Wednesday, January 28, 2009

All for a bite of warm apple crisp...

"Does Amanda imitate you?"

Another funny social worker question that was asked during our home study.

Yeah, sometimes more than we'd like. Today she found a plastic bag in the basement and hauled it all the way upstairs to throw it in the garbage. When I started to clean up the puzzle we had been playing with, lo and behold, I could not find its storage bag.

Then tonight, as I was sneaking a quick taste of warm apple crisp, I remembered the bathroom door was still open. It was no wonder Amanda had been playing so quietly. She had been washing the stuffed puppy Tony had won at the fair, her Shape-O-Ball, and her mini-mimi (hand-knitted mini afghan). You have thought I would have learned from the book that took a swim earlier in the week.

Why should I be surprised? She's watched me scrub out various items in the toilet - diapers, diaper covers and training pants - why wouldn't she try to copy me?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saying Good-bye to Chicky

Today we had to say, "Goodbye," to our cat, Chicky. She's been very ill and miserable. She will be missed.
Chicky first came into our home in secret. I was visiting my brother who had a stray cat in his garage. Apparently it had come from my sister's house. It had been a long time since we had a pet, so I agreed to take it home. About a month later, we realized that she was pregnant. Chicky was one of the kittens born during the week the kids and I were attending my cousins' weddings. Her full name is Chicago White Sox.

She's been very attached to Tyler from the start. Tyler has always been so good to her even if he loved to get her all wild and crazy.
Tony enjoyed a game of Yatzee or two with Chicky. "Look Chicky got a Yatzee!"
Amanda loved the kitty, too. It was one of her first words.

It was heart breaking to hear Amanda calling, "Kitty, Kitty!" as we were driving to the vet today and Chicky was howling.

I grew up on a farm and I know this is very normal, but it still makes me sad.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Our profile is complete!

We have completed our family profile. It's set up as a web site with four pages. If you read the first version you'll see the new version has changed dramatically. It has the same great pictures far fewer words. You see, if you peruse the adoptive family profiles out here on the Internet, they all sound very much the same. There are a tons of wonderful, safe, happily married couples out there.

What makes us unique? What does a birth mother want to know about us? What makes us different?

Our home study has been approved and now we just need to print out our profile and mail it to our agency. We will only be presented to a birth mother at our agency is there is a special need for a family willing to adopt transracially. Often times our agency gets calls from southern agencies that don't have enough families open to AA or biracial children. This is how we connected with Amanda.

We will also be networking through friends, family and the Internet hoping to connect with a birth mom.

It's all in God's hands. He knows the baby he has chosen for us. I can't wait to meet him or her!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Look Mike sent me flowers for my birthday!

What else did I do for my birthday? Well, I bought frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles to share with the kids at homeschool co-op. They all sang, "Happy Birthday" and "God Bless You." Then we all watched the inauguration of our newest president. The boys thought is was pretty cool that my birthday and Inauguration Day coincide. This is probably the first one I ever spent any time watching, though. What will this mean for our country and what will this mean for my daughter? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

School with a Toddler

Homeschooling with a toddler has become quite a challenge lately. We used to get all of our school work done while Amanda was napping. However, many days she only takes one nap during the day, so we've had to figure out how to get school accomplished when she's awake.

We have to gather her school supplies before sitting down to work on the boys' work. Amanda has colored pencils, an old work book and an old calculator which doubles as a cell-phone. She is very excited when she gets to use a real pencil.

Completing Rosetta Stone Spanish on the laptop has been the most challenging. It requires the boys to speak to the computer and it judges their pronuciation. I have to work hard to keep Amanda quiet. The other day, Amanda kept stealing Tyler's hat during Spanish lessons and trying to tickle him through the holes in his knees. The boys never seem to mind the distraction during school time.

However, I wouldn't trade these challenges for anything. Amanda provides great comic relief and I know her desire to learn and copy the boys will really ignite her quest to learn. It also helps me be motivated to find things to stimulate and challenge her.

We have started teaching her sign language after being encouraged by a friend. This will come in particularily handy if she starts mixing Spanish words in with English words which is quite likely after sitting through two Spanish lessons everyday. She is very receptive to learning the signs and likes watching the sign videos online.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Not Me! Monday

I was certainly NOT up and outside at four in the morning when it was 10 degrees below zero capturing pictures of the moon.

I was NOT completely giddy when the image went from this:

To this:

I positively did NOT have to walk down the road at four am in order to catch this photo without the trees blocking the view. (Although Mike likes the first one best. He said that one could win his company's yearly photo calendar contest. He such a sweety. Really he is.)

I have NOT been completely neglecting my blog because I've been working on our family profile since I knew our homestudy would be approved soon!

I'm definitely NOT posting a link to our profile because it's no where near complete!
And finally I am NOT even a little bit nervous about having a wisdom tooth removed tomorrow. That would be silly because I am an adult.
Ugh! I certaintly did NOT misspell the title of this post and it will forever be misspelled in the blog address archives!
Happy Not Me! Monday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Urgent Prayer Needed

Update: I haven't heard any news. We're still praying for this young mother.

Please pray for a homeless nineteen-year-old woman in our area. She has a two-year-old daughter and a five-month-old son. She is considering placing her children for adoption. We are praying that she will get the help she needs to make the best decisions for herself and her children. Also, pray that God would use us to help meet this woman's needs, too.