Friday, September 4, 2015

A Fatherless Friday Treat

Brand new pictures of Charlie and Rebecca!!!!

And you want to know what John shared with us on Wednesday on that LONG LONG day when we sat and waited and waited and waited???  We were looking at some pictures on THIS BLOG of his lifetime friend Reilly who is being adopted by the Knights.  He was talking away in his broken English and we were enjoying his memories as we looked at the pictures.
When he saw Charlie and then right after that Rebecca he started chuckling and said, "They love each other."  I asked him what he meant and he said that each time Charlie sees Rebecca he hugs her.  She makes him happy. 

He has great taste!!  She's a beautiful girl!
Mamas where are you??  These two treasures are in the same orphanage.  They can be adopted together or separate.
They are going to be transferred soon so please, Mamas, hurry!!!
Please SEE them.
If you can't adopt... then please donate to their grant accounts.  It hurts my heart to think that money is holding back a family from committing!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Poor POOR John

Goodness me yesterday was a LONG and LONG day! Long and stressful and dreadfully hungry for our "poor POOR John." On top of everything, his forgetful Mama accidently left his Pooh Bear at home which was a HUGE oversight on her part.  Thankfully, one of the nurses was kind enough to hunt down a sweet stuffed animal for him to have. It wasn't new but it helped relieve some of his anxiety. 
  It wasn't until 3:30 that they finally gave him something to make him sleepy.  He was very opposed to the whole idea of falling asleep and did everything in his power to fight the drug. It wasn't until they put the mask on his face that he finally surrendered. 
John on drugs....
Despite being a child of small stature... his MRI's took a very very long time.  A very LONG time.
Long enough that he was waking up as they were removing him from the machine.  Thankfully, he woke up happy and HUNGRY! 
His favorite part of the day was when we stopped by Hardees on our way home and bought him some mashed potatoes, a biscuit and THREE pieces of chicken (without the skin).  The orange soda was icing on his cake. 
We had not planned on a day that would run into the late night.  We hadn't planned on eating hospital food and Hardees for John and Elijah having to fix dinner for himself and Aaron.  We definitely hadn't planned on coming home so late that Elijah had already put Aaron in bed and was looking at Minecraft videos with him to keep him company, so he wouldn't be scared upstairs by himself.  We hadn't planned any of it, but it was sweet to see the one brother caring for the other brother in such a tender and loving way.  It's precious to know that when days run long and plans change that we have a son who is willing to step up and take charge.
We won't be given any results until we meet with the different doctors later on this month and next month.  We don't know what the results will mean for John in the future. We will just take it one step at a time. One LONG day at a time.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poor John

A few days ago I sent them upstairs to get ready for bed...

Good listening little boys... good listening....

We are taking John in today for 3 MRI's on his spine.  We opted to have him sedated instead of making him go in three separate times for three separate MRI's. He went to bed last night saying, "Poor John.  No food for John tomorrow.  Poor John."
Pray for Poor John today.  He's not fond of hospitals and procedures and even though school is not necessarily his favorite place... he was begging last night to go to school instead of the hospital.
"Poor John!"

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Changes and Adjustments

We now have 2 eleven year olds in this house. 
Sweet boy is making sure that his brother is lighting ALL his candles!
Lousy lighting... great smile!!  I love this boy so very much!

Birthday parties can be very exhausting affairs... just ask Ben!

Are we feeling a big nervous and crazy for our first day of school???

John was just not sure he was going to like school!

He's just not going to give me a smile on this first day... 
Okay... maybe a tiny one!!
Can we go home now??? Please?????

This one couldn't wait for the day to begin!
Just go away mom and let me get at this stuff!!
WAAAAA... What in the world am I doing here???

 Stink face for school!!
That was two weeks ago.
Changing schools for Aaron brings its bits of sorrows.  He misses his friends from his old class and misses the 'way things were.'  He likes routine and likes things to be in a predictable order.  New schools bring many changes and he is having to adjust.  Two weeks in and he is slowly finding joy in the new norm. 
School for John has been an even greater adjustment.  He went to school before but for only a few hours each day.  Now it is all day.  He comes home tired both emotionally and physically. Though he is gaining in English by the hour, hearing English all day without understanding but a portion of it is hard on his spirit.  He loves language and loves talking.  Apart from Aaron he hasn't found anyone he can really 'talk' to beyond just simple conversations. John was fluent in two languages and even knows bits and pieces of a third.  I can't imagine how hard it is for him to leave those languages behind and start all over again.  He's adjusting as Aaron but the difference is so vast that right now he isn't finding a lot of joy in the process.  These things take time. 
My greatest pleasure is that I get to go in and teach my boys each week.  I loved homeschooling the older boys and wish I was in a place in our lives where we could do it again but we understand this is not the season for homeschooling. Our little guys need to be in school.  They need the language immersion.  They need to be around their peers and learning from them.  For me, teaching them history each week is the next best thing.  I get to teach a subject I love and my little boys get to learn from me.  It's a total win. 
And despite all the changes and adjustments.... both boys are finding that school CAN be fun!!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Meet Charlie

