In real time, it is actually February 2017. I want to publish 2016's blogs, so I'm pushing to finish documenting 2016. For the next few posts, there will be little to no description. My main goal is to get the pictures on the blog.
Final score-Dad 1st, Abbey 2nd, me-3rd and Elijah 4th
On September 28, 2016, Hurricane Matthew came to our state. In fact, at one point it was forecasted to come ashore right at our beach. We went a few days ahead and put all of the outdoor possible projectiles into the garages, and then went home to wait and pray.
It ended up that the beach house was relatively unscathed. We had more damage and loss of power in our home town than at the beach.
Our neighbor Bruce gave us play by plays. He told us that the waterway came up to the yard of the houses across the street.
We feel very thankful that we had such little damage.
Our front porch ceiling fan bit the dust
The beautiful pear tree next door didn't survive the winds.
The beach looked like a war zone. All of the dunes' fencing was gone with a lot of debris washed ashore. The beach was much thinner than before.
Abbey and I enjoyed the beautiful, after- the -storm- sunshine!
Our furbaby, Solomon, was a year old this past September 28th.
When we got him on Dec. 15th, I had no idea that this floppy eared little fuzz ball
would grow to have such a part of my heart! But, he certainly has! He had a bit of a rough start... he was a wild man, impossible for me to walk. I could make him do just about anything for a treat, but how to stop unwanted behavior, I had no clue. We decided to send him to bootcamp. He went to Proactive Dog Training for a weekend stay of board/train. We got a different dog back (different for the better). He's been worming his way to my heart ever since.
We knew he was uber smart. He learned to sit the day after we got him. He really is very bright. He also is pretty obedient, (since bootcamp). We can tell him to go to get in his bed, and he trots right into his crate. The command, "Get in the tub", sends him straight to the tub, where he stays until his bath is over.
He still has wild puppy-like times, but he has calmed down a lot. He loves to fetch balls and will sit outside for hours, on the porch, with his ball in his mouth.
I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of those choppers
He is very vocal and barks a bit too much. If he wants something or when he's scared with a vet trip, he will whine like a baby! If one of us leaves the others in the car, he starts up crying. He is a pretty good watch dog, as he barks at every little thing. I don't think he would do anything if someone actually came in unwanted, but I'm not sure. I do know he would be a noisy thing to deal with.
He loves the beach and the beach water, but doesn't love the pool. This past summer, when Abbey tried to get him in the pool, he climbed up to sit in my chair.
Loves playing with his nephew, Lou. Lou is his "dog-eye" (as in Jedi). He copies Lou and love being around him.
All of our family loves our boy.
This was taken on his first birthday.
Wanting to be outside with his children
Our Solomon is certainly something else, loves to be petted, yet loves to play. He's a lot of fun. I can't imagine not having him as a part of our life...told you he had part of my heart!
My husband, John, and I have been blessed with 6 marvelous kids. The path to each of them, whether by birth or adoption from China, was orchestrated by God and we are grateful for each of them. This blog is about our family.
Elijah, John, Me, (BR)Beth,John,Jr, Anna, Daniel and Abbey July, 2012
"The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing; but in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture." ~ Doug Phillips
"I can not change the world but I can change the world for one person" -Mother Teresa
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming, 'Wow, what a ride!!!'"
"Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphan and widows..." James 1:27
"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” - Martin Luther King Jr
"To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways: we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness. It should rather be an expression of breathless expectation."- Oswald Chambers
"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." -C.S. Lewis
"One can give without loving, but one can not love without giving." Amy Carmichael
"The past effects the future, but does not have to determine it" -Dr. Karyn Purvis
"Time and experience have taught me a priceless lesson: Any child you take for your own becomes your own if you give of yourself to that child. I have born two children and had seven others by adoption, and they are all my children, equally beloved and precious" ~ Dale Evans
"How can there be too many children, it's like saying there are too many flowers." ~ Mother Teresa
“ The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.” ~Author Unknown
September 2008 Announced to family that we were planning on adopting from China for the second time October Started homestudy November Finished all our homestudy visits, but had to get extra clearances for Daniel and Anna January 2009 Send I800A to USCIS in Chicago February 20 USCIS agent called and said approval was ready, but we might want to consider having Anna fingerprinted(she would soon turn 18) February 26 Dana, our advocate, called and we first saw Eli's precious face March 23 I 797C- USCIS approval March 24 Dossier sent to our agency, A Helping Hand April 4 Dossier sent to China!!! Praise the Lord! April 15 Log In Date!! April 22 Nurture and Care Plan, formerly LOI sent to CCAA April 29 Pre-Approval July 2 Letter of Acceptance, or Letter Seeking Confirmation July 6 Mailed in acceptance July 10 Sent in I 800 July 12 I 800 received in Chicago July 13 First Pre-Travel Meeting July 24 Email notification of I 800 approval July 28 Received I800 in the mail July 29 Documents sent to Guangzhou August 4 Cable sent from NVC to Guangzhou August 10 Article 5 done and picked up by courier August 31 Travel Approval September 10-26 Travel to China