Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Finally the go-go boot update that ya'll have been waiting for. NO PINK BOOTS FOR BEAN! We asked and we begged, but Dr. M. wanted Angeline to have "soft cast". And they only make soft cast in white.
Bad news is that Angeline was supposed to go back this past Monday to get new boots. BUT because of the weather we had to re-schedule for today... and because of the weather today (still snowed in with icy BAD streets and more snow on the way) we are now in the position where we have to reschedule again... so we are waiting to find out if they want us to try for Friday, or just wait for her Monday appointment to get new boots for Bean. We actually unwrap the casts the morning of her appointment, but since we have no clue when we will make it to Seattle again that means that we just wait and see... if this is making any sense. I think that I am now officially stir crazy from being at home for so many days. Once the weather clears and we are able to move about as normal, I think we may need a night away from the house! LOL
Angeline is of course as happy as can be with her boots. She just goes with the flow... I would be super grouchy if I were her so I am really proud of how well she is handling it. It's also amazing to see the adjustments that she makes for the casts are now just a part of her.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I got an email from etoys this morning that if I can get five people to spend $50 on the etoys website using the link below, I can earn a $250 gift card... and if you sign up, you can ALSO earn one by convincing your friends and family to shop at etoys as well. In case you are interested... the link is below :) I thought it was a great promotion.
We are officially snowed in, day three. Going a bit stir crazy but I was able to complete our Christmas cards, as well as several customers cards. I also made our yearly photo book on shutterfly, 23 pages! So it's been a productive couple of days. The kids along with my husband and Mom got the Christmas tree all put together and the spirit of the season is filling the house! I will update on everything else shortly, I just had to get these pictures posted because I could hardly believe it myself. We typically get snow maybe once or twice a year... and maybe 1-2 inches... never 20 PLUS inches with FOUR FEET snow drifts!!!!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Angeline would like to let her friend Ruby know that tomorrow she will also be getting PINK go-go boots just like Ruby's. (Angeline get's her first casting tomorrow and is hoping for pink fiberglass casts, which we call go-go boots...) If you want to visit Ruby's webpages and see how cute she looks in her pink casts please do so:
xoxoxoxoxox Ruby and family :)
Ok I thought that I would give a bit of a short update since I am so tired tonight. I think that I am having some major anxiety about Angeline getting casts on tomorrow. The word "enough" keeps going over and over in my head. My sweet baby has been through enough. I think about all the families out there with children who have disabilities and I wonder how many times they think ENOUGH too. I know that she needs to have it done and I know that its best for her, but... when is it enough?
Lucky for me and Bean, Robert my dh is home and took tomorrow off work so he will be able to go with us! Woohoo!!! That makes the long drive to Seattle and back at least a bit better. We are praying for no more traffic than normal as we will be leaving there right about rush hour and we are thinking that there may be lots of people traveling tomorrow to make it to friends and relatives for turkey day. And we are hoping that Bean fits ok in her car seat with her big new PINK gogo boots. We then go back Monday next week to do it all over again! (and the monday after that and after that... and phew... we are tired!)
So as far as hubby goes with his work... we have no clue. He may be in town, he may go out of town (on a job that goes until March or April), he may have a couple weeks of lay off before doing anything, he may start some new specialized training next week... he may only get one week off... no one knows anything. I am such a complete organized control kind of gal, one who is slightly anal about things like the way things are folded. Well right now the closet is jammed full of crap and it's making me batty, I can't even GET TO the towels to refold them they way that things are now. My husband has no control over what comes next and I understand that. It's just the not knowing anything that I don't like. At least when I know if we go without his pay for a couple weeks, or if he goes out of town again, then I can have a plan. When I know nothing, I can't make a plan.
The same goes for things with Isaac... and what is going on with Angeline's paperwork?
I am praying and trying my best to turn this all over to God.. but I feel that free will (a really strong sense of push and shove) that God gave me that is telling me to get control... and it's hard to let it go. Everything will happen perfectly in God's timing I know this, but... wouldn't it be easier for God to move the cars if they weren't in PARK? I feel it's my duty to at least put them in neutral. :)
I don't want the blog to become a place where all I do is whine and lately I feel it's gone that way. So I am trying my best not to post unless I have constructive things to say. lol...
