"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Friday, December 31, 2010



Today, a good friend reminded me of an amazing gift given to me from my sweet husband, two years ago on New Year's Eve. I thought I would share that gift again, with all of you! (Please remember to scroll down and pause the background music.)


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!!

"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.'

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.'

'How will this be,' Mary asked the angel, 'since I am a virgin?'

The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.'

'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her."

Luke 1:26-38

Merry Christmas, friends!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Changes....I forgot about.

With trying to keep up with all of today's technology, I consolidated my email addresses to my original one.

You may be asking, "what does this matter to me?"

Well, absent-minded me didn't realize that not everyone knows that address and that many of you have been continuing to write to me at my Y@hoo mail account.

*Ahem*, that very same one I haven't checked in over 4 or 5 months.

I am ashamed and apologetic for this oversight. Please don't think I ignored you.

I just logged on there and had over 1000 emails waiting to be read. Some that made my heart very happy, because it was from YOU!

Emails are something I'm pretty good about responding to. If you don't hear from me when you email me, chances are excellent that I never got your email.

So please, take a moment and make note of my new address HERE.

Pssst...by the way, life is crazy busy here and the kids are doing great. Lots going on that I plan on sharing soon....just in case you were wonderin'.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A win - win deal!!

My dear friend, Cathy, has been frantically fundraising to bring her sweet boy home! Now, she is giving away brand new 3G Wireless Kindle from Amazon!

Christmas is around the corner! What a perfect opportunity this would be for you to win one of these either for yourself or a loved one. But, better yet, you'd be helping precious Michael come home!

Please head over to Because We Are Led... and help pave the way for Michael to be united with his forever family!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Freedom Is Not Free!

From the Bombardier family to every man and women in uniform, both active duty and veterans, who have answered the call and given up so much for our freedom, we thank you! Your dedication, courage and heroism does not go unnoticed. May God bless you and keep you safe. May God bless America!

To the many Mamas that I know who have seen their precious sons and daughters, turn from young men and women into courageous and proud soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, I salute you! You carry them in your hearts while they protect our country, with dignity and grace. May God's peace fill you and may your children be held in the palm of His hand until they are returned safely into your arms.

To my own wonderful husband, who proudly served our country! Thank you for being a shining example to your children of what a true Patriot is. We love you!


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought, how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many Pilots' planes shot down?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, Freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, Freedom isn't free!!

- Kelly Strong

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In Honor of National Adoption Month

Natural Child: Any child who is not artificial.

Real Parent: Any parent who is not imaginary.

Your Own Child: Any child who is not someone else's child.

Adopted Child: A natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.

- Rita Laws, PhD

Tuesday, November 2, 2010



Top 10 Reasons Christians Should Vote

Voting publicly recognizes that we submit to the authority of the political
system in our nation as established by God. - Romans 13:1-7

Voting recognizes the equality of all people and their right to speak and be
heard. - James 2:1

Voting is one way that we can obey God's command to seek the good of those
around us and our nation as a whole. - Philippians 2:3

Voting shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged
to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. - 1 Timothy 2:1,2

Voting is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in
our nation. " All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do
nothing" -  Edmund Burke. - (Psalms 34:14)

Voting makes a difference in the same way a grain of salt makes a
difference, and that is how we are to influence our society for good.
- Matthew 5:13

Voting is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the
benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy.

Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to
take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. - I Peter

Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been
given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote is to squander a gift.

Voting is Biblical. Jesus commands us to fulfill our responsibility to the
civil authority. - Matthew 22:21

* Source: Adapted from Florida Family Policy Council and Let Freedom Ring,
Inc. which referred to original source: "Factfile: Top Ten Reasons to Vote"
by Kandiah Krish in "Just Politics."

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween....Bombardier Style!


Even us "big kids" had fun trick-or-treating!


The kiddos ready to head out for their loot!

Tonight was Kai's 2nd round of trick or treating and he didn't want his camouflage makeup on.


Our beautiful "Angel".


Soldier boy with his guardian angel watching over him.

Proud American soldier!

Big boy, Adam (25), still loves dressing up!


The whole crew, minus Amanda, who chose not to dress up, although she went along for the fun!


Everyone had the opportunity to get down and dirty!




Separating the pumpkin seeds for roasting!







One BIG Pumpkin!

A very happy little girl!

Taking turns at a beanbag toss game!

His smile melts this Mama's heart!


My triplet "babies" after a day full of Halloween fun!

Friday, October 29, 2010


I heard this on the radio the other day while driving back from Kai's ENT appointment. I was so moved by it, that I rushed home to look it up. It made me think about how I've always felt that while God's timing is perfect, His watch is so very s-l-o-w.

