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

A Leap of Faith. 0

A Leap of Faith.

Or in other words: We are crazy. And my husband has apparently joined me on the dark side. You might want to get a snack, because the whole back story here is a little long. I can’t really believe that I’m writing this. You all know how we want to adopt at some point, right? Igor isn’t available for adoption, legally or emotionally. He’s been spending more and more time with his family, leaving the orphanage on weekends. This is hard...

My Castle House. 0

My Castle House.

There was snow on the ground this morning. This is the view from my kitchen window in the morning. That barn roof is normally black. Today it was white with snow! Later we got hit with some crazy, crazy sleet while we were at the art teacher’s house. Rosie takes homeschool art class taught by a local artist in his studio on Tuesday afternoons. There are three other kids in her class. She loves it! They do painting, pottery, drawing, basically...

Somethings Happy. 0

Somethings Happy.

Here are some happy pictures from yesterday and today. These were from a walk around the block yesterday afternoon. These are from the cemetery today. It’s beautiful this time of year, despite being a cemetery. My mom took the pictures with me in them. I laughed so hard when I saw Henry’s face here. “Dada! That’s my Mama. What are you doing to her!” These are just funny. This is what my family looks like at any given moment, basically. There are quite...

The cabin posts are coming! 0

The cabin posts are coming!

Now that things are settled with the cabin drama I’m going to post a back log of posts from my private blog over the next few days as I get time. (Hopefully right now if my children don’t stop happily playing!) I couldn’t really post about things publicly before, since so many people read this and anyone can find it on Google. If you see a huge amount of backdated posts from me this is why!  The whole debacle is somewhat...

Good Enough. 0

Good Enough.

I originally wrote this October 3, 2010. An online friend asked me if she could read it again. I’d forgotten all about this post!  I’m re-posting it here, and now I’m inspired to go back through other old posts I’d made private at my old blog to see if there’s anything else worth reposting. ****** What do you think constitutes a “good” parent? I wonder about this often.  Am I a good enough parent? It seems as if there are high standards to...

Update: Pictures & Cabin. 0

Update: Pictures & Cabin.

I’ve been having a rough few weeks. First I got terrible mastitis completely out of the blue. No idea why. 2/3rd’s of my left breast was hard as a rock, hot, and red one morning. There wasn’t any warning beforehand, no plugged duct or anything! I got an antibiotic, but it didn’t work. Finally I went to the ER over the weekend with a 102.5 (f) fever that wouldn’t go down, completely miserable. Body aches, nausea, the whole shebang. They gave...

Bring Back Igor…Again! 0

Bring Back Igor…Again!

For awhile the hosting group wasn’t taking deposits for hosting, but the US embassy in Kyiv has put out a statement saying the issuing of visas should continue like normal, therefore: IT’S TIME! Igor is looking forward to spending the summer with us. We have a whole room at our new house just for him. I can’t wait until my boy is in that room sleeping. Our family constantly feels like someone is missing when he’s not here. At least for...

I got scared there would be a dull moment. 0

I got scared there would be a dull moment.

Tyler is going on a business trip to Japan for all of June. How exciting for him, right? sigh I was upset about it, even though it’s good for his career. Then the perfect opportunity dropped into my lap! The hosting program I work with to host Igor is starting a small pilot program in Uganda for hosting. (The kids are ADORABLE, but the program isn’t ready to be shared publicly yet so you’ll have to take my word for it.) The...

“The kids at this school are hungry.” 0

“The kids at this school are hungry.”

????? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?????? ???????? The orphanage director explained to a friend who is currently in Ukraine adopting from Igor’s orphanage that due to the conflict going on the government hasn’t been providing enough funding. They don’t have many food staples, medicines, no more toilet paper, or soaps. They only eat watered down soups. My kid is asking me to send him food because he’s hungry. Heart is breaking. Luxury items for them are basic foods and a roll...

Lawyer Up, Buttercup. 0

Lawyer Up, Buttercup.

I don’t even know what to say. I feel speechless. (You might know I don’t feel speechless very often…) Jaw dropped, mouth flapping open, drooling out of the corner of my mouthspeechless. My landlords at the cabin are honest to God insane. I mean really, I don’t know what is wrong with them. I can’t even begin to guess what in the world they are thinking. You all have followed along with this entire Cabin debacle, right? From the beautiful outdoors,...