Friday, July 30, 2010

Could this be???

Okay, so I don't want to get ahead of myself....but Asa has slept through the night this whole week! 5 nights in a row! Kenneth and I are thrilled beyond belief that this might be the start of a permanent thing for Asa. Although I am still getting up multiple times throughout the night, being in my third trimester of pregnancy, it really helps that I am not having to tend to a crying 10 month old. Praise God! I am still really tired all the time but at least I haven't felt like I would fall over at any moment. Now it feels like my tiredness is more pregnancy related rather than getting up at all hours with other children.

Things at our house are still wild, but we are settling in. Asa seems as though he feels very secure in our family and that he doesn't even remember his life before us. He has become really attached to me in particular. He gets a huge smile when I walk into the room.

Aiden is well attached to Kenneth, but his relationship with me isn't as great as I would have hoped. I know that it will come with time but it is hard. I told Kenneth the other night that it is hard to keep giving and giving and giving and sacrificing when you feel rejected in return. His reply, "Isn't that just like the gospel?" True. Christ keeps giving and giving and giving and sacrificing and so often we reject him in our disobedience and ungrateful attitude. Again, this adoption has taught me so much about the gospel and what it means to be a follower of Christ. I am thankful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to learn in such a concrete way.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Although Aiden & Asa officially became citizens of the best country on earth on June 6, we have now received their social security cards and citizenship cards. Wahoo! The next step in our adoption process will be to re-adopt them in the state of KY. We will have to hire an adoption lawyer and go through a process. From there, Kenneth and I are going to go through the process of legally changing the boys' names, and changing Aiden's birthday. Hopefully we will be able to start the re-adoption in a couple months when our social worker comes to do our 3 month visit.

The boys are also adjusting pretty well at home. At the moment all 3 are crying, which is just fantastic to listen to (ugh). However, for the most part, it is getting better each day. Asa is coming along like a champ, with the exception of his eating habits and waking up in the middle of the night. Aiden is speaking more and more English. We have his first speech therapy session tomorrow afternoon. I think I will feel sooo much better once Aiden starts communicating with words rather than whinning and grunting.

Well, better go get Noah out of time out...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Photo Session with Aimee

Our friend Aimee Nielson took these pictures of our family as a gift to us. She got some great shots, and here are just a few that we wanted to share. Aiden loves seeing himself in these pictures with us. Hopefully this will let him know that he is with us forever. Anyone in the Lexington area looking for a great photographer, check out

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sow in Tears, Reap with Joyful Shouting

Having time alone with the Lord is rough these days. A few nights ago as I went to bed, so stressed and so tired, I asked God to just help me open the psalms to something I needed to hear from Him. He blessed me with Psalm 126.
Verse 3, "The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad."
Verse 5, "Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting."

Both of these verses have been a life saver to me the past few days and are exactly what I needed to hear. The Lord has certainly done great things for us, and we have had some glad moments in the month that we have had Aiden and Asa home. I would be lying if I said we were not also sowing with a lot of tears right now. We knew the first few months would be tough, and we are going through it. Our transition has not been too difficult, and far better than what I was expecting. However, it is not easy going from 1 child to 3, with 1 on the way. We are tired!

The most difficult part for me has been communication with Aiden. It is like trying to deal with an 18 month old in the body of a 2.5 year old. He is saying more and more English words but it is like pulling teeth most days. I think he is starting to realize that he needs to learn English and he is trying harder. He is good at saying "please" and "thank you" and of course, "no." We are going to get him evaluated on July 12 by a program called First Steps that should help him with his communication. Other than that, he is doing great physically! He is looking healthy and gaining weight!

Asa is doing really well! He has caught up almost entirely with where he should be physically and verbally in the last 3 weeks. He has also gained 3 pounds since we have brought him home. Our pediatrician doubts he will even qualify for any special assistance with First Steps now because he has done so much in such a short amount of time. It is amazing to watch. Even seeing his face light up when he discovers that he can pull himself up on the furniture is adorable and heart warming.

We love our sons, and despite the craziness right now, we are so thankful that God blessed us in such a way. Thankfully He has also given us a sense of humor through most of the trying times. Like when I had to ask Noah, "Did you seriously just pee on your brother?! Really?!"