Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Drool monster on the loose!

Okay so Ezra did NOT appreciate us trying to see his new bottom teeth but I just HAD to have a photo record of this "historic moment" :) Someone mentioned the excessive amount of drool on his bib in the pics below and last time that was the warning of things to come, namely waking up several times during the night and then finally cutting 2 teeth, so we suspect that more are on the way since he's started the excessive drooling and waking frequently routine. My sister, Sarah Beth is coming in town today and I can't wait! She's my other half and I'm lost without her. She lives in Louisiana so I don't get to see her as often as I'd like. Hopefully I'll get lots of pics of her and Ezra to post to the blog.
On a more frustrating note 3 of our AWAA families are still stuck in court limbo so please keep them in your prayers: The Kulps, Semlows, and Martins. These kiddos HAVE to come home NOW! So please help us to pray them home.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Another visit to the doctor...

We went back to the pediatrician today with the "Ez" but just for routine vaccinations. Luckily I brought along my camera to capture "hurricane Ezra's" wrath on the paper bench protector thingy. These are the before, during, and after photos but they got posted in reverse order. At least it kept his mind off of the shots I suppose :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Yea it worked!!!

Yea!!! My blog let me post pictures w/o having to do a montage! Hurray! Well as you can see these are cutsie funny pictures of our little man's personality. We love the first one where it looks like he's doing karate! We found out today that Ezra will have to be on Tuberculosis meds even though his chest films were negative - YUCK! We bought a 4 runner and I get to go and pick it up tomorrow and I'm really excited about that b/c I'll have so much more room!! Of course I'll miss my car but it just can't handle us, Ezra, and 2 dogs. sniff sniff...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back to work...

Well I'm happy to report that I have been back to work since Wednesday and I have actually been able to work full days without having to leave b/c of sickness. YEA!!! Ezra is being kept by my mom and a family friend this week and tomorrow. It was soooo hard for me to leave him, oh my gosh. Michael is out of town this week as well so I'm a single mom! ahhhh... I give major props to anyone who is raising a kid on his/her own.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

For the love of a continent...

Okay so I'm feeling much better YEA! Praises on that end. Still don't have all the test results back yet but at least I'm responding... now this post is actually meant to be about one of my favorite subjects - AFRICA!!! In one of my yahoo groups someone posted a question to the other families about if we were going to pursue another adoption and would it be from Ethiopia again. I think, in almost every case of someone pursuing an international adoption, that they have a particular country in mind BEFORE they even decide to adopt 100%. I know for Michael and I, it's one of the questions we get asked the most - "why Ethiopia"?
So tonight as I was answering her question I started to reflect on why it is that I am so IN LOVE with Africa, and I was able to really simplify it even for myself -

I "exist" in America but I'm "alive" in Africa.

Basically meaning that here...I'm comfortable. My body breaths in and out and basically does what it needs to to sustain life. In Africa one week feels like a month. You live a lot in a short amount of time. Don't get me wrong, I love our country and I was beyond thrilled to be back home after we got Ezra and have roads and safe water to drink and be able to open my mouth in the shower :), but at the same time I am sooooo lonesome for the people and the simplicity of Africa. The sense of community and responsibility for each other's well-being that they have there. Of course I'm not naive and I know that not all of Africa is sunshine and rainbows, there's still civil war, rape, genocide, infanticide, disease, famine, drought..... but through all that I see people who have such strong faith and can still smile and be hopeful. I guess THAT is MY Africa.