Tuesday, September 02, 2014

First days of school 2014

 HENSON MARR (5yrs.): First Day of Kindergarten

Henson has loved Kindergarten so far. He made it 1 1/2 weeks of all-day school for the first time in his life before he had a meltdown. I consider that a GREAT success.  
Plus, there have been minimal questions about how long (years) he has to go to school. So far, so good.

 SIMON CHARLES (3yrs.): First day of MRCC Sonshine School 2014
He was a bit surprising to me today on how well he went to class. He remembered Henson being in the Busy Bee class two years ago, and has talked about being a Busy Bee for two weeks now. This is the first year you don't take naps, so maybe that's it?
Whatever the reason, he went in without even saying 'bye', which was super exciting for ME because usually I am prying him off of my leg. 
He had a great first day, and hopefully it lasts!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

#tbt : really late cousin Easter

Yes, I realize it is August, and months past Easter. However, we just took the cousin pic in July because didn't manage it on Easter day.
So, I'm doing a little throw back of past pics too. Enjoy.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

1st family beach trip

We like to set our children's expectations low so we don't have much to live up to in the future.  That's why our first family beach trip was to Galveston.  Now, if you love Galveston don't go hating me for saying that. There are great things about the place. But when you are driving over the bridge to enter the island and are woken up from a dead sleep (Simon) saying "Why is it so stinky?" and you still have about 5 miles to go before you actually see ocean, you know there is a major seaweed problem.

Despite that blip in aesthetics, we had a wonderful time with all 50+ members of the Ross family for our reunion. The kids had a blast playing with all the cousins and spending hours at the beach jumping over hills of seaweed, hunting crabs, catching shrimp, and all the other beach-y things. 

Here's some highlights:
Simon's first time in the ocean
Henson's first time in the ocean he found a dead fish. Awesome.

Train museum

All the second-gen cousins

the best family picture we got

Late-night crab hunting

Beach hair

Attempting this...

His turn

Pleasure Pier

His carnival game win

They rode this about 15 times

Our Ross fam

Monday, July 21, 2014


In case you saw my previous post, I realized I should give an update on how H4H did with Day of the Orphan. 
We successfully raised almost $20,000 just by donations from wonderfully generous people! Thank you all!!!

This will allow Village of Hope to support the newest residents of the orphanage stress-free! 
A HUGE blessing!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Day of the Orphan

You can also help by going straight to this link:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Batik Thunders Up!

Another facet of H4H is Hope Creations, a womens' training program that teaches skills and business management to allow them a way to earn income. 
This program was started by three amazing women: Martha Bulley, Chelsea West, and Amy Hubble.
There are two training centers - Premec Creations & Adwenpa Creations - in two areas of Ghana. 

Meet Martha.
Martha is the co-creator, manager, and teacher at Premec Creations, the original training center.
She is a strong, intelligent, driven woman. As a single mother herself, she wanted to provide a way for women to provide for themselves and their families. 
(Only 4% of women in Ghana are able to find a salary job. The majority of opportunities are given to men, regardless of qualifications.)
Aprons made by Martha given to my mom and me.
One of the skills taught at the center is batik. This is a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water. 
(above aprons made with batik fabric made by trainees of the center) 

While the OC college group were there visiting they commissioned Martha to made Thunder batik.
We were there when she was making it, and it was so cool!

Finished product!!
We will also be receiving some in orange soon!

Heartbeat for Hope will be selling these for $40/bolt (4 yards/bolt). 
All proceeds go back to the Hope Creations fund to continue supporting these programs at our two centers.