Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Colton is officially two now (although he's been showing sings of being 2 for months). Even though I post pictures of his tantrums and crying, he is for the most part a delightful little boy. He is talking a ton, loves football (playing and watching it-daddy is thrilled), loves to play outside, big trucks, word world on PBS kids, and keeping up with his brother and sister. We love you little buddy and can't wait to see what you'll do this year.
My attempt at getting a group shot on Christmas Eve in front of the tree.
Leaving (and eating) cookies for Santa.
Putting our "magic key" outside so Santa can get in (we don't have a chimney).
Note the chocolate in one hand and candy cane in the other.
We had a great Christmas this year celebrating Jesus' birthday. Our older two are old enough to understand a good amount about the true meaning of Christmas. Colton is old enough to know that if you can get a candy cane or piece of chocolate open on Christmas morning, mom lets you eat it for breakfast (we suffered the consequence of a sugared up melt down later in the day).
Last year we started the tradition of giving three gifts to each child to represent the three gifts that the wise men brought to baby Jesus. The kids really look forward to those three gifts and get the correlation. We also did this in an effort to control the mass influx of toys. Because all of our kids are close in age, they get excited about and play with their siblings' toys as well. Three kids times three presents equals nine presents (15 next year:) which is a lot of new toys. So although we limit the amount of new toys, they still have two sets of grandparents, three sets of great grandparents, and aunts and uncles and cousins.....needless to say, our house is overrun with new toys. To add to the new collection, Colton has a birthday in December and Caleb has one in January. We may have to come up with a new plan next year or the toys may take over.
Anyway, it was a great season and we are grateful for God's gift of His Son and look forward with great anticipation for what He will do next year in our family.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I keep telling myself that I need to lower my expectations of what gets done around here. I kind of like things a certain way and I'm particularly fond of my plans going as planned. Having kids of course has changed that some. I actually enjoy being more flexible and less concerned about plans-I just have a little learning curve.
So when we only had Caleb, I did pictures of him myself for the most part. Then we had Caroline and I found it to be a bit challenging to capture those important moments and have both children looking at the camera and looking somewhat happy. When Colton arrived, I realized that just looking in the same direction qualified as a successful photo. Now with number 4 and 5 coming, it will probably take a small miracle to achieve that "successful" photo shoot. I can tell you I sure am looking forward to trying to get that photo with all FIVE of my kids.
So, Monday night we took the kids to see Santa. I learned two years ago that my best bet was to bite the bullet and buy the $40 cd (as much of a racket as that is) of candid shots and not even bother bringing my own camera. After a nice hour long wait (the kids did great), all three kids held hands and happily ran over to Santa. Unfortunately, once Colton got a closer look, he was having no part of saying "cheese" and the best group photo we got was the one of him screaming. Nick said, "that's real life" and it is. So Merry Christmas to all! We are so excited for this Christmas and the many to come with our full house.
24 days until we leave and 31 days until we're all together as a family!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I don't even know how frequent flyer miles work, but if there is anyone out there with extra miles that would like to donate them, we'd be more than grateful. I believe we'll be flying United Airlines and then Ethiopian Air.
33 more days!!!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Against predictions of certain rain, our garage sale was a big success and we had lovely weather. We raised about $800 with the help and support of many friends and family. Thank you to all who donated items (that was our house the night before the sale-can you believe all that stuff?)and time and praise God for His blessings on the day!
We're still waiting for firm travel dates so we can book our plane tickets. Hopefully we'll hear some news this week.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
We are filled with joy and give all glory to God!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tonight, our case will go to court in Ethiopia. We've waited for this event since we started our journey over a year ago. Aside from actually going to meet our girls, this is probably the most important event in the process. We will officially be the legal parents of our daughters.
Please pray tonight that our court date will be successful and especially for the girls' mother who is required to be present in court for the hearing. She will permanently give away all rights to her children in a self-less act of love. I can't imagine her anguish. I pray that she will take comfort in knowing her daughters will be loved and well cared for.
Below is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman. To find out how you can help the orphan crisis, go to www.Compassion.com. What Now?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Garage sales are one of my least favorite things (along with fundraising of any kind). However, this cause is well worth the time and effort. Our goal is to help defer the cost of our plane tickets (the next big expense in the process). Our tickets will be a little more than we had originally expected (about $5000) Originally, we thought the kids would probably be under age 2 or at least one of them would, allowing for much cheaper tickets for them. We'll have to purchase two full price tickets for the girls now because they're older (well worth it of course).
So, we're calling for a mass garage/closet/storage building clean out. If you have anything that you'd like to get rid of, we'd love to take it off your hands. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any items you'd like to donate. We can arrange to pick the stuff up or you can drop it by.
Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone else that may be interested.