Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter! Up from the grave he arose!

Friday, April 22, 2011

You say its your birthday...

Grace turns 4 today! She has been counting down and asking about this day for months. Last year, she really didn't get the whole birthday thing. But this year she sure does. This morning we had her party with her best friend. We went to donuts, got pedicures and had some hot chocolate at our favorite coffee shop. After that, she was treated to lunch with Dad by herself! Whoa. Then tonight we will have our family party. She has requested meatballs for dinner (her favorite food) and brownies. This girl is easy to please!

at the donut shop
getting pedis
enjoying some hot chocolate

2010, 3 years old

2011, 4 years old
She has definitely lost the toddler cubby cheek look and know looks more like a big girl! Can't wait to see how much she has grown at her appointment on Monday! I would say at least 5 inches!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

No news from our adoption worker today so I think it is safe to assume that we were not chosen for our first "recommendation." Stinks.

Monday and Tuesday are the next state meeting so HOPEFULLY we will be recommended for a child at that time. Keeping my fingers crossed for a little one in our age range. There has to be a little african american boy out there that is supposed to be with us. There just has to be....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

30 days from the last state meeting is in just 3 days. The next state meeting is in 7 days.

We haven't heard anything on the child we were recommended for. If we don't hear anything by Friday, we are supposed to know that we were not chosen to be his family.

Then on Monday & Tuesday of next week is the next state meeting. We will hopefully be recommended for a child at that time. Then we wait another 30 days to see if we are selected or not.

This type of adoption is so different than our international experience. With Grace, we sent in all of our paperwork, got our approval, then got a referral. There wasn't any of this "you have been selected for a child but you may not be picked" business. I would rather just know that we have been picked instead of selected and you may or may not have a new person in your family. It is hard for me.

I do feel that that God has another child for us. I really feel like OK DHS was the way that we were supposed to go to get our little one. My new prayer is that God show me that we are doing the right thing. I have started doubting. I wanted to follow HIS will but I have a hard time figuring out exactly what that is. God has given me billboards before so I am praying for it again!

On another note, guess who will be 4 in just 11 days! This little sassy girl who likes to "take things that aren't hers and put them in her purse", who is still very attached to dad, who wants to be in the middle of everyone's business at all time. We wouldn't have it any other way!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Right now...

Outside my windowthe sun is just about set. The sky is a medium blue and is lined with an a deep pink ribbon across the bottom. All finished with the shadow of trees.

This thought impacted me… life can change in an instant. We don't have control and only He knows what is to come.

I am thinking… why does life have to be so unpredictable?

My heart is… heavy. Heavy for a friend who got unexpected news. Heavy for our family as we wait to see if God has another child for us to love.

I am thankful for… my family and close friends

I am reading… The Language of Love & Respect: Cracking the Communication Code With Your Mate by Dr Emerson Eggerichs

I am hoping… for good adoption news in the next few weeks!

I am hearing… the big kids getting ready for bed

Around the house… dust bunnies, just in time for spring!

One of my favorite things… tulips

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… taken at the Home of Hope in Kigali on our last visit to the orphanage before we left for Ethiopia