Tuesday, December 2, 2014

According to John

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things weer made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and hte darkness has not overcome it...The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as the only Son from the Father,full of grace and truth.
(John 1:1-14, ESV)

I have begun our advent reading for the year. A friend and I made them (or more like she made them and I helped with the brainstorming and the cutting/gluing part) this year and I have been so excited to get started. Each day has a reading and an activity. Yesterday, we learned a new Christmas Carol. I taught RB "Jingle Bells" for the first time, and then the husband and I went to worship choir where we learned a new version of O Come O Come Emmanuel that touched my heart so deeply (arr. Matt Maher). 
Then we got home and put the kids to bed like normal. But in the midst of getting ready for to call it a night, our littlest awoke screaming. Sometimes he wakes up crying for just a minute and then falls back asleep - it happens so fast that you can't go in to help if you wanted. But last night was different for some reason. He cried and cried and cried. The husband tried to help, I tried to help, and the husband tried to help again. Our little just could not be consoled. It just hurt my heart to hear him crying like that, to know he's exhausted, and not to be able to help him reach sleep. So the husband sent me to bed, but I could not wind down. In the midst of all that, we realized we had not done our advent reading for the day. So last night, much later than I should have been awake, we read through John 1:1-5. It never ceases to feel so beautiful to me. It never stops filling my heart with awe and joy. I love that. It helped me take a spiritual breath before sleep.

But, don't you know it, God wasn't finished with me yet. He wasn't done with me and this passage.

A good friend and I are currently reading through John 1-12 over and over right now. Just really grasping it before we move on (if you want to know more about this, I can write a separate post). So this morning when I got up to read, don't you know it was time to start over in John 1? I got to read that beautiful passage again, but then I got to read below that too. The True Light. It was so beautiful and then I got to the section that says "But to all who did receive him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." And it just hit me again - we have been so graciously adopted by the One who has made all, seen all, known all. He who does not need me, chose me, adopted me, into His family. "He gave the right". He allowed it,  He graciously gave it. We did not earn it. We weren't the prettiest in the bunch or the smartest or strongest or fastest. But He gave it because He loves us and longs to bring us into relationship with Him that His name might be the more glorified. 

It's this beautiful difficult path, salvation and sanctification. It's so hard all the time and so amazing. It's painful and lovely. It's pruning and it's comfort. It's strength and it's brokenness.

That's exactly what the adoption process has felt like too. It's beautiful and it's difficult. It's strength and it's brokenness. God is just forever working this process  and His Word together in a beautiful symphony, changing me into a woman after His own heart. Allowing me to be His child. Weaving a fabric of glory. And I think that He's doing me a favor in just allowing me to adopt this little one and to be a part of His story. It's so lovely and so weighty all at once.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11 Months

Happy 11 Months, Little Man!


Fun facts for month eleven:
Weight: 18+lbs
Height: 27+ inches (ummm when he wakes up I'll check)
Eating: Nursing twice a day (but dropping the night one sometimes), 3 meals, 1 snack (at least)
Sleeping: 2 naps per day, all night
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9-12 months, 12 months

What's new for month eleven:
  • He is walking with hands held like a stud! 
  • He loves the push toy
  • When he's pulled up on something, he can keep holding on with one hand while bending down and picking something up with the other hand
  • He is trying to walk around furniture
  • I'm pretty sure "dada" officially means daddy and is no longer just a fun word to say 
  • "Baba" is what he calls RB
  • He is climbing so much and on everything, nothing is safe haha! I love it (but for real, I love it)
  • Pulling up all the time on everything (see above)
  • He wants to walk so badly
  • He is becoming happier all the time
  • He responds to his name and knows "nono"
  • If you put his arm in the sleeve, he will push his hand through. Or if you put the shirt over his head, but do not uncover his eyes, he will try and pull it the rest of the way down.
  • He is finally trying to turn pages in books and will occasionally sit to read an entire book (small miracles, y'all)
  • He loves to pull out all the toys and books, then explore the whole room of mess he has created
  • He loves to look out the window
  • His favorite toy is the stacking cups!
  • He LOVES solid food - his favorite food is beans!
  • He loves his sister and they are playing so well! She gets down on the floor and they crawl around laughing hysterically
  • He can give you a high five!
  • He loves being outside!!
  • He is still anemic, pray that changes soon.
  • See below if you want to know what it's like to try and take pictures of a kiddo who is constantly moving. A ton of them came out blurry










Wednesday, November 5, 2014

National Adoption Monthhttp://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/11/national-adoption-month.html

http://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/11/national-adoption-month.html

Check it out, y'all.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Are you added?

