Thursday, April 22, 2010

Three Months Waiting

Three Months Waiting.  Not much to report.  Referrals are appearing to take about 12 months now, but that could change at any time for the better or for the worse.  In May, they will begin the new court hearing process.  (two court cases -- first one for any bio parent(s) or family members...once that is held and approved, a second hearing will be scheduled in which the adoptive parents will attend.)  Not sure how much that may delay things.  Elections in Ethiopia are also delaying things. In fact, the State Dept. is advising not to travel to Ethiopia until after the elections are over in June.   Also, the courts typically close for some time over the summer (sometimes from July - Oct), so I'm sure that will affect things as well. 

In a world full of deadlines, dates, goals, and planning, it's easy to get frustrated . . . {sigh}.... but God's timing is always perfect.   He has the blueprint for our life, can see the unseen to us, so He knows what is best for us and our family. (just wish I had a sneak-peak of it sometimes).  All-in-all, another month has flown by.   

"Love is never tired of waiting."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

14 Years Ago

Fourteen years ago (Friday - April 16th)  we began our journey as parents and started practicing and tweaking our parenting skills. Thank goodness we haven’t done any permanent damage (that we are aware of yet!!) He's becoming quite a handsome young man!

Happy Birthday Colton!

Five Favorite Things from Colton’s childhood:

1. His little ‘blue and yellow men’ that we fretfully searched for every time he lost them. (you know, the kid that comes in a little bulldozer.. yeah, they are small -- see pic).

2. Dirt bikes (still likes them today!)

3. Booooots (preferably cowboy boots)  See pic.

4. Woody & Buzz Lightyear (that’s why our girl cats are named Buzz and Jesse) See pic.

5. Barks and Dinks (aka chips and soda) – still a favorite today!

Extra mention – his denim hat… boy he loved that thing.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

Now, in all fairness to this blog, I didn’t do this for Dylan’s Birthday back in February… so I’ll do it now.  Dylan was a wopping 11 years old on February 8th. 

Five Favorite Things from Dylan’s Childhood:
quite handsome, too, if I don't say so myself

1. His blanket that Aunt Brenda made him ("flower blankie" we just got it out and looked at it this week)

2. His Dough (aka his pacifier)

3. Tractors (any kind!)

4. Dirt bikes (still a fav)

5. Cake – we had to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dylan every time we had cake for dessert (see pic)
And an extra mention goes to head wounds… yep, if there was a way to crack his head open, Dylan found away (stairs, hammers or rocks)! It happened so often that we just kept the surgical glue with us at all times! Hopefully he never goes bald because he’s going to have some nasty scars.

Mommy & Daddy and their Boyz!

Love you guys!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Community Yard Sale

Wow.. timing was perfect for this.  I was contacted a few weeks ago by a neighbor who has been planning a Community Yard Sale since last fall.  YAY!  We had contemplated having a yard sale as a fundrasier, but because of our rural area, we were nervous about drawing a big enough crowd.  Luckily, this gal is going to take care of all of the advertising, etc., plus, it's about 15+ families that are participating so there should be a good turnout that brings lots of traffic. 


1st Annual Stonehead Community Yard Sale

Saturday, May 22, 2010
(rain date: June 5, 2010)


All proceeds (of our family sales) will go towards our International Adoption Account

How can you help?

Before the Sale:
SPREAD THE WORD. Help us promote the sale to your family and friends so we'll have a good crowd.
PASS OUT FLYERS. I'll be printing some flyers soon to pass out in my neighborhood. If you are able to do the same thing in your neighborhood, contact me and I'll get you some!
DONATE ITEMS. We are accepting any items that you think will sell. Contact me at and we'll figure out a way to get them from you between now and the big day!

At the Sale:
DONATE BAKED GOODS. We'll be selling individually wrapped baked goods, such as brownies, muffins, cookies, Rice Krispy treats, or anything else that would sell.  We hope to bring in a lot of funds this way!
MONITOR A STATION. Depending on what we have, we may have, for example, a book & DVD Station, a Toy Station, Clothing Station, Bake Sale Station, etc.
TABLES OR EZUPS? If you got em, we’d love to borrow them!

Items being sold:  Household, toys, games, clothing (adult/children), seasonal, recreational, etc.