Now begins our journey in to homeschooling and, hopefully, getting Ramya here with us so we can start our journey as a family of five. I am so crazy far behind on things and I am hoping to use this time before Ramya comes home to catch up on life a bit. I know you never really catch up, but I am hoping to go from 10 steps behind to only 1 or 2.
Conner will start Kindergarten at home in a few weeks. We will be using My Father's World for our curriculum (though, knowing me, I will change it around a lot ;)) and we also have an awesome art curriculum we will be working through. I have my Master's degree in education and four years teaching under my belt, but I am still nervous! Madi will do activities here at home, but will also go to Preschool two days a week. She is SO excited! On a lighter note, today Conner spelled "bat" by himself and informed me he was done homeschooling because God already gave him a really smart brain. I told him nice try!
Today while Kaylynn and Madi were napping, I was feeling sad about saying goodbye to Kaylynn. To distract myself, I opened my computer and checked my e-mail, only to see that we have our first court date! YEAH! God knew exactly what I needed to hear today! It was a good reminder of why we needed to stop babysitting and focus on getting things in order... we have a daughter coming home to us soon! August 23rd is the first date for court. I can't remember how many days we will need total, so I e-mailed our adoption coordinator and will update when I know. Please keep our first court date in your prayers. Pray that the courts move quickly and efficiently so we can get our little girl home. We will not be traveling to India for our first date, as that is not protocol for this part of India. Instead, someone from the orphanage will go and represent our family. Please keep that person in your prayers as well. Of course, we always hope you will pray for our sweet Ramya ;).
Oh, I almost forgot! We got photos of Ramya opening her first gifts from us. We were SO excited! Ramya seemed to love them all and is getting lots of use out of her babylegs and knee pads according to the orphanage. She really seemed to enjoy her photo album. There was also a picture of her standing with nice straight ankles! We were totally blown away. The only photos we have seen of Ramya standing show her on her ankle bones. It looks like she is making great progress! Once she gets here, I am thinking she will need good AFOs and either a walker or walking sticks, then she will be good to go! The orphanage also says she tires easily, so she made need a wheelchair for long distances, we shall see.
Thank you again for following our journey and for praying with us as we walk it. We really appreciate each and every one of you! Here are a few photos of our family taken recently: