Saturday, May 26, 2012
It was great. Daniel let me plan everything, but had final approval on some of my crazier ideas. First we went to a castle because I've always wanted to see the inside of a castle. It was interesting. It had been a sanitarium and apartment complex and private residence over the years.
Then we went to the Cave of the Winds and took their lantern tour, which is a bit more adventurous than the standard tour. We were really climbing through small tunnels and up slippery rocks while carrying oil lanterns. Afterwards, I convinced Daniel to try the Wind Walker experience with me. We just happened to pick one of the windiest days ever. I was praying the whole time and clinging to each post like my life depended on it as I made it across each section. Daniel said I made it look easy because I went fast. That was grim determination to get it over with as quickly as humanly possible.
We also loved the beautiful resort that we stayed in. It had everything from swimming pools to tennis and a private lake. We rode several water vehicles that I've never tried before. I panicked a bit in the canoe, though. Those things just wobble way too much for comfort. We played pool with strangers in the lounge and had chocolate and strawberries in our suite. It was beautiful.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This night, Alicia joined Danya at youth group. They played some crazy games, listened to a good lesson from Pastor Mark, and then shared a meal at Panda Express.
Danya had been praying and asking God for a close friend that would live near her for years before we moved to our current home. If for no other reason, I'm really glad that we let Danya attend the local public school for a semester back in 5th grade, since she was able to meet Alicia. She's a good kid from a Christian family who is also part of a foster/adoptive family. They both enjoy music and reading and playing at the park. It's like they were made to be friends.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
They took our big 'ole fifteen passenger van off roading a little bit. They went for a hike and explored the caves and water falls. They even got to check out a fish hatchery.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Danya had some exciting music from Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. She was very excited. I only got to watch the first few performances, though, because I got a last minute invite to be a substitute for Bunco with my friends from church. I've been hoping to be invited for YEARS, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for the very first time and find out what it was all about.
I had a great time. It was so much fun. Apparently, it's just a dice game where you toss the dice as fast as you can to earn points. Mostly, it's an excuse for the moms to get together without kids and talk non-stop. I hope I get invited again some time!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Our church does an annual soccer camp on Wednesday nights during the summer that lasts about six weeks. This is pretty much the only sports program our kids participate in. They really like it. The weather was beautiful this year, so they got to spend almost every Wednesday outside. I had fun walking around taking photos since I typically have a kid in every age group.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Unfortunately, the agency we met her through, Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.), is having trouble with the U.S. state department, so they aren't able to issue student visas right now. We're trying to quickly switch to another agency, but it's a slow process. We've filled out all the info twice now and are preparing for a second set of interviews and home visits. We're praying for her as a family and with our Sunday school class. Hopefully, God will work things out so that she can still come and be a part of our family this year.
Not only did our sprinkler head break, but also, a man from the city showed up to tell us that we were wasting tons of water according to our meter, so we must have a leak. Fortunately, God provided Daniel's dad. Grandpa Wayne was visiting, so he was able to help us dig around the meter and find the leak. He tightened something after digging through quite a bit of mud and fixed the problem for us. I'm so glad, because we would have had NO idea how to solve it. Daniel's dad was the head of maintenance for my school system for over a decade. Sometimes I think there is nothing he can't fix.
Sometimes the best fun is simple fun. And, of course, everything is more fun with Grandma.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
On May 13th of this year, we dedicated all our kids at our church. I thought it was really neat that they allowed us to do that on Mother's Day. Danya and Gloria are the only ones who had been dedicated when they were born. We decided to go ahead and dedicate all the kids together this time. We were so glad that Daniel's parents and Molly were able to be there with us.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Danya's project was titled, "I Drank What?" She tested several different water sources from distilled water to local rivers and ponds and compared them to the tap water from our sink. She used a pool tester kit. We knew she'd worked hard on it and did all but a little of the typing herself. We were already super proud of her. Then she showed us her first prize ribbon! We were so excited I thought I would bust. Her hard work definitely paid off.