Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Peanutbutter icecream pie...made courtesy of Jacob!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tennessee Snapshots

Laura being silly...
Charlie picked flowers for me...luckily they weren't the blooming tulips or pansies...these were the dead ones on the ground already!
Jacob and Charlie "shooting" the canons at the Carter House in Franklin, TN...a civil war site.
Jacob counting the bullet holes...
The Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN. Site of one of the worst battles of the Civil War, and this plantation home was used as a field hospital.

Lil' Laura

This little girl cracks me up. She can be so quiet, you'd never know she was around you. But, then her personality kicks in and she is so funny! Here I was trying to take some photos of Jamie and the kids and she would NOT leave Charlie alone!
Attempt #1

Attempt #2

Attempt #3

Attempt #4


Saturday, March 28, 2009


On Thursday night, whatever youthfulness I felt, was quickly squashed. We were in a cute little diner in Pigeon Forge, TN, waiting for our meal. Laura wanted to walk a bit, so I was following her around the diner since there weren't many patrons at the time. Well, the hostess came up and was asking about Laura. And then the bombshell...she asked if Laura was my grandbaby!

WHAT? I have no idea what my expression must have looked like...but I tried as politely as I could to tell her that Laura is my DAUGHTER! Maybe it's time to invest in some really good anti-aging cream...or maybe things are just a little different here in the hills of TN!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Jacob talks marriage

Jacob can be quite amusing and we sometimes have the most interesting conversations. Here's one...For the longest time, he has wanted to get married and have 100 kids. Fifty of them would be bio (I feel for his future wife) and 50 would be adopted (I can see agencies lining up now). The Duggar Family has nothing on him! This morning, he was talking about how his sister(s) would eventually leave to go with their husbands, but "don't worry mom. Your sons will always be here with their wives." Lovely. But then he decided that maybe he shouldn't get married because he wants to be an inventor. "I might electrocute her when she walks into my science lab." I've prayed for my children's future spouses...I think Jacob's may need a few extra!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The check's in the mail.

Well, not exactly a check (actually there was no fee for this portion)...but the final pile of paperwork that needs to be reviewed and approved by U.S. immigration. I sent it express mail late yesterday afternoon, and that packet should be in Chicago by tomorrow afternoon. And, according to our agency, this process has been averaging only a 2 week wait even though immigration has a 90 day grace period! Then we schedule our travel to pick up Amarin. I'm starting to get butterflies in my tummy...guess I'd better start getting some things organized.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Getting closer...

Our letter, the one that we've been waiting for from Thailand, was sent to our agency last Friday via Fed Ex. So, we will hopefully have a copy in hand this week, and can mail the FINAL packet off to immigration. I think it's a true testimony of faith and patience that the letter was mailed on Laura's last day of therapy. I think the Lord had it planned out that we would have to get Laura through this PT session, her window of opportunity for walking, and then concentrate on our travel for Amarin. I knew His plans were better than mine!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Boys will be boys

Jamie was trying to tell the boys to take their wrestling and rowdiness downstairs...this is how they responded!

Jamie and Jacob attended the Winter Jam Concert last night in Ypsilanti. (I'm thrilled that Jacob loves the Christian artists!) They heard a bunch of Christian artists like Hawk Nelson, Pure NRG, The Afters, Francesca Battistelli, and best of all....TOBY MAC! The boys were rocking to TM today!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

And she's off...

Laura's walking has been just amazing today! She has walked to toys that she wants, the dishwasher, drawers to play with, out into the laundry room, and even took off toward Charlie to nab his dessert. One time she wandered away while our backs were turned! I guess we're going to have to keep a close eye on her, and her brothers are going to have to watch out, too! No more cute little sister that doesn't bother their stuff!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

50 Feet

We are no longer counting the number of steps that Laura is walking...we're now counting feet. She walked 50 feet today at therapy without a bit of prodding. She "chased" a huge ball down the hallway. I was so proud of her, and I know that this is just the beginning of her walking. It will take time for her to build her confidence and not rely upon being carried everywhere, but it's coming. I just have to wait.

And as we were driving away from therapy today, a song came on the radio and, boy, did it speak to me. It's called While I'm Waiting, by John Waller...and if you have your sound on, you should be listening to it now.
I really think...no...I know that God is teaching me patience as I wait for His perfect timing. If it were up to me, Laura would have been walking a few years ago, and our new son would be home already. I like to be in control, and if things don't go along at the pace I think they should, then phone calls and emails and appointments are made to get them done! But I'm learning that I can turn that all over to God, and not be anxious for anything. Yes, I'm excited for things to happen, but I try not to stress about them anymore. And actions are required of me for things to get done, but I'm learning to approach them in a much more peaceful manner. I know God has a plan, and His plan is way better than my botched attempts to work it all out myself. God works "behind the scenes" and I have no idea what He's planning through all of this...but it's gotta be good!
I read this verse in Isaiah today:

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring Fever

This is the kind of fever I like! March is not known for 65 degree days, and I know it's a tease, but we are sooooo lovin' this weather. The kids have been living outside, and after 5 months of winter quarantine, they are rediscovering their favorite playtimes!

The boys get a running start, and then land on the swings on their belly. Looks like it would hurt to me!

Charlie is happy to swing like a big boy.

How much longer will they all fit on this tire?

Laura loves to swing.

Charlie witnesses to the entire neighborhood with his LOUD rendition of Jesus Loves Me. I see the makings of a pastor...

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Jacob has a new favorite sport...basketball. And to top it off...he scored his first 4 points in the game last Saturday. In one game, he scored more points than his mom did in her entire 8th grade b-ball season.
Jacob likes to keep moving so no one can block him!

Jacob doesn't attend Chatfield School, but he got to play on their team this season.

Daddy told him to get his arms up...guess the pep-talk worked!