Monday, October 27, 2008

Cutest Cowboy Ever

This weekend Brian and I took the boys to Boo Ha Ha on Brookside. Our neighbor and her son went along with us. Cole was a cowboy and Levi was an "understated" clown (he just wore the suit without a wig or any make-up). I thought it was interesting how well their costumes fit their personalities. Cole tries to do the right thing, is honest and kind. He loves his family. Levi on the other hand is the entertainer and loves to make people laugh. However, he also has a very serious side (hence no make-up or wig).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

God issues...

Here is a cute story born out of a car ride home from school.

Cole was talking to me about heaven and how cool it is going to be. He said he hopes that we all (Brian, me, Cole and Levi) go to heaven. I told him that I know that I am going to heaven because I decided a long time ago that I wanted Jesus to be my Savior. I told him that I pray all that time that he and his brother will make the same decision. Meanwhile, Levi is sitting in the back seat expressing dislike for all things "heaven" ie. clouds, angels, etc. Then he says that when he goes to heaven he is going to punch God in the face (not my proudest parenting moment)! As we pull into the neighborhood, I see my mom standing in her front yard (we live in the same neighborhood as my parents) so we pull into her driveway to say "Hi" to Nana. It was a beautiful day so we had the windows down and immediately Nana sees that Levi isn't very happy. When she asked about his angry face, Cole pipes in with his opinion of the situation. "Levi's having God Issues," Cole says. Where he came up with that terminology, I will never know but it certainly got some laughs from my mom and me! Well put, Cole.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall Break Fun

Yesterday Cole had the day off from school so Brian took a vacation day. We had lots of fun. We went to the Tulsa Maize with our neighbors and their kids. I'd never been there but it was lots of fun. They had a cow train, a corn box (I think the adult boys had the most fun burying the kids in the dried corn), and a hay ride.

Later, we borrowed some friends Chiminea and Tent and we had a camp-out in our backyard. We roasted Hot Dogs and Marshmallows for S'Mores. YUMMY!

The boys were so anxious to sleep in the tent that we all climbed in before 8:00. Brian and I woke up after a long night of rest only to find that it was 2:30 a.m. We both started laughing at the fact that we were going to have to try to sleep for another 5 hours in the freezing cold. Thankfully, our bodies stayed pretty warm but our faces sure were cold. Levi and I made it until 6:30 when he woke up crying. Then Brian and Cole joined us inside at 8:00.

Friday, October 10, 2008


You must go check out this web site! We just received a mailer from Compassion International (a wonderful organization - if you aren't already, you should support them). The mailer featured a t-shirt that they are selling to help fight starvation. It comes in 4 different languages and one of them is AHMARIC (that's what they speak in Ethiopia). The shirts are really cool with a vintage look. I'm pretty sure that Brian and I will get one.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Oh the dreaded allergy season...woe is me!! On a brighter side, we are having a garage sale this weekend. If you would like to assist us in paying for my car tag (pulled over yesterday by our friendly Tulsa Police Officer for a tag that is 6 months over due...oops, don't know how that escaped us!) come on over and buy some of our not so junky junk. Several of our friends are going to be contributing to the sale too so there should be lots to choose from! Well, I'm off to deliver the second son to school!

Friday, October 3, 2008

It's there!!!

I can 't believe it! I've forced myself to wait a few days before tracking our Fed-Ex package to Ethiopia. The Agency sent us an e-mail explaining that it's not uncommon for a package to sit in a European city for long periods of time before going on to Ethiopia. Then it may take a couple of days for the in-country staff to pick it up from the Fed-Ex office because it isn't close to the Agency's office. All this to say that the package arrived on the 29th! Apparently the package went out on the 26th and I didn't get an e-mail about it until the following monday.

I have a feeling that there is a very special little girl waiting in an orphanage for her mommy and daddy to come and get her. Maybe God is hurrying along the process so we can make that happen sooner than later.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

DTE...what's that mean?

For those of you new to the adoption lingo, DTE is short for "Dossier to Ethiopia". Our DTE date is September 29th. This date is when our official wait for a referral begins. Currently America World (our adoption agency) is predicting a 7-9 month waiting period for a female infant. That puts us in Ethiopia some time next summer. Let the count down begin!!