Wednesday, December 15, 2010
But still...we are anxious to meet her, hug her, hold her, never let her go. It's kinda strange, this feeling of missing someone you don't even know. So here's hoping that the next two months go by quickly, smoothly and hiccup free. :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
I pass the time and ease my anxiety by reading about others' adoption stories. There are a billion other adoption blogs out there, with families all sharing their unique experiences. One of my favorites is Flower Patch Farmgirl. I recommend reading her Big Adoption Series, if you like a good story or are considering adoption.
Getting baby girl's room ready also keeps me distracted. We now have paint on the walls (robin's egg blue, if you'd like to know). I've been mentally rearranging furniture, trying to decide on bedding and what to put on the walls. Which reminds me, sometime soon I'll be posting some details about a cool fundraiser/art project for baby girl and her bare bedroom walls.
And lastly, while we wait for baby girl, we also make t-shirts.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Also, as you may have noticed, we've added a few things to the sidebar of this blog. Fundraiser things. Just Love Coffee is one of them. It's simple, really. You order some coffee, we get some of the proceeds. They are a super cool company who's mission is to help orphans and adoptive families. Check em out. Also, there is just a plain 'ol simple PayPal button, where you can give directly to our adoption fund. Easy peasy.
Now, I hate asking for money. And thankfully we have saved most of the money on our own so we don't need to ask for much. And at this time I'm not even gonna ask. But be forewarned. There will be a time (as soon as we get a referral) when we will be kicking this fundraiser business into high gear. So until then prayers for a speedy and smooth process are greatly appreciated. But of course, we'll take any money any time you feel like donating. ;)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Second grade. Geez, I’m old.
This is what Ryder was doing before I forced him to pose for his First Day pictures. It’s 7:30am, mind you.
My baby headed off to kindergarten today. Walked right in. Didn’t need me. Didn’t miss me. Apparently I cramp his style.
It’s also Ryder’s 8th birthday. But he’s not too excited about turning 8 yet. We won’t have his party for a few weeks. He wanted to wait until after school had started, presumably to make some more friends. Which means he could invite more friends. Which means more presents. He’s a genius.
(a double wave, for Aunt B)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
has always been afraid of water. He never liked bath time when he was little. He was deathly afraid of being splashed and getting water in his eyes. Every swimming lesson has always ended in tears and frustration. The boy would not even put his mouth in the water to blow bubbles. Last year he started to enjoy going to the pool, but mostly just hung out on the steps, never getting more than up to his shoulders wet.
Well, I am happy to report that as of last week – thanks to our trip to Table Rock - his fear has been conquered. He is now a cliff jumper…
and VERY proud of himself.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
School is almost out (finally) and I have been pondering what to do with two rambunctious boys this summer. I wish they were more like me; sleep in till 10am, watch Martha, Oprah, Ellen and GH, bake scones, go to thrift stores and garage sales, paint fingernails, etc. Oh, life would be so easy then. But no. They like to get up at first light, make noise, fight, get dirty, touch bugs, not brush their teeth, and all kinds of other gross stuff. So in order for me to keep my sanity, we have devised a list. A list of all the fun things we want to do this summer. We totally stole this idea, but I think it will really help
me us to get off the couch and enjoy summer vacation - minus the bug touching. Here is the list we have come up with so far:
I think Gavin had the most original idea. He asked me if I had been everywhere in our house. Uh. Duh. Of course I have. "Yes, baby. I've been everywhere in our house. …Well actually, I don't think I've been in the attic." "Let's go to the attic this summer!" he exclaims. So this afternoon we made his dreams come true. Up the ladder he went to visit the attic. Which I am sure is full of gross bugs.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
We also recently found out that there has been a new change regarding Ethiopian adoptions. Sounds scary, right? One of the reasons we decided to adopt from Ethiopia was that you only had to make 1 trip. But wouldn't ya know it, the Ehtiopian government has recently decided to change that policy. Starting ASAP all adoptive families are now required to make 2 trips. Sigh. One trip to appear in court and make your adoptive intentions known, and another trip to finalize the adoption and bring your child home. Since this is a new rule, not much is known about the timeline of the trips or what exactly will be expected of us. While this change in policy is annoying to us, we consider it just another minor bump in the road (Lord knows we've come to expect the unexpected) and know that it will still get us to the end goal of welcoming another child to our family.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Over the last week there has been a plague on our house. Well, maybe I'm being a tad dramatic. Germ infested might be a better way to describe it. Last week Gavin had a nasty fever for 3 days. It sure wasn't fun for the little guy, but we managed and he was back to his old charming self in time for the weekend. I guess Ryder was jealous of his brother and decided to one-up him. At the beginning of the week I got a call from his school nurse telling me Ryder was in the bathroom puking his guts out. I'm pretty sure those were her exact words.
So here are a few statistics I have compiled that summarize the last few days at the Berry house You know how I love numbers:
Number of sick boys: 2
Number of whiny boys: 0 (no whining! almost wish they were sick more often)
Hours of cartoons watched: 36 and counting
Number of times Ryder threw up: 13 Number of times Ryder threw up on me: 2.5 (ick!)
Number of times Gavin threw up: 0 (he's totally my favorite)
Hours I spent cleaning the carpet: 3
Loads of laundry I've done this week: 473
Now for the deep cleaning and Lysol-ing of the house…and another load of laundry.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
As of January 5, we are officially a “waiting family”. This means we are on the waiting list to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia. Our dossier passed inspection and has gotten it’s final stamps of approval. So now we sit back and wait……again. Our agency did not give us a time frame of how long we can expect to wait. But we do get weekly updates from them listing their current “stats” of adoptive families. And based off that information it looks like we could be waiting anywhere from 9-15 months. Things change so frequently in the world of international adoption that you can really never know when things will happen.
While we wait we plan to continue studying and learning more about Ethiopia. We also plan to read up on attachment and bonding and transracial adoption issues, and maybe even learn a few phrases in Amharic.
So this may be the last post regarding adoption for a while. In the next few months I doubt I’ll have much news to report. So I guess I’ll have to get in to the habit of blogging about all the many fascinating and exciting things that happen in my life everyday. Like today, for instance, I spot cleaned the carpet and watched General Hospital.
It’s going to be a long 9-15 months.