How long do you think she’ll look this thrilled…

…over raisins?

In case you now fear that I am one of those ‘healthy’ moms, I share this tidbit:

We got those yummy kind of jelly beans that come in all different flavors. The four year old picked one up and looked at it. “Hmmm…I wonder what this one tastes like,” she said. She popped it in her mouth and sucked on it appraisingly before making her pronouncement. “Sugar.”

Yup. We’re off to brush a bunch of teeth now!

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  1. Sorting through the loot! 🙂

  2. So what is it like preparing that many Easter baskets?

  3. Eve, It takes awhile!! Much chocolate must be consumed in the process to fortify ourselves. That reminds me….I MUST exercise tomorrow!! grin


  4. She is getting so big!! She hardly looks like a baby any more..

    My favorite flavor of jellybean is aldo “sugar”….

  5. She is such a darling. “Sugar”, that is so cute.

  6. Too cute – as always! Love love LOVE your new banner! Hope your Easter was happy!

  7. Yep, lots of sugar. I have always been the kind of mom who lets my kids eat all the candy they want to on Easter. I didn’t put as much into their baskets as I normally do, however, when we have our big egg hunt with the family, we use plastic eggs with candy in them. Carter usually parks somewhere with his and starts eating immediately. We just make sure that they brush well before bed, which we always make them do anyway!!!

  8. Cute! And I love the new banner! =)

  9. What a beautiful girl! Hope you and yours all had a super sweet Resurrection Day!

  10. I am so happy I found your Blog through Technorati… I am also adopting an Ethiopian although somewhat bigger than yours – Alex is 12 and will soon be 13. Today and tomorrow we will be in court in his home town, actually Alex will be along with my other son Rodrigo. I am stuck in Albania at work. This is a wonderful site to explore and I ask you to visit mine and discover our struggle to adopt Alex, a former street child of Addis. His story is unique and one that means a great deal. He must be saved or as you know his chances of being mamed or killed on the streets of Addis are great. Thank you and God Bless you and your International Family.

  11. I LOVE your new header!! Did you create the cartoons of your kids yourself?? You’re amazing!

  12. Oh, no, Jules ( did it for me! Isn’t it awesome?


  13. She is so darn cute!


  14. What a cutie!! I don’t know what it is about raisins and toddlers, but The Boy has the same reaction! lol

  15. I’m surprised that no one in my house has succumbed to a diabetic coma what with all the candy we’ve been inhaling. Tomorrow, it’s wheatgerm and vegetables.

  16. Hey Mary,

    I want to show my husband that post that you wrote awhile ago about the cost of raising a child. Do you rememer the one? Some news outlet wrote about the topic and I think that yours was a response. Do you remember when it was? Searching through your achives seems overwhelming. The topic has come up as we are talking and seeking the Lord about expanding our family.

    Thanks much!

  17. This reminds me of one Christmas Eve that my dh and I stayed up until 3 in the morning putting together a Red Flyer wagon for our 3 yr old (now 26). We set it up right under the tree where he would see it first thing and then went off to bed for a couple hours of much needed sleep. He came and woke us in the morning and we went downstairs together, camera in hand, to catch the precious moment when he would discover the shiny new wagon. Imagine our surprise when he walked straight past the wagon to his stocking where a package of raisins peeked over the top “”Mommy Daddy Look!! Santa brought me raisins!”


  18. Holy cow, Mary. She’s beautiful!

  19. She is so unbelievably beautiful, Mary!

    Good thing she has a lot of big brothers to keep the boys away. And the raisin thing is adorable … although truthfully, they are just as bad for the teeth as jelly beans. Sugar is sugar, whether natural or refined in candy. And sticky sugar – raisins and jelly beans – is some of the worst.