Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Adoption Update

Last week Eric and I went and visited with our agency and our case worker Lisa. We had a great meeting and enjoyed talking with everyone about India and the amazing things we will get to see while traveling there. Unfortunately, we were told we probably wont be traveling until October, YUCK!!! We were very sad, our little girl will almost be 2yrs old. We will be missing those precious months with her and I wish we could just bring her home now! The good news is that Lisa will be traveling to India in February and is taking some special things to Aparna for us. A friend of ours has made a blanket for our kids and has now made one for Aparna so we will send this to her in hopes this will become one of her favorites like it was for Blake and Kaylin. I am also working on a photo album and gathering some books. The very best thing is that we will get many more pictures and Lisa is going to take our video camera to video her while she is there. Priceless!!!!! I am so excited to get some real life action from our little darling, I want to see her personality. :) Although these things are wonderful....I am praying for a miracle that I could travel with Lisa to India next month. Am I dreaming? probably, but I can still pray that somehow I could do that. It seems it would be very difficult to have to leave her but I would love to be able to see her and interact with her at this age...something I would miss out on otherwise.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Coffee snob?

I found this silly website and took a Coffee test and these were my results. I could only laugh because it was exactly right. I am a coffee snob for sure!!!! But I do need to clarify that Starbucks is not my favorite coffee.

Java Chip Frappuccino

You're a caffeine addict and pretty high maintenance about your coffee. There's a good chance that everyone at your Starbucks knows your name.

Monday, January 7, 2008

More Pictures and Waiting

Here are a few more pictures of Ava. We found out today Lisa will be traveling to India in February and will take many more pictures for us and deliver a package of goodies to our sweet girl. This wait is getting harder and harder....I just want her home with our family. My heart is aching a lot lately, this process seems like it will never end. I know, I know there are tons of people who have waited far longer then we have but it doesn't make the feelings go away.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy 2008!

The 2008 year is going to be a special year for our family as we bring our sweet girl home from India. We are reminded how extremely blessed we are to have such great friends, family and a church community that loves our kids so much. We can't wait to share little Ava with all of you. This past year has been so fun to watch the kids' faith build as we have prayed for a child. Our kids have witnessed the amazing community we are a part of as they raised thousands of dollars for our adoption and are praying for this little girl each day. Real life lessons that could not be better. I'll admit, this process has not been easy...very challenging, emotional and plain crazy at times, but ultimately rewarding.

As we enter 2008 we want to enjoy this time together as a family of 4, being continually greatful for God's blessings and live out our faith in ways that will challenge us every day. Happy New Year!

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I don't think we have ever had snow on Christmas Day in Oregon. It doesn't snow very often in Oregon but when it does the kids go crazy. Here are a few pictures we took on the way to Eric's aunts on Christmas.

Cookies for Santa!

After Christmas Eve service the kids and I had to bake cookies for Santa. We concluded our evening by watching the Polar Express and the kids reminded me that...They do believe in Santa. So fun!!! We also spent a lot of time following Santa's whereabouts on Norad. They were very excited to find out when he had visited India where baby Ava was.

Christmas Eve with the Dawson's

We always spend Christmas Eve with my family (Cheryl's family). We had a great time at my parents and as always love spending time with my sisters and significant others. There is never enough time with my family! We enjoy being together so much and have a lot of fun.

Kaylin anxiously awaiting the go ahead to open her gifts

Our annual sisters picture

Eric, Blake and cousin Garrett

Nick and Kindra