Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I just wanted to share a few of this weeks favorite pics!!! Of some of the people I love!!!
Our HANDSOME BOYS!!! Craig, Christopher and Steven!!! This picture makes my heart smile!!!
Here's our sweet DIL Amy with our precious Joshie!!!
Traci and Chas sent this to me on my phone one night not ever thinking that it would be perfect "Blog Material"!!!
(Ha Ha...Witches Laugh!)
This is Amy, Rick ,and Zane, on a lake somewhere in New York, they look a little chilly...it was 90 degrees here!!!
More Cousins...This is new "Big Brother" Preston with Landen and cousin Taylor!!!!
This is our nephew Adrian, his beautiful wife Jackie and Little Adrian!! Isn't he tooo cute!!! They live in Ft. Worth and we NEVER get to see them, and just the other day Jackie sent me some pictures and I love them!!!! We miss you!
Posted by Kristy at 4:52 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I pray that each of you has a very Happy Monday and an amazing week!!!! Thank you all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement. I can only pray that I too, at least for one second touch your lives in any encouraging way like each of you have touched my life. I sincerely don't know what I would do without you, and truly will never know what I ever did to be so blessed, I am eternally grateful and forever not worthy of such blessings.
Posted by Kristy at 11:12 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Posted by Kristy at 7:31 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
FIRST let me take a second to THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS, THOUGHTS , COMFORTING WORDS, AND PRAYERS FOR MY FAMILY!!! As I sit here with such a heavy heart and a huge lump in my throat all of you will never know how much it means to me. I can't express how much it helps me to know that all of you are in my corner. I can feel the prayers and I can certainly feel God's grace being shed every minute of the day. And that is all because of all of you. You people have become so incredibly important in my life and I than God for each and everyone of you. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD KEEP BLESSING YOU ALL.
UPDATE ON KIM: DELETED
Today is also our 30th month LIDversary!!! Congratulations to us!!! We are getting closer to that airplane ride to get our baby!!!
Love and blessings to all!!
Posted by Kristy at 7:00 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Ok sometime last week I was tagged by my new amazing friend DENISE and since it was such an emotional roller coaster of a week, I thought it was time to put down my answers and have a little fun.
OK there are so many things about me that are strange so I will have to narrow it down to seven!!!
1. I have this sick compulsive disorder that everything always has to be done in even numbers. Like the other day I was at the store buying cranberry's and fruit cocktail for our local food pantry and I had to get "8" cans each, not 7, or not 5 of one, and 6 of the other!!! Everything you can imagine in a daily time frame has to be done in EVEN numbers!!!
2. Another thing is that if my conscience would let me, I would totally eat Mayonnaise with a spoon out of the container!!!! I know gross right!!!! But my conscience just won't let me!! I worked in the Heart room in surgery way too long to allow myself do that, I know way too much about what it looks like in there!!!
3. I always have to put the mascara and eye shadow on my left eye first!! I know pretty strange!!!
4. Another thing is because of losing my best friend in the whole world , my cousin Christopher when we were both 18, I have to say a "proper" goodbye everytime. I have to say I love you to my loved ones, or I have to say goodbye the right way to the special people in my life.
5. I was in the Miss. La Vernia pageant two years in a row and lost both times. Even though the entire town said for weeks that I got robbed!!!! WHATEVER!!!! Really I am not bitter at all!!!
6. I DID get Homecoming Queen!!!
7. I love going to the movies because I crave Popcorn and Jalenpenos, with popcorn salt!!!! (don't know why I'm swollen) hehehehehe
Ok there you go, I could probably go on forever, but now I must tag 7 of my friends! But I am breaking the rules and tagging more than that!!!!
Robin, Christie, Rony, Kimberly, Lea, Linda, Vicki, Kathryn, Bailey, Sherri, Sara, and Joan
Ok so I tagged 12 friends!!!! Have fun Ladies!!!
Posted by Kristy at 10:08 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
Good Morning to all of you!! I want to apologize for not visiting alot of you this week, my family and I have a had a rough week. My Mom has entered a different stage of her illness and it's been pretty tough and emotional. I have such a heavy heart. I think my "Mom" is gone. This horrible disease has robbed us, and I don't think I will ever have another real conversation with my Mama again. And somehow we have become the protector, the shield, the comforter, so to speak the parent and I don't want to be her parent, I still want to be her little girl that can go to her for all those things, oh how I want her back the way she was so long ago. I'm so sorry for unloading on all of you.
