Monday, January 28, 2008

Sweet sounds to my ears!!

Who needs a bigger house, new cars, and fancy clothes…..

When you have been given the best gift ever… our two little Liberian children. I have never had a child, never given childbirth but I have heard and seen that it can be the most painful experience ever!! What I have also been told is that as soon as that baby is in your arms all the pain, all the weight gain, all the days filled with morning sickness is forgotten in a flash. I think I am beginning to understand a little bit of what this is like. The joy and blessing Fatu and Osobie bring into my life have almost completely washed away the pain and hardship we endured to bring them home. Just the other week we were working on an alphabet puzzle listening to worship music. One of my favorite worship tunes is on the Enter the Worship Circle #1 album. (oh yeah, if you haven't heard the Enter the Worship Circle albums, first, second and third circle, I would highly recommend them).

It goes a little like this..

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song

You are so good to me
You heal my broken heart
You are my Father in heaven

You ride upon the clouds
You lead me to the truth
You are the Spirit inside me

You poured out all your blood
You died upon the cross
You are my Jesus who loves me

You are my Father in Heaven

You are the Spirit inside me

You are my Jesus who loves me

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet, song
I will sing again

As the kids were putting the puzzle together they both started singing….

You are beautiful my sweet sweet song!!!

Over and over again.

I told them it was mama’s favorite song and they just kept singing. For 6 years I’ve sang that song. I remember when I first heard this song I felt like God spoke to me about what MY SONG would be. Everyone has their purpose, their cause, their fetish, their skill, talent, career, that thing that drives them, in essence, their song! I think for the longest time AFRICA was my song. I SO longed to go and once I went; I knew it was where God had called me. I lived, breathed and dreamed Africa. What I realized after having to put Africa down, again and again at Jesus's feet is that Africa could not be my thing. My thing,… my song would be JESUS. At least that’s what I want my life song to be…simply Jesus.

Hearing Fatu and Osobie singing and worshiping Jesus…that is worth more than new cars, a bigger house and fancy clothes, …

My prayer is that their life song would be Jesus too.


These families have been waiting and fighting to get their kids home for WAY TOO LONG!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gone for the week!!

Hey looks like I won't be able to keep up on my impressive blogging schedule for this week. We have some medical stuff we have to deal with, doctors appointments and such, so I'm just giving you all fair warning that my next update will not be until next weekend. In the meantime... here's some fun photos to look at!!

More photos from rock climbing... just practicing some under hangs with papa

Alphabet game! ... did I mention they LOVE school
(home school that is) !! good thing eh?

Please remember to pray for our dear friends

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

GAP worthy sand flies

Okay, so now that I'm really starting to blog on a weekly (maybe one day, daily) basis, you are going to start seeing how nerdy I really am. Also, what hit me just now is that for the past year I have been blogging about waiting & waiting for our kids to come home and battling in our adoption. The last couple months before the kids finally came home there was nothing fun, exciting or funny to blog about! Boy, I miss being able to just BE and be a goof!! I know you are all dying to know what the heck Gap worthy sand flies are right? I have been laying awake at night brainstorming catchy odd titles for our blog!! Can you see my nerdy self coming out now? I just left the "and" out of the title so I could suck you all in to read my blog! Just kidding!!

Gap worthy~
So, remember my last post where I proudly displayed my first attempt at flat twists?? Well, I took them out the other night and I was even more pleased with the style Fatu's hair took on after the flat twists came out!! Here's what it looked like right after I took it out...Oh, I should also probably share that the nannies at AOH told me that Fatu's hair was "THE WORST" kind of hair to have. In her report it said that her hair was like wire!! I am telling you, it really is!! I
worked on other kids hair while I was in Liberia and actually got the hang of cornrowing a bit, but once I touched Fatu's hair, Oh MY!! It is like a wiry sponge! So... this is why I am so stinking proud of myself for being able to do something with her hair that actually looks good!It was SO easy to take out the twists. Once you start to unravel them at the end you just un-twist as you go and you end up with these super cute wavy/curly tiny dreads that almost look like short extensions! I was loving it!! I grabbed the camera snapped a couple shots and thought to myself, "This is so super cute, I should send in some photos to GAP and see if she can get in a couple ads or something".... THEN came my biggest mistake, ladies take note of my mistake,... I decided to put some product in it so it would stay for a few days. I proceeded to spray the Carol's Daughter Leave-In-Conditioner in her hair and within seconds her hair had turned into puffs!! If any of you out there ever eat Cheetos (I know they are horrible for you but every once and awhile I have to break down) well, there are the crunchy Cheetos and then the Cheetos Puffs. Well, Fatu's hair went from Cheetos crunchy ( super cute) to Cheetos Puffs, not nearly as cute. I was so mad!! So, if you do the flat twists in your daughters hair and take them out, do not spray moisturizer in it, use some kind of gel or loc butter to hold the cute wavy strands. It took me 2 1/2 hours to do the flat twists to begin with but in reality I got 1 week and almost 4 days out it! Not so bad!

