Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ethiopia

My friend Shannon is en route to pick up her two new babies....well they aren't technically baby babies...but they are her new children.  She left today and i am so excited for her family!  We went through our first Kyrgyzstan adoption together and have been going through our second one together (for several years!).

I think she is trying to catch uo with us in terms of sheer number of children.....haha...she is as crazy as me!  I am just so excited for her and can't wait to see some awesome gotcha pictures.  It is always exciting and always very emotional when u go pick up your kids forever. 

Something I noticed in Africa that I didn't notice in Kyrgyzstan is that there is a more palpable battle going on between good and evil...seriously.  So, I will be praying for Shannon and her children as they become a family and travel home and if you will help cover her in prayer for her journey , well...that would rock!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dossier

Yes...that's right our dossier is done.  It is appostilled (even if I can't spell it), 4 copies made and everything ready to send off.  We left at 5 this morning to run around to 2 counties and the secty of state 3 hours away to get it done.

If you have ever adopted (and most of you guys reading this have!) you know that compiling this big document is so time consuming and takes so much work, energy and did I mention work that it is like a miracle when it is done. 
I came out of the state capitol in Frankfort today cradling the completed thing like a newborn...I wrapped it up in Keith's coat on the way home just in case something splashed out of one of our soda's or the baby haha.
It is done.

I would love to mail it off tomorrow...but we are missing a very key component...ummm money.  We are hoping to have the money by March 16 so we can send it off.

There are several families who already have their dossiers enroute to Kyrgyzstan and I can't wait to see what happens.  The whole travel situation has been stressing us out too.  We aren't really sure if it will be 2 or 3 trips, how long we will have to be there, where we will stay, should we bring any kids with us - is that even an option? We have been so focussed on the process that we haven't even spent much time thinking about the fun parts....you know things like meeting him, what to bring him, how to work on his room and new awesome triple bunk beds, plans for helping him learn English.  Things like how many pine wood derby cars Keith is going to have to make next year...hahaha!

Altogether this has probably been the easiest dossier gathering ever.  Additionally, as soon as we decided to move forward with this, I got offers to do some locums work which will almost completely pay for this adoption...that is huge!  We have already been really blessed in this process and it just feels that even though we have had some trepidation in jumping back it...we are continually being shown that we are on the right path and that this path is the right one.

Monday, February 20, 2012



Saturday, February 18, 2012

because its hilarious

Keith found this random picture on a fox news story a couple of months ago and every once in a while i look at it.  If u don't know... UNICEF has an over riding goal to prevent international adoption so they might as well be paying this guy to hold children hostage in institutions around the world.  Of course, they are not, so the irony of some revolutionary wearing the unicef tshirt is not lost on me!  haha

Friday, February 10, 2012

One little thing

I am not very tech savvy. At the Charlotte airport I was using this iPad...then I walked to another terminal and tried to log back on. I couldn't get it to work. I tried to do some very minor troubleshooting, but it still never worked. so I spent the entire last 4 hours of my traveling hoping that I didn't break the iPad and that I would be able to get on the Internet at the hotel. My Internet browsing depended on everything working like it was supposed to with any intervention from me! Why this story....because every part of my life is like that. I don't really have any control over it. I am pretty sure every person in the world teeters on the edge of controlling their lives. Seriously, there are a million things everyday that can derail the little engine that is your life and plans: bad health news, accidents to you or your family, even something as small as a decision made by someone else. Things happen that change your plans and that can make your once important plans seem so small and ridiculous. For me, remembering daily that everyday could be the last day really helps me to appreciate everything. Not in a pessimistic kind of anxiety-ridden way...but in a joyful, appreciation kind of way. I always say goodbye to my kids with big hugs when I leave the house, I make a concerted effort to remember the hugs and remember them in a really intense almost physical kind of way in case that is the last hug I will get. At night I purposefully close my eyes, relish and memorize the way my husband feels holding me. I thank God every time I hug Keith or one of my babies....literally, because I know in a second things could change....just like my ability to get on the internet at the Charlotte airport...and there is really nothing you can do about it....even if you try to tell yourself you have control over it. I like to frequently remind myself what is really important and who is really in control. I am a really lucky girl and a really grateful girl...even if I couldn't get back on the Internet! Thank you God for all of the blessings you have heaped on me!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm definitely a mom

