Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Fair - Round THREE

Aunt Carolyn took the older 3 to the fair for one last day.  She bought them tickets to go see the Newsboys concert...and they LOVED IT!








Oh, yeah, and Bailey won a rosette on her ed display, too!  (she almost forgot to check!)


the adoption

We are making good progress on our home study. The only thing left for us is our medicals!

We are still waiting for several references to got back to us, and for letters and reports to be written.

But our portion is almost done! It has been a long process and we are very excited to be coming to the end!

We are even more excited to start looking at children's files!

The adoption is on everyone's mind, lately! I went to run an errand last week and Callie asked if I was going to get our new children...I explained that we are still a long way off from that, and we will know who they are before we go get them.

Last week as I put Justice to  be bed, he asked if we could go get our new children the next day. Then, this morning, he asked if we could get 4 new brothers and a new sister in the adoption.

Serenity talks almost daily of things she wants to show her 'dopted sisters and brothers'. Things like how to ride a bike and how to drive her new rc car that she got at the fair, how to play pretend and color, and play at the park...basically everything she does!

The older ones have more understanding. We have had some wonderful discussions on what neglect and abuse may do to their new siblings, and how they likely won't understand basic courtesy and kindness, and we will need to be patient and understanding as we get to know them, and they learn what it means to be in a family. And that this may take a LONG time.

All in all, everything is progressing well, and we are excited to begin the next phase of our adoption journey!

Current prayer requests are still the same...
- that all of the references come in
- that God's will would be done for how many chilsren . (I am praying to be approved for 5 as that is our max., then if we find a group that big, great, if smaller wonderful, but either way, we do not need to go back and amend any of our paperwork.
- that our medicals would go well.
- that reports for the psychological evaluation and the home study would go well.
- that we would have wisdom as parents to know what to share with our bio children to help protect them without scaring them about our adopted children, who at the very least have lost their family, friends, likely their school, their home, their country, culture and language... That is a LOT of loss to deal with!

Thank you for partnering with is in prayer! I pray that you would enjoy this Lord's day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Last post of the day

Whew!  I think the blog is now caught up as of the end of August 2014.

This post falls under prayer requests...please pray that all would go well tomorrow for both the last interview with the social worker (at 9 am), and the 2nd half of our psychological evaluation (at 10 am).

These are some of the last few things to do for the home study.  We are looking forward and praying to make it to the end of this portion of the adoption.  We are also getting more and more excited about this adoption becoming a reality with each document that comes in and each little portion of the home study getting completed.  Praising God for where we are, and praying that He would guide us through the next step.

The Fair - Round TWO

Last year, we felt like we missed out on the fair to such a degree, that we decided to go TWICE this year.  And to add to the excitement, the children (down to Justice) decided they wanted to purchase arm bands for unlimited fair rides.  We have NEVER DONE the fair rides before...I think it was a hit.  Here are some (lots!) pics of everyone.




Judah was about 1/2" too short for the rides...so he got to watch all.day.long.  And he did it with such a good attitude.  He loved watching the birds and air planes fly by (the fair grounds is right next to a small air strip).  He enjoyed the sights and the sounds and the taste of the fair...and I let him have some extra special things because he couldn't go on rides!





Serenity and Ashley did NOT like the big slide!



Judah with his first 'special thing'.


Ashley and Serenity did NOT like the caterpillar roller coaster!






Ashley LOVED the fun house!  Serenity did NOT.




This was a 'speed train'.  Callie and Justice LOVED this!  So did the older girls!  Ashley and Serenity did not even attempt to ride this one.  They waited with me and Judah, lol!  Callie and Justice loved all of the rides, and wanted to go on the rides they were not yet tall enough for - the faster and the higher and the harder the better as far as they are concerned!



These 3 rode pretty much EVERY ride, and loved most of them!  (Anna was on the fence for more of them than the other girls.)


I on the other hand classify rides like this as, "Not on your life!"


The one ride Judah could do was the carousel.  We did it twice for him!  He really enjoyed it.  Serenity liked it, as long as she was not on a horse or animal that went up and down.  (are you seeing a theme?)






For the afternoon, I let the twins and Brianna play on the 'big rides' while I took the littles and Ashley on the smaller rides.





This was the ride that made Ashley start to change her mind...


Another 'special thing' for Judah.




We met back up, and got to do some things together.


Ashley got brave and tried the caterpillar roller coaster again, and loved it!







So the next time we split up, Ashley asked if she could join them for some other big rides.  I asked if she was sure - the girl who didn't like even some of the 'little rides' decided she wanted to hang with the olders now...and she LOVED IT!

I took the littles to see some animals and ride the tractors so Judah could have some fun, too!



Then back to the rides...and watching the other littles.


These planes were especially hard for Judah to watch...he *REALLY* wanted on this ride.  He loves planes!



We met the older ones back at the big rides and watched them do a few (and let Callie and Justice on the couple they could ride over there).  They had a PERFECT sunset ferris wheel ride!


Not sure why, but Serenity LOVED this ride...



Bailey and Brianna liked the really big rides, like the ring of fire...


We finished the evening with a super cool star show, and a couple more littles rides before heading to the bus at TEN pm!  We spent 11 hours at the fair riding rides and just having fun.  It was truly a BLAST!