Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Here are a couple pictures of our little darling. She is a good baby and like all babies has her nights and days mixed up. She gets up once a night and takes a bit to go back to sleep. The cats are getting used to her. CJ is starting to spend more time out from under the bed and even tried to sit on my lap when I fed her this afternoon. Nero curls up near her when she is napping and he walks the floor with me when she is fussy. He doesn't like it when she cries and so he tries to comfort her in his own way, he nudges her with his head and purrs at her. She's special because he doesn't purr for us! More later when I have access to internet again.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Kurt: "Hmmm.... roasted, fryed, broiled, baked, grilled, frikaseed..."
Nero: "let's ask Erica, what do you think?"
Kurt: "there are a lot of them, we could try lots of different ways of cooking them."
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
We are registered at both Target and Babies "R" Us. Both of which have online access to the registry, isn't that nice? I like it because I can get on and add things or change things without having to go to the store. After the couple of baby showers we'll figure out what we still need and then make mad dashes to the stores.
We have met with the birthmom a couple of times and we really like her. We are very comfortable with our relationship with her and look forward to getting to know her a whole lot better. I will be going to the ultrasound with her on Thursday Oct 19. I am really excited about that.
6 weeks and counting!!!
Monday, October 02, 2006
Here is my pacifier soup. Doesn't it look yummy?
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
We went to the Michigan-Minnesota game on Sat! My parents came up to go with us. Daddy likes the Huskers, Mom and I root for the Wolverines and Kurt goes for the Gophers. Kurt was out numbered. But we all had a great time. The Wolverines beat the Gophers 28-14! The Little Brown Jug went home where it belongs, YAY. We rode the train up and back and that was an adventure in itself as the ride up was rather like being a sardine in a can, the ride back was a little better and we got seats on that trip.
Mom and I decided that watching a football game live is more distracting than watching it on TV because there is so much going on that you lose sight of the ball and miss a play (usually a big and exciting one).
This last picture was taken before the stands started to really fill up. In our section there were about as many Michigan fans as there were Minnesota fans so there was always cheering and groaning going on at the same time.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
We went to the zoo with our friends and their 2 boys. Kurt and the boys had a ball chasing each other, running down the paths. We all had fun seeing the animals, the boys showed us their favorite animals and we showed them our favorites. None of us had the same favorites. The tigers were out and about where we could see them and one of them put on a good show for us playing with some kind of something he'd found in his area. We saw moose, caribou, meerkats, wolves, prairie dogs, bison, camels, sharks, fish, turtles, a bear, a dragon (komodo), a huge snake that was looking at us through the glass, otters, birds and lots of other things. We all really enjoyed watching the baby Macaques running and playing. They picked on the adults a lot and the adults were very indulgent. A favorite trail at the zoo "The Minnesota Trail" is closed for the year for renovations so we didn't get to see any of the animals there. But we did get to see a new exhibit being constructed, there is going to be a Russian animal exhibit next summer and we are excited to see it.
We are meeting with a birth parent today. We are so excited but also nervous and scared. I have no doubt that she is feeling the exact same way. It is an interesting experience being interviewed for parenting a child. What will she think of us as people, as a couple, as possible parents for her child? Will she wonder what we think of her? Of course she will. We know that just because we are meeting with a birth parent doesn't mean she will pick us but we hope that she does. She meets with more than one family so that she has some choices and that is a good thing. We hope and pray that she makes the best decision for herself and her child. We pray that this is the baby that God has planned for us but if it isn't that we are patient enough to wait for the baby that he does have for us. That is a hard prayer to say.
We have started collecting baby things and putting them in the room. We have been blessed in friends who have given us a few things to help us get started and we have been blessed by family who have offered there support as well. This baby, what ever baby, is going to be coming into a large family of family and friends who are so excited to welcome him or her. Well, pray for us and for the birth parent.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I started in a new district and apparently a brand spanking new program (at least half of my job is new). Half of my job is to go into preschool classrooms and work with kids who need a little extra support. The other half of my job will be in the birth-3 area which is a new area for me. I have to bone up on the laws and criteria for that age group. Then they tell me that sometime this year the laws will change so I figure that will happen about the time I figure out the current laws. :P
Here are a couple pictures of Kurt and me playing 'Glen Lake Croquet'. This is just a fun way to set up the course, we set it up in an obstacle course fashion, trying to make it as hard as possible of course.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
We wrote a profile. What this means is that we created 4 pages of text and pictures to sum up our lives. This took many weeks and even more revisions. It is hard to decide what you think will attract a birth parent. This profile goes into a binder with other profiles from prospective adoptive parents. There are generally between 50-60 families in this book at a time. Birth parents then look through this binder and chose a couple of families to meet with. At these match meetings as they are called, both sets of parents talk with each other and decide if this is the best match for them and for the future child.
So at this point we are in "the book" and waiting to be called for a match meeting. As far as the money goes we will have all but about $600 in teh bank by the end of August. So far the money has been there when we needed it and we will rely on God for the rest to be there when it is needed.
At times we wait patiently and at other times we wait impatiently. We keep praying for the patience to wait for God to unfold this chapter of our lives in His own time and His own way.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
It was suggested that we set up a blog spot to keep everyone posted on our lives and our adoption. We will also have a website in the future but for now this seemed like fun.
We just returned from the best vacation at the family cottage in in Burdickville Michigan. This is about 20min W of Traverse City on Hwy 72. For those of you who map the state on your hand, it's in the fingernail of your pinkie.
The picture is of the area we visited and one that we'd never leave if the option was given to us! We played in the waters of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan, climed the dunes, watched lots of sunsets, collected some rocks, ate lots of cherries, got sunburned, and mostly just relaxed.
The lake in the background is Glen Lake which is split into 2 lakes: Big Glen and Little Glen. The cottage sits on Big Glen. We love everything about this area and Leelanau county. Pictures to come.