How can it possibly be Friday already? By the same logic, how can it almost be Christmas already!
It has been a busy week at the Tigerden, as I'm sure it has been at everyone's house! If you stopped by last Friday, you know Science Fair is over!!! Sort of. FB's project took second place, so we are going to Regionals. I have mixed feelings about this. It will look great on college applications to have gone to a Regional Science Fair as a high schooler. However, it also means more work...which I will have to coerce out of him...again! Ugh!
In other news, while we are pretty well finished with our Christmas shopping for everyone else. I have NOTHING for Tigerfan except a wallet and some cologne that he was with me when I purchased. Nothing, nada, zip. In fact, I don't even have an IDEA for him. Early on in our relationship, I LOVED shopping for him. I loved trying to surprise him and get him something he didn't even know he wanted. I soon realized that he didn't know he wanted it...because he didn't want it. After a couple of years of getting my feelings hurt because my hard searched gifts were returned or unused, I learned it is just better to get specifics...like really specific (sweet OCD man)! These days, it is tell me the exact shirt at the exact store and the exact size, or better yet go pick out the exact item and I will wrap it up for you. I know this sounds a little harsh but it is the only way I know he will be happy. The problem, this year he can't think of a single thing he wants or needs and he doesn't want me to spend much needed money just to have something. Which is totally logical, but I am full of pride. I know that he has been out and about ordering, shopping and he has a stockpile of little somethings for me and I don't want to be outdone...isn't that so American! So I am struggling to come up with little things to make him happy so I can be happy! How crazy is that! I have already told him that I want next year to be different. I don't want to buy a thousand gifts for rich spoiled Americans that don't know what it means to be in need. (That is us, by the way). I at least want to scale back...a lot and buy gifts that will support others who are truly in need...anyway, this year, I've got nothin' and I am running out of time!
Anyway, this week has been full. We had a Christmas party for the kids at our apartment ministry, we did LOADS of laundry when Tigerfan finally got our new washing machine installed, after searching all over this city for a Christmassy dress for Dancer, I gave up and sewed her a dress very last minute, we have filled out MOUNTAINS of paperwork (and have mountains more to work on), we had Children's Choir Share time at church and Christmas parties at Tutorial. But now, we are winding down. We are done with Tutorial until next year and hopefully I can be a nice mom and take it easy on the schooling at home (except math, we MUST do math). FB has three service projects this weekend so he is racking up his service hours and we have basketball practice and last minute shopping but HOPEFULLY next week will be filled with friends in our home, late nights of playing games and laughing and enjoying the simple things.
In adoption news, we are ALMOST finished filling out the Home Study book, er, I mean application. We have pretty much laid our entire life out for the free world to examine and judge. We have mailed off requests, paid out ridiculous amounts of money, and are just steps away from celebrating the end so we can begin the orphanage application! Oy Vey! It will be totally worth it, though. This weeks stress out moment is stemming from a great opportunity. A friend of mine is hosting an adoption open house in her home on January 3. It is an opportunity for several families in the area who are in the process of adoption to bring their "stuff" to sell and help raise funds for their adoptions. The problem, we are so deep in paperwork, that we haven't really taken that step, so this week I realized...I have NOTHING to sell and very little talent to "craft" with. Yesterday, I purchased a few Ugandan paper bead necklaces to sell (love this idea because it supports the people of Uganda), that is all I've got. Today, I am going to call a lady I've been emailing from a site called Ladybug Blessings about trying to get some of their products. I am also considering purchasing some Ugandan vanilla beans and making/selling homemade vanilla extract (again, it supports Ugandan economy) which I like. That is all I have. The thing is...it is scary spending a lot of money HOPING people will want to buy the products, especially because we just do not have a lot to spend right now...you have to spend money to make money...but geez! So, any ideas? My husband says I could sew some of the outfits I make for Dancer and they would probably sell...but I am no professional, I'm not really an expert seamstress and I hate to sell something that isn't top quality. I've also considered preparing meals (maybe frozen) for people or making baked goods for them. What do you think? Any amazing ideas out there?
Oh, one last thing. I got the TWO most precious gifts I have ever received from students yesterday. The first...a check for our adoption fund. Our first contribution...tearing up right now! The second, a student purchased a chick in my name for a person in a needy country...how completely precious is that? THAT is what next year's Christmas is going to look like in the Tigerden!
Okay, I have rambled enough! Can't wait to visit with all of you, hope you have an amazing weekend and don't forget to go to Home Sanctuary for more Coffee Talk (not everyone will be as long winded as me)!