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    The Week in Review – Volume Three

    What a week! This one honestly started out really rough. Wednesday I may have been questioning some of my life decisions. Thankfully Woody started (mostly) sleeping through the night after that and that made a world of a difference in my mental and physical state. (Sleeping through the night is much preferred to being awake for hours each night.)   + FROM THE WEEK + + Jared was on worship Sunday morning, Ephraim was sitting with a friend and Raeca and I were left to wrangle Buzz and Woody during the first part of our church service, it was . . . busy, but not terrible. The boys love music…

  • Five Year Adoption Anniversary
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    Five Years With Ephraim!

    Tomorrow marks five years since a South African judge ruled in favor of Ephraim joining our family. I cannot believe it has been five years already! That chubby eighteen month old has grown into a hilarious six and a half year old. When we first got our referral for him one of the words they used to describe his personality was “lively” and other than the first week of being with us where he was incredibly quiet the liveliness hasn’t stopped. He will do anything to make people laugh.     When I look back on our adoption timeline and the ups and downs, and apparent brick walls, I am…

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    How Long Does Adoption Paperwork Take?

    Well, this adoption awareness series is slowly puttering along and I’m back today with another question that I got asked: How long does the paperwork take?   In case you’ve missed it, here’s the series so far: how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? how to get started how long does the paperwork take? (this post!) what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child You can also checkout the whole adoption awareness series here.     HOW LONG DOES ADOPTION PAPERWORK TAKE?   Adoption paperwork is no joke, there’s a reason it’s been called “paper pregnancy”, the…

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    The Week in Review – Volume Two

    On to week two for the week in review. Wow, how fast the weeks fly! Honestly, a whole lot happened this week. I’m not really ready to do much outside of the home by myself with all four kids yet (especially when one of them is a runner) so we mostly hung out at home during the week and then ventured out on the weekend when we had a better adult to child ratio.   + From the Week + + Buzz and Woody are settling in well I think. They are very busy boys and it has been hard to have any “free time”. My priorities when I have…

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    Where to Start When You Want to Adopt

    I wasn’t planning on having such a break after my previous post in this adoption awareness series but it turns out suddenly doubling the kids in your home can really affect one’s free time! Here’s an outline of what I have/hope to share about this month (more may get added or I may not get to them all, we’ll see what life brings!): how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? how to get started (this post!) how long does the paperwork take? what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child     When we knew we wanted…

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    The Week in Review – Volume One

    Since I am getting back into old school blogging I thought I may as well try a week in review. Mostly because I have a pretty terrible memory and these kinds of things are good at keeping track of the little things that I wouldn’t normally remember for very long.   + FROM THE WEEK + + I went to the second book club some ladies in our church are doing on Tuesday, the book we are reading is You Who, honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the book. But, I haven’t finished reading in yet so I don’t want to say much else, maybe it will get better. Right now…