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Quick Update!

No baby yet! The “long story short” in my last post, was that we are changing agencies. Because of the holiday, the new agency won’t make it over to do an inspection until Monday. (We’ve just found out this latest update yesterday). After that, they write up an addendum and then we are ready to go. I would like to hope that we will have her by next Friday at the latest, but we’ll see! Please keep praying.

Today we are leaving for Georgia to go to my parents’ house for the holiday. It will be a short, but sweet visit as we will return on Friday. Saturday Adelaine will be getting a new bed to accommodate her sister should she be too old for a crib. Either way it will be nice to have the sleeping situation sorted out for a long while. Her new bed will have a full mattress on the bottom and a twin on top. She is very excited to have a bunk bed like her brothers!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with the people you love!

Angela and crew!!!

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Firstly, Here is Adelaine’s school picture! She is the perfect picture of health, don’t you think?!!!! Praise God!

Did I make it through the 10 days cleanse? Not quite! It wasn’t because I’m not strong-willed enough (just ask my parents Ha!!!!), but my body just couldn’t do it! Looking back I guess I didn’t have enough reserve to go that long without food. So what happened? One morning after about 3 hours of sleep, Smooth Move Tea kicked in. During that, nausea took over and I sincerely thought I was going to pass out. While I was in bed proclaiming my death to Doug, all I could in vision was a very large hospital co pay!!! It turned out that I disliked the lemonade so much after drinking it day after day, I began to push it away. It got to the point that I’d rather go without than force more lemonade down. So that faithful morning the real problem was probably dehydration, as the day before I had only put 4 glasses down. Would I ever do the diet again? Yes, but my body can only withstand about a five day fast, unless I gain weight. My first meal….. Doug’s quesadillas! Second meal… quesadillas. Third meal… quesadillas!!! Madagascar 2 never tasted sooo good, with all that Movie Theater popcorn!!! Welcome back nasty little toxins!!!!!!! Just so everyone knows I did loose 10 pounds in the first five days and gained about half back right after going off the cleanse. I’m glad I did it, it was an amazing journey!

But enough about me…

So what’s with all the hoopla at the Powell’s? We have exciting news!!!! Yesterday we got the call that the State had just approved us for the Foster Care Program. I’ll never forget where I was when I the call came in… Merritt’s Mom, Dawn, from Adeline’s school had thrown her back out and I was giving her an adjustment. No I’m not a chiropractor in real life, I just play one on TV!!!! I guess since she trusts me with her child she felt she should trust me with her back! Anyway her message/adjustment was cut short because when I heard the ring I looked at the numbers and jumped up to answer the phone. I think Dawn and Mrs. Daughter, who were in the room at the time, thought I had just won the lottery!!! It wasn’t the lottery, but to us far, far better!!!!!!

So what now? Long story short, we are just waiting for the phone to ring one more time!!!! For everyone we know it happens quickly from this point. I’m feeling excitement and nervousness all at the same time. Please pray that the perfect little girl for our family comes to live with us. The only way we were able to sign up for all this is by our faith! Faith that the seemingly strange timing to me, is God’s perfect timing. Technically, this all should have happened at the end of summer as predicted. I am trusting that sweet girl were waiting for just wasn’t ready then. Please pray for her. These children have to endure so much grief and turmoil before it gets to the point of being removed from their families. Because of Adelaine, we are now really good at making up for lost time, so many days spent as no child should. I spend hours each week at the playground after school with her and her friends making up for lost time!! Our new addition is going to have a great life with us! She will be loved, she will be cared for, and she will be protected. We are so honored that God has called us to care for one more of His children!!!! Please pray over this entire situation for us, especially for the little girl.


One last thing… Today is a very special day for our friends, Brad and Kat Evers. By lunch time, they and their two boys, Devin and Justin will be completing their family by officially adopting their three little girls, Sesly, Misty and Mary! Congratulations, we are so excited for you all!!!!

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For Halloween, Doug and I dressed up as…

Because Angela from “The Office” is… well… kinda too dull, and Chewbacca is just too hairy…

From Hungry After Halloween!!!!

Dwight Schrute from “The Office”

Princess Leia “Star Wars”

adult costume
For the most part, every one got Princess Leia. Only people that watch “The Office” got Doug’s, but for those that did, they thought it was hysterical. (Doug forgot to put on his “Dwight” glasses for the picture, oops!)

