I will not ever say that again.
But we all know when the going gets tough.. The tough must Let Go and Let God.
Just when I thought this wait couldn’t get harder. Just when I thought I couldn’t hang on any longer.
God showed just how much I could handle. And I am sure I could handle more… So no need to test me… Please.
I got it… He is in control. I am not.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.- Proverbs 3:5-6
This is the most helpful thing I could to help with my Large Family. I just wrote up a menu plan from August 21- November 30th. I keep all my recipes on my pinterest board FOOD FUN or Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Egg free….is that even possible? I do print some of my recipes to keep in our family binder but typically just bring up my pinterest boards and fix the recipe from that. I even planned nights we needed to eat because of soccer games.
First thing on my mind when I wake up is what will I feed these kiddos for supper….this takes the load off immediately.
seems to be a saying…that keeps popping into my mind as we wait for our sweet boy. Our son was born with biliary atresia and has had the Kasai surgery. He is doing extremely well. But we are not living in denial that he may most likely need a liver transplant someday. However…
HE NEEDS HIS FAMILY FIRST!!
We are fundraising like crazy and have received the Brittanys Hope grant but we must raise $2500 to receive the full $5,000.
My awesome friend Shari, from Personalized Prints donated 100 shirts for free. She is an awesome friends who I virtually met online while in process to bring Mia home. We just missed meeting each other in Korea to get our daughters and twice now we have just missed each other in Nashville.
She created this fabulous tshirt for us to raise funds for Cade’s adoption fees.
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Praise the Lord!!!!
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Words can’t describe the longing in my heart, to have you home on your special day, your very special and ONLY 4th birthday. I promise you I have great plans for your 5th birthday.
I hung an ornament yesterday in your honor. I know you aren’t here with us in person, but you have no idea how deep you are in my heart. I said yes to you on July 18th. I wasn’t kidding. I wish they would see the seriousness in my longing to hold you in my arms.
I don’t have the words to tell you how sorry I am I have not come sooner, or why am I coming when it’s almost too late? All I know is Jesus doesn’t push us, he wants us to choose and I took a long time. I knew he was pushing me and I was wrong. He was pushing me so hard to come for you and Mia. I wasn’t listening. I was actually running the wrong way, in fact, I am sure Satan was pulling the other way. But then one day the Good Lord gave me the extra SHOVE I needed. I thank him every single day. I pray I will never ignore a nudge, push or shove again.
Here is my prayer for you today: “Dear Jesus, I ask that your arms would be wrapped tightly around the one you picked for me and please guard her in Korea untill I make my way, and then in my arms forever she’ll stay.”
I will forever be asking my girls to forgive me that I didn’t come for their perfectness any sooner. I am so thankful for the love and care that they are recieving in South Korea. Thank you Lord.
Oh yes I did…I pushed and pushed for a December court date and I got it! I dont like having to behave like my paper pregnant hormonal self…but I am who I am.
Oh and yes I did dress us all in stripes…note to self..stop buying stripes.;)
Our first family photo, after Mia became an ‘offical’ family member!!
Judge Emery was so friendly and kind. She asked each of the kids to come up and bang her gavel. You know who was up first….he was all over that!
Next up Camye Renee….looking cute as ever!!
Oh yes and 12 years old is not to old…but 15 years old was…Kennith Blake had to give it a bang.
Little, sweet Mia Grace Heimee….all nervous and fingers in mouth…she even gave it a bang.
Some friends of ours were there to take some family photos afterwards…our courthouse is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Then out for ice cream…..:) Kimchi!!
And almost the entire family…we just need our little Avah home!!
What a journey this has been…such a great and blessed journey we are on our way back for another little ‘Seoul Sister’. This morning we given wonderful news that our homestudy was approved and we should have our notarized copies by Christmas. I highly recommend our homestudy agency in Greensburg, PA, Lutheran Service Society. They are wonderful!!
10 days ago today we were blessed to become the parents to this beautiful little girl. Today was a great bonding day with Daddy! They played outside, watered the trees, played with the ‘Kimchee’, what she says when she wants her picture taken and rode bikes. Today was also Mia’s first day to attend church, she did so well. We didnt even have to go out to the nursery. But Mommy sitting in one place for over an hour is probably a dream come true for Mia.
Okay, I think we may have found Mia’s favortie food! She loves corn on the cob!! She devoured hers and then took the rest of her daddy’s!!! Some of you know that I have been concerned she hasnt been drinking alot, well last night she must have decided she was thirsty. She grabbed her daddy’s big cup and started gulping and hasnt stopped since!!!!
She is bonding really well with her oldest sister Chloe, who is very mothering and will make a fantastic mother someday! I Love to hear how many she wants and where she wants to adopt from!
It has been extremely HOT and HUMID here! That doesnt stop Paul from breaking out the fleece sleepers!! He loves his footed sleepers! I hope he always wants to wear them!!
Mia is definetly a part of the family! She fell and skinned her nose after being home 3 days, which as most of you know we are a house full of accidents!! It looked terrible for a few days but was completely healed for church today and our first post placement visit with the social worker, which went extremely well.
Overall, she has adjusted FANTASTICALLY with our family. I have been warned this may not last or this is our honeymoon stage. But I am willing to roll with it, she has been such a blessing and I have never thought God wanted me to something as much as I felt he wanted us to adopt Mia. He will not leave us now. If she decides in a month, she isnt Miss Personality and decides to be shy…that’s fine! How many 2 year olds do that? If sleeping habits get worse, we will make it. She already throws fits, like any other 2 year old. She already makes messes as any other 2 year old. She is a blessing…no matter what happens….as any child is.
Words can not describe for how blessed we truly are. Throughout this process, people will say to us, that is such a great thing you are doing. I never knew what to say back to this. I feel the reason we were doing this wasn’t because we wanted to be great people or do this great thing…you might even say we are selfish. We wanted to be blessed again with another blessing. Most of you know I am no longer able to have children and what heartbreak that has been for us. God put this on our hearts to allow to us to have another blessing. And a blessing she is!!!
Anyone who has ever contemplated older child adoption, I want to highly recommend it. She is such an awesome and happy child.
We have been trying to figure out bedtime. While we were visiting with the foster parents, I asked how she sleeps and where does she sleep? They said with us on a mattress on the floor. Oh great..as most of you may know, I love my sleep. I mean LOVE to sleep!!! So we decided to let her sleep with us while we were bonding..OH MY. Thats what I have to say to that! She would put her cheek to mine..chest to my shoulder…legs wrapped around my ribcage…both arms spread and one rubbing my cheek and the other rubbing my arm…the ENTIRE night.
CAN I SAY BONDING?? OH yes we are bonded…we called that the Mia CLAMP and a CLAMP it was!!! As snuggly as this was….she wasnt sleeping that great like that and I wasnt sleeping at ALL. So I would put her beside me and snuggle like a newborn..she would sleep like this but fitfully. I decided I had to get some sleep…so her and I moved to the guest room and stretched out and oh yes….we both slept the night away!! And for 3 hours she slept alone!! Below is her all stretched out enjoying her space!!!! Chloe and Camye decided to show her how to eat ice cream..Daddy style..right out of the bucket!! She loved it. Excuse my messy kitchen…I have 5 kids now…it’s allowed to be messier!!