Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas !!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!!
We sure hope you have a blessed Christmas..

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lots of Activity around Here

We have been extremely busy around here lately. Everyone is doing great and patiently awaiting the arrival of Santa.We are on our third Christmas tree already (yes 3) the first one had half the lights burned out, so Mom decided we would have a real tree this year for a change, but after only a short time it was getting dried out and with the help of our three littlest ones pulling off lights and ornaments most of the pine needles ended up on the floor, so out the door this tree went lights and all to our older son Jake's house and Dad & Kenzie went to Wal-Mart and picked up a nice white artificial tree.It looked very nice for the first day but now all the decorations are on the top half and the bottom is bare L.O.L. In the middle of all the craziness Mom decides she wants to redo the livingroom with a new color and bead board, not an easy task with the crew of 10 to 20 people we usually have at our house, so it won't be finished in time for Christmas this year (maybe next year).McKenzie got a signed photograph in the mail the other day from her favoritest actress/singer Salena Gomez, she was so excited she was shaking and crying tears of joy. All the other kiddos are doing well, the three littles are going to start speech therapy the first of the year so that will be interesting, Deztany and Andrew are still plugging away at school, some days Dad gets lots of work out of them and other days very little and as for Maggie (Paris) we have a really difficult time getting her out of bed by noon because she prefers to do her schoolwork in the afternoon and evening.Mom and Dad are doing just fine also, some days we just look at each other and shake our heads and ask why, but we wouldn't want our lives any other way because we love all the hustle and bustle of all of our kiddos and grandkiddos in our house.Check out our family picture around the tree, it is impossible to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

some pretty special kiddos !!

Kenzie and Jordon,
Jordon helping do chores.
Jordon giving big brother Andrew a big loving hug!!
Chrissie playing with her shoe laces..
Not much snow, but we have a snowman in the front yard. Thanks kiddos..

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Honey

We all want to wish Jody aka Mom aka Nana aka Gramma a very very Happy Birthday
today. Yes this wonderful woman wears many hats every day seven days a week. Thank You for everything you do for all of us .Have a great day
Love the whole darn crew

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

We hope you all are having a happy Thanksgiving.. We really have so much to be thankful for.
We have been blessed with a very big family and lots of special friends.. I am so Thankful for the love of my great hubb and all of my wonderful children .. God has blessed us with 10 beautiful children and 9 awesome grandchildren.. I am also so very thankful for my mother.. She has tought me to have a very giving and loving heart for all people. Orphans , homeless people, and many others people with special needs .. As you all know we have been blessed with three wonderful little ones with Down Syndrome. What a ride that has been so far.. Many of our other children have special needs also. Our house is very busy each and every day . But we would not change it for anything.. Feeling very Thankful today and everyday!!!!
Have a great Thanksgiving !!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chrissie's Adoption Day !!

Welcome to the family ~Christyn Joy ~
We are so glad you are our daughter ...
We love you so much!!!

Chrissie's adoption day and Bella's re-adopt day ... Christyn and Magdalena are now legal Serbian born sisters, both adopted in the USA .. That means they both will get a Montana birth certificate..
It has taken 17 months and three different lawyers to get CHRISSIE'S ADOPTION DONE...But it was worth it.

Chrissie . ready to go see the judge.
Bella waiting to go see the judge..
Chrissie was so happy to just be going , she was dancing around.
Just chilling !
We all love you very much!!!
Mom and Dad and all your siblings!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov 10th,2008 Meeting Magdalena Faith ~Bella~

Meeting and loving on our little Bella !!

When we look at all the pictures of Serbia, we sure do miss the beautiful country and most of all the wonderful friends we met there... Sending out a big Hello to all of you good people in Serbia...
We also miss the children that stay close in our hearts.. We pray they are doing as good as can be...I sure wish we could know how they are doing.. Maybe somebody out there who gets to see the children will post how they are doing...
Anyhoo , our Bella is doing awesome!! She loves having a big family and of course her own recliner to rock in... She will push you out of her chair if you try to sit in it..She also loves to snuggle with everybody in our family... She will come to you and get up with you and snuggle.
She is still pretty little for a seven year old. But she is daddies little girl...
Anyone thinking of adopting ?? Do it .. You will be so amazed at how much love you will have for the children and the love they will have for you.. It is so worth all the heartache and trouble to get to the children and get them home . Also it does take many many funds to get them home.. Money well spent !!! That is all i can say about that...Give a child a loving home and family!!!
We are so very thankful for our BOO SMELLA~
We sure do love her !!
Love always your forever family...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thrree years ago ~We went to Serbia

Bella boo , she is so beautiful !!
On Nov 8th, 2008, we got on a plane ,one of many to travel to Serbia to adopt our Magdalena ~Bella~ . We were so excited and scared all in one. I ~Jody~ had never been on a plane before, so i was really nervous and mostly sick on the flights. All i remember is we couldn't wait to meet our new daughter . She was loved and wanted !! We didn't care if she would ever walk or talk. We just new she was our daughter and we needed to bring her home. Oh we were going to a country that we had never been before...

Boy we were surprised when we arrived in Serbia.. What a beautiful country , many many sights to see and all new friends to meet.. We met many new friends and learned many things about their country.. We also learned in therie country there is no age limit on smoking or drinking alcohol.. They all or most of them smoke and they love to drink alcohol.. They love to have fun.

