July 31, 2009

Noah and the Cable Guy

We've changed around our satellite package so this morning bright and early, the cable guy rings the door bell. I usually stress a little about having strangers in the house because Noah reacts only 1 of 2 ways. A) He completely freaks out and won't let me put him down or B) he overwhelms our guest with seriously aggressive hospitality. Today he was totally doing the latter. Let me just say that Juan, the cable installer, was awesome! As soon as Juan walked in the door Noah was all over him like a wet blanket. He said, "Hi. What's you's name? You got a white truck. I like you's white truck. I got a white car. Do you wanna see it?" He ran around looking for his white matchbox car. When he found it he had to show Juan all of it's parts. "Here's him's wheels. He's got 4 wheels. How many wheels you's truck got?" He and Juan had a great conversation all about cars. Then Noah moved on to the next thing.

I am not sure why, but Noah thinks that when he grows up he is going to turn into a princess. Poor little guy needs some more testosterone in this house during the day! So he asks Juan, "What princess do you want to be when you grow up?" Juan didn't even flinch. He said in his very thick Spanish accent,"Well...what princesses are there?" So Noah launches into a lesson about Disney Princesses and how he wants to be the princess who wears the yellow dress. I am not sure if Juan ever committed to which one he wanted to be when he grew up!

Then Noah spreads his tiny, little legs until he is almost doing the splits. He does this all the time- he says he's making tunnels. Then I hear, "Hey... do you wanna go through my tunnel?" I guess this is where Juan decided he might need a break from Noah so he went outside to do some work out there. But Juan just couldn't seem to catch a break. Noah opened the door constantly screaming out each time, "Are you leaving? Don't leave! I don't want you to leave!"

I am pretty sure that had Juan stayed any longer, Noah would have made a new BFF! In other news, our criminal background clearances came through! Now seriously, I knew already that I wasn't a registered sex offender but it sure was great to see that on paper! I kept fearing that my identity would be stolen in this process and it would come back with 10 pages full of criminal convictions and nobody would give us a baby! That's one more thing I don't have to worry about anymore. I swear, every step seems like a huge deal to me!

We've got a jam packed weekend full of fun coming up! I am trying to make a cake that serves 70 people for a birthday party we're going to tomorrow, so I'd better get to baking!

July 27, 2009

A Million Reasons

There are at least a million little reasons why I am madly in love with my husband. Here are just a few that I was able to capture in the last few days:

Reason #158: He can teach our kids some of the coolest things that I have no idea how to do.

Reason #342: He finds small teachable moments everyday.

Reason #95: He is so patient with our kiddos. I'll bet he threw at least a zillion tennis balls for Sadie to hit and everytime he managed to be constructive AND encouraging.

Reason # 679: He takes on the role of the Beast with such conviction!

I'm sure he'd like for me to say that one reason I love him so much is because he's a hot rock star, BUT...

Instead I'll just post this hilarious video of him getting nearly taken out by our 5 year old!

July 25, 2009

Reality Check

This morning I woke up and it was raining. The rain is ruining all my plans for an awesome family Saturday. Everything that we have planned to do today is outside!!! First, we had planned to go to Fort Harrod and tour around. Then tonight we were going to eat at Sadie's favorite Mexican restaurant. If we eat here she absolutely has to eat out on the patio. Then it was going to be off to the Shelbyville Street party. For a minute I was pretty disappointed at the prospect of ruined plans. Then I came across some photos that put it all in perspective. They are pictures of the orphanage in DRC, where most of the children that have been adopted through our agency recently have come from. The pictures are compliments of Carrie- you can check out her blog HERE and see pictures of her adorable Haven from DRC and Grace from China.
These pictures of the orphange have once again broken my heart for the children of Congo.

Can you imagine living like this? It is a reality for millions around the world. So now instead of being mad about my ruined plans, I am going to sit here and be exceedingly grateful for all of the blessings surrounding me. I have a belly full of food (even if I did eat brownies for breakfast!) a house that is keeping me dry, and most importantly, a healthy, loving family.
- Religion that God the father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one-self from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27

The world will tell you over and over again that you need more, you need better, you need faster, etc. I am totally guilty of it too. But no matter what you are going through today, take a deep breath and count your blessings- for we are all truly blessed!

