It seems only fitting that my first giveaway end the day before I have my first scheduled home study visit! That's right, March 1st we meet with our social worker and we begin getting all the paper and classes and preparation going. if you still want a chance to win the Lladro, don't hesitate to click on the donate button to the right->
While that kind of stuff is what I normally handle, Scott has been busy as well.
When I told him that I thought these 4 children were ours, my precious husband smiled and quietly said, "I'll build another room."
He had already begun building a room for Hanna and Sveta to share, in fact he was close to done, but he set out to select the best place to put another bedroom in the basement. It turned out that the best solution meant that he had to reposition the door of the room that was nearly done. With the help of his buddy Kiel, they removed the door, studded the opening, and laid plans for the next bedroom.
The addition of 4 more children will put a strain on the 2 bathrooms we have in the house, especially since the 2nd bathroom in the basement had significant damage from a flood the previous owners suffered. They waterproofed the basement but failed to remove the water damaged walls. They simply left them covered by the dark paneling. We discovered the deception and Scott had already removed most of the damaged materials. This was better for our health, but left the user of the bathroom feeling somewhat exposed, since the back wall was missing. So, in addition to the 2 bedrooms, he has expanded the size of the bathroom and made it a double room. One half of the bathroom has a double bowl sink, and then there will be a pocket door to a 3/4 bath complete with shower and another double bowl sink. 4 kids will be able to brush their teeth at the same time! Thank you IKEA for being inexpensive and targeted toward maximizing small spaces. When the project is finished, I will share photos.
Why am I boring you with such details? Mostly because I am so proud of Scott. He always has a willing heart and he works so hard. Also to show how having a large family in a smaller home can be done. We live in a Chicago-style bungalow. It is about 2000 sq ft including the basement. I won't deny that a basement with above grade windows and a walkout makes basement bedrooms count, but there is plenty of room here. The upstairs only consists of 2 bedrooms. The boys all sleep there. The main floor has the most rooms to include my bedroom and the room Dasha and Vika will share, the main bathroom, along with the kitchen, dining room, living room, the front porch/my office, and the school room (a 4 season addition that has windows all the way around.) Downstairs in the basement is the laundry room, a family room, the 2nd bathroom, and the 2 new bedrooms where the older girls will sleep. It works out to 2 people per bedroom, 4 people per floor. Unless we are all in the dining room, it's not that loud at our house. Of course we are always in the dining room...you should come visit.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Have you ever been so calm and serene about something that normally would have all your senses on edge? You know, something so important that there is no way anyone other than you understands the urgency, cares so deeply, acutely knows how monumental the situation really is more than you?
Usually when I am undertaking a new adoption process, (as I write that it makes me laugh. Adoption has become common routine for me. Awesome!) I become what I call hyper Type A. I micromanage every aspect of every piece of paperwork, both the paper I am responsible for as well as those items that are not my duty: think home study, fingerprinting, background checks, visa approval, etc.)
I become hyper-aware of every minute passing that could be used to complete some vital part of the adoption process.
This time has been very different. There are some big unknowns around this adoption. I am going with a new home study agency. It is not so common to adopt a sibling group of this size in Illinois. I have absolutely no idea about how the time frame is going to unfold. All things that would send me reeling into "figure out every facet of every possible scenario" mode, but oddly not happening.
Foolish, foolish me to think that I had really matured that much.
A dear friend asked me to send her an email about the kids. She wants to help raise awareness of our adoption to encourage prayers and financial support. I was excited for her support and set out to write to her about the kids.
I shared what Eastern European Outreach had written about them and then I included personal details about the afternoon I spent with them along with observations from college students who had spent the last three weeks with them.
I thought I would be sharing basic details about their ages, looks and personalities, and I did that. But I learned something as I wrote to her.
Here is a picture of Masha along with what I wrote about her.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
You remember these precious children, right?
I told you they need a family, and there was some joking in the comments section about all we would need to do was build another bedroom and fix the bathroom?
I imagine you also remember this lovely item that I wished to find a new use for?
Well, the two have collided.
We are their family, at least we hope to be, but we need your help.
I am doing a giveaway. for every $10 donation, you will be entered in this Lladro give away.
It has an $830 price tag. I need $2400 for my home study. Do you have any birthdays coming up, need something wonderful to give your mother this Mother's Day?
This would really knock her socks off!
It's February 1st. I will close the giveaway on March 1st.
Please share this.
I will be keeping you posted on our progress!
DONATE BUTTON IS ON THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE. IT SAYS "DONATE TO HELP BRING THESE KIDS HOME"