Saturday, March 9, 2013

Slowly but surely

$10,000 is a lot of money.  True, it isn't nearly as much as the $25,000 that many families need for an international adoption - but still.  I am NOT going to get discouraged!  We will add another child to our family and it will be in God's timing.  I read something the other day that I rather liked.  "Pray like it all depends on God - work like it all depends on you!"  It's just like that old adage "God helps those who help themselves." 

So, I am on a mission to figure out a way to collect 1,000 $10 bills.  :)  It sounds like less that way.  I have managed to get about 30 so far.   I have started making puppets, e-reader covers and necklaces and they are for sale at my facebook page.  If you see something you like, you can use the donate button to the right of this page.  All of the e-reader covers and necklaces are made and ready to ship.  When someone pays for the one they want, I remove that picture.  But I am making more to replace those sold.  Puppets are currently being made to order, so if you would like one (or more) of those, just send me a message and I will give you an idea of how long it will take to make them.  I finish the order and send you a picture before you pay to make sure you like them. :)  I am not charging shipping for any of my items, but if you would like to throw in a couple dollars to cover it, I won't object. lol!  Every dollar that we make is one dollar closer to our child. 

I am also planning to do a bottle/can drive at some point.  Every 20 cans/bottles is another dollar closer to our little one. 

Of course, if you feel led, you can always just make a donation. 

Our boys are so excited at the prospect of getting a new sibling.  Vlado asks almost everyday if we are going "next week" to get his little brother.  *I think I will wait until we know who we are adopting....I really think he needs a little sister. :)


Monday, March 4, 2013

Vlado and communication

I realize that I have been terrible about neglecting this blog.  I know that life gets busy and this blog seems to be the lowest on the totem pole lately, but that just isn't fair.  When I read blogs, it drives me nuts when the writer suddenly disappears and I can't stalk, I mean, enjoy their blog anymore.

We do have a few things going on though.  We are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one.  As of now, the closing (on both houses) is April 8th.  I think that is kind of nutty to do both in one day, but what can ya do?  We are spending most days packing and trying to figure out what to do with our stuff in the mean time.  I mean, how in the world do you pack up an entire house, close on a new one and move all at once?  I really don't want to hire a moving company due to cost.  We are saving for another adoption after all.  But there is no way that we can get a moving truck that is big enough to fit all our stuff in one trip.  I guess we will figure it all out.

Now on to the title of this post.  Vlado's communication has been exploding lately.  He is using complete sentences (at least when he talks to us or other adults).  He still uses that non-nonsensical chatter with Fuad but they seem to understand each other.  Vlado has started asking questions because he is curious.  He will guess several times and then ask what something is.  It is kinda cute. :)  Here is an example of a conversation with him the other day.  I was putting soup in the crock pot and he came in the kitchen.

V:  Is that chicken soup?
Me: No
V: Is that spinach soup? (Not sure where that came from)
Me: No
V: Is that vegetable soup?
Me: No
V: (exasperated sigh), What is that?
Me: This is beef stew.
V:  Mmmmm, we are eating beef stew for dinner?
Me:  I'm not sure it will be done in time for your dinner.
V:  (another sigh) What am I eating for dinner? 
Me:  What would you like for dinner?
 V:  Let me see (and then he started tapping his finger to his was hilarious)

He then proceeded to grab stuff that he wanted for dinner....whole grain beefaroni, peas and then pickles  from the refrigerator.  It was a strange combination, but that was what he wanted and he was so excited for dinner time because he had chosen it.  So much for him never learning to talk. :)

Also, lately, he has been very adamant that he DOES NOT want a little sister.  He says he wants a little brother and as he does so, he puts his hand down by his knee (indicating a shorter child).  I think he knows that Fuad is his "little brother,"  but Fuad is taller than he is.  I think this time, he wants a little brother that is actually little.  Too bad, sweetie, Mama wants a little girl.  I know that God might have other plans, but I am REALLY hoping He lets me get my daughter!

And I couldn't post without leaving you with some cuteness.  My next post will have a recent picture of Fuad.  He is growing up so quickly!

Vlado and Bailey...the epitome of a boy and his dog.