We met him back in April and he just plain stole my heart.  He was sitting at a table eating when I walked into the room.  I was looking for a little boy listed on Reece's Rainbow with Down Syndrome but knew he wasn't that child. He was so handsome and sitting so quietly that I walked over to his table and leaned in to say hello him.  He got up from his chair, smiled and gave me a hug. 
 I looked at our facilitator and asked her if he was available.  She found out that day that YES, he was available for adoption.  We were allowed to take pictures and by the end of the week he was listed.
If you are looking for a sweet boy who will just melt right into your family with the greatest of ease he is an amazing choice.  A family is in his orphanage right now adopting and they took a brand new picture of him last week and it absolutely made my day! 
Look at this handsome boy!
Oh someone see Charlie!! Please!!
He is gentle and calm and can follow directions.  He takes care of the little boys in his group.  When we took pictures on John's last day, he happily pulled one of the littler boys up and into his lap.
Look at that sweet treasure smiling at the camera!!
Did I say he was calm?  He can dress himself and feed himself and he is in school every day learning all kinds of things. He's in a great place right now but soon... way too soon... he is going to be transferred.  Where he is going is a far cry from where he is now. 
Please hurry Mama!!  Hurry!!

He's a loving boy. 

Sweet and tender. 

 He's precious and special and the fact that he has gone so unnoticed for so long just makes my heart ache.

 Please let's not pass him over.

See Charlie.
His smiles and hugs are going to bring such joy to one very blessed family!
Since I know that the vast majority of people reading this post cannot adopt him (only one blessed family gets that amazing privilege) I am challenging you to help me get his grant account increased. Right now it has $696.00 in his account.  Do you have 5, 10, 20, 100 to throw in his bucket??  So so often the greatest barrier to adoption is  



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time Keeps on Slippin'

"Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future..."
That's how I feel right now.
It's just a little bit crazy and we all are feeling it...
These days are too fast and I can't seem to catch my breath.  Our little homeschooling business has been going a bit crazy these last few weeks.  It is taking all four of the big people in the family to fill orders right now... Plus, in the last week we fit in a visit to Virginia Tech for Elijah to check out the school/campus, a trip to the Virginia Safari, Aaron's birthday, school starting, my first day teaching.... So much happening..
Can I just catch up by sharing a few pictures of our trip to VT and the zoo???
Just a few???
My favorites?


More of my favorites??

Me thinks he is Virginia Tech bound...

It's a BEATIFUL campus but handicapped accessible it is NOT! 

Goodness how did they get so handsome?

The bird whisperers...

Just a few of my favorites... Just a few...

Maybe next week I can catch up on Aaron's birthday and the first day of school...
"Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin....

Monday, August 10, 2015

School... Bah Humbug!

I am not one of those moms who loves when school starts. Yes, I work from home and yes, I have to get up early early in the morning in order to get the bulk of my work done before certain feet hit the floor in the morning. Yes, it is much easier to not have constant interruptions. Yes.
But despite all the pros to having my two youngest out of the house for 7 hours each day...  I DON'T WANT SCHOOL TO START. I already miss them and they don't start school until Wednesday. 
For those of you who are scratching your heads because I write HOMESCHOOL curriculum and DID homeschool Ben and Elijah....  Both little boys will be going to a small Christian school this fall.  Aaron has been attending a Christian school for three years now and it has been the best fit for him.  His greatest struggle since being home is language.  He was severely delayed in language (20 words  in his own language) and that delay continues to hound him.  Immersing him in a language-rich environment has been the best decision.  Though John does not have any kind of language delay  he definitely could use the English language immersion.
So my two little boys start school on Wednesday.
And I start school on Wednesday too.
Yep. We switched the boys to a new school and at this new school, two afternoons a week I will get to go in and teach our history curriculum (BiblioPlan) to the students there.  Which means I get to teach my little guys.
How cool is that?? I am so excited to be doing BiblioPlan in a school setting.  We designed it for homeschools, co-ops AND schools but I've never field-tested it in a school.  Now I can!
I also teach at our local co-op but thankfully they don't start school until after Labor Day.
John is nervous for school to start. He did get schooling before but not full days.  It's going to be a bit of a culture shock for him.  Aaron isn't focused on school right now.  His birthday is tomorrow and that is ALL he can talk about. 
After tomorrow I will again have two 11 year olds under our roof.


Dang I am going to miss them when they are in school!