Thursday, April 30, 2009
After a million different backgrounds, title pics, and layouts, I am going with this one. The key is finding something that reps the "Sunny" "Sunhsine" aspect of the blog. My daughter came home and I think I must have belted out, 'You Are My Sunshine'a gagillion times. My girls light up my world. Their giggles give me actual warmth like the sun. I am a wee bit ADD and love to change and play around with this type of thing so seeing all of the options was a true hurdle for me...
I want to keep the layout simple enough to be easy to read! I think K had mentioned that the songs were distracting, and now that I go to a friends blog everyday, (one with music) I get it..The song is important to the writer, but not so much for the reader!!
I write the way I speak, sort of all over the place. I need as little distractions as possible!
get AugustRose 4 passport photos for her US passport
get Anna 6 pictures for her Russian passport renewal, Can you beleive it? (2 photos for her registration update.The Russian Embassy still has our old address)
Then on to a little festival in our town. There will be a petting zoo...Wonder if there will be pigs!!
I am playing around with my layout..It' true Kate, the photos are sort of greenish blue!
I am going to look for some new ways to fix that!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Although the message was great, I got a huge heart pain while there. Not a medical kind of pain. Just an ache. The kind the makes your mind wander all over the place. I was thinking only about Russia. I did the thing that an adoptive mom should never do while in a large group who are all now, very close. I allowed myself to remember when my girls were still in the orphanage. I allowed myself to imagine them being scared or lonely. I allowed if only for a brief minute the way my girls would appear if they were paraded out in front of families that may or may not want to adopt them. I torture myself sometimes this way. I think I am preparing myself to return to Russia next summer. What I don't know is if any of us can handle what we see while not wearing our adoption goggles. Jen, Missi, and I may think we are prepared, but in reality, it may be so difficult that we do the one thing I have promised Never to do..Forget the place where my girls lived...
So after I tortured myself Rusty read this:
HOnest to goodness, I lost it. This is the verse that I would read and repeat in my car at lunch everyday while waiting on the process to start for AugustRose. I was like a savant, rocking and crying, and reading and reading and reading.
So today, I am still a little tender. Tender for all of those families who have their adoption googles on. Those who will nervously walk into the baby homes and find their children. Tender for those who are waiting and wondering. I haven't forgotten how hard the wait is. I haven't forgotten that somehow God walked my family through it.
You have read the verse that got me through AugustRose's adoption, here is the song that was sort of the song of the day...It reminds me of that time in my life
And from Anna's adoption,
PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THE EARLIER VERSION OF THIS SONG....I DID NOT REALIZE THAT THERE WAS FOUL LANGUAGE WRITTEN ON THE SLIDE SHOW....BIG OLE OOOOPPPPPS.
I CAN'T EMBED THE SONG, BUT I DID WANT YOU TO HEAR IT!!
There is so much more that I wanted to say today but it is all wrapped up right now...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Missi upped the anti and made The Bounce House Birthday Cake. It was so cute. It was a 4 layer cake, and each layer was a different color and flavor! So cool!
My girls love to go to parties. As my bond with AugustRose grows ever stronger, she shows her dependancy on me by walking around holding my clothes. She was very fearful when we arrived and wanted to "just watch." Within minutes she told me she wanted to get in with me, so I pushed my big self through the little entrance slits, (think Winnie the Pooh) and climbed in. We jumped and jumped. It was actually a blast. I am sure my back will be aching tomorrow, but it was worth it.There was a ball pit, and of course Fifi and AugustRose had a grand ole time in the balls. I don't even want to imagine how much "funk" we picked up from that thing.
At one point, Fibi stood on the edge and took a giant swan dive into the middle of the ball pit. She is a riot that one.
Happy Birthday Dear Sweet Girl, The Green Girlz Love and Adore You!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Some parents end up with teachers who seem to well, not like kids.But Anna's teacher is one of those gals who really seems to like children. Because of this, my girl is reading on a first grade level, writes pretty great stories, and can count for days.
As for my AugustRose, we started to talk about her birthday today in the car and she said, "Oh no, no, no, and no." Then we giggled and she told us she didn't want to talk about birfdays. We laughed and laughed at her. She is a stitch that one!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
My dream is to TRY and visit the judge who hears adoption cases. She has been very difficult to families lately and I wonder if she is moving towards allowing no American families in her court, or if she just wants to cover herself in light of the tragedies that she has heard of.
The same feeling. Different region, different daughter. My time in Novosibirsk was so short and chaotic. I had this ONE day to be with AugustRose in her city. I picked her from the orphanage on Thanksgiving Day. The ZAGS office that would provide her birth certificate couldn't fit her long name on her documents and asked me if I could change her name just enough for it to fit. I agreed to remove 1 letter but that wouldn't work. The judge had agreed to the original spelling and there would need to be a hearing for a change. So Moscow was contacted. Within one day, they agreed to allow the ZAGS office to issue me a new HANDWRITTEN birth certificate. That same day, we took that to the office that provided her adoption decree. That office was closed for the day. My coordinator called the woman at her home, and magically the decree was issued from a closed office. (I could have this story flip flopped/It could have been the adoption decree and not the birth certificate that were the problem) ANYWAY, all of this was done the afternoon after my court hearing. Yes, you read that right. I had sprung AugustRose taken her to meet my mom and Anna, left for the marathon paperwork chase, and came back to the hotel to see my mom strung out from the day... All of those documents had been delivered to the passport office and we waited 1 day to get it...There was a super blizzard happening, and I took the girls on a walk to play in the snow and see the town. In the photo above, you can see that AugustRose was holding on to my diet coke and water bottles for dear life. The next afternoon we picked up the passport and the next morning we were on a plane to Moscow. You can see that I am worn out in the photo. But oddly, I wanted more time to see the city with my new little family. Once again, I was thinking, "Will I ever get back to Russia?" I was never thinking, I gotta get back to America, I was always thinking, "How can I get back?"
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Anna at Black Out Friday at New Hope Church, Friday night...Notice the boy in the background..
Here is Anni with her white eggs after Church...
And of course AugustRose being silly with her eggs!
Then it will be back to the real world.
I have been on Spring Break this weak and it has been a bit hectic, but I loved my time with the girls even if we were on the go. I have to say that my girls have become quite the little travelers, loving their time being "out and about."
Promise to post some photos of the past couple of days!
Thursday, April 09, 2009
She tends to get very sick after the surgeries, and this time she stayed in intensive care for the night.
I am hopeful that she can come here tonight, and then we will go from there.
We had such a great time with Laurie and Tanner, and both of my girls wish they had a big brother, Hhhhhmmmm? Don't think it will happen, but it's fun to dream!
We look forward to our Easter Day with the Hughes and then Easter at New Hope Church.
Happy Easter to all of our friends in Bloggerland...