Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Yes, it is a boy. For us... He is where we just were, picking up our son. And he has been waiting a long time for a forever family. His birthday was a few months ago and he turned six. What a big boy! Fits right in with the other kids in our family.
You see we have met and visited with him several times before. We have seen him change over two and a half years. Growing and changing..and in need of parents and family! He is full of energy, brightness, laughter, and fun! Someone who is not afraid to reach out to people..some people have seen that! :)
It was a little bit of a surprise...we were not sure if it would approved for us to go back. It was approved and we found out on Christmas morning! What a wonderful present!!! A son. Later that day when everyone was here..tears came to my eyes. It felt like he was missing..like he has been here and then not. Crazy sounding I know! My heart is so free, so at peace!
We prayed and prayed HARD for God to do His will and let it be done. So right now we are headed back to get our son.
Money is what is standing in our way..we need to raise it. And we would like to do it fast. But of course we know God and we trust in His timing. We are going to do some fundraising..so stay tuned. We have committed to this little boy to make him our son...
Saturday, December 26, 2009
In our house we love butterflies!! Mommy even loves caterpillars! Because they grow into butterflies. To me butterflies signify freedom..freedom from all types of situations! But in our family it signifies that a little child has a family...
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I can't believe how much time has gone by since I last posted!! Actually everyday I post..only it's in my head. So really, I blog a lot!! :)
Let me start by saying the other day my kids came home from school so happy telling my about school, then of course they went out to play in the snow! I was going through their paperwork and just started to cry!! So many emotions! I was a mom! (I still get emotional about that) My kids were in school learning and enjoying it!! My kids have parents and so many aunts and uncles..cousins..grandparents...and a great grandmother!!!
This last week has been mostly of going to school...and playing in the snow. Kristina and I had a mommy daughter day last week when I took her to her CF doctor apt. It was mid morning and it takes about an hour..so I figured she would just be off. Jovan was in school, grandma was taking care of great grandma..so off we went. Had a good day! Oh, and we even SURPRISED daddy at work. He didn't have any idea we were coming! :) It was so great! Normally I have a hard time keeping a secret from him..when he benefits from it!
Jovan is talking more, and we are trying to get him to use the potty..don't know if he will physically be able to be independent with that..but at least he is trying and it is just a "normal" thing for people to do. And I know he is happy to do what every else does!
Because my grandmother is ill and the SNOW we have/are getting we canceled our Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner. It has been that way my whole life..but some of the traditions between my grandmother and my children are very similar. We watched a movie an old fashioned Ukrainian Christmas..like way back when she little. The kids loved it!!
Well, many things to do before tomorrow...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
My boys and their new friend. I have NEVER seen a camel up close and personal like that before. Kristina and I were too chicken to get that close! We saw a donkey, llama, sheep, and baby goats as well! Then we went inside the gates to Bethlehem..and wow we had to pay our taxes, then we had a family picture. After that we enjoyed some goodies and went to the center of town. We visited the carpentry shop, the baker shop, the um...so many other places I can't remember. When we were done we saw baby Jesus asleep in the hay. (Actually asleep in his mother's arms) It was a live nativity scene..made it really realistic. God gave his son, his only son for us to live in eternity!!
The rest of the week was filled with school and going outside for the kids. For me it was appointment making and research on both of my children's needs. What was supposed to be the high-lite of my week was not so. Okay, if you have read my blog..every four months I get my teeth cleaned. It is my one treat for myself. A spa like experience..thanks Margie!!! Love you!! This week I brought my children with. Jovan freaked out.. so I had to calm him down, and Kristina wanted it to be her turn. Anyway, once I got them settled in the corner with their toys I tried to settle down and enjoy it. I told them to not talk to mommy, and they listened!!! They were SO good!!! I was so proud of them!!
Anymore high-lites? My brain can't think? This weekend was my nephew's hockey tournament. We went to one game. Jovan was with his Auntie ALL day..ten hours!!! They were at the arena most of the day. Besides lunch with everybody (but Dan and Kristina) and a trip to Walmart he was at the arena. And he had a blast!!!!!!
Now, I remember. (I am a little distracted watching the Vikings football game) Dan and Kristina went to the Princess movie. The Princess and the Frog. They loved it. She was stunned at the size of the "tv". I was with my family at lunch..they did not see my nephew entire game. It was a good day..then we picked up my two and a half year old nephew to spend the night and go to church with us. The kids have a lot of fun together..
So, now it is the start of a new week. Pizza tonight..don't know where?...
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Jovan has gone with his Auntie all ready this morning! He is going to a hockey tournament with her ALL day. The door didn't open fast enough for him, he was saying good-bye even before he had finished getting his mittens on.
Kristina and her daddy are going to go see the Princess movie by Disney...it will be her first on the big screen. Daddy said she could get a big bucket of popcorn.. I do not like to go to movies..so I am going to let them have a special time and mommy is going to go to the local outlet mall and look around. NOT shopping... :)
I am so thankful to be a child of God..adopted by him, accepted, loved, and cherished for everlasting life!!
Now, I need to finish my Saturday chores if I want to go have fun. It's nine o'clock and I am not quite done yet. The kids had their rooms done by eight..mommy is a little slow! :)
Later I will give a re-cap of the week...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
I sent the kids out this morning to play. Actually they wanted to go and I agreed. It was snowing or flurries as my husband called them. They were so excited and out I sent Jovan before Kristina was totally ready..he was thrilled!!
So I guess my kids prefer dirt! :) I don't care they had fun!! :)
I just had to tell something cute..my son's eyes popped out of his head when he saw the tree up. It is much taller then he is. He is two and a half feet tall and our tree is nine and a half feet tall. Wow never thought about that before.. Anyway, I told him not to touch..just look.
