Just Waiting and Waiting (and waiting)

Annndd, I feel like I’m 9 1/2 months pregnant!!  (without the weird cravings)  We’re so ready for her to be home!!!   We’re trying to learn some Korean words to help her (and us) when she comes home.  Like hyoung-neem (older brother), um-sik (food) and pyun-so (toilet!)  Oh, and kwa-ja or “cookie.” That’s an important one!  –  There are some changes being implemented in the Korean adoption process and there’s a lot of “wait and see” happening right now. Nothing major, but still–just something else to think about.  So, here’s where we stand right now.   We are sending in our final paperwork in a few days. Then it has to be double checked by our agency in the states.  Next, it goes to Korea, where it will be translated. Then the rest of the process takes place…..visa issuance, possible court appearance, maybe an extended stay in Korea.  We’ll see!  We’re not panicking and this doesn’t really change things for us, other than possibly adding a few weeks before we’re able to travel.  That’s no fun.

Happy Wednesday!

Inspiration, Anyone?

What inspires you? What makes you want to be better? Your best self possible?  I always love to hear about people doing what they love. Sometimes we don’t start off doing that, though, huh? Sometimes life gets in the way and bills are due and babies come and you find yourself in this crazy cycle of just making do.  Of just getting by. Of saying “when _____ happens, I’m going to….” Don’t do it. Don’t wait until “that day”.  You know it’s never going to happen if you do. Or maybe it will if you decide that this is that day. Start taking small steps. Write your ambitions down. Tell them to a friend.  Do whatever you need to do to not forget!

Right now, I’m totally in the world of adoption. I’ve been overwhelmed by the vast need in the world. Everywhere.  There are children without families, without homes, without food, without love. They’re everywhere.  It breaks my heart. What breaks yours?

Here are a few people I think you may love to get to know.  They encourage my heart!  Tiny Green Elephants (an adoption mama!)   Holley Gerth’s blog tells 2 stories today.  Love it!  Rachel Held Evans because she writes so well and has followed her passion for questioning the faith and being totally okay with that. And Em On A Mission. I think she’s 19 and she lives in Uganda. Because she knew she was supposed to.

That will do for now. Just keep pursuing what He’s put in your heart!

A Very Quick Update

Whoa, it’s been a while! How are ya?
I had a dream last night that Julianna was home already:) Not too much longer now….only 3 months or so! On that note, thank you for supporting us.  –I’m soooo ready for her to be here! I’ve bought some clothes, but I wish I knew her size!! And since she won’t be here for a few more months, I can’t buy many because you know she’ll have grown out of them by the time she gets here;) I’m stuck! I’ll have to buy some non clothing items and finish getting her room ready.  Ok, mini rant over. Let’s move on.

Caleb got braces last week. He was sore for several days, but was really excited when he finally was able to bite into food and actually chew it! I guess that is a pretty big deal, huh?
Nothing to report about Jacob. He just regularly keeps us laughing with his one liners.

I received a sweet package today from my friend, Kristin Taylor. She sent me a book…”Why I Chose You” that I’m going to read tonight. So sweet!

Sean’s in CA right now and it’s his birthday today.
We’ve had the NICS/Oasis directors in town for the past 2 weeks, so that’s been a lot of fun. Our friend, Kathy, stayed with us and left today. She’s the director of one of the new schools in Indonesia. She just started a book drive to collect books for her students. If you’re interested, click HERE to find out more. She has provided a list on Amazon and would love to have new or used books for her students. (You can indicate that you already have the book and take if off of her registry.) If you have questions, let me know!

Okay, off to give J a snack! Thanks for checking in!:)

Love, Love, Love!

I’ve been looking through old pictures lately and have a ton from our time with our house full of girls. It’s happy/sad! I learned sooo much from those girls! If you have ever thought about fostering, do it. If you think it will be too hard to love and let go, you’re right. It is hard. Do it anyway. Love always wins and you will be better because of it. Who wants to live an easy, comfortable life anyway? You’ll miss out on so much.

