Friday, July 25, 2014

Slowly, but Surely

So....

I keep feeling like I should have more to blog about. Like you, the public, needs to know my every step in this process. I suppose I want to feel like I have big things to say, profound words to tell you, milestones to conquer. But the truth of it is, sometimes things are just slow. Sometimes there is nothing profound to say. Sometimes things are just hard.

We are going at this the slow way. It's just tough and it needs lots of prayer coverage. We want to make the right decisions, we want to follow God's plan, we want Him to check the boxes for us in a sense. So we are doing a little at a time and rewarding each step of the way with ice cream.

Because you need ice cream when you do hard things, right?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Seven Months

Happy Seven Months, Little Man!


Fun facts for month seven:
Weight: 17lbs
Height: 27+ inches
Eating: Every 3-4hrs during the day
Sleeping: 2 naps per day, Sleeping ALL NIGHT LONG!
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month seven:
  • He is pseudo-crawling haha - when he wants something out of reach, he will get up on hands/knees and crawl forward one "step" then lay back down. If it's still too far away he repeats the process, but only one "step" at a time
  • He is still anti-food, but I'm not worried. He'll figure it out eventually
  • He is growing!
  • He can sit up indefinitely if he has a toy, but without a toy he falls over after a little while
  • He occasionally naps without the swaddle which is amazing
  • He is so grabby! I sort of, not really, want to shave my head.
  • He laughs at nothing sometimes, he just loves laughing
  • He is teething (read: fussy times), and has lots of little white dots on his lower gums. It's a race to see which tooth will come in first
  • He loves to stand and will plant his feet/arch his back to get out of sitting
  • He is a talker! He has started doing this funny growling sound
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He is starting to like reading more! 
  • He talks to people and objects
  • His favorite toy is the stacking cups

Little Kid Chair!

Cow Appreciation Day with these beautiful ladies!





He is just so happy that she is sitting by him!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This Process

Many of you may be following me on Instagram (MummertsAdopt) or read my last post, seeing this photo:





We have been slowly but surely working our way through the special care list as part of our adoption application. Every night we tackle one (or two if they are smaller) section. We spend so much time researching each disease, issue, syndrome, and more on a medical encyclopedia. We look at treatment, long term care, therapy, and anything it takes. We are just coating this process in prayer, asking God to show us our calling. We know that He already knows our future little and He is guiding us to check the right boxes. But can I just say something?

This is heavy.

Heavy stuff. Last night we began the neurological section of the application and it just weighed on me so heavily. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Meningitis, Neurofibromatosis, just to name a few. Each one just saw my heart sink further into my chest. Children have these conditions. Babies. Toddlers. And while we are trying to say yes to as much as possible, we cannot say yes to everything. God just hasn't called us to that at this time. Maybe He will later, but right now He has only given us a peace about so much. I have a close friend that has needed to remind me over and over that God will show us what is right for our family. She also has reminded me that I do not need to feel guilt over what we have not been called to at this time. 

But it's so hard. It's so hard. Not only is it just tough not to be able to take everyone regardless, but in realizing that there are these children. There is this darkness. There are toddlers waiting for forever families who have polio or something else debilitating. There are these babies who we cannot take. It just feels like such a weight on my heart. I am so excited to help those we can, but there are so many more. The weight is almost unbearable. 

But God is still good. Today, in worship, I was really blessed by this song. God knew my heart needed a reminder of His goodness, His control, and His love for these children. He has not forgotten them

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

-All Sons and Daughters

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Things First

Hot Chocolate and Adoption

It's begun. We have taken a big step and begun our adoption application! While this is a little scary (three kids!), it is an answer to prayer in so many ways! I have wanted to adopt since middle school thanks to a beautiful family in our church who adopted five children. God worked on my heart for a long time and gave me a passion for Russia. I took Russian in college so that my future Russian baby would always have their language in the home. 

While that might still be God's plan, it is not His plan for right now. Russia is, unfortunately, closed for adoptions in the present. But we still feel His hand guiding us to begin our adoption now. We are still looking at international adoption, and are going through Dillon International. Interesting fact, we don't know what country yet! Dillon has this cool thing called "open options" where you can be considered for multiple countries and once, with their staff helping you narrow it to the best fit based on their needs as well as our capabilities. We have also said that we will take either a boy or a girl, so it's a lot like being pregnant - we don't know much yet other than that a sweet little will be at the end of it all!





The hardest part thus far has been the Special Care Checklist. We were given this long list of possible diseases, conditions, and backgrounds to decide what we are willing to take in a child. It is a weighty decision! We are taking a lot of time to study each condition and pray over it to discern God's will for our family. The only thing we know for sure is that our child will be under 3 years old. We don't know what country our child will come from or how we will afford all of this, but we do know that God is good! He will provide! He is in control and He knows the name of our future child. We would love it if you would commit to pray alongside us and be loving support as we begin this journey.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

6 Months

Happy 6 Months!



