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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Before I had a chance to say anything about it, Elena said, "See that painting of the couple and the man in the hat? That's Monet's father." Pedro and I looked at each other in a kind of "How'd she know that?" way. As I read further, I found she was right. Elena loves art and apparently has a great memory for it. She aspires to be "a mommy and an artist." Of course, we totally support her in this. She's got her priorities right!
Monday, August 27, 2007
These two haven't always lived in perfect harmony. Actually, perfect is a real stretch, but it's so fun to watch these two tots interacting. They relate to each other like twins. Daniel is 12 months older, but hardly any bigger. "Age-appropriate" doesn't hold much meaning for Daniel. Lydia is his model for how Americans (or Clarks) act, poor thing!
When the triplets first came home, Lydia was quite competitive with this new little one. She became a bully. Whenever Lydia got in trouble (and this is NOT infrequent), it was almost always because she did something mean to Daniel. Now she understands that Daniel's older and she's still the baby, so he's seeing a new nicer side of Lydia-the-Tormentor. Still, Lydia hasn't given up all her bully tendencies. Several times each week she finds herself asking his forgiveness.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"ALL" these kids are precious to me. I had to work hard and wait long to add each one of them to our family. Life isn't always easy and I definitely don't always get what I want (since when is that a bad thing??), but I have never laughed with such regularity. Everyday I laugh. Everyday I get at least a dozen hugs and kisses. Everyday I have multiple reasons to smile. I'm proud of my children. My kids are my joy.
Case in point: Sunday morning, we were awakened at 7:15 am by the sound of kids making noise. It is very unusual for them to wake before us (not that they sleep late!), so we drug ourselves out of bed to investigate. When we went into the girls' room, we found all four of them up and dressed for church! Maya got Lydia out of bed, changed her diaper and got her dressed, bloomers and all! As we stood there in amazement, Isaac came walking in from the bathroom. He was fully dressed as well. They all explained that they wanted to surprise us. So, we had a relaxing morning getting ready for church. People wonder how I come to church looking so rested and relaxed. My kids are my greatest blessings.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Adopting isn't just about adding to your family. It's about saving a life. I've lost count of how many precious orphans we have prayed for, that they would live to be adopted. There is an interesting phenomena among families who adopt from Liberia. They almost always adopt more than one child (adopting three is actually quite common among these families), and many of the children are adopted because of medical necessity. The miracle of adoption is life.
I just received this email from a friend of mine, Jenny, a fellow adoptive Mom. Jenny and her husband have five biological sons, then adopted four girls from Liberia. They just recently had another baby- another precious girl. Jenny is so passionate, it's contagious:
Saturday, August 11, 2007
In other news:
I dove headlong into our homeschool association this year. I'm leading a book club, studying "A Charlotte Mason Companion" and I'm really looking forward to it. I will also be heading up a Keepers At Home group for a small group of homeschool mothers and daughters, including my own sweet girlies, Maya, Elena, and Chloe. I made the mistake of telling them all about it as soon as I had a group assembled. (I was so giddy about it, I just couldn't wait!) For days, they've been asking when they're going to "take that class where we learn to cook and sew and knit". I broke my 20 minute rule: Give kids 20 minutes notice for any fun activity, just in case.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Because of her age, Maya was the closest to her birthmom and has the most memories. She talks about her birthmom a lot, especially when I do her hair.
It's crying days like these that make me wonder what her birthmom did that I don't do, or ways that her birthmom was different or better than me. Then I remind myself that it isn't about me. I need to put away self-centered thinking and focus on my grieving daughter.
Maya wrote a letter to her mom and Elena helped her with the spelling. Elena and Chloe became very compassionate and we all had a very sweet group hug that made me think of "Little Women".
We are so blessed to have this tender-hearted girl in our family. I'm so grateful for the loving sacrifice her birthmother made so that we could enjoy her in our family.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Isaac and Maya were thrilled to see their old friends from the orphanage. Mowolo ran up to Isaac and they gave each other a big bear hug. I'm so bummed that I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of that. So sweet! I was able to encourage this new adoptive mommy (which I LOVE doing) and our kids had a fantastic time playing together.
Friday, August 3, 2007
I do think this picture is hilarious. Fit-throwing pictures are some of my faves, believe it or not.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I haven't needed to give any of my kids antibiotics for any illness. (After successfully treating myself for Strep throat with just herbs, I'm now much more confident in herbal remedies.) My kids occasionally get fevers that last a few days and go away, but they haven't had anything more than that in years. (I've got a great cure for ear infections, if you're interested.) Nevertheless, I always start to doubt myself on Day 3. Today was Day 3 and I was really praying for him. Suddenly at lunchtime, he had an appetite. After half a sandwich, his demeanor changed completely. He is acting like himself again!
God is so good. He provides everything we need for health and life!
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