Thursday, December 31, 2009

White Christmas in Texas

I just typed up a long post and accidentally deleted it along with all the photos I uploaded!!! - yuck! I do not feel like typing it all over again so this one will be short. I leave in less than 2 weeks for Ethiopia and I just can't wait. I should be preparing my lectures and instead I'm trying to catch up on my blogging :) We were blessed with a white Christmas this year which was fitting since it was Ezra's first Christmas at home. I wish he would have been a bit older though to really enjoy it. My brother loved it and created the "snowman" you see below. The icy roads were very hazardous and I was so sad for the many people that were stranded on the side of the road on Chrismas Eve night. I wanted to stop several times but it was so slick that even with my brakes on our 4-Runner was gliding at 25 miles and hour!!! I was super nervous and never want to have to do that again. What do I know about driving in snow and ice?? In south LA we called sleet snow just b/c we wanted to see snow so badly. Shoot, sometimes if it was a really thick fog I'd use my imagination and think it was snowing :) Of course then we moved to OK and I found out really quickly what snow was and how when it "sticks" for a month it's not so much fun anymore.
Michael made me very happy this afternoon when he asked me... "do you think we should just go ahead and adopt a baby girl next?" We have been planning to adopt an older boy from Ethiopia for a year and have just been waiting for his Navy job to start (still no news on that by the way) but lately I have been feening (spelling?) for a baby girl from Nepal. I have done some research into different agencies and have had multiple applications next to my nightstand but it seemed so far away since most agencies are already booked up with familes for 2010 AND with the recent government upheaval everything has seemed to slow down so much. So we'll see what happens. I just don't want to have to wait over 2 years to get her. We still will adopt an older boy no matter what but we just don't know if we want to wait until Ezra's older or what. We'll just have to wait and see what the Lord has in store for us.

This is my brother's snowman :)

Ezra went crazy with the tissue paper.

The remnants of Christmas at Nona's house.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New photos...

Here are some new pics of Ezra playing on his new play fort courtesy of Sayce :) and at Weston's birthday party.
The tricycle is his Christmas present from his Parain Christopher.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A bit hacked off...

So yesterday I was watching adoption videos on youtube b/c it lights up my heart to see families meeting their children for the first time and I came across one documentary short called "Fly Away Children"... well needless to say it's not at all a positive portrayal of Ethiopian/International adoption and as I was reading the comments left by people about the video I was SHOCKED and appauled to see the still present racism and ignorance of the human race. People have a VERY strong opinion of something they know really next to nothing about (namely the journey of international adoptive parents and their motives). I just got so worked up about the comments and kept having to remind myself that these people likely are not Christians so I can't really expect them to understand the concept of adoption and yet they are all human beings so they should at least be able to relate to the children as humans who deserve love and security, but even then I was stunned to see that many felt strongly opposed to bringing more "sick, poor people" into the U.S. What the heck??!!! I guess I've been in my little bubble here with a strong support group and friends that are fellow adopters and never once thought that there was a such a contingency of people opposed to interracial/international adoption. I left some reply comments and I know that I will not change people's opinions (especially those seeded in hate) but if I can spread awareness and education I will try. The producers who made the documentary also did a great disservice to international adoption and the families who decide to grow their families that way with their biased and incorrect information. I encourage everyone to go to the youtube site for this film and leave a positive comment about adoption and what it has meant to your family. I know it may seem silly to argue with such people but "all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing".

Also today we took Ezra to a great park off of Camp Bowie in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. I just love it out there. Michael and I both took turns swinging and we were both SHOCKED at how fun swinging is! I mean when is that that people stop swinging? I can't remember the last time I did as a child. Now I get why Ezra always points to his swing outside wanting me to push him. It's very freeing.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Great video

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Weston!

So for my little brother's 8th birthday I took him to the Dallas Aquarium and then to Medieval Times for some sister/brother time. We had a great time as he is an animal lover like myself but he just cracked me up at Medieval Times. I tried to explain to him that the fighting was fake and that the knights weren't really going to kill/chop up each other but as you can see from some of the pics, I guess he doesn't really trust his big sis.

"I can't watch..."

Horsing around...

Here are some pics of Ezzy's latest antics. He's learned to climb and has surprising upper body strength. I've already found him climbing up the armoire, and on top of the kitchen table - yikes!!!



Ezra got this rocking horse from Ayan, one of the Somali girls I volunteer with.


Apparently he thought Herman would make a good substitute horse.

Snow Day...

So we woke up the other day to the first and possibly only snow we'll get here in TX. It didn't last very long but it was really exciting to be able to witness Ezra's first snow. He didn't want to come inside but it was melting so quickly and he was getting soaked. Michael bundled Ezzy up and decided to dub him, "Ezra glove hands" :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Garage Sale Success!!!

So this chilly weekend Michael and I had our garage sale for Ethiopian orphans to raise money to ship much needed supplies to Ethiopia when I go in January. I asked for donations from our neighborhood and church and we received TONS of stuff. We actually probably sold about 55% of what we got and made around $1,800.00!!! We still have to sale the canoe and a large sofa and that will put us over the $2K that I was praying for. I'm thrilled that it was a success and also thrilled that it's OVER :) We worked our butts off and I have the sore muscles and wind burn to prove it. This southern girl does NOT do cold. The first morning there were actually ice cicles forming on items and we were out there at 6am setting up. Luckily we had 2 fantastic helpers, Marchella and Candice without whom we would have been doomed. Also thanks to Mr. Ray and Mrs. Pat as well as Eric for all their help with take down and storage! If you donated items and are wondering what we're going to do with what's left, I had a family from church volunteer to do another sale in their neighborhood in the Spring, some stuff I'm donating to the family from Somalia that I volunteer with, and the rest we'll donate to Catholic Charities.
I also have a few pics of Ezra playing in the snow we got unexpectedly the other morning, but I'll have to post those a bit later on. Also I put up our Christmas tree today and Ezra has already brought me several ornaments, pointed to them, and said "ball?". Can't wait to see what the tree looks like by the time Christmas gets here :)