Life with a three year old is so much fun. We live so much more simple. We make a house for the flower fairies and wood elves. We made a chandelier out of sea glass and a table out of rocks. Bella loves imaginary play. The older kids are loving this stage. It is over so quickly, and this go around I am enjoying every moment...bc I know how fast it goes.
Andrew graduates next week. I will miss him terribly. The college process is really stressful on them. He was so torn between schools and rankings and what they had to offer. In the end he decided to go to High Point University in NC. They offered him a leadership and academic scholarship and they have a division 1 soccer program. He has won three awards/ scholarships this spring. The one of which I am most proud is the one given by his school for character on and off the field, striving for excellence in athletics and academics. One that young boys would think is cool...Major League Baseball gave him one for his work in Boston with volunteers of America. He got to meet Jason Varitek. He also had his prom. What a great time in his life this is. Stressful but exciting, too.
Eliza had her spring fling for the freshman at her school. She is also playing lacrosse. The reason Bella is wearing the same outfit is because they were the same night...no, not in the same town either. Now, you are getting the "warp speed" bit.
Zach is good. Well, at this very moment he has the stomach bug...but in general. He is good:)
Now for Bella, so much to tell. She is doing great. We are having a ball with her. She just had her 3y check up. She has grown 7 1/2 inches, and 2 lbs. She has grown 3 shoe sizes. I have to give Gladney credit. They started her on this path...we just get to see the amazing results. With our first mother's day behind us...I have been thinking so much of her ET mother. What to call her? She loved her baby girl. She nursed her baby girl. I am sure she had dreams for her, as well. What were they? She was so much more than a birth mom. We have started call her by her name. Don't think that I am crazy but...recently, Bella had surgery. Nothing big...just a biopsy on a mass. Sounds scarier than it should. While I was snuggling with Bella coming out of surgery...I was thinking and praying for her mother in heaven. There is no part of my heart that Bella has not colored. We are completely synchronized. I feel like I have a friend in Arfosa. As she watches her daughter grow, I think she would be happy...not the way it was meant to be, but at peace. I think that she would know how much she is loved and cherished. Bella wants to be a doctor or a soccer player (go figure). She just got small lacrosse sticks. She loves American Idol. Her eating is great...loves hummus, yogurt, and M&Ms. She loves going on errands with Andrew. She will miss him terribly next year. She loves Ruth and Aster and another set of ET twins Aster and Milkie. She loves to be read to. She loves to be rocked.
Okay, so I am going to try and be better about blogging. I am also loving my morning ritual. My new goal is to do yoga every day for a year. I am the three month mark. It feels great. I feel less rickety and less old:)
* so this is why I don't blog much...as I wrote this post little Miss B got into the sorry game, the monopoly game, connect 4...all pieces are on the floor in the family room...I guess they needed to be organized. That is what I will be doing for the next hour. Oh dear.
I feel like the most blessed mom and wife in the world. I have four great kids, 19, 16, 12 and 4 who are just the right combination of fun and naugthy. Our youngest was adopted from Ethiopia in 2009. We are in the process of adopting again. We used Gladney the first time, and loved them. We are using YWAM/CHI and I could not love them more. I love everything that they stand for. I love how they minister to the orphans and the families adopting. Before we adopted we were the soft landing place for 6 newborns until the adults in their world figured out a plan for them. It has been an amazing faith journey. Can't wait to see Him reveal HIs plan for us.
7/15/2011 We are number 8156 for receiving a court date
6/30/2011 Receive and Accept referral for a sweet little boy (waiting child). Wire $7900 (yes, $400 too much)
6/20/2011 Interagency fee ($1700)
6/16/2011 171h comes in the mail
6/10/2011 find out we are CIS approved
5/20/2011 police letters
5/18/2011 fingerprinted for CIS
5/7/2011 appt card came...appt is 5/18/2011!!!!
4/15/2011 Sent in i600a $975 (3 biometric appts + $720 fee)
4/10/2011 Homestudy approved $3000
3/25/2011 CHI approved $3000
3/18/2011 CHI application fee $600
Had called months ago inquiring about YWAM. They were closed to new families. Got an email saying they had opened the program. Deciding (praying on) whether or not we should be switching to YWAM/CHI. Switch.
2/11/2011 Home study finished (3 visits)
1/19/2011 Kate found our first task...passports about to expire!!! $369.92
1/13/2011 hired KBS dossier prep $575
1/13/2011 Adoption Resources (home study) application sent $1700
1/10/2011 Service agreement with Susanne Smith on phone
1/7/2011 Fingerprinting for FBI at police station $54.00
1/6/2011 Mailed CORI, SORI, etc
12/28/2010 Initial Gladney Application $307.50
12/27/2010 Intake interview with Debra Paris
12/16/2010 Gladney Intake info $50
12/2010 Discussion with Dr Albers about 6 year old little boy in ET. Counseled not to go forward. What to do??? $250