Archive - December 2012

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Referralversary
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It’s almost tax season… and we can help!
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The House that Consumes me

Referralversary

Today, December 16th is the anniversary of “the call.” The first time we heard the name Alula, and saw Liam Alula’s face for the first time. We were shocked because to our knowledge there were no new children in his transitional orphanage in Ethiopia AND he was 3 1/2 months old. We had already sold and given away all the baby stuff as our parameters allowed us to adopt a child a bit older than an itty-bitty like Mr. Liam Alula. Here’s a little recap of that day if you are interested.  I still remember picking up the phone, seeing the Oregon area code, and thinking no-way, I’m not even going to get excited, this can’t be it, I mean I know I prayed for a referral before Christmas… but God are you really going to answer a prayer the way I want it answered? Well, He did. And we have our amazing, now 15-month-old little Liam Alula. Liam has now been home almost 9 months and things have been all over the place as far as adjustment, bonding and attachment goes. I mean… he’s attached, but doesn’t really want momma out of his site. Which is normal for him in two categories, both the adoption category and the I’m a 15-month-old category. We don’t look at EVERYTHING through the adoption lens, but we’ve found if we put that down entirely we find ourselves becoming perplexed with his actions at times. Oh yeah… he’s experienced early trauma… that might explain XYZ. Yes, I realize he was 7 1/2 months old when he came home to us forever, but I know with all my heart that while he may not remember his life before us it does and will always impact him on a deeper level than we will ever know. However, he is one happy dude and I’m happy about that. So happy Refferalversary to us!

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It’s almost tax season… and we can help!

Okay. So maybe we can’t help, but if you are looking for a place to donate your money before the year’s end we would be honored to have you join our adoption fundraising efforts. Our agency is fantastic and they allow people and organizations to donate straight to the agency on our behalf. This donation is tax-deductible. As January approaches we will literally have thousands of dollars in adoption costs, so we would again, be honored to have you partner with us as we work to bring our daughter home. Check out our donation page for information on how to donate. Basically, fill out a form in our name, write a check, put it in the mail… and presto… you have contributed to life change for one sweet little girl, and one very excited family.

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The House that Consumes me

As you know we finally made the move to our new home. Within days of living there I realized that this was truly the one. The house that made all of the exhausting and emotional days worth it. Lots of things to work on, seems everyday we stumble upon something new… but there is just something good about our home. Something that just fits who we are, and who we want to share our home with. The title of this post is “the house that consumes me.” Why? Because it does. I’m completely obsessed with making her the best she can be. The best reflection of myself. When you walk in my house I want you to know it’s mine. I’m nuts. I know. But the Holidays are coming and so are the visitors. Over the next few days I’m going to diligently post pictures of what I’ve been working on. Starting with our stairway and main entrance.

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AFTER

 

So as you can see we had a bit of dry wall repair in the stairway and entry-way, and we went from a dark beige to Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray…. which I love and think may be the most soothing paint color ever. More to come!

 

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