I am in Orlando for a trauma anesthesia conference. It is pretty good so far, we meet 5 hours a day and then I chill out the rest of the day. I have been trying to study, but my brain isn't retaining like it used to. I think I need to do some brain calisthenics...haha. When I got here last night, my shuttle bus was loading next to the Disney buses....I was so sad that I wasn't getting on one of them with 7 overly tired, excited and freaking out kids. I really can't wait ti bring them. Of course who knows when we will logistically be able to actually bring everyone. I am sure it will be long after lilianna would be interested in going to the bippity boppity boutique and that makes me so sad. Oh well, I still have at least 8 years to get violet there. Somehow millions of people live happy lives never visiting disneyworld! I am so shallow! I am so lonely away from home I can't believe I have 2 more big conferencey things I have to do this year. My room doesn't even have a bathtub...no wonder I am depressed...haha. I did order room service though. I can't wait to get home. I have lots of things to take care of around the house. We ordered the wood for the playground....finally! Keith has been working on plans for like 2 years and we are finally going to get it done. Off to sleep now I hope.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's going on

Oh I have been just completely out of commission.  It is amazing how much more work it is to have a baby around the house.  Not really any excuse for letting this blog go so much.  I hate it when blogs I follow just disappear...it is kind of like losing a long distance friend! 
 
A big thing going on, of course is Aaron.  There is an agency that is officially accreditted now and our agency, as I mentioned before is closed.  So we have been agonizing for weeks about what we are going to do.
 
Let me back up, about 3 weeks ago we found out that one agency received their accreditation.  We have been kind of chugging along, moving forward in a slow really non-committal kind of way.  It took us like a year to finally finish our homestudy and we had been putting off our fbi fingerprints for like 3 months.  Once the agency was all "go" we had to really commit. 
 
I know that makes me sound like somewhat of a loser...I know.  We had been going through the motions but our hearts were not in it.  We are a little overwhelmed by staying up all night with babies, running the other kids around, trying to balance our life.  It is not easy to have a basketball team with  you everywhere you go - even when they are on their best behavior the sheer volume of children equals a dull roar.  And let me be clear, our kids are really well-behaved.  They suprise me sometimes how good they really are.  In fact, the check out lady at Walmart the other night flattered me by telling me how well-behaved and sweet my children are and they weren't even with me at the time.  (I digress...sorry).
 
Then there is money.  It is expensive (duh...an understatement).  We have been working hard to save money and pay off bills.  We need a new roof, we want to build an outdoor play area, we want to get a heater for our pool (because pool time is THE best family time we have).  Our savings account would bite the dust.  I know that is super shallow but I am being real here.  If I said money didn't matter to us my pants would explode into flames...we really want to call Dave Ramsay and yell "We're Debt free".
 
Then there is all of the work of bringing home an older child who doesn't speak English, the logistics of bedrooms, school, etc.  Now, when you are trepidatious about the whole thing...the logistical planning is hard, glass half-full kind of stuff.  When you are excited and all-in...it is a joy.
 
In the last 2 weeks there have been many a late night of heated discussions and mind-changing and lots of praying for discernment!  We have been on, off and on again that I am starting to get a little bit dizzy.
 
So our formal application has been sitting on our table filled out waiting for us to really commit.  Our dossier paperwork has been sitting in a manilla envelope half filled out for a week...our FBI fingerprints expired and we hadn't done new ones...we were seriously slacking and letting the world pass us by.
 
Then we saw a picture of a bunk bed on facebook.  We started looking at bunk beds for the boy's room and found one we liked.  For me, the logistic part started to get fun, the idea of the pinewood derby next year sounds fun.  For me, I started to get truly excited again. 
 
So yesterday, we ordered the wood for our playground, we got fbi fingerprints done and sent, we completed and mailed off our formal application and got somethings ordered and taken care of that will have our dossier completely finished by the next time I have vacation Feb 20-24.  We will be able to make the trip to Frankfort for apostilling and will be ready to mail in our dossier and country fee by March. 
 
Another amazing thing happened when we decided to move forward.  I got a call about some extra work during weeks that I had off already.  It is not all 100% set to go - I am still waiting to hear back...but that extra money will go a long way in paying for this adoption. 
 
This is a long post....I am going to try to do better.
 
We are totally in and I am starting to enjoy the process and there is a lot of fun logistical things for me to start thinking about now.  As soon as I have some time at home I will post pictures of the bunk bed and some other pics I need to download.

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