Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thank you Lord that the day has finally come!
Monday, December 15, 2008
4. Lipstick. Growing up watching my grandma reapply has turned me into a lipstick girl. If I wear any makeup at all, it's always lipstick.
5. Freshly vacuumed carpet...ok, a whole freshly cleaned house! It just makes me completely relax.
6. Starbucks Coffee. I looove it. Every morning I wake up to it brewing in the kitchen. S always makes it first thing.
7. Driving fun cars. This includes brand new ones as a rental or test drive, or vintage ones. I loved driving Grandpa's 50 Dodge Coronet. That's how I roll, yo. ;)
8. Sparkly earrings and necklaces. My kids at school have even noticed this and one girl gave me a faux special occasion necklace! It was so pretty!
9. Good books. Mmm, along with a cup of something warm to drink. I can curl up and imagine my way into another time or place.
10. Comfy, but cute jeans. I love jeans.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
But guess what? She could. She just didn't know it. And she did. We were able to go to the courthouse and Secretary of State and the post office within 1 1/2 hours! Woohoo! I'm thankful we live so close!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
You can see where this is going. Today we had just enough time to scoot downtown, and were hoping that we'd have enough time to go to the courthouse and Sec of State. Well I run into the courthouse (literally...it was raining) and in to the clerk of courts. She says, "Have you used this notary before? She's not coming up."
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Doesn't that just sound fabulous! I have done that once before when I lived in Florida. We were in the back of a truck. It was so much fun!
So anyway, I was thinking about how I would fit us and 4 kids in the convertable!? Ok, so I'd need to HAVE one in order to do it....
Maybe one like this...
Friday, December 5, 2008
We received our updated I-171h today. And how many days did it take them?
From the day the Homestudy was mailed to them, to the day we got it in the mail. SEVEN DAYS. Is that not incredible or what??
Now it might have been so quick since we already have an "open" file with them. But whatever the reason, I'm thrilled!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ok, that ought to do it for now. :) I nearly burst into tears giving it to our nice postal worker. She told me all about the material the envelope was made of-Tyvek. The stuff they put on houses. It won't tear or leak.
Oh, I can't believe it's mailed!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
After nearly 2 years, our paperwork is done. We've been doing it so long, it's hard to actually let it go! My stomach was in knots today as I was getting it ready. I kept thinking, "do I really have everything?" "Really?" I'm sure tomorrow I'll be the same way when I mail it. It seems surreal that the time has come. I just have to take peace in knowing that it still rests in God's hands.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
It took forever to make the stuffing. I was worried I woudn't get it made in time to stuff the turkey in time for dinner. And that's when I realized why people use stove top. It's much easier. :)
We had a great Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've always loved this song, although I laughed at myself as I watched the video. It's so cheesy. I used to belt it out when I was a kid. I loved it! *blush, blush* So what's it have to do with the apostille? I had to go downtown of course! I think I walked about 14 blocks, but the whole time I was smiling (but my ears were freezing)! Woohoo! Our documents are apostilled!
Update: I watched the video again and am laughing so hard I'm crying! Her voice is pretty, but her body movements are hysterical! I love the little hip bump in the beginning, and then the "hair sweep" at the end. Oh it's so funny!
Organize and get documents ready for apostilling.
Take 1 doc to clerk of courts for verification
Take all docs to Sec. of State for apostilling
Go to grocery store
Make pumpkin pie, stuffing, sweet potato casserole
Clean whole house
Put another leaf in the dining room table
Probably go back to grocery store for something I forgot
But the most important thing is to get our documents apostilled! I don't have school today, so it's a great day to do it. No worries about beating 5 o'clock.
I'm kinda nervous. It's the last big thing we have to do...and then it's out of our hands. Ok, so the whole thing has been out of our hands the whole time and in God's...But this time it will literally be out of our hands. I don't know if I'll be able to hand it over to the Postal worker!
Oh, they did send us the corrected homestudy. Thankfully they hadn't sent it to CIS yet either, so they were able to correct that one too.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I opened it up and quickly read over it, looking for the "new" information that was added for 4 kids. But one sentence still said "2 children, birth to 6." The other 2 places had been changed, but this one hadn't.
Oh. My. Goodness.
And so I say again...Count it all joy when [I] have various trials. For the trying of [my] faith worketh patience.
