Tuesday, January 31, 2012

{this is how we do it}

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I have been wanting to sit down and write so many times over these past two weeks but life has taken over and every second of my time has been consumed.  If anyone ever says to you that adoption is easy -- it's a lie.  Adoption is an emotional game of cards -- you win, you loose -- you wait for your turn and hope for the best.  This process has been very draining. I often hesitate complaining of any sorts when it comes to our kids we choose to adopt -- I often feel people would just think that we choose this life and have no reason to complain.  I guess that's so silly and it really paints this perfect picture of this kind of life, which just wouldn't be the truth.  Yes, we choose this life, because it's what we were made for -- our talents, our abilities and our touch of insanity.  But in no way does it make is any easier, as if because I didn't carry my two youngest ones in my belly, I don't have the same feelings as ever other human mother. My heart still is filled with the same joy and this life is also filled with the same challenges.

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These days have been difficult.  We are tired. We even feel a bit overwhelmed with all the crazy travel only to start it again the next day.  But I am so happy to say we are nearing the end and if all goes as planned we will get a call on Monday saying we can go pick up our little boy and bring him home forever.  So excited. Beyond excited!

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Moving on -- you know those crazy people who call the radio station trying to win cash prizes by answering random questions about pop culture?  That's my husband.  And he didn't get the answers right so they gave him a consolation prize of tickets to the River Rink in Philadelphia.  This past weekend we took the kids and did what we do best -- living life to the fullest and letting nothing hold our little ones back!

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As you can see from the photos we rocked that rink.  We'll actually, everyone but me.  I was in charge of  trying to take both video on my phone and take photos with my massive camera.  The River Rink staff were amazing.  At first they said that they could not allow the KidWalk on the rink but after a little pleading and puppy dog eyes they said ok.  They escorted both Angela and Jayden around, clearing the way to make sure everyone was safe.  So we put on their skates and let them have fun!

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This was Madison's first time on the ice and she did great. I'm sure she will be asking to go again.  Angela seemed to think she was queen of the rink.  Her face was filled with so much pride, as if she felt like she had been doing this for years -- just look at her face in these photos!

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We have found that the KidWalk is working really good for Jayden.  While he doesn't need all the support it gives, he does however benefit from the safety the KidWalk provides.  He is fast in that thing and really enjoys being able to run around and we enjoy knowing that he is safe and that little head of his is protected from further harm.

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Life is amazing.  Embracing life is so invigorating -- redefining what normal is, bending the norm -- we love it all. Thanks so much for your prayers over these past months.  They have been felt and much appreciated!


**As a reminder, we cannot show Jayden's face until adoption is finalized, which takes about six months.  Trust me -- he's very handsome!

5 comments:

charity said...

how much longer until the adoption is finalized? your kids are so cute

Karen Owens said...

Angela is an Owens -- se was finalized last year. Jayden is coming home on Monday then we have to wait 6months to file for the new birth certificate.

marie clare said...

Awesome of the rink to let the kid walk on the ice
Goodluck Monday!

ShaunaQ said...

Inspiring! This is just amazing! I heart this post.

Alicia said...

My name is alicia i have been following your blog for a while I have seen you and your family a few times at Spring valley ymca and I also saw you at target one time I wanted to know if Jayden came home yet!