The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Monday, January 21, 2013

Journey...





"For I know the plans I have for you...to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

That was the verse that kept going through my mind just minutes before we got the call for blessing #5. I love this verse because the Lord does know the plans He has for our family.

I saw this frame while hubby and I were Christmas shopping and hubby got it for me.  I have it sitting out empty for now and soon it will hold the picture of our new lil ones face. I like it for two reasons...first the word - Journey - adoption is a journey and it does not end once you have the child home - it is life long.  Journey because of who you become as a person when you follow God's plans for you. Secondly, seeing that verse gives me comfort and reminds me that God has all the details worked out and I don't need to worry, I can trust Him. 


I thought for sure that seeing I am a old pro at this adopting thing I would not have a problem with the waiting...um-sure as long as everything is going according to my plan.
Unexpected delays are a part of the adoption journey-they just are...no getting around them-so again I thought for sure I wouldn't have a problem there either. I know in my heart that God already has the child planned for us - in His timing- it will all be according to His perfect plan.


These past couple weeks have been really tough on this journey as I once again had to learn that I am not in control and that I need to relax.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DTC! Dossier to China

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We got a call last week from our caseworker to let us know that our dossier was going to China! A dossier  (dôsēˌā) is basically a stack of papers containing information about every aspect of our life! We are super excited to finally be at this point in our journey.  Now we are waiting for our documents to be recorded that they were received in China this is called login date (or LID), which can take anywhere from three to six weeks…then we can receive a referral of a child.  Our caseworker said we are looking at Feb. for that call - so soon we will start sleeping with our phones as the call will come    in the middle of the night! Please keep us in your prayers.
 
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25


Dear little one-Soon we will finally get to see your face and learn what the Lords plan for our family is. We are all getting excited to know who you are…even little guy talks about you often and calls you “his baby in China”. The hard part will come once we know who you are and have to wait till we can travel to bring you home. We pray for you daily and love you already.




Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 recap


Wow! No wonder it felt like 2012 fly by-we were busy. 2012 was full of changes for us – some good, some not so good, and some surprises. Looking back hubby and I were surprised by just how much our kids have grown, not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and in maturity.

We are humbled by our kids-God is good to us.

One word to describe last year-REFINING…this year my one word theme is-ABIDING.
 
January – Other than our normal routine this was a calm month for us. Our girls went to a friend of our family’s 13th birthday party, we went swimming with some friends at the recreation center, played in the snow and was visited by a pirate…
 
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February-Daddy surprised us with a little get-a-way to Great Wo!f Lodge which was a lot of fun-good memories, debate and speech tournaments started this month, we had a homeschool valentines bowling party that was little guys first time bowling, blessing #3 celebrated her 12th birthday, my family planned a surprise outing and made me dinner for my birthday.
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March-We had another debate/speech tournament weekend, our homeschool music program had concerts and competed in district orchestra and choir festivals, we went on a field trip with friends to a maple syrup farm, little guy got his 1st haircut,celebrated our 1st year anniversary for “family day”(gotcha day) , it was unseasonably warm so we went for a picnic and to the zoo, momma flew to Georgia for a retreat for adoptive moms-Created for Care.
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April-We started the month of with a visit to some friends, another debate/speech weekend, state orchestra festivals, celebrated Easter Sunday at Poppa and Grandmas for annual egg hunt, little guy learned how to fly a kite with Daddy.
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May-This month was a busy-fun one! State choral festivals, cupcake kid sale for 60 feet, AWANA awards night, went overnight with our older two to a homeschool convention (1st time little guy stayed at Grandmas overnight), nature hike for Mother’s Day, field trip with family friends-the dads came too, had final debate and speech weekend for year –also our teams end of year party, and little guy got to meet aunt from Georgia. Also, this was the month the Lord put on hubby's heart to adopt again.
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June-We celebrated blessing #4 turning 10! our whole family go to go with our church youth group on an amazing mission trip experience and learn about tribal missions, VBS at our church and told the kids about their new sibling-with Chinese dinner and in the fortune cookie we put papers saying your gonna have another sibling.
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July-Went to fireworks display at hubbys old town spent the night at Grandfather & Grandmothers house, little guy got to sit on his uncles tractors(his favorite thing),hubby and blessing #1 built a deck for our pool, had a pool party and bomb-fire with friends, the 1st time ever our older two went to church camp.
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August-Another busy month, we started school early, hubby's family work picnic, had a pool party with both families & told about us adopting from China, went to the zoo, 1st carousel ride for little guy, blessing #2 passed drivers training, finished all our homestudy & dossier paperwork, had our adoption agency picnic, celebrated blessing #1's 18th birthday!
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September-Celebrated Labor day with whole family at uncle and aunt's for BBQ and at their pool, finished & mailed dossier, went on a field trip to planetarium, blessing #2 turned 17, hubby and I celebrated 20 years of marriage, little guy had his 1st ride on a big real train. 
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October-My little sister and I went away together to a scrapbook weekend, hubby and I went to a pregnancy center dinner, we went for walks enjoying the trees changing colors, started OT therapy with little guy, TV recording for choir that our older two are in, little guy turned 3-had curious george party, hubby and I took blessing #1 to Chicago after touring a college.
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November-Had USCIS fingerprint appointment, craft night with my girls at a friends house, celebrated Thanksgiving with hubby's family on Thanksgiving and my family the next day.              IMG_6206IMG_6214
December-We celebrated hubby's 42nd birthday, back to back Christmas parties, Christmas concert, hubby and the oldest three went to see the long awaited Hobbit movie, hubby's work party, parties for the kids with friends. We also did a lot of dreaming of our new little one while waiting! Most importantly celebrated our Saviors birth.
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What a year! We are excited for the changes that are coming our way in 2013.

