I can't believe it has been 13 years! Javi was 20 and I was 19. He worked days and nights at a grocery and drug store- sometimes as many as 80 hours a week while I finished up college by age 20. What were we thinking? We were crazy in love and learned how to live on a super tight budget - something we are thankful for now. I know the Lord taught us so much through that. Because of having to live on little, mature together and having to wait for God to provide for everything, it grew our faith in Him. We are so thankful for 13 years of marriage and 8 children. As one elderly lady at our Spanish church told us, "All those kids are the fruit of your love" :) - too funny we still laugh about that comment. Te amo Javi!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Josiah loves to give kisses - nice slobbery ones and a lot of them. The other day I had him and Jeremiah on my lap and Josiah kept kissing him and then he would put his forehead up to Jeremiah's mouth to get a kiss on it. It was too cute.
We did a night of worship/Bible time outside and finished up with roasting marshmallows
My little girls after church
She is actually trying to catch Jeremiah but he keeps squirming away.
Jeremiah got 2 bites of ice cream and then I took a picture just in time to catch him grabbing the whole scoop out of her bowl - I think he likes ice cream :).
I bought eggnog for the first time ever and most of the kids love it, but especially Josiah. Look at his funny face - he makes that silly face a lot.
They are doing better, but still grab and stick their fingers in their ears. Here he is after nap even refusing a bottle or food.
We gave Mr. Pudge a haircut and he looks so cute I could eat him!
He has this big red puffy group of pimples or something that is always crusty. It is getting bigger. I have been putting Tea Tree Oil on it (supposedly good for bacterial or fungal things). None of the pictures really show it very good - any ideas what I should do or what it is? My doctor said last week she didn't want to deal with it now. HMMM. Also the big pimple things with puss or sores on his feet can not be chicken pox because they seem to come and go and reappear other places on his feet and they never scab over. I am pretty sure we need to take them to dermatologists in January.
Posted by Joy at 3:44 PM
Monday, December 22, 2008
Day 3 - Monday we had our embassy appointments. We had to go turn in paperwork and our $ without our babies. Then we ate lunch and went to the orphanage to pick up our babies for our actual embassy appointment. We went to pick them up and they were given to us with their bottles. This was the first time we got to take them out of the orphanage, feed them and change them. The roads are so bumpy and we were feeding our babies and poor Jeff (our traveling buddy) got vomited all over by his baby girl. Who would have thought the adults needed a change of clothes? Then we got there and waited outside for our lawyer and meanwhile Josiah started flailing and screaming. It was nap time, but all of the Ethiopians on the street didn't know that and I felt helpless while everyone looked at us with concern. Everything went pretty smoothly with the appointment, although there was a scare that the embassy did not have our traveling buddies' paperwork - so we stopped and prayed and they found it. The wait was pretty long in a hot room and then it was finally our turn. We were actually interviewed by an embassy worker who spoke a few languages and proceeded to interview us in Spanish. We then dropped our babies back at the orphanage and went back to our guest house.
Day 4 - Since going out around town with your adopted children is highly discouraged, we tried to get everything done around town on Tuesday so that we could check out our boys for good on Wednesday. First we went to Kidane orphanage where my dear friend, Andrea's children are. We just loved her 4 yr old children, Biruk and Hiwot. They aren't just beautiful, but they are also so sweet - true gems. We got pictures and videos and brought them a little envelope of goodies from their mom which made their day. This orphanage was much needier than our orphanage and we did bring several bags of donations. Javier went back the next day to drop off more donations because the nun in charge explained what a blessing the first donations were since they had just gotten in 40 children from the south and were struggling to clothe all of them.
Posted by Joy at 7:32 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Jeremiah has an ear infection and is on more antibiotics and breathing treatments. He also has more new chicken pox (can chicken pox really keep coming after 4 weeks?). He is so cute trying to lick the vapor and eat the mask when he gets the breathing treatments.
Josiah has a double ear infection and one ear drum ruptured so he too is on antibiotics. The great news is that he gained 2 lbs. and has a 3rd tooth in the back (they are coming in all out of order)! Oh and they both got shots.
After doc appointments and filling prescriptions (yes we were quite the site with 2 shopping carts full of kids being pushed by kids), I decided to take all of them out for the first real time by myself to McDonalds. The 2 boys shared a double cheeseburger and finished the whole thing!
Posted by Joy at 8:20 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
I know, I am surprised I can blog so much since I have been home but it is because. . . 1. I am homebound 2. since we have been back, Javi has been working late into the night/early morning except for a couple of nights 3. I am not a big tv watcher 4. I feel like I need to blog since this is my only form of scrapbook or memory journal that I keep.
Please pray for us that there might be some relief from these long work hours and that these times would just lead to further dependence and drawing strength from my Lord and reading His word.
Posted by Joy at 7:36 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
So many of you have emailed and asked me how my contractions/pregnancy are going (it is easier just to post than email each back). The days before we left and in the airport I had quite a few contractions, but I did get wheel chair service a couple of times in the DC airport (per doctor's orders) which helped in that big airport (oh and I wore beautiful compression hose). I was fine in Ethiopia except for when we were on all of the bumpy roads. The worst day was the day before we left Ethiopia - the day we officially got our babies full time. Of course I was carrying them constantly and trying to pack and lug around suitcases. I was in a lot of pain and struggled to walk. I prepared Javi that we might need to go to the hospital that night to stop the contractions since these were different and more painful. I was fine after sleeping that night, but my suspicions were confirmed last week at my OB appointment. The contractions were doing something because the baby has dropped. Now my contractions have been better, but I feel so much pressure especially by the end of the day. All of this is normal for me and actually being home bound because of the boys is probably best for my body too so that I don't over do it.
Posted by Joy at 8:42 AM
- gained a little weight
- still has bad ear infection (could be reason for some of his crying and flailing)
- his first 2 bottom teeth are so close to breaking through
- gained 1.3 lbs in 1 week!
- 1 ear doesn't look good
- skin looks worse - she is not sure what all of the spots, pimples and sores are, but thinks he is still contagious with at least chicken pox that are still coming out. Because of this, we are home bound 1 more week. I need to do a second scabies treatment to be safe because his scratching is much worse.
Posted by Joy at 6:50 AM
Monday, December 8, 2008
Granmother with Joanna
Posted by Joy at 6:48 PM
adjusting to the time change
my little "helpers"
First haircut with us
He loves his caterpillar. Isn't he handsome in orange?
Somebody gave us this bed this weekend and they enjoyed playing in it w/out the mattress. It makes a good playpen.
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