When my grandmother got up he was sitting outside her door and he said "tree..look no touch" It was cute because he did hand motions too. Pointed to his eye and put his hand over his other hand. Just made me smile!!
I can't wait until it gets decorated!! Gotta move on with my day.
Monday, November 30, 2009
One more thing..Jovan went to school all day today and loved it!! He didn't want to leave. He said "come back" which he had never said before! How awesome is that!! All he wanted to know is when he was going back!! Yeah for school!! Now to rest a little before bed! :)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The kids are in bed..the dishwasher is going, and I am blogging! We had a really good Thanksgiving meal! There are quite a few left-overs, so anyone in the area we will be doing it again tomorrow!! There is plenty of turkey, sauerkraut, green bean bake and PIES!! :)
Jovan had a blast!!! So many people and so much food. He sat next to his favorite auntie and ate really well! He especially liked grandpa's sweet potatoes and biscuits!! We took pictures..I'll post tomorrow. My kids are such a blessing!! We gained one more!!! Just kidding, he's just on loan! Our two and a half year old nephew wanted to come back and stay with Kristina. They had already gone down the road. The kids were happy to have him back!
I have been thinking about what I am thankful for. Oh my goodness!!! What is there NOT to be thankful for? If you think about it, really think about it you can be thankful for many more things then you think. Well, maybe not my lap dogs who I have let take over my chair space!!! I don't have the heart to push them away! Yeah, one got up!!
Anyway, I think about my children. I am thankful God that he was/is control of my life. My wonderful children...the ones I waited for!! Especially our little boy that is all ours!! I waited for him for what seemed like forever!!! Holidays and birthdays came and went..Two and a half years of waiting. So many things happened to me while I waited..growing emotionally and for sure spiritually. Maybe I wasn't so thankful exactly speaking while I was waiting as I really should have been. But, it just hit me. I waited for two and a half years..I met this little boy, fell over my feet in love with him and trusted God for his life. What did I exactly wait for? In my heart that little boy was my son and would be forever and ever!! In my heart I wanted a family for him..I waited for him to have a family, I really begged God for a family for him. And maybe in some ways I thought that I would be his forever mama..but I could not fathom a change in the way that his country did adoptions. I am so thankful that God is a gracious and loving God!! He can move mountains..and so many other things to do HIS will when we ask for it. And oh boy, did I ask and begged for God's will be done!!
I am thankful that I am a child of God! Everything I am is because I am an adopted child of God. Abba Father! I am thankful to be alive no matter what ups and downs come around. My goal in life now is to really concentrate on being thankful in every situation!!
Happy Thanksgiving today and everyday!!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Such cutie pies!! Jovan actually loves his..he can see really well for the first time in his life!! My kids are growing up so fast!! Kristina is a young lady and I think Jovan has gotten older in the time we have been his parents!!!
Thursday is Thanksgiving and it will be at our house..my dad is making the turkey and gravy. Oh, I the sauerkraut salad!! I am potatoes, green bean bake, and jello! I got off pretty easy!! :) My mom is supposedly making pies..we shall see! :)
So, I'd better get going and get some things done before Kristina comes home..Jovan is resting. And my house is SO quiet!! LOVE IT!!!! But my most favorite time is when I can hear my CHILDREN playing and laughing together!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Who knew this mommy was have to go to the doctor sick. I completely couldn't breathe..or catch my breath back this morning. When I was bending over in Jovan's room to put something away..my air just squeezed out, kinda like toothpaste out of the tube. Then I had to lay down to catch my breath. Kinda freaked me out. I was going to make an appointment for next week if I wasn't feeling better by Friday. So I called to make an appointment and was told I had to talk to the triage nurse first, kinda made me a wee bit crabby! I waited for her for sixteen minutes and then I had to answer ALL of her questions which took another fifteen minutes. Okay thirty-one minutes of my life to be told, yep you need to be seen with in twenty four hours. (Don't get me wrong, I get it about the H1N1 flu..Kristina had it and it was scary and not only because of her CF!)
So, my sister said she would watch the kids..which they were so excited about!! My grandmother not so much as she was getting nervous and stressing a bit. Then about an hour before I had to leave, I called my mom crying because I didn't want to go!! She told me I had to..and did I want my dad to drive me. I said no, I didn't want to go. In the end, my dad drove me and waited TWO hours for me!
In the end. My diagnosis...bad bronchitis! So, antiboiotic and inhaler for me. Rest..ya right! :) Tomorrow Dan will drive to Jovan's ortho appointment, so I can rest in the car. It's about an hour twenty minute drive to get there..rush hour traffic..maybe longer. Nice morning nap!
The moral to this post..if you are sick for several weeks go in to the doctor. I waited four weeks..maybe a bit too long? The best thing..God is so good to me! We are blessed to have insurance to have me go, and the rest of my family is fine!! God is good!!
Many big moments have happened this week. Sunday my sister and her husband made a surprise visit and met our new son. It was pretty special and a fun afternoon because my other sister and my parents came over as well. Big moment..my sister came up to visit. :)
Monday Jovan had his first day of school!!!! He only went for two hours, but he went!!! I think he did pretty well. And the more he goes, the easier for him to get the routine. Tomorrow is a school day for him..but he will be going to the pediatric orthopedic tomorrow instead. He will NOT be happy..but daddy is going with and Kristina is in school so everything should be good to go. It was a little emotional for me..he has changed so much!! Big moment..Jovan went to school. :)
We made it past one month home! Praise God!! I am so thankful for my blessings!! I am so enjoying being a mom!! It's the best thing I could have received!! Of course that is only after receiving Christ as my savior!! Thanks God!! Big moment..home one month! :)
My daughter made supper last night!! She made tator-tot hotdish. Granted the meat was already cooked..so she mixed up the ingredients and poured it into the pan. Tasted so good!! Made with the sweat of my daughter!! She was so proud and she smiled all through dinner. I am glad that I took the extra time to have her stretch her mind! Big moment..Kristina made supper! :)
Another big moment is my children are playing so I can post this!! :) Better get going..many things to do..my mom just told me thins morning that Thanksgiving is at our house this year. Not a big surprise..all the holidays seem to be here. I love having people over and be able to serve them!! Our door is always open for anyone! Let's just say we have an open door policy..the bathroom door stays closed but Cooper and Jovan sit outside waiting for the person inside. Don't ask me why...
