The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture. - Doug Phillips

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012


Sorry to not share more details, but honestly, I'm not sure what all I am allowed to share.  And to be even more honest, we don't have a ton of details anyway.  It's a girl, and she recently turned one, and she has some complicated medical issues.  We're ready to meet her and ready to welcome her to our crazy loving family.  She's only about 6 hours away too, so no passports required!!

I'll share more as I can.  There's a reaaaallly cool story about the name God gave us for her!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's a girl!

Third time in three years. No international travel required. It's a(nother) girl! To God be the glory!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Five Months.

Five Months, huh?  Since I last posted on this thing?  I've started a few posts in that time, but every time I try to sit for a few minutes to put some coherent thoughts together, life gets in the way.  And by life, of course you can assume I am referring to children.  kids.  littles.  They like this mommy and any time I stop doing something for at least 5 seconds, their antennas shoot up.  This makes doing something like talking on the phone, typing up a blog post, or emailing a friend nearly impossible.  Yes, I still email.  I'm not on facebook. 

Wow, I don't know where to start.  Five months is a long time, and there are a lot of events to talk about.  I don't have that much time, so here's a condensed version of the last five months. 

Everyone is doing well.  After you read what I'm about to say, you might think that is a weird statement, but really, we are all well.  Sunny just had her fourth operation on her legs, to replace a rod that had migrated through her bone.  The surgery was more successful than we had anticipated, and we are praising Jesus for that!

Happy New Year! (Chinese New Year)

Addy is about to have surgery.  She needs to have a Vagel Nerve Stimulator put in her chest.  An electrical lead will run up her neck and hopefully reduce the seizure activity that is going on in her brain.  She is on the max doses of two very strong epilepsy drugs, but they are not totally controlling her seizures.  This surgery is taking place on April 12.  We are believing God for a successful surgery.  Addy has been doing awesome at school lately!  She is getting great notes sent home from her teacher and she is so happy to get on the bus every morning!  She is going to be starting all day kindergarten in the fall.  Oy...this mommy is already dreading it. 

The boys are growing like weeds, and because they were tired of being shown up by the girls and all their doctors appointments, they both decided that they needed weekly allergy shots.  Kidding, but seriously, for the next 6 months, I have to take them for two shots each, every Wednesday.  We eventually get to go down to once a month, but we will be doing them for the next five years.  I can already see the shots working.  We found out the hard way last summer that Jesse is deathly allergic to fire ants, and living where we do, the shots are a must.  When the five years is up, he should have built up an immunity to fire ant venom.  We're believing God for that!

It's Rodeo Time in Texas!

My mother in law has been battling breast cancer these last few weeks.  She had surgery to remove the tumor and is currently in the middle of a round of radiation.  We are believing God for her total healing!

I am still homeschooling the three bigs, while Addy goes to school each morning.  I am so thankful to spend my days with my children.  There are definitely hard days, when I seriously debate loading them in the car and enrolling them in public school, but God is ever so faithful. 

I got to attend our church's women's retreat this past weekend, and it was such an amazing time.  I didn't realize how badly I needed to hear from the word, and it turned out to be an entire weekend of hope-raising, life-giving scripture being poured out over us ladies.  I could have stayed for a whole week, just soaking up the promises of God and the fellowship with other women!  I can't wait for next year's retreat! 

So, that's it in a nutshell.  I better not type too long because my kids will soon notice the heinous sound of silence and will be looking for me.  They don't know I am hiding in my closet! 

Birthday party dodge ball!

Oh, one more looks like we are not done adopting......more on that to come!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Show Hope.

Thank you Show Hope and all those who give to Show Hope.  Through your donations, children like Addy and Sunny are coming home to their forever families.  We are a double Show Hope family, and we were blessed and honored to be featured in the Show Hope 2011 Miracles book.  Click below and check it out, and keep supporting Show Hope!

Get Up and Walk

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Birthday girl turns 4!
I'm Back.  I promised an update on Addy, so here goes...

Addy was my "project" this past summer.  I turned the school district down on their offer to provide Addy with "summer school."  Their proposed plan was two weeks on, two weeks off at a different campus than her home campus, and with a different teacher.  Considering it took Addy almost the entire first semester of school to get used to/like her teacher and school, I was pretty sure that plan had disasterer written all over it.  So it was settled at her ARD in May, she was staying home with me and I was going to give this child of mine the most intense boot camp I could come up with.  And any one who really knows me can tell you 

So I got her speech, occupational and physical therapy schedule worked out so that she had therapy every day.  I already told you  Of course, therapy for her means an appointment for me.  My calender is color coded for things like therapy, or medical appointments, home school activities, you get the point.  Therapy appointments are colored yellow.  My calender this summer looked like a giant banana.  Or lemon, i think.  It was more lemon-yellow.  Anyway, it was yellow from top to bottom.  Six appointments a week for Addy and three for Sunny.  I can't believe I still have an intact mind. 

First Day of school.  A quick nosebleed before heading off...never a dull moment!
Addy began listening therapy in summer school with mommy speech therapy this past summer.  She listens to modified music that does crazy things for her brain.  They are crazy good things or this mommy wouldn't allow it.  It would be too difficult to explain how it works, and quite honestly, I'm not sure I could, so just trust me that it's helping Addy discover new things in our world, and spend a little less time in her own world.  Which is a good thing, most of the time.  Addy has recently stopped using listening therapy because we are having some trouble getting her seizures under control.  Which brings me to another subject.

