Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

It’s official!

Today was a wonderful day – today we officially adopted Mayer!

He is legally, officially ours FOREVER! 

It was a nail biter right up until the end – would you expect anything else with this adoption?!

Apparently our judge was out of town today so our case was heard by a magistrate.  We had been assured that the adoption would be final today so that we could have it done this year for tax purposes (a big deal when it means a $13,000 refund or having to pay). Then today, the magistrate said he’d hear our case and then the judge would sign off on it when he got back on Monday.  I didn’t burst into tears, but I admit – I did involuntarily clasp my hands like I was begging when I asked if there was any way possible to get it signed today.  Thankfully, our magistrate was very kind and after he heard our case he ran upstairs and found another judge willing to sign off on our adoption!

So it’s official – it’s done!  We’re soooo happy! Mayer was great during the hearing and of course charmed everyone at the court house.  :)

I’ll post pictures soon!  

December 28, 2010

Fundraiser anyone?


I have a ton of gorgeous paper bead necklaces I would like to sell.  I just don’t have time to do a big fundraiser with these necklaces and I thought it would be nice for someone else to make some money for their adoption with them.  I will sell them for $10/each if you buy at least 10 necklaces – that’s half what they go for to anyone who wants to use them to raise funds. I will then make $10 for our next adoption (minus what I paid for them),and you can make at least $10 for yours. You could easily sell them as a fundraiser and make several hundred dollars for your adoption.

Want to make it even easier?  Sell necklaces before purchasing them!  Just let me know how many you think you can sell.  I’ll set that amount aside.  Once you sell them (or as many as you can) send the payment for however many you sell and I’ll send you the necklaces to distribute.   I recommend selling them for $22 each.  So you’d get $10 plus some for shipping costs. 

Interested?  Send me a message!

December 28, 2010

This is what a bunch of us did at Christmas dinner.  :)  Fun!

December 27, 2010

The nose knows

Maybe I have an unusually sensitive sense of smell, but certain smells bring up strong memories and feelings for me. 

For years the smell of diesel and anything burning (especially mixed and especially in the summer time – this usually happens when I’m driving in the car with the windows down) has sent my mind on a journey to Haiti. These were always pleasant memories/feelings (I always loved traveling to Haiti) until 2008. After I took Schnider back something changed. Now when it happens (and it hasn’t for a while) my mind still races to scenes of Haiti but I now feel a deep sense of dread and anxiety deep in my stomach. Every single time. I assume it is because returning him to Haiti was the last time I was there, the last time I smelled those smells was one of the hardest times in my life.

A couple of weeks ago I was standing at my moms kitchen sink. I reached and pumped some soap into my hand without noticing what it was. As I started lathering my hands, my stomach dropped, I felt tears start to come and the words “I just want to go home…” raced across my mind. It took me a second to realize that the soap my mom had set out was the same soap I took with me to Uganda, and the same soap I used the entire time I was there.  It’s a strong smell, a smell I’d never used before and a smell I’ve never used since. In my mind – that smell took me back to the tiny bathroom in Africa. All the sudden I was standing there again, washing my hands. The air was hot. Laundry was drying on the shower curtain. Dishes were piled in the sink waiting to be washed. I could hear the cleaning ladies talking in the hallway in a language I didn’t undersand, Mayer babbling in the background. The chattering of creatures in the trees outside.  As much as I liked that country,  I just wanted to go home….I just wanted to take my baby home.  My feelings associated with that time and that smell were frustration, sadness and at times – as much as I tried to combat it – hopelessness .   I’ll never buy that soap again. 

Isn’t it strange how we associate certain smells with specific emotions?

Yesterday my sister and I were shopping at the grocery store. I picked up another soap and took a big smell. Memories of my (long deceased) father came rushing to me. My sister said the same thing when I asked her what this reminded her of. He’s the only one I know that used soap that smelled like that, and I think that smell with forever be associated with him.
I bought the soap.

Do you have any specific smells that trigger a memory or feeling in you?

December 22, 2010

All I really want for Christmas…

December 17, 2010

Snow days…

We finally got some snow and the kids are thrilled.  Well, Mayer wasn’t so sure at first.  When we first went out he cried and said “mommy, cooollldddd”.  Poor little guy, what a shock.  We started pulling him around in a sled though and my goodness, he just loved it!  He calls it his “boat”.  I couldn’t figure out what he was saying, he was pointing outside and kept saying what sounded like “boot, mommy boot!” but he was saying he wanted to back out to his “boat” (sled) and go sledding.  Cute.

We got a nice path down the hill in front our house and the kids were just flying!  Mayer thought it was the greatest thing ever.  Millen is still in awe after 13 years in Haiti – she saw some snow last year in February when she first came home but she still loves it this year!  They are all begging to go back out.

In other news, the boys got mohawks (fauxhawks?) the other day.  SO CUTE.  F. in particular looks so crazy adorable with his missing front teeth and mohawk.  

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much.  Things have been crazy with work and life in general.  I have several blog posts sitting in my head waiting to written.  For now I’ll leave you with some pictures. 


December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

December 7, 2010

Families Needed – Waiting Children

There are SO MANY older orphaned children waiting for families in Uganda.
I have pictures of many boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 10 that desperately need families.

Please help us spread the word about the need for families to adopt older children from Uganda. These kids shouldn’t have to grow up in an orphanage, they deserve loving families.

Email me for more information:

December 4, 2010

The snow is coming…

We’re excited!