For those of you who do watch “The Office” (which happens to be one of our favorite shows to watch), remember this year’s season premier (which happened during Doug’s Master Cleanse diet) when Dunder Mifflin had all the employees competing for extra days off, biased on which branch lost the most weight? They all (well, most of them) worked really hard to lose weight and get in shape. One of the employees, Kelly, sat at her desk with her little juicer, lemons, syrup and cyanine pepper, sipping away! Later, the staff went to their warehouse and stood on the big scale together for their regular weigh in. Kelly climbed on with everyone else and just sort passed out then fell over, right off the scales. When I watched this I couldn’t even breathe I laughed so hard !!!

Well, now the jokes on me! I made it through day four of no eating and have just conquered day five. By day five, your digestive system officially shuts down, which is just strange to think about. Because my body isn’t using energy to run its digestive track, it’s supposed to give me more energy. I guess this explains why in the mornings I wake up ready to go. (Anyone that knows me knows I am anything but a morning person)! Very strange phenomenon!

Tonight I took the children to Subway for their dinner. Maybe not the healthiest choice in the world, but certainly we could have done worse!!! Anyway I sipped my lemonade and insisted that they let me smell their food as I did. During the mornings I wake up not hungry at all. In fact, I can go all day without eating, but at night it gets tough. Doug just got through sautéing mushrooms and making Quesada’s. He makes them better than anyone in the entire world, (as Dwight would say, “Fact”)! Oh man, melted Mexican cheese, sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, fresh salsa, sour cream, and topped off with the best hot sauce I’ve ever tasted, from the Saturday Morning Market. The entire house smells like a Mexican Fiesta. Am I happy with Doug right now? NOT EXACTLY!!!!!! Yes here I am sitting her sipping my “Smooth Move” Tea.

As for the cleanser diet, I am no longer planning to extend any time past 10 days. It will be difficult staying on the diet over the weekend. The children wanted to go the Madagascar 2, but I know I can sit through a movie and smell that delicious, salty, hot buttered popcorn, without chewing my own arm off!!!! Wednesday night the body cleansing will be finished, which means no more boring lemonde!!! So what have I been craving the most during these past five days? Chicken Marcella from Maggiano’s Little Italy, (I know that Doug and I are vegetarian, but I really don’t care at the moment) and then there’s Movie Theater popcorn (which always makes me sick once I get home but tastes go good, so what!) and now Doug’s Quesada’s, (thanks Doug)!!!

Enough about me and my hunger pangs…

I wanted to talk more about Adelaine and how things have been these past 8 weeks. It has been strange falling back into a “normal” life, after so long. For the first 6 weeks after all the children went to school, honestly, I just went to back to bed and slept until 11:00 am EVERYDAY. My body just needed some time to recover from all the trauma I guess. This summer was nice and relaxing at the different camps which helped. Changing doctors took so much stress away, that alone made such a big difference. I really wanted to get the baby right away because I didn’t want to have time, a lot of time, to reflect on what we’d been through, but now I see that this peace has been so good for me. I feel like a new person without all that stress, I’m feeling very relaxed and well rested.

Leia and Beauty
Princess Sleeping Beauty and Princess Leia!

One of my good friends from Georgia and I were talking a few weeks ago and I told her that I had just learned something new about myself – that I get board very easily. She responded, “I’ve know that about you the entire 10 years I’ve known you and you’re just now realizing it?” I guess I’ve never had time to think about it, until now! Anyway, I am a bit board not having something to do every single moment, but at the same time, I’ve seized the opportunity to rest, hoping that a new baby will be here soon, and there will be no time for such!

Strangely, every day this week I’ve had something big planned to do while the children attended school. I’ve had multiple check up appointments scheduled for myself, there was the final Gifted meeting for Bowen. Yesterday, I went with Adelaine and her class to the Boyd Hill Nature Reserve (drinking “Smooth Move” Tea the night before a trip to the nature park could have turned out badly!) Today I went to visit Sesly at All Children’s Hospital because she was having her Port taken out. Every time I go back there, it seems so surreal. It’s like having cold water poured on me or something. I love the hospital, it’s just what we went through while we were there that seems so bizarre. Sesly finished treatment 8 months ago, so her immune system is doing great. She is beautiful and we are all four (Kat, Sesly, Adelaine and myself) going to Maggiano’s ASAP! Around Adelaine’s birthday, her numbers should be way up there too. So will cancer ever be a distant thing of the past? Well, it’s not quite that simple, not for any of us.

