Friday, August 29, 2008
We have a birthday coming up in a few days (my 9 year old will be turning 10) and she has had her heart set on a gecko. We've done all the research, and although I have a soft spot in my heart for amphibians and reptiles (see previous pictures of turtles and tree frogs), I'm not terribly thrilled about a gecko. They need to feed on crickets (OK - that means having a bunch of crickets in the house - no thank you), feeding them daily after coating them with a calcium powder to keep the gecko healthy (c'mon seriously?!?). And if the crickets prove to be too evasive for the gecko, then it is suggested that you pull the legs off the crickets. OK - not so enjoyable for an animal lover.
So we began discussing alternatives. Stopped at a petstore to look further - and home we came with 2 adorable little dwarf siberian hamsters. Small and cuddly and they don't eat crickets!! Two hamsters - because our 11 year old needs something to cuddle too - right? Does this mean when we have 4 kids - we'll need to get 4 of everything? .... I must admit, the little hamsters are adorable and the girls have been making those sweet little oooooh and aaaaaw sounds ever since.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Today - as part of our travel checklist, I wrote and mailed a letter to USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) to update our FBI fingerprints which will expire in November. (How do fingerprints expire you may ask??? good question with no good answer - we just follow government procedure.) Other than the fingerprints, everything else is current and ready.
School open houses were held this week and it was such a welcome surprise to see our 7 year old son's name on the classroom list posted on the classroom door. He even has his name posted on his desk and his first grade teacher asked if she could talk about him to the class and explain where he is from. She wants him to feel welcome and she wants his classmates to feel like they know him. He has one classmate that is adopted from China and his teacher is adopted as well - so this is a welcome and easily discussed topic in this classroom.
We got some new pictures of our sons from the Ducommun family and our little boys look a little older this time. Still full of smiles and mischief though! We can't wait to have them home!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
There are 7 families currently waiting for their court date on October 8. Redfern, Wempe, Wistrom, Schmidt, VanWetten, Lusse, and Hutchinson families.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Many of the kids in an orphanage do not have the paperwork needed to make them eligible for adoption (like a birth certificate or identity papers). Some children are abandoned and left without any type of identification. Our agency has initiated a fundraiser called "An Orphan's Ticket Home", designed specifically to fund the gathering and creation of identification papers so that a child can become eligible for adoption. Click here to read about it and take action by donating to this very worthy cause.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I know there will be struggles - struggles with language, and grief, and anger and rebellion - and possibly even racism. Struggles adapting to our family and our lifestyle. But in the end (and in the beginning) all of the struggles will be worth it and our family will be more complete as a result. I can't wait to wrap my arms around these 2 little boys and welcome them into our family permanently. October will be here before we know it and until then, we continue busily preparing our hearts and our home for them.
Friday, August 8, 2008
There are many thoughts swirling through my head at the moment - and lots of logistics to take care of. Our 7 year old was registered for school - so I need to let the school and his teacher know about the delays. I believe our Home Study expires in September, so that will need to be updated. I'm so sad that our little boys have to wait longer for us to arrive - but I do know that things will all work themselves out in the end. Our agency, and Duni, did the best they could do for us, and I know that it is out of our hands - there was nothing more that could be done.
Thank you family and dear friends in our Yahoo Group for your prayers and unbelievable support. It means so much to us. Now we turn our focus to October when we will have a very large contingent of AWAA families appearing in court and getting ready for travel.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Karen - I’m telling myself 7 is a Holy number and now I am holding on to 2 Kings 5:12. Naman was healed at the 7th time and not at the 5th or 6th. He just had to believe and get back into the river the 7th time. I encourage you to hang on to that word until Friday. ~Duni
So with that in mind ... I'm getting back in the river! Looking to Friday with a renewed sense of faith and hope!
Although the judge gave us an appointment for today she was not available. Another judge said she will look at your case on Friday. So back again on Friday. This will be the 7th time we are appearing before the judge for the same case. If they don’t approve your adoption on Friday then it will have to be October 8th.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I was able to verify with Duni - our court date is August 6, Wednesday, one day before the courts close for 2 months!! Please pray for the 4 families with court dates!
Today we also got an update and photos of our boys from Rachel at the Transition Home. The boys are healthy and continue to ask about us multiple times a day. Rachel said that our 7 year old carries around the family photo albums we sent them. If we have a successful court date, I will finally be able to post pictures of our sons! I'll keep everyone posted and hope to have wonderful news to share! Then the frantic packing for a trip to Africa will begin in earnest!