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Friday, August 26, 2011

Blessed

This week God blessed us through our family and friends.  A few of my friends had asked me if I would like a baby shower or something similar.  I told them no on several occasions.  Apparently they really wanted to do something and knew how much of a blessing it would be.  They knew me well enough to know that it had to be a surprise if they were going to get me to attend.  They did not even tell Chad.
The evening was spent with a wonderful meal and fellowship.  The evening ended with a heartfelt prayer session for our trip.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family of friends here. A few of them brought blessings of diapers and wipes.  I was also given several cards of encouragement that we will carry with us.  Mrs. Misti also organized a calendar of meals for us upon our return.  THANK YOU

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trying To complete Unfinished Projects

With just 2 weeks before Sadie and I leave things are starting to get a bit crazy.  I am known to take on a large amount of projects.  I am even better at not finishing them.  Since I find it hard to complete my crazy projects with two kids I am sure I will find it nearly impossible to finish anything with four toddlers running around.  At least that is what I am going to use as my excuse.  Lately my projects have been a combination of crafting and reorganizing.  I am trying to figure out just how our little house is going to hold our large family.  I am getting creative with storage ideas.  Chad recently renovated our laundry closet to provide me with some storage and a folding counter.  This is just a closet under the stairs, in the hallway.
I finally finished painting the stencil on my bathroom ceiling.  This turned out beautiful but took quite a bit of time.  I also made stuffed animal bean bags for the kids.  These are just fabric and mesh bags that hold all of the kids stuffed animals.  They double as a bean bag or seat.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

To My Lovies

It sounds crazy to think I have never met you but I know you.
I have never hugged or kissed you but oh how I love you.
We speak different languages but I am your voice.
We look completely different but you have my heart.
You did not grow in my belly but in my heart.
When you are sick, I am upset.
When you are happy it brings joy to my heart.

The only way in this crazy world this is possible is because of our God.  He created you for me.  When you were made a world away you were designed to complete our family.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sick Babies, Upset Momma

As a mother one of the last things I want to experience is a sick child.  It is even worse when you can't be the one there to hold and comfort them.  Yesterday we received an update saying that the girls have been sick.  They both have malaria and dysentery.  The girls have been to a clinic and are receiving treatment.  I owe much thanks to those responsible for their medical care.  We are told they are doing much better and are back at the baby home being loved on.  Oh how I wish it were me loving on them.  Just 3 more weeks girls, momma is coming.
Malaria is a parasite that reproduces in our red blood cells.  It is spread by mosquitos.  To help protect us against this disease while in Africa we will be taking malaria pills before, during, and after our trip.  We will also be sleeping under mosquito nets to protect us from being bitten.    It is seen widespread in sub saharan Africa.  It causes fever and vomiting.   Dysentery is inflammation of the intestines.  It also causes fever and diarrhea.  These are both illnesses that are common in this part of the world.  Both can be very serious if not treated.
Please pray for the girls as they are recovering.  Please pray for their strength to return for they have quite the journey ahead of them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

How This Works In the Legal System

I apologize for a lack of post lately.  I have found myself a bit distracted with all that is going on.  Chad and I are trying to complete some unfinished projects around the house.  I have had a few small honey do's to be done before our trip.  I feel like if they aren't done before we go they will never be done.  Maybe this is just part of our nesting.
I have been trying to get somethings in line for when the girls come home.  When we bring the girls home Chad and I will only have guardianship of them.  This is much different than it was with Nolen.  Nolen's adoption was finalized in Russia and when he came home it was under his new name.  He also became a US citizen upon entry into the USA.  Due to a difference in adoption laws this will not be the case with H & L.  We will be their legal guardians and they will come home legally with their Ugandan names.  They also will not become US citizens immediately.  In order for their adoption to become finalized we must file in a US court.  This process should not be too complicated and is mostly the submitting of legal paperwork.  The one thing about this process that is stressful to me is time.  In order to file on our taxes for our adoption tax credit in April the adoption must be finalized in 2011.  We will only have two months after we get home to get through the US court system.  A specific prayer request for our family is that we are able to complete the adoption finalization before the end of the year.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Its Hot, Put the Crock Pot Outside

I do not know what the weather is like where you are at but here in middle Tennessee it is very hot.  We have been having those days where you break out in a full sweat just walking to the mailbox to pick up your mail.  Everybody is sweaty and stinky and that is just part of life right now.  I think God is trying to adjust our bodies to the temperature for when we are in Africa.  I guess now all I need to finish the adjustment is turn of the AC and hot water heater.  But I think I will enjoy those up until the last minute.
When it is this hot outside the last thing I want to do is cook in my kitchen.  Using the oven just makes the house hot and waste all that hard earned money spent on AC.  During this weather we do cook two ways: on the grill and in the crock pot.  I know most people save their crock pots for winter soups and stews but mine gets most its working done in the summer when it is hot.  I do not like to use the crock pot in my kitchen because then all it does is put heat into my house for eight hours.  Instead I put it on a shelf in my garage.  Yes that is right if you walked in my garage right now you would smell brownies cooking.  Crazy I know.  I love brownies but who wants to run the oven for 45 minutes in this temperature.  Yes, you can bake in your crock pot.
Check out a few of the statistics that I found online about how much energy your crock pot saves.  Not only does it cost much less to run but by using it outside you keep the heat out of your house.