Friday, January 30, 2009
Last night we received news, not what we wanted, but news. At first, I was ready to cry, but then I chose- "none of these things move me." Things are moving, and the people involved now really seem to be ready to help us. I know this will give us more time to get projects done and mom to be in a better position to take time off. I got some left over garage sale things on craig's list and had some good interest on them, which is great. Room in the garage and money in the fund!
So, as I lay in bed last night, I thought of things I'm thankful for.
God- as huge as He is and the multitude of things that encompasses
Buddy- a loyal, faithful, hard working husband
Samuel, Catherine, and Caleb here with me. Filling my days with laughter, learning, stretching, good reminders to control your emotions, and unconditional love.
My parents- supportive and willing to do whatever they can tohelp and encourage us
Food in our fridge and pantry
A sense of purpose and place
Friends who pray for and with you
A home that is our own (ok, the bank's, too until we pay it off)
A church to feel at home, fed, and challenged
That Hannah has pictures of us and knows mommy and daddy
That we have pictues of her
So many other things I can't even name. God is faithful and I'll never doubt it. Now it's time to finish up my huge tax project, clean out some more closets, plan my February, and get ready for whatever next God brings.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Of course, there are others who are having a worse time with us. Paperwork mix ups, not having the money when they need it, countries changing laws about who can adopt, children being shipped off before they can get to them. I tell you, this adoption business is NOT for the faint of heart!
I must go back to the beginning and remember- it was all HIS plan, not ours. So there has to be a marvelous finish to it all.
I'm not having a pity party, by any means. Perhaps it's being at home in icy weather, Buddy gone for tonight and maybe tomorrow night since the roads are so bad, and other, less fun things like preparing for taxes waiting for me that make me want to let off a little emotion. Tomorrow is a new day and could be the day we hear something or perhaps nothing and still trust God. I think that's a really good plan.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Caleb thoroughly enjoyed the day races, but stayed with a babysitter for the night race.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Now, tomorrow we've got timed races and the top from each den go onto city competition. Stay posted!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This year has been a little different. I got the design idea in October, but God has blessed Buddy with so much work he hasn't been able to devote as much time. In fact, it's only been 6 days since he started. Samuel is quite confident, though and prayed last night that God would give us wisdom on the car and thanked Him for helping him win. He also prayed that God would help everyone else be happy losers. Gotta love that boy's confidence! Although there's still work to do, it's looking good and God has helped us. I'll let you know Saturday how it went. If he does well Saturday afternoon in the city competition, there's a final that night. We did have plans for a basketball game, but may have to change them.
Here's another funny thing about Samuel. After the tea party, he was quite intrigued by the water pot that heats water really fast. He also found the "rules" really interesting. So, he set about making tea for us all the next day and again Monday morning. He had 3 tea pots out with the 3 kinds of tea, cups for all, and their saucers. The mechanics of it all was pretty fun for him. He took apart a pen yesterday and studied how it worked and explained it all to me in DETAIL, while he was supposed to being doing his work. It's amazing to watch his mind going, trying to figure everything out. He can come up with some really good explainations that are really close.
2 weeks ago, he came in while I was getting Caleb up and showed me he told he'd pulled another tooth. I didn't know any were loose, but he knew how to take care of it, had his salt water solution to swish. Of course, he wanted to know if I was going to be tooth fairy and give him his dollar that night.
A few days ago, he decided it was time to bake something and looked all over for something to make. He was ready to climb on top of the stove to pull down recipe books. It's the KitchenAid that is calling his name. How fast can it go? What happens if I raise the lever? Will it work if the bowl is not raised? Today he wanted to help me chop some garlic. The joys of using machines and knives!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Catherine needed a hat and I borrowed one from a client. However, she was a bit disappointed it wasn't a big, soft hat, so we went to Hobby Lobby, got all the fixing and came up with this. Although it wasn't soft, she had a good time with it. I'll post pictures of the other girls once I get them from mom.
Samuel and Buddy went to my parent's to work on his pine wood derby car. I think they got some things done that were very helpful. This picture shows why it's good there were no boys at the party.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Some of the scarves I knit
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
We did have one of those school days after we have been on break, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow being much beter. We're going to go to power plant next week on a field trip to tour the gas plant side. I remember doing that when I was in high school and really enjoying it. After that, I'd like to learn from a client who is a famous sculptor. I'm enjoying this, most of the time! (Keeping it real!)
I did get the top of Caleb's hair cut and saved the hair before someone kindly cleaned up after me! Catherine spiked it again, so I didn't get a good picture.