Even with all the sorrow GOD is still so good to us and I pray that I never lose that focus. Please say a prayer for my Daddy, her is such a GOOD man , he is my Hero and as much as I hurt because I am losing my Mama, he is losing the love of his life one day at a time and, oh gosh how that must hurt, and him being the type of man he is, he is still trying to protect his 45, 41 and 35 year old daughters. He still tries to keep things from us about the things that go on day to day, minute to minute.
If the opportunity ever arises for you to support the Alzheimers Association , please do, because maybe a cure could be found. I don't want anyone else I know and love to ever have to go through this. Again I am sorry for unloading, thank you for listening. God bless all of you. Give somebody you love a HUG.
Posted by Kristy at 5:07 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
No PROZAC needed here, this email came yesterday, And we have won the fight!!! And things are looking up!!!!! GOD IS SO GREAT, HE IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!
Joint Council Update
Date October 14, 2008
Regarding I-600A Process
Dear Families & Friends,
After advocating on behalf of adoptive families for the past 6 months, Joint Council is very pleased to confirm that USCIS has announced a very positive ruling concerning the I-600A process.
In summary, it is our understanding that, effective immediately, families who filed Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, prior to April 1, 2008 and whose USCIS approval of that petition (aka the I-171H) has not expired, will be able to proceed with their adoption under the I-600A process if they take certain steps while their approval remains valid. This means that families with valid Form I-600A approvals will not be required to transition to The Hague process via Form I-800A. In order to maintain their status as ‘grandfathered’ cases, families with non-expired Form I-600A approvals must request a one-time free extension. Then, prior to the expiration of the one-time free extension, families must file a new Form I-600A and pay the appropriate fee.
It is also our understanding that families with a Form I-600A approval that has expired and who have not obtained an extension or filed a new Form I-600A, will need to undertake the Hague process. The Hague process will also apply to any petitioner who has not completed their adoption by 2014.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ALL OF THE OTHER WAITING FAMILIES FOR SIGNING THIS PETITION, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH STRESS AND WORRY THIS HAS JUST LIFTED OFF OF OUR HEARTS!!!! WELL AT LEAST MINE ANYWAY SINCE FRANK HAS THIS EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY TO NOT WORRY. HE KEPT SAYING , "BABE NO WORRIES"!!!! HE HAS SUCH INCREDIBLE FAITH. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
Just when I thought my day could not get any better.....!!!!! After I finished this post at about 5:25 this morning , I walked into my kitchen and there on the counter was my neice Lily's cup from last night ,and when I picked it up to throw it away I noticed it had writing on it. So I turned it around and I saw that it read..... "I LOVE MY MOM AND MEME", (remember my neices call me MEME). Let's just say it doesn't get any better than this!!!! Totally made my day complete. Oh so many blessings!
Here's Rayn and Lily, with Lily looking a little bit more prissy than usual!!!
Here's Lily in her comfort zone, THE SOCCER FIELD!
Posted by Kristy at 4:06 AM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Hello everyone, I hope everybody had a great weekend!!! My sweet Frank was in St. Louis this weekend for his annual meeting and while there was presented a very prestigious award. He is always bringing us presents back so here are some pics. He brought my sister Kerry a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt and an autographed baseball. She has always been a big fan of the Cards!!! He brought Astrud a bag of "Ram Poop", it is chocolate covered peanuts...too funny!! And also I just wanted to share a picture of a very special friend of mine. My Katybug!
This is my Daddy also known as Poppy with Astrud and Chelsea after the football game friday night!
This is my Katybug, isn't she gorgeous!!!
This is my very modest, no fuss, no fanfare hubby with his award! Cardinal Health , Inc. is a worldwide company and he was awarded the President's Circle Award which is the top 10 Employees for the year and he was #6!!! That is huge!! I am so proud of you Babe!
My present was a Brighton keychain with this ladybug on it!!! How cute is that!!!
Here is a closeup of the plaque.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED WEEK ALL OF MY ONLINE SWEETS!!!
