Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Good News and More Waiting

We heard from our agency this evening. The FL mom is doing better. Her blood sugars are down so they will just wait and let her go into labor naturally. That is good news from the mom and baby.

Last week, we finally had some warm days so Amanda and I headed to the beach. She was not as excited about the lake as she was last year. She didn't like the feel of the squishy sand, or the rocks or all the bugs and shells that were on the beach. How girly! It's back down in the 60's this week, so it is unlikely we will go out again soon. It's too bad. Her swimsuit is so cute!



No news

We haven't heard any news from Florida this week. We're praying for the health and safety of the mom and baby. We're mostly ready to go but there's always something more to do.

As soon as we get the call to travel, I will need to book flights and a rental car online, so I should have a minute to post a note that we are leaving. So, if you don't hear anything from me it means we are still waiting.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Seeing the Promises Fulfilled

Joel 2:21-25

"Be not afraid, O land; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things. Be not afraid, O wild animals, for the open pastures are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you a teacher for righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten -- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm -- my great army that I sent among you."

Exodus 23:25-26

Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Malachi 2:15-16

But did He not make [a husband and wife] one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. “ For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” says the LORD of hosts.

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.

I am overwhelmed to see the promises of God being fulfilled in such a mighty and awesome way. It has left me speechless. It is worth reading the entire passages. You will be so blessed.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Riding the Roller Coaster

Tuesday night, we thought our Florida plans were over. The good news was that another mom had decided that her baby would be perfect for our family. She is probably due in March but she really wasn't paying attention. Do you want to meet her?
Isn't she cute? She looks a lot like Tony and Tyler. Tony's eyes and Tyler's nose. Anyways, she's been really sick and is going to be spending a lot of time managing morning sickness. So, don't be suprised if you don't hear from her much.

The great news is that the expectant mom in Florida thinks that we will be great parents to however many babies we end up with and that Amanda needs a similar race sibling and she still wants us to adopt her baby!!! Wow!

Please pray for her. She has been struggling with high sugars and actually went into labor this week. They were very worried that if her labor continued she might go into diabetic shock, so they stopped her labor. She's on a strick diet and if her sugars are low enough on Monday they will induce her. Pray for her safety and health.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

What's happening on your front porch?

Drawing with sidewalk chalk and munching on Sweetarts with the neighbor kids.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

You've got to be kidding!

Somehow we misunderstood. The expectant mother's new due date was July 14th and not June 14th.

Oh, brother. Waiting is so hard to do. I guess we'll get in a few more boat rides before we have to go.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Cruise

Amanda has been talking about the boat every time she sees it in the yard. She says, "Boat," shows the sign for boat and points to it. We've been waiting for a nice day when Mike didn't have to work to go out. Today was the first day we were able to get out. Mike took the boys fishing while Amanda and I had our after-church naps. We met them at the boat landing after she woke up. Cell-phones are great, aren't they?
Amanda was a little scared of the motor but sitting on Daddy's lap and helping to drive cheered her up.
She's saying and signing, "Water." The sign for water is three fingers in the shape of a "w" bounced on your chin. Toddler signing is a lot like toddler talking- it always needs a little parental interpretation!
She enjoyed watching the jet-ski zoom by our boat.
Tony was with us, too. Tyler got out at the boat landing and walked up to creek to do some more fishing. They said the fishing wasn't very good but the motor was running great. That's a major improvement over last year so they were happy.

Imminent

Mike said to me yesterday after work, "I just realized that our trip to Florida is imminent and I'm wondering how that will affect my work."

What? I thought that's why he was working so much lately to prepare for being gone for up to two weeks!

We're hoping the baby holds out until Tuesday. Mike's coaching Tony's baseball team but his co-coach is camping until Tuesday night. The boys have a game on Monday night and Mike would hate to have to ask some kid's dad to step in a coach a bunch of kids he doesn't know.

But you know babies! They show up when they want to.

'Poo Free

I love finding ways to save money, avoid using manufactured goods and finding things that are more natural, so when I first read this post last fall about using apple cider vinegar and baking soda to wash your hair, I was intrigued. However, I never read the instructional post or remembered to buy apple cider vinegar.

Fast forward to last winter when I'm visiting with a new hair dresser about my annoying flakes the never seemed to go away despite using dandruff shampoo and washing my hair only a couple of times a week. She told me the flakes weren't dandruff and I just needed to exfoliate my scalp with good brushing with a boar's hair brush. She also suggested using baking soda as an abrasive.

I finally decided to give it a try and was impressed with the results. I loved the process and was amazed with how soft my hair felt after squirting on the vinegar water. I still hadn't remembered apple cider vinegar so I just used some white vinegar.

This combination is also great for keeping Amanda's scalp flake-free and I love using an inexpensive natural product on her hair.

Next experiment? The oil cleansing method. I've already stopped my use of soaps and shampoos for Amanda because they are so drying and damaging to her skin. I just scrub her with a wet wash cloth and apply nice smelling oil.

I love simplifying our lives!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wheat-Free Fruit Crisp

Place 2-3 cups of rolled oats into the blender. Blend on high until you have a mixture of oats and oat flour. Combine with 1 cup of raw sugar, a pinch of salt and 1 Tbsp of cinnamon.
When mom isn't looking, pop a handful of this dry mixture in your mouth.
Melt 1/2 cup of butter (more or less) and pour over the dry mixture. Blend butter and dry ingredients until you have nice crumbles. Butter a baking dish and layer cooked fruit in the bottom of the pan about an inch deep. We've cooked apples, pears and rhubard with honey and cinnamon in the microwave(separately). We've also just used applesauce. Canned fruit might be good, too.
Layer the crumbles on top and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. The top should be browned lightly. The house will smell wonderful when it's ready.
Top with plain or vanilla yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream. Try not to eat the whole pan after the baby is in bed and the rest of the family is off playing baseball.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

God Knew What He Was Doing

It takes a special kind of person to deal with the uncertainties in adoption. The unknown wait times, the unknown family histories, the unknown costs, the unknown travel dates or durations, the unknown contact with the birthfamily and the unknown finalization date.

Yep, it takes a special kind of person to put all that in the back of his head and work really hard, get things done, play hard and sleep peacefully at night.

It's a good thing I married to one.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Love My Mommy!

When she comes to my house she brings the best treats, takes Tony on a 35 mile bike ride and takes a van-load of neighbor boys and Amanda to the park. Thanks, Mom! You're the best!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's becoming a little more real.

On Monday, we found out that the birth mother that we are matched with is having a girl! The baby is also measuring for a June 14th due date instead of a June 24th due date. That's less than two weeks away!

This is such wonderful news! Mike is so excited that we are adopting another girl and I am, too. The earlier due date means there's a better chance we'll be in Florida before our friends in Tampa and Orlando travel to Minnesota during the first week of July.

The reality of adoption is never far from my mind, but I am really beginning to plan for this trip and caring for a new baby. And praying that this is the one God has chosen and that he is guiding our steps.