Thursday, September 21, 2006

Revamped Blog

Welcome to the revamped blog!

As you can see there is a dragonfly theme. Prior to us even starting this blog, we had decided the first design of our daughters room would have an insect theme, mainly dragonflys. Once we get around to actually painting and decorating the room we will post pics to show all the dragonfly-ness there.

The banner at the top has the Chinese symbols for "wait", "gift", and "daughter". Our blog from the start has been "waiting for our gift", it was around time to have the banner show that also.

It also has a fresh,Spring like feel to it, so hopefully it will be refreshing to view as we head towards Fall and then Winter.

Monday, September 18, 2006

4th month LID

Well, tomorrow will mark the 4 month mark of being logged into China's system, so that means ,roughly, because when dealing with timeline it is always roughly until it turns rushedly ;), that our wait should be 8-10 months from now and we should receive our match and see who our daughter will be.

That means that around now, give or take, she should be close to being born, as the average age when you get her is anywhere from 6-11 months old. It is hard to know how to pray, when you aren't sure if she is born yet or not.

So on this celebration of month four... what does one do?


1. I still have to get her sponsorship papers done.
2.I still need to get my shots for the trip.
3.We need to decide on the type of Snuggly we think is best and get that purchased.
4.Nursery set up(paint plus getting a couple important pieces of furniture).
5.Decide on a bottle set up...which seems far more involved and nebulous than the Snuggly choice.

That would be the top 5 things for now to work towards.

Fall has hit quickly and I have found I have not had nearly the time to focus and think about this whole adoption thing nearly as much. Which isn't a bad thing at this point, considering the length of the race at this point. I have found I spend much less time surfing at blogs of families who are presently getting their child, and just sticking to a few familar blogs, most of which are in the same stage of waiting I am at. We have held back buying more baby stuff, you know the cute stuff, the clothes, the books, I think that part is satisfied, at least for a time(plus we are prepared to store much more of it at this point!!!). My mother in law just sent us some clothes for her that they found, another set of pink for the closet(it is VERY nice, top,pants and coat set...for friends and family reading this, pink is okay, but there ARE other colors to dress her in ;). We are just as bad, we have contributed waaaay too much to the pink pile!

Work is busy and that is good, it keeps me from drifting too far into baby daydream mode. And Fall brings a whole new list of tasks to do before it snows... winterizing the yard, getting chopping and storing firewood, preparing the bonsai for will be no time and month five and six will be gone, we will look to Christmas, that will, I am sure bring the baby longings back for a time, then 2007 will be here and having a better idea of the timeline and being able to speculate closer to which month it will be...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Patience... as a virtue...

Well I know that I am not unique in my desire for the time until my baby is in my arms, to be quicker. I am not fooled by that lie. What I do wonder is what is it about Patience, that I don't have it. I think it is Time... Time is what it takes to learn patience. So you can't learn it the first time around... it is not an easy virtue to attain, or that you always just have it.... it is a learned thing... a trial by fire type growth, that requires you to trust and know the one you trust... which takes time... and willingness to put your heart out into the hands of the one you are trusting. He is trustworthy... actually i really know that well, so i need to just connect the dots here... He is trustworthy, so i can patiently leave it in his hands.... trusting that he has the best timing... and has it all undercontrol. As well... He has a reason for the wait.

I remember a little song from which I began my learning as a child. It was a music machine tune... about a turtle who had to learn patience.
"Have patience, have patience,
don't be in such a hurry,
when you get impatient
you only start to worry
remember... remember...
that God is patient too
and think of all the times
when others have to wait for you...."

seems funny to say that God is patient... but it is true... As a gentleman, he never pushes his way in my face, and allows me to learn things at my pace.

even patience... hmmmmm

not that I like to admit to it, but there are many things i don't learn quickly enough.

so much in fact, that this topic is one I have been learning since early childhood... and still have yet to master. i guess that is why we are given another opportunity to learn it...

well that , and the process is on the slow train to China....

hee hee.

just thought i would ponder aloud....
thanks for listening.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Plugging Leaks

Okay, for those who don't know me, when it comes to home repairs I make Tim "the tool man" Taylor look like an utter genius. Well, yesterday was the day of leaks. Our eaves trough has had a leak in it since we bought the place, and of course it drips right over the entrance to the front door. When my in laws were here I had access to a trailer so I went and purchased a ladder to get up there. So that was the scheduled task for the day,however cruel fate had something else in mind...

"Honey, the bathroom sink isn't draining that well". Okay, fine, that is a 5 minute job to clean it out..right.... the plunger came apart and dropped down the drain...Okay, don't panic...just take the u-trap apart and get it...right.... well some *insert insulting word of your choice here* plumber who built the house glued the u-trap, so it cracked the pipe when I was trying to get it off. Normally it is just screwed to Home depot, have to buy not just the u-trap but the elbows, plus joiner pipe as I have to saw everything off and start with basically a pipe sticking out from the wall.

After assembling it, it had one small leak...of course. So I coated everything around it in ABS glue, so far so good...

Off to the roof, after 75 trips up and down the ladder, I got everything cleaned out, dried up and caulked...does it still leak...I didn't want to spoil my day, so I'll know next time it rains...

Plugging today is my 37th B-day, I take hopeful comfort in the hopeful reality that by my next birthday I should have my daughter, plugging the hole in my heart that longs to have her. I hope as she grows up she is handy, so she can do these house repairs... :)