"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

Friday, July 30, 2010

Whistle while you.... wait

Nope, not yet. Alina was supposed to be cleared for international adoption THIS week, so pray and pray some more that our dossier is submitted NEXT Thursday. If its not, I think I will once again see the frayed end of my rope.

In the mean time, preparations for the girls arrival are underway! The boys are now proud owners of a shared room and bunk beds! Proud is a relative term.... they were both super excited about the bunk beds, but neither was too keen on sharing a room. However the first night together, I could hear them chattering and laughing for a few minutes after lights out, and it was adorable to listen to, when at the end I heard 'sweet dreams Alexander' and then 'sweet dreams Anthony' :)

Top bunk belongs to Alexander

Bottom bunk belongs to Anthony

He was hollering at me to stop taking pictures because they were busy. :)

Anthony was insistent he wanted the top bunk. So we set it all up and he climbed up, looked around and said 'I think I would like to sleep on bottom bunk instead'. :) The set was a good investment (from Craigslist for about 1/4 the price of a new one!) because it has a desk on the side, so when the boys move rooms again when our basement is finished, the desk can be used for schoolwork. And something I didn't notice until my husband got it home was that the bunks match Al's current dresser and night stand exactly!

We have also started Alina's room. Its a huge work in progress, as the walls are light brown and I'm thinking they need some pink stripes or big pink polka dots. My friend Melissa has offered to help with that. :) But for now she has clothes in the closet, sheets on the bed, dolls and blankets on the bed, and some cute girly things hanging out waiting for her arrival!

Girls gonna have a serious wardrobe! She does, afterall, have the big closet!

Eventually this will have a comforter too. :)

Some cute things hanging around waiting for her (yes, the pig is totally wearing a hat. That was my piggy bank when I was little!)

I traded another adoptive mom (The Paper Hat on Etsy) for these cool shirts on Etsy! Anth threw his on right away, he was telling everyone that its 'Ukraine' on his shirt and thats where his little sister is. :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm waiting on you Lord!

Our dossier will hopefully be submitted the first week of August. Why the hold up you ask? Thats the same question I asked, and I'm getting less and less 'fake smiley' about hearing 'oh thats only two weeks away!'

Apparently Alina is not yet cleared for international adoption. She is supposed to be the end of July. Dossier's are only submitted on Thursdays, so that would put the earliest possible submission date the first week in August.

Please pray our sweet girl gets cleared for international adoption this week, so we can submit our dossier the next. Its been there for 1.5mos now, and I'm beyond ready to get a travel date. At this point we likely won't travel until September. :(

So I'm waiting.... I'm waiting on you Lord, and I am HOPEFUL! Waiting on you Lord!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

And we wait

We found out last week that our dossier was NOT submitted before the two week shutdown. It should have been submitted on the 15th then. We have no idea if it was or not, but praying it was so our sweet girl doesn't have to wait a day longer than necessary to know she has a family who loves her. I pray we have a travel date in our email inbox this week sometime.

In the meantime, we've been trying to keep busy and pass the time with as much fun as possible! We've had friends over swimming, went on picnics, made cool t-shirts with friends, visited family, golfing with Al, and spent time hanging out enjoying the summer.

'fishing' in the yard. It doesn't take much to occupy us. :) And you have to be pretty cute to get away with wearing an outfit this funky!

Concentrating so hard!

Anthony got an early birthday present. He was getting too big for the little 12" Tonka bike, so he picked out a new 16" bike. Its John Deere and he thinks he's hot stuff!

We made these cool shirts with Hilary and kids. They turned out so great!

The boys were very proud of them

Anth asked to have his hair cut. Its been so hot, and while he likes his long hair I knew he would ask for a cut sooner or later. :) Those blue eyes sure sparkle no matter the length of his hair!

Swimming! Our friends (minus one sister who had to go to a doctors appt... bummer!) came to play at our house for the afternoon. It was miserably hot and they spent two hours swimming in the pool. Ok they spent 2 hours showing off their jumps into the pool.

T-man had so many creative (and fun!) jumps, but this was by far my favorite! :)

Mr Acrobat here was jumping so far I was afraid he was going to jump the full 16ft right out the other side of the pool! He was catching some serious air!

This is literally all Anthony does when he's in the pool. Jump, swim back to the ladder, climb it, repeat. He's an excellent swimmer and can swim under water the full length of the pool!

Even Princess A got in on the jumping action. Last time they were here swimming she didn't want to get in. This time she sat on the ladder for a few minutes and then said 'its really hot out here' and jumped in and swam the entire time!

Keep praying for our girl and for a quick travel date! I'm still stressing majorly about money, our FSP still sits at $0, and its not like I expect anyone to donate to our adoption expenses, but its still a bit depressing. Etsy still has lots of things available, and many are on a special sale right now, so check it out!

Monday, July 5, 2010

The 4th... and ramblings

So I didn't take one single picture on the 4th of July weekend. Can you believe it?

On the 3rd we decided to go up North and see the fireworks in my home town. The boys were excited and thankfully it cooled off a bit by nightfall. It was 90+ degrees out on the 3rd, and so humid. The fireworks lasted about 20mins and they were good, we all enjoyed them. Headed back to my moms house to crash for the night. On the 4th we headed to E's sisters house for a potluck. They live on a lake and it was a good time. Great to see everyone again. Then we made the trek home. Last night was an early night... we were exhausted.

E had today off, which was a nice way to round out the weekend and relax. The best part? Today we went and bought a new mattress for our bed. I can't wait for it to come. Our current mattress is 10yrs old and about shot, and my back just can't take it anymore. E finally decided that his back hurt too and it was the mattress, so off we went to spend money we didn't have on something we needed. :)

Still no word on the submission of our dossier. But right now it looks like we won't be traveling until mid to end of August. Not soon enough, our girl needs us.

It still seems so surreal. I KNOW she's there, I can feel her, she's already a part of me, but it just doesn't seem real yet. I guess I'm holding my emotions back, keeping myself guarded. I want to hold her and brush her hair back from her face, hold her on my chest and let her feel my heartbeat into her little ear. I want to kiss her cheeks and look into her eyes and let her feel the love we all have for her. I want to study every little part of her body, her fingers and eyelashes, her toes and her gorgeous little pointy nose. Yet I still guard myself, because it doesn't seem real. It still is very dream like. Though our girl is in my dreams, we simply cannot get there fast enough.