Tomorrow will be three months since I said goodbye to Esther. It has gone by fast but feels longer since we have no idea when she will be home. I've resigned to the likelihood that it won't be until January again. I've been pretty patient and okay with the wait until just recently. I think seeing so many who traveled the same time or even after we did, receive court and travel dates for pickup has made it harder. I miss her and love her and can't wait to have her here with her siblings and to get to know her as our daughter. It helps to see her on Skype, even though she is very blurry. When another person is there with her, she is quite chatty and I love hearing her voice!
We are slowly preparing for bringing Esther home. We moved all the girls into our master bedroom to give them more space. It is working out very well so far. We still have lots of details to finish up, painting to do and other things to tie it all together but I think we have plenty of time left to do that so there is no rush.
We took a day off to visit the children's museum. A much needed break from the daily grind!
He found all the letters and put them in the right order himself!
I will be getting Benjamin's FINAL PPR scheduled soon! Looking forward to being done with those, only to start all over again, haha :)
Ben is doing very well. He is starting to outgrow his size 5 pants! He is still shorter than his 5 and 7yo sisters, despite turning 8 next month, but he is growing. He loves helicopters, airplanes, singing and birthday parties. He is learning very quickly and enjoys school. He loves to talk but we are still working on conversational speaking, and being quiet when necessary, lol. Unfortunately, we have seen a lot of regression and testing boundaries since he started school. We expected some of that with the change of routine and being away from home and family and everything/one he knew but not to this extent. We thought with time things would settle down and improve. He is very social and happy and isn't fearful of school at all. He has a great teacher and is the perfect class and arrangement, with OT and speech therapy weekly. Not much learning can happen if he isn't cooperative, though. Many kids who come from an orphanage background tend to have a hard time respecting and trusting other authority figures. A lot of it is attachment related and so we are trying to figure out what is the best for him right now to give him what he needs. We aren't quite sure how to help him understand that the rules at home are the same as they are at school.
Adoption is NOT for the faint of heart, both before and after they come home! Definitely a refining and character building process for myself!
We are gearing up for our FINAL BIG Bountiful Blessings & Books auction!! This one is looking to be even bigger than the last one, though not as many signed books. The books are coming from some very generous people and I'm just amazed at God's provision.
Bidding starts on Friday, October 24th and ENDS at 11:59 EST November 7th.
Due to the size of this fundraiser, it was impossible to put it all on our blog in an easy to manage way. This second auction will be located on the same FB page as the last one. Please be sure to "LIKE" the page and share the link. We have books for everyone!
Funds raised above and beyond what we need for our adoption expenses will be shared with other adoptive families bringing children home from the same country.
So that is all I have as far as an update. Please keep praying for our precious Esther, that we will get news soon. For her health and safety, that her heart will be prepared to join our family. Also, please keep praying for our unspoken prayer requests. We are trusting in the outcome and God's perfect plan in those situations above everything that makes sense from a logical standpoint or even our own desires. Thank you!