Thursday, March 28, 2013

favorites

The first three favorites are from last month but we had to document them because we never want to forget the sweetness. :) It is so hard to pic a favorite because there are so many things but here they are, our/my favorites (because we're/I'm {self ;)} forced to pick just one for each ;)).

Littlest
Our favorite thing that Littlest does right now is: Hop up and down swinging both of her arms back and forth as she jumps with a big ole laughing smile on her face. It is just pure natural happy. :)

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Little
Our  favorite thing that Little does is: When you ask him a question that he gets super excited about he squeals, "Yeees!" in the cutest way with the cutest inflection and when he adds raising his arms up to exclaim it with his hands too, oh the cuteness.

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BabyBoy
Our favorite thing that BabyBoy does right now is: Explain something. Anything. When he gets excited or enthusiastic about something he just talks and talks and explains things in such a sweet excited way. :) And when he throws up his little arms and shakes his head at the same time, it is a very exciting story. :-)

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Hubby
My favorite thing that Hubby does right now is: Oh it is hard to choose. I appreciate that he tells me, every day, that I am beautiful, in so many different ways. Every day. Even though I am very hard on myself, and might not want to accept his compliments, he doesn't quit telling me. Every day. All day. He's the sweetest.

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Another Favorite of Mine Right Now 
Organizing! I have been organizing and reorganizing... everything! :) Our room, closets, every room, basement... everything. Our three little people keep growing at rapid speed and are growing out of everything so quickly. And HM is in the stage of almost skipping sizes. So, I have finally cleaned out their closets and dressers of clothing that is too small {insert sad face} and added additional hanging bars to the boys' closet so now everything is so much neater and easier to see and get to. Love it! Though I didn't realize it until a friend pointed it out many months back... I am full on nesting. :) Next, we are going to paint the babies' rooms and reorganize and rearrange their rooms. I cut, Hubby rolls, we are a tight team! :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Adoption Update: March Waitlist Number

Hi fam and friends! Alrighty, here it is. Last month we were #18 on the waitlist.

Our March update is... we are still #18 on the waitlist.

Three months at #18. Five months with no referrals (little ones being matched with families).

With all of that said, we are joyful! We are thankful. No more sulking (well not as much ;-)).

Joyful because we know that God is in. control. We have seen him at work, we have seen him in every detail of our lives in the past, so we know that He still is. Mmm, it's comforting.

Thankful because we know that our agency is going to great lengths to make sure everything is being done the right way. Though they are approached by children's homes/orphanages and have referrals come across their desks, they do not just accept, partner with, or pass along, right away. They investigate, ask every question, collect every piece of paperwork, make sure everything is being done nothing but ethically, that each little's status is true, look out for the best of every single little one.

We are waiting. We are excited. We can't wait to meet our newest little one. But we sit back in God's timing. Whew. It can be tough, mainly because of the dramatically lengthened wait, but it's the place to be.

We are loving and enjoying each day with our little family and we are all looking forward to the day we are introduced to our new "baby girl"/little sister!!

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{We hung these pics up seeeeveral months ago, last frame on the right, ready for our newest little :)}

Our rep said they are close to a referral, so we are praying they are able to match that sweet little one and more truly in need to follow. Thank you for praying with us! And walking with us!

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Boy!

As most of you know, I was an Orchestra Director, played in orchestras, chamber ensembles, had a string quartet that we gigged for weddings, parties, events, and even engagements :), and play for worship teams, and a friend's band. :) My main instrument is violin but as a music major we learned how to play all instruments (some better than others :)). I had and still have so much fun with it all.

When I was pregnant with BabyBoy, I was still teaching and playing more, and he got to hear my orchestras and rehearsals all the time, every day. All kinds of repertoire.

We have music in our house and car all the time, classical, christian, bible songs, and more. All of our littles love to sing and play all of the instruments we have collected so far and we look forward to some more serious learning soon.

BabyBoy is our oldest and he is a lil' musician from the tippy top of his hair to the bottom of his cute little boy feet. He has a great ear, beautiful voice (we have a video each year starting when he was 2 1/2 of him singing O Holy Night and so much more!), and a gift of music. He plays everyday, singing worship songs, makes up his own worship songs. And gets his little bro and sis playing and singing too. And we LOVE it.

The other day I finally went through with cutting BabyBoy's hair (semi-long story :)).

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I clicked on the clippers and started at it. A few minutes in, I hear BabyBoy start humming.

You know when you use a machine and it makes a buzzing sound? If you are a super music dork ;), you hum the same note that you hear through the sustained tone of the machine and figure out what note it is!

BabyBoy was humming the same pitch the clippers was making!

So I started humming it too, and we both started cracking up. He is my boy!

We proceeded to sing the solfege scale (Do re mi or can sing with numbers 1-8 as well ;)), then I attempted for us to harmonize when I had him sing the fifth and I sang the third while the buzz of the clippers held the tonic.