My Mom is here and we all have colds. My Mom and sister and lovely Aunt Betsy will be getting the food together for Thursday, the turkey's (2 of them) are waiting and we are looking forward to a lovely day of thanks. I have so very much to be thankful for this year!
On Friday my sister and I, and some of my older children load up the van for an action packed shopping morning with the crowds. We find the people watching to be the best part. And Saturday my Mom, Aunt, Sister and I are going up to Canada to go to the hot springs for the weekend. What a treat!
Ok well I am off to bed as the cold medicine is kicking in. :) I will post more soon and hopefully pictures of Bean's boots.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
This year our church started a new tradition. All of the children of the parish got to research and pick a Saint to dress up as. They made lanterns to carry into the church while we all sang together: "When the Saint's go Marching In". It was a beautiful evening and so much fun!
Daily Devotional by Max Lucado
"the One who came still comes and the One who spoke still speaks"
Those who try to keep their lives will lose them. But those who give up their lives will save them.
There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don't listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won't feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it's to live.
Jesus says the options are clear. On one side there is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry and safe....
Or you can hear the voice of adventure--God's adventure. Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God's impulses. Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure it isn't safe, but what is?
He Still Moves Stones
©2000 - 2006
Oak Hills Church
San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Sorry to everyone waiting for me to email them back! I have been slammed busy with work, homeschooling (lots of field trips this week), and also my Mom is here!! :)
I want to catch everyone up on everything going on in life... but the one thing that I need to post about it the wonderful news that we got last night...
Ok... I am not holding my breath because I have learned that when I do that, things tend to change... but as of right now... it appears that WE WILL NOT HAVE TO GO TO HAITI TO FINISH ANGELINE'S ADOPTION!!! What a wonderful Lord we have who has paved the way for one miraculous sweet angel to be a part of our lives and this was truly what we were praying for! Not that I wouldn't want to go to Haiti soon, but for Angeline, going back to Haiti, could be dangerous for her health that is so fragile. Once her adoption is finalized in Haiti then we will get our paperwork showing that according to Haiti she is ours... and we are not quite sure what we do from there, but there are papers that need to be filed in the US and we certainly will update as we know more.
So that was the grand, glorious, good news! Amen!!!!
Onto the not so good news...
Because Angeline's file is still in 2nd legal (the last part of the Haitian process)... this means that Isaac's paperwork is actually Angeline's paperwork and until they get the dossier back from 2nd legal for Angeline they won't have the paperwork for Isaac so his file has not yet been submitted to IBESR. I have been assured that as soon as they have the paperwork his file will enter the "black hole". From what I am hearing from other families 2nd legal is taking quite a bit of time right now. So please pray for speedy movement of the paperwork not only for my children, but for ALL the waiting children and families.
One more prayer request before I "hit the hay"... Tara Livesay has Malaria... now if you aren't familiar with the Livesay's you don't know what you are missing out on:
Tara and the Livesay's really could use our prayers right now. They have a newborn baby girl that will soon be joining their beautiful family, so now is not a good time for Tara to be sick! (Not that there ever is a good time!)
Tomorrow we have homeschool school then we are taking the kids to see "Drum"... I will be catching up the blog this weekend and you will hear all about the latest happenings and our plans for next week. (Bean is getting NEW go-go boot casts on Wednesday!!!0
Monday, November 13, 2006
Here are some pictures that I did in the wee hours of the morning today. Today I am having a real motivation issue with going grocery shopping. I have done literally everything and anything to avoid having to go. It isn't because of the weather that I don't want to go, rainy and windy here (don't look so surprised LOL)... it isn't because of the money it takes for me to grocery shop... it's because I cut coupons yesterday (I procrastinated going yesterday as well) and I know that I need to use them. I typically break a sweat when I grocery shop. It involves 2-3 carts and takes an hour at FULL SPEED AHEAD pace. With coupons we are looking at two hours. Then I actually have to pay attention to what I am buying. Pitiful I know. While I am grocery shopping I tend to think about all the things that I could be doing that are more productive, like sleeping.
