….Jason and I went out for sushi. At dinner, I told him that adoption was on my heart, and asked him to seriously consider and pray about this option. Being the wonderful husband he is, he didn’t shoot the idea down immediately……..like he wanted to. After a lot of ups and downs and discussions and prayer, God “slapped him upside the head” (Jason’s words, not mine) in late May. Suddenly we BOTH knew this was the way God wanted us to grow our family, and Jason was on fire for it as much as I was. Without further concern for how we were going to finance this huge venture, we jumped in head first knowing this was God’s will for our family. With just enough money for our application fee (and some concern that the agency wouldn’t even approve us!), we started this mission. Here we are 6 months later, ALMOST done with our homestudy (thanks for the holdup FINGERPRINT guy!!).
One Year Ago Tonight……. December 31, 2008
Free Speech (Therapy) December 29, 2008
I just realized that I haven’t posted any follow up about Isaac’s speech therapy…….and since I know you are all on the edge of your seat, here’s the news. He finally had his first appointment before Christmas. We are using the Early Intervention program and the speech pathologist comes right to our house…..for free, God love ’em. Our speech pathologist works for Children’s Hospital and she’s very nice. Isaac did great during his first appointment. I have to take a minute to brag on him because she was just shocked at how smart he was. I think a lot of the children she deals with are delayed in a variety of areas, so she wasn’t prepared for him to be ahead in other areas. She couldn’t believe he knows all his shapes (even octagon, pentagon, oval and diamond, people….I’m just saying–circles and squares are for babies). She was also pleasantly surprised to see he knew colors, animals, animal sounds, and that he can count to ten.
Protected: A Runner and a Haircut December 28, 2008
Finally…. December 27, 2008
To all of you out there who sit up at night thinking, “I love Elizabeth’s blog, but if only there were better pictures….and VIDEO!! Then it would be awesome!”, well have I got some good news for you. We finally ordered a new camera that is going to be so much better than what we have. And I will finally be able to put up some video of Isaac so now you can see how funny it is when he is rocking out on his guitar or how cute he is when he counts or says “nooooooo”. Sleep well tonight, faithful readers, knowing you will soon have improved photo quality for your viewing pleasure.
Not Quite Marley December 26, 2008
Last night, Jason and I went to see Marley and Me and we really liked it. The best part was how realistically it portrayed life. Not just dog ownership, but marriage and raising kids. It’s not always hilarious and hunky-dory. I identified with a LOT in the movie. (I am writing this assuming that you have at least read the book, so I may be giving away key plot points here). There is a part where Jen gets pregnant and at 10 weeks they go to the doctor where they are told there is no heartbeat. Jason and I were just in that same position what seems like FOREVER ago, but it was just this past June. We had just decided to adopt and were so excited and then BOOM, found out we were pregnant. Although confused, we rejoiced and got so excited to be adding 2 children to our family. Then the appointment where the heartbeat just wasn’t there. What a confusing time and a lot of asking God “WHY???”. I think I see it more clearly now. When we started the adoption process, a small part of me worried that I may be giving up my quickly fading “fertile years” to adopt, and what if I never had the chance to be pregnant again? After that loss and a lot of prayer, I realized I wasn’t “giving up” anything by deciding not to get pregnant anymore. I was saving room in my house for the orphan(s?) that He called us bring home. I am so at peace with that decision now, and I can’t say I would feel that way if we hadn’t gone through that. Now that I have gotten WAY off topic……back to the movie.
There is one part that is the perfect picture of what I feel like life at our house is sometimes. Jen FINALLY gets the kids down for a nap. She tiptoes into her room and lays on the bed when……horror of all horrors, the UPS truck pulls up outside. Marley goes insane, tears the blinds off the window, wakes up the kids and as every mom knows, ruins the whole day. That is just the worst. I think I saw this quote on a shirt or something, and it is so true: Naptime is the new happy hour.
Our dog, Sebby, isn’t nearly the nuisance that Marley is in the movie, although we have had our share of chewed up bras, eaten drywall, and oh dear, the BARKING. The worst for us is the constant refereeing (is that a word?) that I do between Isaac and Sebby and for that matter Isaac and the cats. It does get trying day after day of the dog growling at Isaac and Isaac dragging the 20-year old cat around by his back leg and a fistful of fur. But they are family, and I love them.