Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fun Times

Checking out the baby peacocks and hanging out at the Botanical Gardens...

Pretending to be a little girl again upon the return of the Bumbo...silly girl! And yes, her legs are long and skinny!

12 Weeks

Wow! Am I really starting to post about another pregnancy? Wow! I'm still amazed this is happening and just so thankful. It's also amazing we've already made it to 12 weeks. I'm thankful too because I did not feel well and don't remember being nearly as tired as I have been while pregnant with Eliana. I'm sure the fact that I'm almost five years older hasn't helped!

Anyway, I'm starting to feel better and like I am a normal person again, which is very encouraging. I feel like my belly is bigger but I'm sure no one except Drew can tell. I've not gained any weight yet. Plenty of time for that! Ready to be feeling this little one move...though who knows how long until that will happen!

Thankful to be starting all over again!

Back to School

Eliana started a new preschool today! We were able to find what seems like a nice Tajik/Russian school that is literally right behind our apartment for her to attend three mornings a week. We weren't looking for her to learn Russian but this school was the best option. So, the teaching is in Russian and the kids speak Tajik to each other. We really just want her to have the best opportunity to learn how to interact with the children here and hope this will be a step in the right direction. She has no problem hanging out with kids and being by herself with people who don't speak English. However, her stubbornness is a big barrier to being willing to learn and she is perfectly content playing without speaking or just finding kids who understand English instead of trying to learn Tajik or Russian. So we're hoping this situation, without other English-speakers around will force her to learn some more.

So anyway, she was quite nervous this morning and "not so happy about the teachers speaking Russian" but she did great and didn't cry when we left. She was happy and content when we picked her up and had lots to talk about...including the little boy named Malachi who she became friends with who speaks English! Really? There is another English-speaker in her class? I had no idea and I don't know if he's a foreigner or what but she found him quickly. We're pretty positive she didn't talk to anyone else either, even though she can. Oh well! At least she's happy and excited to go back. Here's to hoping she'll be willing to step out of her comfort zone!

She sure is a cutie!!! (And yes, she picked out her outfit!)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Eliana's Going to be a Big Sister!

I am sure all of you who read this blog have heard the news by now but I wanted to write about it anyway. Eliana's going to be a big sister! What??? How did this happen??? After all this time??? Trust me, we are still a bit in shock and in amazement that this has happened. So, if you are interested and haven't heard here is the story...

We had been hoping to get pregnant again for over three years now and God just hadn't allowed that to happen. As a result we started seriously investigating adoption options. Now, adoption had always been something that we thought we'd like to pursue but our infertility issues definitely pushed us to make the final decision. We prayed and investigated many options and finally settled on adopting from Kyrgyzstan. Because of our living situation the process is a bit more complicated so we had to find the right program and right agencies to work with us. We decided in June to take the plunge and sent in our applications and our money to get started. This is a long process, perhaps up to two years, so we just figured we get started and see how things moved along.

Well, just a few weeks later we were wondering if maybe I might be pregnant. I wasn't feeling too differently but my cycle was a little late and so we thought maybe, just maybe it had happened. However, when you have walked the journey we have you tend to guard your heart and try to not hope too much for this thing you've longed for for so long. Finally on Sunday, July 12th, Drew encouraged me to take a test. I didn't really want to yet but he wanted me to so if it was positive our small group could be praying for us. So I got the one test I brought back from America (they are more sensitive than the ones you buy here!) and did it. At first I just assumed it was negative and was ready to move on but then I kept looking and that second line really popped up. I didn't really even believe it and told Drew he needed to look and see. Sure enough, positive! What??? Now??? After all this time??? After starting the adoption process??? No way!!! We were just in shock and amazement. Wow! God's timing is so different than ours. What an amazing blessing! I just could hardly believe it and like I said, we're still just amazed this is happening. Wow!

So anyway, assuming everything goes well Eliana will be a big sister sometime in early-mid-March. She is so excited and really wants to have a baby sister but I think she's okay if the baby is a boy. She will be such a good big sister. We are moving forward with the adoption as well so you can pray for us on all fronts. It's a lot to process and handle but He has it all in His hands and we'll just take it one step at a time. We had our first doctor's appointment on Tuesday and ultrasound on Wednesday and Baby E looks normal and healthy. Awesome! We are so thankful!

Yay for becoming a big sister!

Monday, August 24, 2015

More Pictures From Our Trip

Here are Drew's pictures from our trip to the mountains. He took a bunch on the airplane on the way there. It's a lot but man, it was a beautiful ride!