Thursday, May 29, 2008

Congratulations to Auntie Krysta!

Krysta we are so proud of you! All your hardwork and dedication to school has paid off. We can't wait for you to start this next chapter in your life, Nursing School.

Love you tons, we are dancing with you!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Here Comes the Sun....DA DA DA

Today was another grey, dark rainy day in Oregon. This picture is of the "Sun Worshipers" in India. I might be joinng them soon! I found myself pleading with God for some rays, even just a glimpse. As I put my kids to bed tonight we sang a few different songs about the sun, in hopes for a bright morning!

Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun please shine down on me
This little family is asking you
Please come out so we can play with you!

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

You Are My Sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

Weekend at Cape Mears

Monday, May 19, 2008

How Sweet it is to be loved by you!

Eric and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary on Saturday. He surprised me and took me to the Riverview Restraunt in Troutdale. What a treat on this warm day, we were able to sit outside and enjoy God's beautiful creation.

Eric, I am so thankful for you as my husband and best friend. Their is nothing sweeter then being loved by you. You mean the world to me and I am so grateful you chose me to live your life with.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

We like it HOT, HOT, HOT!

We have had a great week of 90 degree weather. The kids were in the pool everyday, having water gun fights that then led to water bucket wars. We were even able to upgrade our pool thanks to my girlfriend Rhonda. She found a 3ft deep pool that was in great condition for $10.00 at a garage sale. We decided not to fill it up all the way, the boys could not get in on their own, but they have so much more room to play. The boys say that we have a Hot Tub(mini pool) and Real Pool now.
The "Mini" Pool

Look Mom! I can swim under water.

Cutest kids on the block!

We've Upgraded!!

Mother's Day

It was such a joy to be with my husband and kids today as they always make this an extra special day. I was awaken by Kaylin bringing breakfast to my bedside (toast and milk), followed by a beautiful card she had used watercolors to paint a flower on. Blake had made hand prints with a sweet poem, he was so excited to give this to me. My lovely husband surprised me with yard lighting and a climbing flower for my trellis.

I also found myself thinking of Ava's birth mom today. Wondering? What does she think of Mother's Day? Does she feel sadness or wonder how Ava is doing or where she is? I'm sure she does and I can't help but pray for her often. What an amazing gift she has given our family and I pray she is surrounded by people who love her.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Congratulations to......... Eric and Tara

Go check out the slide show of their sweet boy Malak. After a long wait of ups and downs, they "finally" are the official parents of this precious boy and will be traveling to pick him up very soon.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! to the Silvestri, Woods and Ries families.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My sweet boy turns "5"

We had Blake's 5'th Birthday Party on Saturday. The weather was not as cooperative as I hoped but, the kids managed to have a fun time anyway. Blake chose to have a Star Wars party which was fairly easy to come up with games etc... We started off dressing the kids in Jedi outfits(thank you Stephanie, she made them for me!) and light sabers. Kaylin held a Jedi training session so the kids would be prepared to defeat Darth Vader. Yes, my husband made a surprise visit in a Vader costume (he looked pretty hot!)the kids had to use the force to open our garage and then amidst a small amount of smoke Darth Vader appeared. SOOOO FUN! A few kids were not so sure about the costume but eventually warmed up to the beating of Darth with light sabers. We had Wookie Water for drinks (apple juice), Vader Veggies and Pretzel Sabers.

I think the party was a hit, I only do BIG parties for the 1st, 5th, and so on. We have so many family members close by it is to hard to do KID and Family parties every year and I personally don't want to have multiple parties. The 5'th Birthday was a success!

Blake had so much FUN!!!!!!

I will come to you...soon!

Last week was extremely busy in the adoption world for us. We were contacted by our agency and told a few of our reference letters needed to be redone because they talked about us adopting from Ethiopia....Whoops! I'm sure the Indian officials were thrilled to read that, but the way I see it, it was part of the journey. So we had to have those re-written, notarized and stamped from the Secretary of State. These had to be in the mail by Friday so they would arrive with the rest of our stuff this week. I guess the courts are closing in India as well and made this quite urgent.

It was a huge relief to know that "All" of our paperwork is now in India, so I was super excited for about 3 hours. Then, I had a conversation with one of our caseworkers and she said this.....Your NOC approval will come soon and then it will be about 9-12 months before you will be traveling to pick up your little girl.!? I was speechless, frustrated etc.... Are you kidding me? We have been told that we would be traveling no later then December and now the earliest would be February.

That is sooooo stinking long, we will have had our referral for over 1 1/2 years before Ava gets to come home. She will be 2.5 years old, no longer a young toddler.
I am just sick and frustrated about the whole thing...:(

We are on our knees daily praying for a miracle!!!! I just want our little girl to be home. Will you pray with us????

"...and I pray that now at last in God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you." Romans 1:10