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late night ponderings

~~~  Have you ever been so tired that you can hardly even think straight?

Friday was one of those days for me.  Oh my goodness!  When I signed up to do a one-month course of night school, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that it would stretch and challenge me the way it has.  Doing night school is one thing, but doing night school five nights a week with seven children plus having to pass weekly written tests and skills tests, well, that’s a whole new story! As I head into my third week of this program I am so thankful that God has enabled me to endure and continue on with the program.  At one point I did wonder whether I would be able to finish, but here I am…halfway through.  Praise God!  As hard as it is, it sure is going to be a blessing for my family once I complete it. We are so very thankful to the Lord for His awesome provision in our lives.

Anthony has done such an incredible job holding down the fort and keeping things running at home.  We have perfected the art of tag-team parenting in the last two weeks.  I am so grateful for my husband–I walk in the door at 11 p.m. to a spotlessly clean home, clean children and folded laundry.  I am so blessed with this man whom the Father gave to me to share my life with.  Words cannot even describe how much I love him.

The hardest part for me over the last two weeks has been being away from my family.  I leave home as early as I can in the afternoons to get in some much-needed study time before my classes and get home very late.  Gosh, I am so used to being with my precious children 24/7.  Being away from them is awful.  There is nothing that I love more than being home with my family. 

~~~  Ah, sweet Hailee.  I tell you, this angel is growing!  Though she seems to be stuck at the 27-pound mark and won’t go much higher than that (yet!), she is definitely gaining some height.  Hailee will be seven years old this May and she has just recently finally outgrown 18-month-old pants.  Hallelujah!  That’s a huge milestone for our teeny little angel.  Any time I have to put larger-sized clothes on her, I celebrate.  Hailee is growing!

She is going so, so well.  One of these days I will have to post on her development–I know I haven’t done one of those for a while.  What a sweet little treasure she is to our family.

~~~   I love my boys something ridiculous.  What a gift they are to their little sisters!

~~~  Last week someone asked me if Anthony and I would be interested in getting respite care for our three children with profound special needs.  I have been thinking a lot about it since then and when I can find more than ten minutes at my computer, I think I will share my thoughts on the subject here on my blog. 

~~~  Harper is beginning to say more words–the kind that actually sound like real words instead of baby talk.  Melts my heart.  She is so, so smart. 

Today I watched her gather five cones which were lying on the ground.  She proceeded to take the cones one at a time and lay them out neatly in front of her. 

She very carefully places them in a neat row in front of her.

She took her time to make sure they were perfectly placed.

Then, she took them one by one and very carefully and meticulously piled them on top of each other until they were in a neat stack. I was so impressed that she knew how to do that, especially since we don’t have cones at home and she didn’t know that they were meant to be stacked. She figured it out.

Harper is like a little sponge–she learns so fast.  Smarty pants.

~~~  My darling oldest son thought it would be such a great idea to add a gadget on my computer which reminds me that I am counting down to a very big birthday.  Every day I log on, I am reminded that the countdown has begun.  He thinks it’s hilarious.  Dude totally thinks it’s funny that I’m getting old. Nice!

~~~  I am so excited about this year (apart from that big birthday thing!)…I get to see my family who lives overseas!  They’re coming to America.  I cannot wait.  God is so good to me.

~~~  Thank you for helping me to spread the word about all the children who desperately need to be adopted soon who I have recently shared about here.  I appreciate it so much.  I was studying at the library last week and got talking to a man I know.  He asked me how all my kids are doing, and I told him they were wonderful.  Then, in a loud voice he proceeded to remind me, “Adéye, you know you can’t save them all!”  “Yup, I know!” I told him. “But I sure as heck am going to die trying to do everything humanly possible to ensure that one child at a time is rescued!”  He had no answer.

Many, many of us are not in a position to adopt because we either don’t qualify, or are over the age limit, or don’t have health insurance, or whatever…but we can ALL ensure that we are doing something to help!  Together, we CAN make a diffirence in the life of a child.

~~~  I hope to be able to give you an update on Jonathan’s adoption really soon.  Many have asked what’s happening.  Yes, things are moving forward with his adoption and his family is working hard to bring him home.

Have a beautiful SONday, friends.  May you know this day how high, how deep, and how wide the Father’s love is for YOU.

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