Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I first posted this last July when we were still in the process of Finding Maddie. Now that she's home, this day has even more significance...even though the date is actually the gotcha day for the older three children. For those of you who have read this before, please indulge me. For the rest of you...enjoy!
- A year after we adopted Alek we were getting ready to move to another state. I was going through the books in our room and came upon my journal. I thumbed through the pages and stumbled on my entry about the dream and the little boy. It was May X, 1998. The day Alek was born.
- When we heard the message on our answering machine from our friends, it came as a huge shock. We had just made the decision to adopt on our way home from Minnesota (on Sunday morning). The guest speaker had spoken at their church that Sunday morning. We hadn't had a chance to tell our friends about our decision to adopt. We hadn't had the chance to tell anyone.
- I found out when we got received the referral paperwork on Alek that the day I called that first agency was the day Alek was put on the Russian 'available for adoption list.'
- Obviously, if we hadn't changed agencies we would never have found Alek. The old agency didn't even work in the same part of Russia.
- And finally, the change in travel dates. Remember we were originally supposed to travel a week before. The change in travel dates put us in the region at the same time they were moving the orphanage to a different facility. Which means we would have gotten custody of the children on a different day. As it was, it ended up that we got custody of Anya and Nick on July 26th...three years to the day that we had taken custody of Q-ball.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Teaching Maddie her colors has been such a frustrating process.
We've been hard at work the last couple of months, going over just a couple of easy hues with no success.
It felt like a lost cause.
I seriously started to wonder if she was color blind...that is, until the babysitter painted her toenails pink.
That was it!
She immediately started pointing out anything even close to the shade.
So, I thought maybe I should get fingernail polish in all the major hues.
This week the lightbulb went on.
She got it.
Now she knows about seven colors...and is quickly picking up the others.
This morning after church, she decided to share her new-found knowledge with Alek and Anya. Notice how, on the colors she doesn't know, she asks them to name the colors - just like a teacher.
Hang in there just one more day. I'll try to have the post ready on the big news tomorrow.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I'm tired of the old look...
Excuse the mess while I play around a bit.
And feel free to give me some feedback.
I'll be back to regular programming soon.
And with some really BIG news! ;>)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Shad was lugging our carry-ons and I was clutching our duplicate copy of our dossier.
Susan and her brother, Steve, were seasoned travelers on their way to adopt her first child.
It wasn't a chance meeting.
Our agency had told us a single woman and her brother would be making this journey with us to Russia.