This website has REALLY cool t-shirts perfect for those of us that want to make a classy statement. I have the "Wild Olive Romans 11:17" t-shirt. I like to wear it in the cooler months with a long sleeve shirt underneath it.
The moms who run this business have a great heart for God and His families - go read about it in their blog at the "Wild Olive Tees" website.
Carlie has not been feeling very good the past couple of days. But she decided she could handle a push-up pop outside with everyone and she really enjoyed it, then wasn't too happy about getting messy. When it started to get too yucky she handed it to me and waited for me to clean her off. She's such a funny little thing. She calls all fruit 'apples,' her favorite blankets used to be called 'b's, but are now called 'benk's, Conner is 'Nonner,' and Nicci is 'Kiki' or now she sounds like she is trying to say 'Cicole.' She's very much a momma's girl, but really loves her daddy, too. When Lyndal comes home she squeals and twirls around in circles and falls down. She hasn't picked a name for Ethan yet, but she loves to wash his hair in the bathtub if he'll let her. She tries to get onto the dogs and calls Sammy 'Nammy,' and I've even heard her say 'Jaz' for Jasmine. She's an EASY baby, just goes with the flow and never complains or demands things. I can't wait to see what she grows up to be like!
The E is now FOUR years old! He doesn't even look like a little toddler anymore. Such a funny fellow, very stubborn, passionate, marches to the beat of a different drummer, loving, sweet, questions everything. We celebrated with a small party in Woodward because that was where we were for Memorial Day, but the BIG Pump it Up/Mosters vs. Aliens/Swimming Birthday party is this Saturday May 30 (May sirty, as E says). I keep telling him that there is no swimming involved, but he hasn't bought it yet. He has really high expectations for this party - I'm scared.
I took one of the kids to the reading tutor tonight, Lyndal usually does it, but he had to be somewhere. I had never met the tutor, but was there for the initial testing and everything. As we were leaving the reading tutor this evening she asked me what my necklace meant. I told her that it was Chinese for mother and daughter and that on either side were my children's birthstones, and then I said that we were in the process of adopting a baby girl from China. I don't tell that to people very often, not sure why, mostly because it doesn't come up very naturally, this time it happened to fit in nicely in the conversation. The reading tutor looked at the other three kids (Conner was with Lyndal) then looked at me with this puzzled look on her face. She asked if my other children were biological! She very politely mentioned that the girls and I don't look very much alike! I just kind of giggled. Something I had known, but never thought anyone else thought!
It's funny how your kids turn out. Nicole looks a lot like my mother-in-law with her beautiful smile, the way her teeth are shaped, and her light eyes. Her hair color could come from my Dad's side or Lyndal's side. Carlie looks so much like my Grandma! It is almost comical to see them together. You can picture what Grandma must've looked like all those years ago! Both girls have a similar hair color to my cousin Kasie, paler skin, and lighter eyes. The boys take a little more after me in coloring, but there are pictures of Lyndal when he was E's age and it looks like a carbon copy of him!
Anyway, just thought it was interesting that someone commented on my biological children - that maybe they weren't my biological children. I guess I better get used to it :)!
Well, we are still waiting. Unfortunately the adoption world in the great country of Chin@, especially if you are on the waiting family side, revolves around rumors. I take them with a grain of salt. We really hope to get a call soon, but, honestly it could be several months to go, too.
Just thought I'd update you on what is up. This week has been hard.
The Starfish Foster Home has some of the cutest new babies on their site! If you want to see some precious faces go to their site and click on 'babies' at the top of their page. PRECIOUS!
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history