Monday, August 17, 2009

Week 3...how fun is this?











Saturday, August 15, 2009

2 weeks home

Today marks the two week anniversary of being home with David. Bella is back as of last week and I am so enjoying her company. She is growing into a young lady and has seen the value (finally) of good behavior, for now at least. She started 5th grade on Thursday...it is amazing, every year I say, "I can't believe I am the mom of a ___ grader!". Before I know it I will be the mom of a high school graduate then a college grad and so on.

David is adjusting well, he is part of our family and it feels like he has always been with us. Gods design for adoption is amazing. It is interesting having two toddlers in the house...a little crazy to tell you the truth. We went shopping at my favorite store...Sam's Club last night with all of the kids. I decided then that I really do love having a big family. It is so fun and you never feel lonely. :)
We are waiting and praying for Simon's next move with his career. Although it has been nice being home together, he said he is ready to go back to work. Will you please consider praying for him? He is working on a pretty significant change, but has had some delays which are frustrating. We must remain strong knowing that God has a plan for our family and He will reveal it at the right time.
Until next time...here are some pictures...






Friday, August 7, 2009

Video of David walking!

Enjoy!!


video

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Name

To change or not to change. We need your advice...David was abandoned and we believe he was given his name Abdulkadir by the police officer who found him. We wanted to use it as his middle name to preserve part of his Ethiopian heritage. We are now wondering if we should based on this: While we were in country, most every Ethiopian we told his name to said this - "His family must be Muslim." Well, obviously we have no idea and we (his forever family) are most definitely Christian.

What do you all think???

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Day 3 at home

We started out the day at 5:00 am. Whew...it is going to be a long one. Nicky is a little sick and woke up early complaining he did not feel good. That was the beginning...

I was able to go for a long walk/jog with our lab this morning. My hubby is the best and I really need this time every morning to prepare for day and burn off some stress. Then it was off to the doctor for David's TB test. They inject a little bit of liquid under the skin in his arm and evaluate how he reacts to it to determine if he has TB or not. We will go back on Thursday to have them look at it. Ohhhh, how could I forget the stool sample collection. Whew...I am glad that is over, Simon of course was MIA as he won't have anything to do with his diapers until we get whatever he has cleared up. We should know in a couple of days if he has any parasites or guardia. Our doc thinks he is between 15-18 months old, not the 11 months the orphanage reported. We will know more in the next couple of months as he adjusts and stabilizes.

He is making such huge progress physically, just in the week and a half we have had him. When we picked him up at the orphanage, he could barely walk with you holding just one hand. Now he is standing by himself for a few seconds! That is huge progress and we are excited so far!

I just put David down for a nap and he did not scream his head off! (I didn't either!) We have been struggling with the nap time thing and today was a success!

He is adjusting incredibly well, God continues to bless us and this little guy. :)




Monday, August 3, 2009

Bath Time



David is adjusting well. We had his first doctor visit today and so far everything looks fine. Obviously we have some catching up to do on the nutrition side, but nothing our doctor thought wouldn't be taken care of soon. He had a blood draw for routine tests...it was horrible to see him cry so hard! He HATES baths. Bring back memories of a certain 2 year old still taking baths in a baby tub? :) (Nicky) Tonight I tried the bathroom sink. That seemed a little less tramatic, but don't know how long he will be able to fit in there!

Who could resist that face?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We're Back!!

We made it back last night. Baby David is doing fantastic, slept thruogh the night last night! We have so much to tell, need some time for it all to sink in. I am going to post a few pics today...