Friday, November 13, 2009
Kristina Faith and Jovan Daniel...my beautiful children!! LOVE THEM!!!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Why does it seem that sometimes it feels as though your head is spinning around on your neck? Let me just say, oh my goodness!! So many things have happened in the last week! And I have tried to blog a couple of times..but I think I have a fussy computer and it deletes them as I am in the middle of typing. UGH!!
I will hit the highlights..last week Kristina missed a day of school because she was sick. I am convinced that it was a reaction to her vaccines she got. The flu and the H1N1 were the ones she got. Her CF nurse was adamant about the fact she couldn't have a reaction to a dead virus. I don't believe her! Kristina ALWAYS gets an upper respiratory ick after getting the vaccines. This has happened since she came to the US. Just a coincidence? NOT!! But I will move on..more on that later!
Can I just say I have the CUTEST little boy in the world!! He is laying on the floor watching tv while my most beautiful daughter is finishing her treatments. By the way she counted to fourteen this morning..YEAH!! Numbers and colors are tough for her.
Okay, what else..we got a ton of appointments lined up for Jovan. He HATES doctors...even if it is someone elses turn! He cries..can't imagine what he will be like in the next few weeks..bribes, comfort toys?
On Saturday I helped my dad (and mom..she was so nervous) clean pine needles from the corners in their roof. My dad climbed the ladder...that was scary for me too!! But he did it..and then he was telling me that the ladder was too heavy for me..I said NO and showed him that I could maneuver a twenty-four foot extension ladder..no biggy. Then I told him to try something else to get the needles down. I was very firm..it was kinda weird..it was almost like the roles were reversing. Not being disrespectful..but just like "hey dad I am not a kid anymore"!! Made my head spin at the fact my parents are getting older and they will need SO much help in a few years..getting old is tough!
Sunday our son got dedicated. Our pastor asked us to say something when we got up there. He asked during the singing. Oh, I prayed for God to put words in my mouth..there were so many God moments that I could have said...and I didn't know how long to talk. Anyway, giving ALL the glory to God..he was dedicated. It was really nice because after the service a lot of people came up to us and said we have a wonderful family and God is GOOD!! We do not have any SN kids in church, that I know of anyway. I can not wait for him to be able to tell his story! It was an awesome thing for him to be dedicated on Orphan Sunday. My son is no longer an orphan! Praise God!!!
Sorry, had to take time to feed the kidS and take the dogs potty. They are having a little free time..then it is time for mommy school.
We had a really lazy Sunday..it was nice! Kristina took a nap that she needed desperately!!! Then about 3:30pm she started to cough..and then cough..okay so we did her treatments a little early..she did NOT stop coughing..and could not catch her breath..Dan was taking care of her as I had Jovan and my grandmother..to try to keep them calm and like no big deal. About the time she couldn't catch her breath..I called the on call doctor at her CF clinic. Just so you know this all came on all of a sudden..like with in FIVE minutes or so. The doctor called back right away..mean time she had thrown up all the drainage...just mucus. So she was throwing up again and again the doctor told us what to do..and we did it then she started to calm down..she didn't throw up as much or cough.. While I was talking to the doctor Dan told me that he wanted to call 911. He really never over-reacts..so him wating to call 911 was serious. But, during the whole ordeal I was begging God to help her..and take care of her!!!! The whole episode was from 3:30 until about 7:30....She then wanted to eat..her request was pizza. She ate and went to bed.. Dan and I went limp after that. UFFDA!!
So, now how do we do this...I called the clinic and let them know..but I think we know what to do and see the "warning" signs early..then we should be good to go. But, it is in the back of my mind..is it going to happen again..will it be worse? God knows..I can't worry or panic just be prepared..Okay I can do that.
Tomorrow I meet with people at school for Jovan..and the plan for him. More mind spinning and the biggest spinning of all!! Where should he go? Kindergaten even though he is seven. He just turned seven right before school started. They suggested he go in Kristina's room..right away my thought was NO. Kristina has enough to concentrate on..and I want her to feel a sense of ownership in school and what she is learning. I asked her...and she said NO it was her teacher, not Jovan's. Okay I agree with her. So does daddy. My sister said that she didn't think he was ready for school, but I feel very comfortable about him going. Dan needs a little more info..so after the meeting I will have more. But, that has been on my mind..a lot!!!
Well, today I have to do laundry..usually my Monday chore, but I was so busy! And we took my grandmother (baba to Jovan) to the podiatrist. And then we went to get a few groceries..then we came home after picking up Kristina. Jovan can now say Kristina in school.
Better get on with my day..
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have many more of those then someone should be allowed! Don't get me wrong...they are good and not so good feelings..life is happening all around. My pep is a little low. Not pep..just maybe my get up and go has gone away. It somehow doesn't feel like I am 100% better since bringing home my cold-thingy. So, everything seems just off slightly...
There are many things going on with my children. They are learning, happy, playful, excited to have each other for siblings. Some ways they are like other children..and someways not quite. Kristina is having a little trouble with some things in class. We have been doing research and trying to figure out just what will boost her in the right direction. I told hubby last night that maybe she is frustrated because she may not quite get things and yet sees that the other children do..wanting to "get" it and just can't...makes me both sad and determined to help her!! That has been on my mind and heart for some time now..I am somewhat frustrated not knowing exactly where to turn.
