Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 152 - Good News, Bad News & Horrific News...

The Good news first...

The Friends of Fanose fund is up to....

$175...That equates to EIGHT people that will have CLEAN drinking water...THANK YOU!!!

How awesome is that? I am so thankful for the donations we have gotten so far...each and every dollar. I know how hard it is to find a couple extra dollars these days. Just remember EVERY DOLLAR matters. Even if you can only donate $1...please do! I will be thankful and a sweet, innocent child in Africa will be even more thankful for your kindness!

So the bad news (which in the grand scheme of things isn't really that bad at all)...Sophie Le had her gymnastics show today. It went about as bad as it possibly could have gone. The show took a sharp downward turn the minute we walked in the door...Sophie Le's teacher was not there and a substitute teacher she has never met would be doing the show. You may have picked up on this before, but Sophie Le does not warm up to people quickly. She LOVES her regular teacher. She is comfortable with her regular teacher. She thinks her regular teacher is funny. And most importantly, she EXPECTED her regular teacher to be there today and she wasn't. We tried to introduce her to the sub teacher before class, but she really didn't have enough time to process this unexpected change. We talked to her and she agreed to go in to the gym and do her show. She has been sooooooo excited about this morning for weeeks. ALL of her grandparents and three of her cousins came to town to watch her and she was so happy to see everyone. She did GREAT during the warm up. However you could tell she was SUPER nervous. She did her nervous "billy goat" laugh during the entire warm up :o) Which is cute to watch, but Mama KNEW why she was doing it. Unfortunately during one of the warm-up games, she collided with another little girl and THAT WAS IT! I think if her regular teacher was there she would have been able to shake it off, but that additional stresser just sent her into a "funk." She absolutely REFUSED to do her routine. REFUSED. The gym director came in a tried to coax her to the bars, but she just started crying again and I knew there was no way she was going to snap out of it.

Honestly, I felt awful for her. It was frustrating for us, but just to know that she felt out of control made me so sad. She wanted to do her routine. She was soooo excited about the show. She wanted us to record it so she could watch it later like we watch Hillary Ashton's show from when she was Sophie Le's age.

We may try to take her to try again on Friday. We will just talk with her over the next couple days so she knows what to expect and let her make the decision.

Luckily I did get a few really cute pictures before the collision :o) So when she looks back on this day in a few years she will only see happy faces and she won't remember the drama :o)
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A few in her cheering section...
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So now the horrific news. Let me just preface this by saying I am not a person that is really attached to material possessions. If my house burned down, I would be sad. However, if my kids, husband & I were safe (and the insurance company paid up), I would be fine. Except for one item. This one item is extremely important to me. I would run into a burning building for this item. I would pretty much do anything to save this one item...my external hard drive. I have ALL of my pictures on my external hard drive. ALL of them. The last SIX years of pictures. Hillary Ashton's baby pictures, our trip to Vietnam, our trip to Ethiopia, our trips to the beach, our trip to Rome, our foster kids' pictures, our everyday fun pictures...ALL of our photographic memories. I am sure you can guess where this is going...

MY COMPUTER WILL NOT RECOGNIZED MY HARD DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried the other two computers in the house...nothing. I made a mad dash to Wal-Mart for a new cord...nothing! Uggg! My next step is to drop it off at the computer doctor. I am not really even comfortable leaving it there, but I don't really have a choice. I will be heartbroken if my pictures are gone. Heartbroken.

Remember, every dollar matters to a child in Africa!
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Let's make a difference in this world!! Let's build a well!!!!

10 comments:

The Jennings said...

I was just like Sophie Le when I was little. I feel her pain! I hope your computer is OK. I'll say a prayer for it. I know the pictures are the most special, pricelss thing material item on this earth and I think it is OK to pray for it. I'm sure the computer doctor will get it working. Do you have any pictures backed up to an online service???

Gretchan

Nadra said...

Oh Amy...I feel your pain. Our computer crashed earlier this year. We had an external hard drive that was backing up our system. But...it only backed up the main user (which was Charlie). All of the stuff on my side was lost after a certain point. I was sick over it. I cried and cried. A computer guy that Charlie works with has the old hard drive now and has been able to recover some of the pictures. My problem now....my new computer won't recognize my camera software, so I can't download any new pics from my big camera. Craziest thing.

Tricia said...

Oh, Amy. I can't even imagine. I will be praying that the computer doctor figures out the problem and fixes it! In the meantime, go buy a back up drive so you are ready to make a second copy. I have one but I am bad to remember to move the documents. I've gotta do it - I am a few months behind and I'd hate to lose even those few months.

Lisa said...

I feel your pain, Amy. I had a drive that my computer failed to recognize. I just kept it around and one day I plugged it in again and it started working. There is hope! I have two external hard drives now. Those things are so very sensitive! The last new one I got fell onto the carpet from a height of about three feet and immediately quit working. Fortunately I only had a few days' photos on it and I also had them backed up somewhere else. I'll definitely pray for the recovery of your pictures!

Laura said...

Amy, So sorry to hear about your computer. I really hope that you can have it repaired! And, I am sorry that Sophie Le has so upset. Hopefully, she will want to show off her routine for the fam at home and you can get some footage for her!

Heather said...

Oh No! On all accounts! Sorry about the performance...hopefully she will grow out of that it time...I was always a nervous wreck during recitals. It's stressful! ;)

The computer mess....oh my gosh! I have 2 years of pictures sitting on an external hard-drive from our VN trip & Caleigh's first year home. I REALLY need to get those printed off. Maybe a goal for next week! HOPEFULLY you can recover your pictures successfully!

Kristy said...

Amy,
I can totally relate to the gymnastics event. Lindsey started taking gymnastics at River City in March and we decided to sign her up for the spring olympics in May. The only problem was that I couldn't be there for the first half of the show b/c I had to take Kathryn to her ballet rehearsal at the same time. We explained that her daddy would be with her (and all her grandparents would be watching) and she seemed ok with that. Well, she had done well up until the moment that she saw me sitting in the audience (about 45 minutes into the event). She lost it. From then on, she didn't want to do anything. I felt so bad. I kept thinking if only I had just stayed at home that maybe she would have finished all the events. She wouldn't even do some of her favorite parts (even after me talking to her and trying to encourage her). She did end with a smile when she got her trophy, though, so that was good.

As for the computer, I'm so sorry! If there is anything that David can do, let us know. Maybe he'll have an idea.

Renee Moak said...

Awww...I feel ya too. We were robbed and took ours with ALL of Henok's "baby" pictures and videos of Ethiopia and first EVERYTHING. I cried and cried.... :(

The Garners said...

Oh Amy--I hope and pray you can recover your picture files. That makes me SO sad. Sometimes I get nervous and ask Lane if he's SURE our backups are working-I don't know a thing about that kind of computer stuff!

And Sophie Le looks so cute before the performance! I'm sorry it didn't go well. :(

Dianna said...

I will keep my fingers crossed for your hard drive! And poor Sophie Le. She's a lot like Phoebe (or Phoebe is a lot like Sophie Le!). Change throws her completely for a loop and she just shuts down. I hate it for the poor little munchkin.