Monday, June 7, 2010

Many reasons to celebrate

We have had two party weekends in a row. The first was Peter's birthday, which we celebrated by seeing a Brewer baseball game (they won!) and spending a morning on the beach at Lake Michigan. He is the best daddy and husband in the world, according to our very unbiased sources.

That weekend also brought Memorial Day with it. We were happy to continue our tradition of watching our city's parade (it's also tradition that Peter and I will cry when the oldest veterans ride by), then planting our flowers and vegetable garden. Since we have kids that like to get dirty, that's always a great day.

Saturday brought a family wedding -- our nephew Christopher and his bride Angie were married, with Peter officiating. We had so much fun with the cousins, and roped our sister-in-law into taking a picture with the 5 of us for Anya Rashi's last post-placement report. Hooray! That's what the happy dance photo is for, at least in my opinion!

Thank you for your prayers for Peter's dad. He's doing very well with his cardiac rehab, and is able to drive again and do his favorite May/June pastime -- watching the NCAA softball and baseball tournaments. Please keep praying for his mom, who is still pretty shaken up by the whole experience. They will be married 50 years in August, and their lives are truly so entwined emotionally, spiritually, and in every other way.


Eric and Cheryl said...

Sounds like some great days of celebrating. How nice to be done with post-placement reports. I have already been trying to pick out pictures for our next one in a few weeks. I would love to sit and watch NCAA softball with your father in law, one of my favorite things to do. Blessings on your in-laws as they continue to heal through that experience.

Kristi W. said...

You are so lucky to be done with those reports. Daya is under the old schedule which has us doing them for another year! Arg. Glad to hear your father in law is doing well and that you have been having so many reasons to celebrate!


Fenwick Five said...

YAY what great things the Lord has done for you all!! Can't wait to see a glimpse of the next sweetie!!:) Gidget:)

The Pfeiffer Family said...

Your family sure does have many reasons to celebrate. Sounds like you all had a fun weekend.

How nice to be at the end of the post placeement reports. Cute pics. I missed the post on your father-in-law, but am happy that he is doing well now.

April :-)

Julie & Patrick said...

Yay! We finished our reports too! It feels so good to have it done!

How fun to have so many reasons to celebrate at this time of year!

Julie R

Emily said...

Sounds like there is a lot of joy in your family! I'm so happy for all of your celebrations and fun. I love hearing of your adventures-I am from Oak Park, Illinois, but live in California, and your Lake Michigan trips, parades, and sprinkler fun remind me of home! Thank you for your support in our adoption journey, I'm glad we're connected! Emily :)

Todd and Michele said...

great pics - and wonderful update! We are so looking forward to some even better news from you guys soon! Also hoping to get to Appleton soon - for maybe a visit... Have to see how summer plays out here. But will probably have to get there in August for my Kindergardener's school shopping!

Jeff and Leslie said...

Must be a great feeling to know you're almost done with the reports...for now, LOL.

Sounds like life is good!

theheartofachild said...

Yea for last post-placement report:) So glad your father-in-law is recovery well too! Looks like lots of fun at your house!!

Alarie and Todd said...

Great news about your father in law and looks like awesome celebrations! We have a few unbiased sources of our own that love to give completely unbiased opionions of their father..yay to great fathers! :)

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Hi Nancy!

To answer your question, no, I don't struggle with the money spent on the adoption at all. The same amount of money could provide a little bit of help to a lot of people, or it could completely and utterly change one child's life.

Gwen Oatsvall calls the price we pay for an adoption "ransom money." She says, if one of your children were kidnapped, how much ransom would you be willing to pay to get your child back? You know the answer - millions. If he demanded millions of dollars, somehow, we would find it.

Well, one of my children is being held for ransom in Ethiopia. One of your children is being held for ransom in India.

So - with that mentality - $30K? Pshaw. Chump change ;)