Sunday, December 30, 2012

Children in my Heart (and on my mind)

Man, I wish I could show you some pictures of these little beauties, because I've been thinking of them for some time.

ROSE   7/14/2007

My, what a stunning little lady she is!!!  She has the most perfect face and appears to be full of mischief.  When we were adopting Christian, her file came to our agency just weeks prior to me leaving for China.  We went back and forth with our agency, to see how it would work and if it could work that we could get both children at once.  The kicker--we'd have to redo all of our paperwork and put off travelling to get Christian for at least 6 months.  Instead of meeting him in November 2010--I'd have to wait well into 2011 if we decided to proceed with Rose.  And...well...after waiting for SO long already to meet this little boy that we fell in love with---we decided to continue on and just adopt him.  But I never forgot about little Rose.

Every now and then I see Rose come up on this list or that one, and nobody has come forward to claim her as their own.  Based on our current situation and the way our homestudy is written, we can't adopt her.  She would go right into the school system here, and I know that we can't provide the support that she'd need in order to transition successfully into a system that sees few adoptive kids, and understands their needs and orphanage behaviors, especially since I need to work.

So for now, I'll continue to follow Rose and hope that she finds her forever family.

LEON and LOGAN  March 2011  TWINS!!!!

How, oh how are they still available?  This just does not make sense to to me, I cannot believe that a family has not snatched them up already.  They look like they'd bring some fun into any family.  Sadly, these little ones are not for us--we are holding out for twins that include at least one little girl, virtual twins, 2 from the same orphanage, or even 2 from different orphanages if we can work out the details.

PETER December 2011

I  keep thinking of little Peter.  He is a couple of months younger than Ellie, and is in good physical development and health.  He does have a waiting child grant in the amount of $2,200, just like my Christian did.  He is missing both of his arms below his elbows.  He DOES meet our list of qualifications, and is in our age range, but for now--he's just on our minds and hearts.  Could we provide him with the care that he needs in order to thrive?  Could we dive into the world of prosthetics and all that goes along with that?  Probably.

Either way, we are really thinking that we want to bring two home this time around, if we can find the right two little ones for our family.  But I really think that I need one more little girl, or else our boys will be stuck playing dress up with me forever.  And that might be fun initially, but long term?  Probably not.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve

This might just be the last year...
that all 4 of these munchkins are believers.

Last night, we sprinkled reindeer treats outside, left cookies, carrots, and milk out.  We opened one gift each, and went to visit with friends.

Maddie was up at 2 and promptly went through her stocking with delight.  By the time I was up at 7 Eric and Maddie had separated all of their gifts into piles, so that they would be easier to open.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Baby Steps

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

We sent a package to our agency earlier this week, but never heard back from them regarding the documents inside.  However, I did notice that my credit card was heavily charged *gulp*, so it thankfully arrived safely.  

I also sent them what's called an I-800A, which is an application for determination of suitability to adopt from a Hague Adoption Convention country.  I'm crossing my fingers that my agency promptly submitted our form and our check to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department so that the USCIS can set up our biometrics date and get going with this whole thing!  No news is probably good news, right?

Biometrics:  a fancy word for expensive fingerprints, photo, and electronic signature.

Once we get this little paper in our hands we will be one step closer to submitting our dossier to China. 


We are really looking forward to Christmas this year, and just imagine how crazy it will be next year with hopefully 2 more little ones?  

Eric and Madison are so proud to be singing at church this year, and they have been practicing for the past few weeks.

Our elf, Santa's Little Helper, will be leaving one final note for the kids to find in the morning.  Christmas Eve will be spent making a feast and tons of goodies, and I have 4 pretty decent helpers that love to bake along with me.  No crazy last minute wrapping or anything this year--I am done and ready to relax.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fundraiser Update

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Vehicles of Past, Present, and Future

I've had my share of cars, let me tell you--and each of them had some very decent attributes and some--well, not so much.