On the way back to the moving, I just sat in the truck thinking, why has this been happening the past few weeks? Every single time we've gone to do the paperwork, something has gone awry. However, every single time, it's all worked out too. We found a place that could verify the notary (after driving all over town). We got the one doc renotarized, without any trouble from the person who'd orginally written, the other doc that had to be redone was in the mail the next day.
So it makes me wonder, Is this all one confirmation after another that God is King and Faithful? Is this yet another opportunity to proclaim His goodness and his Reign over my heart?
God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble....
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
On to school. College, in no way, prepared me for what I have dealt with over the past 6 years of teaching. Sure, I had excellent professors who guided us towards excellent teaching practices that serve a wide spectrum of learners. For that I am very, very thankful. We even had volunteer placements at gov housing, headstart, and afterschool care to develop our empathy for children of various backgrounds; different from our own probable middle class ones.
But all of that couldn't prepare me for the enormous amount of hurt my students, and the other 400, come to school with every day. And the hardest part of all is knowing that I can only do so much; and the rest I must leave up to the Lord. So day in and day out I cry with kids, listen to their heartbreaking stories, and encourage them to somehow make a "good" choice even though their life experiences give them no motivation to do so.
And when I go home, I wonder if I have it in me to endure the stories that my own children will tell, and listen to their cries as they react to the deep hurt they have inside them.
But my hope is this: God gives more strength. Daily I ask Him for wisdom on "what should I say to this little boy?" "What do I tell this little one who knows 'everything WON'T be alright'" And through the past 6 years He has sustained me and given me the wisdom I needed at the time I needed it.
And my passionate response to 'do I have it in me' is with Christ in me-Yes! Christ lives in me and is at work in my life. It will be His working through me that will give me the wisdom, patience and understanding I will need with our children. Apart from Him I don't have it in me.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen
Friday, November 14, 2008
So unfortunately, we have to get that one redone....and drive back downtown.
We're still waiting for our homestudy to come too.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Mercy! For real? So it didn't get done today either. :) Strike 2.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
But excitement is unfurling in my heart again. :)
It's a miraculous thing; being expectant and hopeful. A friend was talking about hope the same way. Hope doesn't stop; even when one is in the midst of trials, there is still a little ember of hope deep down. Thinking one day this trial won't affect me as much, or maybe next fall we'll be able to take our kids to get pumpkins, or maybe the next Mothers day I'll be crying tears of thankfulness and happiness instead.
And so I'm reminded of a poem by Emily Dickinson that I memorized in 6th grade:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
And sweetest in the gale is heard
And sore must be the storm,
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
That would allow us to scoot our dossier in right before the courts go on break for Christmas. That's our prayer anyway.
Friday, October 31, 2008
On a lighter note, we were talking last night about the larger vehicle we'll need. Obviously we won't all be able to fit in my Jeep. We've decided that the best way to go would be to get a 2wd diesel excursion. What? you ask? A gas hog? Well technically no; it takes diesel fuel. But when you think about it, a vehicle large enough to haul 6 people and their stuff and a dog,...a minivan isn't going to cut it. And a minivan gets about 18 mpg UNloaded. So what happens when you load it to the max? Fuel economy goes down. That won't happen with the diesel. And we'll have room to grow. ;)
But my question for everyone reading is,
Do we get bucket seats in the middle or a bench seat?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
And then today, I was clarifying where one of my 1st grader's parents were from and she said, Colombia. I nearly teared up right there. And then I almost told the whole group that I was going there! Don't want to do that yet! A little premature.
Please Lord, let it be soon.
Monday, October 20, 2008
But as it turned out, I had planned way more for Friday than what was actually realistic. (But then again, I'd just done sub plans for 3 days where I'd planned more than what could actually be done in a day....so I guess I was in a groove.)
We got all our stuff packed up to go camping. Oooooh, I was so excited! We were headed to WV to camp in the mountains. It was great fun...except that on Saturday night, the low was in the 20's. I was fuureeezing!!! We woke up to thick frost on the tent, and everywhere. We had good warm sleeping bags that were rated for even colder temps, but I guess I don't maintain heat well or something. It was a blast though. I sure do love camp cooking!
We took Veda the doggie too, and she did great. She'd wander around with us for a while, and then ask to get back in the truck. That's where she spent her time sleeping, and when we hiked up the mountain.
It was a great weekend to just get away and be refreshed. Ahhhhh, when can we do it again! ;)
We still haven't heard about the homestudy agency's approval. At this point, we know that it may well be spring before we get a referral. That's a little hard to think about, but then I remind myself that it probably WILL be spring and so I can look forward to it. I just feel like I'm in this state of emotional hibernation though. I want to be excited about finally having children, but yet I don't want my heart to be wrung out again. So I "hibernate" those emotions.