Any how , we stayed in a neat apartment ~ We met Vlado and Svetlana who showed us around the apartment and also Svetlana took me ~Jody~ around town and showed us how to shop and do money transactions.. We were so thankful for that. It really helps when you have friends in the new country to make you feel at ease. We sure enjoyed their company at a special dinner they took us out for. Svetlana and i ~Jody~ had lots to talk about...

We had our Ministry meeting on Nov 10th ,2008 . We were pretty nervous for this. But it went very well. The social workers were very nice .. The best part was when we finally got to go meet our little Bella , and i sure do mean little .. She was 19lbs and she was 41/2 years old. Oh how this momma cried when she got to hold her.. Bella wrapped her arms around my neck ,just like a little monkey and she was not going to let go... That was a good thing ,because this momma was not going to leave her go either...Jasmina and other workers just watched as we got to love on our new daughter.. We are so thankful for all the people that helped us bring our daughter home.. Three years and lots of love does make a difference... Bella can walk and she can say some words. That is if she wants to... Bella is our little teaser , she loves to tease anybody. We are so thankful for the gift of Miss Bella....

Eveyday we would go see her at the orphanage. We would bring diapers and food for her. We brought Pedi- sure and baby food to feed her. We also put her on a bottle so she could be held and cuddled ... We also brought many many fleece blankets that i made for the children. I sure hope they got to use them... We still talk about all the children we got to see .. Oh how i wish we could have brought more children home with us...But we pray they will find families very soon. Because one day longer is to many for these children. I pray for the little blind girl , i sure hope somebody will show her some love. I also pray for many other children that my heart cries for.. We also have got to watch some of the children come home to their forever families.. That sure makes your heart feel great...
Thank you to everyone involved that helped us bring our Magdalena ~Bella home !! We sure do love her so very much!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What we have been working on..

We got new buttons made for our Etsy stores.. Mama Bears Fleece Blankets and The Campbell's Country Store. Both buttons are on the sides of the blog. So go check them out. We have 11 items listed so far in our country store, and 100 fleece blankets listed so far.. So if you are looking for gifts for birthdays , Christmas, or any special holiday. Go take a look , you may find something you just can't live without...Gary and I~Jody~ have been working lots of hours to get both stores up and running.. Now we just need to get the word out .. So please share our stores with all yoour friends... We sure would appreciate it!!

Other news ::: All the kiddos are doing better , now that we are all on meds again .. Yes, we have been sick all month . This is the second dose of meds.. So say a prayer we get better very soon...

Also we had to get a new lawyer to get Chrissie's adoption done. Our lawyer never got it done and we want it done before the end of the year.. She is our daughter , now we just need the name change and final papers...She has been with us for 15 months ,it really is time to get this over...

Please share our stores with all your friends and family!!!
Thank you ,
~Gary & ~Jody~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Last Journey of the Summer

Our camp trailer at the R.V. park

Mom and all the kiddos

Such pretty colors

Such pretty colors

Looking for Trouble

We made our last trip of the summer to Yellowstone N.P, we were there the last part of Sept and the first part of Oct. we have never made this trip so late in the year, but it was well worth our while because the fall colors are just amazing the weather is clear and cool and best of all the traffic was very light.We stayed at the Grizzly R.V.Park in West Yellowstone which also happens to be the same r.v. park that Kate Gosslen and her 8 kids(Kate + Eight) stayed at. Our kiddos were so excited being able to play at the same playground and see what site number the Gosslen's stayed in earlier this summer. The kiddos wanted to use the same site but is was already taken, so maybe next summer we can reserve site#19.It was a wonderful trip, but after 3 or 4 days in a camp trailer with two adults and seven kids Mom was ready to head for home, you see it takes a ton of work and tons of patience to be able to travel with our crew, but after a long cold boring Montana winter she will be ready to go again in the spring

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vintage Shabby Chic Furniture

Bellas new chair. This is an old school chair. It is very well built. We bought 4 of these and have redone them for the little ones in our house..Each little one has their name on their chair. So cute.
This is a side table, or plant stand. I painted it and put ( God Is Good All The Time) on it.
This is an awesome side~table.

This is what our deck looks like most days. Furniture ready to be painted oe for Gary to fix and sand down. We work great as a team. Now to sell a few pieces, that would really help.
Antique buffet or sideboard. This is a very beautiful buffet. It soon will be on our Etsy store. The Campbell's country Store.THIS IS BEFORE IT WAS PAINTED.

This is her after she was giving a few beautiful coats of paint and some Annie Sloan soft wax. Look an see how lovely she looks now. She will be on our Etsy store very soon. You can also check out our Mama Bears Fleece Blankets Store on Etsy.You can also check out our blog stores , the buttons at the right will take you to them.

Gary and I ~Jody~ have been working on some new to us furniture. Some are antiques and some are just really neat upcycled pieces of furntiure. That we have brought back to life with a new face lift..The Vintage shabby chic look , i just love it.

Have a great day!!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Jordon enjoying his ice cream cone !!

He is so adorable!! We love to just watch him. Jordon loves to eat ice cream cones.
Just look - he would make a great milk commercial . Oh boy he is so much fun..
Jordon is the only child in our house that is not being homeschooled yet.
Gary `AKA..Dad is giving it a try this year. He has been working hard to get the other 6 kiddos at the table for school each day... Thank you Gary...
I have been busy painting new to us furniture. Most of it is vintage shabby chic..