Want more info? Click these links: Alabama
                                                        Youth Villages


By the way, did you know you can host children from other countries? They are adoptable, but also need experience in a family, whether they are adopted or not.  They may never experience what it’s like to live in a family setting, go on vacations, to the beach, have their own baseball, etc.   You can host for the summer or over Christmas.  Find out more about it at New Horizons For Children.

Spread the love, folks!


For those of you who love to read, did you know you can blog for books?  You can fill out a questionnaire with your preferences of genre, etc and pick from their available books.  (real books and ebooks) Then you can read it and write a review. (on their website…you don’t have to have a blog)  It’s free and you do it on your own time. I’ve only sent off for one book so far, but it’s super easy.  (Setting Limits With Your Strong Willed Child by Robert J. MacKenzie, ED.D)   Also, sometimes you can hear of people (obviously authors) giving away pre release copies of their books on Twitter or their blogs. – Blogging for Books is the site I’ve used.  Bible Cafe for Women (I have not used it) also has a lot of info about it. Some programs have stipulations and some don’t.  Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along for you readers.   My next book is Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma. About 6 weeks ago,  I saw a tweet and replied and he sent me his book!  And then another one came today.  I guess it’s a sign that I should read it, huh?;)  I’m waiting on another book, too.  It’s Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. You may can still get that one:)

Ok, happy reading! If you try one out, let me know how you like it!

Dear Autism

You made me cry. You consumed my thoughts.  You made me learn about therapies, supplements, diets, meltdowns. You changed my plans. You slowed me down.

You make me look at others differently.  You make me more compassionate. You make me learn. You changed my family. You are a part of my son that is crazy good and crazy bad.  You spark debates.  You make people angry.  You make people change. You make me laugh. You make me stronger.

You are a part of him.

You do not define him.

You are not him.

One Of My Favorite Books

I just finished my book! It’s A Year Of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.  Oh my goodness.  If you are female, please read it.  I loved it so much.

In a nutshell, she explores several traditions within the OT of the Bible and lives them out now, in her own life.   She writes honestly about how they relate to women now, the roles of and how women were treated then and now and how (sometimes) we can reconcile them.  Sometimes not.  It resonates with me.  Read it.  Here are a few lines that I love…

“The Bible isn’t an answer book.  It isn’t a self-help manual.  It isn’t a flat, perspicuous list of rules and regulations that we can interpret objectively and apply unilaterally to our lives.

The Bible is a sacred collection of letters and laws, poetry and proverbs, philosophy and prophecies, written and assembled over thousands of years in cultures and contexts very different from our own, that tells the complex, ever-unfolding story of God’s interaction with humanity.

When we turn the Bible into an adjective and stick it in front of another loaded word (like manhood, womanhoood, politics, economics, marriage, and even equality), we tend to ignore or downplay the parts of the Bible that don’t fit our tastes.  In an attempt to simplify, we try to force the Bible’s cacophony of voices into a single tone, to turn a complicated and at times troubling holy text into a list of bullet points we can put in a manifesto or creed.  More often than not, we end up more committed to what we want the Bible to say than what it actually says.”

Did I say few? I meant several.  I want to have coffee with her.  I’m done talking about but, did I say I loved it?? I loved it.

Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s Groundhog Day! So, I’m watching it…..such a funny movie. I want to be in PA sometime on Feb. 2nd. I think it would be fun!  Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in the same day, too;) It’s ok, though. Finding joy in the little stuff has been good.  Not having to have something going on all the time is good, too.

Today, we’ve done very little. And it’s been good. The boys are playing, I’m catching up on some reading, doing laundry and enjoying seeing the sun. I may venture outside later, but man, it’s cold!  (should I say that while Sean’s in Iowa? It’s currently 14 degrees there. It’s 50 here.) So, maybe not. Just being honest.  But hey, Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow, so I’ll be outside soon enough.

Jacob found his jacket with the hood and has been wearing it all day, with the hood on, of course.  Caleb is still in his pj’s. And I had fudge, so I’ll call today a success.