welcome back

Where have I been the last 25 days? Oh, moving, and unpacking and unpacking some more.

*I still have about a 1/4th of the boxes left to unpack. I am taking my time finding a place for everything, and still making piles of stuff to sell, and stuff to donate while I unpack.

*My in-laws and sister-in-law visited the first weekend we were in our new house to help unpack and watch kids. That was so helpful!!

*My parents visited the next weekend to watch the kids for Sophie's surgery that didn't happen. My momma did some laundry for me! I would be drowning in laundry if it weren't for her!

*The third weekend in our new house, Joe traveled to Nebraska to work on the house. While my sister-in-law friend came and stayed the weekend with me to keep me company.

*I've been organizing and decorating our new little nest. Mainly with photos, but a few other items I love.

*I've been making my list of projects that I want to complete within the year.

*I've been reading more in the evenings.

*I've been saying "yes" more to the kids. "Yes, you can paint. Yes, you can play in the puddles."
Saying "yes" means more of a mess, and a change of plans for the day. But saying "yes" also means you mean more to me than what I'm doing right now. And, that's where I've been for the month of May. Saying "Yes".

surgery update

This little girl has eluded surgery again.

The week of surgery on Monday and Tuesday she had a slight fever (99 degrees) for about an hour in the afternoons after her nap. We called the doctor as instructed to do, and were told that it was probably allergies and they would more than likely proceed with surgery.

On Thursday morning, she awoke with a bumpy rash on her chest. Thursday afternoon while at the pre-appointments for surgery, the doctor looked at the rash, and said it was a viral rash. Surgery, once again, would be postponed for 6 weeks.

I knew. I knew in my heart on Monday that her surgery would be postponed. I was hoping otherwise.

Her reports from the orphanage state that she was a sickly, little girl with respiratory infections and gi issues. For the six months she has been with us, not once has she gotten sick. Not once.

I am discouraged. I am tired. I am worn from waiting. We waited 16 months to meet her, to bring her to our family. How much longer must we wait for her.....

I know this is just Satan knocking down walls trying to seep his way into our house, into our lives. We are in the midst of planning, talking about whether adopting again is in our future. What better way for him to try to wrangle his way in and destroy and crush those plans. He will not!

Satan may attack, but the Lord is mighty.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Eph 6:11

turkey lurkey

This little sand-eating, turkey lurkey has her palate repair surgery this Thursday.

Would you mind praying for us, her doctor and  her medical team involved in her care?

**I will try to post an update Friday morning.

i keep trying

Last night I sat and watched Sophie during her snack time throw blueberries on the floor and smash them on her highchair. She didn't want them, or anything I attempted to give her.

She hasn't been eating this week. Or, the week before.

She has done a complete 360.
She went from screaming because she wasn't getting food fast enough to her liking to having no interest in food whatsoever.

Some say it is her "trauma" from the first 12 months of her life coming out.
Some say it is because she has realized that she won't go hungry anymore;
that she's realized she'll always have food available now.

I keep trying everyday for her to eat.
Some days she will take about 4 bites from the spoon, and then she's done.
Some days she will not take any bites from the spoon.

I blend her breakfast, lunch, and dinner into a smoothie.
Spaghetti, protein powder,  and milk smoothie anyone?
Would you like a spinach, safflower oil (to boost her calories), and oatmeal smoothie?
I think "Yuck, how is she going to drink this concoction down?"
But she does; she drinks it every single time.

She uses the OXO Tot Training Cup in pink, of course!

One day she'll eat with a spoon again, but until that time I'll continue filling her up with the only way I know how.

today i love....

:: this little drool-covered monkey!

It has not been the easiest (almost) 6 months, but the blessings far outweigh the struggles we have had.
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