Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 31 - The One God Intended...


The one that God intended,
The child I could not see,
Of all the mothers in the world,
God had a plan for you for me.

Another mother used by God,
To bring you into the fold,
Her love for you immeasurable,
Her desires for you untold.

A child may come in many ways,
The fruit of different trees,
But nourished and watered with my love,
My child you’ll always be.

Others may come before you,
Others may follow still,
But when all were placed in my arms,
It was nothing short of His will!
You were the one that God intended,
A face I could not see,
And before the foundations of this world,
God planned you for me!
~Author Unknown

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:13-15

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 30 - Snow, Searching & Sewing...

They said it was coming and they were right :o) This morning, we woke up to a winter wonderland...for Arkansas :o) Haha! When I checked on the girls, they were already up and peeking out of their window :o) Luckily, we were able to talk them into waiting until after breakfast before playing in the snow!
This picture cracks me up...
I took the picture and then looked at it on the camera. Something wasn't quite right, but I couldn't put my finger on it until I took the next picture...
Hillary Ashton had her legs bent down in the first picture. I thought my Le Le had a growth spurt over night...haha!

The first thing Sophie Le did was scoop up a big bite of snow :o)
She LIKED it :o) She couldn't get enough!
Our sled is at Daddy's office in town (isn't that a great place to store a sled?), so we had to make-do...the girls didn't seem to mind :o)
Good thing we aren't superstitious...
Is Daddy bowling with his daughter? Haha!
Oh how I LOVE that sweet smile!!!
Le took a break from "snack time" to come ride :o)
Ready to go...
Sledding gets a thumbs-up from Le :o)
Daddy and his girl...
I kept losing sight of Hillary Ashton because she blended in so well with the snow :o)
The snow made these two extra fiesty!
Me and Hillary Ashton...and yes that is the girls' hat I am wearing :o) They have tons of hats, I have none :o)
I love the country!
And my sweetie :o)
Hillary Ashton...airborn :o)
Same kids as usual, same tricks as usual, same toys as usual...with snow :o)
I am not sure they even noticed that it was FREEZING outside :o)
Meow doesn't know the fun that awaits him :o)
What a lucky kitty :o) Haha!
My sweet puffy jackets :o)
Can you find the kids?
I headed in to make homemade hot chocolate (YUMMY!!!) while the girls stayed outside and had a snowball fight with daddy...
Daddy got double-teamed in a big way :o)
After playing hard outside, Princess Lola was ready for a warm beverage :o)
Sometimes, you are just too thirsty to use your manners...haha!

I got lots of emails yesterday about our birthfamily search. Just wanted to answer a few questions here if you don't mind :o)

Are you using your adoption agency to do your search?
No. We wanted to use them, but they don't have a program in place to conduct searches yet. We are using a search agency out of Ho Chi Minh City that was recommended by a fellow adoptive mom.

Why are you searching for her family?
We didn't receive a lot of information about Sophie Le's family during the adoption process. We are excited about the possibility of getting more information for Sophie Le to have when (and if) she is ready. We feel that our chances of obtaining information for her is much better now rather than twenty years down the road. We would also LOVE to find out about her family's medical history. Another major plus for us is being able to let her birthmother know that Sophie Le is happy, healthy and knows about her.

Hei Yen shared this website with me: Click here She said, "I just want to let you know that in Vietnam we have a TV program called "Like we've never been separated", and the program helps people to find their family members. I've seen a few adoptive families & adoptees sought help from the show."

Pretty cool, huh? Thanks for sharing! I wish I knew what they were saying, but honestly I pretty happy just listening to them talk!

I am still not lovin' this ladybug fabric, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I got started on Hillary Ashton's outfit tonight. I have her top almost done, but I haven't decided whether or not to make it a dress or shirt with pants...hummm, decisions, decisions!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 29 - Ice Day, My doll makes a doll & Le's Birthfamily...

We are iced in...
It sleeted all day today...the snow is suppose to come tonight.

Fun times...if you like that sort of thing. I don't. I want to go to Target and the park and maybe to the zoo....almost ANYWHERE would be nice after spending all day inside...with four nutty kids :o) I think I may be getting cabin fever!!!!

This afternoon, Hillary Ashton decided to make a doll. Of course, there are pictures :o)
Rolling out the hair...
Yes, we stayed in our pjs all day long :o)
Step one...DONE :o)
Next...the princess dress...
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her sweet little fingers!
Making the jewelry...
Hillary Ashton LOVED following the steps on the instruction page...
Her little mini-me turned out cute!
My doll with her doll :o)

This was such a fun craft. I think you would like it. Try it! Try it! And you may. Try it and you may I say. We have also read a lot of Dr. Seuss today...haha!! Actually Hillary Ashton has read a lot today :o) I know she's my kid, but DANG this girl can read! She has no fear tackling tough books and does great! I love that she never seems to get frustrated or discouraged. I am sooooo proud of her!

We have also completed step one in our search for Sophie Le's birth family in Vietnam. I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting on news from the investigator!!!!! There is no guarantee, but I am so hopeful we will obtain more information to share with Sophie Le when she is ready...if she wants :o)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 28 - Room for one more...

