Saturday, December 08, 2012

O Christmas Tree


This is the first year we have gone to an actual tree farm and cut down our tree.  We had so much fun!!!  Kollin had to miss it because he had the tummy bug the rest of us had throughout the week (see the previous post).  Wish he could have joined in too.  The tree farm we went to was the most gorgeous old farm with a milk cow, chickens, a swinging bridge across a gorgeous peaceful river in the mountains.  I love living here.  Everywhere you look is just full of God's glory.  I was worried we would be miserable when we moved having lived in the same county most all our lives, but we really do love it here.

 The one they chose...they're pretty good at this stuff. :)  It's a 10fter
 Karaline, my tree hugger, and her little Charlie Brown tree
 The one Kemry wanted...how cute is she with the saw?
 Hmmm..$5 per foot and this is about.... (I can hear John's calculating thoughts without him saying a peep)
 Wrapping it up!  
 Then we took a walk across the swinging bridge to the other side of the river
 A view looking back at the farmhouse
 Meadow the milk cow  who loved my kids!
 Ready to take her home! 
(Kemry is pouting here because I wouldn't let her pose on top of the car with the tree)
 TIME TO DECORATE
(just so she can UNdecorate)



 Putting up our tree summoned DOBY! YEAAA!!!  Kemry was SOOO happy he was back (although she did put a magazine in front of him so he couldn't see her being naughty later in the day)
He left a note because he wasn't able to get in the house.
 Stuck between the screen and the window

 having fun after decorating the tree
 I love being a mommy sandwich!
 Where we found Doby the next morning
 We also got to go to our little town's Christmas parade for the first time that same weekend.  It's the most amazing quaint little historic town.  We love it and the parade was great.

 My sweet girl wearing PJs, a toboggan, playing with Barbies. lol
More Doby silliness...we found him in the arms of the angel on top of the tree one morning. LOL Guess what song was stuck in our heads all day after that? :)  
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Crazy Thanksgiving - Just Like We Like It

Thanksgiving was a CRAZY week for our family.  On Saturday, I had a neglected, cracked tooth start to abscess.  We drove to my sister's new old farm house to help them do some renovations and we didn't work long before Kerrigan threw up.  Hoping it was a fluke, we headed home.  It wasn't.  She threw up over 15 times within the next 12 hours.  After Kerrigan it spread through our house like wildfire.  On Monday my abscessed tooth had only gotten worse, the antibiotic wasn't working at all.  AND I developed mastitis!!!!!!!!!!  By Wednesday I had the tummy bug Kerrigan brought home.  The day before I was expecting over 30 people at my house for Thanksgiving.  By Wednesday night I was feeling much better and got up Thursday fine.  Praise the Lord we got through Thursday with no illness.  My sister, BIL, and nephews spent the night because we hit the black Friday Sales,which are now on Thursday (hmmm) and by late Thursday night Kolton was throwing up too.  We survived and have quite the story to talk about at future Thanksgivings. :)  Since I haven't posted many pics lately, here it goes. :)

 My 5am kitchen helper Thanksgiving morning
 Best buddies, and cousins, Avry and Kerrigan drawing on the kids' table
 This makes me want to go back and do it all again...yuuuum
 A few of the kids at the kids table.  Kerrigan took getting to sit at the kids table very seriously this year! HAHA  She saved Avry a seat and everything.
 My awesome brother, Kellon, and his son Mason.  Are they gorgeous or what?
 My sweetie FINALLY getting to get his plate.  He does a lot of the meal prep and poor thing has to be one of the last to eat. Possibly related...he has also lost 35lb in the last few months!  
 Everyone trickled through the food line. :)  This year my BIL's dad got to join us as well!  
 More amazing folks...my SIL, MIL, mom, and biggest boy, Kollin at the signature table
 The guys are trying to take our Black Friday shopper jobs! AHHHHH!  This is what our house looks like right after we eat on Thanksgiving, but it's usually us sisters going through all the papers and planning our disaster route. :)
 Two of my 3 nephews...pure sweetness
 My older 2 girlies with my baby sister and my Aunt Diane...love these ladies!
 TRYPTOPHAN 
My nephew Avry filling some big shoes
 KEMRY PIE!
 My camera has been broken so I'm relying on my cell for pics, but I still love how this picture of my nephew Mason turned out.  
 We were missing Mason here because he had gone home, but here are the rest of the grandkids Friday morning.....and yes they are weirdos. LOL
I couldn't resist ending it this way......this is the official after Thanksgiving, over-exhausted sugar CRASH...such despair haha
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Friday, December 07, 2012

OUR DOSSIER IS IN ETHIOPIA!


It's there!!!  Our dossier (the huge packet of papers from police clearances to our homestudy to employment letters to reference letters to medical reports to financial letters) is finally IN ETHIOPIA!!!!!!!!!!  Now we're officially just waiting on a court date!

The earliest we expect a court date is January.  We will get to travel for that and will spend time with the kids.  Once we pass court (we pray it's during our trip but it may not be until a bit after), we should travel a few weeks later back to bring them home.  I would give anything to stay there between court and pick up.  I know it's going to kill me to leave them, but we survived leaving Kemry until we were able to go back and we will have to do it again.

The kids are getting so excited.  They write us letters and it is so encouraging to see how they are relying on God to bring them peace during the wait for their family to come get them.  If they are so faithful, how could I not be?  They have spent their lives wishing for a family who will love them like they deserve to be loved.

The stories we're hearing from families who are traveling are so precious.  "Y" asked a friend to cut his hair with safety scissors.  THen he was so embarrassed he wore his hood all day to hide it.  "M" is the long standing "monitor" of all the children at the transition home.  This means she is elected to this huge responsibility by the other children.  She is very honored to have this title and is very loved by all the children.  She helps them with their school work, getting dressed, doing their chores, etc.  "B" never stops smiling.  Oh my goodness this girl is like a strobe light....so sparkly and bright.  We got video of them doing school and she smiled through her whole presentation to the classroom, batted her eyes, swayed her shoulders...so expressive.  We're SO excited to get them home.  Kemry can't wait to share a room with "B". She has always had her own room and hates that the other kids (except Kollin) share a room but she doesn't get to. LOL  I know, what is she thinking?!?! :)

Please be praying that we will get our 171H (immigration approval) quickly and a court date in January.
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