July 23, 2009

Papers, Papers, Papers

For those of you who have not ever adopted a child, let me just tell you that it is an insane amount of paperwork! What may be more insane, is how much I am actually enjoying filling out all of these rediculous papers and making copies of just about every document imaginable. I know, I am a nerd- but I get some crazy sort of satisfaction about checking things off the list and organizing all of these things in this adorable accordian file I bought at Target. In a crazy mixed-up way, I suppose this is the first picture of our new child:

Yes, folks...that's right. Somehow, when the government gets all of this paperwork they magically turn it into... a child! This file contains every detail of my life: how much money we make, letters about what our friends think of us, all of our medical histories...blah, blah, blah. My favorite thing we've had to give them so far is a copy of our water bill. It is the ultimate irony to me that you can take a child from a third world country where there is no clean water- where all the water is muddy and teeming with parasites, but somehow big brother has to know that I have city water before our adoption request can be granted. The same goes with needing to know how much money I spend every month on groceries. It just seems almost comical to me!

Oh well, if it all gets us one step closer to getting to meet our precious little one then I am all for it! In fact I am almost finished with all these papers!!! The last things we need to collect are our last few letters of recommendation, Kamron's physical form and his employment verification! All of those are in the works. Then we have our home study visit and the home study portion is over! Yippee! Just thought I'd give everyone an update!

July 20, 2009

I think I'm On Candid Camera...

Things with the adoption are rolling! I just got an email and we have been assigned a case worker. Woohoo! Our home study agency is on the ball! It feels like this is all moving insanely fast and I couldn't be more thrilled about it! Also, we crossed another thing off the adoption checklist today by getting my physical exam. Since it was minimally invasive and I didn't feel like driving the kids all the way to my mom's, I decided to just let the kids come with me to the doctor. I'll start off by saying that they really were good, but something just came over them when we got there that made me start to wonder if I was on Candid Camera. We only had to wait in the waiting room for maybe 10 minutes. When we got back to the exam room is when the children lost their minds. Our door was left cracked just enough that anyone in the rest of the office could hear everything we were doing. It all started off when Sadie decided to bust out "Boom Boom Pow" complete with dance moves and Fergie imitation. I could hear snickers from the nurses station. The snickers turned into full on laughter when Noah, not to be outdone by his sister, starts in on Prince's "You Don't Have To Be Rich", in the very best falsetto a 2 year old can muster. It was quite entertaining. In walks the doctor, and the real fun begins. As soon as she sits down, Noah stares right at her and proclaims in a very anxious voice- "I gotta get outta here!" With nowhere to go, he freaks out and begins licking (yes, licking) the bio hazard trash can. When I pick him up to move him away from said trashcan, he starts tooting. Not little ones, mind you, HUGE ones. And laughing about it...hysterically. I could just see the gears turning in the doctor's mind. I am sure she was thinking, "This nut actually thinks she can handle a third child?" At this point I am looking for hidden cameras and wondering who on earth put my kids up to this! Ahhh... such is life!

We also had a giant slumber party at our house on Saturday night. Our good friends Rob and Stacey live in Cincinnati and we don't get to see them nearly often enough. Stacey had a PTA conference and Rob wanted to go watch Kamron's band play, so I offered to let their 3 gorgeous kids come and spend the night with me. That made 5 kids all under 7. I'll be honest, I stressed a little about how I'd handle all those kids by myself. But they were all SO good. Just like 5 little angels! (then just 2 short days later they pulled the above antics!) I even managed to get all five kids fed and dressed and got them to church on time! The kids all had such a great time together having a water balloon fight, eating pizza and playing "college". Evidently kids don't play school anymore- they play college. They also played doctor, which is what they were doing when I overheard this conversation between my Sadie, who was the patient, and her friend Addison, who was the doctor.
Sadie: I've just been feeling so sick lately. Oh yeah, my stomach hurts too.
Addison: I can give you a shot for that. Let me check you out.
(Silence while shot is administered and blood pressure is taken.)
Addison: Oh no... this is really bad... I'm sorry to say that you have...CHOLESTEROL!

I love these kids! Here they all are posing after their water balloon fight.

Here are the sweet, sweet girls having popcorn and watching movies.

We'll be busy, busy, busy the rest of the week with Bible school every night. I LOVED Bible school as a kid! I'll let you know how it goes...

July 17, 2009

Sensory Processing Disorder Stinks!

