Monday, August 31, 2009

Katie's new "do" and a music treat!

I did Katie's hair tody in "piggie buns" for the first time. They looked SO cute! I tried to get a picture showing both of them, but she kept turning her head. She was proud of them too. (I LOVE having a girl!) And now, for your viewing pleasure...

End of summer fun!

Summer is coming to an end. We still have a little over a week until school starts, so we are getting in all the fun we can.

We took the big boys to Incredible Pizza last week and left the babies at home to nap. We didn't tell the boys where we were going. Charlie kept saying that he just wanted to go home to stay with Mrs. Allison. We got there just about noon and the place was empty. (I figured it would be the third day of school at noon.) On Wednesday, they have an offer for 90 minutes of unlimited games for $12. (That's a really good deal 'cuz this place ain't cheap!) We ate first. While we were eating, there were three firemen sitting next to us. The boys wanted to go talk to them, but I kept putting them off. Finally I said, "What are you going to say?" They hadn't thought of that yet. We talked about thanking them for their service and what that meant. They finally got up to go and froze beside our table. Then they started pushing each other saying "you go first, no you, no you first..." It was hilarious after they'd been begging to go. When they finally went, the firemen were so nice, and even gave them sticker badges to wear. They invited them to come to the fire station anytime we were in the area.

Next it was on to the games!

We did go-karts first, many times! The boys couldn't drive, but loved riding. We raced each other and the guy running it even let us go faster than we were supposed to because it was just us. Then Will found a fighter pilot game and was HOOKED!
Charlie bounced around to different games, but I think the go-karts were his favorite. I didn't get many pictures because it was so dark in there, but we had a great time. We have also been spending some time playing outside swimming at our neighbor's house and playing in our little pool.
All of the kids love the water. We even set up the pool so they could have their own water slide. They have a BLAST! Katie is big enough to do it this year and to tell you the truth, I wish I was a kid again.
Our slide is really fast and literally gets you airborne at the end.
Jack enjoyed the water but also enjoyed just swingin'.

Jack also learned how to crawl up the little slide and go down by himself. He kept laughing and saying, "Whee, Whee!"

Friday, August 21, 2009

Not much going on here.

Not much to update you on. We are enjoying our last few weeks of summer. We don't start school until September 8, so we are going to try to get a few more outings in before then.

Charlie did his first testing session with Scottish Rite today. It lasted about 2 hours with a break in the middle. He seemed to be content being there and was given a prize when he was done. Afterwards, I took him to play on their REALLY neat play area. They will mail me an appointment date for our second appointment and go over result and suggestions then. They gave us no indications today.

While I was waiting for him, I went through my homeschooling catalog and finally decided on our curriculum for this next year. We will be using "Little Hearts for His Glory" from Heart of Dakota. This comes highly recommended from several friends and homeschooling authorities. It is pretty much "kindergarten in a bag." There is almost no preparation to be done other than looking over the lesson the day before. After reading over it today, I'm even more excited about it. She really tries to bring learning to life, LOTS of hands on activities, which will be great for Charlie.

Other than that it is status quo around here. Except that Katie is climbing out of bed like you wouldn't believe. It's mostly when you put her down to sleep, but she's even gotten up some in the middle of the night. The bad part is, she's very quiet, so I don't hear her until she comes to stand by our bed. The other night Keith heard her about 2:45am and decided to follow her to see what she would do. She went to the pantry, got a granola bar, went to her favorite hiding place in the living room and ate it. She was up about 20 mins before Keith intervened, spanked her, and sent her back to bed. A friend suggested a sleep sack (which she calls her sleeping bag)so that she couldn't crawl out of her crib. That kept her in her bed before the first nap, but she came walking in with it on when she woke from that nap. Now she is taking it off and getting up. So tonight I put it on her backwards. Hopefully it will help. I don't know what else to do. I think she'd figure out a sleep tent too quickly for the $70 they cost.

So that's our story...for now.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Death is not dying...

A sweet friend at church posted this on her website a few months ago and I kept meaning to watch it. I finally did last night and regret that I didn't do it sooner.

This is the testimony of a dear Sister in Christ who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away on July 2, 2009 at the young age of 37. I would encourage you to make some time to watch it. It is 55 minutes long, so do it when you will not be interrupted. May God grow my faith!

Update on our friends...

Just an update on Brett and Allison's adoption story. Things are moving along really well. They keep running into roadblocks, and then the Lord shows Himself again and works out the details sometimes within hours. He is proving time and time again to be orchestrating every detail of this entire process.

Brett and Allison have chosen to name him Elliott Duncan. He is doing really well in the NICU, off oxygen, still on tube feeds, but everything is totally normal for a baby born at his gestation. They hope to go meet him later this week. This meeting has been YEARS in the making. Oh to be a fly on the wall...

Please continue to pray for all the legalities to be worked out and that little Elliott would be able to come HOME soon. I'll post a new picture as soon as we get one.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Will you pray for our friends?

Keith and I have dear friends at church who have been waiting for a baby from China for over 2 years now. (They've been in process much longer than that.) Heartbreakingly, the wait gets longer and longer. China is only processing 4.5 adoptions a month for ALL agencies in the U.S. That means they are not expected to get a baby until 2014-2015! It's almost unbelievable.

They have been praying for wisdom as to what God would have them do. They recently found out about an unwed mother in TN who already has a 2 yr old that her mother is raising. The girl is not interested in having this baby either. Brett and Allison were able to go meet the mother last weekend and had a good visit. (She is due Oct. 8.) However, things moved into high gear this last week when she unexpectantly went into labor and delivered the baby on Thursday. The baby is in the NICU, but is doing well. He has pneumonia, but is off the vent and holding his own. He weighed 3lbs 10 ozs at birth. There are still LOTS of details to be worked out and a lot of legalities to push through, as this was MUCH earlier than expected and nothing has been done yet. Will you pray for this baby, his birth mother and for Brett and Allison? They are being cautiously guarded at this point, and the birth mother is being somewhat difficult. Please pray for the health of this little one, salvation for his mother, and that God would fill the longing arms of Brett and Allison with this little boy. He is expected to be in the NICU up to 30 days, but they should know if they are going to get him in the next 10 days. I'll keep you posted.