Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week 21...

21 Club Matches
...or somewhere pretty close to that! I have kinda lost count of the weeks. I think our original time frame was 3-5 months, but our agency recently increased the wait time to 4-6 months. I also read that this time frame includes the full 6th month...so really that's 5-7 months if you ask me :o) So the good news is no matter how you count your months, we are in the referral window!! Very exciting!! I think January 1st is the 7 month mark so "the call" could be soon :o)

Sorry about moving the blog for a few weeks! It's back now. I may be sending out invites again soon. I just go back and forth putting our blog out there for the world to see, ya know? Anyways, I have uploaded lots of pictures as a peace offering for being offline for a while :o)

Sweet sisters...

A few random pictures of the little girls I love so much...

We had my parents over for Thanksgiving this year. Right before my parents got to our house, Neil and I were in the kitchen cooking and I noticed that the house got VERY quite. This means that the girls were very quite...this doesn't happen very often! I thought they were surely up to something. I started walking through the house, but I didn't see them anywhere. Usually when I can't find them, they are usually behind the piano with a "stolen" snack from the pantry or in a little playhouse in the living room. I walked by the playhouse first and peeked in totally not expecting to see them because it was so quite, but here is what I found...
I just love these sweet little girls!
Be still my heart!
Could they be any sweeter?
Here they are after we played at the indoor tubes last week. It looks like Le is rockin' an 80's side pony tail, but it is really in pig tails...I promise!!
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After church one Sunday:

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Our little cheerleader:
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Here is Hill wearing the same outfit two years ago. It is hard to belive baby is getting so big!


Hillary Ashton:
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Sophie Le Thiet's Birthday Party(s)!

Because she turned two this year, Sophie Le had two birthday parties :o) Remember, Hillary Ashton's great idea about having the number of parties according to their age. We have warned the girls that this tradition must stop at their 10th birthday :o) So keeping with tradition, Sophie Le had her first party on her actual birthday. She enjoyed making (and eating) cupcakes, playing outside and eating out with her sissy, cousin Ashley and one set of grandparents...and our course us :o) She had her second party a few weeks ago with a few friends and the rest of her family. She went back and forth on her choice of themes...Dora or Minnie Mouse. Tough choices for a two year old! Minnie and Mickey Mouse eventually won out! I thought Dora might be a shoe in after her reaction to Mickey and Minnie at Disney World this summer!
Mickey made Le very nervous!
Anyways, it was Minnie and Mickey and she had a great birthday party!

For the last few weeks, we have been talking to her about her birthday and singing happy birthday to her. She loves to sing and usually joins in. The problem was that she would ALWAYS say "hoppy birtday deer Heary Ashton." We would always tell her, no Le Le, it is YOUR birthday. She never quite got it. Her face lit up with excitement when everyone sang Happy Birthday to SOPHIE LE! Her expression was so sweet.
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She practiced her blowing skills all morning in anticipation of blowing out her candles. It was the sweetest thing! She blew sticks, straws and pieces of paper!
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Good shot of the cake:
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Le Le with her BFF, Jenna:
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Here she is opening one of her favorite gifts, a Gold Mickey Mouse necklace. She takes every opportunity she gets to show people her "Mitie Mouse."
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Each year, we light a candle in honor of her first mommy in Vietnam. We wish she could see what a beautiful, smart and delightful child little Theit is!
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Happy Tet Trung Thu!

