Here are some pictures from Jan. 6th that I wanted to share:
|Here are the gifts that we have all ready to go for 'after' court. I got them ALL ready to go on Jan. 5th... hoping we'd need to be handing them out of Jan. 6th! They are still sitting on our table!|
|Here's a close up on the photo card I made and attached to each gift... I wanted to leave a picture of my precious babies with everyone who helped us! I'm so thrilled about how cute they turned out! I just had to share! :)|
|Here we are trying on the NEW boots that Aunt Linda sent. I took them home and we had to exchange them for 3 sizes smaller. Grace wears a 6 and Faith wears a 5! They were THRILLED and LOVED them!|
|From left to right: Symbat (translator), Me, Phil, Alexander (Svetlana's husband) and Svetlana. (Her son was taking the picture!)|
|The delicious goose! It was wonderful. Svetlana cooked it with apples, pineapples, and oranges. It was wonderful!|
Here are some pictures from our visit to the babyhouse yesterday - Jan. 7th!
|Phil discovered that you can turn the view finder on the camera around so that the girls can see themselves while we're videoing them... This was Faith's reaction to seeing herself in the screen! ;)|
|Isn't that precious?|
|Grace... She LOVES these Dora glasses and wears them most of the time! (so so so cute!).. It's amazing how much different they look with some cute piggy tails and hair bows! ;) They want me to fix their hair everyday FIRST thing! ;)|
|Faith and I... Doesn't she look different with her hair pulled back? They are so precious! ;)|
|Grace had taken her hair out... and decided to put the book on her head! SILLY girl! ;)|
|Papa had an owie... Faith was taking care of him! ;)|
I am going to be honest here today... I had to fight off a melt down today while at the babyhouse... I am just so tired... the past 3 years of fighting for my kiddos has proven to be exhausting... I am just so ready to get them out of here and home and safe and loved. I am so tired of wondering and being watched... and feeling guilty and afraid for things as simple as baby lotion on their hands. It's truly incredible... and SO tiring.
There are times when we get so tired... and just want to fast forward life a little to get through this yucky part.. :)
However, as we were eating lunch today and I was telling Phil... I don't want to fast forward and possibly miss what God is trying to do... I have no idea what that is... but, I've always known down deep that our journey/life/adoption was for a HIGHER purpose that what we knew of... I just know and feel that the Lord has a plan in all the delays... all the discouragement... all the 'stuff' that gets so old and tiring to our selfish fleshly minds..
I was telling Phil that I know that it will only be seconds until I'm looking/thinking back about this very time... and 5 years will have gone by... I will be the BUSY, yet content happy Mother to 4 adorable, sweet, and wonderfully adjusted and bonded little girls!
We are trying so SO SO very hard to relax... enjoy the time... seek the Lord and continue to trust him that his ways and timing are PERFECT!
Let me just tell you though that there are times when I want to scream... when other families (who have arrived LONG after us) are finished with court and taking their babies home.... I want to say... OK Lord... HELLO! BUT, as quickly as we have those selfish/fleshly thoughts... we are reminded of all the ways/times that the Lord has proven to us that he is doing something FAR greater than we know...
Faith and Grace.... your precious little lives are touching so many people... I can't wait to see what awesome things God has planned for your little lives! Wow! Gives me chills! I am honored to be your Mama! :) You bless my heart in ways that you don't even know...
Have a wonderful Saturday and remember today to NOT take the little things for granted.... there are thousands of babies/children/kids/adults worldwide who don't have the little things...
Just thought I'd share one my my favorite quotes... just a little something to think about today... What can YOU do to make a difference??
"Sometimes, I'd like to ask the Lord why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world, when He could do something about it... but, I'm afraid He might ask me the same question!"