As I continuosly wait on God throughout my life, to lead me to my next step, I realized that I have many friends who are in the same situatuion. Whether it be an adoption, a job, an illness, pregnancy, finances, whatever, we always have some sort of unanswered prayer (or so we think) that we are waiting on God for. A prayer that we need resolution to in our time!

So, I thought I'd share this with all of you. It definitely puts things in perspective.


Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."

"Wait? You say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming your Word.

My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and YOU tell me to WAIT?
I'm needing a 'yes', go-ahead and sign,
or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

And Lord, You promised that if we believe
we need but to ask, and we shall recieve.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taught
and grumbling to God, "So, I'm waiting... for what?"

He seemed, then, to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And he tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want--But, you wouldn't know Me.

You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint;
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;

You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.

You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit decends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save... (for a start),
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The glow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of the infinte God, who makes what you have LAST.

You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that "My grace is sufficient for Thee."
Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh, the Loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!

So, be silent, My Child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft' My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer is still, "WAIT."

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It 'just happens' to be that God gets the glory

Have you ever had a miracle occur in your life? A real, true-life miracle? You know the kind, the ones that you know could only come from God. I am blessed to say I've had a few. Today, He revealed Himself in a big way. Front and center.

Today's post was intended to be about Kai and an update to his medical situation, but it's not.

Really. It's much bigger than that.

It's about God's immense faithfulness when His broken children fall apart and land at His feet.

I do know that this post will end up being a bit long because of all the detail, and I apologize for that in advance. I intentionally enter every detail I can remember, not only to show how God deserves every ounce of the glory, but I also do so for myself. During tough times when I find myself wondering where He is in my life because I don't feel His presence, I go back and read these blog posts and it immediately brings me back to Him, to the Truth.

I hope you do end up reading all the way through to the end. My prayer is that as you see how God revealed His glory to me, He will do the same in your life.

Okay. 'Nuff of the Foreword.

Here's what happened:

Back in June, I took Kai to visit his cleft team. The group ENT (which we don't see with the exception of the yearly cleft team visits) looked at his ears and mumbled something about the tubes being out and that he had possible fluid in both ears. He then sent him to the audiologist for testing. The results were that his ear drums were "flat", meaning fluid and that he had some hearing loss in his right ear. That worried me a lot. Kai has a lot of scar tissue built up inside his ears from four prior tube surgeries. The last thing we wanted to hear was that he needed another set of tubes.

At that visit, I asked for a referral to see an ENT that had been recommended to me in Tampa (about 2.5 hours away). The pediatrician of the team gave me my referral and we were done for the day. A few days later, I set up the appointment with the new doctor. The soonest appointment they could give me was for today, October 27. That meant we had to wait 3 months to get in to see her.

I've been trying so hard to give my control issues to God. I figured He wanted this time for me to pray for Kai, which I of course have been doing.

This morning finally arrived. We headed out of the house shortly before 7:00 a.m. for our 10:00 p.m. appointment. I wanted to give myself plenty of leeway in case of traffic, etc.

I had my Mapquest (yes, I'm one of the few people in the world without a GPS) papers right next to me and all seemed fine when I got off at the exit that would lead me to the office. After about 20 minutes of driving, I realized I was totally lost. It was 9:55. I was very nervous. I pull over, call the doctor's office and tell them. The girl gives me directions and tells me that I need to be there soon because if I am later than 15 minutes, I would need to reschedule, regardless of the fact that I had been driving 3 hrs. to get there. I was about 5 miles away.

Finally, with sweaty palms, I walk into their office at 10:10. I check in and give them all the corresponding paperwork. The girl says to me, "I need the referral, please." I point out to her the doctor's referral that I had just handed to her and she says, "Thank you. Please be seated."

Fifteen minutes later, what seemed like a very harried nurse opens the waiting room door and calls Kai's name. We immediately get up and follow her into a small triage room. She turns to me and abruptly says, "I need the referral papers." I responded with, "I gave them to the girl out front. I believe they are in the file." She quickly flips through the pages of the file she is holding and as soon as I saw it, I said, "There! That's it!". She said, "No. This is the referral from the doctor. What I need is the case authorization from his caseworker at the insurance company." I said, "Why didn't anyone tell me this? I've been waiting for almost 3 months for this appointment." Sounding perturbed she responded with, "We couldn't get a hold of you."

So, I take a deep breath. I then said to her, "This is his caseworker's name and number. Can we call her now and she can get you what you need?" She said, "Yes, I'll try that but we can't see him until I have that, so go back to the waiting room." I then scoot my kiddo out the door again and we sit in the same chairs hard chairs.

