Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Round 1 of shots

Today the kids and I got our first round of shots. The kids got yellow fever and I got yellow fever and MMR. Monday we go back for Typhoid and then I also get Hep A&B. The kids did fabulous and were very brave! Jack at Razook's really is a good shot giver. Didn't hurt at all. Then we were off to get some ice cream as a treat! Here is our after pic...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

No new news...

We had our monthly Rwanda conference call with our agency today. This is where AWAA takes questions from their adoptive families and any new news to share and shares them with all of the families at once. This is our 3rd call and I am so happy that we have this communication. The last 2 calls were full of new information for me. Today, not so much. But that's okay. This far into the game, I am hoping most of our questions would be answered.

The call could come at any time now... Hoping it will come when Ryan is in town (he will be out of town for a few days coming up). Otherwise, we will have to Skype and find a time that works for both of us to see our referral. Ack!






Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just a bit longer, maybe...

The excitement continues to build. We are certain that our child has been chosen. We are positive that the news will come soon, so soon. Our 2 month count down ticker says just 1 week and 3 days until our "approximately 2 months" is over. The call could come at any time. We are ready, so ready.

While waiting this is what we have been up to...

Kindergarten Flag Football


AND Planning a House party to benefit some non-profits who help people in Africa.
This all started from my purchase of Sseko Design sandals. I was really moved by their story and I wanted to get involved. I looked around on their website and this was a suggestion (house party). So this week I spent some time contacting other non-profits for the House Party.

Our line-up includes:
Sseko Designs - sandals handmade by Africa woman who are going to University
Thanda - amazing jewelry handmade by African woman, really amazing
Daraja Choir cds (our families favorite cd!) - orphans from Kenya, wonderful voices for God
963 Missions (coffee & hot chocolate) - fair trade coffee, grown in Africa, roasted here
Mocha Club shirts - shirts that help educate us and provide funds for education/clean water in Africa

If you are interested in coming, let me know and I will give you the details. It is going to be a great afternoon of shopping, helping others, and giving God's love! Can't wait!




Sunday, September 20, 2009

The kid's perspective


It has been awhile since the kids voiced their opinions about the adoption.  I asked them a few questions this afternoon.

Kay was first...
1) Do you want it to be a boy or girl? either
2) If you could choose, which one? a sister
3) How old do you think they will be? 1 1/2 or 2
4) What are you looking forward to the most? Going to Rwanda to meet them
5) What are you excited to teach them? How to play Mary Had A Little Lamb on the piano
6) What has been your favorite part of our adoption journey so far? The approval, because it was nice to know we would get to do it (adopt)

Now Cannon's turn...
1) Do you want a boy or a girl? boy
2) Why? Because I really want to play with him and I can share my legos with him.
3) How old do you think they will be? I would say about 2 or 3.
4) What are you looking forward to the most? Let's see, to hold him and play with him.
5) What are you excited to teach them? a little Spanish
6) What has been your favorite part of the adoption journey so far? the approval, because I want to find out who it is.


Friday, September 18, 2009

New Shoes!

Have you seen these shoes? They are by Sseko Designs (click or go to www.ssekodesigns.com). Amy at Ethiopia or Bust  put this on her blog today. I read the story below then visited the Sseko website. I ordered the pair pictured below.  This is an amazing opportunity to help the women of Uganda.  Read the story below, take a look at their site, and order some!  You can switch out the fabric and you can tie them any way you want (not just the way pictured). Very versatile and fun!
Here's a bit of their story:
The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time.

Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. These women will not make sandals forever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.

Sseko Designs is a for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country's educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.

Although consumerism makes many empty promises, responsible and proactive consumerism has the ability to change lives. Like the lives of Mercy, Mary and Rebbecca.

Every sandal has a story. This story has only just begun, but with your help, it will be a story of hope, success and change


The shoes come in solids and pattern and look really cute. Read more about Sseko Designs on their website... there is more about their story, the women that are benefiting from the sales of the shoes right now.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Family Pictures

Kay and Can have recently come home with family pictures. They were asked to draw their families and this is what they came home with...

This is Cannon's. He went to art camp this summer and this was the backside of his invitation to his art show. There are 5 little stick people on this invitation. He said "Mom, I wanted to include the baby." 


Here is Kaylee's. I was cleaning out her backpack last week and found this.  She has drawn the US then outlined Oklahoma. Then she drew Africa and put a cross where Rwanda is. She then drew 5 people.  4 of the 5 are in yellow crayon and then the little one is in brown crayon.


I am amazed how much my kids "get" the adoption process.  We talk about our baby alot. Kay and I have had so much fun browsing little boys and girls clothes, shoes, toys!  I just love that they are so inclusive of their sibling who is not yet with us.  Makes a mom's heart smile!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Imagining..

