Thursday, February 28, 2008

We know how to party...and potty

Gibson has been fully potty trained for a month and a half now. Tis' a beautiful thing. Don't get me wrong, it still has it's challenges. It can be quite inconvenient when you are driving down the road and you hear a little voice from the back seat say, "Mommy, I need to go potty". Or when you just sat down for dinner and those words escape. But in saying that, I by no means miss the messy diapers. Having two children in diapers really zaps the budget. That is why I was so excited today when Maya went "pee-pee" on the potty! She is only 18 months old, so I know we could have quite a long process ahead of us, it just gave me a small glimmer of hope. I am going to continue to work on it with her and see where it goes. She looked at me like I was a crazy person when I did a little dance and started singing our potty song. I definitely didn't plan on jumping in so fast with her now that Gibson just got done, but hey, I'm in the potty zone. I am looking forward to how much money we will be able to save with both out of diapers. And then right about that time we will be adding our new little Ethiopian family member who will probably be in diapers. Ah well, bring it on!

Come Spring, come

OUT-OF-DOORS

The kids are out-of-doors once more;
The heavy leggins that they wore,
The winter caps that covered ears
Are put away, and no more tears
Are shed because they cannot go
Until they're bundled up just so.
No more she wonders when they're gone
If they have put their rubbers on;
No longer are they hourly told
To guard themselves against a cold;
Bareheaded now they romp and run
Warmed only by the kindly sun.
She's put their heavy clothes away
And turned the children out to play,
And all the morning long they race
Like madcaps round about the place.
The robins on the fences sing
A gayer song of welcoming,
And seems as though they had a share
In all the fun they're having there.
The wrens and sparrows twitter, too,
A louder and a noisier crew,
As though it pleased them all to see
The youngsters out of doors and free.
Outdoors they scamper to their play
With merry din the livelong day,
And hungrily they jostle in
The favor of the maid to win;
Then, armed with cookies or with cake,
Their way into the yard they make,
And every feathered playmate comes
To gather up his share of crumbs.
The finest garden that I know
Is one where little children grow,
Where cheeks turn brown and eyes are bright,
And all is laughter and delight.
Oh, you may brag of gardens fine,
But let the children race in mine;
And let the roses, white and red,
Make gay the ground whereon they tread.
And who for bloom perfection seeks,
Should mark the color on their cheeks;
No music that the robin spouts
Is equal to their merry shouts;
There is no foliage to compare
With youngsters' sun-kissed, tousled hair:
Spring's greatest joy beyond a doubt
Is when it brings the children out.

Author: Edgar Guest

Saturday, February 23, 2008

We'll miss you Pa'Pa

Go here to read about a wonderful man. Jason explains it beautifully.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Seriously

The last few days have been a little crazy around here! Gibson had a random fever for almost 3 days. Not just a little one, like 103. He had no other symptoms, just felt yucky from the fever. On the last day of it, he fell off the couch as a result of some type of stunt man move he attempted. I heard a loud bang and screams and came running. He had a bloody nose and mouth and was hysterical. Once I got all of the bleeding stopped I could see that his mouth was in really bad shape. His front teeth went almost all the way through his top lip and above. It was so swollen and huge. His teeth also had blood around them, so I called and talked to the dentist. They said the teeth might turn grayish (I hope not!) but that because of his age it shouldn't damage his permanent teeth. The doctor said if his lip continued to bleed or kept opening they would do stitches. We are on day two and I am thankful that it doesn't look like that has to happen. He already looks tons better though. The poor thing looked like he'd been beaten. Kids heal so quickly! Around the same time Gib got the fever I started having a cough. It is seriously driving me crazy! I have been hacking like a 90 year old smoker. I am hoping this passes quickly so I can get back to my workouts and just every day life. I am going a little stir-crazy! We are praying Phil and Maya stay protected from all of the germy nastiness. I hope everyone else out there is healthy and happy!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lately...in pictures

I am not sure if there is a little girl on earth as precious as this. Just look at that face!


Here is Gibson, in mid-sentence, telling me a "spooky story". He never stops talking and I love how serious he gets making up his stories!
They look like two little peas in a pod here, right? Only they are nothing alike! I mean except for the fact that they are both scrumptiously adorable.

Monday, February 11, 2008

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Happy Birthday Punkin and Peanut!!!



Thursday, February 7, 2008

Probably a Glamour don't

Apparently Maya is feeling the need for some serious accessorizing. When there were none to be found, she improvised...Mr. Potato Head's eyes as earrings.
(The robe is big brother's. I had her wrapped up like a little Japanese girl in a kimono)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

#3 Adoption FAQ How are you going to pay for that?!

Hey, you know what? That's a great question! Well the truth is, there is no way by earthly standards that we would ever be able to pay the $19,000-$29,000 that is estimated. This is where our faith is going to be actually working. We one hundred percent believe that God is leading our family to adoption, and therefore we one hundred percent believe that He is going to make a way. Yes, sometimes I semi-hyperventilate when I think of the cost, but I have to cling to the fact that He has it all worked out. We are hoping that sometime in March we will be putting on a benefit concert (details hopefully coming soon) and we will then assess where we stand and brainstorm for more fundraising ideas. Once our homestudy is complete and approved, we will be able to apply for grants. We are praying very hard that God would do a mighty work through these avenues. But you know what? If it comes down to it we will get a loan and pay on it for 30 years if we have to. There truly is no price to high for our child. It is a very humbling thing knowing that we will be, in many ways, relying on the money that our friends, family, and strangers can donate. It is hard to ask for money, but we really want people to catch the vision God has for orphans and give because of that. We want them to know they will always be a part of something much bigger than they will ever know. It says in James 1:27, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.". God is very clear in His Word that He desires for His people to take care of those who don't have a way to do it for themselves. It says in Isaiah 1:17, "learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.". We also have a heart for orphans because we were once orphans and fatherless ourselves. We were alone in darkness until our Heavenly Father, in His vast grace and mercy, adopted us into His family. What a wonderful gift He has given us, all for His glory. We ask mostly that you would continue to pray with us as we are beginning the first step towards our child. Many people will read the dollar amount I typed above and say it is unlikely, or even impossible that we will be able to come up with it. On paper that is true, but that is why we are so thankful we serve a God who is bigger than any amount of money. Thank you all for the support and we are excited for you to walk along side us in the journey!