Fun facts for month six:
Weight: 16lbs 8.4oz
Height: 26 3/4 inches
Eating: Every 3-4hrs during the day
Sleeping: 2-3 naps per day, Sleeping ALL NIGHT LONG!
Diaper: Size 3 diapers during the day
Clothing: 6 months, 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month six:
  • This little man is on the move! He wiggles like crazy and I feel like he is about to take off crawling just any moment
  • He has tried avocado and sweet potato to no avail. This kid has zero desire to eat solid food
  • He is growing!
  • He likes to suck on his upper lip haha - still love that
  • He is SO close to sitting up - he can sit up with assistance and sit up for a few seconds unassisted
  • He occasionally naps without the swaddle which is amazing
  • He is so grabby!
  • He laughs at nothing sometimes, he just loves laughing
  • He loves to stand and will plant his feet/arch his back to get out of sitting
  • He is a talker!
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He has favorite toys
  • He is starting to enjoy reading in my lap, but he will only sit still for one book before wanting to play again
  • He has made forward progress once by grabbing something and pulling himself forward - crazy
  • He loves to reach out and grab toys (or struggle to try and reach them if they are bit far off)
  • He talks to people and objects
  • So I know he wasn't really saying "daddy", but he says "dadadada" sometimes when he babbles and it warms my heart right up

Skyping with Nana!

Loving some outside time...eating the blanket

Learning to sit up!

I mustache you to take my picture!

Fort day

Look, RB, we're almost the same size

Eating RB's baby

Changed his mine, kissing the baby now

Sitting in the stroller like a big boy!

Really, mom?

Reading and loving on daddy

I can't decide if he looks like a glow worm or a really sweet dalek

Must hold onto the paci







Let's do it together, sister


Watching the rain

First nap without the swaddle!

He doesn't really like the solids, but he sure has a cute messy face

Adorable.

RB is so helpful with the paci

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Good Work

Father, What is the good work you have for me? What is it you want me to be doing? I want to be like Ezra and Nehemiah where I follow you with immediate obedience. I want to be your servant first and foremost. I know I am to disciple my children, but sometimes that feels so...little. Because they are so little and they understand so little. There are moments with the 2 year old where I feel like I am making a difference for you, but most days I feel like she doesn't really know anything about you. She knows the name of your Son, but she doesn't know your Son. How could she, really? Is this my only purpose in the life at the present? I don't mean to minimize it, only that I really want to know that. Is this where I should put all my effort or are there other endeavors you have for me alongside this? How do I reach my neighbors? How can I make a lasting impact? I want to be sold out, all in for You! I want to adopt a million children, I want to go overseas and live in a box, I want to do something radical for you! I feel like what I have done is not enough. I feel like what I have to give is not enough. I feel like you have given me this yearning, this changing, this desire for more of You - but what do I do with that? How do I do it? How do I get it? I am parched, Father. Even when I read your Word with all my extra time, I am parched. I am yearning with no progress. I am running in place. I am grasping at air. I am pleading with You. I am giving this to You. Take it. Please, take it! Take it from me! I am not enough! Show me the next step, Father. Show me Your will. Mold me so that Your ways are my ways.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

5 Months

 
 
Fun facts for month five:
Weight: 15lbs .4oz
Height: 26 inches
Eating: Every 2-3hrs during the day, Once at night
Sleeping: 2-3 naps per day
Diaper: Size 2 diapers during the day, size 3 diapers at night
Clothing: 6 months

What's new for month five:
  • He is growing!
  • He likes to suck on his upper lip haha
  • He has been enjoying riding in the bike trailer
  • He is napping much more consistently (and much more easily)
  • OH my goodness this little man's smile just melts my heart, he even likes strangers
  • He is so grabby!
  • He loves to laugh and has started laughing at random things, so funny!
  • He wants to stand whenever possible
  • He does these little crunches like he's trying to sit himself up
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He loves to be rocked and/or bounced
  • He keeps trying to push off of things with his feet
  • He is on the move! He has figured out ways to roll, pivot, and scoot around to get where he wants to go

Easter Sunday!

Laughing!!

Loving the high chair

Daddy-Son bonding time

He loves his big sister

Hey, mom!

RB took this picture


She loves him too, so sweet

She lets him chew on her sometimes haha

Giving brother kisses

Sucking his fingers like his sister and mommy!

Storm trooper

First bike race!

Loving on 'chelle

Gigi time!

First time he ever rode up front in the cart

How can you not include all the takes when his smile is so cute?!