Thursday, December 11, 2008

True Love

Livi kissing Judge James
Officially Outnumbered!
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Happy in Dad's lap
Daddy's Girls!
Kolbe Loving on Olivia
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Our Beautiful Babies
Mr. Man
Bug and G
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Olivia's Citizenship/Domestication 12-02-08

My Sweet Katie
Can you feel the love?
....Smiles and Giggles....
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Olivia's Citizenship/Domestication Day

My Man in deep thought....
G trying to look good for the ladies!
My one eyed hit wonder
Miss Olivia Erin-Ke Hardin
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Afternoon at the playground

If you know Gage and Kolbe then this looks familiar. Yes, Kolbe is actually going to bite Gage.
Goofy, playing in the green tube on the playset.
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Misc Pictures of Fall like Creatures....

Kolbe in his Halloween mask! Scary...

Almost missed G in this picture but it turned decent anyway

Do you think he is having fun?

Katie playing in the woodchips.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Which car are you?

A friend sent me a email containing a test to see which car I would be. For kicks I took the test and it's rather funny that I would be a Corvette. The summary is pretty accurate minus not considering myself super athletic. We owned a Z06. Below find the quiz, if you decide to take it pop me a response on the blog as to which car you would be.

I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!

You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My eye surgery

Monday, October 06, 2008

Times running out

A dear friend of mine ask me to post about this boy that really needs a home fast. Below I just copied what she wrote on her blog about him. Please spread the word about this child because he only has a few months for a chance at a family. In China once you turn 14 you no longer qualify to be adopted. He turns 14 in June.

This is Grady.He turned 13 years old on June 3rd of this year. On June 3rd of next year, he will age out of China's adoption program and will no longer be eligible for adoption. Sadly, his SWI just submitted his paperwork 2 months ago -which doesn't give him much time to find a family.
You can't see it in this picture, but Grady has scoliosis. It is so severe that is has caused him to be much shorter than he would have been. Apparently he has to place all of his weight on only one of his legs -and we've been told that he cannot feel that side of his body. He walks with crutch like canes....but LONGS to be able to run and play just like other boys his age.
He is living at The Philip Hayden Foundation right now. The people I've emailed with about Grady tell me he is an absolute sweetheart and a great kid. He is desperate to have a family of his own.
I know there are thousands of kids just like Grady, but something about this boy has tugged on all of our hearts here in our home. :) The kids (Andrew and Becca) pray for Grady before every meal and every bed time..without fail. They pray for God to heal his back and for Grady to have a family.
John and I feel the least we can do for this sweet boy is to diligently pray for him and advocate for him. Will you help us do this? Will you join us in praying for Grady? for his back -which will take several surgeries to "fix"? and for the Lord to quickly raise up a family for him?
I'm going to be a bit bold here..would you help us advocate for him too? If you have a blog, would you do a little post about him? or maybe email everyone in your email address list and just let them know that Grady needs prayer and a family? You never know who may see your blog post or read your email and then see Grady's picture and say "oh my! that's my boy!!!"
If you, or anyone you know of, are interested in Grady, please email me at jethalt (@) yahoo (dot) com -take out the parentheses of course! and I can put you in contact with the folks who are in charge at The Philip Hayden Foundation

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sometimes Life throws you a curve ball.....

Sometimes you have to go with what god hands you and make the best out of a horrible situation. There is a couple in China now that was to receive their daughter with correctable special needs last Monday. To adoptive parents it is like the birth of your child. However, Susannah is in critical condition with phenomena causing the heart defect a serious issue. When they arrived at the hospital they were told she was dying. I am in awe that the couple still wants to try and bring her home here for the best care possible. Most adoptive families in this situation would ask for another referral (child) that was not this ill. It warms my heart to know there are wonderful people out there that would walk over hot coals to do what this couple is doing. May the Lord work wonderful miracles for this family. Take a few moments today and visit their site and pray that all is well for them in China and Susannah receives the care she needs to thrive.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall Baseball 09-2008

Gage gets to be the starter pitcher.
Back at his old catching position
One hot day in GA! Poor guy.
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Friday, September 05, 2008

Oh well, if you like the car enough you should have the dough for repairs. Never buy a car you can't afford to fix!

