Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I filled this out courtesy of my old high school friend Patti who hopes maybe one day I will actually do one of these. Well for your persistence here you go!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? coordinating wrapping paper
2. Real tree or artificial? always real
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually first weekend in Dec
4. When do you take the tree down? I just keep vacuuming the pine needles until there are none left!
5. Do you like eggnog? LOVE it!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably my Cabbage Patch baby. That or my Miss Piggy sleeping bag - oh yeah!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Several. I have one my sister gave me from Benin - it stays up year round
8. Hardest person to buy for? Husband
9. Easiest person to buy for? Alexia - she always wanting something I won't buy any other time.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? Vacuum cleaner (for real)
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mailed 'em
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life - husband can't watch with me because he makes fun of it too much.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? October, but I'm not done until a week or two before Christmas.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I'm sure I have, I just can't think of a specific one.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Eggnog, peanut brittle, gingerbread cookies, thin mints in my stocking...the list goes on!
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear (the colored lights on our tree this year is another story)
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night or Away in a Manger
18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? We have in-laws, we have to mix it up.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yep...including Rudolph.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One on C-mas Eve the rest in the morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People don't celebrate the real reason for Christmas
23. What I love most about Christmas? People have a change in heart and want to help others.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Going backwards through my weekend, we went to our monthly adoption support group as I call it. First Fridays is a wonderful group for those who have adopted from China as well as for anyone anywhere in the process of adopting. It was started by Dan and Susan who have adopted from China and are in the process again of adopting. It is always a great time of fun and encouragement. This week was especially touching. We had a speaker, Amy Eldridge, who is one of the founders of Love Without Boundaries. This is a volunteer organization created to improve the quality of life of Chinese orphans through various medical, nutritional and foster care, as well as education.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
As of yesterday (when we were on the road coming home from Thanksgiving at Mimi and Papa Jacques') we have been officially waiting for our little girl from China for ONE YEAR!! It's kind of like a celebration in some ways - one year down, but who knows how long to go?
The past few months have been more of a downer than an up swing. Thoughts of other countries and special needs route have been considered. The quilt squares lay idly in a box, no mention of names and we no longer say "next year when we have Mei-mei". We are trying to accept that it will most likely not be next year, but instead 2009. It was hard to swallow when Alexia's Sunday school teacher told us she had prayed a sweet prayer that her sister would come soon. Still I had a recent reminder of what we are in this for.
The other night Caleb had brought to me the adoption storybook Shaoey and Dot to read. It's a cute little story about a ladybug that happens upon an abandoned little baby in China and vows to never leave her. The ladybug follows the little girl on her journey to her adopted family.
To give a personal background about this book, the first time I read this, I was on vacation and in a bookstore with adoption not in our future anywhere. As I read it, I started bawling. I don't mean a tear or two, I gushed. There is a part where the ladybug friend talks to the little baby girl and explains this as she is about to be adopted into a family
"There's a cry that's the saddest of all.
In fact it's unlike any other.
It comes from a deep, empty place in your heart
That can only be filled by a mother
And after today, I will never again
Hear that sad song coming from you
You're getting adopted, you're getting a mother,
And you're getting a family too!"
