Friday, November 9, 2012

38 days!!!!

  38 days more and we will be meeting IN PERSON, these 3 amazing children!!

The last $1000 will be in our bank account probably Monday morning.  Ryan got another contract job, the total was for the exact amount we needed!!!  Yes, this means a business trip for him this weekend, but we get to go too, and that means free night in a hotel with a POOL and hot breakfast! (we've been to this place a few times, it's our favorite places to go on a "business trip") Gas to get there, nice hotel, and $30 a day for food is covered because it is so far away.  Far be it from me to decline a trip to a pool for FREE!! :-D

38 days! We were told it would seem like forever to get here.  Honestly, that has not been the case.  We have been so busy with fundraisers, extra jobs, getting things ready here, as well as our normal every day busy life, it's flown by!   There is still so much to do!

If you see is in public with our host children, please don't say anything about ADOPTING.  Though YES, we do fully intend to adopt them, we are NOT allowed to say anything about it to or around the children.  The home study has to be done and all the paper work has to be in Latvia before these children can find out we want to adopt them.  What if they were told we were going to adopt them, and then something happens that is out of our control and we can not?  They've already been let down once, by their birth parents.  I am not in the business of letting children down!!!!  They know they are coming as host only, they KNOW they have to go back.  They have no idea it could turn into more, though I am sure they always hope. :)  It is also against the rules of NHFC to tell the children or discuss adopting them with the children.

I can't wait till they are here!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stinky (and the meaning behind the term of endearment)

Some have asked, many have wondered. Why do we call this amazingly beautiful child "Stinky"??

  It's a bit of a long story.  I was blessed with this amazing little girl 3 1/2 years ago.  If you talk to her, you would really think she was 3 1/2 going on 12.  She's super smart, funny, sassy, and full of spunk.  You just never know what she will say or do next.

She's so mature and gracious. She has a smile that lights up a room and warms my heart.  I truly think she chose our family to restore laughter and happiness.  I was so sad and depressed before she was born, and suffering from PTSD, the second she came into my arms, that all melted away! 

She is very comfortable in her own skin.  We went to a Back to the Future pageant a few weeks ago and I came up with the idea for her to do the thriller. She LOVES MJ and thought this was a great idea.  However, she wanted her own twist. "What if Michael Jackson came back from the dead and was a zombie, I want to look scary like that!"  I reminded her this was for a pageant, and she needed to look pretty. She was really quick to remind me that zombies AREN'T pretty (DUH) and she wanted to be scary.  Scary she got.  She laid in a coffin prop we made and we carried her in it on stage.  The shock factor was already in the building (OMG, are those people actually bringing a 3 year old ON STAGE (!!!!) in a coffin !?)  Why yes, yes we did!  As soon as the music started, it made sense. The top pops off the coffin and out jumps this scary zombie that starts doing the thriller.  Both judges were cracking up, though one did comment she needed to be a "pretty zombie"  Stinky didn't care!  She wanted to be scary even if it cost her the crown. Way to march to the beat of your own drum!!! 

She has a really soft side too.  Often times you will see her on her bed (she has bottom bunk, her own space no one is allowed to come into unless invited) coloring contently for hours.  As loud and fun as she is, she likes to be alone with her own thoughts too.  She never gets into stuff like most her age.  Never!  She was such an easy baby and child. Tantrums are so very rare. Now don't get me wrong, she does have her moments and sometimes does act her age!

(Stinky NOT having fun!)

In those moments I just stand back and look at her wondering where in the world that is coming from.  It is very rare!  She's usually her smiling happy self "partying like a rock star"

You can ask her: "What is your name?"

She will tell you: "Jemima Wendy Dawson, but everyone calls me Stinky."

"Why do they call you Stinky???"
"Because I'm SO STINKING CUTE!!!"