This post is going to be all over the place!!!!!!!!!1
To say things have been extremely crazy here is an understatement. A TON has happened since my last post. The kids and I have been sick pretty much since March! Cole is better, Averie is right behind him and now that I am on my 3rd round of steroids and 4th round of antibiotics I think I am going to be fine. :) Averie had been complaining about her foot during both All Star basketball and Softball for about 2 weeks so I took her to the dr. After seeing the specialist it was determined that she had stress fractured 2 bones in her foot. I truly just nearly lost it- it doesnt take much for that to happen these days! They said that she would have to wear a boot for up to 8 weeks. For those of you that dont know a boot is better than crutches but still a total pain..... and an even bigger pain on an airplane and in Uganda!!!! But we got the great news last week that her foot has healed much faster than expected (Praise God!) and even though she had to miss her Regional BBall tournament that she could start working her way out of the boot and NOT be in it when we go to Uganda!! I do have to tell you though that her biggest concern was how she was going to be able to squat down and meet her brother for the first time with her boot on. The first thing she did when they put the boot on her was jump down and squat. I thought she would be devastated about her sports. She wasn't happy about missing basketball and softball but the only thing on my sweet girls mind was her brother in an orphanage. I am so blessed by her and her heart.
We are leaving for Uganda next Saturday, the 12th!!!!!!!!!!!! We are taking our entire family and are preparing to be gone at least a month. We will appear in court on May 18th. Once we get our ruling, we have to apply for his passport, and then his visa. Please be in prayer that all of this happens in a timely manner but that most of all that God would be glorified in ALL of it. We are looking forward to spending this time in our son's birth country. We are planning on some fun thrown in there as well as some ministry. My mom is leaving with us and staying for about 12 days and then my dad and step mom will be coming in a few weeks. We are so truly blessed by all of the family support we have received.
If you would like to stay updated on our travels and prayer request please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be some updates on FB. I am going to take this blog down until we get back. Some recommend that people either go private with their blogs or take them down. I honestly am not sure the reason but dont have time to think that thru so I will pull it until we get back or at least headed this way so as not to take any chances.
I will be sharing photos as soon as I am allowed but trust me he is the cutest little thing ever. Large brown eyes and eyelashes that should only be allowed on a girl. Just precious.
-Health for ALL of us
-Judge and entire court process
-Our hearts and for our sweet M as we all figure out this family/attachment thing as he has endured more in his short life than anyone should have to.
We have been asked about donations because we took 350 lbs of formula last time. Because of room in our suitcases (or lack thereof) we are not taking physical donations with us but are collecting money from those that feel led to give. We will be using that money to meet the needs there. We plan to spend some time in a village with some friends that live and serve there. They are raising money to build a clinic to serve the people in their village. They lost a little girl a few months back to malaria and have numerous medical needs that are claiming lives that are Totally preventable.. If you feel led to give you can get the money to me before we leave.
Thanks so much for ALL of your kind words and prayers during this almost 2 yr journey to this child. We appreciate them more than you could ever imagine.