This year the housing market took a huge swing and became crazy busy. Towards the middle of summer we began casually looking at houses online- which was a bad idea (or good one)! The houses were selling FAST, within days. Of course the house that we fell in love with had an offer on it when we called. The realtor promised to call us if anything changed and wouldn't you know about 10 days later the sale was sliding. I happened to be in Chicago at the time visiting an old college roommate when I got the call and Dan had to check out the house alone, and he sent me videos. We decided we loved the hardwood flooring, we loved that it had a fenced in backyard with an acre of land, we loved that it wasn't in a neighborhood, we loved the finish basement, we loved the price (Much cheaper).... pretty much we loved it! So we wrote an offer.... AHH... our house wasn't even on the market! We sort of just put the situation in Gods hands right in the beginning when we first saw the house online and trusted that if it was meant to be, it would work out. We never worried about selling our house, or if it was a bad decision. It always just felt right. So we closed on the house a few days after our 9th anniversary and moved in slowly. Towards the middle of September we got an offer on our house, and just recently closed about a week ago. God is good!
This summer we also hosted some chinese students- 4 different girls. We had 2 girls for a couple weeks toward the end of july, and 2 girls during the month of August. We learned alot from these experiences. We were blessed with our sweetheart from Japan, two days after the Chinese girls left in August. Mare (MA- Lay) has added so much laughter, smiles, and joy to our family. She is a complete DOLL and we feel so blessed to be her American family!
Alliot had his palate repair surgery the beginning of September. The recovery afterwards was rough- 3 weeks liquid diet, 3 weeks purees, soft foods, and then regular diet. We made it through and the doctor says the palate is healing well. :) During the recover process Alliot and I grew much closer. He even gave me a few kisses totally initiated by him. Talk about melting my heart.
Back when we got home from China we knew that we could reuse our paperwork if we were matched with a child within a year of adoption day. So we filled out a new checklist (identifying medical conditions we would be ok with). Our agency told us not to expect being able to take advantage of this because the wait for girls is about 18 months with their agency. So we viewed other waiting children profiles, and felt overwhelmed by starting over that we just didn't pursue anything. The friday after we got the official signed offer from the buyers of our house, we got a call from our agency. I was sort of in the middle of cleaning up dinner, and rushing out of the house to a friends. Dan was outside playing with the kids, and I was completely caught off guard. The agency worker gave me a brief overview of the profile, to which I didn't seem very interested in, and I said "well just send it to me, and we can take a look at it, and if nothing else maybe we can give you some feedback as to her status." She said ok, and sent me the file. It was a complete puzzle to me, she looked great, but there were some worrisome parts of the file. I then sent it to a doctor friend to get his opinion, to which he had the same thoughts. Then we sent it to a few adoptive momma friends with medical knowledge, and same thing. Finally we sent it to our pediatrician and he also concluded with the same comments. Everyone told us "She looks really great, and is developing well." So now Dan and I had to make a decision. My heart yearned for another girl, but I wasn't sure this was the one. Dan was content with our four but open to another. We wrestled with God so much on this issue, but when it came down to it we couldn't help but hear his voice. So I turned to Ann Voskamp, I just love her blog. The blog for the day was entitled, "Dear you... a letter for all the hard days..." The letter opens like this, "
|Alliots "Cheese" face at his birthday party|
|our finished pumpkin carving. Design by Aviela|
|Riding in the wheelbarrow to pick out our pumpkin|
|After bath smiles|
|Halloween- Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Golfer, and japanese girl :)|