Anaya has a love hate relationship with popsicles, and ice cream! She loves them, but hates how cold they are! It sure is fun to watch the faces she pulls!!
This was the other morning when she woke up at around 5 am, we slept on the couch, as not to wake anyone else. Well, she is a bed hog too, so she slept, I was just up for the day! Then, last night she woke up around 2 am and again around 4 am, I had to go sleep in the basement with her, as we had the cousins overnight, and I didn't want to wake all 8 of them up!!! Usually, she is a great sleeper, so I cannot complain!
She found the window at Grama's house to be a favorite place to sit as well!
Max, giving Dylan a great big hug! They are so happy to have their dog to play with again, and Max is glad to have them too!
Anaya, chasing watermelon pieces around on the tray ~ they are slippery little buggers! She looks like "is this some sort of joke?"=)
Well, Dad made it home from the hospital on Wed. and he is doing very well!! Mom's heart test went very well too, so next week, she can have her surgery! Ryan and the group are going to head to Yellowstone, so they will not be home until Monday afternoon! We miss him, and can't wait for him to get home! Starting next weekend, we have a week long vacation planned with Ryans family, and then, I think, we will all be at home together once again!!(for a how long, I do not know, we may have to move again soon?~we'll keep you posted=)) But, what a blessing it was to be able to bond with Anaya in Guatemala, she is doing great, even with all the craziness going on here! Now, looking back, yes, God's timing is perfect, and we are enjoying this time with my family! Thanks for checking in!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Anaya has a love hate relationship with popsicles, and ice cream! She loves them, but hates how cold they are! It sure is fun to watch the faces she pulls!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Anaya and Grampa playing!
We found out that crawling is not easy to do in a dress, and since dresses are about all that she has in her closet, I had to come up with a solution! So, I tie her dress in a knot in the back, or tuck it in her fancy pants!! Hey, it works, and we are both happy!!
We were finally able to celebrate Easton, and Anaya's birthdays with my side of the family, and will with Ryan's side in a couple of weeks! Spencer asked if Easton was turning 4 now!! So cute! Anaya got this awesome pink chair, and a tiara, and some new legwarmers!! What fun, all that pink!
She loves the swing, as I figured she would, especially if you push her high!!
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Anaya found her favorite spot in the house! If I have to be in, I may as well be looking outside!!
I was watching her crawl around on the floor, and then she laid her sweet little head down, and fell asleep! I got the picture, then put her in her bed, I think she likes carpet too!!
The guys enjoying some shakes!
Jayden, and his dog Max, together at last!!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
WOW! What an awesome sight awaited us, as we came down that hall, to be greeted by so many family, and friends, it was truly amazing!! Words cannot express the joy I felt at that moment! Thank you to all who were there to welcome us home, I will never forget it! Thanks too for all who took pictures, and shared them with me, I appreciate it so much! There were a lot of people there!! There were balloons, signs, floweres,cake, and gifts, I was overwhelmed at the support we were given, and forever grateful to everyone for making our homecoming such a special occasion!!
Back on US soil!! Yeah!! It feels so good to be home!! Welcome to AMERICA baby girl!!
Then, I arrived to a very clean home with well stocked cabinets, and clean sheets!! Thank you sister in laws(and everyone else!!) That was an awesome gift!!
You guys are the greatest!! We had an awesome night last night, Anaya went right to sleep in her pretty room, with a real bed, and woke up once, and needed some Tylenol(we have an appointment tomorrow with the Dr.!)and she went back to sleep, and we all slept so very good!! Thanks so much for everything, I will post more about her first few days home, when I get a chance, today we just took it easy and let her explore her new environment!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Look what we got today! BEFORE,
This was only a few minutes AFTER, we were in the cab, and she was fine!! I always wanted to have my daughters ears pierced as a baby, I think it is so cute! But, since she is from Guatemala, it is especially important, as they pierce baby girls ears just after birth to show they are loved! Well my sweet Anaya, you are loved so very, very much!!
Ear's pierced, and a VISA!! What a great day! She looks just as excited about that thing as I am!
So this is what we've been waiting for? What is it anyway? Can I chew on it like everything else I find these days?
Wow, that was the longest "pregnancy and hardest delivery" I have ever experienced! Let me tell you, giving birth is a cakewalk compared to adopting! But, like labor and delivery, the pain does go away once it is over, and you forget about it, and enjoy the baby placed in your arms!! Thank you Lord for yet another beautiful, healthy child!!
