New life

December 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized)

This morning we received the most amazing news ever!!! Our good friends, Rana and Yvan, are FINALLY going to pick up their beautiful son. Their journey to him has truly been unbelievable and we could not be happier that it is finally coming to an end and that he will soon be in his loving parents’ arms. Their lives have been basically been haulted for the last several years…waiting. All three of them are about to celebrate having a new life together. We are so excited to meet their beautiful boy and watch our kids play with him!

This evening we received some very very sad news. My sister-in-law’s mother, Lauren, passed away after a very courageous battle with cancer. Lauren was a very generous, caring, beautiful woman. She spoiled our kids before she even met them and when she finally did meet them, the woman was like putty in their hands. 🙂 The kids and I were able to go visit her at the end of October. I had planned on stopping in for an hour or so, but before I knew it several hours had passed. Andikpeme and Ekaete just loved playing at their house, but I have to admit that I felt kind of guilty since my kids aren’t exactly low-maintenance and she obviously couldn’t help but use every last ounce of energy to play with them. We had a wonderful last visit with her that day and I will always remember our special alone time with her. We are so sad for my brother and his wife, my friend, and her family. Lauren’s life was a gift and she will be greatly missed.

Life is such a mystery. Hold your loved ones close tonight and be grateful that you are all together.

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Christmas blessings

December 23, 2010 at 10:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Despite the fact that daddy and Andikpeme have been sick the last few days, we’ve really enjoyed the beginning of our (or Brendan’s) vacation. The lazy mornings have been such a treat and I have to admit, I so appreciated the “quiet” grocery store visit today. Working for a school division definitely has its perks and I’m not sure I’d want my husband to ever lose those perks!

I feel so blessed this Christmas. It’s amazing coming home after being gone for a couple of hours to the squeals and hugs from my gorgeous children. Today when I walked in the door after grocery shopping, Ekaete called me down to the ground for a hug…and to take off my coat for me. Apparently she could see that I was running back out (to pick up the loads of yummy food in the van) and she was putting her foot down. I am so lucky to have an awesome husband who immediately throws on his coat and boots despite being sick and tells me to relax and give my sweet babe some cuddles. I have to admit it is almost overwhelming looking at the four stockings hanging by our tree. We’ve definitely had some hard hours in this house over the last 9 months, but even in the midst of tears and some truly difficult moments, I would tell you every time that we could not have been blessed by two more beautiful, amazing children.

Part of my heart still aches for all of the waiting families. In particular, our good friends, Jess and Darrell (http://darrellandjess.blogspot.com/) & Rana and Yvan (http://ranavansjourney.blogspot.com/) who have truly been through unthinkable pain in the last couple of years. My prayer for them and anyone else who is suffering this Christmas is that their path become less and less foggy and their pain be replaced with clarity, light, and joy.

We have some busy days ahead filled with vists and meals with both sides of the family, our own family time/traditions, and the kids’ baptism on boxing day. Merry Christmas to all of our friends! May your Christmas be filled with joy, peace, and love!!

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