Thursday, November 5, 2009

A snap shot

Right now I am listening to Brianna's beautiful piano playing. Simone is interacting with Eyob as she finishes her assigned book; she's enjoying two of her favorite things at once. I can hear Ahni prancing around. Abel is dipping graham crackers in a stray cup of milk. The house is strewn with the leftovers of the day's activities. We have yet to do the final cleanup. There is string strung from one chair to another about 25 feet away where once a balloon zipped and entertained. The remaining ball of yarn somehow went around the dining room table and chairs making a large seven-sided shape. There are laundry baskets that served as trains and boats and a stray pillow whose role was a landing spot during a flood. Many books and papers and abandoned kid-dreamed projects still occupy space on the kitchen table, the one that needs to be set for dinner. Lunch dishes are waiting to be reduced along with the dinner dishes soon to pile up. In my head is a giant question of what to make for dinner without a functioning oven. Soup again tonight? Now the baby is fussy on my lap and manipulating an envelope for a temporary fix. A diaper surprise beckons. This is a snapshot of a normal day. Tomorrow the flurry will repeat itself. Life is good.

Monday, October 19, 2009

We are not the heroes in this story

I've been thinking about how strange it feels when people say things like..."What a wonderful thing you have done," or "What a difference you are making," or "I wish I could do that." Though I appreciate the sentiment, it feels very uncomfortable and I've figured out why. We are not the heroes in this story. Our boys and their first families are. We have not suffered loss and heartache forcing us to make difficult choices. We have not lost everything we've known because of a lack of basic resources. It is humbling to have been entrusted these precious lives (all six of them) and we will strive to make a difference in each of their worlds, but we are no heroes.

Life with Eyob is dreamy....though I'm not dreaming much




Eyob is the sweetest baby. He is amazing all that he has endured and still has a smile on his face. Many people have invested in him along the way and it shows. Now everyone in this family has picked up the torch and loves him in their own special way. Brianna loves to tickle him and make him laugh. Noah can't resist a smooch or two or three. Simone is now ready to hold him as much as I am willing. Ahni notices all the things he does. Abel brings him toys and sits in his bouncy seat (when Eyob's not in it, thankfully). Eyob lights up when Dan comes into view, but Dan has been sick so that's been limited. I love caring for him. He's so sweet-natured and after a long nap, I can't wait to hold him again. Nights aren't filled with much sleep, but we are all adjusting well. I am so grateful to God for his hand in all of this. I am a blessed woman.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

an inspirational story

http://www.good.is/post/african-dynamo/?GT1=48001

Mixed Emotions

I got word today that Dan and Brianna are going to be able to fly North to visit the town where Eyob was born. This is wonderful news. Dan has done a stellar job putting forth the effort to piece together Eyob's story from various sources. As you can imagine, this is crucial for adopted kids. I must admit, my first response was a selfish one. If the visa comes before then, will they really stay there longer and delay our reunion?? Even though I really just want them home NOW, this makes the wait well worth it. It will be a wonderful experience, especially for Brianna, as she hasn't been able to leave the city yet and see the beauty of the countryside. They are two very different worlds.

Eyob is getting more and more active and comfortable with them every day. Today I got to hear him babbling on the phone. What a joyful moment! He is eating well and I'm sure has gained weight since being in their care. Brianna and Dan make a good team, changing shifts in the night. It will be another big adjustment for Eyob to have me as his primary special person. It is amazing what children can endure. Despite all that he's been through, he is still a smiley guy!

I am enjoying a visit with Dan's brother and son. They scheduled a trip before they knew that Dan would be in Ethiopia. It's been a wonderful distraction. Next week my mom will come to visit. I am so blessed!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

3 MORE DAYS!!

....and so much more to do!! We are thrilled that our embassy date has been moved up by 3 weeks! Baby Eyob is coming home soon!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What Noah said....

We were having dinner. Brianna and Noah just arrived home from hanging out with friends. Dan said, "I'm really thankful we're all together right now." Sweet thing to say. Noah said, "We're not all together." Equally sweet. It's funny how our feelings have progressed. We are all ready for Eyob to come home. He feels like such a part of our family, and yet he's not here. How can you love and miss someone so much that you have never met before??

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The kid's got a sense of humor!!

It's meal time. Hmmmm, okay, I can do this stuff....again.

Actually, I'm not so sure about this. What is this stuff anyways????

Perhaps if I pretend it's my teeth, they won't make me eat it!!!!

