Saturday, June 21, 2008

New braces for Laura

Laura's new braces were fitted last Monday, and they go all the way to her knees this time. She couldn't wear them for a few days because she needed knee socks to go under them. Ever try finding knee socks for a child with size 5 feet? Luckily, Old Navy has triple fold socks that do the trick, and now she's cruising with her walker and behind her baby stroller. Jamie was surprised last night to see her really digging in and walking up little hills in our yard using her walker. Hope these do the trick and she'll be walking on her own soon!

This was funny...and sometimes how I feel about weeds in my flower garden. Charlie started to help me weed the garden. Then he left and came back with a new toy, pirate "tool" to help him. That's our Charlie...holds nothing back!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Let Summer Begin!

We can say now that our summer has officially begun. Jacob has finished his school, VBS is in full swing, kids are enjoying the outdoors and some fun activities. I think we're all ready for a relaxing couple of months.

Jacob is finishing his last math test for this year.

Laura is enjoying her pudding play!

Charlie serenades us...loudly...with a song we can't quite identify!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Laura's Gotcha Day

Three years ago today, we held Laura for the first time in Nanchang, China. Happy Gotcha Day, Princess! We love you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Father's Day Frosty

I had no idea that Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's, was adopted as a child. Here's an excerpt from the website

"During Father’s Day Weekend, June 14 and 15, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents from the sale of every Frosty product, including new Frosty Shakes, at participating restaurants, to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The goal is to raise more than $1.3 million to support the work of the non-profit Foundation and its signature program: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK). This program is filling a critical need by funding and supporting full-time adoption recruiters at local agencies throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia and Canada to march parents with waiting foster care children."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wild Weekend!

Well, Friday night rolled around, Jamie and I were just getting ready to watch the waiting child DVD from our agency...and the power goes out! Someone must have sneezed too hard because that's all it seems to take to make the power go out around us. So, we (Jacob included) squeezed around our computer screen to watch the DVD, hoping the battery would last. Not the best viewing, so it was pretty tough to see the kids and hear all about them. Middle of the night...the power was restored. Thank you, DTE!
SATURDAY...DVD watching, take 2! Kids are all asleep and Jamie and I sit down to watch the DVD on the big screen. Jamie noted how much better the viewing would be on an LCD flatscreen... followed by an eye-roll from me. Still, we watched as these beautiful children were introduced to us...each one with such an individual personality and story. After we watched the DVD, we talked for quite a while about how certain children on this DVD may fit into our family, and how our children may react to the change. We also realized that even though we went into this adoption with a girl in mind, God may just be calling us toward a boy. It's amazing how, when you keep your heart and mind open to God's will, His plans just fall into place. We're excited to see what He works out! We went to sleep that night with so many thoughts...
SUNDAY...Ever have one of those days when all you can do is shake your head? Well, this was one of them. We were sitting at our kitchen table filling out adoption paperwork, I looked out our kitchen window just to see our patio table flip over in the wind and smash into a million tiny pieces...small enough to fall through the boards of the deck. Thankfully, no one was out there to get hurt. Later, after cleaning up all the glass, we decided to meet our friends at the beach. Not long after we were there, a rumble of thunder was heard and we headed for our van. Within minutes, I thought we were in a hurricane. We drove home dodging branches, twigs, falling limbs, and rain was falling so hard making it very difficult to navigate our familiar roads. No sooner had we pulled into our driveway, than a large tree fell across it, blocking us in. Again, thankfully no one was there to get hurt. And needless to say...someone must have sneezed again...our power went out! Not that this has anything to do with adoption...but it's one of those days when you have to look hard to find the blessings among the craziness!

Friday, June 6, 2008

With Music!

Today I added music to my blog. Turn up your volume...these are special songs. I've always loved music, and when each child joined our family, a special song touched my heart at the time. The songs are in each of their scrapbooks. I've put the four songs for each of our children at home, and Steven Curtis Chapman's song is for our little one in Thailand.

By the way...the new waiting child DVD is on my kitchen counter. It arrived today but I gave my word to Jamie that I'd wait for him so we could watch it together. It's torture having to wait!!!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Here we go...

June 5, 2008

Well, this is my first attempt at blogging. Until more recently, I didn't even know what blogging was. And, as Jamie says...I spend so much time on the computer, I may as well do something worthwhile while I'm on it! I actually think that means that he hopes this will curb my online search for more children to adopt!

Speaking of adoption, that is the main reason for this blog. BEYOND THE HORIZON, there are millions...yes, millions of orphans that need mommies and daddies. BEYOND THE HORIZON may simply be the next county over...or it may stretch to the other side of the world. Maybe it's China...Taiwan...Thailand...Ethiopia...

International adoption has been on my heart since I was a girl and saw the beautiful little face of a Romanian baby girl gracing our local newspaper. She was adopted by a local judge and his wife in our small town. At that point, I had no idea how God would use her photo to lead me in the direction my life has gone. We have adopted twice: once from China, and once from Taiwan. Yesterday, we just received approval through our agency to adopt from Thailand.

My goal through this blog is to not only keep family and friends up to date on our adoption journey to Thailand, but also on what's happening in the world of adoption. You just never know when God will call you to step out of your comfort the song says..."Comfortable, don't get comfortable. I am gonna move this mountain...then I'm gonna move you in." (sung by Brandon Heath)