I have to say though, God has certainly taken care of us the past few years as we went through infertility and the hiccups with adopting. I look back at each struggle and remember, "God took care of us then, and He continues to." It is not easy, and there are lots of times that I just feel like giving into my sinful emotions and thoughts. And sometimes I do when I flat out refuse to turn from the sin.
Trusting God is a narrow path. I fall off a lot. But God is gracious, and all I have to do to get back on is turn my eyes to Him and confess that I can't do this without Him.
Ok, so this wasn't just about camping. :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday I plan to bundle up all our documents and take them to the Clerk of Courts and then to the Sec. of State to get apostilled. Then as soon as the homestudy is done, I just have to run it down to the Sec. of State and we can send it all off. (Thankfully we live 10 min from downtown.) There's no school on Friday, so it works out just great. So if the homestudy agency could get approval by next week...maybe we could get the dossier sent to Colombia before November? It sure would be fun to have a referral by Christmas, but I think that would be pushing it a little. But I've always been good at dreaming......:)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
From the depths of despair, O Lord,
I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
Pay attention to my prayer.
Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.
I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word.
I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn,
yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
from every kind of sin.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Of course I'm frustrated. Have I lost all hope? No! But I'm allowed to be frustrated! I think that's the uncomfortable part. People don't want to have to deal with the hurt they see. So they say something, hoping to just make it go away (which it won't) instead of just validating the other person's feelings.
That's hard to take over and over! So it makes me think about our kids. They're going to have a ton of feelings that we may not have dealt with before. And our job as parents will be to validate them and walk them through those feelings. Not just brush the feelings aside and say "God has a plan". (Which He does, but it becomes a trite saying sometimes.)
So I have to say, even though I don't like the waiting, I'm learning from it. I'm able to see how I react to people brushing off how I feel, and then think about how I'm going to react to my kids. And then I go try it out on the kids at school. :) And hey, what do you know? It works!! It's amazing to see how quickly a kid will calm down if you just speak what they're feeling and allow them to cry instead of telling them "it'll be ok" (which it might not) or saying, "1st graders don't cry, you're a big kid now" (come on! I cry!!)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Stink. Stink. Stink. Stink.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It's easy for me to worry about when we'll be traveling because of the "perfect" scenario I can build in my head, but then I remember that with God in control, it will be perfect. It will be His perfect.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So what have I done with all my found time? Worked on the dossier of course!! We have all the documents, but we needed to go back and edit so that they all reflect this new approval for 4. I wanted to take it to the clerk of courts today too, but then I realized that when i changed our letter, we also needed to have it notarized. So the Clerk will have to wait.
I also finished or photo pages. (Thanks Rene for the info!) I've been working and working on them, and then I realized that I had too many pages. So I had to go back and condense it. But they're done and look really nice.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is a gem of a book I found at Half Price Books over the summer. I was browsing, like I always do, in the parenting section, when I saw the shiny binding. "Oooh, a new book!" I said. I pulled it out and checked the date. It was 2008!
I've only gotten through the first quarter of the book and it's EXCELLENT. It's thick (about like the blue Adoption Parenting) but the author covers issues from infancy through the teen years. And she gives very specific things to do with your kids. The best part is that it's completely geared toward international adoption.
I highly recommend it!
It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. The most interesting part to me was that while it was super windy, the sky was still blue; cloudy, but blue. So it was very strange to have this wind ripping shingles off roofs, toppling huge trees, and blowing yard furniture and trampolines 20 feet into the air...and still see blue sky. We lost power for 5 hours, but evidently we're on a large "grid" so we got it back quickly. Some people won't have it back until Sat or Sun. All the school districts were closed yesterday, and most of them are today too. Somehow mine wrangled up enough manpower to get most of the schools back open....except mine!!!!!! Yippee!
So, I went to the grocery store yesterday because when I went Sunday they were all closed: no power. But Walmart was still closed, and Target was open but mostly dark! Meijer's parking lot was PACKED so I avoided it. Kroger was open but had no refrigerated items out yet. That was a little eerie to see all the empty shelves. Great time to clean! ;)
At Target I bought some items that made me smile all day. They were all on clearance for 1.50, and I figured I might as well start now! ;) (I'm still smiling about that. :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I like little things like that. :)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”[c] 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[d] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[e] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
We were supposed to go up to E-town today (Sunday), to visit with the family, but now that won't be happening. S will be wiped out tomorrow, so we probably will just be around home relaxing.
