Friday, June 30, 2006

HOME STUDY APPROVED!!

Wow, things are moving along so fast that I feel like our heads are spinning. Our social worker emailed to say our home study is approved and that she will be sending much of our paperwork to be state sealed. We are having our fingerprints done today, too. It's taking half the time that Mya's prep took but then we don't have to repeat some of the things we did for the original home study. BUT, the wait times after our paperwork goes to China is double that of a year ago. That part is a major bummer.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Roots













If you have connections to this cabin in Marine on St Croix, MN, you could be related to us. Give us a comment if you are part of this clan.

Saturday, June 24, 2006


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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fingerprinting scheduled


I can't believe that we sent in the I600 paperwork last week and have an appointment to get our fingerprints taken next week. It takes a long time to get all that processed after the prints are taken. So, we'll be waiting for that next big step. It can all be quite exhausting. Just ask Mya.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

After rockin' grandpa comes swingin' brother


That's One Rockin' Grandpa

Gotta love a nice, soft rocking partner.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Just love this Photo

It's my mom and dad taking a walk down their driveway last fall.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

In the Mail

Today, we are sending off our paperwork to the government so that we can be fingerprinted to go get Lily (our 2nd Chinese daughter). It's a big deal in the adoption world!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

3 Beautiful Babes


Aren't they just too cute!?! Thanks to Tami for taking this shot for me.

Blog Tag

Becky tagged me and here it goes.

What were we doing . . .

20 years ago:

I'm so old this could have started with 30 years ago when I was just a pup but alas, it starts at 20. In 1986, we bought a our second house, a split-entry (a style I swore I would never own but I fell in love with that house), we were pregnant with our second child (Carrie) and Keith started his second EE job. This is the first time I realized it was our year of seconds. That was an interesting summer. I was working at a local hospital on many different shifts. Keith had to go out of town for a couple days. I took our son all the way out to my parents (2 hour drive) to leave him there so that I could work a couple overnight shifts. It was really hot that day. I woke up that afternoon and moved down to the lowest level hoping to cool off. I had turned on the TV for company and was laying on the sofa, with my back to the TV. I was kind of dozing when I heard them say that a tornado was on 85th Avenue in our city. What a shock--we lived on 80th Avenue. I rolled over and looked at the screen to see live footage of the tornado. Then I went outside, yes, just what they tell you not to do. It was incredible. The tornado was about 5 miles east of us. Of course, Keith was flying into town that day. Is it any wonder that Carrie came 3 weeks early!!!

10 years ago:

1996 -- We were in our 3rd house by then and busy finishing rooms for Carrie and Joe, in the lowest level. I do not recommend this because garden windows make sneaking out really easy. At any rate, that is the year that a group of us started an outreach in the northwest metro area. Crazy!! The meeting place was in our old city, about 6 blocks from our old house. How funny is that? I was not working at the time. Erin started Kindergarten that fall and Joe started 7th grade. Carrie was in 4th grade. We still think we should have kept the kids in Christian school but no, they went to public school that year. In retrospect, I'd have to say that junior high is not the time to change schools on any kid.

5 years ago:

2001 -- Many struggles that year. Keith started working a contract job that promised to let him work from home. I was working 45 minutes from home. Joe was not happy. We survived.

3 years ago:

2003 -- Carrie and Erin were back in Christian school, I was still working 45 minutes from home. Joe had moved out. Keith was working from home. Carrie was celebrating one year post-brain tumor survival.

1 year ago:

2005 -- Oh how far a couple years can bring you. I had surgery in January. We brought home our 4th child-- Mya -- from China in April and Carrie graduated from HS and went to college ten hours away, Keith and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. What a year!!!! My sister-in-law asked me about the China trip and I told her it was the hardest thing I had ever done. Amazing, I had difficulties with my son, had a daughter who survived brain surgery and this little one was the hardest thing I had ever done. I'm not minimizing the other situations, it just felt overwhelming at the time. I am so thankful that I serve a God who is greater than any situation in my life.

Yesterday:

Erin, Mya and I visited my parents. Dad is 82 now and has Parkinson's disease and has greatly slowed down. Mom is 70. They celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. Mom is amazing. She keeps that household running, takes care of everything, including my dad and still has time to knit for needy kids, makes baby quilts for the county and quilts for all the grandkids. Erin will be staying with them next month and plans to continue to learn the finer points of quilting.

Today:

Mya and I are in the family room, watching children's TV. Keith went to work hours ago. Carrie just left for work. Erin is still sleeping. I'm on the computer. You could say this is a very typical morning for us. This afternoon we will go to the county seat to get police letters to put in our Dossier to send to China for our next daughter--Lily. Yep, sometimes we repeat the hardest things in our life because they turn out just fine.

Tomorrow:

Same as today but throw in a shift at the hospital. Haven't figured how to get that money without leaving home!!!

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Becky, you're right, that does really make you think and be thankful. Again, I am glad my God is really, really big!!!!


Think I will tag my nephew and his wife -- Duane and Steph. I have to make sure they have a blog site.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Really cool Grandparents!!!!


Hey, you could not ask for better grandparents. Doesn't Erin look like some sort of 4-wheeler model on the front of that thing?!?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mya in April 2006


This is Mya's "Gotcha Day" Picture. It happened to coincide with Easter. Hence the eggs and Bunny. Just a little different than the photo below.

Dad and Mya in China -- 2005


This photo is pretty old. It's from April of 2005. I just love it 'cuz it totally depicts our trip to get Mya. She was attached to her dad's hip, literally, and he was totally exhausted. Mom was not on the favorite persons list. So glad things have changed.

First Potty chair success

A big day indeed. Mya used the potty for the first time last night. It was very exciting. I hope it is the beginning of the end of diapers. Today, we have not had any repeat use, though. So, time will tell. Still, a big step.

Monday, June 12, 2006

OK, Becky, you win

So, our friend Becky recommeded starting a blog so that all of you can keep posted of developments in this burgeoning household. Keep checking back to see if I figure it all out.
verna