Do you want to be added to our new blog about the adoption? There's a new post up!

http://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/10/home-study-application.html

Monday, October 27, 2014

Changing it up

So this is just an FYI. Because of the sensitive nature of many details of our adoption, I have created a new blog just for adoption details. That doesn't mean that I won't ever post here, but the more detailed versions of information, especially once we actually know more about our kiddo, will only be on that blog. If you'd like to follow that one, send me a message or comment here. I will then pass on the name of the blog to you!

Thanks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

India






We are so blessed and excited to announce that we have been paired with a country! INDIA!

I think I have written about this earlier, but we are using Dillon International and were a part of their Open Options program. While we had some leanings, we just did not know for sure where God wanted us to adopt. We had a hard time saying that one place's needs overshadowed another. This is not to degrade anyone else, only to say that we did not have a clear vision for which country we should choose. We were interested in India which is what brought us to Dillon, but when we saw their Open Options program we knew they were perfect for us! This program allowed us to fill out our application and even our home study application without knowing our country yet. Then, the agency made recommendations to us based on our age preferences, the ages of our children, the special needs we are able to take on, and such. India was the best fit, hands down!

So many things led us to believe that India was the perfect fit for us and the agency just confirmed it. India is prevalent in our lives. We love the culture, history, and food of India so we are excited to incorporate even more of it into our family. We want our little one to have some of their birth country in their home! I have dreamt of a girl from India and her struggles. I have many friends working in India. It has just infiltrated our lives with India and created a special place for this amazing country in our hearts. It seems so perfect, then, that God saw fit to give us a little one from India. Every good and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of lights with who there is no variation or shadow due to change. Amen. We still do not know the age, gender, or special needs of our child, but it feels so amazing to see one step forward in God's plan.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10 Months

Happy 10 Months, Buddy!


Fun facts for month ten:
Weight: 16lbs 12oz
Height: 28 inches
Eating: Every 4-5hrs during the day (although some days he is only doing twice a day)
Sleeping: 2 naps per day, all night
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9 months

What's new for month ten:
  • He is climbing so much and on everything, nothing is safe haha! I love it (but for real, I love it)
  • Pulling up all the time on everything (see above)
  • He wants to walk so badly
  • He is becoming happier all the time
  • He responds much more often to his name 
  • If you put his arm in the sleeve, he will push his hand through. Or if you put the shirt over his head, but do not uncover his eyes, he will try and pull it the rest of the way down.
  • He is finally trying to turn pages in books and will occasionally sit to read an entire book (small miracles, y'all)
  • He has been sick a few times this last month
  • He loves to pull out all the toys and books, then explore the whole room of mess he has created
  • He loves to look out the window
  • He is letting Cal hold him without crying and even reaching for Cal on purpose! (we say that Cal has gone from "peasant" to "not mom" - comment if you catch the reference)
  • He can crawl a little bit now without reverting to his crawl/swim
  • His favorite toy is this rolling phone with a pull string that sings songs
  • He LOVES solid food - he eats for maybe an hour at every meal because he LOVES food
  • He is saying MAMA when he wants me, "mmmmm" and bangs the table for more food, shakes his head for "no", and says "dyadya...aaahdadada" but we cannot tell if he means the last one or not
  • He loves people! People, people, people! He does not like to be alone.
  • RB and him have been sharing a room for a couple months now and I think he really loves it. They are getting along so well most of the time! 
  • He is babbling a lot of different consonants
  • He loves to bang things together and on other things
  • He is so grabby! I sort of, not really, want to shave my head.
  • He is a talker! He has started doing this funny growling sound
  • He loves being outside!!
  • We recently found out our little man is anemic so he is taking a vitamin supplement - we are praying this goes away quickly