With my new little boy, his right now are medical. A very LONG list of things to check...oh, my. Yesterday was a long doctor appointment..xrays, shots, specialist appointments, and a step by step plan of care. He cried during the xrays..oh how I felt bad!! Then the shots came..I cried harder then he did!! My heart just hurt!!! But, then it was over..he did really well considering shots hurt!!! So about every other week up until a few days before Christmas he and I will go to his appointments..together..my son and I.
Something is bothering me...I have not told anyone..can't quite get a grip on it. Am I nuts that I don't see my son's differences? I mean I see that he struggles a bit to get what he wants..but he is just perfect! That is just him..my little gift from God (with a little spunk!!) The day that I put him in Sunday school..I never thought about how he might impact the class..with his differences and his newness. I just felt so at ease.. Later that week I got a call from church about him and wanting to find his perfect fit..and to sit with him for a couple of weeks to see where that is. Somehow that triggered a button. My son will have to overcome that his whole life. I knew in my mind that he would..but this was so real, like in my face. On one hand it makes me sad..then it makes me determined to get/do what it takes to make him as successful as he wants to be.
My son, the one I waited for two and a half years for!! A long time..not knowing for sure that he would be my son in my arms or just in my heart. Well, I can tell you..he is in my arms!! He is such a spark..he has a smile that just lights up a room. He knows who is mama is..and really wants her! He can say words in English, use a potty, eat with a spoon, fork, and knife like a pro! Get in and out of his captains bed. Get in and out of my SUV. Up and down stairs are a breeze! He can get dressed and put on his shoes..and many more things!!
I have been his mother for one month!! Seems like just yesterday..and other times it seems like forever!! It is amazing to see him sit right in front of me..and he is here! HOME!!! God answered my prayers!! I always prayed for a family for him..and now he has one!! In my arms!!
Now, I am feeling better..a peace, an excitement, a joy..thanks for listening!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Leg, eyes, eyes, shots, and information. Lets just say I am glad for the weekend..and Monday it starts again. Two days ago I took my new little boy to the ER because he had hurt his leg..I don't exactly know what happened..so we went and sat for almost FIVE hours!! I was NOT happy, but what was I to do? Leave AMA? No, what if he had broken something? So, I was stuck! What a trooper I had..he just started to cry and whimper at the end..like the last hour or so. But, he was still to cute!! Anyway, thank God nothing was found on his xrays!!!
Eyes and eyes, today I took my children to have their eyes checked. They did such a great job!! both of them!! Jovan will be getting glasses..the dr think that glasses will help his lazy eye. That would be so awesome!!! He is so tiny..glasses that they had are big..there is one kind that fits him, but they are not indestructible like the others. UGH!! But he is sooo very cute with them.. We will get them in about a week and a half. Kristina did really well...
After we did the eye exams, we went to the clinic so Kristina could get her flu shot and a MMR shot..okay, she is immune for the MMR shot. That let the flu shot..I am ALWAYS apprehensive when she gets her shots. She always gets a little sick after each one. Imagine my nerves..she got a regular flu shot AND the H1N1 shot. Because of her Cystic Fibrosis she is like at the TOP of the "list" to get the shots first. So, we will pray and see how she does in the next few days.
A few days ago I spoke with our pediatrician about Jovan and his medical issues. She has a plan, oh I love her!! So, that makes the steps with him a little easier to deal with. He has a check list. :) Lots of information...oh my!
Today, after we were all done we went to Super Target for a hot dog and ICEE. Jovan does not like them. The ICEE that is. We looked at toys..and stuff. Came home and the kids played. Dan comes home a little early on Fridays. YEAH!! And tonight we decided to order Chinese food. Yum! Dinner was good, cookies were eaten, nebs were done, bath was done, then kids went to bed! :)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Above is last night playing play-doh, and they played for over an hour!! Giggles went along with that by the bucketfuls!!
Above is playing with Kristina's really cool doll house complete with sound and everything! He loves to flush the toilet! Check out his bracelet! Every kid loves that plastic multi colored slinky!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It has been one week since being home. My goodness, it seems like so long ago that we got home. Is that good or bad? Or has it been two? No, just one. Wow that was tough.. Maybe I will post about today and go backwards. And how come when I am going about the day, I can blog in my head..then I am too tired to do it later when I have time?
Today we went to church and Jovan went with Kristina in her class. He was okay to be there I guess..one toy car and a bye mama he was good to go. The teacher said he did really well. I was glad.. After church he was introduced around..lots of people wanted to meet him. Of course he is a little ham!! :) Ran to Target for grandma..came home and had lunch. Nap time and Dan and I watched the Viking's football game. (I am sure that is why they lost!!) We NEVER watch the games..well we did when we were adopting Jovan..but that was on days later! :) Sorry to all the Viking fans!
Oh, yesterday we went to my parent's house for a little fall clean up. The kids played for a little while, then I got out the riding toys. Kristina had her bike..and I got out Jovan's really cool.ride on toy that just needed the steering wheel moved back and forth for it to move. He was too little, he kept falling off. It was not fun for him after that. I felt so bad.. And I was getting crabby and cold myself, so we went home. Not the best to be outside after trying to get over a bad cold..but I really wanted to help my parents. So we left daddy to finish with grandma and grandpa..but don't feel bad because they took daddy out to eat pizza!!! Then we just kinda hung out and played.
