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Saturday, August 22, 2015

This Girl Cracks Me Up!

Madi is such a little performer.  She loves putting on "shows".  Today she dressed up like an angel and sang "Hark the Harold Angels Sing".  I think we need to work on the lyrics, though, because she said, "God and sin, restaurant style", ha!!

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lots of Change at Our Casa

Whew.

We've been busy.

I know I say that all the time, but this time, we are extra busy.  So much has happened in this past month it's just been crazy!

This month we lost two men we loved; my uncle and David's grandfather.  We had family in town for David's grandfather's service and spent lots of time with them (we love spending time with family... it's what I call a "good busy").  This month we also made a really big decision.  We decided to sell our house as quickly as we can.  It was a hard choice to make, but we believe it's a very important one.

David has felt a lot of financial strain between him struggling with trading this year and our upcoming adoption.  We still need a van that will fit 3 wheelchairs and a 4th kiddo.  We also have travel fees to bring Deena home.  On top of that, we will have a lot of medical bills coming our way when she does come home.  Our house is up quite a bit from where we purchased it so selling and renting for a bit would free up the equity we have in our house and reduce a lot of stress for David.

Since our ultimate goal is to build an accessible house one day for the girls anyhow, we are hoping to not need to spend the equity and, instead, to be able to use it towards building when work turns around for David.  

For now, we are packing, cleaning, and prepping.  There's a lot of work to be done around here to shine up our house and empty it enough to look nice to sell.  There's also been therapy and homeschooling and the rest of "life" stuff, of course, so life has just been a little extra busy.  

We unfortunately have no news on our adoption.  We are still waiting for our first court date.  Though the wait is hard, we are praying that our house sells VERY quickly so that we can find a rental, move, and get settled before Deena comes home.  

Please join us in praying for a quick sale on our home and a nice rental that will suit our family well.  If you know of any houses for rent with at least 4 bedrooms (4 and a den would be amazing) on our side of town, please let us know.  

Thank you for praying for our family!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

We Are Alive!!

I know things have been really quiet on our blog lately, but we are alive and well!

Unfortunately there is no news on our adoption, which is really the biggest reason why things have been so quiet.  I have a child on the other side of the world that I've only spent a few hours with, but that I love more than anything.  I've advocated and fought for her for over two years now.  No matter what I do, though, I cannot get her home faster.  It stinks.  My heart and mind always feel like they are tugged in two different directions.  Life here happens quickly as we are busy, but Deena is always in my thoughts.  I think about her, pray for her, dream about bringing her home, and then meet the disappointment daily that we are still waiting with no news.  I try to be optimistic and patient, knowing that everything will happen in God's perfect timing, but it is still just plain hard.  Our court date June 16th never happened because after their month and a half summer break there was still no judge.  To this day, there is still no judge.  We need about 3 court dates and are still waiting for our first.  I'm praying it can happen soon and really wish I had the power to speed it up.  I will say, it's a great way to (attempt) to practice patience.  



Other than that we have been enjoying our summer.  We don't take full summers off but do the "extra" fun stuff we run out of time for during the year.  We have studied lots of fun topics like planets and fossils and have also done many fun artsy things.  We also do lots of reading.  We recently went to the Museum of Natural History for the first time and the kiddos really loved it.




At the beginning of the month we participated in the walk-and-bowl for spina bifida with the Spina Bifida Association of Arizona.  It was their first year doing the event and we had a blast!!




We have a pool and have been doing a TON of swimming.  The girls are not yet swimming independently, but they are getting close!  They all love being in the water and it's great therapy for the girls.  Conner got a snorkel, goggles, and flippers a few weeks ago.  He says that he is practicing for Hawaii, though we have no plans to go to Hawaii in the near future :).  We would really love to go there one day though!



The girls both got the HKFOs fine tuned and those are fitting great.  Madi also got her new AFOs to wear when she is in her wheelchair or just relaxing at home.  Our hope is to keep her left foot stretched out a little better to help her with standing in her HKFOs.  She calls them her "pickle braces" because she requested green like a pickle.  She is pretty proud of them and has been tolerating wearing them pretty well!




We all got summer cuts and I also got my hair colored.  The girls LOVE getting their hair cut.  Ramya decided to go shoulder-length and Madi chose to keep hers longer.  They both look adorable!




