hey everybody!

28 Feb
solo and ensemble practice, girls got a 1!

solo and ensemble practice, girls got a 1!

the 4 boys from Mekele a few sundays ago at church. Luke, Titus, Sam, Joseph.  It is still so amazing to us that these friends from ethiopia were all able to be adopted to friends in our area.

the 4 boys from Mekele a few sundays ago at church. Luke, Titus, Sam, Joseph. It is still so amazing to us that these friends from ethiopia were all able to be adopted to friends in our area.

Titus and Luke.  It is so special to listen to them interact.  Laughing and laughing about funny things that had happened in ethiopia.  Their english is really coming along so nicely.  They are so cute.

Titus and Luke. It is so special to listen to them interact. Laughing and laughing about funny things that had happened in ethiopia. Their english is really coming along so nicely. They are so cute.

We have had record cold temps here.  The girls have been so excited to go to the lake to skate but its just been too cold! Lainee and Gigi

We have had record cold temps here. The girls have been so excited to go to the lake to skate but its just been too cold! Lainee and Gigi

March is gotcha month for these 2.  Time flies.  3 years the end of March these two great girls became forever-joneses

March is gotcha month for these 2. Time flies. 3 years the end of March these two great girls became forever-joneses

gelato date night

gelato date night, dad and geeg

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One of the highlights of the month for us was our NYC trip to be with Show Hope and to see SCC in concert at Carnegie Hall.  We went with 4 couples from Wheaton, it was a blast. I cried thru the concert.  It was so encouraging and refueling.  I whispered to Chris, "i'm so glad we are doing what we are doing".  Sometimes it takes getting out of the day to day to remember God's call on your life.

One of the highlights of the month for us was our NYC trip to be with Show Hope and to see SCC in concert at Carnegie Hall. We went with 4 couples from Wheaton, it was a blast. I cried thru the concert. It was so encouraging and refueling. I whispered to Chris, “i’m so glad we are doing what we are doing”. Sometimes it takes getting out of the day to day to remember God’s call on your life.

The following little video is Zinnia the day she received her role in the school musical.  She’s come so far.  What a miracle.

The following little video was taken last night at the musical.  Zinnia was front and center for this song.  I was just a little weepy.  ;)

mimi’s solo~  (grandparents: You can see Lainee with the grey bow in her hair behind mimi after she walks back to her spot.  I was glad all three girls were close to each other

Zinnia leaning over to watch Mimi do her part.  She was blocked from my view.

Zinnia leaning over to watch Mimi do her part. She was blocked from my view.

our infusion bay!

our transfusion bay at CDH, the girls and I look forward to blood days!

lots of this happening on the weekends between ball games....I cannot wait till the kids can play outside again!

lots of this happening on the weekends between ball games….I cannot wait till the kids can play outside again!

bulls game 2 mights ago with christopher and gigi. chris is such a goof ball, life would be far to serious without his fun.

bulls game 2 nights ago with christopher and gigi. chris is such a goof ball, life would be far to serious without his fun.

lainee got a hair chop. it's adorable.

lainee got a hair chop. it’s adorable.

gigi entered a bake contest at school to raise money for the child her class sponsors.  It was fun.  Barefoot contessa's lemon yogurt cake. (no I'm not expecting a baby)

gigi entered a bake contest at school to raise money for the child her class sponsors. It was fun. Barefoot contessa’s lemon yogurt cake.

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In other news~

We are continuing to us the feingold diet on our “target” child and are amazed at the result.  I strayed from it for a couple weeks and the walls came tumbling down.  I learned my lesson.

Gigi’s swim season just wrapped up, she did great!

Jonah and Christopher decided to run track this year.  The first meet is tomorrow.  This will take a backseat once the tennis team season gets going…when I drive  by the courts I cannot imagine how long its going to take to get all that snow off!  Opening day got pushed back to March 10 (i think the high temp predicted for that day is 25).

Luke continues to settle into life in a family.  He struggles with being organized at home and school.  It takes extra time and effort on my part to keep on top of his stuff.  I’ve got a chart system in place for him.  He’s a joy to me most of the time but I do see some “baggage”.  I started going though Karin Purvis’s video series on the “neurochemistry of fear”.  It describes my Luke to a T.  God has some healing to do and I’m usually thankful to be part of it; but at times I just wish he could gel with us a little more easily.

I remember after bringing home Lainee and Zinnia at ages 6 and 7 it took 2 full years for me to feel like I was a “normal” in life, like I had settled in and they weren’t so new.  I’m wondering if that feeling will take longer since Luke came home older (home at 10). God knows, one day at a time!

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3 Responses to “hey everybody!”

  1. Debbie February 28, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Laura,

    I want to thank you SOOO much for posting about Feingold. I left a comment on that first day. I had never heard of the diet but it started to make so much sense as we just could not figure out why our daughter, to quote a Failsafe mom, “Was only mentally disturbed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.” The Feingold diet has worked wonders for us as well. We have also eliminated annatto and whole wheat. Again THANK YOU for posting or we would still be believing the therapist that is was all attachment issues!!!

    This diet need to get out to the adoption world! Trauma does such harmful things to kid’s brains it makes total sense that they would be more susceptible to chemicals.

  2. godsizedliving February 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Thanks for the post and pics and especially the videos of the girls in the musical. So sweet!! Good job, Zinnia! Your motions and singing were beautiful. Great job on your solo Mimi! Sounded beautiful! I’m so proud of you girls. Love you

  3. Emily March 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    You’re an amazing mother.

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