Yesterday Buddy took the kids to fly kites in the upper 30's, low 40's weather. I'm so glad he took them, because I don't enjoy freezing that much!
However, my Christmas present from him was long johns! I'm now more prepared than ever for the call that we can take off for ROG. I also found some nice wool socks at Sam's and just need good boots and gloves. Then I think I'm set for clothes. Things are shut down now for their holidays, so sometime in the next 2-3 weeks we could hear something. I keep being hopeful and truly believe it's coming soon. Amazing to think that in a few weeks, it'll be a year ago that we first laid eyes on her picture and felt God's leading to bring her to our home. It was then that the Urban's were bringing home Ava. Seeing her progress in a year makes me so excited to think of what's ahead for Hannah.
Have to share about Christmas day. Caleb got hold of the candy cane the kids put in Buddy's stocking. He went around with it and kept saying "mmm" everytime he put it in his mouth. I eventually got him distracted and took it away, but boy was it a big uproar any other time someone touched it! Samuel got a big Lego Star Wars set from Gpa and Gma that he put together in a few hours with minimal help. He also got a City set from us that was "too easy for me." Then Uncle Mark got him an Erector set that he thought would be great, considering how much he likes Legos. Slyly, Samuel came up and asked if we could return it later and was really vigilant that noone opened the box so he could take it back! Catherine got a beautiful tutu from us that made her day. The next day in all the warmth we had, she was outside in a leotard and her tutu dancing in the back yard. She actually tried on several leotards with it to find the one that best matched!
Samuel and I have decided that will the 10,000 (probably underestimating) or so Legos he has, we should try to build something that uses every piece he has. The building began today and I'm sure will continue for quite a while. The funny thing is that he can't help but make what you're doing somehow better than what you're doing! He does have great ideas, though, so it's fine.
Caleb is now walking quite well, taking more and more steps and today was able to walk, change directions and continue without falling. He walked all over dance tonight and was pretty insistant that he go in one of the studios! He can climb the ladder on the bunk beds and if you're not watching, will go all the way up by himself! Time to take the ladder off or keep the door closed!
Promise, pictures WILL come soon!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
What's your word?
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We are so happy to be in the new year, looking back on all the blessing the Lord brought our way, as well as looking ahead knowing that amazing things are up ahead of us.
We have had a really fun psat week. Christmas eve, Caleb got his first haircut- just around the back and his ears since he was getting shaggy! I did it while he was in the tub and just couldn't do the front knowing how he twisted and turned. S&C used that to their advantage yesterday when they gave him a mohawk about 4 inches high! We got to go to a beautiful candle light, carols and communion service with my parents.
Buddy got a Santa suit last year, so Christmas am the kids have to wait until we say it's ok to get down because he has to have time to get ready. He gets up earlier than all of us every day, so it was ok to wait til he was rested at 7:30. He was out in the living room in front of the tree waiting for them. Caleb had no fear and just jabbered away to Santa and sat on his lap. Buddy got a hunting video, which ended up being a good chunk of our entertainment for the day! Mom and dad came to spend the day with us, which was so nice. We ate all day, totally relaxed, played Monopoly and just spent good time enjoying each other. The next day we went to Branson and spent the weekend at a friends condo, kind of last minute.
Today we went to their house for the day and did the same- ate, played Monopoly, and enjoyed the family time. Caleb was walking around quite a bit and showed how he's been saying his thank you. (He can sign baby, eat, more, all done, and said a form of please, all done, hi, and I forgot what else! We're still working on the 4 molars, bless him.) Samuel got to shoot his gun with grandpa, which was pretty cool. After a gun safety course (since he shot a tree yesterday and caught a bee bee in the neck!) grandpa will take him squirrel hunting! We went to be early last night after watching "Super Size Me." Wow! Makes you think.
We have heard good knews about the T family's adoption paperwork. We know that big things have been taken care of recently with more news to come in the next few days. The anticipation is growing and we know it's coming quickly!
I've kept the kids doing 1 subject of school a day this week to help with our time while we're gone. I figured that's one day someone can have a break from school work, although they do a great job with their work and wouldn't complain for anyone.
I got a KitchenAid from my parents and think it's the greatest! I've made several things in it and am looking forward to having a day of food prep with all sorts of tasties for our absence. We eat a bit differently and I'd hate to have someone be concerned about our eating habits. My mom was asking me questions in case she's watching and she's super about doing things the way we do with schedules, eating, etc. and it'll be one less thing to stress about.
All right! Looking forward to a great new year with lots of really good things to share with you.