Adelaine has had her counts checked three times now, two scheduled and one unscheduled (she gets a CBC monthly the first year after treatment). I read not long ago that 100% of people who go in for tests and scans worry about their results. 100%! How can they say that 100% of people feel this way or that? So while I wait, I think about that article, and somehow it makes me smile. Like, I am going to be the one to prove them wrong… but then I can’t. When my blood runs cold because I think it’s taking a little too long for them to bring me the results, and they must be stalling because they don’t want to be the one to give me the bad news, I think of that article and realize that my fears are perfectly normal.

Adelaine went surfing. She learned how to surf a few weekends ago. The surfers could now believe their eyes. They were truly amazed and so was I. It was during a Children’s Cancer Center Survival group meeting. The parents were in a meeting, while the kids were being entertained Cancer Center style! It truly was one of the most unbelievable things I’d ever seen. I caught it all on film, but… we won’t even go there. Let’s just say I am working on getting some pictures of her big debut. Anyway, by the following Sunday night I had her at the Evenings Pediatrics, where we go to have her blood checked. Adelaine was hysterical she was in so much pain from her, what turned out to be a double ear infection, but our nurse was so afraid that she was about to have to send us to the hospital (if you know what I mean).

In my heart I knew it was just an ear infection, but everyone at the office was a little freaked out by her behavior. It was like they were all expecting the worst. That’s what I mean by our new “normal”. One of the biggest things that was lost at our cancer diagnosis was that Adelaine will never again be going to the doctor for a cold, a virus, or an ear ache. Something far graver is always lurking. The fear of cancer’s return is something that will really never go away. It is something that we have to adjust our lives to. Whenever Adelaine comes to me with a complaint about any part of her body hurting, a fever, or if she starts looking pale or tired, my blood runs cold and I have to fight myself from those negative thoughts.

By God’s grace, I do not struggle with those fears on a daily basis. They only arise if Adelaine is having a problem, or if she is having a checkup. During those times I just pray and give it to God. He comforts me and gets me through it. I know that if it weren’t for my faith I would not be able to live my life with peace – what a gift! One of the biggest things that was gained at our cancer diagnosis was to live like we were dying… Every day is such an amazing gift. We want to enjoy as many moments with our children as possible. We rejoice and praise God daily that cancer is behind us and that we are all healthy. Learning to live with cancer was extremely difficult at best. We are privileged, and blessed beyond words to have been given the opportunity to learn to live life AFTER cancer!

C Princess
Adelaine and “Daisy Dog” at the Children’s Cancer Center Garden. One of my favorites!


Living on Lemonade, and God’s Grace!!!

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Remember this one taken just before Adelaine was diagnosed?

curlie two

Well here she is now, 2 1/2 years later! One fear that I had was that once she made it through all her treatments I would not have the same little girl back. I have safely put that fear to rest. That same exact angel is back, just a bit older now!!!!!

sad girl

This was taken at her “last treatment”, just before surgery to have her Port removed.

My Angel Last time

Seeing this picture makes my heart just sink. I still can’t believe that Cancer happened to us. I can’t even begin to explain how great it feels to be done and have our lives back!

Hi port

Adelaine gets to finally meet her Port face to face. She still sleeps with it on her night stand and gets it out to look at occasionally.

Bo Peep

This was taken on Adelaine’s very first day of school (Pre-K) Daisy went and sat on her bed the entire 3 hours she was gone the first few days! Daisy goes with me to pick up Adelaine every day. She’s the Lad ‘n Lass mascot! After she turned one in August, she became the perfect little dog. I can’t imagine life without her. She has brought so much love and healing to our family. She sleeps in bed with me and Doug, Adelaine usually gets up during the night and gets her. After Adelaine falls asleep Daisy always comes back to our bed, Miss Adelaine does not like that one bit!!!!

