Thursday, February 28, 2008
YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ADOPTIVE PARENT IF...
1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.
2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love & family.
3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.
4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you. (This statistic was checked out by another mom and found to be true)
5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who've experienced the blessing of adoption.
6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's "real" parents.
7. You've been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth.(2 years!)
8. You'd no idea how you'd afford to adopt, but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing He'd provide. (& He does!)
9. You've taken an airplane half-way around the world with a child you just met.
10. You believe God's heart's for adoption.
11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart & family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.
12. You know what the word "Dossier" means & you can actually pronounce it correctly!
13. You've welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.
14. You shudder when people say your child's so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you're the blessed one to have him or her in your life.
Second: We have a court date of March 18 for our two new girls! Once court is successful we can post pictures of the beauties. And most importantly we would travel three-six weeks after court to pick them up.
Third: I've been working on college paperwork for Jesse. We found out about a scholarship opportunity at the college that he'll attend, but the paperwork is due tomorrow. I just found out about the scholarship yesterday. Talk about hitting the panic button! It's possible to have anywhere from $1000 taken off to having a full scholarship. So I at least want to try and get it in.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Grandpa talking to Adah. She just woke up and he didn't want to scare her.
The park closed at 8pm and we finished our last ride on Splash Mountain exactly at 8. We had a full day of fun, hugs, bonding, and my boys realizing what a nut I am, especially when I scream on the rides, just for them. :0)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
1 pork roast (3 pounds), fat trimmed
7 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Place first 10 ingredients in a large kettle. (Beans do not need to be soaked, but you should rinse them and make sure there aren't any rocks/dirt.) Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 3 hours or until beans and roast are tender. Remove roast; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones; shred with fork. Return meat to kettle. Cook, uncovered, until thick, about 30 minutes. Serve over corn chips. Pass remaining ingredients as toppings. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Marcia noted that she uses beef instead of pork. That would probably be just as yummy! Also as we were eating today we thought that we could use the meat/bean mixture over rice or even lettuce.
Recipe found in The Best of Country Cooking, Second Edition by Taste of Home Books.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I served it today and it was a hit-again!
1 pound hamburger (Costco sells organic hamburger!)
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, crushed (I use the garlic chopped in a jar)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon oregano
3/4 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1 bay leaf
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
1-6 oz can tomato paste
Another ingredient I'll add like I did today is Italian sausage. I take the links and cut each into four pieces or so and fry them up in olive oil. When they're done I place them on paper towels to soak up the fat and then add them to the sauce.
Also, use good spaghetti. Don't use store brand. I use the kind from Costco and it's from Italy.
Top it off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Chalupa Grande (Mexican type pork roast/pinto beans/fritos/avocados)
Red Beans & Rice
Yesterday we had Chili.
Two days ago we had Chicken Noodle Soup. (I used my Turkey Noodle Soup recipe and used two chicken carcasses for the broth instead of one turkey carcass.)
My most used cookbook is Betty Crocker's orange cover from way back when. I used my first one up and had to buy another on Ebay. I bought one for Jacob when he moved out. It has basic but tasty recipes. It has never let me down. :)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I have felt overwhelmed lately with the amount of work needing to be done by me; one person. Even though my family helps tremendously there are still things that only mom can do or decisions that mom can make. Did you know in Ethiopia the lady of the house had a maid for the cleaning and a cook? I think I need a cook, laundress, housecleaner, teacher, nanny, chauffer.......................As long as we stay home and don't waste our time we can get usually get everything done.