10 Most Expensive

Ranking Make/Model Maintenance Repairs Total

1 Dodge Viper $8,209 $2,114 $10,323
2 Jaguar XK-Series $5,456 $4,171 $9,449
3 Jaguar XJ-Series $5,299 $4,150 $9,449
4 Land Rover Range Rover Sport $4,910 $4,317 $9,227
5 Land Rover Range Rover $4,678 $4,317 $8,996
6 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class $5,963 $2,793 $8,756
7 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class $5,988 $2,742 $8,730
8 Land Rover LR3 $4,424 $4,213 $8,637
9 Audi RS4 $6,164 $2,442 $8,606
10 BMW Alpina B7 $6,018 $2,516 $8,534

At least the XJ rated 3rd and not number one. It helps when you know people who can fix cars. LOL ;0) Still we wold not have any other car. Timeless.......


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Batter Up!

Well it's fall ball time and G has his first game Saturday. He will catch and pitch. Eddie might use him at second but he defiantly needs him to catch and pitch. Can't wait!! Momma needs her ball fix. Hopefully I can get some pictures up soon of the game and G pitching.

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Goofy Girls

Katie posing for momma!
Olivia joining in!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I just finished eating an incredible meal. Here is the recipe.
I was at Publix and it was a featured recipe at the store.
Pork Steak Mojito
6 tablespoons olive oil
4 Spanish-style pork cube steaks (about 1 1/2 lb) You will find these at Publix grocery
5 ounces pre-sliced yellow onions(1 cup)
1 teaspoon adobo seasoning (Spanish seasoned salt)
3 fresh garlic cloves
1 lemon (for juice, rinsed)
1. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes.
Place 2 tablespoons of the oil in pan; swirl to coat.
Add pork steaks (wash hands); cook 3–4 minutes on each side or until browned and internal temperature reaches 160°F. (Use a meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness.)
Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.
2. Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, onions, and adobo. Crush garlic, using garlic press, into pan. Use knife to remove garlic from bottom of press.
3. Squeeze juice of one-half lemon into pan (about 2 tablespoons). Cook 5–6 minutes or until onions are tender. Serve sauce over pork steaks.

CALORIES (per 1/4 recipe) 560kcal; FAT 39g; CHOL 145mg;SODIUM 720mg; CARB 25g; FIBER 1g; PROTEIN 28g;VIT A 4%; VIT C 8%; CALC 10%; IRON 15%

Friday, August 08, 2008

All Decked Out!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The wait is Over!

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Life as Six!

Many have written and given me grief about not posting so here goes. So much has happened since April I do not know where to begin.
School is out and all four kiddos are home 24/7 with mom. Dad is putting extra hours in at work with the way the economy is. Kolbe has graduated pre-k and is off to kindergarten this fall! He was so cute at graduation. Never has he stood in front of a large crowd and opened his mouth, however I was lucky enough to hear him sing and act goofy at graduation. Gage finished 3rd grade with all A's last report card. He really great this year. Katie is adjusting well to having a little sister. She is having a few more outburst. It could be the age or the change it's tough to say, she has always been the drama queen of the family and I guess she still wants to compete for the title. She finished 2 yr pre-k with excelling in most of the areas taught. I hope next year she learns to play better with others. not sure if this was an issue or if it was because mom was in her room.
is doing great and gaining ground on Katie rather quickly. She has gained almost 4 pounds sine she has been home. Her and Katie are sharing the same clothes now. This girl can tan let me tell you. I am so envious! I thought I got dark quick? Not compared to this child. She is now in a big girl bed and sleeping through the night without wondering around her room or trying to climb in bed with Katie. She is smart as a tack this child picks up lots and in no time she will be gibber jabbering up a storm. We do not hear her say much because we have 2 translators living in the house (Kolbe and Katie) that caters to her every whim.

Last week we received the newest of the family. Cache, a Doberman puppy. She is about 14 weeks old and sweet as sugar. The kids can climb all over this 30 pound puppy and she loves every minute. I'm not sure if I posted back in April that we lost Gretchen (our female boxer age 11) to old age. Stokley is getting slow as his hips are really taking a toll on him. We started him on Glucosamine (sp) in hopes that it will ease his pain some. We have not introduced the puppy to him formally. They have greeted each other through the fence and Stokley just perks up so nicely.

Here are some pictures of the past few months. Hopefully I will post more often than I have. I am trying to get in a rhythm here at home.

Late April / Early May 2008

Kolbe getting his baseball trophy and award for most improved.
Our family photo for AGCI 3 month update.
Precious Moments - Hardin style.
Gage being Gage! GOOFY!!!
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