Sunday, May 31, 2009
I am sure it is not the pregnancies but the babies that are making me sad. Others are adding on to their families and we have NO idea how long it will take to add on to ours. We have only officially been waiting for 3 months now but it has been 16 months since we started the process. We actually have to redo some of our paperwork already!
How other families have survived waiting for 3+ years is beyond me! I think of our daughter all the time, dream about her, research special needs, buy her things etc. etc. These are the things that give me hope that she WILL someday join our family. I know I have to wait for God's timing but this waiting is torture and it has just begun......
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
On Thursday, Bethany added a new post to their China Blog. They reported that 8 referrals had been made for families that have been waiting over 3 yrs for their child. When they started the process the wait was reported to be 12 months. I am sure these families are estatic to be finally have a referral! Praise GOD!
Bethany also posted about the Waiting Child program. Right now there are 69 families that are waiting for a special needs referral. Here is a direct quote from their blog.
"Of the 69 families, 56 families are hoping for a female referral under the age of four with minor/correctible special needs (boxes checked within the first column of the COP Form). The other 13 families are open to male referrals, female referrals over the age of four years old, or female referrals with more moderate/severe special needs (second or third columns of the COP Form). "
I guess that puts us in the 13 other families because we are open to Limb difference which is in the 2nd column. The max age we are open to at this point is 24months. This is because we would prefer Andrew and Jonah to keep their birth order in our family. As they age, our max age may also increase.
There is more they discuss in regards to both the Waiting Child program and families waiting for referrals. Here is a direct link to their blog. http://www.bethany.org/blogs/chinablog.nsf
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
the boys' favorite part? - the train
Watching the River Otter
Playing the drums by the LionsThey redid the Spider Monkey enclosure and it is much nicer now with grass, a waterfall, and netting so we can actually see the monkeys. Last year for Andrew's birthday, Nate's parents supported a Spider Monkey in Andrew's name. He got his name on a big sign in the zoo, pictures and a certificate. He loved going to see "his monkey Will". This year he is supporting a rattlesnake.
The Happy Spider Monkeys
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Aren't they cute?!
Andrew's 5th birthday - he had a class party and enjoyed every second of it. He is continually asking to have his friends over now.
5 seems like such a milestone and I was sad to see Andrew turn 5. We keep telling him to stop growing and getting older! He claims he can't but I think he is hiding something! He is getting too old - reading, riding his bike, and knowing too much!
Jonah's 2nd birthday - here he is playing with his new sink - he LOVES playing in water. Now he can make the mess outside instead of in my bathrooms! He also got a kitchen that he adores. He is constantly making me cookies and muffins. I tend to forget they are hot and he reminds me to blow on the food. He still loves to snuggle and I will hold on to that as long as I can!
T-Ball as begun! Andrew really WANTS to be in T-ball. I don't find alot of evidence in that since I see him playing with the sand or grass while is in the outfield. I guess they all do that - well, at least the boys do! He does hit the ball well - we just need to work on paying attention so he can run the bases. One ? though - why do we have some games that do not start until 8pm?!?! Way too late for our family but what are you gonna do?
SO, that is my big catch up. These few pictures don't even do that past few months justice but I got to catch up and keep going. I am sure nobody notices I am way behind (since nobody reads this but me!) but I know I will be glad I did this in the end.