Thirty seconds later, she appears again with a scowl look on her face. She said, "I called. The caseworker is on vacation, so we'll have to reschedule." I looked at her and with hesitation said, "Wait. Can we call someone else? Please? I've been waiting for almost 3 months and just drove 3 hours to get here." She said, "I can't call because it's very busy here. I'll give you 15 minutes. If you can't get me the paperwork within that time frame, we will have to reschedule." She turned her back and walked away.

I sat there in disbelief, almost on the verge of tears.

I immediately dial the caseworker's number. Sure enough. Same message. She was out for the week. I left her a voicemail with the hopes that maybe she might call in, by the Grace of God, and get it. I then remembered that her office is in the same office as Kai's pediatrician. I call the pediatrician's office and explained the situation to the receptionist. She reiterated that the caseworker was out of town and unfortunately, she was the only one that could fill out the required paperwork. She then said, "Here is the number for the main office to the insurance company. Call them and see if anyone there can help you."

In the meantime, the clock is ticking.....fast.

I dial the insurance company's number and explain the entire situation to the lady that answered. She puts me on hold and comes back only to tell me that the caseworker is the only person that could assist me because she has Kai's file and she is the only one that knows it.

I was beginning to feel desperate. I ask to speak to a supervisor.

A soft spoken man picks up the phone and almost in a whisper says, "May I help you?" I spent two of my precious minutes explaining again the entire ordeal to him. The harried nurse had already walked by glancing at me and then up at the large clock on the waiting room wall.

The supervisor repeats the identical response that the previous girl had already told me. By then, by bottom lip was quivering and my eyes were welling up. I couldn't believe they weren't going to see Kai. He then explained further that because of his "special needs plan" it is the caseworker's responsibility to follow up, blah...blah...blah. His explanation was followed by asking me why I hadn't called earlier if I had made the appointment 3 months before. At that point, I just repeated, "I didn't know. I didn't know." I thanked him and hung up.

I look at the clock. Six minutes before I'd reach the final countdown. I knew I was going to start bawling, so I quickly glance towards the receptionist and without giving her eye contact said, "I'm going to my car a minute, I'll be right back."

I grab Kai's hand and almost run across the parking lot to my car. Once inside, I fell completely apart. I started wailing to God as I buried my face into my hands. I yelled, "Lord! I don't understand! I've been begging you for months for him to be okay. I thought that's what you wanted from me. I've been praying fervently for my little boy! For him not to need any further surgeries. For him not to have any hearing loss. Why God? Why? Why are you not even allowing him to be seen by the doctor? Why did you drag me here? Lord, please intervene!" I sobbed uncontrollably.

I look at the clock on the console. There were three minutes left.

I had resigned myself to the fact that now I would have to reschedule and probably have to wait another 3 months, especially during the busy holiday season coming up. I sat there for another second, sniffling and trying to regain my composure. I then thought, "I'll try once more. Maybe I can soften this supervisor's heart. After all, he's a supervisor. He should have the authority."

So, I redialed the number. A new girl answered. I tell her I had just spoken to someone regarding my son and ask if it was possible to speak to her again. She told me they have over 50 operators there and it would be impossible to know who I spoke with. She then said, "How can I help you?" I, for the 4th time, explained the entire story, ending with wanting to speak to the supervisor. The woman answers me by saying, "Mrs. Bombardier, I'm sorry, but you apparently just spoke to him 5 minutes ago and he explained why he couldn't....." and then she stopped speaking. There was silence on the other end. Just as quickly as she had stopped, she said, "Hold on a second, please."

I waited for what seemed like an eternity, since I was pretty much out of time. Yet, something inside of me told me not to hang up.

After a minute, she gets back on the phone and says, "Today must be your lucky day!"

I was confused.

She then said, "Donna, your caseworker, just happened to walk in to the office. She apparently left something in her desk before leaving on vacation and she stopped by to pick it up."

I literally yelled, "WHAT?" I knew things don't "just happen". I knew that was God! Even after I doubted him, even after I questioned him, He remained faithful. I suddenly became lost in Him. I almost forgot the woman was still on the line. She said, "Mrs. Bombardier? Would you like to speak to her?" In between praises and sobs, I managed to muster a "Yes, please!"

The caseworker gets on the phone and says, "Hello?" I was already on my way back into the waiting room, oblivious to the smudges of mascara covering my eyes. I was crying and rambling off a-mile-a-minute. Through sobs I said, "Donna, please. I need your help. I'm out of time. They would only give me 15 minutes and I'm out of time."

The poor woman must have thought I was nuts! She said, "Slow down. How can I help you?" I took a deep breath and then said, "I drove 3 hours to get to Tampa to bring my son to see an ENT. I've been waiting 3 months for this appointment and they are telling me to reschedule because I don't have some paper they need from you." She asked, "The case authorization paper?" I said, "Yes!!!" She quickly responded with, "Tell them it will be there in 2 minutes. I'll do it right now. You just happened to catch me here. I'm on vacation this week!"

