We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh what a month it has been....

I have a hard time believing that the last time I wrote was nearly a month ago.  It has been quite the month!  It's been a month full of sickness.

After Christmas, my sister became very ill.  My sister lives in Connecticut.  My mom and Denis ended up going up there and staying for two weeks while my sister was in the hospital.  She had a VERY bad case of pneumonia and ended up on a ventilator and everything.  It was pretty scary there for awhile.  She is slowly but surely getting better.  She is back home now, and having rehabilitation services at her home.  I'm so very thankful that she is doing better and is back home.

Then illness struck our house and it hasn't quite left yet.  I was sick two weeks ago with the flu.  It has been going around work, and somehow, I managed to get it.  I had type A and was miserable for about a week and 1/2 with it.  I had not yet even started feeling better, when last weekend Sara and Anna both woke up with fevers.  Of course it was a Saturday, so we took them both to the walk in urgent care.... I had been there earlier in the week.  The same nurse that helped me was helping my girls.  She said...didn't I already see you this week.  Yep - sure did.  Now I was there for my two little ones.  She swabbed them for the flu and when she came back she said "You are not going to believe this... one has A and the other has B".  Sara had A, which I'm assuming she got from me.  Anna had B, which I'm guessing she got from school.  So with A and B both running around our house, I could get sick again with B, Anna could give B to Sara and Sara could give A to Anna!  I figure we will be sick for about the next six weeks!  Fortunately Tim and Cameron have managed to not get sick thus far!

So, I'm home with the kiddos today.  Tim and I are taking alternate days staying home with them, and today is my day.  He was home with them yesterday.  It has been kind of stressful trying to meet the responsibilities of both  home and work, but we are managing.  We somehow always find a way to make it work!  I'm just hoping the kids will be better soon.  Anna seems to be recovering quicker.  Sara spiked a fever again yesterday, so something is still brewing in her.  Hopefully they will be able to take the next few days and recover and be back to school and childcare on Monday.

I have some new pictures to share, just no time to upload them right now... maybe this weekend.

Next time, there will be much less time between posts!

In Christ,