So this is it, farewell Guatemala! I will always look back on this experience with the fondest of memories! We had an awesome time, and I will be forever grateful to God for the chance to come here, and experience this beautiful country Anaya was born in!! I am so excited to get home, and see you all again!! Thank you so much for your prayers through this whole process, we are so grateful for each one of you, and your support! Love to you all! Adios Amigos!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
This is cranky baby! She is getting 2 more teeth, and boy is she crabby! I gave her some ibuprofen, but it didn't seem to help! She is drooling, and chewing on everything!(including her dress!) Poor baby!
We go pick up her visa tomorrow at 3:30!! Then that is it! We are finished, and coming HOME!! YIPPIE!!! Can't wait to get home and reconnect with everyone! Love to you all!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
She is sleeping very well here too! I didn't know how it would go being in the same room as her, but she just lays down and falls asleep, sometimes she fusses for a bit,(like~um I know you are right there, why don't you pick me up?) but not too bad! Poor baby, she has been sleeping in a playpen for about 7 weeks now! I keep telling her that she has a very nice bed at home, and soon she will be in it!
This is the face I get if she sees me make her bottle, and then has to wait for it to get warm as it sits in the ice bucket filled with hot water!! (I have to buy a bottle of water, and can't just use the warm tap water.) I keep telling her that if she would just drink it at room temp, she wouldn't have to wait!!
She loves to crawl around and play with her toys! Unfortunately, she also loves to get into the garbage, the outlets,pull at the cords, etc...! Typical one year old stuff, so that is good!! I am a tad bit worried about the airplane ride home, she has no sit in her whatsoever, and I have seen her temper flare if she wants down, and I don't let her!! (It ain't pretty!) It could be a LONG few hours, and I pity my fellow passengers! So, if you would pray for us on Tuesday, that would be great! I would love to be able to post about what an awesome flight it was!! And one more thing, I have 2 hours and 15 min. between flights in Houston, and I DO NOT want to miss my flight to MI, so please pray we speed through customs and immigration! I think it will be enough time, but ya never know!!
We went to the mall today, and that was about it! Tomorrow, the goal is to find a grocery store, so I can get some food for her for on the plane! Other than that, we hang out in our room, where we sit and stare at eachother~gets very boring!! We can't wait to get home!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
We started out the day finishing up our packing and cleaning our condo in Antigua. I must admit, it was quite bittersweet, as I have fallen in love with Antigua, and have such awesome memories of our time spent here! However, I am excited to get home and begin a "normal" life! As we were packing, one of the dogs came by to say good-bye!
Dylan and one of our favorite "guys at the gate!" There were 2 sets that worked 24 hour shifts, every other day. This guy and his partner were the best. They would hear us coming (I wonder
why?):) and they would have the gate open, and ready to help with the stroller. Both sets were super nice, always giving the boys high 5's or picking them up! We sure slept easy knowing we were being kept safe by these guys!!
Here we are driving out of Antigua! I will surely miss this awesome place!
We went to Hannah's Hope, and met with the lawyer to go over all our paperwork, and see Dr. Castro. That was very interesting! We found out that Anaya was hospitalized, and had numerous sicknesses that we were never made aware of, including, hand, foot, and mouth disease~when we picked her up!! Which would explain her sores on her thumbs, and in her mouth!! I figured that she just sucked it too hard since she was nervous, so I feel a little better! But the Dr. said he told them to tell me, so the boys wouldn't get it as well, we never got the memo!! Oh well, all's well that ends well, I am just thankful she is doing well now! He said when we picked her up she was 14lbs. but when he weighed her yesterday she weighed 16lbs., and had grown quite a bit lengthwise too! On a funny note, he showed us a picture of his kids, and then he proceeded to show us all a picture of his wife "giving the breast," (as he put it,) to his son from 20 some years ago! The boys were not phased by it at all, however Ryan and I were like "wow, okay"!!
This is why Anaya is such an outside girl! She used to be sitting in one of these over stuffed strollers!! Isn't it so cute, the kids love it! It is so amazing to see all of these beautiful children, and know that they have a family out there waiting for them! I pray they all make it home soon!
Then we left the orphanage, and went to our hotel. Ryan and the boys went to McDonalds, as our room was not ready, and Abel took Anaya and I to her visa Dr. appointment! 2 Dr. appointments in one day! Both said she looks great, and other than being on the small side, can see her growing and catching up just fine!
