Monday, December 17, 2012

For Memory's Sake

Here's a few random pictures, and some of our little Christmas morning.
Just for memory's sake...

Jude's sweet babysitters at our Mom's Group made all the kids sugar cookies that looked like each of them. The detail was incredible and I had to quickly take a picture of it before he devoured it in 10 seconds flat. 

I just have to grab the camera sometimes because I know these years are so fleeting...and I want so badly to remember the little things. Like Jude in his long johns and Brett drying his hair...

You wouldn't know it, but he had a fever on our Christmas morning. And about an hour after he opened his crane, he puked, and puked, and puked, and his fever went up and down. The presents seemed to help his disposition. But he still wasn't himself.

I think it's so funny and kind of odd, but Jude loves soup. I credit it to Ratatouille. That cute little rat makes a soup in the movie and every time we eat soup he talks about Ratatouille.

Jude also had his first dentist appointment last week. Because as you can tell so clearly in this picture he has a really bad under-bite (his top teeth bite behind his bottom teeth.) The dentist was encouraging and hopes the permanent teeth won't have an under-bite. Let's hope!

Oh my goodness gracious, this little cutie is all mine...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Morning and the Crane

Because our Christmas travels to the midwest begin this week, we had our own little Christmas morning at home today.
Jude has been asking for a "crane" for weeks. I'm not sure how he got the idea but for awhile now when he is playing pretend with his cars, trucks, and trains, he exclaims, "I rescue truck. I need crane."
So we got him a crane.

He'll be able to do a lot of rescuing now. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Answered Prayers

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for praying with us these last two days. I wanted to let you know that after a week of calling (and probably 30 attempts), our agency finally got through to the government agency in India last night.
They didn't have any answers, but our caseworker was able to speak to someone and tell them first hand our situation. Our caseworker sent out more emails this morning so we're hoping to get some answers to the complications that have happened since that last shared list of children came out.

Please continue to pray with us:

1. Pray that Little Sister is taken care of, noticed, rocked, and loved on.

2. Pray that the Indian authorities would clear up the confusion with the orphanage and get answers. ...and that everyone would get along, and communicate well. 

3. Pray we get Little Sister's OFFICIAL REFERRAL...on Monday morning!!!

Thank your dear friends and blog readers for praying with us and caring so much for our little girl.
Jesus began this fight to get our little girl home, and we thank you for joining him.
I cannot wait to tell her how loved she is by so many!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I apologize to curious and concerned minds that I haven't written an adoption update in months.
But I'm sure you've guessed why.
It's just been so up and down. Up and down. Good news followed by discouraging news, good news followed by frustrating news, followed by confusing news, followed by devastating news, followed by unclear news, followed by silence.

The last time I wrote I explained that we were waiting for an orphanage assignment by the Indian Authorities. In the weeks following that post our agency figured out that India changed some of their guidelines without informing international adoption agencies. As some of you may know, in our "child request" (it's listed on our Home Study and then further scrutinized and approved by U.S. Immigration) stated that we could adopt a "healthy child" OR a child with "minor special needs."
Weeks after our Home Study was officially registered with India, they did not give us an orphanage assignment and then after much prodding they told our caseworker we would not be getting an orphanage because we were approved for "special needs." Prior to August 1st, we would have been given an orphanage assignment and put on a separate "special needs" list...therefore hopefully and potentially decreasing the time frame we would have to wait for a referral of a little girl.
Not so now with the new guidelines.

So instead of getting an orphanage assignment, we waited for a "waiting child" list to come out that's viewable and shared by all international adoption agencies. A waiting child list like this is common in other countries around the globe and with a quick google search you can literally see 100's of waiting children from other countries. However, with India this is a new program. Nearly all of the guidelines are new to India in 2012 (after closing in the fall of 2011), therefore orphanages are not entirely trained in the new system and are not taking advantage of this waiting child list to get their special needs children adopted quicker. As a result, by October the list had come out just 2 times this year, and each time only about 20 children were on the list. A sad, sad, number when there are an estimated 25 million orphans in India.

On November 7th, the shared list of waiting children was updated for the 3rd time this year. Much has happened since November 7th, and I wish, wish, wish, we could have miraculous, wonderful, news to share regarding that list. However, I'm not allowed to share anything on the world wide web just yet.
And since I don't have wonderful news to share right now, in the most vague way possible I ask you to pray for us and all the setbacks that have occurred since November 7th. It has been a terribly long month with exciting, miraculous, confusing, frustrating, and discouraging news along the way. Right now things are at a stand still with trying to get more information and trying to get the Indian adoption authorities to give us answers.
You can bet the moment I can share more detailed information I won't waist a second telling you! (And if you have my email and want more details, I can give much more information.)

How you can join us in prayer:

1. Pray that Little Sister is protected and has a caretaker to attach to while we are worlds away from her.

2. Pray that the Indian authorities will get answers, will do their job efficiently, and will communicate quickly with our agency. More specifically, pray they PICK UP THE PHONE when our agency calls, and that the person who picks up also HAS ANSWERS!! one has been picking up the phone in recent efforts. 

3. Pray the orphanage will be motivated and overjoyed to get Little Sister adopted, and make great efforts to move through the red tape of bureaucracy. 

4. Pray we get an official referral...tomorrow! :)

India's working hours are when we are all sleeping here in America. So as you go to sleep tonight will you pray with us and beg Jesus to bring her home quickly?!
Each morning I wait and wait and wait and pray and pray that my phone rings with a 703 area code, and I have news of a referral. Each morning as the hours tick on, and I realize the 703 is not going to pop up on my caller id, I settle into the day and try my very best to not let today slip by me.
Today as the morning hours passed me, I emailed Brett frustrated with no answers and just asked:

"Is anybody doing anything?"

And this was his response:

"You and I and some of our friends and family are praying. I'm not sure about anything else."

Brett's response to my question this morning was my motivation for writing this post. The last few weeks have been frustrating for so many reasons, but much of the frustration comes from thinking that nobody is paying attention to our agency's emails, phone calls, questions, etc. I just want people to fight for Little Sister!!! Ugh.  So will you do something for Little Sister? Please! When it feels like no one is doing anything to get her home will you fight for her? Will you help get her home by begging at the throne of Jesus?

Our hope is in the living God.

And again I say:

For God is so wise and so mighty.  Who has ever challenged him successfully?
"Without warning, he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger.
He shakes the earth from it's place, and it's foundations tremble.
If he commands it, the sun won't rise and the stars won't shine.
He alone has spread out the heavens and marches on the waves of the sea.
He made all the stars - the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky. He does great things too marvelous to understand.
He performs countless miracles." 
-Job 9:4-11 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Enjoying the yule log, the matching game, the crooked Christmas tree, and my favorite people:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Someone is concentrating really hard on swinging his feet front and back. Lots of concentration because I told him that's how he gets higher!

And here's a video for ya. If you didn't know...when you're on a scooter and you see a puddle, you aim for it people! He was a sopping wet, cold little boy when we were done.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

November Phone Dump

Better late than never. Here's November as seen through Brett's phone:

Walking to the park...

I believe that's the Freedom Tower...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art...


With Pops, Doozie-Dog, and a donut. Jude's very happy...

Playing with Cairo at Uncle Adam's house...

In Logan Airport after Thanksgiving...

Headed home...

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rockefeller Center

It has become a family tradition for us. Seeing the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.

The star at the end of 5th avenue was beautiful, but barely came out in the picture...

Chestnuts roasting all over the city...

We spent the late afternoon and early evening seeing all the beautiful lights down 5th avenue, and as always Jude's favorite part was riding the Subway. He's easy to please. :)