Jun 26, 2007

Yep...he did it again

Completely by himself, ok maybe he had one helper. He amazes me.

Jun 23, 2007

The fear is gone

I am not very good at linking to previous posts and all that fancy stuff, so you will just have to trust me on this one. When Claire came to our home she was TERRIFIED of the dogs. Screaming and running were the only things she knew to do for several months. Fast forward to now and we have a problem with stalking. She wants to brush their hair, teeth, put shoes on them, whatever is happening she believes the dogs need that done to them too. Sometimes it is funny (although never to the dogs), I am fearful that they may get enough and snap at her. DH has already said if that happens they have to go. So wish me luck as I try and stop the stalking at our home

Jun 19, 2007

So glad the suit was on sale

These are the before during and after pictures of our day at the pool. Our backyard pool. It was Claire's second or third try at the pool but I don't think she remembers the others...so we were starting from scratch. She watched big sister get in and get wet. We then couldn't keep her from the pool. We now feel prepared for vacation...she can love the pool too.


Jun 16, 2007

A word or two about the Dad in this home.

I am not a fan of hugely long posts, but to be able to describe the father in this home it will have to be long.

He is truly the most giving man around. He loves us all without conditions or rules. He loves us openly and honestly. He never gives up on us and always supports us in whatever craziness comes our way. He (really almost) never complains about the craziness but always cleans up after it. He was TRULY sent from the heavenly father to us because God knew how much we would need him.

It seems funny to think of him with a quiet and sedate family. What messes would he have to clean up? How would he function without the noise and chaos? Would he enjoy quiet evenings and no screaming children? Heck, no!!! He knows this is excatly where he belongs, and there would be horrible sadness in the world if he weren't a part of it.

We don't tell him enough that he is the glue that bonds us together. Without him we would be lost souls...and wouldn't have the HUGE music appreciation that we ALL have.

We love you to the moon and back. We love you with all the cells in our bodies. We love you until there isn't any love left. Thank you for being with us and protecting us from the horrible world.

Hannah and Claire

Jun 13, 2007



Just a short catch up about us. We are still busy this summer. We love the pool and going to the park. We have to go in the ams as the swings get blistering hot in this West Texas sun. Hannah has risen to the occasion of babysitting while I work 1/2 days at the clinic. She loves having her own money and feels like she is a productive member of the household. She loves to tell me what she is going to buy with HER money. She will also ask if we need to borrow money...too cute.

I believe we will start swimming lessons for Claire. She loves the water so much, it makes me nervous to not have any professional training under her belt. I guess I will have to swim with her as she still doesn't want me too far away. I figured she has been in the orphange about 600 days. We have had her roughly 270...I can't wait until we have had her one day more...somehow my small mind believes that it will all be better after then. She will truly feel as if she belongs to this family. Her speach is growing everyday. She loves to repeat everything we say. That becomes annoying after awhile, but I have to remind myself that she is learning this way. I love to watch her learn and see the lightbulb go on over her head....she is so proud of herself.
Hope to have more to say about the Taiwan adoption after our social worker returns from his much needed vacation and we submit the revisions.

Jun 2, 2007

We have come to a decision

This was the girls' reaction to no more potty training....for now.

I don't think she is interested. It truly isn't clicking and I don't want anymore stress with our family right now. I have just started back to work part time and the clinging has greatly increased. I am ok with changing diapers for awhile...even though there are the lucky ones who's babies are ready now. You know who you are!!! Who knows where we will be in one month.

On a brighter note...it has been so nice to get back to work with adults. I get to be out in the world and STILL raise my girls. It also helps me get organized throughout the week.

Our homestudy draft is in Taiwan. The next step will be revisions and changes. Hopefully there won't be many. I am ok with the timeline, as we still need to devote extra time to Claire. We are still practicing being a family of four. We want to give our undivided attention to the newest member. We trust that God has perfect timing.

The time has come...

Looking for advice to make this easier on everyone involved.

Every call has a beginning. A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart . A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns… Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock..a closed door opens, a sacred invitation sent by the Father.. leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows praying for someone to care.. and then one morning, on an ordinary day an orphan’s life changes... God sends them a second chance...Through you..
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