We actually celebrated a couple months ago, but it hasn't been blogged yet :o) Tet Trung Thu is a Vietnamese holiday our family started celebrating last year. This year, we decided to have a party at Hillary Ashton's school to help her friend's learn more about Vietnam! Hillary Ashton dressed up in her beautiful purple Ao Dai we got in Vietnam. We read Thank You, Meiling to her class, painted paper lanterns and had mooncakes (actually moonpies, haha!). Before I read the story, I explained to the kids about how our family has been blessed by adoption and asked them if they knew where Sophie Le was born. I was so impressed a couple of them knew! Anyways, we sent home a cute little pair of chopsticks home with each child with a little card attached explaining a little about the holiday we celebrated. The kids had a great time and enjoyed learning a little about Vietnam.
Here is the cute story we read:

Hillary Ashton decorating her lantern:

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Super proud big sister:

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Fall Funfest, Trick or Treating, Pumpkin Carving and a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

The girl's had a great time celebrating the Fall this year! Each year our church has a Fall Funfest complete with hayride, carnival type games, cake walk and more! Each year we have attended, Hillary Ashton has won the cake walk. It is her absolute favorite part of Funfest. We were so surprised that she her winning streak was broken this year :o( I think she was kinda shocked they didn't call her number! After winning a few pieces of candy, Le Le decided to take a break from the games and eat her winnings! Luckily, we were able to steer the girls clear of the game that has a goldfish as a prize this year :o) We still can't believe the goldfish they won last year, Cowgirl, has made it a year! Happy Birthday Cowgirl! We didn't want to test our luck this year!


Every year since Hillary Ashton was a baby we have gone to an awesome pumpkin patch close to our house, but they were closed this year. So on the 31st, we headed to a pumpkin patch in Mayflower. Besides the fact that we didn't get a picture beside the "How Tall this Fall" wooden scarecrow, it was great! The girls loved playing on the playground, feeding the animals and riding the John Deere tractors.



After the pumpkin patch, we headed back to the house to get the girls ready to go trick or treating. They both LOVED getting their hair curled and putting on make-up. Hillary Ashton insisted on curling little sissy eyelashes several times :o) They both enjoyed trick or treating at the first few houses. By the time, Le Le had her bucket about half full, she decided to just hang out in the wagon the rest of the night eating her candy, while big sister did the leg work for more candy!



The day after Halloween, Wal-Mart had their pumpkins on sale for a dollar so we bought a couple and had our first pumpkin carving!



Here are a few of my favorite pics:

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Click Here for more pictures from the pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving

Princess Hillary Ashton

Sweet little princesses

Sophie Le is ready to go too!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Our baby is growing up!

Happy Second Birthday Sweet Sophie Le Thiet!
We love you so much!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Update...

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16
We received devastating news at the doctor's office on September 26th. On October 3rd, after much prayer and many tears, we are so happy to report things turned out wonderfully! I don't want to go into detail on this public web page, but I will be happy to share details of our miracle with you over email if you are curious.
I want to humbly thank each of you that prayed for our family over the last few weeks. Your prayers were heard and the Lord has chosen to answer our prayers in the way that we asked. Praise the Lord!
"O Lord my God, I cried out to You and You healed me."
Psalms 30:2

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another request...

Please pray.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Test Results and Another Week

Sophie Le woke up yesterday morning with red bumps all over her face. After a quick google search, I learned that she was probably having an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. I called the doctor to see if they wanted to switch the medicine or if she could discontinue the medicine. They checked her urine cultures that were sent off last week and everything came back NORMAL!! I was so relieved and happy!!! So, it seems to be confirmed that her problems were due to constipation. Very interesting. She is about 75% back to normal in that department, just in case you were wondering :o) Two important lessons learned this week. Constipation comes in more than one form and Le is allergic to Sulfer meds. Now I now have something to put on her medical forms!! That is kinda exciting. If you are an adoptive mom, you can probably appreciate that. There are usually lots of blanks when filling out forms at the doctor(medical history, etc...).

BIG NEWS...Sophie Le spent her FIRST (you know, since she came home) night away from us last night. She and her sissy are in Paragould with their grandparents. Daddy talked to them this morning and they were doing great! Another answered prayer!! We were pretty sure Sophie Le would do okay being away from us for the night, but you just never know with that little girl. I am so thankful that she is comfortable enough with her place in this world that a night away from home is no big deal!

