This past week went by very quickly, busy with a busy little girl, who is almost 2 in a few weeks. When I look back, I can’t believe how fast Abby has grown up and how big she is getting. My mom says she is solid and that is such a good description of her, she is tall too.
She is a beautiful, silly creature, constantly learning new things. She now knows how to say danger, i’m full, I want chee to, baby and we think Beka too, that sounds like Beta. She also will say together about 10 ma-ma’s and dada’s all together and put other sounds in there also. She is constantly talking, dancing and jumping, she also loves to throw her ball, that she now can say also.
We are still waiting for a call from the agency to take in another child, and it’s so hard, this waiting, when you know you are ready. Every day I check the phone, if I’ve left the house. I’ve had to remind myself, in his timing, he will make this perfect. It’s almost the same feeling when we were working to get our foster license, even before we knew about our little Abby. I guess it’s that part of me, that has opened in my heart and soul, to save another human being. To love, shelter and protect another, one that I haven’t even seen yet.God did an amazing thing in China a few years back, for me to love these little orphans. I can’t imagine my life any different, any better. It is amazing and lovely everyday.
I am enjoying all my children at different ages and stages. Two of them are adults and are making their own decisions, one married and one still living at home. Beka has now been married for 2 years and is working as a pharmacy tech. Aubrey is now going to Cosmetology school, working and is very busy. Lizzy is 17, almost at that adult age, making decisions for her future but still have to take mom and dad’s input and Abby our baby girl. Seeing her do new things everyday, remembering when Beka used to play coffee in her toy box, Aubrey always was difficult at restaurants and how Lizzy said certain words, that her older sisters used to tease her. But were so cute, that we still remember. So many memories.
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous one.” 1 John 2:1
This past weekend we decided to take a break and take Abby up north for a nice vacation. We have gone to Tennessee to visit family every year but haven’t really had one that was just for us. We found a nice cottage to rent for a few nights in Caseville, which is only about 2 1/2 hours away. It was only daddy, mommy and Abby, very sweet but just us. Lizzy is in Disney and Aubrey stayed home to work and take care of Cody. So we left friday morning, on the way Abby took about 1/2 hour nap, and once we got there, we didn’t try and get her to nap again, our first mistake.
We went to the grocery store and looked at Caseville, not much really there. Many of the little stores were closed for the season. We had a nice smoked pheasant dinner, that daddy prepared for us. Just enjoyed our time and was relaxing. We put Abby down to sleep at her usual bedtime, before we even got to bed she woke up and was up till 3:30 am. Really hard because we were all in the same room, but she was so cute, pulling our comforters, laughing, but crying too. We all woke up Saturday morning, very tired and fried. We decided to eat breakfast at home and then went into Port Austin for lunch. We found the cutest farmers market and looked around at one of the stores t00, got Abby a cute sweatshirt, that has Port Austin on it. Abby seemed overtired and cranky so decided to eat lunch at the cottage. Once there, we ate and then we all took a nap. After an hour nap, Abby woke up and we decided a few hours after that, to come home. All of us were fried and we knew at least if we came home Saturday night, that we would all get rest and have Sunday, to recoup.
Best decision we could make, we came home, ate dinner with Aubrey and then put Abby to bed. She slept for 11 hours straight, sometimes vacations don’t work with little ones. Mom and dad got some rest and relaxation but then some over tiredness too. I remember just lately my dad saying, how my sister Cindy only wanted to sleep in her bed. Not sure if that is the case, but why would we put ourselves through another bad night, then to just come home the next morning. Sometimes with little ones you can’t do everything that you used to. Some restaurants, some places just don’t work for us anymore or for now. It’s worth paying attention to your kids and knowing what is too much and changing that every so often.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in your humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Abby loves piggy back rides on all her sisters backs. She is a sassy sweet almost two-year old, that brightens our days. She is picking up so many new things, just this weekend Michael noticed on this musical bear, that she was hitting it 3 times. When you hit it once it says a word, twice a sentence but on the 3rd it plays music. She knows exactly how to do that, she is so smart. I bought her new shoes and all she did was jump and make moves to do the splits. She also is now saying danger, ka ka; for our daughter Beka, poo poo, and so much more.
Sunday was a difficult day, probably because there is a bug going through our house and I had to wake up Abby for church. On those days when she’s such a stinker, I know we have saved her from many hurts. We are still waiting to hear from the agency and so far it has been quiet. I know when the right child needs a home, it will also be the right time for us.
More to come!
“A song of ascents. I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker or heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
This weekend we had some fun at the zoo, with Tiffany, Maddie and Gabby, Abby’s older sister.
We saw lots of people and many animals. Abby really enjoyed it this year, she was able to actually see the animals. Last year she was just too little and couldn’t see where we were looking.
We enjoyed seeing a bunch of ducks at the fountain, and they came right up to us, Abby really liked that. It was very hot so we didn’t stay too long, but in that time we saw monkeys, seals, penguins and many other animals too. It is so nice getting together with Tiffany, not only because we are friends but she is a mother of young ones like me. Right now most of my friends children are teens or older. Plus it’s so great seeing Abby and Gabby together. There is a bond between them, which is unspoken and so wonderful. Even though Abby doesn’t understand that Gabby is her family, and we don’t see them nearly enough, it’s almost like inside of them, they know.
That evening Beka and Dustin came over and we had a nice visit with them. Abby loves rough housing with her sisters and playing with them. They also love time with Abby and being around here.
All we do, is to love and know every day the whys and the reasons. Sometimes you get a nudge to remember this is why we are living this life. Tiffany just told me of a little girl, only 17 months old, who came into the hospital and her eyes were black. You couldn’t even tell if her eyes were brown, hazel or blue. This poor creature has been broken and hurt, her parents have not protected her. When I hear stories of this heart break and pain, I know our choice to adopt Abby and to foster care another are right. What is so sad that everyday all over the world, children are being abused and hurt, by family, maybe even their own parents. Neglected and dirty, hungry and so much worse, and we don’t hear half of these stories. We hear of children being killed but not of this abuse in every city, all over. Children going into foster home, some good, some not so good. I thank God everyday, that the agency called Tiffany and she took in our little Abby.
There are days that Abby is being a typical little stinker, an almost two year old and she does a naughty thing and I think what would have happened to her, just for that one action. Would she have been beaten, bruised or hurt? Yes, there is sacrifice, but truly it is so worth it. More than I could even say. Recently, we bumped into someone from our old church, and they asked if we are happy with her. I’m not upset with that person, obviously, they don’t understand that she is ours. Just like she came from my own body. Not like adopting a pet, where you can have it re-adopted if it doesn’t work out. She is ours.
“What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you- guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14