Saturday, January 06, 2007

Thanks Again To the Guschel's Secret Pal!

I'm so sorry that this post is late and that I am unable to post a picture at this time.
When I cleaned up before setting out all the Christmas decorations, I did so, so well that I can't find my digital camera cable. Ugh!!
My husband and I had agreed to open our December Secret Pal gifts on Christmas morning, which we did, and that made it all the more special.
Thank you so much!!
Our secret pal gave us multicolor stacking cups (that will be just perfect when we are in China) as well as "Shake, Rattle and Roll- multicolor and texture rattles.
Lastly, we received rings that are of different colors and textures that Renee can thread together in different orders, as well as chew on them if she so desires!!!
Secret Pal, please know that my husband John and I are so thankful for you and your thoughtfulness.
Please take good care in this new year!!!

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Appletons Are Blessed Again By Their Secret Pals!

OH MY GOSH! We have the BEST Secret Pals in the whole wide world!!!!!! We are DYING to know who you are Secret Pals! We got December's goodies today and could not WAIT to open each thing! Susan waited until Doug got home from work and then she, Doug, and three cats sat in the middle of the livingroom floor and started opening one amazing gift after another!!!!!!!! Here's what we got:
1. Two books: Shaoey & Dot and Daddy's Girl (we LOVE these!)
2. A little toy that has a teething ring, linking chain, squeaky ladybug. It is adorable and I had to fight the cats away from the ladybug! They loved the way the wings crinkle! hahahahahaha
3. Three play toys for the cats! (They are NOT in the picture because the "girls" had them running all over the house!)
4. A Hallmark Ornament that says, "Expecting Parents" and is in the shape of little umbrella.
5. A Panda ornament (this is adorable!)
6. A Steven Curtis Chapman Christmas CD (of course I HAD to listen to it and cried when one of his adoptive daughters, Shaoey, was reading the birth of Christ story from the Bible and then at the end when she sings with Steven, "We wish you a merry Christmas." There is also one song on there about a little boy from an orphanage writing a letter saying that all he wants for Christmas is a home and family. Oh boy the tears came when I listened to that! I LOVE this CD!
7. A gift card for Toys-R-Us/Babies-R-Us!
8. A Christmas bib that says, "Stocking Stuffer"
9. A little Boyd's Bear
10. An anniversary card with a gift card for OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE!!!!!!! Our sixth anniversary was Dec. 23! THEY KNEW THIS!!!!!! WOW!

I am still just sitting here in shock at all of the thought and love that went into this package of goodies. Secret Pals, I hope that you can feel the love that we send right back at you! Here's a HUG HUG HUG just for you guys! WOW! You have blessed our lives so very very much and I hope one day we can meet you and just personally thank you for the joy and love and happiness you bring to us each and every month! We love you!
Susan and Doug!

Wall Secret Pal Thanks

Thank you sooooo much for the gifts. We just love them. And the personalized bib with Kiana's name on it almost made me cry, it was a good feeling to see her name on it. Made the adoption seem more real again. I love the bowls and silverware, bibs, the Max Lucado book, the ladybug ornament, the piggy bank is so cute and the stocking is absolutely adorable. Thank you lots. It lifted my spirits, Thanks


Thanks to Chrissie, our amazing pal!

I am so excited to finally find out who our amazing secret pal is! Chrissie is our wonderful pal! She has been so good to us over the past several months. She has sent all of us such wonderul and thoughtful gifts. She always send such sweet cards that are always inspiring. She has touched our lives in more ways than she will ever know. Thank you so much Chrissie for everything. We wish you the best in your journey and please know that we are here for you!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thank you to Catherine's SP!!

Thank you so much for December's fun gifts! I laughed as I picked up the package the mailman had left and the envelope lit up and began to play music. I knew there were some fun things in store for Hannah!

The singing, light up Pooh is adorable as is the little lamb that says the Lord's prayer. I'm guessing you read my blog as you also chose a cute little Disney foam Princess puzzle for Hannah. The little terrycloth frog is cute and will make a fun little toy for Hannah to play with!

My SP also remembered Mommy with a fun Christmas scrapbooking kit!

On top of all these wonderful gifts, my SP sent something so special that it brought tears to my eyes. Rather than make a 100 Good Wishes Quilt I am making something I've called 'Hannah's Blessings Book' which is made up of blessings sent from family and friends. This month my SP made an absolutely beautiful blessing for Hannah's book and it was a HUGE surprise!!!


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Miles' Secret Pal is..........

Cathy Lam! Thank you so much! You are a wonderful person, we absolutly love everything we received from you and we will keep in touch!!! Please do follow our blog and I will keep you updated on our trip to China, When etc. Take care and thank you again!


Sunday, December 31, 2006

Secret Pal Exchange

Thanks to my Secret Pal for all the wonderful gifts. I hope she has a happy new year.
Paulette Konstantaras