There were those words again, "just happened".

I thanked her profusely (in between the many thank you's to Jesus) and hung up. I turn to the nurse and staff that had seen this crazy mother go over the edge right before their eyes and said in as calm a manner as I could come up with, "That was the caseworker. The paper will be here in 2 minutes thanks to God!" and I plopped myself in the chair next to my boy who had a bewildered look on his face. I felt like I had defeated Goliath. God had orchestrated it all. Had I not been late, I would not have called when she was walking into the office to pick up something. Had I not attempted to call back and try to soften the supervisor's heart, I would have missed her. Every second of every incident was a piece of the puzzle. He amazes me!

Immediately we were taken back to a room.

In addition, God's faithfulness did not end in just getting us in to see the doctor.

Kai's "hearing loss" was due to a ball of wax the size of a small pea, wrapped around the tube that had already come out. It was pushing against his eardrum, therefore impeding his hearing. She removed it and took him back to have another hearing test done. Both his ear drums were perfect, meaning absolutely no fluid and his hearing was normal. No need for further surgeries!

Furthermore, the final prayer was to see if we could get a diagnosis as to why he can't breathe out of his nose. God answered that one also. We received a diagnosis from a cat scan done 2 weeks ago, which I "just happened" to take to her today. He has a pretty deviated septum, but she said she's definitely seen worse. She doesn't recommend surgery until he finishes growing because bones and facial features change during growth.

We have a sleep study scheduled for next week and if that if the results of that are reasonable, there will be no further surgeries in my sweet boy's future for at least a couple of years until his bone graft is due. At the end of November, we go visit Dr. Hero.

What an awesome, sovereign and merciful God we serve!! The cries of His children never fall on deaf ears. Thank you, Jesus for loving me in a way I will never, ever understand!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Something magical happens....

When The Triplets get new PJs!


Oh, yes, it does!


They break out into huge GRINS....


complete SILLINESS....


and even possible CACKLING!

Some may call what happens to them HILARITY...


from the tops of their heads ...


down to their ticklish, wiggly, piggies.


But me? I just call it ...


Ni Hao Y'all

Thursday, October 21, 2010

So sad, with a thankful heart.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. - John 10:10

Today, a friend shared THIS LINK with me. My eyes welled as I read of the agony that this mother must have gone through as the precious child she had carried close to her heart for eight months, was cruelly ripped out of her womb.

While China's one-child policy still very much remains in effect, this heinous act happens world wide.

After reading the article, I feel a need to take a moment to thank our precious angels' birthmothers for their courage and tenacity. I pray that God bless them abundantly. Although, we will never know the circumstances of what they went through to assure the birth of their baby, we do know it must have been a difficult path to walk. I pray that God fill their hearts with his unexplainable peace and that they may somehow know deep in their hearts how happy, loved and treasured their babies are. It is a gift we could never repay. We are reminded that the miracle of adoption blesses our lives every single day when we look into the faces of our sweet babies.

This post wasn't intended to be about the upcoming elections, but it is inevitable for me not to bring it up knowing that we can stop these atrocities from happening in our own backyard.

We are God's children. We have the opportunity to make our voices heard and remove from office those that agree on the killing of millions of innocent babies. We can make a difference. Please vote on November 2nd!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This is BIG!


I'm talking about the November elections, folks. These elections are HUGE! We are only days away now from making a difference. Yes, YOU CAN and yes, YOU WILL make a difference! Together, we can help save millions of babies from dying by protecting them until they are given a chance at life!

take the time to vote, but more importantly, take the time to KNOW who you are voting for. You all know my passion for the right to life and for the unborn.

The following politicians are 12 enemies of life and they must be removed from power!

Rep. Baron Hill (IN-9)

Rep. John Boccieri (OH-16)

Rep. Chris Carney (PA-10)

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA-11)

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3)

Rep. Tom Perriello (VA-5)

State Sen. Joyce Elliot (AR-2)

Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-8)

Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC-2)

Rep. John Spratt (SC-5)

Rep. John Salazar (CO-3)

Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN-2)

The above are presumably public servants who voted for – or supported – the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in American history. Yes, you read that correctly, the largest! They are using your hard-earned tax dollars to pay for insurance coverage for abortions.

If re-elected, they will remain reliable defenders of this anti-life policy.

Be a voice for those babies who are not being given a chance to live!

Let's come out swinging, Americans!!! This is OUR country! Let's take it back to what our forefathers created it to be!!!

To find out how YOUR member of Congress voted, click HERE.

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