Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dedicated to Amy Bottomly!

I was recently and not so subtly informed that I've been a blogging slacker!! :) And... I agree! No real excuse.... just haven't had a lot to say. Still waiting for a court date. Tomorrow will be 2 months since our referral.... and that officially puts us in the "window" of getting a court date. (we were told it's a 2-3 month wait from referral to hearing of a court date.) I think my dad is getting antsier than I am, though. He's traveling with me on the first trip!!

But.... since my sweet friend Amy told me I didn't have anything new for her to read... here's a recap of life lately:

-Jake: He's almost 7 1/2 and becoming quite the boy! I'm LOVING this age. Just fun and special to really see him blossom as he gets older. He's having an awesome year in school (thanks to an amazing teacher who "gets" him and doesn't try to force him to fit into "the box". He doesn't fit-- believe me, I've tried!!) I could devote an entire blog to this issue, but I won't. :) Jake's my awesome, quirky, loving, freakishly smart little guy who's going to be an AMAZING big brother!

-Grace: Oh this girl! I'm either head over heels, in love and in awe of this funny, spunky, smart, crazy girl, OR.... I'm hyperventilating in a corner over her STRONG and stubborn streak! Currently, she is using Jesus to try to get her way: "Jesus told me that he doesn't want me to take a shower this morning." "Jesus just told me that he wants me to stay in the bathroom with you" (after I had asked her to leave so I could have some privacy--pipe dream, I know!!) And... like her brother, she is very excited for "new brother" to come home! She prays for him every night!

-New brother "M"- I wish I could share his name. It's a cool one. We had never heard it before. But, this little guy.... he's something special. The updates on him are just wonderful. He seems to capture the attention of people when they visit. He has a sparkle about him that stands out. His eyes twinkle in all of the pictures! I just can't wait to meet this little one. He was truly God's gift to us.

-Orphan Ministry!!! Woo Hoo!! I've been excited to share this news... though all the details aren't totally ready yet. After LOTS of talking, sharing, emailing videos, blog articles, links to awesome organizations, etc..... I think my pastor's finally just go sick of hearing from me and I got the green light!! (well, honestly, they're all on board and super excited). But, on March 6th, our church is devoting the entire church service to launch our Orphan Ministry!! More details to share soon, but we are partnering with an organization and getting connected in Ethiopia, and we will play a big role in the Foster Care community as well. But there is LOTS of work to do to get ready for March 6th!

So, there you go. Was that enough of an update, Amy? (and any others that actually still follow this lame blog!!) :)

And, I was going to post a few pictures, but I guess I really haven't taken pictures since Christmas!! (the month of January is going to be pretty bare in the family scrapbook!) I guess I'm bringing the camera to swimming lessons and basketball practice this week!


Amy Bottomly said...

Wow.. dedicated to me? NIce. :)

Great updates. Umm, you keep a MONTHLY scrapbook? What in the? I am still trying to start and finish Silas' first year scrapbook. hahaha. I keep thinking that maybe Jesus will return before he will care and that it won't matter anyway. :)

Rebecca said...

Yay! An update!

Love the updates on the kids. I laughed out loud on Grace using Jesus as an excuse. She and Eli sound like peas in a pod!

I'm curious about your orphan ministry and who you're partnering with! A ministry was started at our church over a year ago but wasn't doing much. 10 or 15 of us have just taken on the "orphan care" branch and are trying to figure out our "bullseye". I have lots of ideas, but want to get a more concrete plan. I'll probably be e-mailing you soon to see if you have any input!

Hope you hear about a court date SOON! And, I'm hoping that you will be meeting our little one when you travel! Woohoo!! (Of course, we don't know who that little one is yet - but hopefully by the time you travel, we'll know!)

suzi said...

My thanks to Amy! I love the update Suzi! Especially the hyperventilating in the corner ;]]

Christy. said...

Hi Suzi,
Thanks so much for your donation back for our Perpetual Change Etsy sale.
Could I have your street address? Perpetual Change would like to send you a thank you and an update on how our sale went. You can email it to me at
Christy Gladheim
Perpetual Change


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