So this morning to avoid doing what needs to be done I have done the normal daily routine PLUS cleaned the garage, got two boxes of food ready to donate to the high school food drive, got 10 bags of "stuff" ready for goodwill (that had been piling up in the garage), took the dogs and kids on a walk (in the cold rain), completed three picture orders, talked to Amy (my best buddy) on the phone for an hour (gave and recieved life counseling via this phone call), replied to 25 emails, looked at the COTP website at least once... and this was all while holding Angel/feeding her, getting the kids moving on cleaning/organizing, laundry, breakfast, lunch, etc. Now unless I want to pay bills and get paperwork done, OR get the filing done, I am plum out of things to do except grocery shop. (deep sigh)
I guess I can spend a bit of time finishing up this post, then at least another half hour deciding who I am taking, and who I am leaving... never mind... I have to take everyone (well not EVERYONE but Lauren, David, Cole, Grace, Angeline, Lulu, Dominick and Sophie) BECAUSE Danny and Jeremy (the babysitting big brothers) just left to take the donations where they need to go and the recycling to the recycling place AND to buy 24 cases up pop at Target (4 for $10 which is super cheap for here)... so maybe we will have pop for dinner! (And I think that I saw some canned cherry pie filling in the garage?)
Ok back to life away from procrastinating:
Robert and I had a wonderful weekend doing much of nothing. I worked on getting the house organized and he worked on ripping up the back yard to get the new drainage system in (we are trying our best to avoid flooding again as the rain isn't stopping anytime soon). My Mom comes in late tonight! So tomorrow we will see her. I can't wait and we have all been working really hard on getting our homes (my sister and I) ready for her. (Everything has to be in order of course.) DARN IT... one of the kids just asked me "Mom-are you going to the store today??".................. BUSTED.
I guess that I had better go. And I guess that I had better smile about it. Still no news on Angeline or Isaac's adoptions or what is going on. I am trying not to worry anymore. No news is good news right? Or was it ignorance is bliss? Which one?
Happy Monday everyone.
P.S. I am no longer spell checking so excuse any errors. :)
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Sometimes I wonder.....Sometimes I wonder why so few Christians obey the mandate in the Bible to care for the widows and orphans? The Bible mentions this over 60 times specifically.... yet it seems only a handful of Christians are obeying. The handful that are obeying are standing in a gap that is too wide for them to bridge themselves. Why aren't more churches and fellow Christians coming along side them to help shoulder such a huge responsibility by adopting, setting up ministries, and helping in other ways? It's easier to turn the other cheek, to say things like "what can little ole me do?", concentrate on other ministries, and to let someone else do it.
Sometimes I wonder why we, the ones who are caring for the orphans, are scrutinzed, put down, and made to jump through hoops that no one in their right and "natural mind" would. Imagine if everyone who wanted to conceive a child had to turn in five years of tax returns, bank statements, be fingerprinted by the FBI, be interviewed by social workers, undergo medical exams and drug testings, turn in marriage licenses and birth certificates, turn in financial statements of assests and liabilities, and the list goes on (each time you want to adopt). To make the decision to adopt, is to make the decision to live a transparent life for Christ. Who else would willingly turn over all of this information to numerous strangers?
Sometimes I wonder why we put ourselves through all of this yet again... it gets so old and so frustrating to jump through hoop after hoop after hoop. Then, I remember that we aren't doing this... Christ is doing this through us... his willing vessels.
Sometimes I wonder....Why haven't more Christians said "Yes Lord" when he so freely adopted you? ...imperfections and all.
