Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Where does she get this stuff?!!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Today we attended church, ran more errands and then spent the afternoon at the pool. It was darn near perfect out- 83 degrees with a good breeze. Cale grilled us our dinner and Haven played outside. We hung up pictures in Mathios' room and got it just about ready for the boy. (One small mar to our lovely weekend was my leg impalement by Cale's drill bit. It's causing a great deal of pain and I'm certain that there is some sort of raging infection already taking up residence!) We tucked in a very tired girl and then Cale and I sat out by the fire pit and he even made me a s'more.
A near perfect weekend if you ask me. It might have been the last of its kind, but it was one to remember. Not because of anything remarkable, but the amazing normalness of it wrapped up in the startling reality of what's about to happen in our family. All our preparing and planning and hoping about to be realized.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Building a bear for her brother
Haven also attended her first Vacation Bible School and she loved going everyday. We've taken lots of bike rides, discovered the deliciousness of Sonic's apple juice slushes and stayed up way too late. It's been a great summer thus far and we're enjoying these long days together!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
1 ripe mango, diced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
3 Tbs cider vinegar (or more if you want more sauce)
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
In medium saucepan, combine half of the mango and remaining ingredients. Boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Right before serving add remaining mango, stir and serve over grilled meat.
We enjoyed this last night over some pork chops that had been lightly oiled and seasoned with salt and fresh ground pepper. Delicious!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
How exactly does one prepare to suddenly be a family of four by adding a 14 month old to the mix? We don't know either! But we're trying and are busy packing, planning, booking flights, finishing a bedroom, washing little boy clothes, doing special things with Haven, trying out double strollers, rearranging car seats and pulling the highchair up from the basement.
All these mundane, but fun tasks are keeping us occupied. They are tangible and easily crossed off our master to-do list. But it's all the other stuff that keeps my mind in constant motion. Have we explained all of this process enough to Haven? Can we really handle all the challenges that await us as we bring home this child? Will I know what to say the first time I get a rude comment at the store about our multi-racial family? Do I even know how to be a mom to a boy? What can a 14 month old do and not do (my memory is shaky even though I've had one before!)? What is life really going to be like? Are we up for it?
Some of my questions have answers, some don't. At least not yet. But I know that the grace that has enabled us to come this far isn't about to run out. There's more ahead; enough to cover every need, sustain us in the trials and celebrate every joy. So today I'll happily cross off a few more tasks on my list and leave my questions behind. I'll savor these last few weeks we have, just the three of us and smile every time I think about what life will be like 3 weeks from now when we will FINALLY be a family of four.