Friday was oh man, can't remember. Kristina went to school..Jovan was beginning to get it that we leave her but we pick her up too. Jovan played then we played together..did a little "school". The day went fast. I was going to go and try to learn how to scrapbook in the evening. But I was feeling better so I tried really hard to get stuff put away and organized..I was pretty tired..but I kept going. My dad made supper, a "practice" Thanksgiving dinner. It was really good! The gravy was to die for!!!!! The sauerkraut was great too! We had a Butterball turkey that was really good, my dad made it in a roaster and not the oven. Pretty cool. Well, after that I was all done. And no I did not stuff..it took all the rest of my energy to put the kids to bed. Then I curled up on the couch and fell asleep.
Thursday..Kristina was home. Oh yeah..we went "shopping" with Auntie. I had a little list and I needed to get Jovan a winter jacket the fit him. It was a good thing she went with as it was a bigger job to take the kids then I thought. We ran to the outlet mall which is actually close once we drove to Super Target. The kids did really well. They giggled a lot..Auntie is a lot of fun!!
Wednesday..Kristina had school again..and I can't remember much..I know I was sick..Jovan and I did some "school" and spent time together. Played together..introduced him to Sesame Street. Kinda cool. I know we did more..
Tuesday..Kristina and Jovan played together ALL day..almost like they were making up for lost time. Getting quite loud at times!! But, they really played well together. It was such a wonderful experience to hear my children playing down the hallway. Laughing and giggling..sometimes a little frustration, but for the most part pure fun!!! By the time daddy came home..I was tired! Who knew being sick with kids was so tough. I think it was because it was like a respiratory like cold. Hard to breathe and coughing. ICK!!
Moday was Kristina's first day of school...oh my Jovan was NOT happy we left her. After we took her to school, I took him to see the doctor. The whole nine yards..we have a follow up this coming Friday. He was NOT happy at ALL!!!! He was so not happy, he screamed and screamed!! UFFDA!!! But, when we were all done..he was okay and acted like nothing happened. Then we went to Auntie's work, so she could show him off..home to make supper.
That was the basic run down of our first week. The best part is that mommy is almost 100% better! And we all had a pretty great week. Right now, everyone is sleeping and I need to head there too. Pictures are coming..I promise!! :)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The nicest word I know! :) We had a pretty uneventful flight/s home. Jovan did not sleep..just way too much to take in. There was a landing that was pretty tough on his ears..He did great!! (A side note to people who are traveling..I would bring masks!! There was a guy who sneezed and coughed the ENTIRE long flight from London to Chicago!!!! And until airlines require the use of masks for people like that..I would bring my own!!!! Wish I would have thought of that..I now have a cold/ick!)
We got in later then the flight was scheduled! :( My family was waiting for us..minus one sister who had gotten exposed the the "bad" flu..she didn't want to share her germs. Thank you for that! :) Kristina grew!!! She had a huge growth spurt while we were gone..a couple of the pairs of shoes I got for school are too small now. I mean we are talking almost an inch in her feet!! She was so excited to see Jovan!! He was excited to see her too!
Sunday we ran to Super Target!!!! I had to get some meds and vitamins. We also shopped for a few things for Jovan. Minus a few things for church..he is pretty set for winter. My mom got him a few things while we were gone.
Kristina and Jovan played and played on Sunday. My mom/dad/sister came over to visit..and my dad made the best sloppy joes for lunch!! We watched the Vikings game.. The kids played some more!! My sister is absolutely in love with MY son!! He likes her too.
Yesterday Kristina went to school..Jovan was NOT happy about that!! He was even more not happy with the fact mommy took him to the doctor! YIKES and UFFDA!! But we both survived! :)
We later picked up K from school..oh how excited they both were! Jovan has several words that he knows..and says. Mommy, daddy, puppy, cup, Kristina, out, hi, bye, and a couple more that escape me at this moment.
My house is quiet..I have been up since 3:45am. Wide awake!! But, I have gotten a lot done already this morning!! Making silly pancakes for breakfast..and maybe a painting art project..it will be raining today and tomorrow. Or so they say. Oh, Jovan can already get in and out in my SUV. He LOVES that fact, I think because Kristina can do it. He can get out of his captains bed. It is two and a half times taller then he is!! In and out of his booster seat. It's like a wood high chair..but it really just looks like a small sized chair which happens to be tall! Kristina used it and now it is perfect for Jovan. You should see how he drives his trucks!! So fast down the hallway!! Oh, did I say he already can cut with scissors!! He and Kristina were cutting on an art project that K made..having fun they both were!!!
Great..my coughing got the "boys" up! That would be Calvin and Cooper! Jovan is just crazy about the dogs..so excited and LOUD!! The boys are just a wee bit hesitant about him..but they both loves kids..so it won't take them long to be loving him up!!
Better go..just wanted to give an update. I know I have a TON of pictures to post..that will have to wait.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Did you miss me? I was gone a long time since my last post. What a trip..wow!! (think I have to stop drinking coke!!) Anyway, we got out the door after Jovan's nap..we were on a mission to head up to the citadel. How cool!! EVERYONE needs to head up there. It is a little tough with a stroller, but still worth the effort!! We were there about an hour and a half..and so much more to see. Then my camera ran out of batteries..so we left and started to head home. Or should I say the apartment.
On the way back we stopped at a little cart type thing..and I bought a souvenir for my mom and a little something for me. As if my son was not enough!!! :) And then..we decided to find something for dinner..since we did such an awesome job for lunch!! Well, we were walking and would you believe we found another Chinese restaurant. So that is where we went! It was so cool, it was like an upscale Chinese restaurant..but not. It was a weird experience being not in the states, but in a European country..eating Chinese. Served by servers who spoke ENGLISH!! Quite the meal..the food was great as well!!!!!
We then wandered on home because it was very cold!!! And our son was getting tired! It was time to get him warm and tucked into bed! So we are home..after a really fun day!! It was a weird feeling..hard to explain. I will post pictures..but when I get home as I can't seem to do them here. So keep checking back..I'll let you know.
