Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Because she is beautiful




Much to her dismay, Abby is my favorite model. She is so easy to take good pictures of and they always turn out! I think she is beautiful, both inside and out, completely. She is always (okay, not quite always) fun to be around and makes me laugh all the time. She is mature, smart and outgoing. She is very affectionate (sometimes a little too much, when she thinks she can sit on my lap and cuddle -- she is 4 inches taller than me!) I just had to post a few pictures of this girl that I LOVE!!!

Another ornament



Another ornament has been added to our tree as we continue to wait for our daughter from China. Our Christmas was a wonderful time spent with family in Medicine Hat. I really tried to focus on enjoying the season and yet it was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster this year, as we continue to wait... The list seems to be taking a very long time to come out this month and so it was hard not to think about when it would happen, how would it affect us with holidays and being away and would it even be our month anyway. But we are home now and the list still hasn't appeared and so we continue to wait...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spectacular



There is only one word to explain our vacation to Atlantis.... Spectacular!!! The resort was amazing, there was detail in every square inch. The kids (and us too!) were kept busy on waterslides, swimming with dolphins, walking with sharks, snorkelling and just laying by the pool. The weather was amazing everyday.

We love being able to show our kids this world!

When we left the Bahamas on Friday it was +30 and when we arrived home in Edmonton it was -25!!! But that is okay... Christmas is just around the corner and our coming week is filled with concerts, gift exchanges and baking, what could be better?! Oh yes, maybe a referral....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Off to the Bahama's!



Tonight we are off to the the Bahama's for a week long vacation! We will be taking the red eye to Toronto, then have a four hour layover before continuing on to Nassau. I am expecting we will all be exhausted and I have told the kids they HAVE to sleep on the plane and in the Toronto airport. They all travel really well, but I know there is a good chance they could lose it at some point... It will be worth it once we are there, sitting in the sunshine!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Christmas Spirit



It is finally feeling like Christmas is coming to Edmonton. Today the snow finally started falling and my trees are up and the house is decorated. Yes, I do put up 2 trees! Last year we bought an ornament that reminded us of the daughter yet to come, and this year we will be adding yet another ornament to remind us that she is out there waiting to be matched with us! Hopefully, next Christmas she will be here to celebrate Jesus' birth with her new family.




I have one tree that is in our family room that has colored lights and all of our meaningful family decorations. I grew up with a tree like this and really didn't want to give it up, as to me, Christmas is all about color.

I also have a formal tree in our living room, the kids are not allowed to touch it. It is there just to look pretty and enjoy. Although, I did find a very large toy train sitting among the branches the other day!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tae Kwon Do





So this weekend my boys and Tim were in TKD Nationals. They all did really well. Josiah got bronze in sparring and Eli got a gold in sparring and a bronze in patterns. Tim also got a bronze in sparring. It was a lot of fun to watch and they really enjoy the sport. I am proud of them all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Friends are matched

A friend and her husband were matched with a 3 1/2 year old girl at the end of October. They were on our original LID list for the regular program and we have been emailing and getting to know each other since the beginning. She called FOI to let them know she and her husband wanted to up the age requested and a few days later were matched with a girl off of the exclusive list. We are very happy for them and their new daughter is beautiful and very sweet looking. It will be fun to watch them as they go through the rest of this process ahead of us. It should help give me an idea on how long things will take once a referral comes in. They only waited six weeks from the time they got their letter of approval from the Province. It is very exciting and we look forward to meeting Chloe!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Birthday's and Vampire's



Okay, so it is my birthday tomorrow and I am feeling oldish! Tonight I am going out to celebrate with a girlfriend and my daughter and four of her friends, by watching the Twilight movie!!! LOVE these books and have been waiting for the movie for months... it is finally here!

Honestly, I love the age I am, and every year just gets better and better! Is it wrong to wish I was 17 years old again? That will most likely change tonight as I sit in a theatre with hundreds of screaming teenage girls!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday



Today is Tim's birthday! We celebrated last night, since Monday nights are crazy at our house...

Tim is an amazing husband and father! We love our life together, we love our children and the child yet to come, everything we do, we do together and we are continually blessed!

