Our Journey To Ethiopia video
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
- (2) hearts for the eyes showing the love we have for Jesus
- a cross for the nose showing the love He has for us
- an icthus for the mouth showing our faith in Him
Obviously, we then put a candle inside and set it on our porch. Except for this year......This picture shows how far we went with the whole "pumpkin carving" thing until it got ugly! And don't let these precious little smiles fool you either!
Shortly after this picture was taken, they began fighting over whose pumpkin had more "guts" and before we knew it, it had escalated to the point that Elijah reached into his pumpkin and fiercely (not playfully) threw his "guts" at Isabella. So, she threw her "guts" on him as my jaw hit the floor! Daddy swooped in and showed his "guts" by shutting down the "pumpking carving booth", giving them baths and sending them to bed pumpkinless! Needless to say, we told the kids they would have to wait until Aunt Brittany came in town this weekend to finish the pumpkin carving (because she wanted to do that with them!). When she came over to carve the pumpkins with the kids, we lifted their lids and they were rotten and disgusting! So.....no pretty carved pumpkins this year, so here is a picture of our typical pumpkin from 2 years ago (since I can't find the picture from last year). So cute!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Rachael & David selling candy at the Garage Sale!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
And this hen was making all sorts of racket in the barn, so we went in to see what all the clucking was about! She kept squatting and all of a sudden, out popped that brown egg underneath her!!! I am not kidding!! (I know it is blurry, but I took it in a hurry without focusing.)Then, we all turned around to leave and this is what we saw:It was like they were coming to see what all the human-fussing was all about! Then, we turned to leave out the other side of the barn and this was waiting for us!I am not kidding, this llama looked part human and partly animated! It was just staring a hole through us! It was beautiful but really kind of freaky!!
We all then made our way to the "kiddie" zipline (and I use the term "kiddie" loosely!) We strapped the kids into their harnesses, told them to hold on tight, and let them loose to ride side by side and they LOVED it!
Poppy and Elijah after his first ride down the zipline!In fact, it looked like so much fun, Brad decided to try it but the harness was too little (again, this was a "kiddie" zipline) and after he rode the line, he tried to get out of the harness as it moved back and forth on the line! I don't think we have ever laughed so hard! Everybody (except Granna and Poppy) took several turns riding the zipline, and loved it so that is why we all say this was the BEST pumpkin farm we have been to so far!
Aunt Christi and Elijah reinacting 'Titanic' even though Elijah had no idea what he was doing. We just told him to shout, "I'm the king of the world!" and he obliged!
On the way home, we stopped by Cracker Barrell for lunch and rocked on the porch for a long while. It was so relaxing as the weather was perfectly breezy! It was a great day especially because it was Granna's birthday!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Dear Brad & Kimberly,
You are officially placed on waitlist to receive a referral! I reviewed your dossier documents, and they are ready to be sent today to Washington, D.C. for final authentication. Currently, families have waited up to three to five months to receive a referral. Please keep in mind that this timeline is subject to change at any time. Congratulations on making it through the tedious dossier process!
I will be in touch with you as soon as a referral is ready for you. I ask for your patience during this time and completely understand that “waiting” is probably the most difficult (yet exciting!) part for most parents. I would like to confirm that your referral preference is for 2 children (twins or siblings), male or female, between the ages of 0-3 years.
They went on to explain about training hours we needed to complete before we traveled and any vaccinations we needed before travel.
We are so excited to say the least!!! Now, we wait.......
“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So here is our dossier spread out with everything included:
And here are all of our photo pages we had to include: (We were able to use some of the ones we had already made for our China dossier which helped tremendously!)
Saturday, October 20, 2007
As we were approching the end of the walk, there were signs posted on both sides of the path with pictures of the kids who had Juvenile Diabetes and it was pretty sobering to say the least.
We crossed the finish line so late, that most everyone had dispersed! We were so glad that we went and were a part of something to encourage Bethany. We met up with them under their tent where we received our T-shirts they had made for everyone and got to visit with more of our family for a while. It truly was a great time and Bethany's team alone has raised over $10,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research (with more rolling in!) Oh, and as we were walking to the parking lot to go home, we (just Mom, the kids and I since Trey and Reagan parked elsewhere) not only realized that we were the absolute LAST people left, but that we had no idea where we were parked! There were a bazillion lots all color coded, but do you think either one of us ever looked up at where we parked this morning? No. We were running late, so we jumped out of our car and blindly followed the other "sheep" through the parking lot and between the cones to the starting line! We didn't even know what COLOR lot we parked in, so as we meandered around the lots and going with our "gut" feel, we found our lot! It was the only lot with a car in it and we felt like we were in the desert and seeing a mirage of our car!
Friday, October 19, 2007
These next pictures were taken inbetween takes:
She began to ask for a violin to play on last summer, so we waited to see if her interest changed to something else before we started looking for one. Last year for Christmas, she was totally surprised to find a violin especially for her!
(side note: notice how Elijah wants NOTHING to do with Christmas!)
We had bought the cheapest one I could find for $25 and she played it all the time never losing interest! So, this summer, one of the gifts my parents gave her for her 5th birthday was.....vioin lessons! It took us a while to find a teacher who would teach a child so young, but a few weeks ago, she began her violin lessons!
We brought the violin that she got for Christmas to her lesson and quickly found out that it was something that "real" violinists call a V.S.O (violin-shaped object)! So, she had to be measured for her very own violin that we rented (you do not want to know how much they cost to buy!)and these pictures are of her getting fitted with her new violin at her teacher's house!
A little shy, a little nervous....but a whole lot of cuteness!!
You can see her "old" violin has been "retired" for display on top of our piano.
I must say that she is the most adorable little violinist I have ever seen! And, she is so proud of her new teeny-tiny violin!