Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
For a while he was driving an old, junker type car that A named Fred. We have no idea why she named it Fred but the name stuck. Then the girl's decided that we should name all of our cars. Our niece had told R that she had to name her car. Bf had two cars. One has been in our driveway for a few weeks now and I named it Kramer. It still doesn't run quite right. He named the car that he wrecked this morning Leviathan. I'm sorry to say that Leviathan did not make it.
T and I bought a cheap car this week. It's worth every dollar that we paid for it, but we didn't pay much for it. It is black, except where it has faded to dull gray, and it has a vibration. So, since it shakes, rattles and rolls I have decided to name it Elvis. I'm calling my van Flannery Vandango. I asked T what he would name his Jeep and he said he's going to call it The Little Engine That Could. Remember, it has 213K miles on it. We haven't talked about a name for the truck yet. It's a classic truck so it will have to have a classic name. R is considering naming her car Tonto.
So, are we the only weirdos out there or do other people name their cars? I know our niece does, but she might be guilty by association. If we are not the only ones of our kind, what do others of you name your cars? Leave us a comment.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Ok, down to business here. This is Bridget and Lady. Mother and daughter owned by mother and daughter.
Yeah, I don't know why I put this pic on here. It's not very becoming. We were singing "I Am Waiting For the Light to Shine" from the play "Big River". I think it's funny that we both had our mouths open and were doing the same thing. BTW, A does not husk corn as she can't stand the bugs/worms. We got tired of her screaming and made her stop. She will pick it though.
Oreo came over to see what we were doing.
Love the opened mouth thing tonight.
This is like the best pic ever of Lady. Her one eye looks a little strange but otherwise she looks so good. Look how hazy it is. We had a storm come through earlier today that included hail.
This is R when she found a worm in the corn.
This is me when I found a worm.
The horses don't care if it had a worm in it.They just want to help you peel it so they can eat it.
T had an eye appointment today. He's moving on to the world of bi-focals, well, "progressive lenses" actually. Yeah, he's an old fart. I can't say much though because I feel mine slipping ever so slightly too. Another blech!
I don't feel like doing a thankful list, which is a sure sign that I should. Let's see. ....I'm thankful... that we have the money (at least at the moment) to buy aforementioned progressive lens glasses. ...This is hard today. ... too hard.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
First though, Sanome still loves the laundry when it comes out of the dryer. She loves it. Here she is completely concealed, so she thinks.
This is when she came out the other side of the towel.
Here is Misty, asleep, with her head in the window sill and the rest of her on the entertainment center. Well, at least the part that's not gelling down between the window and entertainment center.
Oh, I woke her from her nap so she is sticking her tongue out at me.
And here is a cool cat pic if I've ever seen one. These are the ones that E took.
Yeah, she's got that whole Princess, Diva thing down. We love her anyway.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I spent a lot of time in Psalms over the last couple of years. I've recently progressed out of them and back into some other books. Romans has a verse, Romans 5:3 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” I had a problem with that verse for a long time. Maybe I still do. I've been disappointed by hope way too many times. It hurts. It hurts too much to hope. It felt like a lie. I don't want any more perseverance and character, and hope constantly disappoints me.
What I learned about hope was that if you dared to hope, reality would come and slap you back down again. I hoped our adoption process would not take long. I hoped that J would be home before A finished 8th grade so they could go to school together for a little while. I hoped that he'd be home that summer so we could get acquainted over the summer before school started. This will be the third year in a row that I've hoped he would be home for his birthday. This will be the third Christmas that I've hoped he'd be home. I hoped he'd be home for our family vacation in Oct. '07. Around Christmas '07 I gave up hoping. It hurts too much to hope anymore.
I dared to hope this week. I hoped that our file would make it back to MOI this week. That would put us back to where we were in May '07. I dared to hope and reality came and slapped me back down again. It hurts. It hurts a lot. I wonder if God sees. I wonder if He cares.
I believe He does see and care. It doesn't feel like it, but I believe He does. So I give the hurt to Him. I discovered another verse in Romans. Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." I'm still working through this, even as I write. It seems that I have to trust Him so that I may overflow with hope. And I can overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by my own power. That's cool. It doesn't have to be my own power. Good thing because I think I've already mentioned that it hurts too much to hope on my own power. But I don't have to. There is something very freeing about that.
I guess I need to do a thankful list. I'm thankful that I don't have to muster up hope on my own power. I'm thankful that the file is being worked on. I'm thankful for the little bit of rain we've had. I'm thankful for food we've been eating out of the garden. I'm thankful for "paid for" cars that run. I'm thankful for people (and pets) in my life that make it more interesting-not easier, just more interesting :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We're at 34 months since starting the paper chase, 33 months since deciding on J, 31 months since getting the full ok and him being told about us, and 30 months since our dossier has been in Haiti. This is a hard row to hoe. Please, keep praying. If we can get back to MOI, that will put us back where we were in May of '07. Like I've said before, we went so far back that it doesn't feel like we're going forward, but we're not as far back as we were either. I'll keep you posted.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Please keep our paperwork in your prayers today. I'll let you know if we hear anything.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
We may have some progress on the adoption tomorrow but won't know until Monday. Pray for good news and forward progress. We went so far backward that it doesn't truly feel like moving forward but it could put us back where we were in May of '07.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ah, here's a smile. I don't know if they caught him with a real smile or if he has given up the "camera smile" that we've seen so often.
Thanks again T and C. You can check out their story at www.gracecasechronicles.blogspot.com
While you're checking out other blogs, check out the Livesays. Troy has a book of photography that looks like it'd be really good. And the Johnson-McCormick's have a precious pic of one of their boys holding his baby sister and sucking his thumb while the baby sucks his pinky. Too cute. Those are under my "blogs I read" section at the right.