Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tom Davis says about the movie Orphan:
Just finish this sentence: "Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life..."
A few thoughts:
- If I'm totally honest, I am bothered by the thought of my children being called orphans. They are such a deep part of my heart, it seems ridiculous that they were orphaned before God gave them to us.
- I am a completely different person than I was when we decided to adopt. My view of the world, God and my family have evolved in so many ways.
- I often try to articulate my feelings and emotions surrounding adoption - I frequently can't put it into words. I wish I could explain to people who say that my kids are "lucky" to have been adopted, that the joy and love that I feel for them seems unfair in a way. It is surrounded by so much loss for them and their first families.
- The intense love I feel for these children that were born on the other side of the world surprises me almost daily.
- Nothing makes me smile quite like watching Sophie and Micah interact. These two kids are family, because they call the same person "Dad".
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
These two get no press. Makenzie will soon celebrate her 13th birthday. She has all her requests made already...repeatedly. Seth wins the award for the most loveable pesky person. I am so proud of both of them. They both have such great hearts, especially for their younger siblings. We are blessed with some great kids!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sophie's answer to this question is always "I a baby I live in China. My nanny take care of me." People are generally asking a much more light hearted question, but I love that it is just part of her. She knows that she is Chinese (probably not what that means), and she is happy to tell the world!
Micah pulling himself up at JuJu's house
Micah is growing up! Just this week he has started moving...forward. He has been scooting backwards for a few weeks, but he is on his way forward now. He is such a sweet baby boy. I can't remember what our lives were like without him.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Dan shaved his beard -- there was some talk of Stanley Cup Finals or some nonsense in there. Not sure what hockey has to do with his beard, but I digress. This is what he was sporting. I triple dog-dared him to keep it for three days. He was not up for the dare. It was real hard to take him seriously, so I'm glad it's gone.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We are excited to be almost done with school over here. My part is pretty well done. Both kids have a handful of math lessons left and then we are on break! I have been so impressed by what they learned at Classical Conversations this year. Seth improved his reading by 4 grade levels this year!!!!! He worked so hard and is loving reading now. Makenzie is approaching teenage-hood and all that entails. She has found a recent love for photography and really has a gift for it. I am amazed! The photo to the left is one of her creations.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
A few quick scattered thoughts....
- We are home. Micah did AWESOME on the trip. I whined a lot more than he did!
- His ears were fine - thanks for praying
- This week has been great at home. Dan goes back to work next week. Hopefully, it will continue to go well here at home.
- The whole thing feels like a complete blur - My personal theory is that no matter how much you try to savor the moments it is such an emotional thing that you end up feeling like a spectator.
Our case manager and social worker, Erica from Wide Horizons, was able to travel with us on our trip. She is an incredible photographer. These are a couple of her masterpieces.
* I can't get them in the right order - UGH! The bottom one is Dan and me on the way to the orphanage.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
We returned to the Horizon House from the birth family visit this afternoon. Micah has a ruptured ear drum! He has a lot of drainage in his ear. He is pretty mellow. So, I don't think he is in a lot of pain, but I am nervous about him flying home. Please pray that he will be healed so he won't be in pain for the flights!! We have him on drops and anti-biotics now.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We are safely in Awassa - hardly! It was a crazy trip - what else is new? We had the birth family visit. Wow! I am exhausted. Everyone cried - so crazy. I will give details when I can complete a thought.
When I went to kiss Awate goodbye this morning he was wearing a lavendar velour sweat suit, hood up - it said "tweet" with littlebirds on it. I cracked UP!!! I took a picture. Funny stuff.
Hopefully we'll get some more details tonight:)
Monday, February 23, 2009
They are leaving Micah at the Horizon House with his nannies while they go on this trip. When they get back they will have Micah with them the rest of the time:) Hopefully all the paperwork stuff goes well and the Neal family will all be reunited on Saturday!
Thanks so much for all your prayers.
The days are beyond long here! I am sure they will pickup a little, but we are in the small compound of the orphanage all the time. I took a walk to the Horizon House 2 where some of the older kids are. Every room you walk into the kids yell "Mommy! Mommy!" I had my sunglasses on and they all went crazy trying them on! It was so adorable. I ended up leaving the glasses there for kids to play with(someone brought them back later). The kids are just so loved and cared for and so adorable!
We went out for a bit yesterday and had our first encounter with kids begging. Wow! It broke my heart - obviously.
We are going to the embassy soon - I feel like I've written that 800 times, but it's the only thing planned. We are enjoying having time to bond with our little man and playing with all the other kids. You learn their names and fall in love with them too. Most of them are referred and have parents waiting to come get them.