Saturday, August 22, 2009

Video

I received a DVD in the mail today that had about 10 minutes of video of my girls. It was so cool to see them smiling, giggling, acting shy and doing normal things kids do. But best of all they sang. The little one (who, after watching her, I think is more like 4yrs old) sang for about 3 minutes straight. Something caught her attention while she was singing and she just lit up with the most BEAUTIFUL smile and kept right on singing. The older one was much more shy and I think she still feels that she needs to be "mom" to her little sister. I hope I am able to help her understand very early in our relationship that she can be a kid and I will take care of all the mothering that needs to be done.
One thing I am learning in this process is just how much God loves each of us. The Bible talks about us being adopted as heirs to the kingdom when we believe in Christ. The work I am putting into making these girls my heirs is nothing to what Christ did for me in making me an heir to His eternal kingdom. I hear this talked about a lot on the adoption webboards and stuff, but it is starting to come home for me. If I am willing to lay down my life for two little girls I have never met, how much more does it mean that Christ laid down His life for me who He knows intimately (sin nature and all)? If you can explain that, you are better than I am. All I can do is sit in complete wonder that God saved me and now has called me to be a parent and representative of the Kingdom to these little girls. And by the way, if you are wondering why I do this at all, there is your answer: I am answering the calling God has put on my life at this time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Crow Fair Pics

Last Sunday I was invited to spend the day with a family I know that was camping at Crow Fair. I have never gotten to experience it that way. I have seen the dancing and watched the parades and eaten fry-bread. But hanging out at the camp was a fabulous way to experience the "Tee-Pee Capitol of the World." Here are some pictures I took while I was there.





This is Miss Crow Nation, the daughter of a friend of a friend.












I thought this woman was incredibly beautiful. I call this "calm in the chaos." She stands so straight and tall in the midst of everyone else running around.












A full pageant of color. This doesn't even begin to show what the full grand entry looks like.







This is a view of the tee-pees across from us as we watched the parade on Sunday morning.




There were tons of adorable small children in the grand entry and parade. There were even a few I delivered (no pictures of those though since it would be a HIPAA violation). I loved this mother-child pair.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

It Hit Me

So during worship tonight at church it hit me that I really am going to be a mom. I have been working on this adoption thing for a few months (thinking about it for years), but tonight something hit me. Maybe it just suddenly felt more real. I have a hard time pulling up people's faces in my mind, but not these girls. Their features seem to be burned in my memory. I can't wait to see them grow, take them to the mountains, take them sledding, do things as a family. The fact that God is calling me to raise these two girls and influence their lives is almost more than I can bear. Thank God I don't have to. I remind myself that God never calls us to anything He isn't going to give us the strength to do. All of these thoughts hit me during the singing portion of the service and I just dissolved into tears (I know, I cry at almost anything and everything). I am tearing up again just thinking about it.
There really isn't any other news here, just thought I would share my thoughts with you. That is what a blog is for isn't it? Tomorrow I am headed out to Crow Fair. I am hoping to get some good pictures so I will post those when I have a chance. Hope the rest of your weekend is as blessed as mine has been so far.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's Official!

I just signed the paperwork officially accepting the referral of two girls from Ethiopia. The paperwork says they are 3 and 5, but I am betting they are more likely 5 and 7. They are beautiful and in need of love, food and more love. Unfortunately, I can't post their pictures here until they are legally mine (after I have passed court in Ethiopia). Right now I have lots more paperwork to do and a bit more money to raise. I was able to raise more than $400 at my garage/bake sale last weekend. That was really amazing. Every quarter put in the pot made me smile.
This is an experience that is stretching my faith more than anything ever has, and I don't think I am anywhere close to the hard part yet. The whole process so far has moved faster than I ever thought it would. In early April, I didn't think I would even be able to apply to adopt until September or October (due to a limitation on the number of single moms allowed to adopt from Ethiopia). Here it is August and I have had the social worker come down for my home study and I have done a lot of the paperwork and I have pictures of my kids (that is really weird to say) on my mirror in the bathroom and on the wall by my computer at work. I figure God wants to make sure that I understand that He is doing this, NOT me. He is even raising the money faster than I thought. I am down to needing only about $4-5000 (out of $16,000) for the next step. I can't believe all the support I have been given. Well, I can because God is behind it. I can't wait to see what a blessing my girls will be in the lives of everyone who has helped them get here. Well, it is late and have lots to do tomorrow. I will keep everyone posted. If you would like to see pictures, send me your email address.

Friday, August 7, 2009

BAKE SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am having a bake sale tomorrow. I am hoping to raise some money for my adoption that way. It has also given me an outlet for my need to cook. I have had more fun today making things. I don't think my oven has worked this hard in a really long time. In the picture are kringla (Norwegian "figure of 8" cakes/cookies), raspberry pie, strawberry pie, almond cake, banana bread, chocolate chip cookies and a rosemary-tomato-mozzarella tart. While I was taking these pictures there was also a raspberry-nectarine crisp in the oven. I can't tell you how good the house smells.


This is the tomato tart. Someone really needs to figure out how to transmit smells through computers. This is the single best smelling thing I have cooked. The combination of the rosemary, garlic, tomatoes and melting mozzarella almost caused me to keep this for myself rather than take it to the sale. Then I remembered that I can make another one. :-) I have never made it before and got the recipe from the internet on a really great site. Here is the link through Tasty Kitchen. Check out the site. I also found recipes for raspberry-honey-lavender freezer jam that also tastes AMAZING and a really easy raspberry pie. Are you figuring out my favorite fruit yet?
Well, now that I have gotten all of you hungry, I am going to go to bed now. Oh and by the way, I had my home study today and I think it went well. I am now going to formally accept the referral of the two little girls. Their pictures are all over the house already. I think they are supposed to come live here. Unfortunately, I can't post any pictures until they are legally mine. But if you want to see them, email me and I can send you the pictures I have.