"We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands."--- Kristi Larson

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

~ Legacy Of An Adopted Child ~

Once there were two women
Who never knew each other.
One you do not remember,
The other you call mother.

Two different lives
Shaped to make yours one,
One became your guiding star,
The other became your sun.

The first gave you life,
And the second taught you to live it.
And the first gave you a need for love,
And the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality.
The other gave you a name.
One gave you the seeds of talent,
The other gave you aim.

One gave you emotions,
The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile,
The other dried your tears.

One gave you up,
It was all that she could do.
The other prayed for a child,
And God led her straight to you.

And now you ask me through your tears,
The age old question through the years.
Heredity or environment, Which are you a product of?
Neither, my Darling, Neither,
Just two different kinds of love.

Author Unknown

I find myself thinking about the sacrafice that Ava's birthmother made. I am so thankful that she chose life and that I have been blessed with the honor of being Ava's mother.When I read this poem I am reminded how we each have had such different roles in Ava's life but none less important than the other.

On a more silly note ,I took a survey to estimate my salary as a mom. Wow, I had no idea what I was worth on the open market!I am leaving you guy's with some random photos of momma and baby girl!You can't have a post without photos!
Have a great Mothers Day!!!!

Earnings Statement Our Family
For The year Ending: May, 2009
Job Title Hourly Rate Hours Worked
Housekeeper $9.72 858
Day Care Center Teacher $13.18 3,120
Cook $13.47 676
Computer Operator $15.45 478
Facilities Manager $34.64 447
Van Driver $15.59 104
Psychologist $36.52 374
Laundry Machine Operator $9.91 780
Janitor $10.21 260
Chief Executive Officer $69.31 286
Total Value
Regular Hourly Rate $17.19 2,080 $35,757
Over Time Rate $25.79 5,304 $136,770

$211,143 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Source mom.salary.com

Look at my new Custom Pool !!!

Don't be jealous! I have always wanted a pool in my backyard. So when I saw this at Walmart I said "Perfect!" We had planned on putting a pool in this year but we put the money to better use. You see the beautiful Russian swimsuit model... need I say more!

As I sit outside lounging on a alligator teeter totter I can honestly say this is the best pool ever!

Sunscreen $8.00

Custom Pool
from Walmart $ 15.00

Giggling Bikini Beauty
the plumbers crack ... PRICELESS!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A love of a lifetime

We are just a few days shy of our 10 month anniversary of meeting our little girl. Wow the time has certainly flown by!Over a year ago we submitted our dossier with the hopes of adopting a little girl . Our dreams were filled the day we sat with the Kellams in the office of the MOE and I saw that little face on that file. I do not know if I have ever been so scared in my life. When I saw her picture I recognized it from the database.While waiting for the call I would look at all of the photos of the children on the database. I would always move onto the little girls with dark hair /dark eyes.Never once did I look at that photo and imagine that this was her. This was definite conformation of Gods sense of humor! Our first trip was a time filled with so many emotions. Little did I know that this journey would led me to one of the greatest loves of my life. Ava has brought so much to each of our lives and we could not imagine what our life would have been like without her. Last night my DH and I looked over all of our photos of our trips to Russia. My heart was so heavy when I looked at that sad little face that was in those photos. When I see her now I see a feisty, spunky little girl that can light up a room with that infectious giggle. She is a far cry from that expressionless baby that we met just a few months ago.It is miraculous what love can do.

For those of you that do not know me I am a creature of habit. I crave predictability and often do not leave my "comfort" zone.I am the one that goes to the amusement park and gladly holds all the bags while everyone else rides the roller coasters. I am cautious and do not like surprises. So for me to travel thousands of miles away to met a child that only the Lord had seen and trust in his plan was nothing short of one of his miracles. He had instilled this passion and desire in my heart so long ago. I am so glad that I listened to his calling and chose a path that I usually would have not have chosen. This path has led me to one of the greatest gifts in my life. As adoptive parents we often hear how lucky this child is. Truth is that I am the lucky one. She has saved me in so many ways. She has deepened my faith in the lord and brings a since of perspective to my life everyday.She has taught me how to be selfless and the rewards that come from that simple act. It is amazing that one little tiny person could have such a big impact on your life. So if you are reading this getting ready for your next stage in your adoption journey trust in his plan and remember it is on his timing not yours!Let him drive... sit back and enjoy the ride! If you are reading this because you are considering adoption all I can tell you is that you could be missing out on one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime.The gift of a child ,no matter how they come into your life, is the greatest gift you ever are given.

In a few months, we hope to be making an announcement of yet another journey of a lifetime. Stay tuned!
I will leave some pics of our first week meeting "baby" Ava in July '08 and then pics of our "big girl" at home May '09.