Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Even though we do not plan to adopt 3 kids, our social worker wants to approve us for 3, "just in case."
Our social worker has been great, so far, and very nice and "streamlined." She definitely has a "down to business" attitude, but is also capable of being warm and friendly.
Now, we just wait and wait and wait.
But she also explained that when she's working with the women, explaining what it means to pray to God, she cannot use the analogy of how it's as speaking to your earthly father, because it would make no sense to the women. She pointed to Morgan, who had just joined us in the fellowship hall, and told us that Morgan would not be allowed to come into the room with Andrew, and would not be allowed in his presence, unless I was there. Daughters simply do not have a relationship with their fathers and aren't allowed to. To tell a woman that speaking to God is just as speaking to their biological father actually paints a very negative portrait of what it is to have a relationship with God.
Being the oldest of 5 girls, with no brothers in the family, I simply cannot imagine growing up and not being allowed to speak to my father or that we would not be allowed to be in the same room with him. Or to put myself in Dad's shoes, it would mean that with no boys, he wouldn't have a relationship with any of his children. Nor can I imagine Morgan and Elena not being able to have the relationship they have with Andrew. Both of the girls love their Daddy and I can imagine how their not having a positive relationship with their father could also distort their image of God and their relationship with Him.
What I do find interesting is after reading so many of the stories from families who have adopted from Liberia, it's confirmed that many times, the children struggle with the idea that it's OK to make eye contact, but concerning the parent/child roles, it appears as though many of them bond with the fathers first and the mothers later on. I wonder if it's because they've not had that kind of a relationship before and there's some kind of natural urge to have that connection.
Again, the more I delve into adoption, the more I realize just how much we take for granted, how much my children have, how much we complain because we can't have some material possession, and how content many of these other children are just to have something to eat, a home, and most importantly, a family.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I'm hoping they will be a little more lenient for a 3 year old little boy. Of course I want things to go well too and have a good test, but the idea of keeping him from food, as well as keeping him awake for 24 hours sounds so terrible, to me.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
At the end she said that it's obvious to her that we're a couple who'll be able to handle just about anything thrown at us and thinks we'd be a great home for adoption.
Now we just have to do the home inspection and we're done.
I just love to listen to these guys and think they have some amazing talents. They came to town a few years ago, but we didn't get things scheduled quickly enough to go to their concert. I'd love to hear them in person, one day.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This is one of my favorites from The Blind Boys of Alabama. I have a few other videos of theirs in which there's another singer and the guys are sitting down, still proving their awesome voice talents, but I love to see them up front, in the spot light.
"Run On for a Long Time" by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is such an exciting adventure and the emotions are so like those of pregnancy. I got to see pictures and videos of a little boy we've been praying for and he's absolutely precious! I'd love to be able to adopt him as well, but the country fees are higher that what we're budgeting. However, I've seen folks who had extremely low incomes be able to afford adoption. So I'm going to stick with if he's meant to be a part of our family, then he'll be a part of our family.
Meanwhile, it's all good so far with our plans to adopt from Liberia. I'm sure once we receive our referrals, we'll be excited to see the faces of our future children.
Next step is individual interviews with our social worker on Wednesday morning and then she comes to inspect our home. And after that, hopefully, she'll recommend us as parents!
Friday, August 10, 2007
She also thought our kids were amazingly well behaved and that we have a very nice family. We appreciate all of you who are writing our references and praying for us. We're looking forward to the journey ahead.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
In case anyone is interested in what we're reading this year for Kindergarten, here's a *partial* list. I plan to order the remaining books in a few months:
The Apple and the Arrow by Buff
Capyboppy by Peet
Dophin Adventure by Grover
Dolphin Treasure by Grover
Family Under the Bridge by Carlson and Williams
A Grain of Rice by Pittman
The Hundred Dresses by Estes
In Grandma's Attic by Richardson
James Herriot's Treasury for Children Herriot
Johnny Appleseed by Holland
The Light at Tern Rock by Sauer
The Llama Who Had No Pajama by Hoberman
Mary on Horseback by Wells
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank you Book by Scarry
The Story about Ping by Flack, Wiese
The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Lofting
Twenty and Ten by Bishop
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Make way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Baby Animals by Maragaret Wise Brown
The Elephant who Couldn't Forget by Faith McNulty
If I were a Penguin by Heidi Goennel
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Suess
The House on the Rock by Jane R. Latourette
A Cache of Jewels by Ruth Heller
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Caldone
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Suess
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Andrew and I have talked about adoption since way, way back before we ever really got to know each other. It's a desire we've shared for a long time and is something we've known we'd pursue one day. This is one of my favorite videos/songs which celebrates the miracle of adoption.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
More details to come soon.
Or if you just gotta, have to know, e-mail me or ask a family member or friend and they may be able to fill you in.
I don't want to go into too much until things are more concrete, and definitely moving forward. We've already had one hiccup today. But currently, things appear Signed, Sealed, and as of 11:48am this morning, Delivered!
I'm very proud of him and this new venture.
You can visit the new site at http://www.gojuiced.com/