Thursday, July 26, 2007

Playing Around

Here's some footage of some soccer being played at Enedaso Home. Jellybean is wearing a blue and white striped shirt with white shorts and Peanut is wearing a pink shirt with red shorts. I think we might have some soccer players on our hands!

The REALNESS of it all...

So, I just realized how long its been since I posted. Yeah...I know...I gotta do better than that.

As far as adoption stuff goes, this has been an eventful month. Our adoption process is a bit out of order due to the fact that we are working with a brand-new program and we already knew who our kids would be before we actually got started on some of the dossier paperwork that needed to go to Ghana. We switched programs shortly after starting our Ethiopian dossier, so we had to wait a while before we could really get started and then when we did get started we had to re-do a couple of things from the Ethiopian dossier. the dossier is done and on its way to Ghana as I type this...we have the boys' placement agreement papers sitting on our kitchen table waiting to be signed (they arrived just as I was about to leave town for a few days)...the Welcome Bags are completed and on their way to Ghana...and within a matter of days the boys will know about us. They will know who we are...they will see pictures of us...and they will be given the gifts that we sent to them in their Welcome Bags.

NOW it feels REAL. Its heavy stuff; its exciting; its scary; its thrilling; its overwhelming. In a matter of months, Z and I will be parents; we'll be responsible for two little boys. Perhaps this sudden realization and inability to form actual sentences and have lengthy conversations is a reason why I haven't blogged in a while. I don't know. The fact that we will be first-time parents to two pre-school aged boys is a bit overwhelming at times. And yet...I KNOW that we can do it. I know that we will be fine. It won't be easy I'm sure, but we'll be fine. We'll find our way to a new normal with two boys and then life will feel as though they've always been here.

Another mom from the group of pilot families in the program is on her way to (or perhaps has just arrived in) Ghana. She and some friends collected hundreds of pounds of donations and thousands of dollars for the Enedaso (Hope) Home in Accra, Ghana. Now the orphanage will have enough money to buy a much-needed generator and to buy bunkbeds for the kids (they have up until now been sleeping on mattresses on the floor). I am so thankful for her leadership in forming a work trip and for taking the initiative to motivate her friends, family, and neighborhood to help with this cause. The kids are going to get new clothes, medical supplies, toys, and educational materials as a result. And...this mom is hand-carrying our dossiers and Welcome Bags to Ghana. Because of her trip, the kids will learn this week that they have families waiting for them. They will get gifts and photo albums with pictures of their new families. They will see pictures of their mom's and dad's faces; they will learn whether or not they will have brothers and sisters; they will learn about whether or not they will have family pets; they will learn about where they will live in the United States. And this mom will be there to witness it. She's offered to take pictures and tell us about it when she gets back. She's offered to measure the kids so we know what size clothing to expect they'll be wearing when we bring them home. And she's offered to pass on lots of hugs and kisses, too. We can't be there ourselves, but I am so glad that she can be there. I cannot wait to hear more about her trip, to see some pictures, and to learn about the boys' reaction to learning that we are their parents.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Welcome Bags

Our agency allows us to send Welcome Bags to our children after we have accepted the referral. Welcome Bags include almost anything that will fit into a gallon-sized ziplock bag and they should include things like a t-shirt, photo album of your family with pets, homes, etc., and letter (for older children - or a letter to the nannies for younger children).

Z and I spent some time this weekend doing a bit of shopping for the Welcome Bag items and then spent some time on Snapfish putting together photo albums for the boys that will be printed and sent to us. We decided to go with these photo albums because it is easy to add captions and labels to the photos, and because the photos are printed right into the "book" there is much less chance that photos would get lost. We made one photo album for each boy (one with a red cover, one with a blue cover) and we put the boys' photos right on the front of the book so that they will know which album belongs to which boy. We decided to make both albums pretty much identical other than that so that they will know for sure that they are going to the SAME place. We didn't want to confuse them by putting different pictures into each album. And, because it looks likely that they won't get home until mid-winter, we also decided to put a couple of snow pictures into the album so that if there is snow on the ground when they get here it won't be a complete shock!

We also bought the boys t-shirts for their Welcome Bags. We decided that since we are both alum of Iowa State University, Cyclone t-shirts were the perfect fit. And, I think we did pretty well with finding good t-shirts for the occasion.

And a close-up picture, just for fun!

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Live Earth
All Day
Listen In
Listen Up
Take Action

That's all I gotta say...

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A Complete Shamble....

My house is a complete MESS today! Z and I decided this was the weekend that we needed to re-arrange the house so that the boys will actually have a room. We have a second bedroom, which we've been using as an office for the entire time we've lived here, and we have a second "living room" in the basement. So, we decided to do away with the second TV room and make that the office (thereby making the current office the boys' room). We were planning to wait a while to do this, but I've been collecting "stuff" for the boys lately and we have no where to put it all. To top that off, we found a fabulous deal on a set of bunk beds and decided we couldn't pass it up. All this means that we have to make room for all of this "stuff" for the boys.

I am so excited that the boys will now have a room in our house that is designated for them. It means that I get to start setting up the room for them, washing all the clothes I've bought for them and really start imagining the boys living here with us. Before this weekend it was all just about imagining that the boys will someday live in the office, but the thought of moving the entire office down to the basement and emptying out the basement for the office was too much to bear. Now, we are mostly done with the big move. We got rid of a couple of love seats (that were hand-me-down anyway), and we'll have to buy another set of shelves for storage in the basement, but its all do-able now. The end of the BIG MOVE is in sight.

I think I'll sleep well tonight....and I'm so glad that blogs don't have smell-a-vision, because I don't think anyone would want to get near me right now!