Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Lukas: Mom, will you sing the monkey and bird song?
Me: The monkey and bird song? What is that?
Lukas: Mom, the monkey and bird song! You know.
I had no idea what he was talking about. So, I made up an elaborate song about Lukas, a monkey and a bird swinging through the jungle. I was so proud of my song. In spite of the fact Adam was in the corner cracking up at my musical endeavor. After I was done Lukas looked at me.
Lukas: No mom! you know the monkey and bird you're going to buy me.
(insert light bulb here)
Me: Oh.... You mean -Momma's going to buy you a mockingbird?!"
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Just left the doctors. Even after contractions 3-5 min. a part for 20 hours, she hasn't dilated anymore. Christiana is still floating. She isn't engaged yet. She is also "sunnyside up". This could mean a longer labor. Gadese is growing increasingly more silent and tired. She is so strong. I am in awe.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The proverbs you read are Ethiopian. I want you to tell me your favorite one and why. It's that simple. I will randomly pick a winner out of a hat.
*Bonus*- If you can correctly pick out my favorite proverb and are the random winner, you may choose two items.
That's it. Have fun.
Tiny Rockstar Shirt
Contest ends Friday at 7pm
1. To one who does not know, a who garden is a forest.
2. When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.
3. Evil enters like a needle and spreads like a oak tree.
4. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
5. Restless feet may walk into a snake pit.
6. Snake at your feet a stick at your hand!
7. The witness of a rat is another rat.
8. He who learns, teaches.
9. Woman without man is like a field without seed.
10. Unless you call out, who will open the door?
11. When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.
12. You cannot build a house for last year's summer.
13. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
14. The fool speaks, the wise man listens.
15. A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
16. A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children.
17. It is easy to become a monk in one's old age.
18. The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.
20. As the wound inflames the finger, so thought inflames the mind.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After her doctor appointment I went to mine. I have been sick off and on for the last month or so with similar symptoms to post Africa. I had quite a bit of blood drawn. The only thing I know now is my liver and gallbladder are sore and inflamed. I have a fever, nausea, vomiting, and the poops.
I'm hoping they can figure out what is wrong with me, and soon. Please pray for my health and strength to serve my family and Gadese.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thanks to Kim and Sharon I get to shock the readers of my blog with all my weirdness. I'm not sure you all will be able to handle it;)
For your enjoyment at my expense, I also am including my five weird things about me post from last year :
1. When I laugh I snort.
2. If I squeeze my belly it looks like a pound of ground beef.
3. I ran away and joined the circus (true)
4. My front tooth is removable (really freaky) I lost my original in some guy's head while stage diving at a concert.
5. I like the smell of skunks
Now on to the new more embarrassing list.
6. When I squeeze my belly now it looks like 2 pounds of ground beef.
7. Ummm, there's no other way to put this. So here it goes, I pass gas like a trucker.
8. I survived a Mexican jail.
9. I love jalapenos. I can eat a whole jar. My new favorite is sauteing fresh jalapeno with onions and eating that with my meals.
10. I have swam with otters at a zoo when it was closed.
11. I used to babysit monkeys.
12. I am scared to death of confrontation. I avoid it like the plague. It's so bad that even if my order at a restaurant is dead wrong, cold, or just plain nasty, I still won't say anything. Maybe the fear of having someone rub my steak under their armpit is stopping me.
Well there you have it. I hope you all still like me.
So I tag: Because I would like to see more posts on their blogs-They are majorly slacking
Laura G.- I need something from you- anything. Please
Candace; wait you're private. Well maybe you can at least share for my viewing pleasure.
Paula- I know there's nothing new on the adoption front, but...
Robin- Yes, you have an adorable toddler at home now, but what's new?
Jenny F. aka Sandra-She doesn't have a blog. Hint hint. At least email your weird things.
Laura from Stepping out of the Boat- Don't hold back girl. Remember I know how weird you really are.
Kelly from Squid. I know you are taking a break, but maybe you'll share some weird things:)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
If you look to the right you can almost see my front door. Yep, this ramp is the first thing I see when I walk out my front door. When Adam first told me what he wanted to build, he failed to mention it would stand taller than my house and be quite the uummmm, let's just say, big ugly eye sore of a structure from the outside. However, when I hear the sound of kids dropping in, loud music playing, and laughter, it becomes a thing of great beauty.
Friday, October 17, 2008
My social worker and good friend J. went to Ethiopia last week. She was able to take letters and her maternity photos to Alex. We can't wait until she gets back in the next few days. Alex sent a care package to Gadese for J. to give us. One of the things in the care package is Gadese's Amharic bible. She treasures that above all else and has desperately missed it. I also had a wonderful person from my Yahoo group offer to take and buy the underwear and socks to Ethiopia when she goes on a missions trip.
Gadese has settled on a name for their baby. She will be called Christiana Alebachew Reta. We think it's beautiful. She has also decided to stay until March. That is when her original plane ticket is scheduled for. Of course we are estatic to have her and Christiana here for that long. We applied for an extension on her Visa which is set to expire soon(today). We haven't heard back yet. It has been a little nerve racking to say the least.