Some of you may know, but maybe many of you don't, that our son, Noah, has sensory processing disorder (SPD). His brain just doesn't receive and integrate information about sound, sight, feel, etc. like ours do. This has been a really hard road for him (and us!). Usually, we find ways to deal with his SPD, but the last 2 days have just about done me in. For Noah, his body is constantly telling him that it needs input. This manifests in several ways. Mostly, it involves a lot of slamming, into the walls, furniture, other people. It is as if he has no regard for his body. He will run full force into the wall, jump off the counter or steps, slam into his sister, beat his head into the furniture all to fulfill this need he has to put pressure on his body. This goes way beyond just being a reckless little boy. There is a major gap is his neuro-receptors that prevents him from being able to accurately assess risk. It causes him to constantly bite his hands, chew his shirts, and rub his nose until it bleeds. He'll run around with his hands over his ears screaming about how bad "it hurts". He'll talk insanely loud all because he needs his voice to be that loud to register the input in his brain. He avoids certain textures of foods, clothing and things to touch at all costs. Sometimes it is just more than we can deal with.

We knew from about 3 weeks after his birth that something was going on with Noah. He just cried all the time. You couldn't hold him like a normal baby. You literally had to squeeze him to death to make him happy. He wouldn't eat (and still doesn't!) He never slept. When I say never slept, I mean he NEVER slept! No sleeping, no eating, only crying. He was delayed on all of the developmental milestones. We couldn't leave the house. Going to the grocery was a nightmare beyond belief that usually ended with ME in tears. I was defeated as a mother for what seemed like forever. We tried everything imaginable to console Noah. Noah had no words, and would only communicate through screaming and crying. When he was 18 months old, our beloved pediatrician said that maybe we needed to start looking at an early intervention program. Lots of signs pointed to autism, and let me tell you, hearing a doctor use your child's name and autism in the same sentence will knock the wind right out of your sails. I remember getting on the phone with my mom after that doctor visit and not being able to stop crying. It's not that it hadn't occured to Kamron or myself, it was just finally hearing it said out loud that somehow got to me. Noah was evaluated right after that by First Steps, our state's early intervention program.

This has been our saving grace for Noah. Autism was promptly ruled out and Noah began receiving therapy right away. We started with speech and, lo and behold, the child got some words! Then he got lots of words! Then he wouldn't shut up!!! But he was still so unhappy. You couldn't put your finger on it, but something was definately still "wrong" with Noah. Enter occupational therapist (aka Crystal, aka most awesome angel in Noah's life!) Crystal put the pieces of the puzzle together for us. We tracked back the erratic behavior to a sensory stimulus and finally it all made sense! We figured out what triggered the meltdowns: noise, feel, light, lack of pressure on the body; then learned ways to deal with them. This is my favorite: Noah has a weighted blanket that he has to sleep under. This thing probably weighs about 30 pounds. Noah only weighs 27 pounds. The mom in me says "wait, don't put that on top of my baby, it will crush him!" but for some crazy reason, it gives him the right kind of input that he needs to help him sleep!!! Noah can't handle noises. At one point it got so bad that we couldn't go outside if someone in a 2 mile radius was cutting the grass. But Crystal has given us so many strategies for helping Noah cope with these everyday obstacles. For so long we were purely in survival mode, but now Noah is thriving with SPD!

While we have figured out how to manage most of Noah's hangups, some days are still insanely hard. Like the past few days. Days where you want to throw your hands up and scream. But then all that little booger has to do is throw his arms around you and tell you "I love you, Mommy" and it's all totally worth it!

Sorry for the off-the-wall post. This blog is a way for me to champion causes near and dear to me. If I can advocate for just one orphan or just one family with special needs or plug an early intervention program, then why not use this space to do it!

If you'd like to learn more about Sensory Processing Disorder you can check out this website: http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/index.html

July 14, 2009

Random Ramblings...

It has been a busy few days! It's the best type of busy, too. The busy doing fun stuff kind of busy. Where to begin...
Kamron's grandparents from St. Louis just left this morning after 4 days at our house. The kids had an absolute ball! It was like a never ending slumber party for them. The grands are 80 and 84. Marie (Kamron's grandma) is all but blind and the trip is very hard on them. The good news, though, is that they are finally seeing reason and realize that their health is bad enough that it is time to move back to Kentucky to be closer to us! So we got to drive them around looking at houses in our lovely little town. There are two houses for sale that practically touch our backyard. This seems like the perfect solution for everyone! I can just see the kids wearing down a path between the neighborhoods now! We are beyond excited to have them probably coming here, but I am also a little nervous about taking on a quasi-cargiver role at just about the same time our new little one would be making his way across the ocean! Anyway, we really enjoyed getting to spend some time with them! Noah remembered this morning when he woke up that today was the day they were leaving and ran for grandma saying, "I love you. I don't want you to leave!" If that doesn't melt your heart, I don't know what will!