Man, this house is QUIET!

And one more week closer to our sweet Ethiopian babe or babes!! We have decided that our little cookies are probably living at the orphanage right now :o)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Whoo hoo!!

Thank you to each one of you that prayed for little Le Le. I am so happy and thankful to report that things are beginning to get better! She had three poopies yesterday, but no wet diapers. Today she had one poopie and TWO WET diapers. I was soooooo relieved...and she was too :o) She came running to find me when she had the wet diaper today and said, "Mama, I tee tee!" and then proceeded to do a little whoo hoo cheer we do for the girls :o) It was the most precious sight! She then ran to find her sissy and I heard her yelling, "Ashton, I tee tee!" Each night, Hillary Ashton has been praying that her sissy will get better so she knew the significance of the wet diaper. It was so sweet to see the girls celebrating together over Le's wet diaper :o) A sight I never expected, yet couldn't have been more happy about!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PLEASE pray for Sophie Le...

My sweet little baby isn't peeing. It started last Thursday when she woke up for the day. After a trip to the emergency room Sunday, an extensive doctor visit yesterday, a consult with a pediatric urologist, two medicines and two catheters (just imagine how much my overly cautious daughter enjoyed that)...no improvement! She has a slightly wet diaper each morning (about a third of her normal amount), but during the day, NOTHING. She did soak the examination table both times they tried to insert a catheter, that was a huge relief. They did a test on her urine to see if she has an infection, but it was all clear. They are sending off a sample for more testing. The kidneys are making the pee, her bladder just isn't realising it. We have tried soaking her in a warm bath, NOTHING. Ugg! The specialist (who is the ONLY pediatric urologist in Arkansas is out of town for a week)diagnosed her over the phone as being constipated. I have never heard of constipation causing a child to quit peeing, but I am clinging to any explanation right now. Please pray that the medicines will do their job and she will be better soon! Anyone ever heard of this type of problem before? Any advice would be great!!

On a much lighter note, we are on week #11 now.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Double Digits!

We are at week number...




Is it just me or does that look uncomfortable?
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Monday, September 8, 2008

A new school year!

My baby started preschool this year (sniff, sniff). Thank goodness, it is only two days a week! Here are a few pictures from her first day (last Thursday).

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Here are a few pictures from her first day of school last year. She has grown so much!

A look back at our lazy summer days...

I admit, I have been somewhat of a blog slacker the last few weeks. We have been so preoccupied with summer. Thanks to those that gave me the shout out that I needed to snap me out of my neglectful state. Luckily, I have been taking lots of pictures :o)

The girls hanging out at the pool:
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I'm not sure exactly what is going on here...maybe Hillary Ashton taught her some new cheers!
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The girls have spent many afternoons relaxing in the kiddie pool and running through the sprinklers.
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We spent several mornings at the zoo.
Here is Hillary Ashton pretending to be a lion
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Sophie Le use to be so good about smiling for the camera, but now she uses it as a bargining tool. If I have no treats for her, this is what I get.
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I must have remembered the snacks this day!
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Sophie Le has also gotten better about accepting physical affection from her big sissy.
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Sometimes I forget about how little Sophie Le is. That is until I see pictures like this!
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They finally opened the petting zoo back up at the local zoo this summer!
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Sufficient to say, Hillary Ashton LOVED feeding the animals!
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Be still my heart!
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The girls got a kick out of these cheerleading turtles. Nice paramid!DSC07158
The girls have also enjoyed many afternoons playing at the park
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I just love her hair pulled up in a bun!
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Daddy talked me into getting bikes this summer. We have been riding almost everyday unless it rains. The girls usually fall asleep in the trailer. So sweet!
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They like to stop at this spot and watch the boats drive by.
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Here is Hillary Ashton sitting at the same spot a couple years ago. Her hair had just started falling out. Huge change!
Sweet Sophie Le!
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