Large Family Homeschooling Organization- Part 2 Meal Planning


This is the most helpful thing I could to help with my Large Family. I just wrote up a menu plan from August 21- November 30th. I keep all my recipes on my pinterest board FOOD FUN or Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Egg free….is that even possible? I do print some of my recipes to keep in our family binder but typically just bring up my pinterest boards and fix the recipe from that. I even planned nights we needed to eat because of soccer games.

First thing on my mind when I wake up is what will I feed these kiddos for supper….this takes the load off immediately.

{Love Others}

{Love Others}
seems to be a saying…that keeps popping into my mind as we wait for our sweet boy. Our son was born with biliary atresia and has had the Kasai surgery. He is doing extremely well. But we are not living in denial that he may most likely need a liver transplant someday. However…
We are fundraising like crazy and have received the Brittanys Hope grant but we must raise $2500 to receive the full $5,000.
My awesome friend Shari, from Personalized Prints donated 100 shirts for free. She is an awesome friends who I virtually met online while in process to bring Mia home. We just missed meeting each other in Korea to get our daughters and twice now we have just missed each other in Nashville.
 She created this fabulous tshirt for us to raise funds for Cade’s adoption fees.
 Sizes available are:
 Youth XS-S-M-L and Adult XS-S-M-L-XL-2 XL-3XL-4 XL-5 XL 6XL

 FOR ONLY $10!!!!!!!!!!
 Shipping is $3
Yes you read that right!!! $10!!!!!! We were given 100 free shirts!! Which means if we sell them all we raise $1,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Praise the Lord!!!!
Please comment here what size you would like and how many!!! Please gift to Or message me on facebook!
Or email me at wendimelinda at gmail dot com


~Mia Grace Heimee FINALLY~

Oh yes I did…I pushed and pushed for a December court date and I got it! I dont like having to behave like my paper pregnant hormonal self…but I am who I am.

Oh and yes I did dress us all in stripes…note to self..stop buying stripes.;)

Our first family photo, after Mia became an ‘offical’  family member!!

Judge Emery was so friendly and kind. She asked each of the kids to come up and bang her gavel. You know who was up first….he was all over that!

Next up Camye Renee….looking cute as ever!!

Oh yes and 12 years old is not to old…but 15 years old was…Kennith Blake had to give it a bang.

Little, sweet Mia Grace Heimee….all nervous and fingers in mouth…she even gave it a bang.

Some friends of ours were there to take some family photos afterwards…our courthouse is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Then out for ice cream…..:) Kimchi!!

And almost the entire family…we just need our little Avah home!!

What a journey this has been…such a great and blessed journey we are on our way back for another little ‘Seoul Sister’. This morning we given wonderful news that our homestudy was approved and we should have our notarized copies by Christmas. I highly recommend our homestudy agency in Greensburg, PA, Lutheran Service Society. They are wonderful!!

~Guess What Came In the Mail for Mia Grace~

Two days ago we got an email from our agency CHSFS that Mia’s foster mom had sent a gift for her. We were so excited and Mia was ECSTATIC!!!!

So when the mail came today…and there was a box for her. She started running around the house screaming Omma…Appa…present..!!!!

She dove right in….

Aw….a letter my favorite part. Our agency had translated it but we have the original. I was so excited for a letter!!! Be still my heart….I just feel such a connection with her foster mom. I know the same love she felt for Mia. It just kills me to think of her loss.

Her beloved Pororo cell phone!!! The one we bought her in Korea had broke…she was soooo happy!!!

Oh yes and Perdy socks….!!!!!! Her favorite Pororo character!!!

And Mia’s favorite part….the pictures of her beloved Omma and Appa….She was immediatly pointing out to us who was who…not that we didnt already know. I have to say that we were afraid Mia may forget her foster parents and not recognize them. NOT A CHANCE….I am amazed how many times a DAY…she will rattle something off about Omma and Appa in Korea. She is so smart!!

Oh how happy she was…..:):)


Thank you!!!!
Not sure how this translates but here goes:
당신의 사려 깊음에 대해 너무 감사합니다. 단어는 내가 미아 그레이스 에 대한 당신의 사랑을 위해 내가 얼마나 감사 설명할 수 없습니다. 그것은 그녀가 그래서 한국에서 사랑받는 것을 알고 훌륭합니다. 네가 쓴 편지는 정말 의미가 항상 소중히 것입니다. 당신이 우리가 배려되고 말 감사하지만 전 언제나 우리의 딸을 위해 당신의 사랑을 위해 충분한 감사하는 길밖이 없다 생각합니다. 우리는 지금 당신을 위해 무언가를 준비하고 있으며 곧 그것을 보내드립니다. 그것은 앞뒤로 선물을 얻으려면 약 6 주가 소요 보인다. 정말 감사!