As I shared in my last post (like a month ago, ha!!!), I had been feeling in a bit of a funk since Madi's last shunt surgery and had decided to do a 7 day juice cleanse.  I successfully did my 7 days and have been drinking a green smoothie for breakfast every morning since then.  I am happy to report that I have a lot more energy and am feeling much better.  I have also been making it my goal to work out daily.  I missed two days over the past 3-ish weeks because I was sick, but other than that I have been sticking to it.  As a mom of kiddos with special needs it can be really hard to make time for yourself, but I also know it's important I keep myself healthy so I can stay strong for my girls.  It helps me manage stress and that's pretty huge!!  

Tonight on the treadmill... not amazing because I am not a runner so I just walk fast on an incline, but hey, it's something!  Every day I am able to do just a little bit more.



I think that's really all there is to report for now.  Please be praying  that a judge will be assigned to the hall in the Bangalore court this week and will hold our first court case promptly.  Please be praying for all of us while we wait, as well as for sweet Deena.  David's grandfather, John, is also very sick and he will be entering hospice tomorrow.  We haven't been able to visit him yet because we have all been sick (especially David who was sicker than I have ever seen him before.  Thankfully he is on the mend and almost completely better now).  Please be praying for him, David's grandmother, and the rest of our family during this time.  Please also be praying for David as he is still struggling to get back in to the swing of things at work.  I know he is very discouraged and it's been really difficult.  He's such a good trader but he's just going through a funk.  Things just really seem to fall apart right before you adopt.  It happened when we adopted Ramya too and it's just not so fun.  We do know we were called to adopt Deena, though, and trust that we will get through the hard times while we wait to bring her home.

Thank you for all of your prayers!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Feelin' Kinda Funky... My Random Thoughts Tonight

Since Madi's latest hospital stay, shunt surgery, and shunt infection scare (no infection thank God!) I've felt like I'm in a bit of a funk.  Stress = eating for me, so I've been craving (and eating) all the bad stuff.  This, in turn, makes me feel bloated and yucky, which in turn makes me feel more funky, and that leads to, you guessed it, more eating.  

I decided I needed to fill my body with nutrients and get out of this funk so I did a 7 day juice cleanse.  Yesterday was the last day of my cleanse but I feel like I have SO much more energy and have decided to have a green smoothie for breakfast every day to start my day off right.  I hope to keep it up!  I've also cut the junk and gone back to whole foods.  I have been working out at home any evening I can and have been making sure to spend time in prayer each night.  I know it's important to take care of myself, which is one area I don't often do great in, but I am really trying!  Oh, and tomorrow I'm getting my hair trimmed and colored.  I'm starting to feel back to my normal spunky self, and know that will help too.

What are some easy, but important, ways you take care of yourself?



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Madi Proving Those Doctors Wrong.....

"She'll never walk..."


I can't wait for Madi to walk up to those doctors who doubted her one day and show them they were wrong, though even if they weren't it wouldn't have mattered one bit.  She would still be every bit as amazing.  It just goes to show you that you can measure a child's level of function, but you can never measure their determination and inner strength.  

I can't believe how far she has come!  I am so proud of her!

(Please excuse my lack of make up, the mess, the bird that wouldn't get off my head, and the fact that this video was literally taken by an 8 year old :)).....


Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Quick Update on Court in India

I heard back from Pryanka today regarding our first court date in India and our adoption approval.  Unfortunately there is still no judge in the court we are in to be able and review our case, so nothing was done on the 16th.  Please join us in praying that they get a judge in there quickly and that we will not need more than 1 or 2 court dates (I think 3 is the average in that court, but Ramya's adoption was done in 2).  I can't wait to have our little gal home, and pray it is SOON!

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Quick, but Big, Adoption Prayer Request

We have been so busy lately, I feel like we have gone MIA.  We are here, though!  Madi's shunt is healing nicely, both girls had a great appointment with Dr. Goggins, our orthopedic surgeon, Madi just got fitted for daytime AFOs (which she wanted the color of pickles... even though she doesn't like pickles :)), and life is good, just very busy! 

I have a quick adoption prayer request I want to share.  Our first India court date is set at June 16th, but as of right now, they do not have a judge in that particular court to oversee our case.  Please pray they get a judge in there quickly so that our first court date does not have to be postponed.  We estimate we will need a total of 3 dates, and are hoping to travel in 4 months.  I'm praying that there are no delays.

Thank you!!