I am sitting here, waiting for my dress pants to finish drying in the dryer, still in a bathrobe, thank you very much! Sigh. It is so humid that things are really having a hard time drying. But, that means that I have a few minutes where my choices are either to clean something, or give an update! It is only 7:15AM and I am opting for updating!!! It seems like lately we have been so busy with so many good things, that I just haven't had a chance until I am too tired to put a coherent thought together!
Tonight is opening night for Phantom of the Opera at St. Norbert's College - it is going to be amazing and I am so looking forward to it - especially because my favorite guy has a part in it! Steve is playing one of the new owners of the theater, Andre, and has a challenging part. That means that we really haven't seen him much for the last two months, and while I encouraged (read in here, really really bugged) him to do it, it has been a long stretch in our busiest season. We are all missing each other and ready for regular life. But in the meantime, there is a great ten shows to come!!!! I am so proud of him, and know that he has worked so hard and will be fabulous!!! Tonight we have nine tickets for opening night, so the kids and I get to go!!!! I am so excited! And in about two weeks, we will have him home in the evenings again!!!
Alex and Zeri leave this weekend for a mission trip to Joplin, MO (where the devastating tornadoes were). I am so proud of them, grateful that they got sponsors so they can go and help. They are both really hard workers and I know will be a great benefit to the team and the community there. We have really emphasized service in our family and outreach, but this is an opportunity on a whole different level, and I am sure it will impact them significantly. I suspect that my young men will return to us somewhat matured and molded by this experience.
Then Faith and Solomon have Bible camp next week too! They have worked and saved their money and are ready to go. How it all fell on the same week, I am still surprised by! They are very excited and looking forward to it.
So, it will be me and four kids next week! The shock on our faces when we realized that was hilarious! It will be a great chance for us all to have some special time together, and we are looking forward to it, though I am sure it will be odd to say the least!
On the adoption front: the homestudy is completed and in hand. We have to send in our immigration paperwork - and a check of course - sigh. At this point it is an impossibility I believe for us to get a court date before court closure - August 15th. That means that hopefully we will get one in early October. That places us bringing our girls home around Christmas or so. It is always unpredictable and anything can happen, but that is sort of the timeline now. I am going to be swamped this weekend with grant applications and our annual reports on the five kids already here! Paperwork, paperwork! I am doing everything possible to get all the needed funds, though I heartily admit that having our tax return would take care of everything! However, like most adoptive parents, we are still waiting on that, with absolutely no idea when or if we will actually get it.
So, we are doing the only things we know how to do to provide - I was blessed to be able pick up some extra hours at work, and some temp hours so I am doing that. We made a plan as a family on how to handle this so we can get it all done. It isn't ideal, I would much rather be home, but it is working, and the kids are great. We are selling whatever we can, including my precious spinning wheel, in order to fund this. My plan is to pay off everything we can, stockpile whatever we can, just do whatever can be done! If anyone in Green Bay or Denmark or Kewaunee would like to host a rummage sale, we would love to do one - just living as rurally as we do, it doesn't make any sense to do it here. But we have lots and could even consider taking donations, I just need a place to do it. God is good, has met us along the road, though it hasn't often been easy, it has continued to move. He has a plan and a purpose and all is to be done in His timing.
We still have puzzle pieces available - I will do an update on that shortly!
Take care and God bless!!! Enjoy the rest of the summer! It is hot and humid here, but we will take it compared to what we know will come in the winter! Well, the dryer is done, and I am off to work! Love to all!
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11