Yes, we have been all around town! I forgot the other day that I found a bridal shop and a Chinese restaurant!!!! And a place to repair shoes. Today is a beautiful day..a little on the cool side, but perfect for walking!!! We are going to this old citadel after our son lays down for a bit.
I am so excited!! We have pretty much gone where we wanted to go..right here in Belgrade. We walked around this morning for about two and a half hours. Stopped by a toy store and got Jovan a couple of new for the airplane cars. And then we went to a souvenir shop. Picked up many things for my family! And three key rings with Jovan's name on it!!! I am so thrilled!! Of course there is never anything in the states with his name on it.
On our way home we stopped by a bakery...can I just say oh my goodness!!!!! Oh, my goodness!!! Okay, I'll stop! We got some really good sandwiches!!! Then came the doughnuts!! Oh, my goodness! Never tasted anything like it. So delicate and a delicious marmalade in the middle. Oh, my goodness. Light and fluffy!! Should have taken a picture of it..so you all could have seen it!
I checked on my son and he is sleeping..so in a bit he will wake up and we can go out again! He loves being outside..but he HATES stopping to look at stores and such!! Kinda like my daughter! But that's okay..no shopping for mommy, I will be too busy with my new son!!
It was so fun this morning!! I wanted to just yell out to everybody what a wonderful day. My thought after that, was no one would have wanted to hear me yell out. :) I have taken more pictures..oh cool...the church we are by just was ringing their bells!
Well, better go get busy..laundry to hang out, souvenirs to pack..very busy!...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I hold the glue for the puzzle. Jovan's visa/passport is in my hand!!!! See it? I thought you might..so this means we are ready to come home..and are able to come home!! The guy that "helped" us last time was the same man this time as well. I begged God to soften his heart towards us..and not let his position go to his head. I thought at first he was going to be shall we say difficult? Anyway, I prayed and about twenty minutes later, out he came..a new man. Really it was the same body..but he was defiantly different!! Thank you God!!!!!! Waiting for our son is DONE!!! We have a son!!! All ours and no one elses!! Well, of course we all know he belongs to God first!!!
We are leaving Saturday morning for our long trip home. Don't really know what to expect from him..he can get really loud. Hum..might have to get a few quiet toys..
Tomorrow and Friday are sightseeing/shopping/packing..and anything else we can squeeze in and dodge rain that is expected on Friday. It stopped raining today...I think!
Someone in the building is cooking, and it smells good. Better get started on our supper as well!!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
We have walked streets we have not been down before. Ended up in a maybe not such a nice neighborhood..had to climb uphill to get out!!! Kinda freaky. But, we were able to see so many things then we ever had before.
Yesterday we were out the door and decided to walk in not the shopping streets. :) So we headed down what we call ministry road (where the ministry meeting is held), then we turned down embassy road. (named for the same reason) I have been watching the weather reports and it has said rain..so we have had to think ahead. We had to get Jovan's pictures for his visa
We moved on down a new street, then we saw a lily. That is a store kinda like a drug store would be. Anyway, this one was very big!! So we got what we needed and started walking again. Oh, before we started walking we added minutes to our phone. All by ourselves!!!
I am having trouble with uploading pictures!!! They don't move for me..so I have to figure it out, but not at this moment!
As we wandered we took in other sites!! We ate at McDonald's again..that was fun. Came home and talked to my mom and Kristina. It was snowing and Kristina was excited!
Today we kinda were a little lazy. And also cleaned up the apt a bit. Jovan played and giggled today. We also ran up to the Maxi and got a few things because I was too tired to run up yesterday. Gotta go..start dinner..
I had several in mind, but the one that this tired mommy wants to use is consideration. I was irritated at I am sure thousands of people last night!!!!!! Yes, probably thousands! If I knew there names I would knock on their doors and tell them so. Let me tell you what happened. (this mommy might be whining, complaining, venting..but I can because this is my blog)
The evening started out wonderfully for Dan and I. Our son went to bed without a sound, and went right to sleep. We were so excited!! He needs to have restful sleep. So, we were relaxing watching tv, talking to my mom, and just talking. I fell asleep on the couch. Next thing we know is the sound of BIG guns. We freaked out..are we being bombed? You should have heard the noise. It seemed kinda far away, so we shut off the lights and looked. Dan did, and saw lights by the church near us and smoke. Mind you it was ten thirty at night!!!! Okay, so maybe it was a celebration of some kind. We just went UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't people think of other people? (consideration)
Oh, my goodness..what happened next!! Horns honking, people shouting, sirens going!!! And LOUD!! That lasted for probably at least a half an hour!!! UGH!!! Don't those people think about all the other people sleeping? (consideration)
During ALL that noise my son fell (rolled) out of bed. When I carefully put him back..the noise woke him up!!! So he had to try and fall asleep to that noise. He did. I wanted to say to all those people..you woke up my kid!!!!! Do you not think about other people? (consideration)
Then this morning when I woke up, I saw the sun rise out the window. It was so beautiful! You know God is considers us every moment of every day!!! How to protect us, teach us, show us, warn us, guide us, and there is more!!! I am thankful for that!! So thankful that he cares enough to show us beautiful sunrises, sunsets, clouds, stars, babies..anything and everything!! So thankful that he considers my feelings in life..knowing I wanted to be a wife and a mommy, knowing that I truly want to be more like him in life!!
That brings me to this..how considerate am I? Do I think of others when I want to get in front of someone on the highway? Do I think of others before myself? Yes, I believe I do. Can I do better? Yes, I can!! Do I consider my "enemies" enough to pray for them? Yes, I do..but I can do better. Do I consider my children, yes..but I can do better. Do I consider my husband? Yes, I do..but I can do better!!!