In other news, we filled out a grant application for Shoahannah's Hope and just recieved our last recommendation that we need to send in with it. Receiving a grant would be a blessing!
We've also been speaking with our SW to be reevaluated for 3/4 siblings. It's taking a long time though, so it's easy to get frustrated. I think the most frustrating thing is that this past year and a half we've already been doing things to prepare for that number of kids. So to have to do it all over again, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just adds "emotionality" to the whole thing. Because of course we don't even know if she'll approve us. And at this point, short of actually getting a degree in social work, all the talking to families, a psychologist, and the multitude of books we've read has pretty well opened our eyes to what we could be "getting ourselves into". So as the attachement psychologist said, "There's no way to really prepare for this. Just be as knowledgeable as you can about the different issues that may come up."
I think the hardest thing now is that I second guess myself. It's as if by going through all this again, I sense doubt from others and then doubt myself. I mean it's things like, "Will I really be able to cook for that many kids?" and then I tell myself, "A, you never had a problem cooking for S's Bible study of 8-10 GUYS!" Or, will I really be able to get myself out of bed when the kids need me?" And then I say, "A, you get yourself out of bed even when S needs to go to work at 5 and wakes you up at 4:30!
We still trust the Lord for the family that He has for us. So if you would pray that we would stay strong in the Lord and be able to ignore the doubts that are thrown our way.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We went canoeing again, but this time it was at night! We went with some people from church and it was a blast. Sean swung onto a branch again, but this time I had a really hard time getting the canoe back under the branch. The current was stronger, the branch was higher off the water, and there were logs in the river I had to get around. Sooooo, as Sean was dropping down into the canoe, I couldn't keep the boat balanced, and we fell in. It was fun. I haven't tipped a canoe in a long time....
Oh, and I almost forgot! This place told us we didn't have to wear our life vests, we just had to have them in the boat! So I didn't wear it!! :) Walkin' on the wild side! Oooh.
Friday, August 15, 2008
So hmm, what to do on my last day? Well, I need to clean up the living room from the painting. It looks sooo much better now! Then I think I'm going to go yardsaling. (sp? that looks funny)
I love going to yard sales. Love love love it. When I was little, mom would search through the paper, mark the yard sales on a map, and figure out her route. Then she'd load us up in the car and we'd head out. Mostly I remember us buying clothes, and maybe the occasional toy. Now, can you believe that Mom used to be able to get a brown bag full of clothes for $1? Maybe it was $2, but even still. Now, you can't even buy a pair of jeans for $2 at lots of yard sales. (It is possible that I am completely disremembering the actual price of the bag, and that it was actually higher.)
Anyway, that began my love of yardsaling. One of my favorite things to do, is to take a pocketful of quarters. I'll find something for between .50 and $1, and then offer a quarter for it. It's fun to see how many things I can buy for 1 quarter!
Ok, I'm off to plan my route!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
That letter was the single most worrisome piece of paperwork out of all of it. And now, even if we have to have it done a 3rd time, I will not have to worry about it!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
But, we did see a strange sight. One silly man mistook his Jeep for a canoe. I guess no one's told him that Jeeps don't float! Hee hee.
Sean disappeared from the canoe onto an overhanging branch.
I should have taken off my lifevest for the picture, but if you know me, you know I always follow the rules...so I left it on in.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I've been working on the photo pages and I think we're going to do a "photo shoot" this afternoon. We need more pictures of the 2 of us together.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
We got our 2nd set of FBI prints back yesterday; they only took 2 weeks from sending to receiving! I thought that was pretty good. And, they didn't have a problem with S's prints! We were concerned because the ridges on 2 of his fingers were completely missing, but I guess they thought it was fine.
So why do I feel like a wagon with square wheels? Because we are moving forward, but have to work seemingly so hard for each little turn. And because it's been so many months that we just want to have our children home.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Gotta love color TV...
Our breakfast stop. LEMmys...Lake Eerie Monster. You could get a perch omelet. No thanks!
Our scrumptious dinner...probably the best dinner we've ever had. Mmmmm!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We'll stay in a little motel tomorrow night so we don't have to make the trip back all tired from going upside down over and over again. The motel is supposedly wonderful. It's a little piece of history left where the big hotel chains are trying to take over. I guess one of its amenities is a color TV. ;)
We got word that our agency still doesn't have Hague approval. So far it looks that we're still covered because we have an approved I600a. But it's unnerving a little.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
In terms of raising funds, we came out with just over $1000! Thank you all for giving! We're one step closer to being able to submit the dossier.