Posted by Kristy at 7:48 PM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Posted by Kristy at 10:27 AM
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here are some pictures of my neice Rayn's 4th Bday!!! Ok so I will be honest, 90% of this blog is dedicated to that little Princess so you are only going to get a few pics of the actual bday, bcuz later in the evening it was time for some Good CLEAN Adult Fun!!!! My brother in law ended up putting dishsoap in the hose to the Giant slide and miraculously not one of us Old, Overweight, and Sassy broads broke anything!!!! It was so much fun!!!! (Next post Joshua's bday) WISH YOU WERE HERE AMY GIRLHEAD!!!!!
Blowing out 4 candles this year!!!
Isn't that cake too cute!!!
Barrett, Rayn and Brett!!!
The birthday Girl
Kerry, Tara, Carol, Jacy and myself!! That's alot of women in that little bitty pool!!
Look at Kerry climb!! (hehehe)
I think that is Tara and KIm falling! And Astrud and her Aunt Kim falling!!
Jacy, Kim and Me!
Crazy girls and Jade and Chelsea playing on the trampoline!!!
Posted by Kristy at 5:15 AM
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Do you ever have those days when you just ponder on things ALOT...... Well today was one of those days for me and I thought I would share a few of those thoughts with you.
First there are only 65 Calendar days and 13 GWCA LID dates ahead of us!!!!! Can you believe it???? After all this time waiting and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. And I have to admit that there is a different feel in the air around here, but as I start to think what I keep wondering is.....
What do our older kids really truly think about this? They seem excited , they have let their feelings be known about the long wait, I know that they are going to love her beyond belief, but deep down what do they think? Any of you that have older kids , have you ever wondered the same?
Another thing I keep thinking about is Franceskas 100 Good wishes quilt. It seems like a lifetime ago that I started receiving squares for it. And somewhere down the road they got put in a plastic box and was left in a corner of her room for a later date, but now that I have made so many what I hope to be lifelong friends, if any of you would like to send a fabric square for her quilt and a good wish I would just love that. If you want to just email me at KrisLRodriguez@aol.com and I will give you my address. That is going to be my "Nesting Project" for after Christmas.
And last I have decided to stop working on December 19th!! As many of you know my Momma has Alzheimers and things are really starting to change. It was a really rough weekend and I just want to spend more time with her and also I want to be there for my Daddy. Alzheimers sucks!! And it is just eating her away bit by bit. Please call your parent's if you still have them or your grandparents, tell them how much you love them, or give them a really tight squeeze, you just never know.
I know this was a pretty random post, but it's just what was on my mind tonight , thanks for listening. Love and blessings to all of you.
Posted by Kristy at 9:23 PM
Monday, October 6, 2008
Good morning everyone!! I just had a little story to share. Yesterday morning before church and before anyone else had gotten up I had already done an entire list of household chores for about 3 hours. And right about that time when I started getting a "little moody", because Frank was sitting on the couch having fun with the girls,and I started feeling like nobody was listening to me, and when I probably started feeling a little sorry for myself, Frank went pssssst.... and told me to listen to our neice Rayn. WELL, that is when I just had to STOP and listen. She was sitting on the chair writing a letter to God! But as she pretended to write she was talking to HIM. She was saying thank you God for everything you can imagine. It was priceless and so special. And what a lesson for me, right when my heart was headed in the wrong direction , boy did HE change it. It reminded me to be thankful again for just the littlest of things. I hope and pray that each of you have an amazing and blessed week.
Posted by Kristy at 4:38 AM
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I probably took about 1000 pictures this summer and it was so hard to choose which ones to post. Our summer was so busy with the lake, Alyssas track meet, getting with family , etc. etc. etc., you hate to leave people out but I did my best!!! Hope you enjoy!! There is alot more to come but I will take it slow so you are not overwhelmed with too many pictures!!! Love to all of you.
Andrew,Brett and Rayn
Jacy and Alvin
Some Rodriguez Siblings!!
Just a friendly family race in the pool!!
Our Joshua jumping in!!!
Emily was having a bit of trouble!!!
Astrud, Alyssa and Emily
Lucas and Astrud
Grandpa Frank and Joshua
So proud of Alyssa!
Frank and Andrew
Jacy, Brett, Rayn and Alvin
Momma with the kitty she found at the lake!
Yes that's me blowing out the candles for #41!!!
Jeffrey holding on to dear life!!!
Posted by Kristy at 6:36 PM