Bottom line..to be considerate..it is a lesson for me today. I was not considerate of others when I started this post venting..but I am human, and I am continually striving to be better at it and focusing on the lessons to learn from my heavenly father..Thank you God for considering me every moment of every day!!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Now can I wake him up? Isn't he the cutest? I think he is!! Oh, how precious is he?
It is weird because I thought I would post more then I have..sorry about that!! I have been one day off since before we even left the states! And my goodness the day just flies by!!!!!! And we have been walking so much, by the end of the day I am one tired person!! Jovan has been able to see many things..his favorite has been the cars and motorcycles!!! Now that we have him 24/7 forever we can do a few more things. I would love to go to to see many more things!!
This journey has been so many things. I have had many prayer times with God..He picked me (us) to be Jovan's mommy and daddy. We are the family that I prayed for..for two and a half years..even up to the time right before we got the travel date. I don't even know how to describe that..so many things. God has taught me many many things in the last two and a half years. Faith, trust, dependancy, love, kindness, truth, and several other things!!! God is good! To go on this journey was amazing, and I am thanking God and glorifying His name!! It was His will that we caught another butterfly!!! Thank you God!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Yep, today was the day!!! We are now Jovan's forever parent's!!! FOREVER!!!! What a day, I am so tired. Didn't sleep well last night..too much on my mind. But that is okay, because I was praying LOTS!!! Wow, our washer sounds like a jet airplane taking off. I am afraid and I don't even know how to stop it. UGH!!!! Scary..hold on, oh it's done now.
Anyway, what a day!! God was/is good!! It was a beautiful day!! And now tomorrow moring we get him forever!! Can't wait!
I am too tired to keep writing, I have lots of pictures to update on..maybe later. We have to drive up again 1.5 hours to do the passport stuff. That is new for us this time. So, take care and I will write soon!!!! Jovan's mommy :)
Monday, October 5, 2009
Today we received a phone message. We did not get/see it until after we heard the news. IT IS SIGNED!!! Wow, the minister signed our approval for the adoption of Jovan. Really? Really, Really?
We are thrilled to pieces!! Our adoption ceremony may be Wednesday or Thursday. So, we will see. Can't wait for that step..
Tonight for dinner we had the newest family from the US for dinner along with our "facilitator". It was fun. Something we did not really expect..but are SO happy that we were able to have them stay with us!! They are the first family to adopt from this orphanage, and it is HOURS away from us..so they are basically on their own. It's funny because both of our children are from the same Center, yet are in two different orphanages..so far away!! But, here we are under one roof..they are sleeping after the LONG flight over..and we should be but I am trying to get a hold of my family to tell them, but can't. So, all of you know about the signing before my family! :)
Better get to bed. We will have one probably cranky little boy. He has a dr apt in the morning I think..morning, anyway..maybe won't be so bad? Maybe? Good Night!....
As I sit here watching my son, I think wow..a mother of TWO. They are different, yet similar..I am thinking from the orphanage. I love that little boy..he is cute, charming, and so lovable!! Smart, shall I say very stubborn, and friendly. The stubborn part does NOT bother me a bit. My mother used to tell me I was..maybe still am? :)
Today we went to an open farmer's market type place..we bought shoes and two pair of pants for Jovan. More adapters..hard to just have one. We tried to make do.. What else? My mind wandered away..oh tomatoes, then I went to the mini market and got things to make for supper. We are having the next family to come to Serbia for dinner.
My son giggles!! He is so happy!! Easy going, doesn't really like shopping. After just one day..he knows where the apartment is. Smart boy!! Love him to pieces!! Can't wait for the Lord to lead us and help us follow God and what He has for him! We will encourage our children..with their special bodies not to give up, rely on God first, giggle, and pursue their dreams...
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
I have NO idea what day it is. Time is flying..But I do know that tomorrow I will have our son ALL day. We are excited! Did I say that I got an awesome stroller? I think I did..That means we can stroll the town. YIPEE!!!
Tonight we are just hanging out. We may go out and get some dishwasher soap and paper towels. Oh, and Coke. Two years ago, they had Coke light..now they consider Coke Zero as Diet Coke. So, if anybody is coming that drinks DC as we call it..better try Zero or Orange. :)
We went to an open market..bought Dan a "man purse" and an adapter. It was fun because we took side streets that we have never taken, and we made it back. My computer is acting horribly..up/down. Maybe it is tired?
Tonight for supper I made a Ukrainian meatloaf patty with mashed potatoes and green beans. It was great to have a homemade meal. I don't consider spaghetti a homemade meal..cuz I didn't make the sauce. The meal was pretty good but needed pepper and ketchup. Can't wait to cook for my little boy!!!
Right now I can't post pictures..but as soon as I can figure out my computer. I have many more to take!! :)
This morning when we went to see Jovan, it was a peaceful day. Everyday, it seems that he gets more calm.. He plays games with us a little quieter..hope for the long plane ride! :) It will be so nice when he has his room and his own toys to play in.
While Dan was playing with Jovan, I was praying for the children and praising God! He has them in his hands!! He created each one of them and their cute little faces!! He knows their future..He knows EVERYTHING about them. So praise God that he has them in His hands!
Will post pictures..
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Today was a day of adventures. First when we were at the orphanage Jovan and I went outside the little play area today. He was on a trike with a handle to push him. We were looking at all the cars..he was having a blast!! Best thing...he thought he was driving but it was mommy who was! What a trip!!!
Second adventure was in search of two things. First a stroller for Jovan. We thought about bringing one..but we put our luggage for things for the orphanage. VERY pricey for overweight and extra luggage. It took two hours but we FINALLY found one, and several other kids clothes/shoes. I LOVE the stroller..it's just an umbrella type one. Very sturdy..and taller then the cheapy regular umbrella strollers. It is a little cushiony..and his back will not touch the cross bars.. So, I am so excited..it will work until we figure out what will work for us to transport him in.
