Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's Fat Thursday!! Let's eat doughnuts while we wait!

Today in Poland it is Fat Thursday or Paczki Day!  You have to love a culture that celebrates eating doughnuts :)

Our wait time is getting shorter (hopefully), we are waiting on official travel dates, but were told mid-April.  We are trying to keep ourselves busy by doing projects and a few other things:

1)  Learning Polish.  Kim is doing pretty well.  I on the other hand am probably going to sound like Porky Pig when I get there ;)

2) Painting, painting and more painting.  Bathrooms, a chalkboard wall and a bedroom.  Loads of fun, right?  The chalkboard wall turned out really well and I think the kids will love it, our daughters certainly do.  We painted the bathroom a bright lime green, or as the Disney paint label says, Mike's Mayhem.  It turned out really nice and Kim is accenting it with blues and oranges.  The boys room is next on the list and I hope to have it done in the next week or so.

3)  The last of the paperwork.  We have two more forms to sign and send off!  I forgot how much I miss doing adoption paperwork (insert evil laugh here)

Enjoy those doughnuts today and until next time.......

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Some good news and oh my "we only have how much time left????"

Hello all!!  We hope you are all well.  We received some updated photos of our kiddos this week and it brought so much joy to us to see that they are doing well.  They have changed quite a bit over the last year.  We really can't wait to see them in person.

On that note we were given a tentative travel date and when you put into weekends left before we possibly leave we only have 7 weekends (give or take one or two) to go!!  (insert freak out scream).  The weeks are pretty full so the weekends are the time when we get more stuff done. When we see that number, we are very excited but at the same time it's like "WARNING! WARNING! you must get things done".  It also makes our hearts fill with joy that this part of our journey is almost complete!

Last night, some very dear friends the Havenor Family organized and put on a fundraising dinner for us complete with Polish food, music, and dance.  They are such a great family and we are truly blessed to have them in our lives. 

Hopefully in the next few weeks we have some real dates for travel....stay tuned!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

And now the waiting begins...

Hello again.  We are at that moment that all expectant parents arrive at....we wait to meet our children.  It seems as if time just crawls by, so we have to keep our minds and our bodies busy as we prepare to double the size of our family.

The weather seems to be forcing us to stay inside, which keeps us on task.  We have almost finished the girls room with the exception of adding a few small things.  For the boys room, we still have to paint and put up some storage items, but everyone has beds, so that is something we can check off the list.

We have spoken to a number of families that are 6 or larger to get ideas on meals, organization tips, traveling, etc.  We have enjoyed trying out some traditional dishes from our children's birth country.  There have been a few that are easy and inexpensive to make so I believe they will become regular staples!  I have done some research and have started stocking up on canned goods and non perishables from Costco.  We want to try and have some ingredients on hand so we can easily adjust in those first few weeks home.

We would like to ask for every ones thoughts and prayers for some families with our agency who are traveling to Eastern Europe this week and in the coming weeks to get their children.  They have waited a long time and we pray that their stay in country and journey home is safe and without difficulties.  We have loved living vicariously through them as they have paved the way for us and others to come.

I would also like to ask you all to pray for a local adoptive mom who is having surgery this week.  She will be in the hospital for a few days and we pray her surgery is a success and her recovery quick.

Until next time.....