Friday, April 30, 2010
I have heard that we may be going very soon for court. But at the same time I am hearing talk of families still not getting visas issued for their children with legal guardianship. I am not sure what is going on, but am trying very hard to trust God will see us through this with His perfect plan. I really don't want to go, form a relationship with Mercy, then not be able to bring her home. We really don't want to be gone for more than a month. We really want some clear idea of what will happen!! Please pray for us.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
1 Kings 17
Elijah Fed by Ravens1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word."
2 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3 "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there."
5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
To go with today's bible lesson was this verse:
He provides food for those who fear him. Psalm 111:5
Well, I already knew this story but what a great reminder for me today! I worked in Children's Church this morning and really enjoyed this.
It is hard to remember at times how much God loves us, and will bless those who obey Him. Adoption can be so hard. Often I feel like people who have not been through it do not understand how difficult and draining it can be. I feel isolated and lonely because I don't want to complain to others about the hard times. I do not wish to discourage people from considering adoption. It is truly a blessing, but can also be so challenging. One of the things that is hard is finances. Raising a large family costs a lot! But we must fully rely on God to provide. And he does! We NEVER thought we would be where we are today. We thought we were done after our third child. Funny how the Lord has such different plans than we did. But we have obeyed and He has blessed us, far beyond financially.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- E. had a second hearing screening the other day. He has perfect hearing. His behavior there was really great too. I suspect because Dad took him.
- E. had a second screening for developmental preschool too. His first one was about six months ago and they told me they wanted to wait another six months until he has time to learn more English and adjust. This hasn't set well with me, but I felt like I couldn't do much about it. At the screening they decided to have him come in next week for an evaluation. It will take up to six weeks to write up an IEP if he qualifies, so he will not start preschool until fall. I am curious to see if he qualifies for preschool services, but the screening revealed he is delayed in these areas:
- Food issues are not a big deal anymore.
- Attachment issues are becoming more noticable, but nothing too difficult. He usually shows some bad behavior to get my attention. It is mainly directed toward me. For example: I am talking on the phone and washing dishes. Dad is standing right behind me, cooking. E. runs up to me, yells something at me and punches my thigh. Then runs off. I am trying to teach him that if he needs me, to come up and quietly put his hand on my leg and wait.
- He can really get amped up and has a difficult time self calming. I see this the most with new people and friends. Many people think his personality is cute, but it can get quite annoying after just a few minutes.
- E. is a very sweet loving kid. He is funny and full of energy. He likes to play outside, ride his little bike, swing, play in the sand box and with his sibs. He is becoming a good big brother to S. by alerting us when S. is trying to escape or get into trouble.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
S. had an appointment at the hospital on Monday. He is doing well. Actually his doctors and surgeons were surprised that he was able to walk and talk. I was happy to report that he was doing these things, plus climbing, escaping, running, jumping, laughing, making funny faces, plays games, throws and kicks balls, has a temper....the list goes on and on. I was surprised that the medical staff was expecting so little of S. No one had told me that it could be a possibility, but it makes me so much more thankful for all that he can do. So when my child goes missing at a friend's birthday party and has six adults canvassing the property looking for him; I will thank God that he is clever and fast enough to sneak away!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
- We had a busy weekend celebrating my birthday and Easter (and company for dinner).
- Today is E.'s birthday! He is four and so excited. He tells people that he sang (then sings the entire Happy Birthday song) and then "I blow out the candles like this..." and makes the blowing motion and sound. Really cute.
- The coming weekend is busy too with a friend's birthday party and church activities.
- I have a feeling that as spring/summer arrive, my calendar will get more and more filled.
- E. has another hearing screening coming up next week. I am also waiting to hear if he will need to get an evaluation for the special preschool.
- S. has an MRI and craniofacial clinic appointment at the hospital on Monday. Please pray for him as they will have to use anesthesia for him during the MRI. Also, pray for me since he will not be allowed to eat in the am, and his appointment isn't until 11 am. Ugh!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
- I finished the girl's room, well at least for now. I painted a cute picture on canvas, but the colors were too bright and didn't go well. It did go perfectly in C.'s room, so that is where we will hang it.
- We decided not to go vegan. Too much work at this point in my life. I do like the idea of doing it down the road, but for now it is so much easier to shop and cook for a larger family when we can use real milk, cheese, eggs, etc. We do a lot of vegetarian dishes, but also eat meat, fish and chicken at times. We are for sure cutting back though.
- As far as the memorizing Philipians goes... slow. I am still planning on doing it, but it is taking me a very long time. But that's ok!
- My birthday and E.'s is coming up soon! No big plans, but hope to find some fun activities to do on Saturday. On Easter we have my family coming out and I'm making some yummy food.
- E. had another preschool screening yesterday. He is still delayed and we are waiting till Friday to hear if they feel like he needs an official evaluation. If he qualifies for the preschool program, he will most likely not go until fall.
- I have been noticing E. hugging many people he barely knows lately. Like the cashier at Costco today. I don't know what to do when this situation happens...
- On the food issues I posted in the past. E. is doing MUCH better. He still really loves food and asks to eat a lot, but not as much as he was. We are sure to offer a healthy snack when he asks. He still sneaks from the kitchen sometimes, or will swipe something from a sibling's plate occasionally. Recently I have noticed he has become more picky with the food I cook. I am thinking much of the issues he has exhibited in the past and currently are more than likely behavior issues rather than health/medical related.