Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I have come to terms with the fact that with 6 children basically someone is upset or disobedient at all times. The odds are stacked against me to have peace. I am trying to live with that expectation so that I am not so devastated when life is chaotic. I find that I often walk around throughout my day either on the verge of tears or ready to scream. Today has been a perfect example of that. My patience has been tested and God has also given me a glimpse that He sees and He cares.
My day started off with kids fighting. I had not been up for 5 minutes before 3 of them were going at it. This has become a theme in their lives and I am tired of it. So, I determined that they needed a lesson in getting along. They were given the task of cleaning the basement together without fighting.
After that drama, my oldest decided that he needed to vent about my parenting. I am too hard on them. I ask too much of them, etc. Some of it is probably valid, but his method of venting was disrespectful and dramatic. Then, while at Abby's dance class, Isaiah decides to throw the mother of all fits. He is very strong willed. He was mad and nothing would stop him. So, I am stuck because I can't leave Abby. I still also have Laila to take care of while this little man was screaming, flailing, and defying me in every way possible. Finally, my children needed haircuts. There was really no getting around it. So, I braced myself, and we made the trek to Kiddie Kutters. While there, Sam got mad over a toy. He proceeded to give me a fit that was way above and beyond the offense done to him. I was so absolutely exhausted at that point. You see, if each of these events were all that I had to deal with, I might handle it better. But, I still have 5 other children to parent, two of which can't even walk right now, while each child chooses to express his anger.
Those are the trials. Now I am anxious to share the glimpse of God. We got 5 haircuts. Laila is the only one who didn't need one. The ladies at the salon had been asking a little about Isaiah and Laila's story. When I went to pay for the haircuts, the lady said, "Do you remember the guy who's hair I was cutting when you came in?" I said that I did. She said, "Before he left, he gave me a $20 bill and asked me to put this toward your haircuts!" What a shock, what a blessing, what a glimpse of God. Through the simple act of a stranger paying for 2 of my kids' haircuts, God showed me that He sees me and He cares. Thank you, Lord. I know you have called me to this role, I just some days wonder if I can fulfill that calling.
I don't know what some of you are experiencing in your calling today, but I am praying that God will give you a glimpse of Himself in your life!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I have this love/hate relationship with cooking. In a perfect world, I love to cook. I love to watch cooking shows, try new recipes, and bless people with my cooking. I haven't really cooked regularly since we returned from Africa. It has just been too hard. We had meals brought to us for almost a month which was such a blessing. After that, it was vacation time. My days are so packed with maintaining this household and keeping 6 little people alive, I just don't feel like cooking when the time comes. I realized recently that I am missing one of my passions, cooking. The fact that Cody has Celiac disease has also complicated things. I have converted many of my recipes to gluten free, but trying new ones throws a wrench into things. So, anyway, my African child has now seen me cook a whole meal and hopefully in the near future will understand what Mommy is doing in the kitchen. And, hopefully, I will figure out how to balance my joy of cooking with my hate of cooking. :)
Monday, July 27, 2009
I don't know what you're dreaming,
Abby's bday started with french toast and coffee. Yes, my children like coffee. Then, we went swimming at the pool. On the way home our truck started messing up. Fortunately, we made it home and got the truck in to get it fixed. It delayed the big event for Abby's bday, but all turned out fine in the end. For dinner we had Papa John's pizza and a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake. Abby is really into monkeys so her plates and napkins were Curious George. They didn't have a monkey cake so she said, "I like penguins, too." So the cake had penguins on it. She had a great monkey/penguin party. Whatever floats her boat.
The tradition in our house. The Birthday Chair
Abby has been asking for months to get her ears pierced. I wasn't sure at first. I guess I had in my mind that she should be older. But, as she persisted, I started to ask myself, "why am I not letting her?" I had no good reason other than I have seen other moms make their daughters wait until a certain age. Since I couldn't think of a reason not to, I decided to let her do it. This is before the big event.
At first when it happened, she said, "Ouch!" and then opened her eyes and looked at me as if, "is that it?" She was so brave through the whole process. You can't really see, but she chose pink flowers. I had a great closeup picture of her ear but because I am new to this blogging thing, I can't figure out how to add another picture. So, I will put it in the next post.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1. Laila's First Bday
Her bday was a special day. That morning we went to the toddler room at Whit's End. That evening we had a party with friends. Below you can see some pictures from Whit's End.
Happy 1 yr. old
At the end of June, we celebrated the addition of Isaiah and Laila and dedicated them to God. 100 people were there to celebrate with us. It was so amazing to think back to 1 year ago and realize at that point we had no idea that in 1 year we would have these two gifts in our family. It was a day to praise God for all of the miracles He has done and to commit to Him our desire to raise these children in a way that is pleasing to Him. I shared the letters that I wrote to each of them the day I saw their pictures for the first time. Rick shared the many prayers that God has answered through this process. Sam shared how he felt "like a new man" as a big brother. We were surrounded by a room full of people and with much chaos going on in the center of that circle, we were prayed over. It was a huge blessing. Isaiah was his usual extroverted little self. He welcomed everyone with the microphone and basically talked through the whole service. The time ended with a video of many of the photos that we have taken so far in this journey. I will never forget that day. I will have to post pictures on this one later.
On the last night of our KY trip to visit family, Isaiah broke his leg on the trampoline!! He completely broke his tibia right below his knee. He just broke it jumping. So, now he is sporting a "Cowboy blue" full leg cast. This is not a memory we want him to have. He was in quite a bit of pain for the first week. Now he is just frustrated that he can't do all that he wants to. As you can see below, he was a sad little guy.
Getting the cast on
This is going to make summer interesting!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I chose the title, "Welcome to my World" because this is a phrase I often use in our house. When someone in our house, mostly my husband, but also the kids, experiences the frustrations that I deal with relating to the running of our home, my response is always, "Welcome to my world." In that context it is mostly sarcastic, but I hope in this context it will also be positive. We often joke that the experiences of our life over the last year would have made a great reality show. Many days after some frustrating yet comical experience, I have wished for a venue like this to record what has happened. You just can't make up the stuff that happens to us. We have had so many people follow us and support us in the adoption process. We sent out regular updates through the process and now we continue those on this blog. So, hold on tight, I know I have to, and join the ride.