As I read this to my children, I was once again crying reminded why we want to adopt. We want to give a little girl a home and a family that loves her. There are too many children in the world without loving arms to hold and comfort them. We can't wait to welcome her into ours!!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
This is our Papa Jacques, (Erik's stepdad) with his grandkids last Christmas. While we were off having fun at the beach a few weeks ago, he and Mimi couldn't make it to join us. Papa Jacques was stuck in the hospital finding out he has cancer of the lung and brain. This was disheartening news to us all. Since then he has had radiation and has just started his chemo this week. Please pray with us that he would remain strong and "sick free" while undergoing this phase of treatment. We are thankful that his faith has kept him upbeat and positive for the most part during this whole ordeal. Even still, he could use the good thoughts and well wishes! Thanks!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Okay this is really sad (and crude of me) but I have to post it. This is the only thing I have uploaded of my sweet little nephew and his visit with his cousins while they were stateside. I about fell off my chair laughing when my sister sent it to me - I'm sure it wasn't MY "noisy" son
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
It was my two year old son's turn. The medical assistant asked the routine developmental questions for the two year old check-up. Can he identify at least 6 parts of his body - Yes. Is 50% of his language intelligable - Yes. Can he jump up with both feet? My mind started racing. Caleb can't jump. Are 2 year olds supposed to jump? Is he behind? Did Alexia jump at two? I had to say no but I quickly mentioned that he can jump off of a step (did that count?) Alexia then piped in feeling like she was bragging on her little brother and said "He can even jump off the SOFA!"
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
It was only a month into her new school and we had an opportunity to get Alexia into a small private school that I've had my eyes on for some time now, so we took it. Alexia started MCCS yesterday and has transitioned great. **For you locals, it was nothing against CHE, we just thought this was better for us at this time.**
Alexia already had a friend in her class who met us at Dunkin Doughnuts for a special first day breakfast and showed her how to get to the class from carpool. Her teacher is extremely energetic (she has to be - she has 4 boys) and Alexia is drawn to her magnetic personality. We are thankful to have her there where she can learn about God and Christian basics. I will be glad to have her home earlier (7 1/2 hour days were killing her). Anyway, I think she looks adorable in her new uniform that she loves wearing!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I watched with my daughter the much anticipated Arthur cartoon about his friend adopting a baby sister from China this week. I actually got really caught up with a kids' cartoon that was so relevant to our situation. Arthur's friend Binky was very excited to get his sister and had his bags packed the next day. It went through a lot of familiar situations like all the paper work, the excitement of mailing it all off, and even making the 100 Good Wishes Quilt (which I received 5 squares for mine today!). However, my heart sank a little bit when 15 minutes into the program they get their referral. That's not fair I thought - what about the wait, don't the animated figures have to wait like us too?
All in all it was a good little program. My daughter loves Arthur, so it was nice to have something to identify with on her level. If your interested in it - check your local PBS listings for a few more broadcasts this week and in the future.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Alexia started school as I have posted, we had a double birthday party for her and Caleb (another thing I haven't posted about). This past weekend we had grandparents visit from Florida which was fun.
Then Monday my sister that lives in Holland calls me and tells me she found out she is expecting TWINS!!! So now I know I gotta stash some money aside to go help take care of them all when the babies come. You have to hop over to her site, she's got a cute little boy who will be two tomorrow. (Yes, us two sisters have little boys 5 days apart.) And he is super silly like his momma!
On top of all that - somewhere within the past 2 weeks or so I reached my goal of 100 quilt squares received for our Good Wishes Quilt. I actually have more than that now! I need to really catch up on our quilt blog - I am SO behind - that's' my next project I guess!
I am still here, I am just a little overloaded for the time being trying to keep all the balls in the air. Keep checking in!
Friday, August 17, 2007
- Get Your Own
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
School absolutely wore her out. She came home and crashed on the sofa. Not to mention she is recovering from an ear infection. Overall she enjoyed it and had lots to talk about.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
When we first started this whole process in the early spring of 2006, I was convinced that we would be traveling to China in August of 2007. Why then? Well, that was our projected referral time then, but most of all because I was SURE that I would have to travel during both my kids birthday and miss Alexia starting kindergarten. Well, no fear of that now - maybe next year!
I believe that God's timing is perfect though. With all of the craziness that our family has experienced this summer, there is NO WAY I could even fathom bringing in an adopted child. I have to believe that God is the master artist and knows what he is creating in us all both individually and as a family. So, as much as we think about having her here and want her here, I know that for some reason we are being kept apart a little longer than we'd like so that we may come together at just the right moment to create a beautiful masterpiece.