I continue to go to bed every night and wonder if tonight will be the night that Christiana comes.
Gadese is starting to get extremely tired easily. She is often in bed by 8:0opm and rises at 9:30am. She has a hard time sleeping so spends a lot of that time just lying in a bed. I check on her frequently during the night and sometimes if she is still awake, I'll crawl in bed with her. We'll put on a movie and then she'll eventually fall asleep.
Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. Please continue to lift up her family who miss her very much.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
experienced,"hell" with their bio toddler after bringing home adopted
kiddos. I don't know how else to post this. I feel incredibly safe
with you all. I hope you can help with positive feedback. Many of you
already know our story. We adopted twins six months ago. They are
two. All of our kids have adjusted amazingly. Our adoption has
actually brought out beautiful traits in our three oldest. It's our
three year old that I struggle with. Sometimes I look at him and have
no idea who he is. I do realize a lot is age. However he has gone from
"normal toddler behavior" to I don't know what. I go out of my way to
give him more of my time than normal, I try really hard with
consistent boundaries. He is spitting, biting, hitting, pulling out his
own hair, and overall not listening. I can not leave him in a room
alone with the twins for fear of his behavior. Have any of you
experienced this? What can I do? Sometimes I go to bed so defeated. I
know when Gadese's baby gets here, that it will be one more change he
has to go through. I'm confident this will pass, but what do I do
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Besides the tremendous weight gain? Last check Xia was 19 pounds and Diezel was 21 pounds! Wowzer!
I think one of the biggest changes is; They now sleep with their eyes closed. It has taken months, but they both snuggle down in their bed, close their eyes and sleep peacefully. I remember the first day I laid down with them in Africa, before Adam got there. Even though Xia would not let me go, she refused to look at me and when she did it was with a look of mistrust and disgust. Diezel wanted to be held, but lost out to Xia's control. She would scream, he on the other hand would just lay there and stare. We were exhausted. I decided to try to nap with them. Diezel fell asleep right away. More like past out completely. I put him on the bed. Then I laid down and put Xia between us. She was wiped, but didn't want to let her guard down. She eventually fell asleep. As I dozed I was shocked and saddened to look at Diezel and see the whites of his eyes, with the occasional eye ball. His eyes were wide open, but he was sleeping. I looked at Xia, same thing her eyes were open, but asleep. The slightest move and Xia would shoot me her eye of disdain and hurt. This lasted for several months. After a few weeks, they would let their walls down and their eyes would finally close, only to open again with the slightest movement. They both slept with me for the first few months. It wasn't until their eyes finally closed to a sweet trustful slumber that I put them in their beds. And now? They still sleep in our room in their crib(they share) and every night when I finally go to sleep, I look down on their sleeping bodies and stare in their closed eyes and see how far we have come.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Gadese and I are closing her Target registry on Sunday. The only reason I mention it, is a few of you have emailed me about wanting to do something for her. She is feeling overwhelmed by everyone's gifts. On top of the items bought she has received $200 in gift cards and an incredibly generous check for $200 today. With each gift and card she cries and praises God, lifts thanks to the giver and hugs me. She keeps telling me enough. I think it is hard for her to recieve. I can't explain it. She is overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude but at the same time it is foriegn to her. She feels with the gift cards and now the generous gift of $200 she should purchase the rest of her registry herself. How beautiful is that? I love her heart. Even with nothing in comparison to American standards she feels overloaded. Six pairs of socks for her adopted daughter Eden seems too much to her. A pair of pants and warm zip up to her is way too much. How much is in my closet? She has a pack of cloth diapers, one diaper cover, a few newborn outfits, some toys, $400 in gift cards and money to her name and wants to shut down her registry. Would I do the same?
A part of me wants to overwhelm her with gifts. I would love to have every item covered on her registry before it closes. I would love for her to use that money for stuff she didn't register for. The stuff she was too embarrassed to ask for. Toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, pencils for the kids and etc... If after Sunday you feel like you want to help, please email me. I'm also starting an organization in Ethiopia to be His Hands And Feet and partnering with an amazing organization that Alex(Gadese husband) will be working for. More to come. So there is an opportunity there to help them while helping many others. I'm excited to tell you more.
Please pray that her doctor will be able to deliver the baby. He is the one who is working financially with me. If it is another Dr. then I might have to come up with thousands of dollars.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I never thought I would be doing the dance over the possibility of a new appliance.
But I Am!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thank you. Your emails, prayers, and gifts have brought so much encouragement to everyone in the Boster house this week.
*To everyone who has sent something- please let us know if you have a blog. Gadese would love to put a face with the people that have blessed her. It would mean a lot to her.
Friday, October 3, 2008
And how awesome if all of us carried less?
You know what I mean?
He is officially a teenager and I am officially closer to 50 than I am 20. Tomorrow is also the day of my annual birthday ride. Last year I was able to convince Adam to ride our bicycles 16+ miles to a bluff top winery/restaurant that over looks the river. It was amazingly beautiful with the fall colors. I can't wait. I hope to do this every year. I can picture us now at age 85:)