Sorry for the lack of blogging this week. It's just been a bit crazy to say the least. I continued my denial about the flooding for two days... then my sweet and kind neighbors arrived with fans. The older boys had done a great job of getting the water out of the downstairs and with the fans going it seems to be "dry" for now. The weather is getting a bit colder and we hope that means no rain, or little rain for the rest of the week. We actually live on a "hill" so we shouldn't get so much water in our backyard, and certainly water shouldn't be coming in the house. Of course this was a crazy amount of rain that we got, but still, we live in the Pacific Northwest, a dry downstairs is a must... because it certainly WILL rain again. This weekend my husband on his brief time off and at home will be digging a trench and putting in some kind of grade checker control water remover piping that will run the water from our yard, our into the street. There is another house behind us so we need to be careful not to run the water into their yard. (They did have flooding problems and had some serious landscaping done to help solve their problem and I would hate to do anything to cause them water in thier downstairs!) So that is the update on that. Not fun at all.
We heard some news on Isaac. Although he is not yet in IBESR, they got Angeline's file and they are putting together his paperwork again. (I am imagining this is our paperwork for Angeline and Isaac and was submitted for just Angel so now they will reuse the paperwork for Isaac.) I am praying that this works and that he is submitted to IBESR this week. (I was fearing that we would have to re-do paperwork which could further delay the process!) According to all those involved IBESR will be processing Isaac's paperwork as normal and they will not be able to expedite it AT ALL. But they are hopeful that since there is now a new director at IBESR that she will get files flying out of there. Just pray.
The hardest part right now is all the unknowns in so many parts of our lives! We don't know when my husband is going to have time off, or if the time off will mean a lay off. (Which would be bad financially for us, but so good for us all to have that extra time togethe over the Holidays!) Or if he will be sent out of town on another job after this one... or how long the work will last this winter... etc.
We don't know how long things will take with Isaac's adoption... or if we will have to go back to finish Angeline's... and when that will be. We don't know what is exactly going on with Angel's adoption, we have only heard that she is out of IBESR. We are praying and waiting for news daily.
Right now the USCIS is processing Visa extensions from August 1st, so things are slowly moving there. Angeline's Visa extension was submitted in September, and her Visa expires in a couple days... so we wait and pray and hope that we hear something soon. It is ok for her to remain here as long as she has a pending application, so we don't have immediate worries there... it's just hard having so many unknowns!!!
So what can we do? I have to learn that I have no control over anything, or that I actually have control over some things, like myself... but that is about it. It's hard not feeling frustrated when so many things are just "hanging" but I must forge ahead and know that it will all come together in God's timing.
Just pray for us as we wait. I can't wait to see my husband tomorrow night and to see my Mom next week! We have so many things to be excited about. Angeline starts her serial casting on her legs the day before Thanksgiving. (Not exactly the best timing, but we will take it!) We are hoping for "pink" go-go boots this time. :)
Please continue to pray for a family for Gina. Her adoption can be expedited, her fees are covered and she can be escorted to her new family!!
Oh and just a side note: you should be able to click on any of the pictures in the blog and they will appear bigger.
Have a happy thursday... blessings!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
This is a very important prayer request from
Robin at Children Of The Promise:
"I have a special prayer request to send to all our wonderful parents. I know you have all done so much for us and I just ask for your prayers for our sweet little Gina (Jina). As some of you know she is a little girl who has waited for a family for a long time. She is 5 years old and has cerebral palsy. The severity of her cerebral palsy and the limited medical resources we have in Haiti are causing Gina's health to deteriorate. She is losing weight and is having problems with her nasogastric tube. Unless she leaves Haiti her long-term survival is poor. Those who care for her in Haiti love her dearly and care for her very well. She is in good hands, but we can only do so much with such severe problems. Please pass this prayer request to everyone you know and to any other people you think may be interested in her adoption."
There is a short video of Gina at this link that you can view. Due to a generous donor her adoption fees are covered by a grant. If you or someone you know may be interested in adopting Gina, please visit the website above. And everyone please pray.
Monday, November 06, 2006
This is my guest blogging time, it's me Angeline! I wanted to tell you a bit about my wacky and wonderful family. My mom was going to call this Coffee talk with Bean :) But since we don't drink coffee, but we do drink tea... it's tea time talk! (My Mom does realize that she is the only person in the greater Seattle area that doesn't drink coffee.)
