Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Today I was originally going to do a "Wordless Wednesday post" but I have way to much to share today! I am going to save the most exciting news for last.

As some of you know my mom had surgery in mid Dec. to remove a cancerous mass and the right lobe of her lung.  She unfortunately is no stranger to cancer. She did get good news at the Doc's office late last week. Her lympnodes are clear, the cancer is a fairly common cancer (it is not the same type as what is in her eye), and they believe they got all of the caner when they removed the mass. Recovery is going slow but well. She will go back for another check up in 6-8 weeks.  She takes great care of herself, loves her family fiercely and I sometimes have a hard time understanding why her, but I just have to trust God , He is the one who is in control. I thank God everyday for my mom. I love her so much and she is so important to me and our family...we are so blessed. 

On a lighter note:
First I am going to start of with a little bit of background history-
Back in May 2010 we were notified that we had received a fairly large grant (yahoo!) to help us with our adoption costs. Now, in order for us to receive the grant Dane had to be home , I/we had to write a short story, essay or what have you about our adoption journey and  submit a few other things. I panicked a bit because I am not a writer of any kind.  I was relieved to find out that whether my essay was good or bad we would still receive the grant (another yahoo!). So a few days after Dane got home I slowly started on my essay so I would be sure to have it done by the deadline.
Now, fast forward to yesterday-
I got an e-mail from our adoption social worker regarding the essay I wrote for the grant. The organization that approved us for the grant also publishes a magazine and they were wondering if they could interview us and possibly publish a article about us/my essay in their April issue on "Inspiring Families". I do know that they also wanted to interview a couple other families, but I am so honored to even be considered!!! I am still shocked! Of course I had to say yes!

OK, now on to the REALLY good stuff!
Last week my hubby got a call from his brother- His brother's family was considering adopting! They chatted for awhile. We anxiously waited (almost a week)  for the official news whether or not they were going to do it. (I vividly remember the conversations my hubby and I had when we talked about it- it is overwhelming in so many ways). Well on Sunday we got the news- they ARE adopting! Woohooo! We could not be more excited!! They are a wonderful family! They have 2 beautiful kids now and we can not wait to hear the news that they have been matched with an Ethiopian prince or princess!! And then they will have 3! I hope it is not long- I am a very impatient waiter! The waiting seems almost as hard as when we were waiting. We can hardly contain our excitement! Our family will be so blessed by this decision!

That is it for now. I just love good news!!

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