Monday, July 28, 2014

Worth it.....

These two beautiful girls are...






Worth ---

Every prayer said

Every piece of paperwork that passed through our hands

Every check written

Every day of waiting





Thanking Him for putting us on this journey and bringing precious Sima and Vaida into our lives and our hearts.  Such a blessing to finally have them home.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Firsts.....

So many firsts for our girls---


from chocolate chip cookies...both didn't want to try and once they did, we had to put them away



to getting to know their siblings--

This was our first morning home (up at 2:30 after arriving home at 10:30 pm)---
Vaida was combing Nate's hair:)


Check out Vaida eyeing up Jack's soda---she knew it was good and she wanted it...


and she is trying to get it!







to barefeet






to playing in water for hours






to biking and playing with dolls---

Vaida tried to run down the driveway twice.  
Bill found some snow fence in the barn for a 
temporary fix---we've got a gated home now:) 
He picked up some nicer fencing at the store.
 Too hard for a mom with a bum knee to chase kids 
running for the road!








to learning to jump on the trampoline--





Two precious girls, forever loved, learning what a family is....learning through play and laughter what it means to be loved.  A family learning how to help two gifts from God release some of their fears, fears that come from years of "being alone" and fending for themselves.  Helping a six year old learn that she can be a little girl and play with dolls, not having to always worry and care for her younger sister.  Helping two treasures learn how to appropriately give and receive love, handle frustration, limits, sharing.....


Blessed to wake up every morning to a six year old 
whispering to you that she loves you in her native language.
Thank You Lord for the gift of this sweet one!

Falling asleep cuddling with a five year old who spent many nights alone but who wants to cuddle---who will place your hand on her head for you to rub her hair and will place your arm around her.  Thank You God for opening her heart to receive the love and affection she has missed for so long!  Having her wake me up overnight to cuddle---such a blessing!









Welcome Home Girls---
Home....
Where you will always be loved and treasured .....  
loved for how He fearfully and wonderfully made you.  

Thanking Him for showing us so many bits and pieces of who the girls are the last couple of weeks.  And grateful for His wisdom, strength, and love 
flowing through us as we work through the
 many changes our sweet girls are going through.  
He is faithful! 



Every good and precious gift is from above.....       James 1:17

Friday, July 18, 2014

Freedom!

We will never again celebrate the 4th of July the same way in our house.  On July 4th, we officially became Mom and Dad to our newest daughters.......  our country's day to celebrate independence was our daughters' day of freedom from a life in an orphanage.......

Introducing--



Sima














and

Vaida












 Thanking God for all He has done to bless us with our two precious girls!  What a journey our trip was---so many things to share!  Just not enough time!




We arrived home on Sunday night and Monday I pulled a ligament in my knee so am on crutches---thankfully we have had great help here and the weather has been fantastic to sit outside.

The girls have had some great new experiences--





Being barefoot---

Playing in water--

Getting to know their siblings--

It is wonderful to see more and more of their personalities!  We love the bond they have and love to see them starting to experience so many new things.

Have learned so much about His love for us and His love for the orphan---and that no child should have to live out life without a family---more thoughts on that later.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ponderings of a soon-to-be mom again.......

I've been thinking a lot lately of the time when my due date approached with our biological children and all the different thoughts that would swirl around my head.

And I find myself thinking similar things now about S and V.  Instead of when will I go into labor and how will the labor be, I am now thinking about how the trip over and to their city will be.  What will it be like walking up the steps to their orphanage---what thoughts will be running through our heads at that moment? What will the girls be thinking?

Instead of thinking about seeing our child for the first time, I think about how the moment we meet S and  V will be---we know what they look like and  their faces are etched into our memories from many, many times staring at their pictures.  How will they respond to us?  Will I be able to not cry:)?  I know it will be an emotional time for me and Bill and Joe too.

The thrill of meeting our children is starting to fill us--just as with our biological children, as their time to join our family got closer, we would find ourselves daydreaming about life with them.  We do the same now---thinking about the time we will share with S and V at their orphanage, their home for now.  What will it be like to hug them the first time, to feel their hair and face next to ours, to hold their sweet hands?  What joy it will be to laugh and play together after waiting for almost ten months!  To sit and drink in the uniqueness of each of them and the special way He created them.  Thinking about what we will learn about them from their caregivers.  Thinking about the time when they will be able to leave the orphanage and join our family forever---starting a whole new chapter in their lives.  Thinking and praying for them as they leave the only home they've known for years.

Thinking about that first day and night together in their country.  The first morning they wake up with us.  And the trip home and the moment they meet all of their siblings who have prayed and waited so long to have them join the family.

So incredibly thankful to be so close to being a mom again.....

Look at all our butterflies--soon, girls, soon!!








Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Great is Thy Faithfulness......


Bill and I were talking over coffee the other morning about how many ways we have seen God provide.  Last weekend we sang one of my favorite hymns at church---Great is Thy Faithfulness.   How faithful He has been, often through the hands of so many others.  Thank you to so many who have blessed our family and S and V.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

Preparations coming together---

Here are the  girls' "coming home" outfits. For every baby we've had, we've picked out a special outfit to bring them home from the hospital in.  We want S and V to have something to put in their memory boxes to remember the day they joined our family.


There is no shadow of turning with Thee,

A swingset to help "learn through play"----thank you Uncle Jim for all your help and wisdom!  Ellie and Nate thank you for finishing the tire swing before you left:)




Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,

Thanking Him for opening our eyes to the changes we need to make in our schedules and calendars the next couple of months.

As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Thanking Him that through this crazy process of the last nine months, He is never changing.  So many things haven't worked out as we planned or on our "timeline", but we see more and more, His clock does keep perfect time.  Thanking Him that He is the same today, tomorrow and yesterday.



Great is Thy faithfulness!

Trusting in Him as the Father to the fatherless to care for our girls until we can get to them.


Great is Thy faithfulness!

Thanking Him for His provision through so many---people finding us items, donating things we need....



Morning by morning new mercies I see

Praising Him for His mercies and grace and that special time with Him in the morning, now hearing the orchestra of birds singing.

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Thanking Him that every need we have, He can meet in His own miraculous way.

Pellets and frozen food donated by a neighbor who was moving--thank You God!

Play tunnels and dolls donated by a homeschooling mom--thank you!

A refrigerator donated---lots of mouths to feed so much needed!

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Praising Him for a home filled with joy and laughter and anticipation---


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

Knowing we will enjoy the beauty and freedom of summer with S and V, spending the majority of our time getting to know each other in the beauty of creation.




Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;

Thanking Him for a pillow to place our heads after long days;)

Join with all nature in manifold witness,

So grateful to have space to roam and play outside, as well as many ways to use our bodies to grow and learn.

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Thrilled to have the opportunity to reach out to V and S through e-mails and pictures while we wait---sharing our love for them and our family through the wonder of pictures and words written.




Great is Thy faithfulness!

Praising Him for a great case worker and a wonderful facilitator and attorney in country.  Knowing that He has placed everyone where they need to be to help our girls and trusting them to guide us to get them home.


Great is Thy faithfulness!

Friends who have loaned items, bought t-shirts, donated money, prayed and prayed and prayed for paperwork, dates and especially our girls, celebrated with us, understood why we are doing this,  cleaned out donated refrigerators, and have offered to help while we are gone and once we get back.  Thank you very much!

Morning by morning new mercies I see

The time Bill and I spend together in the early morning talking things over and praying together.  Thanking Him for a wonderful husband!


All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Anonymous donors (thank you so very much) and amazing grant from JSC Foundation----
God is faithful!

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Love this book and so thankful He found us the girls.....



....and that I can be their forever mama!








Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thanking Him that as we fail, He forgives.  As we let frustration, discouragement, fear, and lack of patience take over, He graciously fills us again and again with His peace.

Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;

A wonderful church body and great adoption ministry and support group......




Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow

So many wonderful people who have offered to help with things at home while we are gone---helping with our kids at home, meals, helping us prep to get ready, care packages, etc.  Thank you!!  You give us strength to continue to walk this journey!

Thank you for all the many prayers said for our sweet S and V.

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Praising Him for our newest daughters, S and V--





Every good and perfect gift is from above.  James 1:17

Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness, Your love for S and V, and the hope, strength, and peace You give us daily.