Hope your year is blessed.
 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas Season recap...

We have had a fun bug come to our house...leave...and come again. We are not sure if it is the same one coming back with a vengeance or a new one - fun times here. I was talking with my mom and she and both my sisters have the same situation - well I guess at least were not alone. So my dreams to blog all the events of the Christmas Season didn't (couldn't) happen, so I am recapping them all now. 
Picture for our Christmas card-fun times trying to get all 5 kids smiling and with
their eyes open! We were all cracking up trying to get this done...our dog had
to be in the pic she wouldn't leave the kids alone-she gets excited at Christmas!
We had a great time at our annual Christmas party with my uncle, aunt and cousins (my moms sister's family) at my parents house. Our families keep growing thankfully we can still all get together so we use my mom's art studio to eat in because it has enough room for all the tables. This year there was 13 adults, 3 young adults, 2 tweens, and 8 little ones all under 6 years old! We were missing one cousin and his fiance along with our brother,his wife and new baby that live in New York and my uncle and two adult daughters all who live in California. The little ones loved the pinata my three girls and my mom had fun making!
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Lil guy totally loves my uncle so much he was kind enough to share the
big chair and remote with him! The middle pic is one of my cousins and his wife. And a pic of my wonderful aunt. It was a fun evening thankful that my mom and aunt do this each year!

The next day we had our Christmas brunch with my family. My sister and her family live a couple hours away so we do our Christmas parties back to back to help save them the extra drive. We have fun just eating, playing games, and just hanging out and relaxing with each other. Our older three left early to go to their youth group Christmas party (feels strange that I have three old enough to be in youth group).
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a little crazy though....

A few days later our kids had their Christmas Concert with the homeschool music program they are part of. They love it and it is such a sweet blessing to hear them sing and participate in the orchestras. The kids were super excited that Grandma was coming and "riding in our car with us". 
Lil guy with Grandma waiting for the show to begin
Blessing #4 is in choir-this year she had a solo part
 

Blessing#3 plays the viola in Intermediate Orchestra

Blessing#1 plays viola and Blessing #2 plays the violin in
Symphony Orchestra
Blessing #1 & 2 are also in the concert choir
they surrounded the audience to sing - it was so beautful sounding 
 
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They love their Grandma
The next day we got together with some of our homeschooling friends to have a little Christmas get together/party for the kids.  They all had a nice time going to different stations to do crafts, story, game, make individual rice krispy treats. Had a pot luck style lunch and finished the party with a cake and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
The following night was hubby's work Christmas party this year it was a dinner at a comedy club. We drove with friends of ours. It was a nice fun night getting out and having some laughs, after we went to our friends house to play some cards...and again us women reign champions!
The next night a friend of mine had a little Christmas get together for her girls so blessing # 3 and 4 headed over there for the evening. The girls had such a nice time! They decorated cookies and made a super cute snow globe.
We went to see two super cute Christmas puppet shows in our basement! Blessing #3 and  #4 organized productions of The Grinch and Christmas Carol they wrote scripts, made puppet stage, backgrounds and even a singing commercial for homemade Christmas morning cinnamon rolls (more like a hint for Mom...). I love that they used their creativity to do that for their family.
That night we made our traditional Christmas cut out cookies....so much fun. Lil guy really had a great time doing this - he even followed Moms directions to NOT lick anything until we are all done...so proud of his self control.


  We had a nice visit with hubby's parents unfortunately our memory card failed so we don't have any pics from that day. Christmas Eve we all put on our new PJ's that Blessing #2 made for each of us.

Christmas Day was spent just relaxing in our PJ's at home...I couldn't help but think about what Christmas is going to look like next year-it definately will be different as our oldest will be going away to college and a new little one in our home-that brings tears to this momma's eyes for sure on many different levels!
Well that is what our 2012 Christmas Season looked like.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as you celebrated our Saviors birth.