I used to do that all the time and when a doorbell of a store went off, or a tone in the distance, or hum of a running object somewhere in ear's range, I would figure out what the interval and notes were. Music. Dork. ;)

For those who need to know... these clippers hum a B flat. ;-)

BabyBoy is so much like me, and he is only five years old! I keep saying I'm going to have to apologize to him later in life. ;-) But seriously, oh my goodness, he is awesome.

What a fun and memorable moment. I loved it. And I love BabyBoy's love and gift of music. We can't wait to see what God does with him. :) Proud mama ;)

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{I haven't gotten an after pic yet, our poor sweet boys have had a stomach bug the past couple days :( This was from Thanksgiving :)}

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Snowy Smiles

Last week we got, "The biggest snow EVER!" Says our sweet littles... ages 5, 3, and 2. ;) It was about 6 inches. :)

This snow was the perfect packing snow. Not too soft and fluffly and not too hard and icy.

They got to sled in our backyard, i.e., Hubby pushing (or pulling) them as hard as he could down our slightly graded hill. ;) He is the best Daddy ever. Risking the cold wet snow in un-fun (word?) places for our babies.

They built a silly snowman with a carrot nose and blueberry eyes. Hubby is revolting against the all normal three stacked ball snowmen in favor of said snowman in pic to come :) He stands behind his claim that it is more realistic. ;) He just makes me laugh.

And who can get enough of some super cute snowy smiles? Not me! ;) I know, says the mama. hehe :)

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First they got to take a look through Daddy's office window after they woke up!

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Next on the agenda: sledding! Daddy HAD to make a sledding path for them. He is a snowy rocket! 

He has just as much fun as they do and loves introducing them to all of the fun things to do in the snow. 

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Aforementioned snow...man making. :) Hubby says it looked like ET, haha. (You can see how much it was still snowing!)

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Who doesn't want to swing in the snow?

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Some pics from the tiny snow in late January too. That was much fluffier non-snowman making but gotta play in it and try to sled kind of snow. :)

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And I had the very important job of some playing, picture and video taking, retrieving fresh clothes for post snow time, and preparing three little cups of traditional hot chocolate, and chili. ;) You can't hear all the laughing and me and Hubby screaming n' cheering them on as they sledded down our little slope.

Oh boy, I love my people.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Adoption Update - February Waitlist Number

In our last update, we were number 18 on the waitlist.

Our February waitlist update is... our number is still 18.

There were no referrals (little ones matched with families) again. Four months in a row.

And they can no longer give a referral timeline - when a little one miiight get matched with a family. It had changed from 12 months when we first, excitedly, got on the waitlist about 8 months ago, to 12-15 months, then 15-18 months. And now... they can't put a time frame on it.

While we are bummed to not have had any movement, we are thankful that our agency is doing everything they possibly can to make sure that each referral that comes across their desk, every orphanage they decide to partner with, is investigated to the point of knowing that each little one is truly an orphan and that everything is being done in the best interest of the little ones, whether that is reunification, being adopted in country in Uganda, or international adoption. Which is the main reason for the delay/lengthened processes.

Our heart is aching for our newest little one to join our family. We know that He is in control. That He has our newest little girl in His hands. That He has our family in His hands.

We're trying hard to not think about the wait. But boy, it is going to be a long pregnancy.

You know, you enjoy and savor each day with your little family, and when you're expecting, there is an added excitement for all of the littles to meet each other and be together and for your family to be together. And it is so, so sweet to see the excitement in our littles about getting to have another sister. Pure sweetness. They say they'll share all their toys! ;) They have asked for three more brothers and three more sisters. :) And most recently ten more sisters and ten more brothers. Hehe, silly sweet littles.

We continue to thank you for all of your prayers, support, thoughts, inquiries, and love. We are not ashamed to say that we need it. So much love and lots of hugs! Lots. ;)

We're waiting for you sweet girl!!

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Isaiah 43:6 Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.
{A sweet sweet friend gave us a print with this verse on and I can't wait to frame it.}

Monday, March 4, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

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I make these all the time! They are such a great breakfast or snack. They can be a tiny bit tedious with all of the ingredients and chopping the nuts but they are definitely worth it. I love knowing all of the ingredients in the food we eat, though sometimes I'd rather not know and just enjoy it. ;-)

Homemade Granola Bars - With my modifications in red. :)

Ingredients


  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I cut it down to 1/2 cup, tastes the same!)
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I use either Craisins or whatever we have on hand or more recently a mix of Craisins and dark chocolate chips :))
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (I use ground Flaxseed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I always use more :))
  • 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts (I chop almonds in a mini food processor)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use either canola or sometimes some olive oil as well)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • I've also been adding 1/4 cup of sesame seeds

  • Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and spray with vegetable oil spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, raisins, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and walnuts. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly blend oil, honey, egg, and vanilla; pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • 3. Bake 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan before turning out onto a cutting board and cutting into bars.


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    {I forgot to take a pic of the wet ingredients, was too excited to bake and eat 'em :)}

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    {This batch was all Craisins, first pic is Craisins and dark chocolate chips :)}

    Do have a granola bar recipe that you love??

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