Monday, April 30, 2007

So, I walked outside this evening and what did I husband swimming with Gavin in our extra tiny baby pool! Gavin thought it was the greatest thing ever! Are they cute or what..

Welcome spring, wow what a weekend! We worked really hard on the yard this weekend. We spread 19 bags of mulch and we planted our garden. We added 6 bags of manure, yes it was stinky and worked it into the heavy soil. We also planted: Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Lavender, little pumpkins, Arugula (mike's favorite) spinach, two rows of peas, two rows of green beans, brocoli, and tomatoes. Mike also added a better bunny fence, those of you who have watched Wallace and Grommit The Curse of the Ware Rabbit we were attacked by bunnies last season. Gavin thought planting a garden was great! Mike and I were just plain tired Sunday night!

Happy Easter (a bit late) enjoy the album click on the photo for more pictures from our first major holiday celebrated in Indy. We really enjoyed having Aunt Michelle, Uncle Tony and Baby Sam here. We also had a really nice time celebrating with our life group with a fabulous feast at the Oppold's as well as a wonderful Easter egg hunt! Gavin loved it!

New Album 4/07/07 8:36 PM

Friday, April 27, 2007

Amazing News! We received our much awaited and prayed for Visa Pre-approval from the US Embassy in Guatemala. What this means is our documents will be put before PGN which is the Guatemalan court system. Once we complete that step which the timing is not clear but at least 6-8 weeks (most people are kicked out one time, which means you correct something minor on your documents and then resubmit the file) then we can move much closer to bringing her home! Thanks for your continued prayers and support that was a really long WAIT for that step. Eight more days and I get to hold her again. Praise God for his many blessings.

Yes, Gavin tried on Nadia's hat and really liked wearing it while watching his favorite movie right now, I love toy trains. His shirt says word to big bird. Some great things Gavin is currently up to are: singing, dancing, playing CARS all the time ( there is not a nook or cranny in the house that does not have a matchbox car hiding or "night night" as he calls it) He is constantly bringing us books and saying "book time" as he calls it when he wants to read. He is beginning to sing the ABC song and enjoys counting his toys
(sometimes he will sneak a bit of Spanish numbers in...)

This week was quite long for Mommy because Gavin had another virus. The Meabon family needs better ANTI-VIRUS software installed in our home. An interesting version of hand, foot and mouth we presume due to the crazy number of fevers and Mon P.M-Thursday P.M all ranging from 101-104.8. A half of a bottle of ibuprofen and nasty and painful mouth sores...and sleep loss for all.. let's just check the week off the list! We did however have a great time just being home together. Sadly, our playdates were all canceled (of course) Next week Aunt Michelle and Baby Sam are coming over. We look forward to a really fun weekend with just the three of us before I have to say goodbye to my handsome men and Hola to my baby angel girl!

Monday, April 23, 2007

So, it has been 21 days since we held Nadia and I must say that these past few weeks have been exceptionally difficult on me. (as many of you know, thank you for your love and prayers for me by the way..) I'm sure you could try and imagine or bet yet please do not imagine...the pain of holding, smelling, kissing, and falling in love with your child only to give her back and to entrust her to a complete stranger for her every need. Thank God for my faith in him because we are entrust him to protect her during this time of seperation from our family. If I allow it the emptiness in my arms and my heart can envelope my spirit and begins to interfere with my every breath. Again thankfully God is gracious and has placed blessings in my life to bring me and carry me through this uncertain and transistional period of our lives. I have especially enjoyed a short read but deep and pentrating food for my spirit I wanted to share them with you. By the way we recieved and update today and it again said what we knew it would, "File is waiting at the atty's office for the Visa Pre-approval." This piece took 2 weeks for Gavin's process and we are now at week 10 with no idea or insight to when the wait will end. After we recieve this piece our process begins with the Guatemalan Court system which is another long and unpredictable piece of the process. My mother and I leave in 12 days to hold her and bond with her once agin. Although the idea of giving her back and entrusting her again to someone other than me brings me to nausea and tears. I am learning and working to bring "Perfect Trust" into my life....

Enjoy these quotes they have really spoken to my heart and life, I am thankful for a mentor and aquaintence who wise enough to share these insights with me...

The Secret to Responsible Trust is Acceptance.

Not only did Job worship, He accepted what God had sent into his life. That is wisdom. That is perfect trust.

I don't have to defend or explain the will of God. My job is simply to obey it.

I Gird myself today with the power of God:
God's strength to comfort me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to lead me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to Protect me...

__St Patricks Breastplate

Anxious literally means to be "divided or distracted" That gnawing thought is pulling your mind toward it so that you can't give yourself to the thing you need to do.

Jesus spoke about being anxious and referred to it 6 times in 10 verses on the sermon on the mount: Don't be anxious for tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself.

When you worry about what you don't have you won't be able to enjoy what you do have....(my personal favorite quote, completely cuts to my heart)

Since He took care of our greatest need at Calvary by giving us Christ, then you can be sure He will take care of everything else He considers important for us.

Faith is like lighting the torch that passes from one person to the next. You can't light the torch of another if yours isn't burning..(so true!)

Tell God All that is in your heart, as one unloads one's heart, its pleasures and its pains, to dear friend. -Francios Fenelone

Trusting God doesn't alter our circumstances. Perfect trust in Him changes Us. (such a simple concept yet so hard to truly accomplish at times)

When we do embrace God's soverignty, we find that confidence increases, insecurities fade, worries decrease, and calmness replaces striving. (I am so ready for confidence, security, peace and calmness in my heart)

Our All-wise, All knowing God reigns in realms beyond our comprehension,
to bring about a plan that is beyond our ability to hinder, alter, or stop.

Excerpts taken from "Perfect Trust" by Charles Swindoll
I wonder and pray when God will reveal his plan for our lives but I am also daily releasing my trust and my faith to him as we continue this wild and unpredictible journey. There is comfort though knowing that I cannot hinder, alter, or stop the plan and that he already knows will unfold in each of our lives. I am learning so much about myself and who I want to become in Christ through this process. I am thankful the many blessings that are intertwined in this process...

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Easter Eggs!

This morning Gavin embarked on his first easter egg coloring experience with his Mommy, Daddy, and Uncle Tony. He stirred the eggs and talked about all the different colors, his favorite being BLUE! Check out the pics of Gavin coloring his eggs.

Easter Eggs

Monday, April 02, 2007

Today is April 2nd, we have had a great week with Nadia here in Guatemala. Today is the day that Melissa and I did not want to come, the day we have to give her back to her foster mother. We have a new trip planned to come back in less than a month, so that makes it a little easier.

Here are some new pictures from yesterday, we spent most of the day at the pool and Nadia loved swimming with Mommy and Daddy. Click on the big picture to go to an album of more pictures.

We will be leaving for the US on Tuesday morning and will be back in Indy late Tuesday.

April 1, 2007