Saturday, September 27, 2008

Update on USCIS Frustration

"A picture is worth a thousand words."
This is how I feel!
So, what do you do when your fingerprints do not pick up on your second live scan with the USCIS (INS)?
You first take a deep breath.
And then...
Hoping that the enormous amount of frustration will leave your body.
FYI, it doesn't help.
So, now I get to visit all of the police departments in the cities with which I have lived in the last 10 years. Yes, I have to get letters stating that I have NO criminal record in any of these cities.
Am I serious?
Yes, I am serious.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and FBI clearances were not enough.
Now, I need Centreville's police dept. to say that I am not a criminal.
FBI, not good enough.
Centreville... now THAT is who they want to hear from.
How bizarre!
Oh! And I have to sign an affidavit stating that I do not have a criminal history.
I have never successfully stood on my head.
However, I decided to start practicing, because it may the next thing asked of me.
*I know that obtaining the police reports is really NOT a big deal. It is just hard to understand the rationale behind this. It is also difficult to comprehend the delays. I know there is a reason. But, right now... I just don't like it. Not even a little bit.
So, PLEASE pray for Sarah Hope. Pray for God's hand of protection to surround her. That He will hold her in His arms. That she will feel His love, peace, and security. Also pray that she knows that her Mama and Baba love her.
OK. I feel much better.
Blogging is very therapeutic!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Football Season!!!!

The absolutely best time of the year! The weather is cool and FOOTBALL is EVERYWHERE!
If you haven't met us, we are ALABAMA fans!
I must confess that prior to marrying Greg, I was an Auburn fan ( Alabama's biggest rival). However, I realized that our marriage would be full of strife if I insisted on sticking with my team. (I also knew that it would break Greg's heart for his daughter to wear orange and blue!) So, for his wedding present... I became an Alabama fan.
If you ever met Greg, you would know that Crimson Tide Football is a major part of his life. He wears crimson almost daily. I know that it does not come before God or our family, but it is #3 on the list of priorities.
Our little Treasure LOVES ALABAMA! ( I know that her Daddy MAY be at fault.)
The other day I stated, "I like Auburn."
She looked at me in disgust and jumped out of my lap. STOMPED into the foyer and screamed! Then, STOMPED into the kitchen and screamed again as she crawled under the kitchen table!
We may have a problem.

One Year Ago Today...

...we were in Dr. Mayberry's office having HG's bodycast removed.
It is so hard to believe it has been only a year! It feels like it was 10 years ago (I know that is impossible)!
I never expected us to be where we are today! Our precious girl is in gymnastics! Turning flips EVERYWHERE!
Her hip has healed so well! We are richly blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanted to include these pics of our Family Night. I asked HG where she wanted to go.
She said,"Let's go to Sam's." (I really do not know where she got that!)
Then, she said, "Let's go to JCPenney and try on shoes!'' (I know where she got that!)
So, we went to the local mall to walk around.
As we walked through the food court, she spotted the store she wanted to visit. She saw the shoes through the windows!
I will let the pics speak for themselves!

My Little Model

Autumn Moon Festival

We celebrated the Autumn Moon Festival with the Shelby FCC group.
It was a lot of fun!
We had a picnic in the park and enjoyed several very interesting desserts.
The girls had a wonderful time playing with each other!

HG and AC

I know that this picture has nothing to do with the Moon Festival.

After we left the park, we met Greg at our church. The Youth group had an outing. Our dear friends, Michael and Rebekah, were chaperons. I sooooo appreciate them! They always help Greg whenever he needs them!

Michael is always so kind to play with HG. In this picture they are playing school. HG is the teacher. I'm not sure if Michael knows that he does not have to obey all of HG's orders. He does whatever she tells him! He is going to be a GREAT dad one day!

Grandaddy's Birthday

Grandaddy and HG

Grandaddy celebrated his 85th Birthday!
It is such a blessing to spend time with him!
He is the wisest man I have ever met. He enriches all of our lives!
We love you, Grandaddy!

Mama and HG

Aunt Lyn and HG

HG and Jackson

Gracie loves her cousin, Jackson! He plays so well with her!


Garrett and HG

Labor Day

Sorry it has been so long!
I have started an additional job, so I haven't had much time to post. I really miss catching up with all my blogger buddies!
So, let me back track to Labor Day!
We had an AWESOME day!!
Our friends, Trent and Kristy, invited us to their family lakehouse.
It was so incredible!
HG loved the lake, boat, and inter tube!
She has NO fear! The faster the boat, the better for her!
She loved playing with Mary Ashton and Reese!
Thanks guys for having us over! We treasure our time with y'all!