Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day

This is a picture of John and the girls in 1999 with Grandma Norma.

John is an awesome dad! He teases them; he hugs them; he tells them that he loves them! He is an awesome provider and a great example of a Christ-follower to our kids and other kids in our church congregation - many of whom endearingly call him "dad." :o) I am proud to call him my husband and love that we work together in the parenting of our children.

This Father's Day, the kids and I went together to get him a new chair for his office! Something he would NEVER get for himself! :o) Timmy made him a card on Aunt Connie's computer that says "I love you so much it hurts" - a saying that John has told him since he was born. It put a smile on his face that just melted my heart.

Since I was not feeling up-to-par and not much on roller coasters and Timmy is just 6, John took the girls to Geauga Lake for the day. It was a present from me to him and the girls to be able to spend the day just "daddy & his girls." They had an awesome time! :o) (I just LOVE Sabrina in this picture! :o)

Yesterday at service, Kasey O'Connor sang Watching You by Rodney Atkins. As with the Mother's Day song, it hit the very core of me as I imagine Timmy saying those words to John:

Drivin’ through town just my boy and me
With a “Happy Meal” in his booster seat
Knowin’ that he couldn’t have the toy ‘til his nuggets were gone.
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath.
His fries went a flyin’, and his orange drink covered his lap
Well, then my 4 year old said a 4-letter word
It started with “S” and I was concerned
So I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to talk like that?”

He said, I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that kool?
I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
I want to do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.

We got back home and I went to the barn
I bowed my head and I prayed real hard
Said, “Lord, please help me help my stupid self.”
Just this side of bedtime later that night
Turnin’ on my son’s Scooby-doo nightlight
He crawled out of bed and he got down on his knees.
He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
Spoke to God like he was talkin’ to a friend.
And I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?"

He said, "I've been watching you, dad ain’t that kool?
I’m your buckaroo; I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We like fixin’ things and holding moma’s hand
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
I want to do everything you do;
so I’ve been watching you.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Our Beautiful Rymma!

Since I got up this morning, Rymma has been on my mind. Maybe it's because I am home today and have time to think about her and see all the reminders of her in our home.

Rymma is such a beautiful young lady! She has a HUGE heart and has such compassion for others. A couple of things that truly touched my heart when she was here with us in December began when we first met her. She and Taya did not know each other. Yet, when we left the airport together that first time, she took Taya by the hand and was the big sister that Taya needed. Rymma LOVES animals! She made sure that the cats and dog were fed - REALLY fed! She went through a 20 lb. bag of cat food in two weeks! LOL

On the day that we took them back to JKF, we stopped at a mall for a bit with several of the other hosting families. I had gone to get a cappuccino at Starbuck's and John took the girls to get something to eat at Wendy's. John had ordered the wrong sandwich and went back to get the right one for Rymma. She waited for him to return and bowed her head for him to say grace before she ate. WOW! Even in a different language, she understands.

I am so eager to go get her and her new sister! I can't stand it! I know that all happens in God's timing but I do wish that He'd hurry it up just a bit! :0) I can't wait to be Rymma's and our other daughter's mom! (We did receive word on Tuesday that Angelina is fervently looking for another little girl for us around Taya's age. Please continue to pray for Taya and that God leads Angelina to that one little girl that God has waiting for us!)

Saturday, June 9, 2007


Good Morning! I just checked this morning on the blog of the family who took our dossiers. Our dossiers are now in the hands of our facilitator! YES!!!! (The picture is of Angelina (our facilitator) and Natasha at Natasha's final court date in May. We met her in December when we had Rymma and Taya with us.)

Now it is just a matter of time for us to hear when our appt is set. This can take up to 2 months or more. We pray that it comes sooner rather than later!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Doing the Dossier-Doe!

We just received word tonight that the family carrying our dossiers arrived safely in Kiev yesterday. Won't you join us in prayer for this family as they finalize their adoption of two children as well? If I am not mistaken, they are adopting a brother/sister pair.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Rymma and Taya. On Friday, Taya was on my mind all day ... and I mean ALL day! I think God wanted me to pray for her for whatever reason. God placed her on John's heart on Friday too. It was the weirdest thing but the coolest at the same time!

John and I want to thank all of you for your prayers and encouragement! We are truly blessed!

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