Friday, February 28, 2014
Just because he is so cute in red! I wonder if he has received our package? He should have received it by now. We were blessed with confirmation when Ulysses received his first package and even got to see a picture on LWB webpage. yeah! We are just waiting for our LOA. I have no idea how long it is going to take. It normally takes a couple of months, but theoretically it will be a lot faster so we can get there before he ages out. I have heard of it taking as little as one week for aging out kiddos. We are one week from LID so I am starting that check my email every hour thing. At the same time, I am not getting anything done around the house that needs to be done. There are rooms to change around and decorate and much shopping to be done. We have to redo the bathroom in the boys' room. We have most of the items we need because we have been planning a redo for some time. There is still lots of planning and researching to be done especially about what we need to plan for and pack for picking up Ulysses. Instead I am being a total lump on a log today. Sitting at the computer and drinking some delicious coffee. I will probably clean the house up the rest of the way and chill out with the kids. On Monday, I resume my hourly email checks!
Posted by Michelle at 12:46 PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Vote Reese's Rainbow is running a popularity contest! Please head over and vote for Holden to give us the chance to earn some extra funding for his adoption! Tell your friends, your family...hey tell strangers! It would be just super if we could get Holden in the top 21 and maybe raise some extra funding! Thanks!!!
Monday, February 24, 2014
I was a little surprised at what happened last week for with our dossier. We sent it to China on Feb 14. On Feb 19 at 1022 am we got an email saying that our agency dropped off our dossier at the CCWA. At 1028 we got an email saying we were officially LID. I almost expected an LOA before the close of the day..haha. That would have been nice though! We are officially awaiting LOA. It would have been nice to get to that milestone, but the truth is that we would have have no way to pay for our next set of fees. We are so appreciative of all of the people that have donated and shown us that orphan care is a serious priority! We have a super fundraising opportunity coming up at the beginning of March, that I am really excited about. I will definitely blog more about it the closer we get. There are certainly other ways we have been preparing ourselves for this transition! We have a large family by most standards in today's world. We are busy, but we manage to get time by ourselves to relax. I usually have time to bake - I usually spend that time baking as special one on one time with one of the kids. I usually get it together enough to get my house cleaned once a week or once ever two weeks and I have an inner peace that accompanies that 20 minutes my house is clean! I don't know for sure, but I suspect the time I will have after Han and Ulysses come home for things like cleaning the house good (insert obsessive compulsively here), maybe quilting (which is such fun) may all but disappear. I don't know for sure, but I think that I need to start working on myself. I need to start preparing myself to find more joy and inner peace in caring for my kids and not in sitting in the middle of a clean house with a cup of coffee. I am sure most people flipping through this are familiar with James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself pure from being polluted by the world. I really need to work on the last phrase...to keep oneself pure from being polluted by the world; by the materialism, by the selfishness that permeates everything. I really like to have a clean house and to have time to myself to try out a new recipe or to quilt. I really like it, but do I deserve it? umm...no. There are lots of pollutants in the proverbial "world" but I think the biggest one is greed and self-entitlement. I am entitled to some free time to relax...umm no. I am entitled to go out to dinner and spend $35 on hibachi...ummm no. I am entitled to a new computer that I can skype with when I am in China...umm no not really. Keith and I are spending the next month working really hard to gain a biblical perspective on becoming better parents and a whole lot less selfish! This month is going to have us spending a lot more time praying than any month ever! We are going to be working on depolluting! Strangely, this has also been a them that popped up at our church starting in March. We started yesterday by reading a book of Ecclesiastes a day and praying together and for each other every night. Should we have already been doing that...yeah. On March 1st we are going to read a Proverb a day and pray for and with each other. It doesn't really sound like a lot, but in the stress of everyday life, it is easy to forget to spend the 30 minutes each day with God. It is easy to become polluted by the world and prioritize getting the laundry folded (you should see the pile of laundry staring at me right now! haha) over sitting down, doing our bible reading and praying. I have to remember who is running my life when I choose to skip my time with God to get some stupid, meaningless chore done. It is not me!
Posted by Michelle at 4:18 AM
Sunday, February 16, 2014
LWB posted a picture of Ulyssis this weekend of him looking at our photo album we sent. Wow, what is going on in that little brain of his?! He looks sad. Keith says he looks like he is in shock. He is sad, he knows in his brain that he needs to come home with us in order to get medical treatment and go to school. He is living in serious poverty right now and his foster granparents are quite old. He has been with his foster family for so long...they are his family and it must be breaking his heart to know he is going to be leaving them. My heart is just breaking for him, it is just breaking. Please pray for him and for his breaking heart, pray for his transition and for his heart to heal. Please also pray that he stays physically healthy until we can get him home.
Friday, February 14, 2014
We had some snow yesterday. that is an understatement! We were supposed to have 1-3 inches and we had about 12 inches up at our house. I made it to work, but it was a short day because so many people couldn't make it to the hospital. While I was gone, my kids turned into master igloo makers. Even Alex got in on the fun and she hates being cold. Snowmen and snowpigs were constructed and a fun time was had by all! In the afternoon, the snow started melting pretty quick, but everything is still here today. It is going to probably warm up and melt today (I hope!). I always have a hard time deciding which is more important, diong school or doing some serious playing in the snow like yesterday. Math problems can be done any old time, but it is a very rare occurrence that we have so much snow perfect for playing in! My 2 year old is driving me absolutely bananas...so it is now time to start the day. I am home today with the kids and I am so excited. It seems like a long time since I have been home for a day just to run through the regular routine. I haven't done a week of night shift since December and I really miss the 2 weeks it gives me of being home during the day.
Posted by Michelle at 5:34 AM
Monday, February 10, 2014
its not the best photo...but we have an orange and cream hat, a purple flannel shirt, a lego mini creator set, 12 pull and go cars, 12 flying glider planes, an uno game and a photo album. i think we are going to add a disposable camera and maybe a flashdrive in case there are some pictures that might exist there of a young and adorable Han. We can't decide if we should remove the plastic wraps or not...what does everyone think? Irony that 80% of these items were made in China?
Posted by Michelle at 4:47 PM