Friday, July 22, 2005

Answered prayers

Praise God, who answers our prayers about even the smallest things!!

On Sunday, we sent an email to the organization (New Song) sending our "parent tool box", letting them know we had not received the one they sent. On Monday, it arrived!! It was postmarked June 21, and why it took so long we'll never know. We promptly called New Song and let them know it had arrived and not to send another! Now we have 6.5 hours of DVDs to watch and paperwork to fill in as we go. Then we will send them a notarized statement that we have completed the course, and they will send us a completion certificate. Hooray!

Also, we are very grateful that we found comforters this past weekend! We had initially decided to wait until the back-to-school sales to buy comforters, and the sales have started. We found reversible comforters, machine wash and dry (very important to Courtney!), in neutral colors on sale, and we had two coupons!! We were able to get two twin comforters for less than the price of one normally. Yet another hooray!

We have heard some "complaints" ;) that our children are going to be very bored with our current color scheme. Well, there are two issues at work here. One is that we have no idea what gender of children we will have. The other is that it is usually very easy to overstimulate these children. In the orphanages, they do have toys, but they are not toys that make noise and flash lights, etc. The walls are usually painted a neutral color, with few pictures or hangings on the walls. We will be starting with a very simple room and toys for our children, and gradually introducing them to more stimulation. We want this transition to be as easy on our children as possible. They are being moved from the only home they've ever known and transported to a new place with none of their friends or familiar caretakers, and everyone speaks a different language. That's usually a trying situation for adults who know and can understand what's happening, much less small children whose world has just been turned upside down.

I had to include a picture of my most adorable husband playing base ball. This was taken last weekend at one of his games in Illinois, when the Perfectos played the Ground Squirrels and the Marauders.


Anonymous said...

We adopted a little girl from Ukraine in April and I'm very excited about your plans to adopt. There were a few things in your blog that were different than our experiences, so if you'd like to know more, feel free to email me (address is on our blog--

Good luck with everything! Patience and determination is the key, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Mark, that is a pretty neat picture of you! I like the coloring!

I agree with you about keeping the room simple and nutral. I've noticed with my own babies that they get over stimulated when at Grandma's house because of all the noisy toys they play with.


Anonymous said...

Nice picture Mark, good to know that you are coming around and playing baseball again. good to hear that things are going ok with all of this.

-Your Brother.