Get Ready

Another big dream finally is able to come true!!! Miss Adelaine got her ears pierced on Doug’s birthday, Oct. 5th!

no cry

Although Adelaine’s dream was recognized, she did have some major problems with the piercings. Apparently the 14k gold earrings used did not come with 14k gold backs, which was causing much of her problem. Adelaine developed severe eczema on her ears, down her arms and on her back because of the allergy. Her ears thankfully did not get infected, but they were certainly on the verge. It took a while to realize exactly what the problem was. I was researching on the internet and discover an amazing website @ We were praying that there would be a way for her to continue wearing earrings. (My grandmother had her ears pierced many times hoping that she could wear earrings, but she was never able to). This site offers earrings made with Pure Grades of Titanium and Pure Niobiumno containing no nickel or alloys, and anyone who can not wear earrings can wear these. I ordered some and emailed the wonderful owner Maggie explaining our situation. Maggie overnighted them to us AND refunded our money because she just wanted to bless Adelaine. That she did – Adelaine’s ears are now doing so much better, and the excema is completely gone!!! Thanks to Maggie Adelaine will be able to keep hold of that long-time dream of having her ears pierced. Maggie, you have touched our hearts in such a special way. Thank you so much for your kindness and caring. God bless you!

The gang

Adelaine dressed up as Sleeping Beauty for Halloween this year. These are all her new school friends that she loves so much. She doesn’t like weekends too well because she can’t go to school. Along with her smarts, she’s quite the social butterfly. Non of us could have guessed that, Ha! I guess I should mention that on the playground last week a class mate professed his love to Adelaine and asked for her hand in marriage! After getting the news of the proposal, I asked her what she said to him. She replied that she said, “Yes”. Doug’s heart was broken when I gave him the big news. Her daddy takes her to school every morning and comes home saying, “Of all the places to sit, she sits next to him“. I guess now Doug knows how I felt when the little girl in Mason’s kindergarten class kept trying to kiss him. And for Bowen, don’t even get me started!!!

Adelaine and Chloe

Blue do
Her guys are doing fantastic and are so glad for things to be back to “normal”. Mason will be asking Santa for his two front teeth, as they have both fallen out – too cute! Bowen will be following his big brother into the Gifted Program at school. After loosing his paper work over summer it was a very long process, but he finally starts this Friday! Bowen (OK get ready I have to brag a little) he scored in the 99.98th percentile rank of his agemates that made it to the third screening. Way to go Bowen!
Miss Adelaine is certainly keeping up with her big brothers’ smarts. She is already reading. In fact, tonight she actually read her first A BECA book. God is soooo awesome!!!!!!!

As for me, I can’t believe it’s been exactly two months since Adelaine finished her treatments… It’s now 2 am, so I want to post more tomorrow about what we’ve been up to. But as for our cleansing diet, I’m still doing it! Doug just did one three months ago and he probably has tried again too soon. He decided to go off tonight. When Doug was on the cleanse last time I tried to join him, but it happened so quickly and I had so many things going on in my mind, I didn’t make it past day one. This time I’d done the research and was really excited about it, and had time to mentally prepare. As of now, it’s been exactly 77 hours since my last bite to eat! That’s right just lemon/lime juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for three days now. This diet is for 10 or more days. I’ve set my goal, but can’t share because who knows what will happen! For now I take it only one day at the time. Day 4 is supposed to be the hardest, but I think I can do it!!!!!

The only time it’s really tough is when I cook dinner and watch the children eat. We have a ritual at the dinner table. They tell me all about their food how it smells, how it tastes, and they think of me when they eat it. During all this I sip my “lemonade” and read stories from our Disney collection of Children’s Classics. A few nights ago we read “Ichabod Crane”. Doug got out Adelaine’s purple pony on a stick and rode it around to play the part as I read. He put his head inside his shirt to be the headless horseman, and carried Daisy Dog in one arm, as his head. It was hysterical. He really should go into theater!!!!

Anyway, after dinner and a 12 mile bike ride, I’ve pretty much lost my appetite, thankfully. I’ve made a special point to continue feeding the children a very healthy dinner even though I can’t eat with them. I’m also trying to be extra patient with them. Honestly, it’s been tough not eating, but a lot of fun also. As a bonus to the cleansing, any extra fat just melts away. Its great stepping on the scale every morning and seeing results!

