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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Help Needed - Disrupted Adoption

There are times when parents have exhasuted all options, times when drastic, painful, but neccessary action is needed to take place. That is when respite care or disruption happens in a family.

Respite care is when a family (related or unrelated) takes in a child or sibling group for a specific time to allow the parents to regroup and come back to try new things with the children. And a disrupted adoption takes place when the family decides that the children aren't doing well in the home, with these parents and/or children, and the best thing is to seek out a family that will provide a different atmosphere for these children. Don't judge these families harshly, adoption is NOT like having biological children where your DNA is passed on to the child. With adoption, you don't know what issues will present themselves until the child is in your home. You have no history to assess what this child will be like, or whether they will flourish with siblings, or if they need to be only children.

With that being said, there is a sibling group of two that needs a family. If you're interested, go to Christine's website at www.smilesandtrials@blogspot.com

Here's the link to the information about the two children, 10 and 12:


Friday, April 9, 2010

Independance and Tonsil Extraction

I've been busy dealing with a little munchkin who is pretty much done with naps, so I've been a bity busy. But I've added 3 posts tonight so be sure to check them out. I have videos from Eli's birthday, and just some fun happenings around here.

Eli is doing great these days...well, except for the swollen tonsils, but we'll get to that in a minute. I can tell his comprehension is really taking off.

I'm more of a stand offish type mom these days. I'm working on letting him fail so that he can figure out how to fix it. I can't tell you how many times he's spilled, gotten the towel off the fridge, cleaned it up, and returned the towel (we're still working on getting the towel in the wash). And he cleans up after himself if he has an accident in his pants. He chooses his own clothes and takes them off the hanger each morning, and is starting to brush his teeth all by himself. He's really becoming independant, which I like. He can even open the fridge and get the butter and milk out for me when I ask him for it. His two favorite phrases right now are "Really, really _____" and "Momma, all by myself." Man, this kid is really coming a long way.

Just yesterday we had a fun conversation:

Eli: Momma, go up. (We were going up a bridge in my car)

Me: What comes next?

Eli: Go down!

He's starting to get the concept of sequence, which I think is amazing.

Now to his tonsils...they are swollen. He's a 4 out of 4 on the swollen chart...not good. The ENT thinks that he may be experiencing sleep apnea because he's started to snore. And that's really not good. So we're looking at dates to get his tonsils out. I'm not sure if adenoids are coming out, too. Sigh...I'm REALLY not looking forward to it!

Dave is heading to Germany in May, which will be fun for him. He loves Germany!

Misc pictures and videos

Eli LOVES his momma, that's for sure :)

Some Sports Videos. Eli cracks me up...he's really good for a rookie!

Eli's 4th Birthday Videos

We didn't do a big thing for Eli for his birthday, but he still got the idea. All week he was telling people it was his birthday and that he turned 4. It's really cute!

Eli loves his first (of many I'm sure!) car. It's a Jeep like Mommas.

Driving around in his new car. Dave installed a remote kill switch...does he hit the chair or not?