Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An Update

Life is moving so fast here lately, I rarely have time to sit down at the computer for much longer than checking my email and facebook.

My soon to be 17 month old is being potty trained (on his own!), Stinky can almost do laundry by herself, Liam is learning self control (we um... spoiled him because of his special need... to make a LONG story short, we created a monster, but he's better!!!), Kathryn, my right hand.  Seriously, I don't think she really knows how much help she truly is.  She baked her first made from scratch over the weekend, all by herself.  Jesse, my 8 year old. My big boy, out growing every outfit and shoe he owns. He's missing baseball (though he still practices once a week with the Grays), but has taken up showing Liam and Jonah how to hit off a Tee. He needed a lesson in patience, this is doing it. :-D

We are all learning and growing, and time is speeding by!

After spending many hours talking with the adoption agency, NHFC, and a Social Worker, we have decided to host our 3 Latvian orphans after all.  Little did we know, it is their choice to be adopted or not.  More than likely they will not want to come to a strange place FOREVER, and just hoping it's the right thing for them without seeing it first. All they've ever known is that their parents left them and walked away and didn't look back.  They need to be sure and see with their own eyes we will love them for who they are, will always be here when they need us, and no matter what, we will not turn them away, ever! We decided to just have faith our needs would be met money wise.  Never doubt God, EVER. Seriously, He's come through for us.  We almost have all of the $9000 we need to host. We are now about $2000 away, but we have a final fundraiser, a benefit pageant.

In 51 days we will load the van with an extra booster seat, 5 overly excited children, and clothes for 2 parents and 8 children, as well as welcome gifts, and make the trip south to bring our children home.  Only for 4 weeks, but better than nothing.  They still have no idea they have been chosen, they don't know a family in Kentucky thinks about them everyday, prays for them, and already loves them unconditionally.   We are not allowed to ask them if they want to be adopted.  That will be done by a judge (? i think?) in Latvia once our homestudy is done and all the paperwork has been sent to Latvia. They only think this is a vacation, only to learn about the American culture. They have no idea they could be meeting their forever family. 51 days!!!

There is so much to do, it's not even funny.  I've heard of people that were waiting for their children to come and how time drags on slowly for them.  That is not the case here for hosting at this time.  Though I want them here NOW (:-D), we are still needing to make our home ready for 3 more.  We somehow have to get another bunk bed with mattresses, clothes, shoes, toys, still have to have our home safety visit, still have to go to our training class, and I've got to set up appointments for them to have their eyes and teeth checked too.  Before 51 days!!!

Teeth is the hardest, our dentist passed away back in June and I am so lost as far as looking for a dentist I just can't seem to pull that one together.  He wasn't just our dentist, he was my friend. No one will ever come close to him and the care he provided.  My tooth that is aching reminds me I need to bite (HA!) the bullet and find someone new, but darn it if I don't want to, you know?  The kids need to have their teeth cleaned though, the children from Latvia have never been to a dentist.  I HAVE to do this.  I will, it's just hard.

That's it in a nutshell.  We are living our normal day to day lives, but we know change is happening already. We will embrace it no matter what.  It's really scary knowing they might not like us, or our lifestyle.  They might not be a fit for our family.  That is a seriously scary thought!!!  No matter what happens, we will never be the same as we were before, even if it's not a fit they will always hold a special place in our hearts forever.      I am excited!! :)

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