As the day gets closer to our referral day, my mind is just going crazy. In my last post, I talked about butterflies in my stomach and in just a few days those little butterflies are turing into bats!  I have had lots of questions lately about where we are in the process and how much longer it will be.  I can gladly and joyfully say, just a few more weeks.  This adds even more to the excitement.  It's like I am in the last 3 weeks of pregnancy and really I could go into labor at any time!  As one friend put it, it is so close that I can almost taste it.  Our child has probably been chosen by the nuns. Their medical paperwork is probably at some office in Kigali.  They are in their last weeks of being without us, us without them. They only have a few more weeks of being an "orphan."  Only a few more weeks until our family is complete.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Butterflies...

I am starting to get anxious about seeing our little one for the first time.  If Rwanda sticks to their timeline that they gave us, we should have our referral in just a little over 3 weeks.  For those of you who aren't sure what a "referral" is, it is when we find out who our child is, if they are a boy or a girl, how old they are, what they look like.  When I start to imagine our child, I get butterflies in my stomach.  I have had a couple of dreams about our referral.  I am so ready to nest in their space. I am ready to get their room ready and buy clothes!  I want to get together a care package to send to them.  I want to start calling them by their name.  I want to give the image in my head a face.  The excitement is building...

Picture from www.wearetheparsons.com. They are amazing photogs!



Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thoughts..

If you look at our little ticker to the right, we have been in our adoption journey for over 10 months.  Our journey definitely began before that but we sent off our adoption application on October 18, 2008.  

A pregnancy is give or take 9 months.  You are pregnant, are given a due date, then somewhere around the due date (usually) you have your baby.  In my opinion, adoption is alot like a pregnancy.  You have all of the emotions of being pregnant, the joy, anticipation, worry, extreme excitement.  You have nights were you don't sleep, weird cravings :), and of course nesting.  The biggest difference to me with pregnancy and adoption is the due due date. With adoption, you don't have a due date. You kinda are given a range but that range usually is months and that range is changeable to whatever the government, both foreign and domestic, would like it to be.  

So what is my point? God made it this way. God designed this process to glorify Him.  God also designed pregnancy.  God created each of these processes to create families.  God created these processes to be a testament to Him.   There are 3 families in Kigali right now picking up their children!  He is amazing, isn't he?!?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Reunion

The kids and I had a great time at the AW Africa Reunion.  We were the only family that is still in the adoption process meaning they all had their kids home. Some of the families had had their kids home for awhile and one family had been home for just a week. It was so encouraging to see families with bio and adopted children.  I watched the way the siblings interacted with each other (which was normal). It was such an insight into how our family will be (shortly!).

Seeing all of the brown faces amid the sea of caucasian...I had a God moment.  God brought all of these families together.  HE knew before time began that these Ethiopian children would call America home.  It really is just amazing to think about His plan and how everything works out.  

I LOVED meeting some of the families of the blogs that I read.  Now we know each other so I won't feel like I am blog stalking :) (even though we all admitted that we blog stalk!).  I got to meet Jill & Silas, the Gibson family , Sakari, Becca & Caleb, sweet little Hannah and her family, and Kelly and her family. There were so many other families there as well there wasn't enough time to meet everyone!

The reunion committee had lots of fun things planned for the families. We had a Meet & Greet on Friday evening, Saturday the kids and I shopped a bit then we went to the Shepherd of the Hills show with the group. On Sunday, Silver Dollar City was the place to be. The kids had a blast!  It was a bonus that some of our friends from Stillwater showed up too!  Monday we headed home to Ryan, who we hadn't seen in 10 days! The kids were sooo happy to see him!  1o days is like forever to 8 and 5 year olds!

Thank you reunion committee for putting together such a great weekend! You all are the best! Can't wait to do it next year with our little one!


The kids enjoying the hotel pool
The kids on Branson Landing 

Silver Dollar City

K & C with our Stillwater friends after the Ozark River Ride

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Leavin'

Leavin on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again....  Well, actually we are leaving in a sweet mini-van and will be back on Monday. But we are on our way to the first every America World Africa Reunion!  I am so excited to be able to meet several of the families of who I frequent their blogs!  We are the only Rwanda family going I believe.  25 families in all who are in the process of adopting or have their little ones home already.  We are coming from all over the US!

I think that this will be a great trip for our kids. They will get to see what our family will look like in the near future! They will get to play with families who have bio and adopted children. We will continue to dream about who our little one is!

Ryan will not be joining us though. He is finishing up his last mission trip of the year in Appalachia, Kentucky.  He said it has been a great trip, lots of work accomplished.  

I will post pictures soon of our Reunion adventure!