Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Meet the New Members of the Family

Yippee! The gangs all here (except about 5 of us not shown)

Ruby and Rachaels "Christian Lite" skit

Kathy looks great- Martha needs a bit of paint on the barn!

The Freaky Fashion Show- Debbie won.

Noah and his new pride and joys named: DUCK AND HEN

So sorry it's been so long since I've updated! So much going on on so many fronts! This weekend I was so blessed to attend our Ladies Retreat at the beach. Our theme was "Letting the Light Shine" and it was so uplifting. I don't think I've ever laughed so much or had a better time. Thank you SO much to the leadership team that put it on-your hard work was evident and God was glorified!!
Also, in other exciting news, we added 2 new members to our family- introducing "Duck and Hen" ( Noah named after characters in Little Bear). They are Polish Top Hat chickens and will have a ridiculous amount of feathers on the top of their heads when they grow up. I may be rethinking this whole impulse buy b/c of the amount of chirping coming from my bathroom. Noah however thinks they are the greatest.
In adoption news: To those of you who don't know, we are switching gears in our adoption. It has come to our attention that Ukraine is not going to be the place where we will be able to find our daughter. So....... in light of this we are switching to the Waiting Childs List for China. We are in the process of updating our homestudy for China and can apply to the program offically in August (when I'm 30-Aghh!). We will then be able to be referred a precious angel with a correctible problem such as cleft palate. We are very excited about this program and look forward to working with the agency to find the little girl for our family!! So far everyone in these agencies have been wonderful! Please pray that we will be able to get through the homestudy update with no hitches and apply in August with no problem. Also, please pray God will continue to provide the funds for this adoption. So far He has met our needs!


Carroll said...

Duck and Hen. Kind of like when Joey and Chandler had Duck and Chick on Friends. Too funny!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

So have you gone public about leaving your last agency? Did you ever hear back from them?

Rachael said...

Thanks for the photo of all of us on the beach. It makes the one of me with a pillow in my shirt look "good."

kareng said...

your new additions are too cute! I will have to bring the girls by to see them. Elizabeth really likes chickens, (for some reason). Praying for the adoption process. Have you spoken with the Cooks? They are getting closer to their China trip!

babyarnie said...

Lydia, We JUST mailed the letter Tuesday word yet.

Karen....Bring them by! They are the cutest things ever. In fact I know where you can get a few... ;) Oh and I'll have to talk to the Cooks-great idea!

Elizabeth said...

They are so cute! I love chickens- well really almost any animal!! But I will have to come by sometime soon and hang out with all of your animals!

crystal said...

Hey Martha. Jacob keeps saying he wants some chickens now but I told him he can go to your house and see them anytime. :) Sorry we just dropped in on you yesterday but it was good to see you and Noah. We look forward to July and we hope to see you guys again soon. :)

Jaime Cook said...

Hi Mike and Martha! Karen told me you're adopting from China, so I thought I'd drop by and see for myself. We're so happy for you! Ed and I are nearing the end of our long wait (begun July 1, 2006), as our NSN referral from China is imminent (like days from now). Things slowed down drastically right after we started our process, and we've been waiting. You'll have a shorter wait with the SN program, I believe. Please let me know if we can help in any way? We've gone through the official USCIS stuff for the 3rd time recently. We have some good resources, which you may already have, for support, etc. Which agency are you using now? Ed is going to set up a blog for us very soon, so we can have a place for friends to follow our progress and travel, etc. Love your blog!!
Jaime Cook

Jaime said...

Correction: July 1, 2005. woops!

Joy said...

such cute names!