PRESENT:  Saturn Vue

This one is a pretty color, isn't it?  Ours isn't quite as pretty.

Pros:  good on gas, great storage
Cons:  5 seater.  Must I say more?  We are currently a family of 6 and with adding another one or two--well, this one just won't cut it.

PRESENT:  Honda Pilot

I like the background in this picture, and the color of this Pilot.

Pros:  8 Seater. Yeah!  Decent on gas for something this big
Cons:  Clearly, nobody that created the Pilot actually thought that somebody utilizing this car would need to fit 6 car seats.  Or even 4.  Or even would need to bring a stroller and kid goodies everywhere that she goes.  Nope, no. good. at. all.

Past:  Jeep Wrangler

Ahh this was fun.  My husband's dream, even with his current family size.
Pros:  Fun in the summer and minimal maintenance
Cons:  Can't fit a family of our size.  Bummer.

PAST:  Suburban

Pros:  Luxurious and tons of space for my stroller obsession!
Cons:  Gas.  Ummm, gas.  That's about it.

PAST:  Geo Metro Convertible

Pros: Ahh, I love me a convertible! and gas cost.  It fit my dogs perfectly right behind the seats, unless they tried to crawl in our laps.  Obviously, pre-children.
Cons:  safety, 2 seater only (could be a pro??)

Future:  Not sure what my next vehicle will be--we have outgrown minivan status, the Pilot AND the Vue are not winners for us, and we toy with the idea of a van or something large.  With privacy glass.  Just saying.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Houses

No holiday would be complete

without a little gingerbread house making
with lots-o-goodies
and just a few taste tests

 and some special one on one time with mommy.

And of course--lunch at Christian's place of choice.
Not my first choice...

but it's not my special day.

More houses to come, as his big sister was not outdone by her little bro..

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Homestudy Approved!

Our homestudy was officially approved on 12/7/12.  Yay! On to the next step.  It's harder this time around since we don't have a child(ren) picked out and a picture in front of us to focus on, but we will just keep moving along until that happens.  Christian is hoping for a fellow train lover or two.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mommy Poppins

Here's what I could win just by blogging:

I'd love to win some fun toys for the kids for Christmas, so I'm entering this cool contest from Mommy Poppins.  All 4 would be smiling on the 25th. ;)

If you'd like to enter, check this out:  Holiday Contest

I feel like I'm playing Where's Waldo!

Where's Christian?

Thanks to Bethan for posting your Wall of Little Ears! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 Years

 Most people probably don't know this but my husband and I actually picked out a little girl.  From Russia.  Ten years ago.  Little Anastasia was such a doll, a blonde haired blue eyed beauty.  We were reviewing her file, going back and forth with what to do and contemplating if we could handle her special need.  We were very young, had no children, and were really about to move forward.  

But, I found out that I was pregnant with Maddie, so we were unable to proceed at that time.

Three years ago, it was time.  We narrowed our countries down to China, India, or Ethiopia.  We started our homestudy, trying to figure out which way to go, which country would be the best fit.  I kept looking at the pictures of all of the available children--and this little boy got stuck in my head.  Like, REALLY stuck.  He was not the little girl that I planned on going to get, he was not from India (the country we were leaning towards), and he had a list of special needs that had never even heard of.  He was THE ONE.
Yue Ting, 13 months old
Two years ago, Maddie and I went to China.  We left the weekend after Thanksgiving, and came back in December.  If I can ever find the CD with those pictures, I can't wait to do something with them.  The beginning was hard.  Christian was grieving for his foster mom, I had to go back to work a few weeks after returning to the US, and we were busy with multiple medical specialists throughout the states.

Christian, April 2012      Spring Break       Daytona Beach
But the rewards?  WOW.  I am a lucky Mama, and so thankful to have spent every day of the last 2 years with this kid.  

Sweet Baby Moon

From:  The Gang's All Here...

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