Monday, September 29, 2008
She even wrote "mom" on there herself, although for some reason she made each "m" and then filled in the "o", all without any input from me.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
In our previous three adoptions, we NEVER received it this quickly! The receipt date is 9/4, and the approval date is 9/26. Who knew our someone in our government could accomplish something so quickly. We are very grateful though! With Micah's adoption it took months and ended up needing the intervention of a State Senator to get it done.
I pray the rest of our paperwork comes together and moves through the process just as swiftly.
Friday, September 26, 2008
A friend is planning this with me, and we are calling it "Stone Soup Adoption Fundraiser". At first we were going to have a spaghetti dinner, but my church just had one and we did not want to repeat that. I was thinking about the fable of stone soup, and we decided to have a soup buffet, charging by the bowl. I read the fable described as "a tale of cooperation amid scarcity", and that is what we need right now. People who cannot give a lot but everyone giving a little will add up for Sunny's adoption. Several friends are loaning me a crockpot to use, and a few friends are also loaning me a crockpot full of soup they have offered to make. We hope to have 10 different kinds, along with bread and crackers.
We are also having a Silent Auction. This whole idea really began when a friend told me she would like to make a baby quilt for us to use as a way to raise funds by selling it. Of course, now we have to find a few more items for the silent auction. We will have same Avon gift baskets donated by my friend, and I plan to stop at a few gift stores to ask about donations. I really am not looking forward to doing that, honestly, but I will do it for my daughter.
AND, Lifesong for Orphans has offered us an interest free loan and a financial gift!! Praise God!! That will be a wonderful help in this adoption journey.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Afterwards we walked over to Quincy Market and had some clam chowder at 10am. I don't get into Boston much, but do love the visits. Sunny's 7th birthday is in two weeks, so we bought her a pink Red Sox T-shirt to send to her.
I have also spent a week knitting Sunny a small blanket. I am hoping she will like it, and will find comfort sleeping with it. Then, she can have it on the airplane coming home and continue to find comfort with her blanket after she has joined our family. I cannot even imagine the confusion and fear she will feel when she first comes home. I also bought a pack of flash cards... so for her birthday from us she will receive a t-shirt, a knit blanket, and the cards.
This will be her last birthday without her family! Every morning the kids and I pray that the Lord is preparing her heart for us, to make her transition easier and to help her understand the changes coming.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Last weekend I took Nikita shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store. I couldn't resist getting myself a striped green t-shirt I spotted. When I changed into that shirt on Saturday night and came out of my room, Amelia stopped me, took both my hands and held them out while she looked me up and down. Then she said, "oh Mom, is pretty". Not only did she notice I was wearing a new shirt, she made a big deal of telling me I looked good in it. (Not bad for three bucks!)
In church on Sundays we sit near the back, just in case Amelia gets antsy. So most people don't notice that whenever someone sings a solo, and after the choir sings, Amelia stands up, holds out a big thumbs up, and says "good job!".
She even insists on praying whenever someone else is. It was interesting the first time she did it in our Sunday School class (her dad and I teach her first and second grade class). I always pray at the end, so she insisted too. A few girls laughed after and said they had no clue what she was saying. I said, God knows. The next week I prayed for each child by name. So Amelia did too. And this time they were amazed they heard Amelia pray for them by name.
I really need to try to be more like Amelia, remembering to notice the little things and give more affirmation.
And for adoption news, our fingerprint appointment is this Friday!! It has only been two weeks since we sent in the I-600a application; I hope they continue to work on it this quickly so we receive the approval.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
In other news, Amelia has decided to teach Pip how to read. And Pip seems willing to learn!
She then moved on to some music therapy. Maybe George crowing all the time has poor Pip's nerves on edge...
Have a wonder-filled day!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We did meet a birthmother once, with the hopes of raising her baby. It was unexpected...one day the SW called us. She had been contacted by a mother in distress-- she had a six week old baby with Down Syndrome and she wanted to place him for adoption. So the SW called us, and we agreed to meet her and the mother for lunch at an area restaurant...the thought of adopting a baby was unexpected, and exciting.
That was probably one of the worst days of my life. She was quietly crying the whole time, totally in love with her baby and just as totally convinced she could not raise him. She was single, a little older than me, and a full-time student; her mother was convinced God was going to heal her baby and thus not a real support. We talked about us and showed her pictures of our family, she showed us pictures of her baby. She'd had an ultrasound but it did not show any problems-- she would have aborted if there had been. The guilt she was feeling for that alone was huge, considering how deeply in love with her baby she now was.
We went away from the meeting saddened for her, but the prospect of another child joining our family was a positive. We started the home study, and a month later there was still no word from her. We asked SW to follow up, and it turns out she had gotten some counseling and decided she could do it after all. Wonderful for her and baby, we really were happy for her. That did leave us with a home study in progress though. Which led us to our Dante--- my unplanned adoption. The Lord blessed this mother by showing her a family that is raising a child (two at that time) with Down Syndrome and loving that life, and He also blessed us with our Dante.
Dante's parents gave him a little yellow blanket when they released him for adoption. He still sleeps with it every night, and it reminds me to pray for them, and for all mothers who are compelled by their life circumstances or society to place a baby for adoption.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I for one am thankful he decided to like it, because it was very nervewracking to see my little baby crying and trying to dive off this great big horse. (He might be almost three but he's still my baby!)
And, here's a picture I took of Zach and his rooster, George. Sadly, George will soon be going to a more rural home than ours. We have not had complaints from neighbors yet, but George is doing way too much crowing, starting at 6am. We only have four hens, and I'm sure they will be fine without George standing guard. Zach and George are sitting on the roof of the henhouse.
Monday, September 1, 2008
In all, our sales were $128.50!! I am so thankful for the help of friends, and for all the people that purchased something. About half of my jams and salsas were bought, which is fine because the rest will be used by us this winter.
Jamie and I have been spending a lot of time this weekend filling out grant applications, too. Some of the financial questions they ask are actually more invasive than the home study was! I can understand them wanting to know about our Christian lives and basic income/expenses, but do they really need me to outline how much money we spend on gas?! We have already been turned down for one grant-- did not even get past the pre-qualifications. No reason given, just a "no". We will keep plugging away though.