There are many sweet little people living at our house.
Our family is in post-adoption transition compounded by medical complications.
That means life is different for all of us now. We’re in another very hard stretch, and it feels like we’ve been saying that for quite a while.
And that means that many sweet little people in our family need reassurance.
Because we’ve made many changes, including more time spent in helping Tommy–and Katie–heal…
…they need the reassurance of a routine that is as normal, stable, and predictable as we can make it.
They need to see that Daddy and Mommy love each other. Everything is okay in a little child’s world if he or she knows that Daddy and Mommy love each other. [Warning to friends in real life: we’re pourin’ it on like honeymooners!]
They need the reassurance that there’s enough love to go all around.
That adding a new child doesn’t subtract love from the family.
They need a mama who is calm and cheerful, who has an extra arm to squeeze around them and time to sit and listen to them talk about what’s important to them.
What these precious little people need most right now is not a schedule packed with therapy and “enriching activities,” which would otherwise have looked like a good idea.
The time for all that will come.
There’s no way I would have had the wisdom to spend as much time sitting in our big rocking chair as I am these days, if it wasn’t for…
We’re seeing the wisdom of God in sending us a little Benjamin precisely when He did.
The most perfect strategy to get me to be very, very organized.
The most enjoyable reason to get me to slow down. Much more fun than a sprained ankle.
Ben’s the reason I have all those wonderful, euphoria-inducing lactation hormones that make glad the hearts of mothers. Happy mothers make for happy children.
Ben has even shared some mama’s milk with Tommy.
Baby, you were not an oops!
1) Both the bird pillow and Ben’s romper above were purchased at a Hidden Treasures auction. Be sure to visit the auction before midnight Monday night and place your final bids!
2) Brenton has a family! PRAISE GOD!!! Can’t wait to find out who is claiming this treasure!
3) Thank you to everyone who helped Jim and Linda Herr’s Reece’s Rainbow adoption account grow by about $1600 within a few days! One giver gave $1500 of that total!
4) We were back down at DuPont twice last week, AND Tommy, Ben and I are headed back there again on Tuesday the 8th for Tommy’s G-tube surgery, after which he will be admitted for 3 to 7 days. We’re assuming 7 days! The following Monday, the 14th, both he and Katie have procedures scheduled, then Katie’s IV treatments are on the last 3 days of that week. Taking the long view, all these surgical and other procedures are happening in order to improve the quality of their lives. [We’re ready to say goodbye to the NG tube down the nose and throat, tape on the face, and no-no’s on the arms! However, we’re grateful that a max dose of meds are keeping the diarrhea at bay!] And we’d rather cram all the procedures into a smaller time period rather than spreading them out. But, yes, right now we are being super stre-e-e-e-etched and trusting God not just for survival, but to make our family stronger than ever during this trying time of many separations. We appreciate the prayers that are going up for our family!
5) See you again at the hospital, where I have fewer responsibilities and more rest and time to post lots of photos I’ve been saving up!