Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movember



For the month of November Tim has been growing a mustache to raise money for prostrate cancer. A group of men he works with decided to join together and support this cause. He is very proud of his mustache and has enjoyed having a reason to grow one and not have to shave it off because his wife begs him too!



This look of his so does not appeal to me! I am glad that tonight it is over and this mustache will HAVE to disappear...

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tae Kwon Do Tournament



Eli got a gold in sparring (he is a tank that just keeps going!). Eli is a green stripe and will be graduating for his green belt in December.



Josiah got a bronze in sparring (he is a lot smaller--not necessarily shorter--than the other kids in his age group) and a bronze for his pattern. Josiah is a red stripe right now, but will be graduating with his red belt in December. He then needs his black stripe and then his black belt!



Then there is the hubby! He got a gold in both his pattern and sparring. Tim is a blue belt and will be graduating for his red stripe in December. He loves taking Tae Kwon Do (he has way too much energy!) and is cruising through his belts.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Snowman Skirt

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I bought Lilah two Christmas skirts from Noah and Lilah on Etsy. (Thanks Jill!) They turned out really adorable and now that we have some snow on the ground, I felt she could start wearing them.




The beautiful hat was made by a friend of mine. (Thanks Shawna!) Lilah loves wearing it...




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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fabulous

I bought these fabulous shoes yesterday. I think I am getting a shoe fetish, although I am usually pretty practical about the types of shoes I buy. They have to be flat and comfortable and casual. But I saw these and had to have them! It's just too bad I haven't had a chance to wear them yet...



All of my boys have been wearing them around the house. They must think they are fabulous too! It is a bit creepy, I know...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Daddy's Balloons

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Tim



Today is Tim's birthday.

I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. Chocolate Mint? No. Chocolate Peanut Butter? No. How about a Mexican Chocolate Cake? Yes!

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We have been married for 18 years and together for 21 years! We have spent more of our life together, than apart. He is my best friend and he is a great husband and he reads my blog faithfully, so I know he will be reading this! But he is still these things to me...

Tim works very hard and went to school for a very LONG time. This year we are hoping that he will get the gift that he has always wanted... an old car. This is what it will look like when it is done, but right now it is sitting in a garage, where it has been sitting for the last 15 years. I don't usually like frivolous things, but I think I would look pretty good driving this with Lilah in her car seat beside me!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Micah

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I figured that I should blog about my other children once and awhile.

Micah was our baby of the family until Lilah came along and that was very difficult for him. After five years, he was no longer the centre of attention. It has gotten better as time has passed and he is slowly finding his place in this family once again. Out of all the children, he and Lilah act the most like siblings. There is the typical jealousy, fighting, hitting, screaming and tattle-tailing that goes on between the two of them. Then they surprise you by hugging and playing and being totally sweet to each other the next minute. He did ask us to send her back shortly after we brought her home (a few of our other children made this same comment after the birth of the next child as well) but now he has accepted that she is here to stay and she will always be his little sister.



When Micah was born, we expected him to look like the other children, but no, he had blue/green eyes and blond hair and pale skin. He looks more like me than Tim (finally!) but those eyes still take us by surprise sometimes!

He is a sweet little boy, who knows how to hold his own against his brothers. He has a very loving personality and can play either happily on his own or with others. He seems to be a mix of all the personalities in our home.



I love his soft skin, the freckles on his nose, his eyes and all the sweet little things he comes out saying that I have to try not to laugh at.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things...

Princesses...



Posing for pictures...



Dressing up...



Cookies...




Books...




Talking on the phone...



Playdough...



Being the center of attention!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Show and Tell



Today, we were asked by Christian Adoption Services to do a show and tell with Lilah for their International Adoption Course, which is a requirement adoptive parents must do in order to start the adoption process.



We did our course two and a half years ago and I remember being so excited to go and be around other people who were in the same place as we were, excited to start the process. I never guessed it would take as long as it did and while in the midst of the waiting game, it was very, very hard and felt very, very long. Now I look back and it feels like it went by fairly quickly. Even though it didn't.



The best part about that day for me, was the show and tell of the children from different countries. It was great to see that it really can happen for people and the children were adorable! I do not like to be the centre of attention, and I do not like to public speak, but for this, I was very excited to share our story.



Of course, I had to dress Lilah up! She is already adorable, but what can be more precious, than a little girl in pink and a hello kitty skirt and bow!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Six Month Post Placement

"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him." - 1 Samuel 1:27

November 25th will be six months with Lilah in our arms!

We have to do a post placement report at six months and again at twelve months to send to China. They want to know that she is doing well and is loved and cared for. And she is.

Our social worker came by and asked some questions. Both to Tim and I, as well as the kids. She could see that Lilah was doing amazingly well and was very happy. She was amazed by her language skills and her outgoing personality.

It hasn't been an easy road, but I can say without a doubt now, that we love her completely as we do all of our children. We have known all along that she belongs in our family and we were given exactly what we asked for and we couldn't be happier with this little girl.

"Keep on asking... you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, you will find. Keep on knocking, the door will be opened to you... For everyone who asks, receives, everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8

This was Lilah on May 25th...




This is Lilah now...




It amazes (and sometimes scares me) how much a little person's life can change. How you can pull them out of one situation and put them into another and they adjust and become comfortable and happy once again. Lilah pulled out a brag book from my purse the other day that has pictures of her with her foster mother and she had no reaction to seeing her. She had no idea who she even was. She is comfortable in her car seat. She is comfortable in her crib. She is comfortable in this house.

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done." - 1 Chronicles 16:8

Sunday, November 1, 2009