Gotta love it! Eyob is stealing our hearts more and more everyday!

Can't wait to feed him myself....and, yes, he's wearing pink!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Here he is!!!


Is this not a ridiculously delicious little baby boy?
Now that he is officially ours, I can post his pic here.
Yeah! This is starting to feel real!!



Friday, August 14, 2009

We are his!!!

We've been waiting for pics and updates on Eyob for a while now. We still have only one pic of him. Yesterday I was disappointed to receive only measurement updates. Well, today in my inbox was a Congratulations!! from our specialist. Eyob's case passed court and we didn't even know we had a court date!! This is amazing in adoption world!!! He is officially a Geogerian. Everything is falling into place and we are told we should have him home by early-November. Now he has to undergo testing for Tuberculosis and we wait 9 weeks for the results. Please pray the tests come back negative!! We are so humbled that it would happen this way for us when so many people struggle with long setbacks in the process. Here we come baby Eyob!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Please pray...

for our little Eyob. We found out he was in the hospital with pneumonia, but has been discharged and is much better. Strange to not know your child is sick and imagine him in a hospital with no mama! Also, our case has been submitted to the Ethiopian courts and we are waiting for a court date. Please pray that it will be sooner than later!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ramblings

Don't know how many people actually read this thing, and sometimes I'm not sure why I have it when I don't post much. Today seems like a day I need to write.

So much has been going on lately. I've been busily pulling together our curriculum for next year. Noah has decided he'd like to come home. I'm thrilled but overwhelmed by the thought of it. I'm so excited to be able to have more time with him and to teach him the way I'd like him to be taught. He is an eager learner who seems to me to be stifled by traditional learning. Already, he's been cracking his math book and practicing calligraphy. The kid has AMAZING penmanship. He is really embracing the idea of homeschooling. The other day I asked him to give me 10 reasons why he wants to be homeschooled and he fired off 8 or so very good reasons. Pretty neat.

I've decided to dive into using Sonlight. It is a literature/history based program. He will be studying World History (with American History woven in) in depth for two years. It utilizes great, classic literature with living text to draw the reader in. His writing assignments will be based on what he is reading. I love this comprehensive approach and I have a feeling I'm going to be learning A LOT!!!

Simone and Ahni will also be studying World History so we will combine a lot of the reading. I aspire to have a hands-on approach to learning (we did a lot of that this past year and the girls LOVED it), so I hope I can juggle that with everything else that needs to be done during the day.
The biggest challenge will be handling little Abel. He is non-stop energy. He wants to be right in with the big kids, so I'll need to be creative to keep him occupied. It will be even more challenging when little Eyob joins us. My sling will be getting a lot of use!!! (By the way, no
adoption news...still waiting for his child report.)

Currently Abel is OBSESSED with letters and numbers. It really is uncanny. I walked past a speed limit sign yesterday and he exclaimed, "Five!" I couldn't believe it. His favorite thing to do is to walk around the block and point out the letters/numbers on license plates, house numbers, and real estate signs. The kid knows half the alphabet already. Sometimes I can't believe he's not even two yet. Below is a pic of him enjoying painting. He asks for more and more paint!!!




I'll be running a 5k this Saturday. I'm a little nervous, but it should be pretty easy after some of the longer runs I've been doing lately. Tonight I enjoyed a 5 mile run over the Williamstown bridge.

I'm also considering trying once-a-month cooking. Although I would probably do bi-weekly cooking instead. I'd like to have the freezer stocked for the first month or so of the school year.
Anyone want to join me?

Life is full but so wonderful. I wouldn't want it any other way.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Abel will be a big brother!!

We have been matched with a darling baby boy! He is 5.5 months old.
His name is Eyob which is the Ethiopian version of Job. (pronounced ee yobe) I secretly thought/hoped this child would have an E name and Eyob has been a favorite Ethiopian name of mine since I first heard it!! Amazing! If only we could go scoop him up and bring home right now! Unfortunately, it will be a long haul from here on out.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

World AIDS Orphan Day

Here is a link to one of my most frequented blogs with a post concerning World AIDS Orphan Day which is tomorrow May 7th. I am passionate about this issue and this post says it all. Please read it and consider how you can help in some small way.

http://fullhousehandshearts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Friday, March 27, 2009

In Memory of an Amazing Woman


Haregewoin Teferra, foster mother to hundreds of Ethiopian orphans, has passed away. You won't recognize her name unless you have read the book There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene. It gives you hope in the difference one person can make in the lives of an entire country and beyond; her story is one that will never be forgotten.This is a great loss to so many children. If you wish to help provide care for the children she left behind, Worldwide Orphans Foundation has set up a special Emergency Fund for Haregewoin's children.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A prayer from the Franciscans

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HIV+ Adoption

Here's a link to a wonderful epidsode of Facing Life Head-On concerning HIV+ adoption. Click on Watch the Full Episode Online in red.
http://www.facinglife.tv/episode/season_3/episode_7/episode_307.html

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A trip to the Clay Center

video

Abel had so much fun with this!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thanks Grandma.....

for the wonderful sweater you made for me before I arrived. It is perfect!


