Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stockings

Well, most of you know that we are in the process of adopting a child from Kyrgyzstan and that now we are officially waiting for a referral. Our portfolio is on file and we just have to sit back and wait...and pray! We have been told it will take at least nine months to get a match so we are prepared for a long wait! We are praying for patience as we wait and most of all for our future child to know and sense God's presence as he or she waits for us. We're praying for him or her to have a caregiver that really invests in him or her so that he or she feels attachments and can attach more quickly to us. We are praying to be ready for this addition to our family. It's crazy to have to wait so long for this. I think about our child every day, just as if I were pregnant. I imagine what he or she will look like, wonder about his or her personality and long to see and his or her face and wrap my arms around him or her. You can pray for us to be patient and peaceful as we wait, and that we'd only have to wait the nine months (or less!) and not a lot more.

Just as an FYI...after we get the referral, we'll take a 10-day bonding trip to meet our child. Then we come back and wait 6-8 weeks and take another short trip for court stuff and then wait 6-8 more weeks and go back a third time to finalize everything and bring our child home. Whew! What a process!

So, I did title this post stockings, right? This week I bought stockings for the kids to match the ones Drew and I have. I decided to go ahead and buy three in anticipation that by next Christmas we'll at least know to whom the last one will belong. My heart is so full of thanks and amazement that we're going to have three children. I thought I might never have children and look how God has filled my home. Wow! Amazing, huh?

Here they are. The two on the outside are Drew's and mine (they didn't come with decorations on the star and tree) and depending on if child #3 is a boy or girl we'll divide up the three in the middle- two trees for the two kids who are the same sex and one star for the other. And I need to get stocking holders!


A Fairy and His Princess

I told Eliana she could dress Jadon up as a fairy since there are boy fairies in Tinkerbell, but she couldn't give him a skirt...just wings. Too cute! I know one day she'll be bummed when he starts having an opinion about these things, but she sure is having fun for now!

Oh, and we decided Eliana should be a new princess who name is "Aurorielle"! 



Monday, November 28, 2016

Nine Months

Well, another month (and a week or so!) has flown by! I can't believe Jadon's first year is going by so fast. It really is amazing! He is doing really well these days and bring such joy to our lives. He's so relaxed and easy-going. So much so that he's not even close to crawling! He has started scooting himself very, very slowly on his bottom (like so slowly you can't actually see him moving but all of a sudden he's in a different position) and he loves to walk. He can stand against the couch now and once again, very slowly, move down the couch. He often chooses to just turn around and grab onto my hands though. A couple of weeks ago he started leaning forward and getting in a halfway crawling position but he had trouble with it and now doesn't do it at all. He just seems to not be very concerned about pushing himself!




He's fairly stingy with his smiles and responds the best to me and to Eliana. He will push at Drew's face to get to me now. He's up to around 19.5 pounds (45%) so he's come a long way the past three months. He loves to eat and is doing a much better job feeding himself now but still mostly gets spoonfed. You can tell he eats a lot of pumpkin, based on the orange tinge of his skin! Easy baby food! He has mostly really struggled to have bowel movements, despite eating a very high fiber diet. We finally found some prunes a couple of weeks ago and that helped some. However, he must have gotten a bug over the weekend because now we're having the opposite problem. Lovely!






He's nursing mostly 4 times a day (5 if he wakes up early) and is mostly taking 2 naps a day and going from around 7pm to 7am at night. It varies within an hour or so. He likes the exercauser, playing with his basket of toys, sitting in the kitchen with me while I cook, playing with Eliana and just being with us. He still doesn't have any teeth and he still uses his pacifier to go to sleep and only rarely sucks his fingers. He does like his bunny at night too.  He loves to babble and grabs everything. He continues to amaze us with how relaxed he is. I've still never even had to use the word "no" with him. Crazy! He's our adorable, laid-back little man. We're so thankful!












More Snow Pictures

Here are some pictures Drew took, including he and Eliana playing outside...





 (Please note these are centimeters!)










Thanksgiving 2016

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our friends here. Lots of yummy food, good conversation and even a football game! (Recorded from the previous week, but it was a Cowboys' win so I was happy!). I just feel so thankful for so many things. I have been richly blessed!













Saturday, November 26, 2016

Snow Suit

And of course when it snows, you have to wear your snow suit...