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It’s handy to have a handy husband.

We have a a cold. It started in Christmas day and has kept hold of us this whole week. I’m the one that’s had it the worst worst so far but Ben and Matthew have been feeling pretty crummy too.

Rabbit, on the other hand, hasn’t even gotten a single sniffle (yet) and spent the entire weekend, while I was sitting around being fussy, doing this:

He had ripped out a cracked and well worn plastic shower stall, repaired the wall where moisture had caused some nasty rot, and created an awesome corner shower in the girls’ bedroom because he’s super awesome like that.  Grout, paint, and some new hardware and the bathroom will be ready for decorating.  The girls are thinking purple, pink, ponies, and glitter. 

It was a really big job and it’s almost finished. Yay!

I married very well.  

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Happy new year, everybody!

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Progress.  

Lanie’s trying her hand at forward moving the last couple of days. She’s still got a a long way to go but she is unbelievably happy about it all.

And I am well aware that I didn’t do much posting about adoption last month.  Things got wild and there was shopping and the best of friends and turkey and there were a lot of words that I wanted to write but my brain got in the way.

My return to blogging was furious but my regularity didn’t last very long.  I’m still hoping to get back into a consistent rhythm. There is so much life happening that I want to document. 

And in case I don’t write again in the next two days, Merry Christmas everybody.  

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Good weather. Cute baby.  

I love this picture that I snapped of Lanie yesterday. I feel like she’s just hanging back listing to some fun conversation.

I wish I could come up with a cute caption for it. Nothing’s coming to me though.    

Heyo!


How is it possible for a heart to melt over and over and over again.

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Quick post to keep up my blogging streak.  

In an effort to continue blogging daily I’m just going to post a quick picture of Lanie.

I had wanted Lanie to be sleeping but somebody thought she needed an orange squirt gun instead.

Nobody has fessed up but I have a strong suspicion that it was Maggie because, well, it’s the kind of thing she does.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month

There are all kinds of awarenesses here lately.
November is adoption awareness month and there is a lot I want to say about adoption and how it has affected our lives over the last year. I tried to write just one post about it but it was crazy disorganized and long and really hard to follow so I decided to break it down into bite-sized pieces to help with digestion.

I’m going to start at the beginning of our adoption journey with how we became certified to adopt.

More than a year ago Rabbit and I started the process to become eligible to adopt from foster care because we had gotten wind of two little sisters that needed a home and decided to try and adopt them because we get these big ideas sometimes. We learned before the second class that the girls were already being placed but we decided to continue with the process anyway and became officially approved in January after months of classes and two home study visits.

The 27 hours of classes were absolutely free. They were each 3 hours long, once a week, with subjects ranging from interracial adoption to sexual abuse to foster child behavior to a heartwrenching story of a little boy who committed suicide.

7 years old.

If a child is in foster care it almost always involves some sort of abuse and neglect and learning about the plight of so many orphaned children…  It just hurts.

We pushed through and finished the classes in about 2 months. We had to get fingerprinted, request references from 10 different people including family, friends, neighbors, and employers, and schedule our two home study visits. Ryan worked on getting most of the references for us and I completed as much of the paperwork I could get done myself (there is a lot of paperwork).  Preparing for the home visits was absolutely scary to me and I was so nervous about them. However, it turned out that there was nothing to be frightened about.

The social worker who completed our home study was very nice and disarming. She spoke to each of my kids alone, then spoke to Rabbit and me together.  She asked pointed questions about our relationship with each other and with our extended family, our finances, our pasts, and our plans for the future.  She asked each of our kids about their relationship with us and how they are disciplined and what they would change and while we couldn’t be present at the time of questioning, we did get her notes back when our home study was approved.  I think it was Lucy who was the only one who would change anything and I think she said she would change the color of our house to purple.

Once she had finished up all the questioning on the second visit, the social worker did a quick look through our home to make sure we didn’t have a meth lab or anything.  It was so easy.

Within a month of completing our classes, our home study was finished and approved and we were eligible to adopt.

I’m not sure what the next post on this subject will be about.  I want to write about what I took away from the classes, what I learned about a hopelessly broken system, and about loving children who were not born to me. About honesty and blame and guilt.

About the grief in failure.

And trusting God’s plan.

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88 degrees with a light breeze

This year was weird for me because I started longing for cold weather and dreaming of a little snow about a month ago. That all ended when my friend in the northwest posted pictures of her kids in coats and hats and gloves and then my kids came inside from playing in the dirt like this and I remembered how much I so love living in Florida.

Maggie is wearing a jacket in the picture but it was 88 degrees outside and the only reason she was wearing it was because I had just gotten the girls’ fall clothing out and she was all about her new pink jacket. 

We are near record highs this week and I’m trying to find time each day to soak up some sun because it’ll be in the 70’s this weekend. Boo to that.   

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31 for 21 Day 30.  Busy day.

Today was jam packed with busy.  We went to church, had a reformation feast with food and games, came home to get ready for our weekly Sunday dinner that has turned into quite a big deal because a bunch of my adult kids’ friends have found out that we cook a bunch of food on Sundays and now they sneak in each week to enjoy some of our home cookin’.

Sunday’s have become quite enjoyable. And crowded.

Because it this I wasn’t able to do much picture taking with Lanie but did get this one of her being happy.


She’s done quite a bit more smiling for the camera lately and I’m loving it.

Tomorrow is the last day of October. Hopefully I don’t forget to post my last 31 for 21 challenge post.

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31 for 21 Day 26. Therapy.

Tomorrow is Lanie’s first actual physical therapy appointment.  She’s been evaluated and it has taken weeks to have that evaluation approved by the therapist and Lanie’s pediatrician and her insurance to get her into regular physical therapy.


Lanie is very close to sitting up some days, and other days she goes boneless every time I try to work with her.  I’m hoping her therapist will give me some tips to help get her sitting up because I know she is almost there.


She’s also behind on holding toys. She’s very interested in them, she’s just slow to reach out and grab them. Naturally, she’s behind in this area because she didn’t have useful sight for the first 2 1/2 months of her life. I’m very hopeful that therapy will help close the gap so she isn’t so behind here.  
I’m planning on posting more about my physical therapy hopes for Lanie after her appointment.  I’ll also post a list of tools and toys we already use to help in her development.

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