Saturday was our anniversary and we were treated to a wonderful brunch at Der Dutchman with S' parents. It was great food....and a buffet! Yummmmy. Of course we ooohed and aahhhed over the newest Vera Bradley bags in the gift shop. (Why oh why are those bags so addicting???)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Yesterday I had the windows open all day. It was glorious. The breeze was streaming in, the white paint dried fabulously, and I reveled in the summeryness of it all. So today, I'll leave the windows open again. It's supposed to be near 90 today though, and humid, so hopefully I can get it done in the morning, air out the fumes, then turn the a/c back on in time for the heat wave.
The bookshelves are going to be white (Behr Sateen Lustre- great paint) and the walls are going to be a light sage green. The kitchen cabinets are going to be the same white as the bookshelves. I am not really looking forward to painting those...but I AM looking forward to how beautiful it will look when they're done!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Remove the freestanding wood fireplace.
Prime the bookshelves...again. done
Paint the bookshelves.
Wash and paint the living room.
Wash and repaint the kitchen.
Tackle painting the kitchen cabinets.
Make a bunch of desserts for the show.
Sell stuff I don't want to look at anymore on Craigslist.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
"...To be a hostage of Colombia's Marxist guerrillas is to be on the move. The rebels — the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) — sequester their captives deep inside the country's mountainous jungle terrain, and they regularly lead them on long, arduous marches from one mosquito-infested camp to another to keep the Colombian military from detecting their whereabouts. But on one of those treks today, the FARC finally exposed itself long enough for the army to score one of the most stunning hostage rescues in the history of a country where human abduction is virtually a national pastime...."
This is awesome!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Come for entertainment and dessert.
There will be several items up for silent auction.
All proceeds will benefit S & A's adoption from Colombia.
July 18, 2008
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119
There is a parking lot, but you may want to carpool. This will be a casual, outdoor event.
RSVP before July 15, 2008
Visit www.rejoicewithjoy.blogspot.com for news on the adoption.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This is one of the books our SW recommended to us. It took a while to get through, as it was our first experience with attachment. There were so many terms to learn, and issues to ponder and discuss. Gray has a wonderful way of writing this technical information but conveying it in a warm way.
She defines attachment, how it happens, and different kinds of attachment. She discusses the impact of trauma, grief and loss. Also, she brings up how the parents' issues, ones we think we may have dealt with, can come suddenly bubbling to the surface in the middle of a situation with our children.
This book was very educational. Gray gives a thorough explanation of a myriad of subjects related to attachment, trauma, grief, and loss. She gives many suggestions for parents and the biological/psychological/physiological reasons for the behavior. I recommend this book as a "first read" or an at "least this book" for adoption.
(Gray also has a new book out: Nurturing Adoptions. I didn't buy it, so I don't have it here to review. :(
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
And sis and I went on a mega shopping adventure today. The JCPenney outlet is on the other side of town. There is a regular outlet and a furniture outlet. The furniture outlet is awesome!!! Rock bottom prices for nearly perfect furniture. We oohed and ahhed.
Then we went over to the main outlet. It's huge and our big reason for going was shirts for 2.99. Also, sis needed to look for a sofa slipcover for mom. We found one that is perfect! We went to the back of the store, which happens to be my fav place: catalog returns. Now some of the stuff has been used (gross) but others are just waaaayyyy marked down. We found a 2 piece loveseat slipcover for 9.99 and a chair slipcover for 7.99. Pretty good! I don't actually have a loveseat, or a chair, but craigslist does! ;)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So that brings me to why I'm doing reviews. I've read some really great books (Thanks library! :) But a lot of them were quite a while ago and they've started to mush together. So when i think, "Where did I read about _?" I sometimes can't remember which book it was. Also, a few of the more "pop" books were pretty pointless to read after the "psychology/physiology" ones.
So the reviews will be my humble opinion; and my opinions are formed from what I've read and thought about. I'm no expert and just want to be prepared for whatever my children will need. :)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I spent yesterday driving back and forth to Advance Auto and Napa as S fixed an oil leak on his truck. He got it fixed, thankfully.
