Saturday, November 29, 2008
The Rules: Pass this on to 5 blogging friends. Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.
Okay, because I have two books piled in my lap at the moment I will do them both.
FIRST - The Bible:
"And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked.
"I'll send you a young goat from my flock," he said.
"Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?" she asked
He said, "What pledge should I give you?"
"Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered.
SECOND - Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg:
I go back to the regular "Avery has Down syndrome."
There are two versions of the conversation. If the person I call has no knowledge of what's happened -- the premature delivery, the NICU -- I put the news in the middle of the story.
Okay, now who to tag?? I guess I'll go with Jennifer, Wendi, Sherri, Beth, and YOU!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I've said it before and I will say it again. This verse holds much truth. Now maybe you've noticed a strange silence on the blog about our dossier; or maybe you didn't notice that but you have noticed a few little things popping up that made you scratch your head and wonder if you'd missed something; or maybe you've been sitting there thinking it's about time for an update already thankyouverymuch. Maybe; so I guess it's time to fill you in. There has been a pretty major change in our adoption plans that has required us to obtain some new documents before our dossier can be translated and submitted to ICBF.
Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act. Proverbs 24:12
As we pressed on, content in knowing that we were meant to adopt from Colombia, we became more and more aware of the children all throughout the world who are abandoned at birth because of Down syndrome. Bizarre as it sounds, these children could be considered the "lucky" ones, since statistics from the US Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health show that upwards of 90% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. We heard the Tap tap and we said, "God bless those babies." We heard the Tap Tap and we said, "It's such a shame there's really nothing we can do." After lots of prayer and discussions with our family and researching and praying some more, we heard the Tap Tap TAP and we said, "There is something we can do, and it's what we were meant to do all along." God willing, we will proceed with bringing our child home from Colombia but instead of a "healthy sibling group" we will be bringing home our child who has Down syndrome. [I edited this to add the quotes around healthy sibling group because it bugs me that the terms seem to insinuate that children with Down syndrome are somehow "unhealthy"...maybe a little nutty but I like it better this way!]
To put it simply for those who may not understand, as certain as we are that adoption is right for our family we are equally as certain that adopting a child with Down syndrome is right for our family even though we understand it won't always be an easy road. One day I'll share with you some of the little signs that God used to guide and reassure us along our path, the most recent of which was a book that I won from a blog giveaway hosted by Deborah at Sunflower Stories called Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg. I am so looking forward to receiving it because I absolutely cannot wait to read it. In the meantime, we would certainly appreciate your prayers for our paperwork to be completed quickly (again) and that God will knit our little family of four into the perfect family of five.
(P.S. While you're surfing the 'net today, stop by Reece's Rainbow to check out their Angel Tree Project. Even though we aren't using Reece's Rainbow for our adoption, there a lot of children waiting there for a family to call their own. Maybe you can't bring an Angel home or even make a donation, but you can pray for them.)
This is a book of a beautiful photographic journey through the early years of the life of a family with a child with Ds! It would make a great conversation starter for raising awareness with family members, grandparents, and friends since it so simply presents life and both the difficult and simply joyful parts of parenting a child with Down syndrome. It is a great first- insight to life with a child with Ds and I believe would be a good addition to welcome baby packages for families receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
You can pop on over to read the rest of her review or to enter the drawing for the giveaway yourself. Just from reading her review of this book I have added this one to my fast-growing list of must-have books! Here's hoping I win! :)
I actually have my photos scattered around in various places so I am going to use three different ones.
The rules…Find the 6th folder in your pictures directory and post the 6th photo in it. So here are the instructions:
* Go to your sixth picture folder then pick your sixth picture.
* Pray that you remember the details.
* Post it on your blog.
* Tag 5 others, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been tagged.
NUMBER ONE - from "My Pictures":
This is my brother-in-law at my son's 8th birthday party and this is one of my favorite pictures of him. I just hope he doesn't mind me posting it for all the world to see...
NUMBER TWO - from my Snapfish account:
This is my son modeling his new sparring gear for karate. The picture was taken at his 10th birthday party, almost one year ago...
NUMBER THREE - from my Kodak Easyshare files:
This is a not-so-flattering picture of me - back before I dyed my hair red - hanging out on the patio at my parents house...Could've been any number of days but I'm a-thinkin' it must've been a game day! (Hence the Sunday paper and the Colts gear!)
WHEW! How's that for luck? I picked three different places my photos are stored and went to the sixth file and sixth photo and only found one not so lovely picture of me to post! Must be my lucky day. Simple blessings, you know? Now I have to tag...so I'll consider this an "open tag" - you want to do it, do it and leave me a comment so I can check out what gem you were able to dig up. You'd be surprised, it's actually rather fun. Give it a whirl!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act" Proverbs 24:12
This is a video from Reece's Rainbow. It took me several times through to be able to translate all of the slides but I loved it from the moment I saw it on Meredith's blog back in October. I hope you enjoy it too. (But don't forget to turn off the background music before you play the video...the music player is all the way at the bottom of the blog.)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
a super cute
5 year old?
Throw some coordinating ribbon around the top and you get fun little tealight holders that will look great on the table at thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
the Kindergartener learned: if you don't have much money he helps you and gives you a little more; he was a good student; his mother remarried; he probably always wanted to be president; he's nice, he's always got a smile and says nice things.
and the Fifth Grader added: he was a legislator; he was nominated by the democracy-ists to be president; and he is in the lead by a bunch of points.
the Kindergartener learned: he was not a good student and never followed the rules in school; he keeps running for president and always meets a lot of people but can't get enough people to vote for him; he was captured by people he didn't like
and the Fifth Grader added: he was actually a prisoner in war for 5 years (with a dramatically placed duh!); he gets ticked off easily; he has a bad temper; and he's a father
Neither had a clue who he is.
the Kindergartener at first had no idea who she is
the Fifth Grader knew immediately that: "she has an ACTION FIGURE!", (which reminded the Kindergartener that she has glasses, too.)
Slanted much? It made me a little sick to my stomach to wonder how the information was actually presented to them in school but I decided since they are both wa-a-a-y too young to vote - or even understand the significance of the things that I have used to base my decision on - that I wouldn't let the one-sidedness of the information become an issue. I just told them that the important thing is that we all have the right to voice our opinions now and it wasn't always like that. Then I gave them a quick little civics lesson and explained to them a little bit more about each of the candidates (from my perspective this time) and thought, "Man, I've gotta blog this!" So I did.
In the meantime we're moving forward. In fact, we're putting one foot in front of the other...and getting into the Christmas spirit too I guess!
Video clip from YouTube -- scroll down and turn off the song to hear the video.