"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Psalm 9:1~

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. Psalm 9:1



Time is just flying by around here. It is so amazing that 3 weeks ago our boys came home.

I have been so bad about keeping up with phone calls and e-mails and messages. Our days are so full right now, and I am sorry. I am working one by one to catch up. I love and miss you all dearly.

Eben and Joel are so awesome. I know, I know, all the adoption people are thinking "Honeymoon", but we are having very sweet moments, and I don't want to miss them or neglect to tuck them in my heart while I wait for the other shoe to drop ..

There have been some grieving moments. These boys have lost so much, and every day I am in awe of their courage. They are so very brave.

We have also had some small testing of boundaries, but nothing major.

I have been teaching them to cook. They absolutely love to work in the kitchen. Especially Joel. When he first came home he said he wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up, but after making pancakes with me one day he did a little dance and declared "Me no be lawyer. Me be COOKER!" He is so cute.

Eben loves to cook too. He opens up and shares some things about his life in Ghana while we cook. He is opening up so much lately. Today I left the boys for the first time for a significant amount of time , and when I came home he literally ran out to the van and dove into the front seat to give me hug and kiss. A precious moment I will cherish.

We are keeping things low key. We aren't going out to the stores with them yet. Honestly, Wal-Mart overwhelms me...I know with them it would be major over stimulation.

We are going to the park and playing outside a lot. We have been to the Dr. several times. The boys went to church with us last week for the first time. Joel was so cute as soon as service ended he said "Mummy! I like this church."

Jim and daughter #2 spent most of the week in Jamaica. They had a wonderful time. I am so thankful the Lord has provided ways for our children to see different parts of the world.

We had a quick visit from my friend Robin who was passing through town...what a blessing.

God has truly been good to us.

Thank you for the love and prayers.











Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Micah 6:8~

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." Martin Luther King Jr..

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Friday Night we introduced the boys to pizza, the Wii , and S'Mores.

All were a big hit. I tried to upload a video of them doing the Wii, but Blogger wouldn't cooperate. They were so funny. They love boxing.. or as they would say boX-inG.

Their English is really sweet. They emphasize each syllable.. Joel is Jo-eL and Eben ezer is EB-eN-E-zeR. They understand quite a bit of English, and are communicating really well. They do sometimes speak to one another in Ga, and I would love to know what they are saying or maybe I wouldn't ;o)

Now that they have known how to ride a bike for a whole week they are attempting tricks while riding.

I took the older 7 for a bike ride around the neighborhood on Saturday evening ( I felt just like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music ;o) and as we rounded the corner to our house Joel began chanting "Home, Home, we are home." I am so happy he thinks of this as home.

Joel also loves to say Mama. He is so funny.

He also loves meatballs. He calls them round cheek-in (chicken)..By far their favorite dinner I have made is meatballs in tomato sauce with a large heaping of cayenne pepper served over rice.

Eben has been eating a lot of food. I am so glad.

I had planned on easing into homeschooling very slowly with them, but last week it became clear that they felt like they were missing out on not doing formal school. Eben really enjoys math, and worked very hard on a few math sheets today.

The boys enjoy looking at pictures of their cousins, and love to see what they are doing..

We also have been keeping up with Francis and are praying Kurt will be bringing him home this week.

When I told the boys that Rita and Rachel had a family Eben said.."This is good. Very, very, good." They loved the pics of them with their Welcome Bags.

They want all for their friends from Eban House to come to America. They really love them.

These are very blessed days. We pray all of the families awaiting their children will be united soon.

Wii!
S'Mores!
Sweet Pea and the "Paparazzi"
How blessed I am to have my hands full :o)
Everyone should enjoy math so ...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Firsts...

One of the best things about being a parent is when your child "First" starts doing something. It starts as little babies.. the first bath, the first smile, the first coo, the first steps, the first day of school, etc..

With adopted children...especially older adopted children we miss out on those "firsts"..

BUT there are so many more "firsts" to experience.

It has been a tremendous blessing this week to watch Eben and Joel experience so many firsts. Their smiles and their joy is just contagious.

This afternoon we headed to one of our favorite parks. Our intent was to hang out at the playground, but as I went down the hill into the park area Eben and Joel literally gasped and began talking rapidly...

They were stunned by the soccer fields.

