Monday, June 30, 2008
Wow, all I can say is: I love my children.
Well, and the following...
Thanks for praying for us. We're here, we're safe and we're together.
We received the girls' visas today!
As far as I know, we're still arriving home late Wednesday night.
Please continue to read Sarah's Blog at this link for flight information.
We love you!
I miss you, Amy. You're going to LOVE your sisters.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Amy's horseback riding lessons are out in the country. We visit our dear Brady friends
out on the farm. And it's all just a hop skip and a jump from my house. Head the opposite direction and I can be in the posh Downtown Portland drinking shmancy coffee and shopping in equally shmancy boutiques just as fast.
I attended one of the largest four year high schools in Portland. And in the 9th grade I met Claire.Dedicated, Crazy, Fun, Hardworking, Hilarious, Honest, Claire. She was the girl who took hard classes and got really great grades and had a thriving social life and ran cross country. Without freaking out.
We were inseparable those four years. My parents loved her. My sisters loved her. She fit right in at our home always feeling free to raid the snack drawer, pulling up a chair for dinner then going home only to call me every five minutes.
Two of those years we both suffered major accidents. Together. Each one affected the other in different but equally massive ways. We pulled through and it brought us closer together.
But then, she went away for college, I stayed home and got married.
With that change, as change is oft to do, our friendship pretty much ceased. Although we managed to be in each others' weddings, we missed most of our 20's and the births of our kids. About a decade of life.
Just recently, life has found us back together!
How I've missed her! She still cracks me up.
Her children are adorable. She's excited about my adoption.
We've grown up but have reconnected in a way that feels like we haven't missed a beat.
Thanks, God, for Claire.
Claire and I took the kids strawberry picking today out in the country.
I'm trying to think of some AbFab metaphor or simile about life, friendships and strawberries. But for the life of me I can't think of anything. Zilch. Maybe there isn't one.
I'd love it if anyone could come up with cutesy phrase that combines all of these thoughts together.
There's gotta be something about the seeds of life or fields of friendship
or...well...see, I got nuthin.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It's one of those adorable little theme parks known to those only here in the woodsy NorthWest.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
- I crave salt she craves sweets.
- I like schedule she likes spontaneity.
- I like shopping she likes swimming.
- I like new TV she likes old TV.
- I like coffee she likes tea.
- I love Haiti she loves Nicaragua.
- I take after our mom. She takes after our dad.
- We both love God
- We both love our husbands
- We both love our children
- We both love our little sister
- We both love Disneyland
- We both love cracking up till we pee
- We both love downhill skiing (but we kind of suck at it)
- We both love time alone together (this is usually when the laughing and peeing begins)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Funny team games are my favorite. You know, the kind where you find yourself laughing at each other while acting or singing or humming something. Charades, Pictionary, Scategories, Cranium, you know the kind. But I enjoy playing just about every kind of game. Except Chess. Or Risk. Or those other super long super brainy games. ~shudder~
My sister and I have a running game of Rummy that we try to play every time we're together. We don't care who wins each hand because it's an eternal game that we'll still play in Heaven. It's our thing.
My daughter and I play games almost every day. Go Fish, Checkers, random word games, Old Maid, and our newest favorite game: Sleeping Queens. It's a multiple award winning game that is super duper fun. 2-5 players. LOVE IT.
My husband is a game junkie, too. He's frequently bringing home games for the family to play and for friends to join in. He does not, I repeat: does NOT like to play games where he is made to look foolish. He refuses to play charades because he says he has no idea how to act out the title of a movie such as "The Sound of Music" without looking like an idiot. Nor does he know how to draw much better than stick figures so Pictionary is out of the question.
He can play chess. He's a published author on a book about chess. I can spell chess and that's about it. He really likes those super duper brainy kind of games.
So it's challenging to find games that are two player and that we both enjoy and that neither of us has a huge handicap. But we find them. One of our favorites is called Ticket to Ride. Its also an award winning game.
We've had this game for a couple of years now and it's really fun. We've played it with friends and we play it just the two of us.
The other night we played round after round for three hours after Amy went to bed! There's a little strategy, a little luck and a lot of fun. I recommend it.
And of course, spending time together and interacting while doing something other than watching movies is always a relationship booster. Gets you talking and laughing and being sociable with each other. Totally AbFab way to spend an evening together.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Today is a gift
...that's why it's called the present.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I'm in Redmond and probably won't be updating my blog for the next few days.
Thanks for the comments, emails and prayers regarding my Haiti Girls.
God is already on the move...I can feel it.
Your support and a little R&R with my sister is just what I need.
- Thanks for the email, CJC. Those pictures bring back good memories. Smooch.
- Don't get too lonely Kismet~!
- Every time I hear the word chickee, I've been thinking of you, DCB! That name is AbFab.
- Don't forget to send me that email address, TB.
- Sorry I didn't join you at the zoo, SV. Your post made me feel guilty!
Have a Fab day. It's hot here in Redmond! Neener Neener!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyway, along with this post, and a recent email from my adoption agent indicating that we need to take further action to push our adoption along, my heart is aching. We have contacted Gordon Smith's office for official government assistance.
I've known that kidnappings are on the rise again. Haiti has had more
kidnappings since January than they did in all of 2007. But it's gotten
significantly worse in the past month. Families are paying ransoms and the
victim is still being murdered.Dr. Bernard met with everyone in the O today and
said the trend is seeming to be children. We are all on extreme restrictions. I
thought Wilson, our gatekeeper, might melt into a puddle during Dr. B's lecture
to him about letting strangers in the gate. I got threatened within an inch of
my life about going to the Seminary by myself. I'm not even allowed to buy food
by myself anymore - so sad.Please keep the children in your prayers. It is very
apparent that HFC has US money behind it and therefore our children can be very
big targets. Pray for everyone here - the NLL office workers, Lamarre as he is
out and about every day, the nannies and workers as they come to work every day,
the janitors, Manno and Kerland as they escort us all where we have to go.Dear
God, don't let a hair on these children be harmed.
he delivers them from all of their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Do what I want or I'll hurt you
Do what I want and I'll include you into my circle
Do what I want or I'll crumble
Do what I want or I won't talk to you
Do what I want or I'll get loud
Do what I want or I'll subvert your plans
- Examine Motives
- Discover Dependence
- Confess Control
- Break free!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
My daughter Amy and her twin sister Elisabeth
And an AbFab farm shot. They sell to Farmer's Markets here in the local area and offer produce boxes for pick-up.
Fun day! Fun Friends! Fun Farm! Fun Photos!