Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone; but, still miraculously, my own.
Never forget, for a single minute you didn't grow under my heart, but in it.

Friday, January 8, 2010


This post has been edited with a corrected link that makes it easier to shop OUR STORE!!  Make sure when you check out your basket says supports Sisemore Adoption Fundraiser :)  Thanks everyone :)

You won't believe this!  I have found the most wonderful books!! I'm in book heaven!!!  There are adoption books, multicultural books, educational books, books for all ages! Single books, or lots of books.  Take a look!!

If you have or are adopting you HAVE to have this book!

Motherbridge of Love

Cherish the special bond between parent and child with this beautiful, anonymously written poem. Through the exchanges between a little girl and her adoptive parent, this poignant selection celebrates love and family.

Text royalties from this book are donated to Mother Bridge of Love, a charity that reaches out to Chinese children all over the world in order to develop a connection between China and the West, and between adoptive culture and birth culture. Xinran, the acclaimed Chinese author, broadcaster and journalist, is the founder of Mother Bridge of Love.

For all ages

Illustrated By: Josée Masse

Hardcover ($ 16.99)

Do you have a child of Chinese Heritage??

The Great Race

The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

Race with the animals of the Zodiac as they compete to have the years of the Chinese calendar named after them. The excitement-filled story is followed by notes on the Chinese calendar, important Chinese holidays, and a chart outlining the animal signs based on birth years.

Ages 4 to 9 years

Retold By: Dawn Casey
Illustrated By: Anne Wilson
Paperback $7.99
Hardcover $16.99

We're Riding on a Caravan

An Adventure on the Silk Road

Join the caravan for an exciting yearlong trek along China's ancient Silk Road. Following the rhyming, treasure-filled story are informational endnotes about the history of the Silk Road, the story of silk, important cities of China, and a full-spread map.

Ages 4 to 10 years

Written By: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated By: Helen Cann

Paperback on sale for only $5.99

What about Tibetan?


Tenzin's Deer
A Tibetan Tale

Meet Tenzin, a kindhearted boy who discovers a wounded musk deer high up in the hills. In this Tibetan tale, Tenzin nurses the deer back to health, and must learn the most important lesson of all: how to love enough to let go.

Ages 5 to 10 years

Written By: Barbara Soros
Illustrated By: Danuta Mayer
Paperback 7.99
Hardcover $16.99

Adopted from India?

Indian Tales

A Barefoot Collection

Venture to a country that is bursting with color, life and contrasts in these lively folk tales. The eight stories in this anthology, each from a different Indian state, feature educational facts and information about the cultures from which they are chosen.

Ages 8 and up
Retold By: Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrated By: Christopher Corr

Hardcover ($ 19.99)

African Heritage??

Hidden Hippo

Journey to the plains and rivers of Africa in search of a hidden hippo. Lots of different African animals are introduced throughout this rhyming, hide-and-seek adventure. Hardcover edition includes endnotes with information about conservation, endangered wildlife and facts about each of the animals featured in the book.

Ages 1 to 4 years
Written By: Joan Gannij
Illustrated By: Clare Beaton
African Tales

A Barefoot Collection
Explore this colorful continent and uncover the rich ways of life of the many peoples who live there. The eight stories in this collection, each from a different African country, feature educational facts and information about the cultures from which they are chosen. The stories are retold by award-winning Xhosa storyteller Gcina Mphlope, from Durban, South Africa. Includes a full-color map.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Books for Africa, an organization that collects, ships and distributes books to children across the African continent.

Hardcover on sale for $14.99

What about Russian??


Meet Babushka, a woman who is so busy focusing on the little things, that she hardly notices the miraculous events going on around her. This touching Christmas story shows that the more you give away in love, the more you will receive.

Ages 3 to 7 years

Retold By: Sandra Ann Horn
Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus
Hardcover ($ 16.99)

These books are all from Barefoot Books. AND they have started a fundraiser for Jeremiah for us! :) 

If you LOVE these books too, and just have to get one,two or twenty, please do so through my BAREFOOT BOOKS STORE!!!! A percentage will go to our adoption fund. :) . I would be extremely grateful if you would think about our store the next time you are in the market for children's books. And Chinese New Year is just around the corner. How about some great books featuring Chinese culture wrapped up in some pretty red paper for you little one??? 

What about a book from your child's birth culture to read together through the years as you teach them about their cultural background?

