Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I posted. Things here are so busy right now. I am trying to get through the rest of this semester with a little bit of sanity left. I only have a few more weeks of classes left, but with finals coming up, I am stressing just a bit. The good thing is that once this semester is over, I will be done with math! I am math illiterate unless it has to do with figuring out the percentage off a sale item. That I can do without any trouble. Go figure.

While studying for finals I am also trying to get all the paperwork together and organized for our home study and dossier. Our home study is done, they are just waiting on our clearances from when we lived in Virginia. Hopefully that will show us soon so our paperwork can be sent to USCIS for review and so we can get fingerprinted.

Saturday Matt and I attended our required second time around adoption class. This is something new that the new Hague treaty requires. I have to admit, it wasn't too painful. In fact, there were alot of interesting couples in our class.
Gabe and Emma went to the lake with G'ma and G'pa and Blake stayed home with Mylee while we were gone. Saturday was a beautiful day so we were pretty happy that we were done with the class by noon.
On the way home Matt started talking about the fact that once we get Drew home we will have pretty much outgrown our mini van. We currently have a Chrysler Town and Country, and although I love it, we are already outgrowing it. Being that Blake is so tall (he is 12 and is 5'7), there is very little leg room for him. So, when we got home we picked up Blake and Mylee and went to some car dealers to see what our options were. We looked at some bigger SUV's as well as full size vans. As much as I hate to admit it, the full size van would probably be the logical choice for our family. With 5 kids, 3 that are already very tall for their ages, there just was not much leg room in the SUV's. So, I am not sure what we are going to do. We were just looking on Saturday and may look again this weekend. We are in no hurry (yet), and I refuse to have our payments go up. If it means we are packed in our current can like a can of sardines for awhile, then all I have to say is I hope everyone is showered and wearing deoderant.

Sunday was a yucky day weather wise. It was cold and raining. I headed off to Indianapolis with Gabe and Mylee for Mylee's cast change on Monday. We spent the night at my sister's Sunday night and the kids really enjoyed playing together. It was so hard for Gabe and Mylee to get to sleep, so 6:00 a.m. came pretty early for all of us. We had to be at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. and Mylee was taken back around 9.
I opted NOT to give her the Versed this time. If you remember from previous posts, Versed is a drug they gave her to relax her so she wouldn't be scared. She has been there enough times that she is pretty comfortable with everyone and the nurses are wonderful. I am so glad I did not give it to her this time. By the time we went back to the recovery room she was already eating and drinking. By not having the Versed, she was able to come out of the anesthesia faster and easier.
All in all, things went well and we were on our way home by noon. She is now sporting a super fun pink cast and we go back in a couple of weeks for x-rays. If the x-rays look good, then the cast will come off and hopefully she will not need anymore. Dr. Loder did say that it is okay for her to walk on it and that he wants her to continue therapy so we don't fall behind.

Just before they took her back

In the recovery room


Since getting PA and being able to share our amazing news with everyone, I have also been able to form some friendships with other parents adopting from New Day. There are some pretty amazing kids getting some pretty amazing parents soon. I also received a couple of e-mails from complete strangers regarding Drew. The first was one from a lady who had spent last summer in China on a Mission trip. She spent some time at an orphanage in Inner Mongolia (this is where Drew was before he was moved to New Day). She also new of some people who spent time at New Day and who had tons of pictures to share with me of Drew and some of the other kids at New Day who are getting families soon. I haven't posted the pictures yet, but you can count on seeing them soon.

The other lady who contacted me by leaving a comment on one of my blog posts. She said that she was trying to get in touch with me because she and her family were Drew's sponsors. I e-mailed New Day right away and let them know so they could put us in contact with one another. Angie and her family have been sponsoring Drew since last November and receive monthly updates along with pictures. She has sent him three care packages (Christmas, Birthday, and Easter), and has tons of pictures from them. She graciously shared the pictures and updates with me. Below are a few of the pictures she sent.

Opening Birthday gifts from Angie and family.

Opening Easter gifts from Angie and family

I finally got around to sending a care package to Drew from us. As you can see from the picture, I sent quite a bit of stuff. I have been able to find out that he LOVES cars, books, candy, and phones. So, that is what we sent along with a couple of short outfits, photo album with pictures of our family, house, and his room, sunglasses, puzzle, and a CD player I found on sale at T*arget for super cheap. I did not want to leave the other kids at New Day out so Emma and I stopped at the Dollar Tr*e one night after her dance class and picked out several items for the other kids. We sent water balloons, water guns, jump ropes, and some fun hats and sunglasses. I mailed everything last night (all 16 lbs of it) and was a bit shocked when I heard how much it was going to cost to ship to China. It's quite possible that the shipping was more than the contents of the box. But, the pictures of him opening it will be priceless.

Oh, and by the way, if you look at the top right hand corner you will see a new button. Amy and her family are trying to raise money to bring their adorable son Sammy home. Amy is giving away some beautiful Vera Bradley bags and purses. So, if you get a chance and have a few bucks to spare, I know they would appreciate any and all the help they can get. Sammy is also from Nanjing (like Mylee) and Amy is one of the mom's who attends out mom's night once a month. I can't wait for Sammy to get home so he can start coming to the play groups.


Tisha said...

Hi Mandi,

Thanks for stopping by our blog and introducing yourself. You have a beautiful blog and more importantly, a beautiful family!

It looks like the care package was a big hit! What a blessing to have Drew in such a wonderful environment. All of the children look very well taken care of! I'm sure you all will reap the benefits of him having been there when you get him home!

Sorry to hear about your other sweetie in a cast! I pray for swift healing! Have a great week.


Tami said...

I was JUST thinking about you....and I refreshed my updates and saw your post:-).

Yippeee..Drew rec'd his package!! Don't these pictures just warm your heart?!! It looks like you sent a lot of goodies...did you send the sweater outfit he's wearing too?? I love the colors...they look really good on him.

Hope your conversation went well last night and that skype was working...once they're used to seeing you...somehow the phone just doesn't do it any more;-).


Rebecca said...

Drew is going to LOOOOVE that package, Mandi! You sent some great stuff! And I remember well the expensive shipping to China - painful but oh so worth it! :)

I think it's amazing that you've gotten in touch with Drew's sponsors. What a huge blessing to know that he has been so loved while he waited for a family of his own! AWE.SOME!

Glad to hear that Mylee did well with her cast change. She is such a brave girl through all of this!

Hope to see you tomorrow at playgroup...


Tara said...

Mandi, a full size van? Oh, NO!! (just kidding)

I LOVE the bottom left picture of Drew in the Easter pictures.

See you tomorrow,


Rebekah Hubley said...

I found your blog... Okay, the first crazy thing is that we both brought our 1st adopted children home on May 12, 2008. Secondly, we are right at the same stage for our China Adoption. I would love to chat!!! How do I get your e-mail? thanks for leaving a comment on my blog...

living4him5 said...

Oh funny! I just mailed out Madelyn's care package today! I loved buying all the little goodies for her!

Just wanted to stop by and say Hi!!


Ohilda said...

So glad the cast change went well..and I am SO impressed. No Versed!

Your little man is just precious. How wonderful that he received your package. I've heard only great things about New Day.



Blessed Family said...

He is so cute! Your family is beautiful. Can't wait to follow your journey... I can't wait to begin mine again!