Friday, May 29, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 12:21 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 7:11 AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 11:38 PM
Monday, May 25, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 9:39 PM
Today is the day!
In fact, more than likely the judge has already heard our case and has already decided. It is 4:33 in Doha and in Addis Ababa. But, it is only 6:33am in Washington state, where our agency is located. I guess we will have to wait until they wake up to get our news.
Yesterday was good! I could feel that someone was praying for me. I got so much done off my stressed list. I even slept last night. I think we went to bed before 10pm and slept all night. Ahhhh...peace!
Today has been great! I spent the morning with friends shopping in the souqs (traditional market) in Doha. I have managed to stay prayerful, and not fretful about our court appointment.
Now, I am ready to hear some news...but no news yet. Not even a hint.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6
Posted by Lynn at 4:32 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I am beginning to feel like the title of this blog is appropriate! Things are a little bit crazy for me right now.
In just two days a judge will hear our case for Ella Grace! Sometimes families don't pass and for a long time I worried uselessly about us not passing! That worry has given way to peace (the peace that passes understanding) and I know whatever the outcome God ultimately has a plan. Not passing only means your case will be rescheduled and heard again with whatever problems corrected. Now, I don't want another day to go by without our baby girl, but it ultimately is in God's hands and I trust him.
I think if I list all the things that are worrying me right now...I can give them to God and get to sleep, so here goes...
1. I still have lots of donations sitting in cargo storage in Ethiopia. They didn't come in when we were there in April and I haven't been able to make arrangements for them to be picked up by anyone else. Just sent an email about this to the cargo people, so I feel a little better about the situation.
2. I need to get my doggy groomed before I leave for Texas. It is just something I tend to put off. On my list to call tomorrow.
3. Have to finish up a photo collage for Abbey's 5th grade step up ceremony.
4. Desperately need a pedicure! (don't laugh...it is serious)
5. Need to talk with Will's teacher about the end of year party. I'm the room mom. Plan end of year party!
6. Found cute house to rent near my Mom this summer (thanks, God). Now need some furniture to put in cute house.
7. Need to pack!
8. Challenging to keep kiddos motivated these last few weeks of school.
9. Feeling pressured to make definite summer plans when we don't know when we will be traveling to pick up babe.
10. Need to plan a birthday party for my son and a going away party for my dear friends.
AND...only 3 week til we are on a plane headed to TEXAS!
Posted by Lynn at 11:34 PM
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I ordered a dress from here http://itspoppydip.blogspot.com/
The mom makes adorable dresses with fun fabrics for little girls. You pick the fabric. They are $25...which is reasonable for something custom made with love.
The family is adopting from Ethiopia....so each dress you buy helps them bring home their child.
What's not to love about that?
Posted by Lynn at 9:54 PM
Posted by Lynn at 8:56 AM
Friday, May 15, 2009
Our daughter was in the 5th grade muscial "Oliver Twist" last night. It was amazing! She was one of the urchins and danced and sang all throughout the show. It was fun getting to see her on stage. She has always loved singing and wanted to try her hand at drama. I couldn't be prouder of my girl. Picture coming soon!
Also got new pictures of our little one in Ethiopia. She is still as cute as a bug! She has her first two bottom teeth now....they were just starting to come in when we were in ET and she was sitting up so straight. I can tell she is getting stronger.
We are so blessed because for the past week or so a friend of mine was in ET and she LOVES "W" She emailed and said she spend as much time as she could with her.....snuggling her and playing with her.
Only 10 more days till court! Our director said that our file is complete and everything looks good for our May 25 court date! Praying that she will officially be Ella Grace "W' Collins on that day!
Posted by Lynn at 11:20 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day!
I got a huge surprise this morning. My sister and her quilting group make a quilt every year and raffle it off to raise money to support cystic fibrosis reseach. One of our friends who we love very much has a daughter with CF.
Well, I WON the quilt this year! It is beautiful and I am so excited!
I had another surprise this morning. My normally happy boy, Will, wasn't feeling well and it was obvious to me he didn't need to go to school. He has been running a fever all day and just feeling terrible.
He has wanted me right by his side all day, so we have spent most of the day snuggled up in bed.
I was trying to think of things to take his mind off feeling so bad and I was telling him about the winning the quilt.
He started telling me about a raffle they are having at school for a pinata filled with candy.
But he's not going to buy any tickets because he isn't LUCKY.
According to him, He's only been lucky one time in his life.
When he got me for a MOM!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.....TO US ALL. I HOPE YOU FEEL LOVED AND APPRECIATED TODAY!
Posted by Lynn at 4:23 PM
Mother's Day...beautiful tribute to birth mothers!
...rooted in love: No us, without her...#links#links
Posted by Lynn at 6:59 AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Only 18 more days until our court date for Ella Grace!
In the meantime....Abbey is making her stage debut in Oliver Twist next week. She is one of the singing urchins.
Cole is going to perform with the middle school band the following week. (Must buy black shoes!)
Bill is going back to Milan for a few days.
And I am going to the SPA tomorrow! Calgon take me away!
Posted by Lynn at 8:52 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 9:46 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Posted by Lynn at 3:22 PM