We also spent most of the weekend outside playing. And if we're outside playing, it means that every kid in our neighborhood ends up in my backyard. It used to drive me crazy that somehow all our neighborhood kids would migrate to our house, sucking down all of our juice boxes and eating popsicles faster then I could cut them open and hand them out. But now I love that this is where they feel safe. I know that not all of these kids have moms and dads that spend a lot of time with them. Kamron and I are trying to figure out how we're going to get all of these kids to Bible School next week. Believe me when I tell you that some of these wild ones need the fear of God love of Christ put into them!!! Here are some of the sweet little neighborhood kids having a "pool" party last night.

And to top off a great few days, I got to hang out with my BFF Jess (am I too old to talk like this?) at the pool this afternoon. We don't get to do that nearly often enough. I love, love, love that girl! She's the very best true blue friend that ever was!

Just in case you needed a bit of humor in your day here are a few of the things I've heard Sadie and Noah say in the last few days:

Noah: "My hair is hurting and I smell like the zoo!"

Sadie: "Noah, I promise we're not going to do anything fun, like swimming, while you're at school. We are going to do only boring stuff. Especially we won't go swimming." (Where did we go? Yep, swimming!)

Me: "Wow, Noah! Grandma gave you 10 dollars! What are you going to buy?"
Noah: "I got a penny and I'm going to buy bubble gum and money!"

Kamron: "Sadie, I like that baby doll. Which baby is that?"
Sadie: "Daddy, that's baby orange."
Kamron: "Well... there's just so many of them it's hard to keep straight."
Sadie: "There's baby orange, baby pink, big baby, baby purple, baby Taesun, baby Reese, and if I ever get another one, I'm gonna call it baby daddy!"

Kamron has called it to my attention that anyone out there in blog land following our story is probably only here to read adoption news. I totally understand that. But in all honesty, there won't always be much to read about. We'll be in this home study phase of gathering documents and getting physicals, etc. for a couple of months. It's all a big hurry up and wait game! So for now, you'll just have to read about our crazy life with our crazy, adorable kids until we have breaking news. And when we do have breaking news I PROMISE I will post it!!!

July 11, 2009

My Loves

Santa Claus beards in the bathtub

My cleaning crew helping me get ready for the Grandparents

I love this little face!

Such a sweetheart!

And here's my favorite- check out Noah's latest video:
(you'll need to pause the music player to the left)

July 08, 2009

Bust Your Hump-Day

It feels soooo good to just sit down and type. This may be the first time I have sat down today! I am trying to get ready for Kamron's grandparents to come and visit for 4 days. They live in St. Louis and haven't been here in over 2 years. In an effort not to let them see the inch of dust on every surface of my house, or take a bath in a tub with a serious ring, I had to get busy! This has been one of the most productive days I've had in a long time. And oddly enough, the kids had a ball doing projects today at breakneck speed. Here's just a sample of what we did today:
* weeded all the flower beds
* washed all of the towels and linens
* cleaned out the cabinets and threw all things moldy out of the fridge
* shampooed the carpet in the kid's rooms
* magic erasered through 2 whole erasers (I have a brilliant budding artist who thinks all surfaces are a suitable canvas!)
* washed, folded and put away 3 loads of clothes
* cooked 3 meals- only kind of counts since no vegetables were actually served, unless you count spaghetti sauce
* gave the dog a bath and collected enough dog hair to make a sweater for a 400 pound man
* ran through the sprinkler
* helped Sadie practice tennis
* introduced my kids to old school Madonna and Michael Jackson. Noah is pretty good at the Thriller dance.
* took a trip to the recycling center and Lowe's
* wondered why my kitchen smelled like rotten eggs and then discovered that our beloved fish named "Go Cats" had gone belly up. I thought that Sadie would be sad but instead she just said,"Oh well, I probably fed him too much yesterday." And that was it. Go figure?

There's still lots to do, but it feels so good to cross some things off the list!!!
Here is a picture Sadie drew of our 80's dance party today:

In adoption news, thanks to our friends the Gregory's, from church, we have found an agency to do our home study who does not charge the equivelent of the GNP of a small country. Our home study application will be sent off tomorrow. Horray! The home study process takes about 6-8 weeks to get through, so that's what we'll be doing for a little while.
I'm off to let Calgon take me away. Happy Hump-Day!

