Friday, February 25, 2011

Social report!

Our agency, CHSFS, sends out a detailed description of your child's behavior and personality a couple of weeks before your court date. We just got ours today and we're so happy that it finally arrived. It is very informative and best of all, it contains pictures! Lots of pictures! We can't share them until after we pass court, but let me just tell you that this dear little boy appears to be thriving under the nannies' care. He looks much healthier and look at the twinkle in his eyes! He is beautiful and we can't wait to meet him... in just a few days!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


In just a few days, we will be hopping on a plane and making the trip to Ethiopia... we will be meeting our little boy! And the judge will be handing down her decision. I have butterflies of nervousness and excitement. Prayers from all would be greatly appreciated. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pictures I love

This is my mom with me and my siblings sometime in the late sixties. There are just so many things about this picture that make me smile... the hilarious clothing, the treasured bride dolls with dresses handmade by my grandma, my bangs, the fact that we are all crammed into that corner with Mom, the way my mom is waving that cigarette around... I just love it. I wish my dad was in it too, but he was the photographer.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Travel group

Today we got an email from our agency with our room assignments at the guest house and the names of the other families in our travel group. Last time we adopted, we didn't have anyone else from our agency traveling when we did. I am so excited this time to have other families to share the experience with. I can't wait to get to Ethiopia and meet them!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Eagle party

This is why we live where we do...
we get to look out our back windows and see this.
Isn't that beautiful?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Where is my supersuit?

I seem to know a lot of women who have supersuits in their closet... they run marathons, organize charitable benefits, drop everything to pack up and move to third world countries, start non-governmental organizations to help the impoverished, maintain actual real full-time jobs, have homey welcoming houses, renew themselves spiritually with Bible devotion every day, prepare delicious healthy meals, knit sweaters or write witty and nationally recognized blogs all while caring for at least a half a dozen high achieving, challenging and active children.

I feel like such a slacker. I don't own a supersuit.

Most days, I think I'm doing great if I get two or three errands done, make dinner and get the twins in bed without too much yelling. I really have to limit myself on what goals I set for any given week because I get so easily overwhelmed. One of my favorite blogs had a challenge to rock your attachment challenged child every day for 15 minutes for 30 days... no way was I going to publicly commit to that; I knew it had real potential to be another thing to "fail" at!

I just want to know where the supersuit store is located... I could sure use one.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pictures I love

I'm going to start sharing some of my favorite old pictures once a week or so. This one is from a vacation in 2004 when my big kids weren't quite as big... Kenneth was 15, Emily was 13 and Anna was 10. I would sure like some of that warm Caribbean sunshine now.