So right now we are getting some rain. Lauren keeps saying things like "It's Raining Buckets", and she has this British accent when she says it. The boys are frantically running around downstairs trying to get everything put up at least one foot off the floor. And Leishan is yelling things like... "get your swimsuits on kids!" Thank goodness Jeremy is home to help, and Mom already called the high school and said to send home Danny and Tyler. It's the great flood of 2006 in our downstairs. We are going up about an inch an hour, and there are no more towels for that. So what do you do? Shop vac? Wait it out? We have heard that we are getting six inches of rain today and we are having 30 mph winds plus even stronger gusts... what's a girl to do other than blog? (Would this officially be where my Mom "shuts down". Perhaps.)
All I keep hearing Cole saying is... "I am just soaked, I am just completely WET". Glad my bedroom is upstairs.
(Leishan just walked past doing the breast stroke. She knows just how to rub it all in. Pour salt on the open wounds Leishan, go on girl!)
Great. The dogs are refusing to go outside because the backyard is like a pond so they are whizzing everywhere. And all Mom can do is type all my thoughts. (I like it when she holds me and types.) My big brother's still aren't home. I was going to write all about the weekend but the sheer madness of the moment took over.
Let me just give you a few of the highlights and low-lights:
1. Daddy was home this weekend and I officially only like my Mom. So each time that he held me or even talked anywhere near me, I cried. I cried really hard. Daddy feels really bad for having to work out of town. :( My Mom is looking forward to Dad having a couple weeks off and at home really soon.
2. My Mom went on Saturday with my Aunt Nina and Aunt Betsy to BC (British Columbia) to see Running with Scissors. It's one of my Moms favorite books. She likes reading things about insane people, it makes her feel "normal", which is a good thing. :)
3. I still have no teeth and it's really making me mad. There are all kinds of foods that I want to eat (not baby food, no way!) and I can't. My Mom gives it to me in a MESH thing and I chew on that. I want to just have the food and be able to eat it.
4. My Nana is coming next week and I can't wait to see her! She will be here for three weeks!!!
5. Cole's birthday is in 12 more days and he reminds us all the time.
6. My Mom went to IKEA and got me a really neat high chair. It's little, like me, and I like to throw my food off of it to the dogs. That's a fun game. And my Mom says it ok because I am learning depth perception. My grandparents never let my Mom "learn depth perception" when she was a baby and she did drive a 1980 Cadallac into her college rental once upon a time. lol...
7. Jeremy, my oldest brother, is soul searching. He doesn't know where he wants to go or what he wants to do. Please pray for him. He needs to see that at the crossroads of life making a decision, even if its not the right one, is better than making none at all. He is home full time right now so my mom gave him a long list of things to do... something about because when your 20 and not working or going to school you become her full time employee. The list involves a lot of Caulking. lol
8. My Mom is still waiting to hear something from Haiti. She has heard that they haven't heard anything, but she hasn't heard anything that would help her yet. :) Pray. She may hear something today!!
Ok my Mom better get some laundry done, the boys have tried to mop up the water with towels. Did I mention that I say MOM MOM MOM!!! I DO!!! It makes my Mom cry everytime and give me anything that I want. I look forward to tea time with you tomorrow, or later and please pray that the rain stops.
With tons of love and big DRY smooches,
Congratulations to Jessie, my dear friend Margie, and her family in Ohio! Jesula is now home! Thank you everyone for your prayers and please continue to pray for this family as life becomes a bit crazy "bringing baby home". Margie, it has been wonderful getting to know you over the past weeks. (Can you believe how fast all these miracles have happened?) Angeline and I can't wait to actually meet you and Jessie in person.
With tons of Blessings,
Sarah and Family
Friday, November 03, 2006
Isaac is doing very well, and is such a busy and fun boy! His growth has been slow since he came in July, even with good nutrition and love, but he is definitely making progress! He's been able to wave bye-bye ever since he came, and has always had that very sweet grin and happy temperament. He's gotten much more mobile, and is now crawling all over the place. I don't know if you can call it a crawl though, he actually scoots along the floor on his belly, kicking his legs like a frog behind him to push himself along. It's very cute. :) He's been able to sit up on his own almost since he came as well- the Haitians are very concerned with babies learning to sit and work on it with them diligently! Isaac is so busy and curious, he wants to inspect and hold everything. He's always got a toy or part of another kid's body in his hands or mouth! He loves the toys you sent for his birthday, and had a great time opening them. He is very good natured, but also knows what he wants, and can be opinionated if he's not getting it! The other day I saw him butting his head against another kid who was in his way! He jabbers a lot, babbling and trying to talk, but none of his words are intelligible yet. :) Isaac's weight this month was 14 pounds, 12 ounces.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
(*Photo of my cousin Chris and family who live in Hong Kong, Halloween of course... they don't dress this way everyday. lol)
Words to live by...