Aunt Kimberly, Uncle Tom, and cousins Alycia, Elizabeth, Austin and Amelia got Mia a cute tshirt that says CHOSEN for her birthday. Mia turned to the back to show me that it says, Deutronomy 14:2-2 For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. This adorable tshirt came from Great adoption website! And the shirt is so correct, she was chosen for our family by God.

Why are there over 147 or 250 million or however many orphans waiting? Why can’t Christians just take home 1… It is such a blessing. Not just the child blessing you get but oh how you see God. I know maybe some people arent meant to have children, but why not support a an adoption fundraiser…encourage a friend to adopt….advocate for waiting children. There are so many different ways to get involved.

When practicing pure and undefiled religion…I feel the prescence of the Lord in a way I have never felt before..he rocks me to my core.

Someone asked me the other day to tell them about this leap of faith I Took with Mia. I replied, ” give me a minute.” I didn’t know what to say…my leap of faith is nothing compared to others.

Two hours later I answered her…(changed slightly to protect the innocent)

Okay it’s been 2 hours. This question makes me cry. I am just going to bare my soul right here to you. When I saw Mia’s face….I knew… I knew..she was beautiful. My SW kept saying you don’t want a child like this. I kept saying yes I do! When I am given a file to review….I am looking at another human that deserves to be loved and have a family. A child that would sit at the foot of Jesus and be loved by Jesus. A child who may not be perfect in others eyes but perfect in mine. When My SW asked me if I would review ‘our next little ones’ file…I jumped at the chance. I got the file. And wowsers!! Some scary stuff…. But all I could hear in my head as I looked at her smiling face was…is that a reason not to adopt me? She can’t help these problems. God made her just like she was and then her birth mother had to say no. So she has sat and waited and waited…how many
people have said no? She sits and waits…and it kills me, I can’t say no. I didnt want to say no!!!! God pushed me to say yes. Will we have trials? Yes. But at the end of the day when she curls up in my arms..tired of doctors poking at her. She will snuggle in her mamas arms and know its forever.

How can my Jesus love and adopt me as his child? I am a special needs daughter..I Assure you…Jesus knows that. He will never turn his back on me. OR any orphan..he loves them all!

How many orphans are sitting and waiting?? There bright eyes looking at you saying …pick me..pick me!! Why?? We are on this earth for such a short time and as Christians we have one reach the lost. Why not start with the children? God knew. Jesus knew. We should know.

My friend that asked me this question about my leap of faith when choosing a waiting child, is deciding on a waiting child. A beautiful one….and guess what….she has the same name as my little girl.

Yes… That was a God wink…

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~Happy Birthday Sweet Mia Grace~

Today was a very special day. Mia Grace Heimee has turned 3 years old. My first thoughts this morning went to her birthmom who I know was thinking of her and wondering how she was doing. I only hope she goes in and checks her file and see how wonderful she is doing now in her forever family. Then my thought went to her foster mom, who gave her so much love in her first 31 months of life. It has made Mia the loving little girl she is today.

My mom came up for the occasion. Mia loves my mom. Mia’s favorite book is Pinkaliscious. She absolutley loves that book. Everytime we read that book to her she always says Mia’s Happy Day. So what does every little girl want….a Pinkaliscious birthday party!With Pink cupcakes…

Then onto the birthday party…:)

She waited until we sang the Happy Birthday song and she immediatly blew out her candles. She knew what she was doing. Then we all sang Happy Birthday in Korean, which just makes her eyes light right up when she hears Korean spoken.

Lesson learned…dont let your 3 year old princess open her high heels first! She then had to walk around the house for about 10 minutes showing off her fabulous heels. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!

Mia is so funny…she opened up an outfit from my mom and dad and said, “Ohhhh…snuggly” and rubbed it up to her face.

She loved her little Asian doll. She is so snuggly with her baby dolls.

Butterfly wings!!! From Grandma and Grandpa!!

Kenny and I decided to get her some bilingual books and computer. She was so surprised to open up new Hangul books and Pororo books.

This is the computer we almost purchased in Korea for her but decided to wait. I ordered this and the books from Very cute website!

Nice looking family.

Odd ..very odd.;)

Mia’s 3 year old Check-up

Yesterday we went to Mia’s 3 year well check up. We went in a few days early because we needed to get a copy to our lawyer for finalization (yes…its almost time)!!!

She is doing great and had reached every milestone for a 3 typical year old. She has grown almost 2 inches taller since coming home. She hasnt gained any weight however. She is still as tiny as ever.

Thought this was a cute picture. Her oldest sister, Chloe, is practicing her photography skills on Mia….just wish the hat wasnt so low.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Mia’s Pinkaliscious Birthday Party Pictures!!!