And last but not least, the foster baby! No, not yet! It has taken so much longer than we could have expected. But we have some good news. Today all the paperwork, our big fat file, was hand-delivered to DCF (Dept. of Children & Family Services). This is a big day for us! Now all they have to do is review it and hopefully approve it. I was told it could take a week or so before we hear back. Please pray that there won’t be any problems. We are all so excited and ready to meet our new addition. I know it’s in God’s hands and that timing is everything. I want the perfect one for our family and only God knows who she will be and when she will be available. Please pray His perfect plan in her life, and ours. Please pray for the people who will be reviewing our file, that they will see how ready we are and how much love we have to offer.
I promise to start posting again!

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Angela and I started the Master Cleanse today. That means a concoction of:
2tbs fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice
2tbs Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
Dash Cayenne Pepper
8oz of water

Drink 6-12 times a day. Kind of like a spicy lemonade.
I did it 3 months ago and felt great while doing the cleanse. In the process, I lost over 30 pounds.

We have been working out together and I have done well with healthy eating for the most part and I actually have maintained the weight loss and also lost an additional 5 lbs since.
I still have some pounds to drop and with the holidays coming up I didn’t want to fight fluctuating up and down, so I am going at this from 2 perspectives.

First Perspective: Continued cleanse of my body.
While I have done a good job of eating fairly healthy, I do cheat one day a week. Actually the last week I cheated everyday except one. I knew I would be starting the cleanse and it would equal out.

A person is only supposed to do the cleanse every 3 months at the most. The cleanse takes place over a minimum of ten days. After the cleanse is over, you have to re-acclimate your body to consuming food or you could get very ill. I plan on doing the Master Cleanse at least twice a year.

With the holidays approaching here is my schedule thinking.
I wrapped up my first cleanse 3 months ago, at the end of July.
By going 10-15 days that would put me at Friday the 14th as my target finish date. Only one weekend with no food. Staying busy at work, keeps your mind off food.

My body has almost 2 weeks to get used to food before Thanksgiving.
Also, I usually start my resolutions after the Super Bowl. February 16th would be 3 months away and an opportunity to cleanse the rich delicious food from the Holiday’s and Football bowl parties.

Second Perspective: Weight Loss
My first Cleanse, I went from 255 to 230 in 10 days. The last 8 days I lost 5 pounds. Yes, I went 18 days without food the first time around. Never gone 24 hours without food before that. I actually stuck with a vegetarian lifestyle for the most part for the last 3 months as well. Never gone more than 2 days without meat before either.

With healthy eating and exercise I did dip down to 225 a couple weeks ago for approximately a week.

I am shooting for another 20 pounds of drop to bring me down to 205. I haven’t been there in almost a decade.

Now, weight loss is a side benefit. The cleanse is my primary focus. The garbage that goes into our bodies on a daily basis is disgusting.

My energy level has dropped off recently. When I last was on the cleanse, my body required less sleep and I was working out everyday.
My mind was sharp. I didn’t get a “Mad On” one time (that’s what you call it when you don’t eat for a couple hours and you get irritable.) no food for 18 days and not one hypo-glycemic like reaction.

At night you drink Smooth Move tea so you can help elimination occur. In the morning you drink warm water with 2 tbs of sea salt (before anything else) to REALLY kick the elimination into overdrive.

You can also drink decaffeinated mint tea to give yourself some flavor. I usually drink this every other night once the kids are in bed.

I was challenged at the office to actually journal my journey this time and am not certain where yet. Probably not here as I don’t see it as the proper forum. Maybe Facebook, maybe twitter I will let you know.

My twitter is

For now I am going to tweet my cravings on twitter onto facebook as they can be comical. My first craving was bacon wrapped tuna sushi rolls. Yes, cook the bacon, but not too crispy. Then wrap it around the sushi rolls with the rice on the outside of the seaweed and pin with a toothpick if needed. Ooooooo, extra wasabi would really knock it even further out of the park. IF you ever find this concoction anywhere let me know.

Otherwise watch out for it at the Holiday parties I attend. I’m telling you, it sounds weird, but you know deep down you would love it.

If you work at a restaurant or know anyone that owns one keep checking back. I am known for all kinds of killer food ideas like this that I make and blow people’s minds with. I will be creating a wild menu of craziest sounding mind blowing deliciousness over the next 2 weeks.

Feeling hungry. Gotta mix some spicy lemonade…

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