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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!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Update and Pictures

The rest of the week wasn't much better, but progress has been made.  I had a great chat with my mom, who nailed me on not having a quiet time before the kids got up every morning.  So the next day I started.  I missed Wednesday because we were out the door by 6:30am to be at a specialists office by 8:30am.  But other than that I've been faithful.  Even if I can't do an entire study I'm committed to reading 2 chapters of Acts.  And then I pray.  I pray for patience, love for and enjoyment of my children, and my attitude to be a good example to the kids.

Yesterday was really, really rough (I woke up really fatigued and had a hard time trying to stay awake all day) but today has been fantastic!  I'm so much calmer and have really enjoyed the kids today.

We've been trying a new campus to our church the past few weeks (our church has 6 locations in the Metro Detroit area...one in Detroit will open soon, and an internet campus is in the works...it's HUGE!).  This campus is much smaller and more intimate.  I asked Eli which church he prefers, the really big one or the new one.  He said the new one.  I asked him why.  "Because it's SUPER fun!"  Needless to say we're planning on going back :)

I don't want you to think the past few weeks have been nothing but drama.  Here are a few pics to show how we've been spending the summer:

She did her own hair...We had a great laugh about this!

Aw...how cute!

Being creative.  She laid down under the blue mesh sandbox cover.  Then she made a dress out of it.  

At the zoo!  The dinosaur exhibit is back :)


Grapes!  Mmmmm.  Before this, Eli would only eat red seedless grapes.

It was a cooler day so the animals were out in full force.  When we first got home with Eli, I brought him to the zoo all the time.  He was terrified of the indoor polar bear exhibit (all indoor exhibits!).  We walked through with Amelia and Eli said "Momma, do you remember when I was little and I was afraid of this?  I'm not afraid anymore."  Very matter of factly.  I was blown away!  And I was really proud of him for conquering his fear and not being afraid at all :)

McD's play area!

They are so goofy when they get along :)


The Woodward Dream Cruise was this weekend.  If you like cars, this is the weekend to visit Detroit.  People from all over the world bring their vintage (and creative) cars and cruise Woodward.  Traffic goes about 5mph during the cruise...two lanes are dedicated to the cruisers and two lanes are dedicated for "through" traffic, although all traffic is slow.  

Dave drove his first year VW rabbit.  And Amelia and I followed.  Amelia, well...

She practiced her beauty queen wave!  It was so cute.


We've been spending a lot of time outside.

Just a guess, but I don't think a knee hockey net was intended for this purpose!

Amelia out...

Then Eli...

A new kind of "tubing"!


KC said...

Cute kids. Go easy on yourselves. You've been through a lot in the last few months. Meaning, hello, you have two kids now, no wonder you are tired!

steph said...

During a very difficult time of my life, I used to pray for patience. Things did not seem to get any better. In fact, they became worse! I was so frustrated with life and myself and even the Lord. One day when I was pouring my heart out to him about this very thing, He helped me realize something. When we are trying to become physically stronger, we have to continually increase the weights we are trying to lift and our physical output so that our endurance and ability is increased. I believe the same scenario applies to other things as well. If we keep asking the Lord to help us become (or to be) more patient, we are essentially asking him to increase our difficulties so as to increase our ability to be patient. I began to change my prayers asking for help with discerning why my children were behaving a certain way so that I could know how to help them and why exactly they needed help and for the ability to stay calm during situations that elevated my stress level, stuff like that. Anyhow, when I stumbled upon your blog tonight and read this post, it brought me back to that experience. I'm not saying it is wrong to pray for patience, it just may be an opportunity to adjust our prayers. All I know is that after I altered my prayer and left out the part about helping to increase my patience or helping me to be more patient, my life calmed way down. Just a thought from one crazed and tired mom to another:) Hang in there!!

The McGowans said...

Looks like you are doing a lot and building lots of good memories and feelings. If you are mostly surviving, I think that is ok for the the first few months, if not the whole first year. Keep them close to you and you will all be stronger from the struggle. Read 1 Corinthians 13 and apply it to your children. Hard and beautiful. So good to rely on God to help us do the impossible.

Jefferson Hunt said...

Wonderful pictures, and nice hair, by the way. About your comment regarding Eli, that makes me sad. The hospital took a young boy in with some awesome Puma shoes about the same time as me, and I felt sad for him. I know these kinds of things often happen and for good reason and usually have a good result, but I think it's sad that kids have to endure that kind of thing. How awful that Eli has to get stuck. Does it hurt? My throat is killing me, so to speak.