Monday, December 31, 2007
I have always wanted my kids to be introduced to the theatre, opera, symphony, and ballet. Year and year, I had it on my list of things to do to get tickets to The Nutcracker, then the Christmas frenzy would begin, and I would realize that I had missed the deadline again. I have always thought going to see The Nutcracker would be a great family tradition to get started. So this year, I finally got it together enough to get tickets (thanks to my dad) to take the 3 smaller children and Nana to The Nutcracker Ballet.
Now granted, it wasn't like she was wearing a thong. Thank God. She had on ballet underwear. Probably practices in it all the time. It's not a big deal, I kept telling myself. We made it through the underwear scene without too many more questions or giggles loud enough to be heard from anyone within a 10 row radius of us. And I thought what a great opportunity to teach the children about perservence and that the show must go on, no matter what. OK, I can deal with this.
Friday, December 28, 2007
10. Really clean and organize my house.
9. Read a book (and finish it) for pleasure.
8. Work on my packing list for Ethiopia.
7. Make travel arrangements for Ethiopia.
6. Take more pictures.
5. Take the kids to the Rutledge Wilson farm.
4. Listen to more music because it really makes me happy.
3. Learn to play pitch.
2. Eat healthier and exercise.
1. REALLY enjoy my husband and children.
So we will see how this list goes. I've decided against New Year's Resolutions this year. I am shooting for 6 week resolves. I don't think I have ever made a New Year's Resolution work for me, so I am trying a new method. Perhaps if I only have to think about 6 weeks at a time, I won't forget so quickly. Good luck with your "resolves" and may God Bless you in the year 2008.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We have waited so long for this moment, it's almost surreal. Jeff cried; I'm just absolutely in shock and numb. I thought the courtdate wasn't until tomorrow, so I actually didn't worry about it too much today. When Crystal called, I couldn't believe it! It's done.
They are officially ours! Crystal is forwarding an email from Shimellis about the travel time frame. She said he has broken it all down into how long it takes to get what paperwork done etc. We are NOW looking at traveling the first two weeks of February. So that looks like our 10 year wedding anniversary and convention plans at the end of February may be put on hold...but who cares?
They are going to be here soon! What an awesome, wonderful Christmas gift! Now we move on to travel arrangements and packing! What an awesome week! Christmas, Adoption day and Justine's #5 birthday tomorrow! YEAH!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I am still looking for Pedialyte packets (that you add to water, like of like Crystal light) If anyone comes across any of those in the store, please call me right away. I will buy in bulk! Because I am a nurse, I would like to help the orphanage in as many medical ways as possible. I am still planning on taking medications and goods for the orphanage. I also need to stop and get some toys to take. After Christmas sales? Sounds good to me.
As lucky as our children are for getting out, I want to help take care of those who are left behind. I am so grateful to the caretakers for loving on and caring for my children. Kristy in KC who adopted 2 kids last year and is going back soon for another gave me the name of the travel agent she uses. I have contacted her and am awaiting her email. I would really like to go ahead and schedule our flight arrangements. It would be cheaper to schedule farther out and then have to change if necessary. This particular travel agent does not charge to change plans. So that's excellent. I will let you know if I hear anything. I have requested pictures for Christmas, so keep praying that I will receive them.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
However, I have found that sometimes those who require tolerance of others are the last to offer tolerance in other situations. It really reminds me of the movie Crash. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Not to spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it, but the premise is that everyone has prejudices against them, and also hold prejudices against other people. Did you know that the actual definition of prejudice is "an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. Any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable. Unreasonable feelins, opinions, or attitudes." I have thought and thought about this for several days, and have actually deleted several entries...but I feel I have to say thank you to those of you who are open to this adoption.
Thank you for not being judgemental and negative. Thank you for realizing how awesome this opportunity is for us, our children, our family and our community. I have been reading a lot about large families. Some people choose to have 1.7 children (man I feel sorry for the .7 one), while others choose to have larger families. It's all about choice. Personal choice. I'm not against families who have 1.7 children, but I also don't expect to be judged negatively because I have 6. It's a choice. Is it more work to have more kids? Maybe, I'm not sure. I can't remember what it was like to have 1.7 children. Do they play with each other, encourage each other, teach each other and take care of each other? Absolutely. Do I think I am cheating my natural born children because I'm adopting 2 orphans from Africa who have no parents? Absolutely not. I believe (and I would have to, or I wouldn't be able to do this) that these children are going to add so much to our lives, and that we are going to be so blessed by them, that the extra laundry, the extra groceries, the extra time etc. will be absorbed without us even noticing. 6 is not that much more than 4. Trust me, when you're drowning in housework, you're drowning, it doesn't matter how deep the water is.
So I guess my point is that I believe my children are extraordinary people. I think they have the ability to look beyond what society tells us is the ideal family. I believe that we are teaching them so much: how to not be spoiled and selfish, how to love all of God's children, that color and background doesn't matter, how to share, how to care for others, how to be patient and how to help one another. I am so excited for the future of all of my children because I believe when you can think outside of the "norms," you have such potential to make a positive difference for others, and I think they are getting a really good example of that. So thank you so much for your love and prayers. Sorry if I sounded a little "preachy," this is definitely something that I feel passionate about.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Our "Ethiopia, Here We Come" party was last night to celebrate the official courtdate in Ethiopia. We are 1 step closer to bringing Merkeb and Filemon home.
Our little Mikey (give it to Mikey, he'll eat anything)
Jaiden enjoying some "authentic" Ethiopian food!
MacKenzie and Jayden sharing!
Isn't she the most beautiful baby in the world?
Jeff did a great job making the Ethiopian food. Ben made a "succulent" eggplant dish, and Linda made a great fruit salad. Thanks!
Looks great doesn't it?
Injera...it tasted good!
Our Christmas tree that usually resides in the basement. There wasn't room this year. Jeff told me to just forget about it. But this is the tree that has all the "homemade Sunday school" ornaments that the kids have made. I just couldn't bear to not have it up. So in my typical "where there's a will, there's a way," I moved things around and put it in the dining room. It's actually a really nice addition, and it makes me smile everytime I walk into the kitchen.
Our "Blue Christmas" tree.
It feels so good to have the Christmas decorations up. As much as I was dreading it, it is so great to have it finished. My never ending list of things to do is getting shorter and shorter. It feels so good!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Justine really enjoyed the program!
Jaiden - 2nd grade
Jack and Jaiden's GDA Christmas Program was last night. They did great. Jack had a speaking part and was wonderful! It's amazing to see how much the school has grown. I remember the first Christmas program at GDA - the entire school could fit on the stage...last night they had to separate into several different groups. We have one more week of school before Christmas break and I'm so ready. We have been in decorating hypermode this week, and we're almost finished.