Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A new weight loss plan!

This weekend, Emily and I went and cheered on her former teammates at the Nebraska state meet for gymnastics levels 7-10. I haven't seen many of the other moms for a few months, and several commented that I appear to have lost weight. I shared my secret... the international adoption diet! The pounds just stress away! I think I've lost about eight pounds since January.

And, by the way, congratulations to the 2009 Nebraska State Champions in levels 9 and 10, Premier Gymnastics!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Feeling down

The week is almost over and we really have no news, good or bad, on the status of our case. Also, Anna has struggled all week with migraines. Both situations make me feel very helpless.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Didn't pass again

Just got word that we didn't pass.

Here is the latest word from our coordinator:

"I just got off the phone with Shimeliss at Hope Adoptions. He said that your case was not approved because MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) did not provide their recommendation to the court in time. According to Shimeliss, Hope has to provide their information to MOWA 8 to 10 days prior to the court hearing but MOWA only has to provide their recommendation 24 hours before the court hearing. Unfortunately, because of the difficulties with MOWA in that region, the reports were not provided on time. Shimeliss says that MOWA is not very organized there and is having some difficulties but that this doesn't mean they don't want the case to be approved. The good news is that they were able to get the court to leave the case in "open" status. That means, whenever MOWA does get the report ready, they can go to the court with the MOWA recommendation and should be able to get the court approval right then, without having to get another court date. He is hoping to get this resolved this week. I will check in with them daily until I have some answers."

I would like to ask everyone to pray for this to be resolved as soon as possible.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sometimes, bigger really IS better

We got a new car this weekend to accomodate our soon-to-be larger family. It's a 2009 Buick Enclave with eight passenger seating. My old Pacifica had over 101,000 miles on it and was starting to seem a little decrepit. I like my new car. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring is in the air...

... at least for the past few days! I know that in our area we could still get a snowstorm at any time, but the birds are coming back and the baby calves are out and looking so cute at the surrounding farms. So I'm jumping the gun by a couple of days and changing my wintry blog to a spring blog!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Today we got word from our agency that whoops, our court date is March 23, not March 13 as they have been maintaining for the last two weeks. Argh! I am so angry! So now we get to be all stressed out for another week and have sleepless nights and who knows what else... and we sat around waiting and waiting all weekend before someone could tell us that today. Yes, we are all human and mistakes are made, but this one has greatly upset me. Not happy.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

STILL Waiting

I'm trying not to get discouraged or pessimistic. It's hard.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Due to some extenuating circumstances, we still haven't heard if we passed court or not. The waiting is torture. :(

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Round two

Our second attempt at passing court is tomorrow... we're on pins and needles here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Diving in The Windy City

Anna had a regional diving meet in Chicago this weekend. We drove eight long hours to get there, made longer by the fact that we couldn't leave until late Friday afternoon; we arrived at our hotel at about 1:00 a.m... yawn! Saturday morning, we went to Navy Pier for lunch and some shopping. This is Anna (on the left) posing with her two teammates and her two coaches.

Little Taylor dove on Saturday afternoon and she did great. Saturday evening we had dinner with my parents, who drove up from Indianapolis to see Anna dive. They treated the whole team to a tasty dinner. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

Anna and Elyse competed on Sunday. Anna placed 29th out of 35 competitors which is really quite good... it was her first big meet and her first meet ever with the tougher standards of USA Diving. She hit all of her dives and just needs a higher degree of difficulty. She's only been diving for one year. It's hard to get decent pictures of diving with my camera, but here she is doing one of her dives. She's the blur in the middle. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I really love my dog

This is Bruno. Although he's looking mighty jaunty in his bright kerchief, he is actually recovering from surgery. He had to have some suspicious lumps removed today. Our vet thinks it will all be fine, but I'm worried anyway. Bruno also has cataracts which might need to be removed this year too. He's my senior citizen dog; our other two are young whipper-snappers. I love him lots. :)