Sunday, December 1, 2013

November

Everyone's asleep at our house on this cold night...except me. I thought I'd take a minute to update. Since last we shared, we've had a full month and a few family milestones have. In October Jason turned thirty. For months he'd been training and planning to welcome the big milestone in November with a friend at the Outer Banks Marathon. Levi and I didn't complain about getting to spend the weekend with friends at the beach for the event. 


Surprised with gummy bears 

Waiting on their daddies

Daddy S.
Daddy T. 
Finished!

Visiting the dunes
Meanwhile in Ind*a, our brown-eyed girl turned nine the beginning of November and had a special birthday celebration from us via the orphanage staff. We can't share pictures here yet (okay, maybe her arms at the top), but we can give some of the significant updates we've received in the month of November. After getting the official word that court is finished, receiving the court orders and the deed of adoption, we're experiencing what should be our final lull. Middle of the month the orphanage staff got in line for a passport appointment and the earliest appointment they could get was December 4th. From that appointment it could be anywhere from 15 or more days, with extra emphasis on the or more, to get the passport. We are so close...and so, so relieved after a number of things we've learned recently. While I won't share details here until I get a few things clarified, we've become increasingly aware of the slow down for international adoptions from Ind*a. There are some alarming decisions being made...and we are so, so thankful that we applied when we did and got an orphanage match with a referral all within a three month window. I'm so overwhelmingly thankful to be following God's lead in this process. Jason and I could never have made it to our precious girl apart from him.



The birthday celebrations continued well into November with a quick trip to Alabama to celebrate a cousin's 31st. In true Bekah fashion we celebrated with blingy purple cupcakes!


While there I also got to spend some sweet, quality time with family members I seldom get to see. It was one of the richest days I've had in a long, long time!



I drove back that evening making it for the next evening's annual Christmas tree search. We found the perfect centerpiece for the new pavilion but getting it back was a bit tricky. Much to Christmas Tree Man's chagrin we drove it home just like this...



Coming to the end of the month, we worked on sink repairs with our little doctor/handyman who was game to help fix the problem. 



He's been accomplishing a lot these days...and one of his biggest accomplishments won him his first trip to THE toy store. Out of all the toys in the whole place, we walked out with a motorized Henry train complete with snowplow. What else would do for a boy who no longer needs diapers or pull-ups for anything?!




We finished out this month with lots of family and friends. Dad and Mom are here with us and we've been enjoying every super moment! Life is good with fun grandparents!  





Now for some rest! 

1 comment:

Peter and Nancy said...

What a great, newsy update! And I am sorry to hear that your sweet girl had her (LAST) birthday apart from you -- but I am waiting in anticipation of the amazing news that you will be going to meet her soon!
Nancy