Friday, January 30, 2009

Max Goes To School

I took Max to school today for Adam's Oral Communications Class. Adam gave a presentation about Max and wanted him to be a part of his speech. Max was shivering but did very well. He did not make a sound. Poor thing; was a bit shy around all those High School kids. I think Adam was a bit nervous too because I was in the audience ;-). Max is very special to all of us but he was specifically prayed for by Adam. Adam explained to his class that he came to know the Lord personally because the Lord answered his prayer very specifically. Adam was in third grade and he attended a Christian school. Every morning a prayer notebook was passed around the class and the students would take turns praying for one another's requests. Adam knew that I was very against having a dog but he continued to pray for a buddy. Max was a rescued dog. We found out about him though our carpool. One day I decided to meet Max even though I really didn't want to. I fell in love immediately. You would too if you met him. He is a very loving, snuggly dog. Praise the Lord that God works in many ways to bring His loved ones close to Him. I'm proud of Adam for sharing so boldly his faith to his fellow classmates.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hills and Spills

Ron took 5 boys and their gear to the park for some amazing sledding yesterday...they had a great time. I heard the place was packed with people and an ambulance was called to take a Dad away who was really hurt. From the sounds of things, it's amazing not more people were hurt. It's probably a good thing I was not there.

"Our Andrew" and Travis waiting to go.......


Adam (in the red), Nathan and "Big Andrew"

Christian watching "Our Andrew" and Travis slide down.

Andrew and Travis--again.

Adam on the sled that his Papa made for him for Christmas when he was 5 years old. It's an oak sled that is beautifully crafted. It is always the envy of everyone sledding. He got a lot of compliments's heavy and it's fast! Adam was good to share with everyone.

(If you want to hear the video, just scroll all the way down to my music play list and turn off the sound.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lucey's Visa and Random Photos

The National Visa Center was very understanding and helpful in getting Lucey's Visa processed and into the system after the huge debacle. That word just seemed so fitting. I looked it up and this is the official definition...very fitting!

n. de·ba·cle (dĭ-bä'kəl, -bāk'əl, děb'ə-kəl)

A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat.
A total, often ludicrous failure.

Ron talked to NVC yesterday. We are in the system! Lucey's paper work has been electronically sent to China and the hard copy is in the mail. Now we need the Travel Approval.


Jan. 28th---another snow day. We got up this morning to about 5 inches of snow on the ground. My guys are off to sled. I won't see them for awhile. I'm getting the hot cocoa ready. yum.

Monday, Jan. 26th. The snow is staring to fall. We had no idea that we were going to get as much as we did. This is my baby....the youngest by a minute. Christian, "You are really growing up, you are getting so tall. I'm so proud of you! I love you so much!"

Andrew and Christian had their friend, Travis, for a sleep over this month. Travis loves books as much as Andrew and Christian. We let them sleep in the living room this time. Can you believe that they all snuggled in to read. I love this kind of sleep over! BTW--it was all their idea.

A few weeks ago my best friend from high school, Renee, came for lunch bringing her two kiddos. They are precious. I wish I had taken more photos. This is Ian, he is two. He reached out for Christian to hold him. I just love watching my boys with little ones. It gives me a glimpse of how they will be with their Little Lucey Lu. BTW--my friend Renee, and I, had such a great time together. She is such a good Mom! She has an almost 13 year old daughter, a 4 year old daughter and Ian who is 2. It has been a gift to live this close to my loved ones for the past 20 months. We move in 4 months. It will be hard to say good-bye.

Earlier this month we took care of Megan. Isn't she cute. She belongs to my very good friend, Jeanne. I've known Jeanne since my sophomore year in high school. We have kept a long distance friendship for 26 years. When we were young girls, before email, we were very good about writing to each other. Jeanne and her family have moved close to us, just about 45 min. away. It's been so great being able to see her a little more often. We had such a great time with Megan. The boys took turns playing with her. They played hide-n-seek. Megan plopped onto Christian's lap--it was s cute. Christian is the kid magnet. He has such a heart for little ones. Well, he has a big heart period!