I personally love books and think they are amazing tools to help us learn and spend time with our kids, so I really think this fundraiser should do well!  I can't wait till Jeremiah is home and I can just buy some of these books for my boys! :)  Please be praying for this fundraiser and share with everyone you know that might want to buy some books!  These type of books can't just be found anywhere and I am so thrilled to have found a resource for them :)

PLEASE share this fundraiser with everyone you know!  If you spread the word on your blog or facebook or by email and send me to link to see that you did I will add you a chance at our spread the word giveaway we will draw right before we travel to get Jeremiah!  Again go HERE to see our new Barefoot Books Fundraising Store

Also, fun news today.  My mom's fingerprints somehow are not good now and we have to travel again to have hers redone.  And just GUESS when the fingerprint appointment is???  January 15th!  The day of the Benefit for Jeremiah!  Anything to make the day more fun!  LOL  Mama says she will get a hotel room for us to leave on thursday and so we will spend the night, go early to appointment and pray they take us early and then rush back home!  Fun fun fun!  But hey, anything for Jeremiah! :)

Sweet frogie boy!  Mama loves you so much baby and I can't wait to have you in my arms.  So many folks are praying for you baby boy and we are getting donated some things for an auction, working on a benefit for you and starting a book fundraiser.  It is all for you baby boy!  Just hang on tight and while you do, catch my kisses in the wind to you my sweet angel!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Overwhelmed, just got updated figures from the agency, we still ove $7, 577 PLUS airfare for us and the boys, hotel, in country travel, food in country, and Jeremiah's visa! That is probably more than $5000 on its own. so we need probably at least $13,000 more and QUICK! It seems so far out of reach but I have to believe GOD IS ABLE! Waiting for HIM to show off! I HATE that money is the thing separating Jeremiah from his family, his home, medical care and therapies he so needs. I feel so like I have let him down, I mean it was hard fundraising for Noah but NOTHING compared to this time. So many things seem to just not be working and it really does not matter how hard we work, or anything. It just makes me cry that because the economy is bad, my frogie boy waits longer. When I think that he has already been there FIVE MONTHS longer than Noah was. Noah was 16 and half months when we picked him up, Jeremiah is 21 and half months now. And the wait is not over. I HATE MONEY! I mean look how much it is costing Taiwan to care for Jeremiah, wish there was a way they could let us go ahead and get him and figure out the money later, but I know that can't happen. When I looked at the breakdown today of all the U.S places that have to authenticate this thing and that, and how much they get for it and I know that folks need to get paid, but all I see is my baby boy and how many days of therapy he is missing, how many days of me workin his muscles, how many days of bein worked with by me, his daddy, his Nanny, his big sister, millie and on and on the people waiting to love on and work with that baby. I KNOW the Nannies love him and do the best they can, but I also know how much better it will be for him to have more people who can focus on him and his needs. Yes, I know none of that matters when it comes to fees and all, but it seems like so much of adoption journey is paperwork and fees and raising this and that to pay all these things that sometimes I think Jeremiah gets lost in the shuffle, by others , not by me. And most likely not by you who faitfully follow our journey here and pray and keep me uplifted and love me from afar, but by others. I look at Noah and how much he can do now, what an amazin transformation that has happened for him and I wonder what he was like durin the wait. Waiting is HARD. No matter how you look at it, havin a baby across the ocean is HARD. The fact he has needs so much more so than alot of babies just makes it harder and by that it is makes me feel that much more upset when I make a mistake and a fundraiser flops and we loose over $300 like the last one, or when I try this or that and it does not help. BUT, I know that we will spend our lives fighting for Jeremiah to have what he needs, he can't fight for himself now, he may never be able to fight for himself, but by gosh we will fight and we will remember how we got our practice while he waited a world away. We will fight insurance for the best medicine, therapy, equipment, you name it and we will know, we can get through this. God is preparin us for what is to come. It is so funny because it was suggested a while back that I come on the blog and share that MONEY was the main issue with why Jeremiah was not already home. I thought of it and said to myself I dont really want to share to much about that, I have already been critiqued for fundriaising to begin with, for adoptin a severely disabled child to begin with, I have been told I should not even attempt it unless I had all the money in the bank, and my thought is, I dont have the money, but boy do I have the love and the medical insurance that child needs. So many walked away from Jeremiah's file, he was not wanted, but oh I so want him. So I worried, if I share, what will folks think of me! Well, now there you have it, false pride. WHO CARES what anyone thinks of me! It is NOT about me. It is about my frogie boy, MY SON! HE NEEDS me to do WHATEVER it takes to bring him home. So if that means I share things that are uncomfortable, then I share. If that means I flat out get on my knees and BEG for help, I BEG! I dont have the needed money. But there are folks who have money and can help and God knows who they are and maybe by my sharing, my begging, the right person will hear and God will lay it on that persons heart to give, or to share , or to hold a fundraiser for us, or ask their Church to take a love offering or whatever! GOD IS ABLE! He can use anybody. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME vent and share my heart in this. I PRAY you dont think bad of me, but if you do, that's ok, just please THINK GOOD of Jeremiah, and spread the word and HELP ME BRING MY FROGIE BOY HOME!

THE WAIT FOR NOAH IS OVER!!!! November 3, 2007~September 8, 2008 First heard about Noah~Noah in our Arms!
April 1, 2009~ June 7, 2010 First committed to Jeremiah~Jeremiah in our Arms!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!
Noah WesLee 5 months old

The First Picture we ever saw of:

The First Picture  we ever saw of:
Jeremiah Harold Sisemore ~1 year

Kisses in the Wind

I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I sent to you each night.

When Love Takes You In!