Life is good!

A call from Yulin

Last night I had a call from Yulin at FOI. She called just to let me know there is nothing yet, that she knows we are waiting and waiting and trying to be patient. FOI is trying really hard to match us and we were just on their minds...

It is great to have coordinators who think about us and are working really hard to get us a referral. Bob often sets his alarm clock for midnight if he thinks new files might be added to the lists.

I felt very reassured by Yulin's call, especially going into this week when the shared list is expected to be updated!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween






I really don't like Halloween... but this year I put more into it than usual. Maybe it was the warm weather, maybe it was because my kids love it and this year my four year old finally got into it... We had 217 kids come to our door and Abby and her friends stayed home to hand out candy. After more time out due to the warmer than usual weather, we now have way too much candy in this house! After the trick or treating was done and the sugar high began, Micah sliced his head open on our rock pillars, so Tim had to suture him on the kitchen island. I really don't like Halloween... and I am glad it is over for another year!

Precious Moments



Micah had a rough night last night. He wakes up scared there are monsters under his bed. All my kids went through this at this age. I found him at midnight, sleeping on the chair in Eli's room and I just couldn't leave him there when all he wanted was to come and sleep with me. I took him to our bed, much to my husbands dismay! He snuggled right up against my chest, with his face in my neck and held onto my arm with his two little hands. He stayed like that all night and I had the worst sleep I had had in a long time, but I find these moments so precious and I want to savour them! He is four, and soon enough he won't want to cuddle anymore...

I found myself glad that he won't be my last and there will be moments like this again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why Adoption

In April 2007, while attending a ladies morning out program, an advocate from Compassion Canada came and spoke to us about international adoption.   While sitting there, God spoke very clearly to me and told me "It is time".

I immediately went home and began researching international adoption and Christian Adoption Services.  I very quickly was led to adoption in China and it instantly felt like the right place to be looking.

It took me five days to talk to Tim about what I was feeling, but when I did he was more open to it than I had expected him to be.  (I had been praying for five days for God to open his heart to what I had to say).  My prayers were answered.  Tim took a few days of praying and thinking, and his heart was opened and he and I could be completely excited about this together!

I have always felt we would adopt at some point.  It was something we talked about doing "someday" quite often.   After having four kids, it felt like we should be done.  God had other plans for our family... The moment he told me it was time, I felt ready in every way and knew there was an empty spot in my heart for this new little girl.

The wait time is almost unbearable...   We were logged in the regular program September 25, 2007 and slowly the wait time grew and grew and it looked possible we wouldn't see our daughter until 2015!   In May 2008, we switched to the waiting child program (meaning we will accept a child with a minor special need) and we were instantly comfortable with our decision and all it would entail.  We were told at that time that our wait would be about a year.   In July, CCAA changed the way they did the waiting child program and we found out that suddenly we were at the "top of the list".   Since then there have been a few bumps which were very hard to deal with, but we know that we will see our daughter in God's perfect timing.

Our children pray for their sister every night and my four year old asks when God will put the baby in China in my tummy!   It is hard enough for me to figure out this process, let alone a four year old...

And so, we continue to wait to see our daughter's face.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Quilt

I had seen a quilt that I loved for another baby girl adopted from China and then I found this "China Doll" fabric, so I asked my mom to make a quilt for my little girl. She did an amazing job and I am sure our daughter will love it. It is beautiful and means so much that my mom made it and my grandparents tied it. She also made a smaller version for us to send in our care package once we know who our daughter is...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Waiting...

I have started this blog as a way of sharing with friends and family, many who are bloggers as well, how our adoption process is going, as well as what is going on day to day in our lives.

Through this very long adoption process, blogs have been something that I have turned to for information and inspiration.   My hope is that this blog can be that for others as well.   Our life is pretty amazing and we are so blessed with all that we have been given.

We expect to see our daughter's face soon.   It may be months before we get to hold her yet, but she is out there waiting for us.   I have endured this wait with others and have started to see as they have seen their children, it is hard, but I know it will happen for us too.

Meanwhile, we wait...