Balloon Glow

Every year we miss the Balloon Glow because it is usually the same weekend as Pumpkin Festival.  This year, however, the 2 events fell on different weekends.  On Friday evening, we grabbed dinner and headed down at a decent time to find parking.  The girls were a little feisty before hand – so we almost didn’t go.  I am so glad we went!  It was really fun and a very cool experience for the girls.  

Funny thing – Norah and Lucy loved it, but Daphne was not so sure.  Every time the balloons would fire at the same time, she would cry, “When can we go home?  I just want to go home!  How do we get out of here?”

We didn’t stay for fireworks.  It had poured all day long so the ground was soaked!  Having never been, we didn’t know what to expect so we didn’t take blankets or chairs or anything.  I certainly didn’t mind getting home before it was too far past the girls bedtimes.

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It’s A . . . .

BOY!  We have committed to a little boy from Eastern Europe.  He turned 2 in July and we are super excited!   I am still trying to figure out how much information we can share on our blog.  We are working on getting a button for the blog that will stay on the first page of our blog (instead of getting lost between posts), but for now, here is the link to our page on the Reece’s Rainbow website.   If you don’t know much about Reece’s Rainbow take a look around the website while you are there.  Reece’s Rainbow acts as an advocate for orphans with special needs.

Back to our little guy.  His code name (they are not allowed to list birth names on the website) is Brandon, but we plan to call him Levi.  We are going to keep is actual middle name  – but I cannot share any of his birth name until the adoption is final.

As for where we are in the process:

After a few minor hiccups, we sent our dossier today to our contact with our adoption agency.  She will get it to the country from which we are adopting (again, we are only allowed to say Eastern Europe on here).  It will be translated and then submitted to the government there.  We are waiting on I-800 approval – which we have been told could take up to 90 days.  Although, from what we have seen, it doesn’t always take that long.   Once everything is submitted, we wait for travel dates.  We will take 2 trips.  The second trip can be anywhere from 3-6 months after the first.

At this point, some things have taken longer than expected and others have taken less time than expected.  We are at a point right now where we have done everything that we can do – so now it is in the hands of others.  We are trusting God’s plan and HIs timing with everything – although, it is hard.  Once you see that sweet face and imagine what orphanage life is like, it makes the waiting very difficult.

I know I have mentioned this before, but we definitely appreciate your prayers as we work through this process.  There can be a lot of bumps along the road that can be frustrating and discouraging.  However, we have already see God at work – even as we committed to Levi.

 

Field Trip #1 – Police Station

We are part of a homeschool group of about 20 families.  The purpose of this group to get our kids together for field trips and parties.  It is really nice because there are so many great places to take our kids on field trips – but it is usually easier and more fun to go with friends!  Last year we went on some field trips that I never would have thought to do on my own.  Each mom in our group is responsible for planning at least one field trip and helping on one party committee.  

I planned a field trip to our local police station.  We had almost 20 kids of all different ages.  The officer in charge of the tour did a great job and he was very patient with all the kids and their questions.  

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We have quite a few field trips scheduled for the next couple of months!  If you are a homeschooling family, I highly encourage you to find a group of homeschoolers with whom you can connect.  It is great for the kids and for moms, too!!

Pumpkin Festival 2013

We spent this past weekend in my hometown for the annual Pumpkin Festival.  The girls went to my parents on Wednesday afternoon, and then Kevin and I headed up on Friday afternoon.  My brother, Max, and I ran the 10k on Saturday morning, while my sister and her son ran the 2 mile.  Then we all headed to the parade.  After lunch at my parents’ house, we headed down to the festival for some rides.  As always, the girls had a great time.  Norah said that she wishes the Pumpkin Festival happened more than once a year.

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My mom and 4 of the grandkids – waiting for Alison, Ryan, Max and me to run by (the 10k goes by their street, the 2 mile goes right by their house).

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And there we go!

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Max and I – pre-race

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Post Race

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Alison and Ryan running by Mom and Dad’s house.

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Daphne and Kevin watching the parade together

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Watching the parade (the VERY long parade) with cousins

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My brother, Rick, and my dad

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This is what happens to a 4 year old after too much Pumpkin Festival fun!  Ha!  Daphne was one tired girl!

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As we headed out of town on Sunday, we ran by my cousin, Katie’s, coffee shop, Eli’s.  I grabbed some treats for the girls and my favorite, hazelnut and toasted marshmallow non-fat frap.  YUM!

As usual, we had a great weekend!  The girls are already talking about next year!!!