>Not so Wordless Wednesday: Praying for Court Edition

>This is the picture from this week’s monthly letter to our waiting daughter.
This having your kid across the world stuff is tough, strange, and trying.
It’s difficult to write these letters and to know what to say and how, to a young girl that you don’t know, really, but have tucked into your heart and head as your new daughter.
It’s odd. But cool too. So this is the pic from this month’s letter, out on Monday: her new mom (me) and her two new little sisters. We hope she likes it and that it makes her day like her letters make ours.

On another note, please pray today for court, for successful passing for five families who got the great surprise of their court dates being moved up again, after they had been cancelled and rescheduled into next month. What great news! Tomorrow is the big day {which in real time means tonight, once you factor in time diffs}: their new court date and I know they’d appreciate your prayers for a pass. They too are more than ready to go get their waiting kidletts. Go, see: the Clevingers, Sarah and Davis, Laura B, the Ivy’s, and the T.McG family (who doesn’t have a blog, but would still surely appreciate the prayers). The court dates are always nerve wracking, but we will pray for good news and peace. High hopes…

>Almost Wordless Wednesday

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“California Dreaming,
On such a winter’s day.”


It always happens, this time of year.
It’s cold.
So, you know what I gotta post, yup, the classic:
(Gabey loves to dance to this and it makes us all smile on a cold day).
Gotta love the Mamas and the Papas:

>Not so Wordless Wednesday: Post Birthday Edition

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Last week: Gabriel Tariku turned two!
This was his first bday celebration.
So – ripping wrapping paper: check!Great presents: check!
(The boy loves shoes, what can I say?)
But really, it always comes down to the most important birthday features:
cake and candles and song.
And Chocolate!
And…lest we forget, he’s two…
The classic two year old boy bday present: Kidsize Basketball!
After that, well, there was not much more to say.
Except, of course,
“Shoot!”

>Almost Wordless Wednesday

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Post Birthday Edition
Ready to get pierced ears…just a little nervous!
Whew! That wasn’t so bad!
Balloons are the best, yeah Dad!
No, not a mohawk, just a goofy pic.
Birthday girl and her Dad. Best stuff of all!

>Not Very Wordless Wednesday

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So, this week, as you know, BuddyBug is home for fall break.
And we are all enjoying, relishing, the visit, of course.
I realized, again, yesterday that when he’s back there is just a lot of extra laughter and music through the house.
{And we made a pact to only where our college logo clothes! ok, kidding}
And I love this.
And I think it’s because we all get a glimpse of what’s important again:
being a Whole, present, family.
All together now.
And so we each find, in our own way, the time and way to mark these few days:
banging out songs, embarrassing ourselves on the tennis court, cooking, praying, laughing, jumping……(yes, even sending forth to Publix).
Even the smallest among us finds his own way to enjoy this time….
just try to pry him loose!

>Almost Wordless Wednesday

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Today the pic is of Bananas.
I love this pic of her, a few years ago, with Little Man –
back when he was Little Baby.

But today I am posting for Bananas because yesterday she got braces put on.
And it hurts. A fair lot. So I’m not sure I’m gonna get many pics of her great grin for a little while. But I know it’s still in there. Just not today. So, today, I’m posting one to remember.

>Tardy, almost Wordless Wednesday (Thursday Edition)

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So, I’m late. That pretty much sums up my week.

I’ve been behind since about 5 a.m. Monday morning. And you can see that this isn’t a wordless Wednesday at all, but hey, it’s Thursday now so I can yak for a moment, eh? It’s been a crazy hormonal week.

So I think this photo sums it up: what I should be doing. Not meditating, better: praying. More. Better. I’ve been distracted and harried and so my prayers are lacking. Thus, I’ve been caving to hormones and stress. ugh. So. More prayer. Maybe some time painting if I can carve out a few minutes or more. That always helps. My kids are much better at having fun, of course!

On another note, we are giddy and rejoicing for all the referrals and court passes for the Gladney families!! It’s been a flurry of fabulous news this week. So, despite my crazy week, once again we see, God is so good, all the time.