Archive for January, 2011
We have been busy lately. Kai had an appointment to see a doctor who specialized in working with children who are adopted internationally. It went well, and he thought she is doing great. He confirmed what we already thought, that Kai is probably more like 10 or 11 months (based on development and so on.) There is no way to know for sure, but she really was probably born February or March. We had picked June 1st at her bday based on what we were originally told from the doctors in Uganda. I then took her to her pediatrician and he agreed. In order to switch her bday, we would need to do bone scans or have dental records and doctors notes. Our lawyer has done this in cases where the age of the child is off by a few years or so, but it is not worth it for a matter of 2-3 months. So, we will just keep it the way it is and her bday will stay June 1st. As of now, we are scheduled to have our court hearing April 21st. If something comes up sooner than that, we will take it. Okay, that’s about all the news. Here are some random pics from around here….
We were so glad that we got to see the Watoto Children’s choir in Bradenton on Wednesday evening. It was awesome. I was surprised at how emotional I was watching the beautiful children from Uganda singing and dancing. I guess just having been there and now being back here with our daughter…I don’t know, but it was great! If you ever get the chance to go see them, you must. It is a fun time of worship, and the children are truly inspiring. What made the evening even better was meeting and reuniting with our Uganda adoption family! We are so blessed to know these families and are so happy Kai will have friends who were with her once in her orphanage in Uganda and are now here in Florida too! There are four here so far and five more to come home very soon! We are excited for these families and praying for them as they try and patiently wait to go get their precious children. It will be fun to get together again once everyone is home from Uganda safe and sound
And, lastly, tonight at our church we had our Martin Luther King service (I think that’s what it was called.) Anyway, it was a great service. We sang a song I’ve never sang before, but it was my favorite verse!
Oh, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in UNITY.
I remember all my friends in high school laughing that that was my favorite (life) verse. It is not the most common favorite verse to have, but I think it is very fitting. What better verse to describe the way we should live as Christians? What better verse to have as a family with a little girl from Africa? What better verse to have for this mom who plans on having a whole bunch of kids from all around the world? I am so glad we have come a long way in this country, but we aren’t there yet. My prayer for this country, and especially for my children, is that they will experience true unity and never feel like they don’t belong, especially because of the color of their skin.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be ADOPTED as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:4-8
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26
“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:6-7
I love these verses! I love that God brought me into His family despite my brokenness. He chose me even though I am a mess. He loves me anyway and adopted me. It didn’t matter that He already had a bunch of sons and daughters. He made room for me and He makes room for more everyday.
I think I have OOD (to learn more about this disorder check out this website: mothertheworld.org) And I think I inherited it from Him
We got to take Kai to Disney World for the first time on Saturday (thanks to my parents for getting us Disney passes for Christmas and best of all, Jayce no longer has to be “two” lol.) It was a fun day and the kids were great for the most part. Gotta love Test Track, Captain Eo, Soarin, and Nemo!
Check out this amazing post. I couldn’t agree more with the words of this mom. Of course, people don’t always agree or understand why we adopt (or want to maybe even adopt more.) It does cost money and it is a lot of work. I have heard all too often that it would be too much (stress, work, money, ect.), but it isn’t about me and it isn’t even about my other kids’ and their happiness. It is about following what we are commanded to do and it is about teaching our children how to love and care for the least of these. Please read this blog post, it is so true.
HERE’S THE LINK TO THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL POST: HTTP://ITSALMOSTNAPTIME.BLOGSPOT.COM/2010/02/I-DONT-WANT-MY-CHILDREN-TO-BE-HAPPY.HTML
I can’t believe another year is just about gone, again! They go faster and faster EVERY year. So much has happened in 2010, especially in these past few months. We went from waiting and waiting for something to hopefully happen with our Taiwan adoption, to hearing about Uganda, to putting together a dossier at super speed, to bringing home our precious baby girl! We have been so blessed this year and cannot wait to see what He has in store for us in 2011! I know it will be busy with the three kiddos, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I cannot believe that Jayce will be turning 5 and starting Kindergarten this year. I am excited for him, and I think he will really do great in school. Beckhem will be turning 3 and will be potty trained at some point in this upcoming year (hopefully sooner rather than later, but he still has zero interest He has grown so much this past year and is talking more and more each day. I am excited to see how Kai adjusts to being a Harvey. So far, she is doing awesome and seems to feel right at home already. I anticipate her walking within a few months since she is army-crawling everywhere and is already pulling herself up when she gets the chance. There will be many firsts for her this year which will be a lot of fun for all of us. We are so thankful that we were able to bring her home quickly and experience many of these early milestones! Jayson and I will be celebrating 7 years of marriage this year and I can honestly say that they have been great so far! We, of course, have had ups and downs, but way more ups than downs. Jayson is a wonderful husband and a great dad and I am very blessed to have him. I love seeing him with the kids, especially Kai. Lately, he has been putting her to bed at night and she really seems to enjoy this daddy time I enjoy getting to have some time with my boys and put them to bed as I always have. I am hoping to see/hear about some progress with Taiwan. I am not saying that I am ready to adopt again right now, but I would love to find out that it will happen either the end of this year or by 2012. After the experience we have had, we are definitely hoping to start the journey again to bringing home another Harvey. So much can happen in a year, and I cannot wait to see where God leads our family and what He has in store for us!