Then later that afternoon, we went back to Hannah's Hope, and bought the older kids Happy meals! There were 12 kids ranging in age from 2 to 10, and they were so very cute! I was brought to tears as we watched them sing their songs, and pray before dinner, thanking God for their food, and their families! Some of them have families who they are going home to, some do not!! I just couldn't thank God enough that we were able to get Anaya as a "baby" so she will always know what it is like to grow up in a family~not an orphanage. But, praise God for All Gods Children, and Hannah's Hope, that these children can grow up in a loving environment, and the special mothers that take such great care of them. This place is amazing, and if you are interested in helping them out, I will put their website on here somewhere. Right now with no new adoptions going on, they can use all the help they can get! Now the boys want us to adopt an older girl too!! God has given us the heart, but not the wallet for that~just yet!!
Here is just a small clip of the children singing their song!
Anaya and I just hung out in our hotel after we said good-bye to the guys! Tomorrow we plan on doing some shopping, if I can find the mall!! This town is not quite as nicely laid out as Antigua, but I am sure I will figure it out! Love to you all!
Well, the visa appointment went well this morning, and it was such a relief to have it over with!! I got a little nervous when the people ahead of me were asking their attorney, if they answered the questions right. But, when I went into the little closet like room, she asked where my husband was, to which I said "at the hotel with our other children." Then she proceeded to ask me about the other kids, and was laughing about Anaya needing to be spunky to put up with all the boys! And it was done! No real questions, nothing! Then, we had to wait some more, and then go to a window, and the lady there was asking me about my husband and where he was, and about the boys, and then talked about wanting a girl(she has a 23yr old son, and wants a granddaughter!)then she proceeded to tell me she loved my hair, and how she may have to fly to MI to get a haircut etc...then at the very end she said "Oh, I am supposed to have you raise your right hand and make you swear you are telling the truth!" So I did, and that was it!! So funny, not one serious question or anything, other than basic information! Yeah, I can handle that!! Now we just have to wait out the weekend, pick up our visa on Monday at 3:30, and we are home free!!(not at all free$$wise, but free from adoption being the main focus, and free to be a family once again!!!)
I will post pictures and more later, I just wanted to let everyone know all is well, except my family had to leave, which is always sad, but I will be there soon!! Love to all....................
Thursday, June 12, 2008
He's back!!! YAY!! Wow, what an exciting couple of days we have had! The boys got their swimming parent back, and they were so excited to get him in the pool!
He went when the sun was shining yesterday, however when it was raining in the afternoon, he let them swim, but didn't go in himself! Jayden and Spencer were the only crazy ones who wanted to go in the rain!!
It was so fun to be together as one BIG HAPPY family!!
Anaya loves giving kisses, here she was ready to give daddy a big wet one!!
So cute!! She sure does love her daddy!!
Well, it has been pretty hectic here the last 13 or so hours! We thought we had all day tomorrow to clean, and finish packing, but we got a call from the orphanage saying we needed to be there tomorrow morning for her medical exam for the visa appointment, so we packed up today, and are heading out tomorrow morning at 8:30! We are going to stay in the city one night, because to get us all there and back will cost us almost as much, if not more than getting a hotel!! We found a deal on-line, and are hoping to stay at that particular hotel, but the agency usually has us stay at a different one, so we are hoping they won't mind, as we can get 2 of these rooms for what we are supposed to pay for one at the other place!
I will try to update our blog from the hotel, however, I am not sure about the internet connection, so if you don't see a post, that is why!
Just a heads up, we are planning an open house bonfire at my parents house in Zeeland on July 18, from 5 to 9 pm. We will have hot dogs, and smores, and anyone who is interested in finally meeting Anaya is invited to join us! We look so forward to seeing all of you again, and if you can make it, we would love to have you!! Many of you have asked when our flight is coming into G.R. on Tuesday. We are scheduled to arrive at 6:13 p.m. to be exact!! We are so excited!!
Thanks for all of your prayers and support! Can't wait to be home again!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
YAY!! Thanks for praying! We just received word that our appointment has been moved up to Friday, which was the best case scenario, as they do not do visa appointments on Thursdays!! So, we are moving out of our condo tomorrow morning, and going to a hotel in the city, as we have to meet with our agency on Thurs. and have our appointment early Friday morning. Ryan and the boys fly out Friday afternoon, and Anaya and I will stay the weekend, pick up her visa on Monday afternoon, and fly back into Grand Rapids Tuesday evening!!! I have a flight booked, and we are going HOME!!! We are absolutely thrilled, and are VERY busy packing, planning, and getting ready! I will try to update more tonight!
Oh by the way~The pink slip is not actually PINK!(which I knew, but just found it interesting!)
And it has the sweetest thing on it, her name(sort of)and our last name, in print, It is official!!