Let me compare the three sisters…. they are so similar and so different!
Anna at 8 months:
Just learned to crawl
Was pulling to stand
Jabbered and jabbered like crazy!
Growing hair on the back of her head
Already a thinker and doer and tell-all-about-it-er
Anna – 8 months
Anna – 8 months
Margaret at 8 months:
Was crawling really well
Was beginning her career of climbing
Smiler and silly girl
Not growing much hair at all
Made more sound effects and expressions than Anna.
Maggie – 8 months
Maggie – 8 months
Right before 8 mo –
Right after 8 mo –
Carolyn at 8 months:
A great sitter and will learn to crawl soon, but isn’t yet.
A deliberate speaker – lots of papas and mamas – she isn’t saying words yet, but she sounds an awful lot like Anna or Maggie hollering for us now and then!
Growing hair right on the top
Happy to watch and think… and have things brought to her by her sisters
For what it’s worth – I have a really hard time imagining Carolyn crawling OR standing.
Carolyn – 8 months
Carolyn – 8 months
coming soon as I take one!
And because this post is missing just one sweet little boy before all kids are accounted for – here is Jordan on trip 1 when he was 2 1/2:
Our loan is in underwriting – we don’t expect any issues. We expect that to be all approved and ready for closing this week. We’re going to play with the numbers a little to see what we can do with the closing costs the lender conceded to us… hoping to buy some points.
The inspection is finished with the house; all the repairs we requested were completed. Just waiting on a receipt that the chimney was cleaned and inspected. The appraisal came in just fine also. It came in $1500 higher than the sale price of the house…. somebody suggested that might mean the appraiser thinks we got a good deal, because they usually match appraisal to sale price? Hmm. I don’t know. I am pretty confident that the home is not a bad deal, though!
I have the new house all drawn in my little program (Sweet Home 3D) and I’ve been trying to arrange the house. After living in a house with one large living area, I’m finding it an adjustment to organize separate rooms. Glad I can do rearranging on the computer now, because it’s taken multiple arrangements and it’s much better on the computer with no strained backs!
Called utilities and asked them to start up on May 31, the day we’ll be closing. That’s kinda fun! Except that the electric utility warned me that in one month, there was a $450+ electric bill. Really want to avoid that!!!
A potential renter came and walked through our house today. Hope they love it and rent it as soon as we’re out of here so we don’t have to pay rent until our lease is up at the end of July.
Me on Wikkit in 2000 or 2001 at state 4-H Fair. I got a medal in dressage and trail and did well in the rest. It was a high point of my horsie years and this picture makes me miss my old friend and companion Wikkit. I’m really, truly and deeply feeling…. feeling a lot of ressurected hopeful feelings about doing horses again since our new house is two doors down from a nice 4-H arena!
Here is Anna at her homeschool co-op performance, where she was in a short play and also a ballet performance. Watching her in these videos, I’m just so proud and happy I could burst!
Here’s Carolyn eating some sweet potatoes. I keep thinking this video was taken in the old house. There’s a bit of de ja vu going on with darling little girl number 3!
Maggie tells about her bike crash, Anna reads a book and Jordan says goodnight. Love it! (Brian almost said goodnight to Carolyn too, which would have been darling, but Mama in her jammies did not want to be in the shot!)
Just a few more pictures from Anna’s birthday party. We’re packing a few boxes and preparing to move. The inspection is finished and the appraisal is done, though we haven’t heard back from it yet. (We don’t expect any hiccups.) I’ve got a list about a mile long of projects to do and things to buy…. most of which will have to wait. Helloooooooo, country living!
Jordan hung out in his box quite a bit; it was a great option for helping him not get overhwhelmed.
Anna loved her gifts! With her gift cards, she bought: A bike horn, a shirt, a notebook, yogurt-covered raisins, and a box of frozen corn dogs. That’s my six-year-old!
Happy sixth birthday, Anna!
Way to go!
This house is full of beauties!
The grandpas took turns helping Maggie ride her bike… Anna went up and down, showing us how fast she is!
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We have three beautiful daughters, born in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and a son born in 2009 (who arrived home December 3, 2011). After learning about the need for adoptive families of children with special needs, we began the process to adopt our son Jordan (who has Down Syndrome). He arrived home on December 3rd, 2011!. You can see photos from our trips by looking at June archives and Nov/Dec 2011 archives.
About James: We initially set out to adopt two little boys from the same orphanage. Tragically, just a week before traveling to meet them, our son James passed away of illness-induced juvenile diabetes. He was in the hospital just an hour before going home to Jesus. We rejoice that he is alive and well with Jesus.
My cousin and her husband live and care for orphans with special needs in China. The very first baby placed in their care was Corrie (alias Daisy with Holt). Over the years, she has remained in their care and now, AT LAST, a family is coming to bring her home to a forever family. She will not have to be transferred to an institution thanks to a family taking a leap of faith to bring her home.
Her family doesn't have the $25K to cover her adoption fees and travel expenses. Project Hopeful has set up a tax-deductible account to receive donations towards bridging that gap. I am partnering with her family to help raise those funds. See the Fundraising Page for details.