Sand Flies~
Jeff landed in Entebbe, Uganda safely, but without his bags. He has called and said he's doing just fine other than the fact that he is smelling to high heaven! Can you imagine flying for 2 days to Africa in one outfit and
tromping around hot humid Uganda for days without a change of clothes. I know he's got to be a sight for the Ugandans. The last time I talked with Jeff he informed me that he had been attacked by sand flies. On one of our mission trips to Uganda, this very same thing happened to two of the girls on our team. The sand fly is also referred to as NO-SEE-UMS because you can rarely see them. The sand fly is basically invisible, doesn't make a noise, is about a quarter of the size of a mosquito and much faster. By the time you feel them biting you, they are gone. They swarm into your room at night by the hundreds, maybe thousands?? The girls on our team a few years ago woke up and screamed because they were covered in what looked like sawdust. Piles and piles of sand flies in everything!! The mosquito net can help, but they are small enough to get through the holes in the net. So, this time, Jeff had an invasion of sand flies!! He didn't sound too put out, but then again Jeff is my disease-rodent guy. He is working in Uganda doing Plague research, trapping rats and playing with their fleas !!! What's a few sand flies in your toothbrush and ears!!

Some cutey pics of the kids!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Birthday's, Giardia, and Goodbyes!!!


Well, it has been quite a busy few days... okay so I guess it's been a week since my last post! Thanks to my friend Brandi who is keeping me accountable to blogging!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Brandi, I actually need a reminder. I think I'm still adjusting to being a mom of 2 little energizer bunnies!
Last night I was in bed by 9 pm and here I sit at 9:37pm with heavy eyelids! Wow... and I use to be the most productive at night. If caffeine didn't keep my mind buzzing till all hours of the night I would be sipping lattes at 7pm so I could at least finish the book (
There is no me without you) I've been reading since October!

Okay so we celebrated Fatu's 4 th birthday this past week. Since Jeff was heading to Uganda, again for 6 weeks we bumped up her party so her papa could be there! Her official birthday we think will be January 12th. My sister and Kojo went all out and made her day! Fatu donned play hair extensions, jewelry, a princess dress and ballerina shoes. She is such the diva already! She was definitely the princess for the night.

We started traveling down the road of doctor's visits these last couple weeks and the kids did great. Whenever I talked about a doctor they would always scream "They'll choke me!!!" What we figured out is that CHOKE means they will get a needle poked in their arm. Well, as much as I wanted to tell them, No honey, the doctors will not Choke you... I knew that
they knew exactly what would happen at the doctors. Luckily our doctor sent us to the express lab for the blood work so they still like their doctor. We have some medical issues we are working through right now and we are trusting God will help us (and the doctors) navigate through them with wisdom and discernment. The funny thing is Fatu and Osobie think medicine is "SO SPECIAL". They love taking their vitamins and so far are doing great with taking their medicines. We have been battling colds and flu's for several weeks on and off but from what other moms have told me, this is pretty normal for kids in general. Oh how I am longing for summer!!!

Jeff left for Uganda yesterday for 6 weeks. Osobie was in tears and I was depressed. It seems like he has had to travel at the most inopportune times. I think this next season might be a bit more difficult than the last 2 months. Osobie and Fatu have attached and bonded so well with us. They have been almost "angelic-like" in many ways. They have had a pretty easy and peaceful transition into a new life, world, friends, culture and family. It has been so good that I wonder if they will start to grieve once they realize that this is it! They came home around the busiest time of the year filled with festivities, gifts, family visiting and fun activities. Once the reality sets in that real life is not a full time roller coaster ride, I wonder if their grieving will increase. We have had some beautiful and interesting talks about their Liberian families and we pray for them every night that they would come to know Jesus. I can tell that this brings them much comfort and peace from their expression of relief and smiles on their faces. But this also has started some tears and sad days. In all honesty, I feel much better about them crying and expressing sadness because through grieving God can bring healing. We do not want them to close off and stuff their feelings, so their tears, although hard to experience with them, are welcomed.

Each and every day I find myself staring at them, still in awe and wonder at what God accomplished amidst such a messy adoption process. What a joy! What a gift from God we have received. I just pray that I would be the mother God has called me to be to these children, my children, HIS children. I pray that we would first and foremost point our children to Jesus. I pray that Fatu and Osobie would grasp how deep and how wide God's love is for them. And can I just say, as a new momma.... I LOVE my kids!!!! My favorite line from today was...."Momma, da trees are dancing". ( It was a windy day). :)

The crew!!!!!

Kojo's lookin' good eh??

We all had to take a turn with the extensions!!!
My first attempt at flat twists!!.... 2 1/2 hours later!!! They actually looked okay!! We just got our first shipment of Carol's Daughter products so I can't wait to start using them! They smell yummy!!

Our family pic before Jeff left for Uganda!!! I have a new "do". I made an appt with my stylist who is also my great friend and she cut and dyed my hair!!! I always tell her that she keeps me cool!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Hope you all had a wonderful New Years!!!!
It is so exciting to enter into a new year with our two wonderful children!!
I will post an update on them next..but for now just some fun photos!
We already went rock climbing twice
and took a trip to the zoo for a fun night of lights and animals!!!

It's starting out to be a great 2008!!

Kojo, Osobie, Fatu --lil' triangle of love

ZOO LIGHTS- down in Denver Colorado...

Momma, Papa (we love being called this!!) Osobie and Fatu...yes..we were all freezing!!

FATU--with "Uncle Jack" climbing to the top of the rock wall

OSOBIE-- his third time to the top!! This boy can climb and LOVES IT!!

KOJO-- climbing the wall with Uncle Jeff!

Fatu LOVES to cook with momma!
Boy are we blessed by good eaters!! Yup, we are cooking up some squash and zucchini!!