In Ghana soccer or "football" is HUGE as it is in most of Africa. In fact, the end of this month the Africa Cup will be held in Ghana. Excitement there is very high for this favored sport.


Jim snapped these pictures of what he was told is the up and coming team in Ghana. It is the level right before Professional. Yes, that is the trash dump they play next to..


Which explains the awe Eben and Joel felt for these fields which are our recreational fields for 4 year olds and up..

They were overjoyed to be on real soccer fields for the first time.

Words can't even express how much they are teaching us. We take so much for granted...ice, clean water, blue jeans, soccer fields.. family.

We are so blessed to have these precious boys as our sons, and to experience their joy in the simple. God is good.










Wednesday, January 09, 2008

video



Chanda posted about the prayer the children say at Eban House, and how her son was even saying it in his sleep. She was wishing to hear the children at Eban House pray it. It just so happens Jim videoed it. How Jesus must smile at these little ones, and their enthusiasm for Him!

Here are the Words..

Come Lord Jesus
we invite you
come to our table
and bless our food
in your name
we pray
Amen
Jim has the boys at the Dr. right now, so I thought I'd try and post a quick update... :o)

Everyone is doing *SO* well! I realize we very well may be in the middle of our famous adoption "Honeymoon", but we will enjoy each day as it comes.

So, here are some random observations from the last several days..

~Our boys are genuinely very nice. They respond immediately when one of their siblings is hurt, and they dote on the little ones.

~Anything electronic is golden to them. Right now they are enamored with MP3 Players. Out of our vast variety of music their favorite songs are from the Gaithers (Southern Gospel). This strikes me as very funny .

~We haven't shown them the Wii yet, but we have watched one movie. Just the suggestion brought squeals of delight.

~They love laser tag.

~They love walkie-talkies. These have been great for getting them to come out of their shells.

~They have not touched a soccer ball since they have been home. They are very intent on learning every American Sport. They especially love baseball.

~They love, love, love riding their bikes. It took Joel one hour of determined trying, but now he too is riding his bike. They smile the whole time they ride.

~They LOVED the park. It brought BIG smiles and laughter too.

~They have eaten every meal we have served them without complaint. Of course, Joel keeps a bottle of red pepper, black pepper, and salt near his plate. Each meal gets a liberal sprinkling.

~They had their first taste of chocolate cake. They were very hesitant, but were quickly converted..Joel wanted to pepper it, but we convinced him it was better in it's natural unpeppered state ;o)

~They are so HAPPY to have blue jeans.

~It is very hard to find pants to fit little boys whose waist fits into a 3T, but their legs are the size of an 8 and a 10.

~Belts are our friends.

~They are affectionate with me and will give hugs, and kisses. They also let me lotion them up. Their poor skin is going through humidity withdrawl..and we don't live in a dry place!

~Peer Pressure can be a positive thing. They are learning so much from watching our other children.

~They very sweetly do little jobs I have given them. I have paired them up with a sibling, and they do chores together. I know it may seem like it's soon to start on this, but it makes them feel part of the family. Also, it would be hard on them if I sprung it on them a few weeks from now. They are home and this is family. They have responded really well.

~Daddy is also golden. They love Daddy..which is why he has them at the Dr. with all of the needles and stuff :o)

~Thank you for all of the love and the prayers. We have been immensely blessed by you all!















Sunday, January 06, 2008

Home.

Leaving NY..


Coming Home...

Waiting...


First Glimpse..
Home at last..
Daddy's Home.
Brothers.
Getting to know each other..
Beginning a new life together...
Daddy and his girl..
Our cup.... and our van runneth over..
Legos are universal..
Eben took off on his bike on the third try. He smiled the whole time he rode.
Joel taking his 5 yo brother for a ride..
My honey..my hero.. my best friend. Welcome Home. Mission Accomplished :o)

Our boys are home! Praise the Lord, our boys are home.

They are very sweet and very shy.
They love Legos.
They love riding their bikes.
They LOVE black pepper.
The first thing they asked to see was their room. The second was the washer and dryer.

We had a WONDERFUL day with them. They are doing beautifully with the other children, and I am so blessed to see how INCREDIBLE our other children are with them.

They love their Daddy and respect him.
They give me smiles and have let me hold them, hug them, and rub their backs.

We are so blessed!!

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and support.