"Adopting a Child won't change the world; but for that Child the world will change."

Wednesday, 4 June 2008


...Time, that is! I CAN.NOT believe how fast this year has whizzed by. It's great, coz with each day, we are that wee bit closer to Mini. If only the CC.AA were "whizzing"! Still no news on this month's referrals. I hope that doesn't mean there are none?!!! Yikes, I only just thought of that, and that's not a nice thought!

It's Wednesday already! I just had my 3rd treatment in my "root canal regime" yesterday, and have my last treatment on Thurs. Yesterday, whilst they were drilling, prodding, stretching my check beyond recognition and hammering away at my tooth - I decided that I should look at the "time in the chair" as an opportunity, not as the horrid torturous hour that it was otherwise known as!! An opportunity to think... no kids interrupting, no husband yelling from another room, no phone ringing... just the dentist asking me every 10 mins or so, whether I was ok! (when I arrived at the dentist, I told him, I was on the tail end of a cold, and was hoping I wasn't going to drown in my own fluids... he said, very concerned "so do I!!!"... so he kept checking I was ok, and hadn't drowned!)

Anyway... back to my revelation. I've been stressing out, over where to send Miss M, for High School. The school the kids go to, is only Primary School (up to Grade 7). The High School we've planned (for about 3 years) to send her to, has had a change of Principal, and just doesn't seem to be the same. I've spoken to parents and kids alike, that go there - and they all seem to have the same answer "we're not happy". Urgh. What a pain. There is one school relatively close to us, that is a brilliant school - only ever heard rave reviews... that is if you want to pay $15,000+ per child, per year. I'm sorry. but after we put 3 kids through -we could've bought an investment property with that money!!!! Education is a very personal decision. Our neighbours worked solely to put their kids through a good college. I just don't want to do that. I want quality of life with my kids, not working day and night, just to educate them. I value education, don't get me wrong. I just don't want to spend every cent we have on it! I want a school, that not only has academics, but one, that will encourage my kids to think "outside the square". Both our kids, are definitely that way inclined. They both "people persons" and Miss M, already comes out with business ideas!!! My thoughts on education, are founded from our own experience. Both Mr T and I, went to Public Schools. I went to an Agricultural School, and Mr T to a Technical College. Mr T didn't do that well at school...and here he is, he's built a successful, growing, business from nothing. Academics isn't everything. Passion for what you are doing, is everything. (if you are passionate about academics - you'll be fantastic at academics) My kids aren't the smartest in their classes, I wouldn't say either of them are terribly academic, at all - but they have loads of personality and enthusiasm - they will be brilliant, at whatever they want to do, as long as they do it with passion and enthusiasm.

That's my opinion, anyway!

On a completely unrelated note... lets move onto my bedroom...

I picked my King Size quilt up from the quilting lady yesterday! I cut and sewed... even DESIGNED the quilt, myself! And my quilting lady sews the backing, wadding (filling) and top sheet together - and the last photo shows the design I chose - hearts with a flower/leaf design in the heart! Mr T says it's so pretty, he may just wake up, kissing himself! Yeah, he's a real comedian! I have to "bind" it (sew the edging on... which has to be hand-sewn... ewww), lucky it's winter, I can do it while I watch TV in front of the fire!!! This will be our Summer quilt, so I've got a bit of time up my sleeve! I wanted to make a "pastel/floral" quilt, and thought I'd throw in a few "spots & stripes" for good measure. The "denim blue" fabric, is a bit darker than I wanted... but it had teeny tiny ladybugs on it, so I had to have it! I'm really happy with it. I'm guess I'm especially chuffed with myself, as I made the pattern up... all by myself - and for someone that has no idea what they are doing, I reckon it turned out ok!


Made in China said...

Wow!!! Fantastic quilt!!

Lisa~~ said...

Good luck with the school situation and the quilt looks fabu!

Linda said...

Great Quilt!!! Design is wonderful. You did a great job.. It's so hard to think about schoos as we all want the best for our kids. The problem is when we protect our kids too much they never learn to live in the real world. Unfortunately I was a single Mom for many years so my kids went from private school to public school when life chgd. They did ok, found the right friends and did manage to learn. My son put himself thru college and also received a masters degree and then went on to Law school. My daughter finished school , went to college for awhile, but then went to work and she is doing fine. Your kids are great ones and whatever school they go to with you as parents they will do fine. You are right, most of life is your attitude and enthusiasm. Linda

Janet said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the quilt! You are fabulousness itself. ;-)

Ed and Lisa said...

Hello Lee-Anne...My bloggy friend from down under.. how have you been! I am trying to get caught up on my favorite reads and you were next! Sorry to hear about the root canal.. ouch! So here are my thoughts:

Love the quilt!
Give the high school situation to God and keep it in prayer... it will work out.

Grieving with you for Maria Sue. So tragic.

Sorry to hear about your food poisening! You can't catch a break!

I love your pray for China poster... where did you get that?

Love the Busy Dragonfly doll...so sweet! We just can't seem to get cute Asian dolls in the Orlando area..... Can't wait for Ni Hao Kai-Lan merchandise to hit the shelves!

Can't believe you are still waiting for your referral... :(

Have a good week!

Alyson & Ford said...

Beautiful quilt and you made it!! What an accomplishment!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Wanna do my 100 Wishes Quilt?

Leisa said...

Your quilt is so pretty, my MIL is an expert quilter and you have inspired me to ask her help in making one of my own.