Yesterday- Jan. 27th, I tried to home school even though it was a snow day for the kids in the neighborhood. The boys love their guns and they kept coming to the table and were such a distraction. Ron came along and confiscated this collection of weapons. Boys! Before you think I'm a mean Mommy... we only did a few subjects.

Max has a new perch...he can see out the window as he watches the boys playing in the snow and he can monitor the door.
FYI--you can click on the individual photos to enlarge will help you to see my beautiful family better and you can zoom in on the wrinkles Ron and I are accumulating. :-)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Mother's Intuition...

n 1: instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes) 2: an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"

Just over a week ago I was feeling that something was just not right. I was bugging Ron about my feelings that something in our adoption is not where it should be. The process is so complicated involving many documents, agencies, and people between the US and China. It was hard to say specifically what was not setting well with me so I just simply said, "Something is not right." Ron was not sure what to do with that statement. He is military and things are either black or white with him. I continued to pray over these feelings. God is so good to send me an angel who obediently acted on her concerns and called me to do the same. This is another Mama who is adopting their second from China. She has been a real blessing to me. She and her family have been on their knees for our family praying for Lucey. She prayed our LOA would be signed on Christmas Day and it was! What a Christmas gift. Anyway, she called to tell me it would be a good idea for us to call and check on Lucey's visa. She gave me the phone number and the numbers to push in order for the automated line so I wouldn't have to wait as long as she did listening to the instructions. Talk about completely sweet! As for my friend, they are just a few days behind us in the process and she found out that they were logged into the system and their sweet baby girl's visa was sent to Guangzhou. So I called! I expected to hear the same. The guy on the other end says, "You are not in the system." "What?" "Are you sure....try my social security number, here's my husband's friend is in the system so should we!" and so on......" No, no record!" Okay----we have something black and white to deal with and this kicks Ron into high gear! He thrives on the phone. He loves to make "business" type phone calls and he loves the phrase, "Can I talk to your supervisor?" He is relentless and he gets to the bottom of things-- in a very nice way too! Remember, I told you he is a very calm person. After a few days we learned that our document was stamped with the year 2008 instead of 2009. It looks like the National Visa Center sent it back to the National Benefit Center to be corrected. My never left the mail room. THANK YOU sweet Michelle for calling and telling me to call about Lucey Lu's visa. We would have never thought to do that on our own. I knew something was wrong! God is so good to put angels in our lives to help us through the difficult times. I'm blessed with many earthly angels.

On a side note...
I am feeling the pain and frustration of being "overdue." I was almost 3 weeks early with Adam and I was 5 weeks early with Andrew and Christian. I did the calculations...We accepted Lucey's Lu's referral on the 1st of April, 2008. An average pregnancy is calculated to be 280 days. So if this is true, we are 19 days overdue. I have had friends who have been well overdue and I remember how completely frustrated they were. How uncomfortable they were. How miserable they felt. I can relate in a way. I have been nesting....we are just about packed and waiting! We are more than ready for Lucey Lu! Please pray that we receive that travel invitation soon!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Touch Of Spring--

It's been cold, a bit dreary--well, it's January. I was in need of a touch of Spring. I really needed some fresh flowers and a bright, floral runner for the table. Yes, that's just what I needed. I spend a good portion of my day with the boys sitting at this table. The boys were so happy to see the flowers. Yes, 10 year old boys happy about flowers. They are so sweet. They know what perks up their Mommy. I think it perked them up too. I hope you are having a Spring like day too!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day--

Today's Lesson

Today we studied the Oath of Office. The boys read it several times and we talked about what the words mean. We took 11 of those words and looked them up in the Thesaurus and found synonyms. We looked up the words: solemnly, swear, faithfully, execute, protect, defend and constitution to name some of them. We found words in the Thesaurus like: affirm, devoted, preserve, guard etc.... I love these words....they are strong words. President Barack Obama spoke these words today. We will be praying for him, for his leadership and for his people as they make decisions concerning our country as they remember the Constitution of this Great Country.