"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Better news!

Mid-January is the apparent 'goal' of getting letters signed, new processes in order, and everything to get moving again. I can only pray that its true, and it will all fall into place!

ALSO! Our home study came in the mail today! I'm so excited, it looks great, and I can't wait to add it to our dossier, and then we just need that darn I171H, and we are all.freakin.set. Can you believe it?

We got snowed in up North Tuesday, so we got to spend an extra day up at Grandma's with my sister. Tomorrow we head out again for Christmas. It'll be a long drive, but it'll be worth it! Everyone is gathering at my moms house this year for Christmas day instead of Christmas eve. The boys are so excited to be here on Christmas morning, but are already second guessing thier happiness when they learned that meant they didn't get to open gifts tonight... but had to wait until tomorrow morning! LOL!

So, Merry Christmas everyone! I pray this holiday season is our last as a family of 4, and that next year we will be a big family of 5, our sweet baby girl will be home, and we can finally add that last stocking to our row. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Frustration

The program has slowed to a halt. Actually I think its moving in reverse. There are PAP's that are waiting to go back for thier 2nd trip, and have been waiting since Summer. There are lots of issues there now, lots of problems and nobody wants to do anything about them, nobody cares about them. But who suffers? The babies, the children, the ones waiting in an orphanage for a family. Its no place for a child, and every day I pray that someone over there will step up and get things going. Will realize that all these babies and children could have a home if they'd just put processes in order and SOMEONE would take the initiative to DO something. Seems they all just wait around for someone else to take care of it.

So frustration has taken over. I've tried my best to remain optimistic through this process, and even when the turmoil began, but now its just to the point where I don't understand. I don't understand how some could value those childrens lives so little. How nobody can step up and take the initiative to do something about the problem.

I continue to pray.... for the children, for the PAP's, and for everyone over there who has the power to get these children to thier families... that they will do something, they will step up, get things rolling.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cookies!

So the boys have been asking to make cookies for quite some time now, and the other day at Target, little A found a package of sprinkles in the $1 isle, and he really thought he had something. So we made cookies. :)

Such intense concentration!


He only wanted the frosting!



And what happens when you lick a frosting-laden cookie


Always room for MORE sprinkles...


This is also what my floor looked like when they were done! :)




Pretty, huh!