I only have a minute
Just 60 seconds in it
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it
Must be careful not to lose it
Forced upon me, I must use it
Most of all, not to abuse it
Only just one little minute
But eternity is in it
I am not sure who wrote that originally. There are several versions out there, but I really like it. I realize that I ask a lot for prayers and for donations... but... (there's always a but)... I see the holiday feel in the air already. My Christmas sales have started picking up in the past two days and it's time to start thinking about what we can do for others. (Not that this should only occur during the Holidays, but it tends to be when many organizations really rely on getting lots of their funding and donations.) So back to the point. I had been reading Lori's (the nurse in Haiti) her blog and her computer was down for sometime, so I want to be sure to post her link again:
I really feel like if you only have a couple dollars to give, or a extra prayer to give, or even your time to just read her blog and LEARN about the work that she does... please consider doing so. I am moved beyond words each time that I visit her blog and I know that you will be too.
Counting. (My blessings.)
Jessie is just doing wonderfully! I am thrilled for her family and I wanted to be sure to update all the prayer warriors out there! :) Here is the update from Jessie's Mom:
"WOW!!! She looks different. She is down by 1 cm already. Her skin is no longer tight, she looks so peaceful in her eyes. I don't really know how to explain the expressions on her face. Peace, no pain, no pressure, amazing. She is watching EVERYTHING!! She follows me (even moves her head) just to watch me walk around the room. We put a mobile above her bed and she loves it. She watches the TV up in the corner with all of the bright lights. She studies my face when I'm holding her. The nurse she had today is great. She says that she has everything going for her to overcome whatever damage has been done. She is doing all of the right baby things and she is very happy with that. I'm so excited today I can hardly stand it. It wouldn't surprise me at all if we come home tomorrow. Oh yeah, her weight today is 4.3 kg. So not up a bunch yet but she didn't loose weight either."
Thanks for all your prayers!
We have a huge problem at our house, it's called too many chief's and not enough Indians. At dinner time everyone wants to help Mom. (Well no one that is really qualified or old enough to help wants to help, just everyone else.) The highlights of the meal were: Leishan "serving the soup"... errr I mean eating all the noodles out of the chicken noodle soup before serving everyone else. She's such a giver that girl! lol And Lulu insisting the she HAS TO HELP! She really wanted to be the grilled cheese flipper and get up close and personal with the stove, but it wasn't happening... so I let her be the "cheese opener". Her job was to open the cheese and bring it to me. Well Dominick was not having her be the only cheese opener, so he HAD TO HELP too. So after they opened about 65 more pieces of cheese than we needed, they came to the stove to bring them to me, and they had them STUCK on their faces. At that point I was telling someone else... "I am one person, I have no been CLONED"... and was too frantic to describe to them how gnarly it is that I peel the cheese off their faces for the sandwiches... but I was getting far too much comic relief seeing them do it to correct them. Want to come to dinner anyone? Be Blessed, Sarah
Blogger has been a thorn in my side the past couple days. I have many pictures and updates to post so I will start doing that today and tomorrow as long as blogger cooperates! :)
The adorable little baby boy in blue is my friend Anita's son Bright. He is waiting for his family in Ghana, please keep them all in your prayers! :)
We should be hearing "something" about Isaac tomorrow! Yesterday and today have been Holiday's in Haiti (all Saint's and all Soul's days) so we are hopeful for tomorrow. We may also hear something about Angeline's paperwork and when her adoption will be done and who has to travel when/where etc.
So stay tuned!
Sunshine and happy days,