This is my blog in which I talk about everything. But if you are interested in just the adoption story click here on "Ethan's Story" or see below under "other blogs" and you can see his blog. This blog contains the same information (my side of the story) but the other one is in a simple form and easier to follow.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Back On Track

We had a fun weekend with my family here. It was so good to get to see them all again. Well I called the agency yesterday to find out why I hadn't heard from the social worker about doing the homestudy. Apparently there was a mixup on where the paperwork was sent. Nikki (the Vietnam Coordinator in Kansas City) said it was a good thing I called or the problem wouldn't have been caught. I should be getting something in the mail from the social worker in just a few days. I'm glad to know things are back on track!

Today we have our first Dr. appointment with our new doctor. It's just a check up for both kids. I'm nervous about it and really hope I like her. I have been so spoiled with wonderful women doctors in the past! I'll let you know what I think about this new one after today.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Boy or Girl? Hmm....

We had a relaxing Thanksgiving. I had dinner on by 12:30 and all the dishes done before that. I was surprised how easy the day was. In the afternoon we put up our Christmas tree and did some other decorating. I know, I just couldn't wait any longer!

I've been thinking about the adoption today (ok, I think about it every day). Ellie says she wants a sister and a brother. She already has a brother so now we need the sister. If it were up to me I'd have all girls (well, I'd keep Evan), they are so much fun to dress up and pamper! We told the agency that we were willing to take either boy or girl but because boys are more numerous in Vietnam we are almost guaranteed a boy. The only way we would get a girl is if we choose one off the Waiting Child List (children with some sort of health issue that prevents them from being in the "healthy child" category) or specifically request one. From the time you get on the waiting list till the time you get a referral (a child assigned to you) is 8-10 months for a boy and 18-24 for a girl. With that being said, I think we'll get a boy! Oh well, as long as I get another girl eventually, because I really want Ellie to have a sister.

Sorry, enough of my ramblings…

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving and Things...

Sorry I haven't updated recently. Not much seems to happen around here. I guess that's expected since we live 10 miles from the closest town, and even that is only a few thousand people. We went to Salina (which is an hour away and has the closest Walmart) yesterday and had family pictures taken. It was our first family photo with two kids.

Tyler and I will be spending Thanksgiving as a family and I'll be cooking my first Thanksgiving meal. It will be fun to practice getting everything ready at once without the stress of company added to it. :) My family (my grandma, parents and four of my siblings) are coming Friday and we'll be sharing each others leftovers on Saturday.

As far as the adoption, we are waiting to hear from the social worker who will be doing our home study. I was hoping to here from her by now but I'm beginning to think it will be next week. For those who may not know, the home study is where they come to our house and make sure we are fit to adopt and not complete psychos...I'm not sure we'll pass. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Ellie's View

Ellie keeps saying the funniest things. Several days ago I noticed her hair needed a trim. When I told her I was going to cut her hair she got this scared look and began to cry. "I don't want to be a boy" she said.

Then a few days ago while I was feeding her lunch she asked for some milk. When I told her we were all out of milk she informed me that her bones were going to break.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

We're Accepted!

Yea! Yesterday we got accepted by Children's Hope International (CHI), the adoption agency we are going to be adopting through. Next Tuesday we will have an orientation over the phone that wil probably take about an hour. I'm so excited that we are finally getting started! I really don't have much else to say so I'll leave it at that. 

Previous post from my old blog.

Welcome to My Blog! :)
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ok, here it goes. This is new to me so I'll be learning as I go. I am 25 years old and have two kids, Ellie, who will turn three in November, and Evan, who just turned one. My husband, Tyler, and I have just moved to Kansas where he is the pastor of a small church. I have decided to create this blog for two reasons. First, I wanted to let my friends and family know what is happening in my life. Secondly, Tyler and I are looking into international adoption and I thought it would be fun to record the process and let you see where we are at. Well, I will sign off for now.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Grandpa and Ellie

We just got back a few days ago from my gradpa's funeral. For those of you who know my family, my grandpa Timmons passed away on the sons first birthday. We went down to Westcliffe, CO for the funeral and really enjoyed getting to see all of my cousins. The ceremony was really beautiful and a wonderful time to reflect on the life of a very loving and godly man. There were lots of tears but we all rejoice that he is with the one he loved most...God. I think the hardest part is seeing the grief of my grandma. He was a very loving husband and took good care of her. But at the same time it has been a testimony of God's grace to watch the strength she has shown through this time. Well, now I've made myself cry so I will stop here and write more later.

A Heart For Adoption
Friday, October 27, 2006

Tyler and I are planning on adopting internationally. I am hoping to record everything that goes on during the process so that you can share in it. To begin with I thought I would share what gave us the desire to adopt. God has given me a great empathy for those around me. I often feel the pain of others that most would not see. I often have thought of the young lives who grow up never knowing what it is to be loved unconditionally. Children who never have a "Mommy" or "Daddy", who never have a place to call "home", and nothing that ever belongs to them. The worst part is that there IS someone who desperatly loves these little ones, God, but most of them will never meet Him. Looking at my own children and imagining them in a life like that is so sad. I know God hasn't called me to go overseas and work with place is with Tyler and he has been called here to Kansas. So I often wondered what I could do. Well, I know I can't help all of them (I wish I could)...but, I can change the life of one. So that was the thinking behind our adoption. We wanted another child and rather than bring a new one into the world why not give the gift of a family to one already out there? Our hope is to give this child a family, a hope for the future, and someday a relationship with his Heavenly Father as well.

Getting Started!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

We had been waiting to make a final decision on whether or not to adopt until we went to the informational meeting with the agency we had picked. We finally got to go last Wednesday. Although the material wasn't really new to me I'm glad we went. On the way home I asked Tyler what he thought and his answer was "well, next time we go to Walmart I'm getting a passport photo". The next day we called and talked to the Vietnam Coordinator. Today I finished the last details for the application to the agency and tomorrow it will mail out! We should hear back within a couple of weeks. We are finally starting...I'm so excited!

We will be adopting through Children's Hope International (CHI). We have decided to adopt an infant from Vietnam. Although we said either is fine we will probably be adopting a boy because there is a higher demand and much longer wait for the girls. The entire process from application to bringing the child home will probably take about one and a half to two years. So we have a long wait ahead of us!

Oh the Mind of Children...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Ellie said something a couple of days ago I just had to share with you. Ok, even though we have told her that God is everywhere she still thinks of Him as being up in the sky in Heaven. So when Tyler and I were telling her one night that God can see everything and is watching out for her she got this strange look on her face and after a while she looked up at the ceiling and asked, "does he make a hole?"