Friday, June 6, 2008
And, as a last day of school surprise, we received our I171-H form. Now if we could just get our dossier together. I keep praying for "everything" to work together, knowing it's really all in the Lord's hands. But now that I'm done working for the summer, I'm ready to do what needs done!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I've been thinking about how far my students have come this year. I only wish I could tell everything that's happened and how they've grown. It's amazing to see their little minds mature little by little. My 4th graders I've now had for 4 years. I know them very well now and it's incredible to what they've learned. What's really neat is to see the boys. They start school caring little about "school". They're active, antsy, and talkative. Year by year goes by and they begin to soak up more and more.
Ok, so that was school in a nutshell. On to our personal life. The beginning of summer last year kicked off a year of mishaps, and an avalanche of tears. We applied to CHI and started the adoption. Then our bank account was drained as someone "stole our identity". I think it was the TJ Max security breach, or else someone that sold my debit card info. The Lord was faithful and it was resolved.
Then August. S had a cab panel fall on his wrist and sever 2 tendons. That started off a 10 month onslaught of dr. visits. He did decide to have it repaired. The surgery was successful and the day of his last checkup to sign off on full duty at work again S was in the car accident.
Now, this being the 4th major blow, we were emotionally spent. We had just started to come to terms with the adoption taking longer due to only being approved for 2 siblings because of finances. Now it seemed like it would be forever away. Anything we were saving now had to pay the medical bills for the accident.
I have to say that those winter months were brutal. Life was NOT happy for us. I was frustrated about the adoption taking longer, mad that the Lord was allowing this pain in our life, hurting for the pain S was in, tired of the constant battle for happiness when things seemed so bleak, and of course desperately wanting the sun to shine.
About this time too, the Holy Spirit was working on me. I was having these thoughts of "maybe my whole mindset is wrong". You see, I refused to acknowledge the possibility that we might never have children. Absolutely refused. But I was sitting in Sunday School one day and realized that this refusal to acknowledge it was my attempt to control this little thing that I thought I had control over. Kinda like a kid who refuses to eat something because it's one of the few things they can control. I figured if I didn't acknowledge this thought it would never materialize AND I wouldn't have to confront the biggest fear of my life. (Actually it ties with the biggest fear of my life: losing S. But I'd already had to confront that, albeit momentarily, when he had his accident.) But of course, if I'm giving my life over to the Lord, I have to rejoice in His plan for my life. Even if it means never having children. The thought nearly brings me to tears even now. Deny myself and follow Jesus. To deny oneself is HARD!! and boy did the tears and anger flow when I was wrestling with this. But the more I gave it to the Lord, that fear was slowly replaced by peace. Little by little.
And now it's May. We still don't know when we'll be able to settle the insurance claim for the accident, and don't know when our finances will be to the point where we'll be approved for 3 or 4 siblings. But I praise the Lord for what He's brought us through and given us the strength to endure. I also praise the Lord for a husband who is committed to following the Lord in the midst of adversity.
While I can't say that these things have made me happy, I can say that I continue to learn the joy that comes from trusting the Lord.
Count it all joy when you have trials, for the trying of your faith works patience....and if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God....for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
3.27.07 Attended CHI info meeting
6.30.07 Mailed Application
7.10.07 Official Approval, mailed HS Application
11.00.07 Homestudy completed approved for 2 kids; decided to wait on sending dossier
3.30.08 Sent 1600a
4.19.08 USCIS Biometrics
6.5.08 I171-H received for 2 kids
9.10.08 Homestudy Approved for 4 siblings!!!
11.23.08 Recieved homestudy update for 4 kids
12.3.08 Mailed dossier to CHI
12.5.08 I 171-H received for 4 kids!!!!!
12.17.08 Dossier mailed to Colombia!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!
2.6.09 Colombia requests more info
2.18.09 Picked up psych letter addendum
2.20.09 (Fri) Apostilled docs and mailed to CHI
2.23.09 (Mon)Addendum mailed to Colombia!!!
3.24.09 Heard from CHI ICBF has approved our dossier!!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This afternoon we put in a new toilet, and are going to make the raised garden beds for my veggies. Hopefully I can plant them all this weekend too!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I'm excited about getting fingerprinted as it's an important step. :)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Our appointment is next Saturday, April 26th. That is great because neither one of us have to take off work! The first appointment time was for this past Thursday and it was too close to OAT time. So I requested another time. The only drawback is once they've done the fingerprinting, it has an expiration date. We are allowed one free extension. Sooo, I am sure hoping that we can finish this adoption within that timeframe. (I forget how long the biometrics are good for.)