A trip to the Aviary

We've had a busy couple of weeks. We took a trip to Grandma's and went to the Aviary.
It was incredible! The kids got to feed the birds meal worms and meatballs on sticks. The birds swooped down and took them right out of their hands. A wonderful culmination to our bird unit.
Meatballs on sticks for the gulls


Simone feeding a bird at the Aviary

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Adventures of Mothering


22 eggs!!

My mothering adventure began February 27, 1995 when my daughter, Brianna Mae, was born. She was perfect. My expectations were high. I would nurture my baby, keep up my many interests, and maintain a spotless, organized home. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Then reality hit. With a needy newborn, raging hormones, and a persistent allergy-induced rash, my expectations had to be adjusted. I would have to let some things go. Every diaper I used did not have to be made of cloth.

On December 8, 1996, Noah Daniel came into the world with gusto. Nursing was a challenge. Undisturbed sleep was a distant memory. Life with a toddler and newborn forced me, once again, to lower my expectations. Piles of unfinished laundry became a new norm.
Simone Elizabeth brightened our world on October 4, 1999. On day three the nurses noticed she had a cleft palate. Doctors told me she would never nurse. I was crushed. (Proving them wrong, she latched on at 4 months.) Determined to never let a drop of formula pass my baby’s lips (another one of those self-inflicted expectations), I pumped around the clock struggling to keep up my supply. I would hook myself up, rock Simone in the bouncy seat, read, eat, all while trying to keep my 3- and 5-year-old children from undecorating the Christmas tree in an imaginative scene involving the Grinch. At six months old my baby wasn’t thriving. I was forced to revisit my expectations once again. It was time to start supplementing with formula.

The adventure peaked again when on September 26, 2001 Ahni Violet was born at home. Overshadowed by a destructive toddler (see picture….that’s 22 eggs!), a preschooler and a kindergartener, Ahni had no choice but to go along for the ride. Thankfully, she was easygoing. I, however, was not. With four children under seven, and a developing thyroid problem which left me beyond anxious, it became okay if they injested an occasional hotdog and were rushed into bed without books.

Our house was full; our family complete. No more kids for us, so we thought. Fast forward to 2007 and we entered the unpredictable ride of adoption. After over a year in the process, we brought home our son, Abel Mathewos Evan Geogerian, on February 15, 2008. He is a walking miracle who dazzles everyone with his joyful spirit. Throwing ourselves back into babyhood has been a blast, giving me new opportunities for growth. Continuing around the bends of parenting two middle schoolers, and homeschooling two kids while keeping the toddler out of the toilet, I’ve found that it’s okay if the pile of creative remnants and food thrown overboard fill the dustpan to overflowing.

I’m thankful to God and to my dear friends who remind me of the need to be realistic on the path of mothering. Recalling her early years of parenting, my friend Marilyn always says, “If dinner was made and the kids were alive, it was a good day.” Another friend told me sometimes they just have popcorn and fruit for dinner. One dear friend’s counters were more cluttered than mine. How refreshing to have others alongside me on this journey who aren’t striving for perfection! I will need them and their reminders even more when we bring home our sixth child.
With a new day beginning as I write this, I am reminded that I need to make a short list today. Love and teach my children, make dinner, keep chaos at bay as much as possible, and try to maneuver through the unexpected with a smile on my face.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Finally posting

Not sure why I have a blog when I never update it! Life has been a whirlwind lately. As some of you may know, I am now homeschooling Simone and Ahni. It's been quite a ride! We are also having a lot of work done on our house....painting, windows, rewiring. Of course, throw in a very wonderfully busy little boy, two middleschoolers, and everything else there is to do and well, you get the picture.
Is this the cutest face you ever saw, or what?


Always so happy!

my blondies



This is what happens when you mix teenagers and a one year old!

AHOPE for Children