Guatemala was the world's second-largest source of babies to the U.S. after China due to its routinely quick adoption process.
But the door to adoptions slammed shut in 2007 when authorities discovered evidence of fraud that has since been revealed to include false paperwork, fake birth certificates, women coerced into giving up their children and even baby theft. At least 25 cases resulted in criminal charges against doctors, lawyers, mothers and civil registrars.
As a result, thousands of adoptive parents, most from the U.S., were forced to put their adoptions of Guatemalan children on hold - many after paying thousands of dollars.
Last year, the National Adoptions Council began requiring birth mothers to personally verify they still wanted to give up their children.
Nearly 1,000 of 3,032 cases were dismissed, however, because no birth mother showed up.
Prosecutors suspect many of the babies in those cases never existed - that Guatemalan baby brokers registered false identities with the council in hopes of matching them later to babies obtained through fraud.
AP Mobile. © 2009 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Posted by Greta Jo at 4:02 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This annual ranking, published by the United Health Foundation, looks at 22 indicators of health, including everything from how many children receive recommended vaccinations, to obesity and smoking rates, to cancer deaths. (Insurer UnitedHealth Group funds the foundation.) Scores for each state are determined by gathering data from a variety of government and nongovernmental databases and then calculating how much each state is better or worse than the national average for each measure. Click here to see the report. The below chart lists the final results in addition to rank changes in specific categories over the past 20 years.
2009 STATE RANKINGS
Posted by Greta Jo at 8:34 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have been personally struggling with what to get Carson for Christmas. He has so much. We have toys in every room of our home. He does not even play with 90 percent of them. Matter of fact, I do not think he know what he has regarding his toys, books and videos. I know Christmas is not about the amount of gifts under the Christmas tree, its not the amount of money spent, its not what the other kids get however I am still struggling. So what do I do?
Posted by Greta Jo at 9:22 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This October Carson participated in his first annual pumpkin carving contest at my aunt's. Carson truly enjoyed "gutting" the pumpkin. Each time he would pull a handful of guts out of the pumpkin he would either laugh or say gross. Even though we did not win we had a wonderful time with our family. Great job Joanne for winning the 2009 pumpkin contest! I truly enjoy spending time with family and making memories.
The Herron/Payne cousin's rock!
Posted by Greta Jo at 9:28 PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A few months ago I posted about getting married on August 1, 2009. However there was a change of plans due to personal reasons that I would rather not post about for the whole world to read. Anyway, Jonathan and I prayed faithfully about getting married which lead us to a romantic elopement on October 25, 2009 in Florida followed by a wonderful seven day cruise on Holland America. We had a great time on the cruise and touring the islands we visited. I have to give Jonathan all the credit as I would never want to marry me (lol). Jonathan has been very patient, thoughtful, forgiving and understanding with me and my baggage I bring into the relationship.
Posted by Greta Jo at 9:41 PM