Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Boring meals

Naptime is just a saying for Laura. She would rather stand on her bed and bang on her brothers' wall, empty her clothes drawer (yes, she did that today) or rock on the glider in her room. Apparently, no one has told her that she still needs a nap, because this is what has been happening at dinner the past few nights...and I'm sure it's not because I have boring meals...well...maybe

Monday, May 25, 2009

One more...

I love listening to the boys as they converse in the back of the van. One more cute conversation from this morning as we were driving...

Charlie: We're going to a pikic?
Jacob: No, a pic-Nic.
C: A pikic.
J: No, pic-Nic. Say pic...
C: Pic...
J: Say Nic...
C: kik...
J: No, say nic, like Nick at church.
C: Nic...
J: Now say it (picnic)....
C: Suitcase! (followed by hilarious laughter)
J: Ugh.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Walkin' on grass

Laura has been walking on her own for just over 2 months now. I was really hoping she would be able to navigate around the backyard on her own by the end of summer. Grass has its challenges, though...it's uneven and makes for very unsure footing. BUT...today Jamie was working on our sprinklers. And when water is involved, Laura is motivated. Check out the video! Sorry it's sideways...couldn't find a rotate icon!

video

Kid-isms

Sometimes I just chuckle at what the kids say. Last week, Laura was a stinker in Sunday School and the teachers looked a little harried when we picked her up after church. So I told her this morning that I wanted her to be good girl and no fussing at the teachers.
Charlie came up to her, shaking a finger, and said, "No hitting other people, Lauwa." Somehow, I don't think that was the issue, but nevertheless, a good reminder...for EVERYONE.
On our way to church, Charlie said, "I want to go to church." Jacob replied, "Well, it's your lucky day because that's where we're going!"
On the drive home, Charlie shared that **** was crying in Sunday School and had to sit in a chair. "Were you a good boy?" "Yes. But Lauwa threw pretzels!" Hmmm...that was a quick diversion...
Finally, I asked Charlie, "What did you talk about in church today?" He replied, "Baby Noses." We all laughed...
Obviously, you've figured out that if I'm posting about going to church, we haven't left for Thailand. More paperwork issues to work out, so we canceled our flights for yesterday. Hopefully, we'll hear something soon....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Water Fun!

Ahhhh...we've been enjoying some 80+ degree days, and that means....water battles! The boys battled it out today...I think Charlie got the bum end of the deal. Jacob had a new super soaker and Charlie had 2 measley plastic squirters.










Sweet little Laura...just content to splash in her water table.
But I think she was as soaked as the boys!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sandbox and plip plops

Our neighbors graciously gave us their old sandbox. Actually, I think the dad was jumping for joy to get rid of it. His girls are in high school, and he was probably tired of mowing around it. So, we worked this weekend and it came together very nicely! Charlie is even more thrilled with his new "plip plops."

Every job needs a supervisor...that was Laura's job.

Enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Choose Life...

...I'm so thankful my children's birthmoms did.

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Poem

Jacob finished his grade three grammar today...man, this stuff is what I learned in middle school...parts of speech, diagramming sentences. So, today we ended with poetry. I gave him the first two lines of the poem, and he had to come up with the proper rhyme and rhythm to finish it. The first two lines were taken from a sweet, Christian textbook (Jacob had a choice of genres and he chose it!)...Jacob ended it on his own!

I love my mother dear and kind,
She does so much for me.
She gave me schoolwork when I whined,
It is too mean to see.
Just remember, Jacob. I will be your teacher next year, too! :)

This is me...

...wishing that the "powers that be" would get their act together so we could travel to Thailand to bring Amarin home. Is it too much to ask that people get paperwork prepared ahead of time? We are indefinitely postponed...will keep you posted.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Life gets a little tougher...

when you put your hooded-shirt on backwards.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Laura

Laura loves the water....it's about the only way I can keep her in the kitchen with me. She's usually off playing with blocks or superhero action figures! Oh...baking brownies will also lure her into the kitchen. :)


I LOVE water!

If I could just get in...
Waiting for brownies! A girl after her Daddy's own heart!





Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mai Pen Rai

In other words...it doesn't matter. Well, a little bit. Our travel to Thailand has been postponed for 2 weeks. One of the "powers that be" did not cross the t's and dot the i's appropriately and our paperwork is not ready. Needless to say, we didn't know what to do. Should we travel and take a chance that our paperwork would be there in time, but if not...we'd have to return home without our son. My stomach was in knots for a couple days and I was a wee bit cranky....OK...a LOT cranky...just ask my kids. Maybe they'll be kind since it's Mother's Day weekend.
But, we've seen some great things happen within this mess. While trying to work this out, my mom just happened to call, my dad just happened to be home to talk to me, and just happens to know a state representative and U.S. congresswoman, and they just happened to be meeting together the next morning. So...there are some "higher ups" calling Thailand for us Monday morning to get this worked out fast.
Then there were the flights. Jamie got home late Friday night (he had been in TX for 2 days while this all transpired) and began looking into changing our flights with Northwest. I never thought I'd say this...but I now LOVE NW. I won't refer to them as "Northworst" anymore. I was trying to fall asleep last night as Jamie was talking with the NW rep on the phone. I could hear his voice getting a little stronger and louder...not good. So, I started repeating to myself a new memory verse that I learned recently due to my small group study of the book of Luke.
Luke 1:37 Nothing is impossible with God.
After a few minutes, I hear Jamie say, "Well, thank you. You've just made my day." He came in to tell me that the NW rep. was going to charge us $3,700. to change our flights. No wonder Jamie's voice got louder! But the rep. put him on hold, talked to his supervisor and then told Jamie that they decided to do an even exchange...no extra cost!
This morning we informed our agency of our travel change, and they will have to aggressively take it from here. I hope Amarin wasn't told an exact date that we would be coming. I hope he's just being prepared that we will be there very, very soon. We love you, Sweet Boy.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dear Mr. President

The kids and I were listening to talk radio today while driving around town. The host was talking about how our country needs to be in prayer now like never before. The National Day of Fasting and Prayer was instituted by the Continental Congress back on March 20, 1779. Here's the conversation that transpired:

Jacob: Why does our country need to pray more?
Mom: Some decisions are being made that are not very moral. Not as many people pray anymore.
Jacob: Is the president praying today?
Mom: No, I heard he's not participating.
Jacob: I thought he said he was a Christian, so why isn't he praying?
Mom: Why don't you ask him?
Jacob: I think he would get mad at me.
Mom: It doesn't matter if people get mad at you. You have to do what you know is right. Why don't you write him a letter?
Jacob: Will you help me?
Mom: Yep.

So, tomorrow is letter writing day. Should be interesting if he gets a response from the President of the United States.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I wish...

I could sleep like this!
Sweet dreams, Jacob!
PS. Amarin's new panda is waiting for him in the bunk below!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Prayer Requests

We have several specific prayer requests. If anyone feels led to pray for us while we're in Thailand, we would be so thankful.

** For safe travel to, within, and home again...May 10 - 23.
** For our entire family of 6 to remain healthy and strong.
** That Laura will sleep well for my parents.
** That our luggage will not be lost or damaged.
** That I will have all necessary paperwork, and the visa process would go smoothly.
** That our return date will remain May 23rd.
** That Amarin will bond well with Jamie, Jacob and me in Thailand.
** That our whole family will transition and bond well upon our return.
** That Amarin will be well prepared for our arrival, trusting of us and comfortable leaving his orphanage with us.
** That we can be a blessing to others while we are traveling.

Answered Prayers


Ephesians 5: 16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
As we get ready to travel next Sunday to Thailand to bring Amarin home (we leave on Mother's Day!!), I wanted to share our testimony about how this adoption process has fallen into place. Some of you may have an active prayer life, and if you do, you will agree that God truly does answer prayers. Maybe the prayers are not always answered with what we think we need or want, and maybe not in the timeframe that we wish, but God sees the big picture and actually does know what we need.


So, here are some prayers (P) and the answers (A)...


P: I asked God over several months early in 2008 to work in our hearts and lead us to another adoption.

A: Jamie and I both agreed that it was time to pursue another adoption.


P: I asked God to lead us to a country and agency.

A: He led us to Thailand and AAI.


P: ...to lead us to a daughter.

A: He led us to our son, Amarin, and we couldn't be more excited to add another boy to our family.


P: ...for medical reports to come back to us with clear results. Sometimes they are vague and hard to understand.

A: The report came back with one word: NEGATIVE. That was clear enough!


P: ...for international criminal checks from Belgium and Germany to be done quickly.

A: US immigration determined that we had tried numerous times to obtain them, and that was sufficient.


P: ...that Jamie's change in employment would not delay our paperwork.

A: No delay.


P: ...for childcare for Laura & Charlie.

A: My parents will keep them for the 2 weeks with help from other family members.


P: The Board Approval letter to arrive quickly.

A: This took one LONG month...but with that delay, Laura was able to finish her physical therapy program and begin walking!


P: May 6th Board date.

A: Our Board date is May 20th...good thing...the paperwork wouldn't have been ready in time for May 6th.


P: The most recent prayer request was for Amarin's photos to be at the visa office in Bangkok by Tues., April 28th, or we would have to reschedule our trip. We had already waited over two weeks for these photos and we had no idea if they were even taken.

A: The photos arrived on Tues., April 28th! Did you notice our prayer request date????


So, if you ever have any doubts that God does answer prayers...just reread this post! And watch for another post shortly with more prayer requests for our upcoming trip.