I’ve been going round and round in my head the last few weeks about what to do for Molly Kate’s upcoming birthday. Not knowing exactly when the boys are coming home, I’ve been holding out on nailing down any definite plans. I also don’t want to start a precedent that we don’t intend to follow (i.e. – having huge birthday parties for every child every year!). So, I’ve decided that this year, we are just going to have a few friends over for cake and ice cream on Molly Kate’s actual birthday. Then, should the boys come home this August, we might have a “Welcome Home/Summer is Ending” party some time in September. At any rate, I made Molly Kate’s first birthday cake last year and really want to continue this tradition so long as the requests don’t end up being to outlandish! Yesterday I asked Molly Kate over lunch what kind of cake she would like for her birthday. She said “Pink”! I said, “Okay, we can do a pink cake. Would you like it to be a certain animal or object?” She said “Eee, eee, eee” which translates “monkey”. I asked, “You want a pink monkey cake for your birthday?” Oh, you should have seen the look of sheer delight and anticipation at the thought of a pink monkey cake and the squeal that followed! So, a pink monkey it will be!
I really wasn’t planning on introducing Molly Kate to our church services this early (she’s not even two!), but because hand/foot/mouth was circulating our nursery, Kevin and I decided to go for it yesterday. I wasn’t so much worried about the sitting still part, but definitely the being quiet part! Our sweet girl loves to talk, so I couldn’t really see her sitting in the pew and reading a book without saying the word for every picture in the book. Instead, I packed snacks, stickers, crayons and a coloring book and…she made it through the entire hour and 15 minute service! We only had to walk out one time to be verbally corrected and refocus on what we were doing…I was so proud of her! And it definitely warmed my heart to see her understand why we were singing (God) and she especially loved praying…she gave a loud and vocal “Amen” after each one!
I borrowed a friend’s copy of Parenting in the Pew to read this week, so I hope it will further help me and Kevin decide how we want to approach introducing our children to worshipping God through our weekly Sunday services. But for now, we’re definitely going to keep bringing her to the morning services and pray that the Lord uses that time to draw her little heart to Himself.
Kevin’s response after his first taste of this recipe tonight…”This might be my new favorite meal!” So, this recipe will definitely be added to our monthly rotation. I was surprised that the meal was pretty cost-effective for us as we keep sour cream, frozen chicken breasts, black beans, cilantro and Dijon mustard on hand. I did make a few modifications (I always do!). For the sauce, I omitted the jalapeno pepper…I knew MK would not eat it if it was too spicy. I guess when the boys are home, I’ll have to make half spicy and half not! I also used onion flakes instead of chopped onion. Overall, a success and Kevin even has two left over for his lunch tomorrow!
Two weeks and two days and we’ll see if finally our boys are coming home! Third times the charm, right?!?!
At this point, there’s nothing hindering baby W’s case from passing but M’s case is a bit more complicated as the judges are requiring more documentation from the orphanage that he first came into. You can pray that any issues with this orphanage will be resolved before June 26th and that the paperwork provided in M’s case would satisfy the judges’ requirements. We are a little concerned that W will pass and M not, which would mean two trips to Ethiopia. I can’t imagine having to pick up one of my children and leave the other, so I’m praying often that God would spare me that particular hardship and heartache.
For now, I’m going to continue enjoying my summer with sweet Molly Kate. I’m sure time will fly by, summer always goes too quickly for me! MK gets funnier and more adorable by the day and I’m thankful God chose to give me all this one-on-one time with her. As Mary did, I’m storing these things up in my heart.
Neither of the boys’ cases were approved…we are still waiting to hear more information, but we know it revolves mostly around paperwork issues. Kevin and I are doing really well all things considered and now are just praying that we might at least pass court before the rainy season when the courts close from end of July to the first of October. Please continue praying with us and thank you for your love and support.
In less than 12 hours it will be 8:00 am in Addis, Ethiopia and once again our cases will go before a judge to determine if our sweet boys can come home. I am in such a better state this time around and I give all praise to my Father who has deepened my trust and faith in Him. Do I want to pass tomorrow? You bet I do!!! Will I fall apart if we don’t? Absolutely not…my God loves me and is working all things for my good. If He sees best that we wait, we will wait. Our pastor preached one of the best sermons I’ve heard in a long time yesterday and God fed my soul through Kurt’s teaching on Psalm 3. He also reassured me of His constant presence and protection in my life and so I am able to rest in Him even as we wait for this big news. Please pray this evening as you go to bed…may God be pleased to show compassion toward these two little boys and place them in our family.
The countdown to round two of court has begun! I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of living in the here and now the last few weeks, focusing on Kevin, Molly Kate and my relationships here in Louisville instead of being consumed with our impending court date. Then, today, all that changed! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I received over fifty pictures of the boys yesterday. When I went to bed last night, my mind was filled with visions of the boys and what it will be like to finally hold them. I awoke and felt overwhelmed with desire to have them home and cried to the Lord during most of my morning walk. And I noticed as the day progressed that I felt distracted…I kept trying to focus on Molly Kate and my to-do list, but I know my heart is somewhere else…wondering what June 9th will bring for us, hoping to hear that we can finally start life with these adorable little men. Yep, here we go again! Three more days of praying and longing and pleading and hoping. Please continue to pray and hope along with us…I appreciate your intercession so much.