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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Test


The other day, Anna told me about getting a 90% on her geography test. She had no idea how that was possible. 
I wrote about it a few posts down.

Yesterday, she got her test back and saw clearly the grade was a mistake!
Today, on her own accord, she went in to her teacher's class early and showed him the mistake.
His response: "Why are you so freakin' honest?"

He gave her a 70%, which was generous. :)

I am so proud of her! 
A good character is WAY more important than a good grade!
You PASSED your Test Sweetie!!!! 100%!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Beautiful Weekend







 My feet are in the middle



 Here we are all together! What a fun night!




Anna's Grade

I went on a fantastic retreat over the weekend which I will blog about soon.  While I was there, Miss Anna texted me that she received a 90% on her Geography test.

The thing is, she was really afraid to take that test. She had studied, but didn't feel she had studied enough.   She thought she had failed it for sure.

When I got her text that she received a 90 I told her how awesome that was.
This a.m. when we were on our way to school, she opened up and said, "Mama, should I talk to my Geography teacher about my grade?"
I asked her, "Why?"
She said, "Because I really didn't deserve it.  Honestly, I only knew some of the questions and on the rest, I just guessed."

I am so proud of her.  She was being so genuine and honest.

I have never encountered this question.  I told her if she felt she should tell him, then go ahead and tell him, but she did give her best guesses, and that is what she is supposed to do if she isn't sure of an answer.

I'll be curious what her Geography teacher says if she does let him know that she guessed at a lot of test.  I think she just doesn't want him to think she studied harder than she did, or knew more than she did.
Proud of her.

Any thoughts on this?

She Couldn't Make Up Her Mind


Saturday, February 15, 2014

And They are Back!

 This cracked me up.... a Dog potty at the air port. :)
 One last group hug.
 What a great group of girls.
Our sweet friend Yuri! :)  Yuri is also from Ukraine and was adopted by good friends of ours. :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How Do You Solve A Problem......

We had fun this a.m. getting Miss Alli out of bed! Apparently after the debate last night, she stayed up to do art.
I understand how she couldn't just go to sleep. I am the same way. After watching something like that, I have to have some wind down time.

BUT..... 8:30?  Sorry sweetie, Out of Bed for you! :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Retreat!

I am going to have the honor of going to the Retreat with Christine Reed, from www.smilesandtrials.blogspot.com

SOOOO EXCITED!~
I still cannot believe it..... but a friend talked to me this a.m. asking why I wasn't going.   And then, they made an offer I could not refuse! 

God is so good!  I know that the Lord wants me to go and He made provision for this trip!

SO thankful!

See You Soon!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Alli and Mike had Birthdays!

She loves having her birthday, but birthdays have also been a "trigger" for her.
In the past, ( we have celebrated 12 and 13 together)  they brought about huge memories of her bio siblings, and a birthday party in her first adoptive  family.
This year, she was especially anxious with her Birthday coming up and wanted to know exactly what was going to happen! I shared most everything, EXCEPT the fact that her bio sister was coming as a huge surprise. :)
Her sister texted me 10 minutes before arrival so I could get Sweetie 4 out of the house and they could hide. :)
We came back home and the girls offered to play a favorite game.
It sounds awful, being called "Murder in the Dark", a game they made up.
It isn't violent.  It is just a game in the dark  where the mystery "murderer" touches your leg or arm.
Alli's bio sister Tatyana  and her friend Gibson were in the closet hiding in the dark when the game started and within a few minutes, sweetie 4 figured out there were more people in the room.
The lights came on and the hugs started! :)
It was so fun to surprise her!
And guess what!!!
All that birthday anxiety, melted away. :)

Hiding in the closet!



 Sarah gave her a foot ball. :)
 Erika and Mama gave her water color paints

 Sister love






IMG_0458 IMG_0476 IMG_0484 RSCN0782The new mice.....

She had a wonderful birthday time.  All of her sisters loved on her and daddy. :)

I think we should surprise her sister next month for HER birthday. :)

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