...Our Family...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Poop Position

We can always tell when he'l need a change before the smell hits! Funny baby!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Micah Moo!!!!

Sunday was Micah Moo's 1st Birthday!
Happy Birthday Baby!
We had family over for a small party, bio family and ET family.
Three families from our agency, Stacklers, Crowells, and Kobys
including two that we traveled to ET with came to wish Micah a Happy Birthday.
It was an ET Hunk party!
Enjoy the pictures, it's all we have the energy for!
Post Cake Bath
I know this is out of order but it's SO CUTE I wanted it to be the blog thumbnail!


Cake is SO YUMMY!!




Megan and Steve came as did Amy Stackler and her kiddos. What a SWEET AWAA reunion it was. (Sorry for the picture Amy. You're in mid-sentence. It was all I had! You still love me...)


Loving my Cake!



Guess who can crawl?? This is his new walker. We can TOTALLY wait on that development!




Opening Presents



The sweet Kobys came with Mr. Happy, Elias. We LOVED LOVED LOVED having them over. Ethiopia seems like a dream and it's so nice to be with those who shared the experience, the dream with us. We love you Koby family!!


Our three ET HUNKS. Moo Moo, E-man, and Elias.
Micah LOVED his friends. I'm sure he wanted to eat them they're so cute!



Daring Boy


Smiley Boy








Laughy Boy



LOVED BOY!!!!



Friday, May 15, 2009

Our Love Story

This has been a really tough week in this house for so many reasons. We're all still adjusting to the new rhythm our lives have taken, sometimes well, sometimes disastrously, but always feeling blessed (even at 2 am)!

Micah is sick again. He has a double ear infection and has cut 3 teeth this week. A fourth is on its way! He's fussier than normal but still so HAPPY! The real issue is that he is NOT sleeping by himself or for long periods of time. His naps are shortened because of the pain and he doesn't want to sleep until around 10 pm. Then he's up every 3 hours crying in pain. It's so hard to watch him frantic for a bottle, screaming in pain, so tired but fighting the sleep. This has been the hardest part of parenting Micah. He's been so sick since we got him home with only glimpses of his normal self every few days before the new sickness sets in.

Devon is doing much better. He still say things like "I want brother to go to his home." and "No, you're MY mommy." But all in all it's improving day by day. He's not in love with Micah at all but I know that will come with time. There are moments when his sweetness towards Micah shine through. We were in the car yesterday and Micah was fussing, to which Devon said "Brother, it's ok. We're almost there!" I felt so proud of him and was amazed at the work God is doing in his heart.

Devon gets tubes on Monday after years and years of ear infections, hear loss, and speech delays. Please be in prayer for this surgery, his recovery, and for a great speech therapist to surface!

I am struggling with my allergies quite a bit. It's hard to be tired all the time from a baby AND a histamine overload. There doesn't seem to be a medicine in the world that can make me feel normal. Even with 4 different meds I am simply in a FOG.

Chad and I are so amazed at how hard this is, how tiring. At every moment in the day there are needs that must be met. There's very little time for ourselves or our marriage. I know this will improve as time goes on and as we get used to one another. Right now we're in survival mode 50% of the time. Dying to yourself day in and day out is hard work!

But, the other 50% of our life is wonderful beyond compare! There are moments each day when we look at our two boys and are overwhelmed with their miraculous lives. We are writing our love story for them each day. Sometimes the scene is playing ball in the backyard when we're so tired we can barely lift our arms. Sometimes the scene is rocking a screaming child at 3 am, singing praises of love over his teary eyes.

We're not the perfect parents but we love them with all we are. They are our dreams and we are so proud to be parenting them.


Our children are the greatest blessings we could ever imagine. Neither of them should have lived. But, by God's grace and love our children are alive. They look nothing like us and we can take no credit for them. They are constant, living, breathing reminders of the amazing love and care of our heavenly father. To think he saved one child from abortion in New Jersey, and another from starvation in Africa, all with this day in mind. He knew the struggles we would face as parents, the trials of adoption and transition, our fears and insecurities and He loved us through them all.

And he is STILL loving us, caring for us this day. This is the greatest love of all, that he would love us this much. What an amazing love story!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

URGENT PRAYER NEEDED FOR SEMLOW FAMILY

Our dear friends the Semlow's are finally in ET with their kiddos! Visit their blog for great photos!

However, they found out the following today:

"We talked to Duni tonight (Sunday) and our visa paperwork for the kids has still not reached the Embassy. If it is not there by Wednesday, we will be delayed in coming home. :( Please, please PRAY BIG!!! We have seen God work miraculously many times before, and we are trusting him to do that again."

Please pray for this to happen ASAP!!!! The National Visa Center and USCIS have been battling over this for a while. It's RIDICULOUS and bureaucratic none-sense. Our God is bigger than this!

We are so thankful for all your prayers for our family and this wonderful family whose love and support has meant the world to us in our adoption.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Semlows are ON THEIR WAY TO ET!!!!

Hooray for the Semlow Family! They are finally on their way to bring home their three beautiful children, Isaiah, Josiah, and Lydia! We couldn't be more excited in this house for our dear friends. What a hard road they have walked with poise, strength, and faith. They are our adoption heroes!

Please pray for their safety, that ALL of the necessary paperwork would be in place while they are in ET, for the hearts of their children, and for health while they are in country.

We can't wait to see them in your arms, Semlow Family! We love you so and are praying you home!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

URGENT NEED- NOW IS THE TIME

You may not know this child...



But you know this baby, 7 pounds at 4 months old

His cries of hunger still resonate in my heart despite his amazing come-back!



This article and fundraiser DIRECTLY impacts babies we saw, held, and loved at America World's transitional home in Addis. Please help! If I could post pictures of these babies, I would!





From http://tomdavis.typepad.com/tom_daviss_blog/


May 04, 2009
URGENT NEED: Forumla Needed for Malnourished Babies in Ethiopia



Famine and poverty are increasing the rates of malnourished infant babies in Ethiopia. Children's HopeChest has worked with the America World Adoption Agency (AWAA) on projects in Ethiopia and Russia over the past five years. This request came to us from their transition home where they are receiving severely malnourished babies into their care. This month, in honor of mother's day, I want to raise $12,500 to provide specialized baby formula to this transition home for these malnourished babies. (Please put "Ethiopia Formula" in the note section of the donate page.]



To kick this off, a friend of Children's HopeChest has offered a matching gift for the first $500 we receive toward this project.



CLICK HERE TO DONATE






If you've ever wanted to help, NOW IS THE TIME!
If you've never wanted to help, NOW IS THE TIME!
If you have a full belly, NOW IS THE TIME!
If your kids have full bellies, NOW IS THE TIME!
If you believe every child deserves a chance, NOW IS THE TIME!
NOW IS THE TIME!

Monday, May 4, 2009

3 week Metchaversary- Video

Here's video of the moment we met our Micah.

There were tears as we walked into the nursery but, as soon as we saw him, we felt complete peace and calm. It was as if he had always been with us.

We had prayed over and over for God to bind our hearts together despite the miles and days that separated us. He did and our first moments with him were sheer joy, redemption.


video