half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

1/16/2014 0

1/16/2014

It’s suddenly quiet in our house. I’m trying to get things back on track around here. My house is utterly destroyed at the moment. Christmas toys without a place to be put up yet, Christmas decorations half put away, LAUNDRY. Oh my gosh the clean unfolded laundry is going to do me in. It’s easy to sort laundry and throw it in the washing machine, but folding it? Hard! It takes so much time and effort to fold it then put...

Departure Pictures & Happy Videos. 0

Departure Pictures & Happy Videos.

Some of the later pictures were taken by the chaperone after he went through security. The one with the kids eating McDonald’s at their layover kills me. His face is so sad. My heart is heavy. One of the girls from Igor’s orphanage said this morning that she was having trouble getting the iPod touch we gave him to connect to the internet, but Igor managed to send Tyler an email. All it said was, “I love you.” Hopefully once he...

Departure. 0

Departure.

Igor got an antibiotic for his tooth. It was abscessed. The antibiotic started helping by the next morning. The dentist didn’t pull the tooth because it was a baby tooth that was about to fall out anyway. They decided pulling it would be traumatic for Igor at this point. Unfortunately yesterday afternoon when we were packing his things to drive to Indianapolis he kind of freaked out and started rearranging stuff, dumped out everything on the table, and “helped” me by...

Crumbled Tooth. 0

Crumbled Tooth.

I spent last night awake with Igor comforting him because he had a toothache. I wish we had taken him to the dentist. We just didn’t have time with the holidays and his stay being so short. I looked in his mouth last night and he has a black crumbling molar. He had a low grade fever and he was in a lot of pain. I feel so bad for him! We watched Russian cartoons and eventually I convinced him to...

Hard. 0

Hard.

We’re down to the last few days of Igor’s visit. This is the hardest part. He pushes us away by acting rude on purpose. It’s difficult not to take it personally, but since this is the third time we’ve hosted I’ve gained some wisdom. It’s just his way to make it easier for him to say goodbye. Sad, but true. He alternates pushing us away with being extra clingy. Earlier tonight he was laying in my arms stroking my cheek whispering,...

As 2013 Ends… 0

As 2013 Ends…

2013 is almost over. This year has brought about big changes. New baby! New home! This time last year we didn’t know if Henry was a boy or a girl. We had just met Igor. We had no idea we’d actually be able to move. I had no idea that I would be living on the perfect piece of land. What will next year bring? I have no idea. Hopefully good things. With Igor, well….we’re all in. We want to adopt...

Heart. 1

Heart.

I think re-hosting Igor a second time has really boosted his self esteem. It’s only been a couple of days but I can tell! He tried to tell Tyler in broken 10 year old boy English how happy he was that we chose him again. He said to Tyler, “Is nice America. Dis four time! My four time America! First….eh? shrug  Second you! Third Sarah. Fourth you me again! Yes! Is nice! I lave you Daddy!” He knows that we purposefully picked...

Alas! 0

Alas!

Tyler and Igor at the airport: Igor loved the Superman sweatshirt. He didn’t take it off until he got in bed, and I think he would have slept in it if it wasn’t (weirdly) 65 degrees outside and warm upstairs in the loft of our cabin. Group shot upon arrival at home! (Minus me…) (Why does this one have weird iPhone distortion? Boo!) Igor and Rosie were so excited to see each other. As soon as the car stopped Igor flung the door...

Goat Milking & Pictures from the beginning of December. 1

Goat Milking & Pictures from the beginning of December.

I’m goat sitting for my friend while her family is on vacation. She lives about 20 minutes away from me, which means out here she’s sort of my neighbor. It takes 15 minutes just to get up out of the area where I live to go anywhere. She has 16 goats. I’m milking one goat twice daily, and another goat is due to give birth any second! Her udder filled with milk a few days ago, which is a sign labor...

Refrigerator-less. 0

Refrigerator-less.

Yesterday (Wednesday) morning when I woke up I realized the refrigerator light wasn’t on. It wasn’t running either. You know how you get used to the hum of things, like appliances. When they are silent then it is suddenly Very Quiet. Some things in the freezer had already begun to defrost a bit, they were getting a coat of white frost on the outsides of the packages. This makes me think it must have died during the night early on. I...