Monday, March 12, 2012

Little Leah is 3!!

I'm right on time with Leah and behind on Ian and Austin.  I'm just here to show you guys I'm not perfect.  :P

 Little Leah, at 3 you:

~are a mischievous little thing.  You get in to more trouble than all your siblings combined.

~have the cutest laugh.  

~are already a teenager.  I pray for those years to be smooth and calm. 

~love to eat broccoli, pizza, and chicken nuggets.  Not necessarily in that order. 

~have very sensitive skin (still).  No lactose for you.  You are also sensitive to gluten, citrus, and any red sauce.  

~are our best sleeper.  Don't ask me how that happened.  It just did. 

~love to dress up; hats, dresses, purses, the works.

~enjoy playing with Barbie dolls, even if they are naked.

~pretend to be shy in social settings, although we all see right through you. 

~draw on everything you can.  We can make you wipe it off but you'll be exercising your creativeness on it again as soon as you are able. 

~are curious, just like the monkey.

~have gorgeous hair that Ian keeps pulling on. 

~are a smart cookie. You can count to twenty on your own and we're working on the ABC's. 

Leah, we love to see you growing and learning.  You are a beautiful little girl with amazing creativity.  We know you will do something great!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Okay, I get it.  Non-profits need to earn money.  I understand that people need to sell their items.  I do.  I give them the benefit of the doubt and listen politely when I actually DO answer a call from an unknown number.  I've worked phones before and know how tough it can be. 

I received THREE phone calls today, all before noon.  THREE!!  The first one was for some organization that supplies wheel chairs and medical supplies to wounded soldiers who are returning back to the states.  A worthy cause, indeed!  However, I have never heard of this organization.  I have NO idea if it's legitimate or what my donation would actually be funding.  I responded very kindly to his script, fully intending to decline any request for money.  When asked if they could count on me, I responded with, "I'm unable to at this time and would appreciate it if you would take our names off your list."  Then I heard "WOW!" 

Yeah, I know. It sounds insensitive.  Especially when thinking about the 'cause' that they were supporting.  But think about it, can we REALLY support EACH organization that calls for money?  Are ALL the organizations legitimate?  They answer to these questions is a huge NO!

The second call I received was for the Special Olympics.  A WONDERFUL organization.  The caller said upfront she wasn't requesting money (yeah right) and went on to tell me how they support the Special Olympics. Again, after she finished her script, she asked if we could support them with a subscription to a magazine (here we go).  I politely declined.  I told her, as I told the first person, to take me off of their calling list.  This time, I didn't receive any negativity. 

My third call of the morning was for SENIOR CITIZENS!  Where do they get this?  Fortunately for me, it was an automated call and I could push a number to opt out of further calls (does this make them call back, knowing it's a 'good' number?).

I do want to be polite and respectful.  Perhaps I just need to go back to what I was doing; turning the phone on then off right away.  See, I have to answer the phone or it will wake my husband (he works nights).  I would simply let it ring in the evenings, too, but I've actually had some important calls come through that APPEARED to be a telemarketer.  Gah!  What to do.  I just know that the polite and respectful way isn't working.