How does one go from answering Algebra questions to phonics to changing diapers all in the span of fifteen minutes? By being flexible, with God's help, and a little insanity helps.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
He's such a great boy. He was a lot of hard work when he was young, but well worth it! He's the one who makes my hot tea almost daily. He watches out for his mom. I think I'm going to make him live with me forever. :0)
I bought the girls these $1 hats from Target. They love hats and when I saw them I knew they would LOVE them. They remind me of church ladies.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We took James to In & Out for his 11th birthday. Then we went to see National Treasure and Cold Stone. Tomorrow he has a special day with mom & dad at Olive Garden and shopping. Gotta love that boy. He's my lovie.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I signed us up for Ethiopian Heritage Camp. We'll go this summer for a few days. :) Tomorrow we're going to another adoptive family's house for a get together with other families with Ethiopian children. Can't wait!!!!
Thinking about using Bob Jones University books exclusively next year for school; maybe using their satellite system. It's been a long time since I've used BJU and I like what I see this time around. It seemed they used to be so dry and uninviting.
Well gotta go..........Have a great night!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
David Livingstone said of his service for the Lord. "I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father's throne on high to give Himself for us."
Monday, February 11, 2008
Went to the dr. Got a novacaine/cotosone shot (I don't know how to spell either of those), pain meds, and an x-ray. We'll see what we come up with.
The weaning is going FANTABULOUS by the way!
My arm has bothered me for years, but not to this extent. It hurts so bad. Poor Steve doesn't know what to do with me because the pain brings me to tears and he can't do anything. I slept sitting up last night as my arm hurts too much when I'm lying down.
I'm not used to being incapacitated. I feel like I have a claw for an arm since I can use my arm from my elbow to my fingers as long as my upper arm is right next to my body. Lifting is out of the question. Pray for healing please!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The bottles are OUT for nighttime sleeping. I know they should never have had them in the first place, but for them it was a comforting thing in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar time for them. They've been home for five months now and their teeth are popping in like crazy. Adah has six going at one time. I cannot face the dentist and tell him that they have major cavities because we let them have their bottles at bed, and I need my sleep. So the bottles are out.
Our first try was naptime yesterday. Anna had just about stripped herself, she has discovered she can take her own clothes off) and was yelling because she was stuck. I went in and took her outfit off, laid her down, gave her a babydoll and placed her blankets over her. "Go to sleep!" I think I went in twice to quiet the girls down, but they finally caught on that mama wasn't budging!
Naptime didn't last long. Our second nap went better. Before bed last night we sat down with them and gave them their bottles and put them to bed. They protested and I think it took two times on my part and once on Steve's, but they finally relented and fell asleep.
I heard them about 1am and got up with them. I figured since they were in bed at 7pm they were probably hungry so I filled bottles, changed diapers, sat down and rocked, and watched tv. When I found they were losing interest in their bottles I took them back up to bed and put them down. We walked to the fridge before we went to their room so they could see their bottles were staying in the refrigerator.
I put their babydolls snuggled in with each of them, their blankies on top, and they didn't (GASP) wake up until 7am!!! I was estatic!!!!
Their nap today was pleasant and uneventful! I had watched Toddler Trouble! and read a little of Jo Frost's Supernanny book to come up with ideas. The babydoll idea is the top tip I came away with.
I nursed my other eight children so bottles have never really been an issue except for one of them. Jake did take one because he weaned at ten months. He ended up having problems with his front teeth though.
So I think we're on to something! Next step is to get rid of the bottle all together.........then potty training this year! WooHoo! Let the fun begin!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
What's your theological worldview?
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|You scored as Fundamentalist |
You are a fundamentalist. You take the Bible as the foundation of your faith and read it very literally, and it shapes your worldview. Non-fundamentalist Christians have watered-down the Gospel in your view, and academic study of the Bible stops us from 'taking God at his word.' Science is opposed to faith, as it contradicts basic biblical truths.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Sally was wonderful as always. She is an encourager. I saw ladies that I sat with last year and we got updates on each other. God sat me next to another adoptive mom who brought her baby boy home in August from Kryzaghstan (I know that isn't spelled correctly!)
Our I-171 H arrived while I was gone. That is great news! We need that document so they can move our girls out of the orphanage and into the care center/foster home.