Addy's new Special Tomato Push chair.  Thank you Lord for this chair and for restraint systems like the 5 point harness! Have I  mentioned that she is a runner?
 Addy has epiliepsy.  We've known about it for two years.  Actually, I witnessed her having a seizure about two hours after we got her in Ethiopia.  I knew immediately what was going on, but didn't tell the daddy about it until we were on the plane home...when she had another one.  We began medicating Addy for her epilepsy about a year ago.  The medication that she was using, Zonegran, was working well for a while, and then she began to have some breakthrough seizures.  And they happened more and more often, so we decided a medication switch was in order.  Her neuro switched her to Trileptal  right before school started and it seemed like it was the worst decision we ever made.  The fourth week of school, Addy had four seizures, two of them on the same day which sent us to the ER.  They gave her a drug that basically made her comatose for 48 hours, and doubled the dose of her Trileptal.  It's been two weeks since that ER trip, and it seems like her seizures are being controlled better and that the medication is providing her with some benefit.  Although she is on a pretty high dose, which I'm not thrilled about.  But then again, the seizures are pretty thrilling, and not the good kind of thrilling, so we will just keep doing what we're doing for now.  We are actually seeing a new neuro next week that deals more with sleep issues.  Have I ever told you about Addy's sleep issues?  I don't think I can go there tonight, I just don't have the energy.  I'll clue you in to the joys of a child with a sleep disorder some other time!

New glasses!  Isn't she the cutest!
This past summer, Addy was diagnosed as falling into the category of Moderate Mental Retardation.  We were prepared for this, but it was still surreal to hear the words come out of the doctor's mouth.  I really like this doctor by the way.  She told us to be prepared that Addy will need adult supervision when she is an adult.  But she also says, anything can happen.  And to prepare for the worst, but pray for the best.  That's what we'll keep on doing. 

Casual Friday!
It was a wild, exhausting summer with Addy, and so far school has been a transition.  She has a new teacher this year, and I have already been to her class to observe her and help her teacher understand some of Addy's behaviors.  I was able to give her some good insight about Addy, but also tell her on some things, her guess was as good as mine.  I feel like I know Addy better than anyone in this world, but on some days she is still a total mystery to me. 

Breakfast before school.
Although this post may sound depressing, it's not.  I'm just totally.exhausted.  Life with four kids, seven and under, two of whom have severe specials needs is just daunting at times.  I'm so thankful for the Lord holding me up during these times.  I don't know how any one could mentally, physically, emotionally do this with out the creator of the universe spurring them on.  He is my encouragement every day.  He is my strength, and my portion.  He brought us our Addy.  He chose me before I was born to be Addy's mother on this earth.  And I stand (and sometimes fall flat on my face) in awe that He has chosen us to be His hands and His heart in her life.  Our job everyday is to allow the love of Christ to flow through our mouths and our hands so that she can experience the physical love of Christ.  We are convinced that she knows Jesus better than we ever will.  What I would give to know or hear the sweet conversations that they have.  Or the things that He whispers in her ear, that only she can hear, and we can't.  I can't wait to get to Heaven and find out what their relationship is like.  Oh, how I love my Addy Rae.  I can't wait to meet her in heaven when she is full-minded (i just made that word up) and we can worship Jesus together.  Lord, I can't wait to hear what she has to say.  Let that day come soon!

******I almost forgot******
My favorite picture of Addy from the last month.  She decided it would be faster if she just bathed with her clothes on.  You can't turn your back for a second with this one!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Well, I'm writing this post tonight a little lop-sided.  Tuesday morning while carrying a load of laundry down the stairs and answering a little one's question, I somehow missed the step and fell down the stairs.  So, sparing you from the gory details, I am currently only able to sit on the left side of my rear-end.  Fun, I know. 

So on to the children, the real reason why four of you read this blog.  Sunny's surgery was a huge success!  It was relatively quick, about 4 hours, and the recovery was a breeze compared to previous surgeries.  We usually stay in the hospital for two to three days, but this time we came home the very next day!  There were minimal osteotomies (bone cuts) and the pink cast was cute, and even positioned in a way that she can sit comfortably in her wheelchair!  We're almost two weeks in now and it's not been that bad.  She should have the cast removed in about two more weeks. 

About 4 hours post surgery, rocking the $1.49 bow from the hospital gift shop.

The worst news since the surgery is that on Monday, Sunny fractured her left tibia while at the grocery store.   UGH!  She wanted to stand at the Buddy Buck machine (instead of letting mom do it for her) and she said something "snapped" in her leg.  Well, upon inspection, it appears that the "snap" occurred at an osteotomy site from her previous surgery.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  The child now has two broken legs. 

I called her doctor immediately, who happens to be out for two weeks, so we went home and decided to hunker down and deal with it there.  Our local ER doesn't keep an orthopedist on call that could splint her, and the last time she was splinted in the ER was not a good experience.  We'd just rather take care of it mommy-style. 

I also decided on Monday that I give up with the fractures.  I.give.up.  I don't care if she never walks again.  That isn't really true, but that's how I felt on Monday.  I've done everything I know to do, and yet, she still keeps breaking.  And she will keep on breaking too.  And at some point, I have to resign myself to the fact that she has brittle bones, and that a wheelchair is going to be a big part of her everyday life. 

Speaking of wheelchairs, Sunny has her new chair and it's saving mommy's back!  The chair we have been using was given to us by another OI family and it was SO heavy to get in and out of my van.  It was 20 pounds plus.  Our new one, called a Ti-lite, is only 13 pounds.  13 pounds aint nothin!  I have a four year old, 32 pound Ethiopian child who thinks she's 12 months old and wants to be on my hip all day long, so 13 pounds of wheelchair is a breeze!  Now if I can get her to quit filling up her chair backpack with heavy crap, I should be able to avoid the chiropractor for the remainder of the year. 

Sunny's new chair, except we got Ruby Red!
An Update on Addy is next, including a picture you won't want to miss!