First of all, have you heard about the kiddos they brought to Pittsburgh from a Haitian orphanage? Here is a video that shows the ladies that run the orphanage (sisters in their low 20s!!!) bringing the babies to the US (thanks Tara for sharing!). I am so inspired by people like Ali and Jamie McMutrie that are living out their dreams...awesome!

Click here to watch the video about the Haitian orphans (the embed option has been disabled).

Living your dreams...that reminds me of one of my FAVORITE lives in Uganda and is beyond incredible...her life is pretty unbelievable! If you have a few extra minutes, you should stop by her will be glad you did :o)

We had a great day today :o) I am usually pretty grumpy about winter weather, but NOT today :o) Because of the impending ice storm, Daddy got to come home a day early...yipee!! And he brought home dinner...he is the best!

For those of you keeping track, we have confirmed sightings of tooth #7 AND #8 for Miss Julianne! Whoo hoo!!

It may seem crowded...
But there's always room for one more :o)
That pretty much sums up our family motto :o) Haha!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 27 - A long, boring story about a swing...

Back in the summer (actually the day before we left for Ethiopia to pick up Julianne), we bought a new house. It was crazy trying to pack for the trip while also packing up our house for the move! After a month or so, we realized we left a few items in the attic of our "old house." One of the items was Hillary Ashton's baby swing. I say "Hillary Ashton's" because Sophie Le wanted NOTHING to do with that swing when she was a baby :o) In fact, if I even walked toward it with her in my arms, she went into super death grip/scream mode :o) Ah, those were the days...haha! Attachment is an experience :o)

So back to the swing. We called the new owners and asked if we could swing by and pick it up. The husband said "No problem. I will sit it outside for you." So for several weeks, we drove by every few days to pick it up...but it was never outside. This was during the month of August. We drove past the "old house" a couple times during September and October but no swing.

Besides the possibility of picking up the swing, the girls' reaction was a big reason we liked to drive by the "old house" :o) It always cracks me up. I say "old house" because that is what the girls call it. They usually go into a crazy rant when we talk about or drive by the "old house." "We don't like the old house. I don't want to go to the old house. We only like the new house." Yep, after seven months, we are still living at "the new house." Daily, I hear that phrase! Honestly, their strong dislike for the "old house" has always baffled me. I always liked it :o)

So anyways, this morning after I dropped Hillary Ashton off at school, I decided to drive by the "old house." This was the first time I have been by in several months. GUESS WHAT!!! The swing was sitting by the trashcan in the driveway! I was sooooooo excited because just this week I have been wishing we had a swing for Jonah :o) Sometime within the last week, somebody somewhere taught him to cry! It usually only happens if you put him down :o) Or if we are riding in the car :o) He likes the swing at church so I was hoping for "down time" at home :o)

So I went up to the door and rang the doorbell, but no one answered. I couldn't help myself...I HAD to peek in the side window by the door. What I saw shocked me...

The new owners painted the walls...ORANGE!!! Not a pretty designer orange...just plain ole' ORANGE! The walls are over 20 feet tall so that is a lot of ORANGE! AND the floors are cherry colored...hummmm. Just HAD to share that :o) I sure hope they don't read our blog...haha! I can't believe how much time we wasted painting the entire house within the last year to get it ready to sale. When picking out colors, I would have never thought the new owners would be partial to orange :o)

So I walked down the sidewalk to the swing and picked it up...water poured out...and an orange liquid spilled out...haha...just realized it was orange too! So obviously, the swing has been sitting outside for awhile :o( I tried to turn it on...nothing. I still loaded it into the car and started driving home. I then got aggravated with myself for picking up this broken swing that obviously is junk now! What in the world am I going to do with this thing? I will sit in our crowded garage...FOREVER!

I stopped by Wal-Mart and picked up some new batteries and hoped for the best...

Well, what do you know...IT STILL WORKS!!! Even the music!!! I threw the cover in the washer and cleaned up the frame...good as new :o)

And the best thing...

Jonah LOVES it!!! Ah! Sweet success :o)
He is definitely in need of a little attention :o)
I have no idea why I shared that incredibly long story about the swing! I guess I need to take more pictures tomorrow...haha!

This morning, we had our quarterly visit with our foster care social worker (not Jonah's caseworker) and I totally forgot to ask her about Haiti. Have any of you heard rumors about Haitian orphans entering the US and being placed with foster families?

We had church tonight and me and my littlest girl decided to have a mini-date :o) I picked her up 45 minutes early and we had suckers, played hide-n-seek, sang songs and played in the church's playroom while the other kiddos were in their classes. We had so much fun!! She is such a sweet, happy baby girl. I have no idea how I got soooooo lucky!

Also, there is suppose to be an adoption story in the Arkansa Democrat today. A reporter called a few weeks ago and we talked briefly on the phone. The story is about another family that adopted and I think she was going to mentioned something about our girls. We don't subscribe to the newspaper so if anyone has a copy they are done with, we would like to have it :o) Thanks!