July 06, 2009

Got 5 Minutes?

I think that a major part of this journey for me is trying to raise awareness about what is going on in Congo. The Congo is one of the only places in the world that has the minerals that are needed to manufacture all of the gadgets that we can't seem to live without. Our cell phones, computers, iPods, digital cameras, etc. all use tantalem and tungsten to make them work. These minerals are mined in Congo. A major source of fighting here is over who controls the mines. Warring groups are committing atrocities beyond belief to gain control of the mineral mines. Controlling groups stand to make about $144 million off of the trade of these minerals. With the average person in Congo only earning $300 US dollars per year, you can see the importance. Women are raped and children are macheted just to get control of these precious minerals. The minerals then make their way to the US where companies use them to make our electronics. So indirectly, our texting and facebook obsessions are fueling the largest humanitarian crisis of the last 60 years. "That's horrible," you might be saying to yourself, "I wish there was something I could do!" Well...there is. Take a minute to shoot an email to the major electronics producers and ask them to be responsible and transparent about the minerals they are using. Urge them to use conflict free minerals. They will listen and actually write you back. Then the next time you drop your phone in the potty and need to get a new one, remeber which companies are working toward a conflict resolution and give them your business. A pre-filled letter to these companies is available by clicking HERE. All you have to do is put in your email address and the rest is taken care of. Remember- lots of small deeds all add up to big CHANGE!

July 05, 2009

Happy Birthday, America!

We have had a great 4th of July weekend! Friday night, Kamron and I went on a date to celebrate our big adoption news. Since neither one of us had ever had any type of authentic African food, we decided it was high time we tried some. We went out for Ethiopian food because there are no Congolese restaurants in Louisville and we thought Ethiopian was about as close as we could get. Let me tell you, Ethiopian food resembles dog barf and baby poop BUT if you can get past the looks of it, it is actually pretty good! Not something I feel like I have to have all the time, but it was definitely a good experience. Ethiopia is famous for it's coffee so I thought I ought to try some of that too- this I don't recommend. It tasted like it was brewed in a hollow tree then sprinkled with dirt. Entirely too "earthy." After dinner we got to go see, Andi, the singer from Kamron's band perform in the Louisville all-star band. She brought the house down! It is always sooooo good to get a few hours away from the kids to just be together.

We also spent an afternoon at GranMary's pool. I think that if we let her, Sadie may just decide to live at the pool. That girl just loves to swim!

We had Kamron's sister over for a fourth of July cook-in (it was pouring down rain) and then set off fireworks with our neighbors. This year we actually let the kids do sparklers. I know- don't judge me as a parent. But let me just first just blame this occurrence on my dad. He kept the kids while we went on our date. They did a few fireworks and the next morning the kids informed me that Papaw let them hold their own sparklers. Noah is only 2 1/2 and this freaked me out a bit, but I figured, that is what grandparents are for: to let you do all of the things your parents won't let you do! It is a vital part of growing up. So since they had already done it, I decided they could do it again- and they LOVED it. Evidently, if you are a child (or a grown man) holding fire gives you an enormous sense of power!

On a serious note, I am so incredibly thankful to have been born in America. I am grateful to our service men and women (past and present) who are committed to my freedom. So often I take for granted that I can wake up on Sunday morning and go to the church of my choosing. I take for granted that we live in a country where food is abundant, our water is clean, and we are safe. But these things have not happened by accident. So many people have fought for these freedoms (including my brother- SO proud of you B.!) So to all of our military men and women: THANK YOU! I keep thinking today about our little one in Africa, where there is not enough food, water, shelter and medicine. And while my heart breaks, I am also exceedingly grateful that in America there is opportunity for EVERYONE- even if you weren't born here.

I am off to wade through a mountain of paperwork and to start tracking down the millions of documents we are gathering to send to the Congo. So if you've seen my marriage certificate, just let me know. That would be helpful information to have before I start tearing my house apart to find it!

July 02, 2009

It's Official...We're Adopting!

Well folks, if you've made it this far, you know our big news! We're adopting a child from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa! After almost a year of praying and researching we are certain that this is the direction God is leading us. When we began telling our family and friends about our plans to adopt, we were shown such overwhelming support, but were asked almost everytime what in the world brought this about. The answer is really simple and really complicated all at the same time. God literally yelled at me in the car one day last fall and told me he was "preparing me for this" (those were his words!) and the desire to adopt a needy and orphaned child has not left my heart since. I would like to say that typically I am not prone to hearing God talk to me like that or to talk to me at all, but probably the more accurate statement would be to say that before this, I don't think I was really listening to what his plan for my life was.