Third was the store Ciciban. A shoe store that I wanted to get some shoes for Kristina. We looked and looked at the same time we looked for the stroller. To come up empty handed was disappointing. As we were leaving a woman with a stroller had TWO Ciciban shoe balloons attached to her stroller. And I asked her where the store was..she did not speak English!! UGH!! Then a woman behind her tried to help me in English!! So we now have a map!! And the best thing is that we could not have found it easily as it moved inside another building. HA! We will find it..maybe tomorrow, depends on what we are doing with Jovan and lunchtime.
Fourth was putting our things away in the apartment. We waited until we went on our adventure, as we could put clothes away when it was dark outside. :) There are so many cupboards and closets that we actually had fun putting things away. We even have a spot for Jovan's toys. So all in all a good day!!
Now, I am going to try my family, and see if I can reach them again. Talked to them this morning..saw Kristina, my mom and grandmother. Then I talked to and saw my dad this afternoon. He was so cute, he sent me an email. Wondered how we were, a little concerned and then he said it felt like we were gone a loooooooooooooong time already. So sweet!!
Better get going..we get to see our son in ten hours!!! Yipeeee
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Maybe? We are here, have been here. Just had a little email/computer trouble..and I was and still am too tired to blog. Okay..let's just get to the details..um. We flew on a plane and have arrived. Too tired to get much sleep. Saw our wonderful, awesome, lovely, hard working facilitator. Went to our meeting. Um..what next? Oh yeah, rode a taxi. And then..we saw our SON!! Yep, our sweet little boy.. He has gotten so big!! And he already calls us mama and tata! He,loves cats, cars, and playing outside.
We have seen him everyday since Monday..and now tonight we are even closer!! Our original apartment was available, so we moved across town..literally!! Should be no more taxi rides, unless we are dying. Yesterday and today we walked three hours or a smidge more. So, this evening I am tired and I have a blister. In a few minutes I will be going to bed! YEAH!! Then a beautiful walk to our little boy!!
I will try to blog as often as I can..now that we are closer, it will be easier!! Until later...
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We know when we will be coming back again! :) Still a little to do, ran into a carry on situation. I know I you say I should have checked sooner. Well I did, and we were fine until I read more into our Heathrow departure. The measurements INCLUDE the handle!! Uffda!!
Other then doing the little bit of cleaning up we are ready. So my little Jovan here we come!! God is with us and I will post as soon as I can!!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Don't tell! I am supposed to be working, but I am taking a break..actually I really want to take my headache and take it to bed. I have to finish up something I am working on..but I might just take it with me to finish. The medications and house schedules are done, I even did a quirks and NO NO's one for my grandmother and Kristina. I think I said I was going to do that..well it's done. Let's just say they both have no knifes on their sheets! My grandmother is confined to the upper level and NO stairs!! (we live in a split level..but the living/kitchen/bath/3 beds are up) Kristina is confined to the yard..actually the backyard. :)
My grandmother told me today that she has Jovan in her heart. Oh, how I cried!! I took her to a doctor's appointment to make sure she was okay..it was a follow-up from her hospital stay. It's hard to leave her..on the way down she was trying to tell me something but she couldn't get it out of her head. Finally almost ten minutes later it came out. It frustrates her..I think that she is slowing down..although today was a good day! We went to Burger King and ordered off the dollar menu. Oh, how she loves a Whopper Jr.!! :)
What else can I say..way toooo much!! God is good!!! All the time!!! All the time God is good!!! Twice this week people have called me and either have forgotten why they had called and offered encouragement or prayer, or sensed that I needed it. Kinda cool!!
So many things run through my mind..not really once is it "oh my", can I parent two. More like "oh my..Kristina and Jovan's lives are going to change in an instant". What if they don't like each other, what if Kristina really resents her brother, what will Jovan's attitude be like when he is in a family..things like that. Kristina went with the flow..she was very loved and I dare say spoiled, and of course a little carried over to her life in America. Unreasonable questions? God is in control..we just pray and God it to God. Give God all the glory and praise.
Okay, getting my second wind..oh wait, third wind. My second came when I kinda made dinner from scratch. But it tasted that way!! :) And it looked good! :) Oh, how I wish my head didn't hurt! Ow! I know stop complaining..not trying to..just OW!!
Better get on with it..but maybe I'll get up really, really, early and go to be now. Maybe I'll see ya at 4:30am? Sleep tight!
Oh, it's one year, one month, one week, and my 2o1st post. Yeah look at all those ones! Reminds me of who number one is..my heavenly Father! :)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Right now Kristina is tickling her daddy and she is squealing like a stuck pig! Glad she is having fun! Now, daddy has her..fun times! I am taking a little break from getting things done.
We are leaving a week from today. Our flight leaves about 2pm. So we will get a chance to have breakfast and not rush to the airport. We get to go through Germany this time..some place new. On the way back however we have to go through London. :( UGH!!! We had such an icky experience last time.
Haven't decided if we are going to get a back pack or stroller to travel with on the way back. And we are printing out a map for Heathrow airport and studying it well!!!!! Last time we went through there while construction was going on.
Both of our children did/will become American citizens in Chicago. Kinda cool! Our back to the states date is October 17th. So that is going to be one day longer then we were with Kristina. Maybe we will have a little chance to see things that we didn't last time..Lots of pictures will be taken!! We spent so much time with Kristina that we didn't see much. But that' s okay..we brought home a daughter!! :)
Oh my, forgot all about the garbage day..and recycling. Let's see have to check the calender. Things hit me like that out of the blue. Got to check with my mom about how they are going to do meals..guess I don't care.. My mind is now going very fast. But I am determined to keep calm and finish.
Well. my break is over..shhhh don't tell Dan but I am having a little hard time compacting things..but I will keep trying...