Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
What a surprise! When Paeton and I landed in St. Louis, MO on Sunday evening, Parker called to proudly share his news that he had successfully shot his first deer! Parker said,"He's about two year old buck with 5 1/2 points." What a welcome home present! Paeton and I were in NYC last week to see some broadway shows, we loved Little Mermaid and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas show was spectacular this year. We also saw Cirque Du Soleil's, WINTUCK at Madison Square Garden and really enjoyed this show as well. Paeton really enjoyed the sights from the Empire State Buildings observation deck. We would have liked to observe longer but it was about 20 degrees and so windy that night. We were tour guides for my dad's wife Connie and neice Michaela who really enjoyed their first trip to the Big Apple.
It was a slow week on the adoption front last week so it was nice to have the distraction of travel and so many fabulos places to shop! We even bought something for our ET baby, yes probably a little premature as we do not know for sure if we will adopt a boy or girl. I've felt strongly, early on that we would adopt a boy, and since we are now #5 on the wait list for a boy and still have not moved on the girl wait list(#13) it is looking like I was right. However I read all of the yahoo mail from last week and it looks like there will be movement on the baby girl list soon, so we really do not know. But we bought an adorable outfit at a darling boutique by one of our favorite restraunts, SERENDIPITY (YUM!) for our little boy it has a NYC fire engine scene on the front. So cute! If it so happens that we receive a referral for a little girl, it will make a fab gift!
Jamie and I dropped Bambi off at the frozen food locker and they will process the meat into summer sausage, jerky and ground meat for chili. Parker is very excited to share his harvest! It will take about a month to process so if you are in the neighborhood around Christmas come by for some cheese and sausage crackers and chili!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday Nov. 14, Paeton came home from school and announced that she wanted to donate her hair to LOCKS of LOVE. This organization makes and provides children who have lost their hair due to illness with beautiful real hair wigs. So we Googled LOL and found out that the minimum length must be 10' inches and bound in a pony tail, clean, dry and put in a plastic bag and shipped in a padded envelope. We measured her ponytail and 10' inches was going to make her hair short, very short! Short enough that she would not be able to put it in a pony tail or bun that she needs for ballet and twirling. But also short enough that for her cameo as a lead boy in the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker that she could pull off her part. I hesitated, and asked her are you sure you want to do this and she bravely told me, " it's okay, it will grow back. It's not the children's fault that they got sick and lost their hair mom." So my brave, compassionate daughter cut her hair off and donated it to LOL for some child that needed a wig to help them through the illness they are facing. Paeton said, " it's weird when your brother has longer hair than you." Parker also received a hair cut friday but his is still 4' longer than Paetons. Yes I am a proud mother. I truly feel blessed to parent the two incredible kids God has trusted me with and I am honored and humbled by them almost daily. I am so excited for our Ethiopian child to have P&P as older brother and sister. This is going to be one blessed child!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The World's Greatest son and daughter were very excited when they arrived home from school yesterday to see that we moved up on the baby boy list another spot! However, at bed time Paeton broke down(which is not unusual) but we found out that she was very sad that we had not moved up on the baby girl list. We talked it out and reminded her that we did not choose a boy or girl but that we are trusting God to unite us with the child he created for our family. It's hard to trust Him sometimes but I am happy she is learning to F.R.O.G.!
More excitement today. Our adoption facilatator called to tell us that our dossier was sent to Washington D.C. today for authentication. That takes a few days and then when the agency receives it back they will forward it to Ethiopia for translation!! So sometime next week our dossier will arrive in Ethiopia, Africa. I've never had anything arrive in Africa, well except my cousin, David, who worked in Gabon for 12 years. Just thinking about our paperwork being in Ethiopia next week is so exciting to me.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Welcome to our FROG blog. It took many hands and a lot of sweat and tears (LOL) to finally navigate cyber space and figure out how to get us in the blog world. But look out here we are!! So let me give you a little background information on how God finally broke through our thick heads and brought us to this place of surrender to HIS will.
God started planting adoption seeds in me long ago. Through a series of experiences He allowed me to go through I prayed and earnestly sought out HIS will for me and my family concerning adoption. Trying to get my husband on board was tough. He is so good at his job in being the head of our family: provider, protector, all those good things. He just could not see that we needed to take on such a resopnsibility especially now that we had made it through so many tough times and now were quite comfortable and at a point where we could start to afford some of the finer things we had dreamedof having and doing for so long.
Well when God has a plan and your are open to HIS leading and truly desire His will for your life above your own human wants for your life get ready for crazy rock your world things to happen. This is a story about what happens when you say yes to God. Long story short, as I was contuining my prayer about adding to our family through adoption and The Worlds Greatest Husband and was asking his great GOD for signs that this is truly what HE wanted us to do God showed up and beat us over the head not once or twice but many times with HUGE signs and undoubtable answers to prayer about adoption.
On friday September 5, 2008, we signed with International Adoption Net to adopt a child or children from Ethiopia. Friday September 26, we met The Worlds Greatest Social Worker and had our first home study meeting with Karla. She came back to our home on October 2, 2008 and completed our homestudy with interviews that she quotes Parker and Paeton (The Worlds Greatest Son and Daughter) saying " they both verbalized they are looking forward to a new sibling/siblings joining their family. Actually, they appear ecstatic about their parents' plan!"
We wanted to say thank you to the friends and family that participated in giving a reference for us in the homestudy. For confidentiality and other reasons we never saw the references that you wrote for us and sealed in a signed envelope but Karla did quote some of you in the homestudy saying, "Any child in this family will be exposed to educational, cultural, athletic, social and religious opportunity plus a sense of self worth and confidence in themselves." Another said, "James and Michelle are the two best parents I know! They will give a child a nurturing and safe environment to grow up in!" So, we humblely thank you for your kind words on our behalf and will continue to strive to use God honoring parenting skills for all of our children.
On October 9, and on Oct 17 I went to St Louis to the Secertary of States office to have 20 or so documents certified and both times was turnned away because of minor infractions of notary issues. That was hard because not only did I complete an entire dossier once which is a huge accomplishment in it's self, but twice and then a third time. All of our dossier documents were finally certified on Tuesday , October 21! They were fedexed to Denver and arrived in the International Adoption Net home office the next day. October 22, 2008 we were officially added to the waiting list! We were # 8 on the baby boy list and # 13 on the baby girl list!! You can specify girl/boy and age you prefer. We chose not to specify gender but asked for a child as young as possible. Today we are currently #7 on Boy and still #13 on girl list!
I will close for today, promise not to be so long winded in future post. Just wanted to catch everyone up to date and get this whole process documented. We would love for you to keep us all in your prayers as we continue this journey and also respectfully ask you to pray for our childs birth mother during the process. In my Bible study we are currently learning about the life of Moses and I can not help but think of him as the first biblical orphan and of course his mother, Jochebed, as she entrusted her son to God.
Exodus 2: 9-10 So the woman took the child and nursed him. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharoah's daughter, and he became her son.