When I heard the calling to be an adoptive parent, I had just dropped my son, Noah, off for his therapy playgroup. So many of these children at playgroup have such a wide array of special needs. Because of where I was at the time I immediately assumed," Hmmm...God wants us to adopt a special needs child. And probably since there are two deaf children in Noah's class, he must be calling us to adopt a deaf child!" Eureka- I must be brilliant to interpret God's calling like that (Or so I thought at the time) In fact, my children and I threw ourselves into learning sign language. We actually got pretty good at it. I researched and asked all the right questions, but somehow in the middle of my quest to do what I thought God wanted me to do, I somehow forgot to talk to him about it. That was my first mistake in this crazy adoption journey. When I really began to pray about it, it didn't take long for me to realize that this was not where God was calling us to adopt. Don't you love how so often we take his will and just bend and mangle it all up into what it is that WE really want to do!

So now we knew that Kamron and I wanted to adopt (did I mention that I have an amazing husband who did not flip out in the least when I came home and said, "Honey- I talked to God about it and he said he wants us to adopt a baby!") but where in the world were we supposed to go to do this???? Then one day Kamron came home and said that Tim Ott, a mutual fund wholesaler that he sees a few times a year, had been in the office and they had just adopted a little boy from Africa. When I heard about their little Joshua and began learning about the people of Congo, my heart could not let the story go. It was as if I had fallen in love with this impoverished, war-torn, and spectaularly beautiful country. I was also disappointed in myself that I knew very little about what was going in this part of Africa that is involved in the bloodiest conflict since WWII. Almost 5.5 million people have died here from rebel armies, genocide, rape, mutilation and other horrors we can't even imagine confronting on an everyday basis. You know at the end of the movie "Hotel Rwanda" where one of the final screens says something like, "Rwandan army forces rebel malitia across the border" and you are so happy for all of the Rwandans. Well, for some reason it never occured to me that "over the border" meant the fighting simply moved into the Congo. Finally, this journey took on the feeling of peace that passes all understanding. Congo just felt so right. Suddenly, this blurry vision became so clear. This was it- this is exactly where God wants us to be!!! Part of our hearts were there already, with a child that we don't even know yet, but already love immensely. So Kamron and I got in touch with the agency and asked about a million questions and found out that it only takes 6 months to a year to complete an adoption from here. WHOA! I guess I had in my head that it takes years to adopt. We know people who have been on waiting lists for children from China and Russia for several years. This new knowledge seemed to make everything even more right. We can make a difference right NOW!

Kamron has been a rock through this. I am the impulsive one- when I have an idea, I want to do it right now. But Kamron is a different story- very calm and methodical. He's the exact balance to my whimisical chaos. So when this all came about last fall he knew that it just wasn't the right timing for our family. Not that it wasn't the right thing, but that it just wasn't the right time. So after waiting 9 months (I've been chomping at the bit the whole time!) NOW feels like the right time to both of us. So here we are, beginning the process! We are beyond excited. This is kind of like finding out you're pregnant (on paper, at least!) It is the most awesome feeling to be doing exactly what you know is meant for your life!

We know that there will be tons of challenges on this journey: having a multi-cultural family, transitioning home, just having 3 kids in general instead of 2. And don't even get me started about how quickly my mamma bear claws come out when I hear racist comments about the beautiful child we'll be bringing home! But we're up for the challenge, in fact, we are downright thrilled about it!

I decided to keep a blog about our adoption process for a few reasons. Every New Year I vow that I will keep a journal of all of the adorable things my kiddos say and do, and every year, I fail miserably! So I thought this way would be a better and easier way to document our lives. And secondly, the blogs from other Congo families have been a lifeline for me the last year. I have loved reading their stories. I have cried happy tears with them when they see the first pictures of their children when they receive their referrals. I have rejoiced with them when their babies come to their forever homes. I have laughed with them when their new children flip out at the first sight of Target. I've been amazed at how quickly their little ones pick up English... These faithful bloggers have touched me deeply-so thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being a wealth of knowledge and a well of love.

Thanks for taking the time to find and follow our blog. We'll update it with the day to day happenings of our lives with two crazy kids and put up new information about the adoption as it comes in!
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