*got our I-600 back (immigration approval for our petition for an orphan)!!!!!!!!!
*chose a name for our baby girl! (Aida- meaning gift)
*found Ben’s passport after some slight panic and frenzied searching
*twin boys for the Woods!!
*Maddie (age 7) and Hudson (age 5) Lindsey being so concerned about their friend’s little sister being in an orphanage that they decide to make and sale brownies to help bring her home
*incredible donations given to our auction by family, friends, and even strangers… just can’t get over the generosity and kindness of others
*painting party with not such a great turn out…allowed me to really talk with and help the people that were there. Thankful that a great turn out the month before and a lot of RSVP’s for the painting party the month after make up for a small painting party!
*multiple friends continuing to come help trace and cut appliques (and play with my kids).
*$1,000 grant from Heart of the Bride!!!
*dossier stuff put in the mail to Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee Secretary of States
*a referral of a little baby boy from Ethiopia for the Kinsley’s!!!
*Meegan Weaver once again offering her amazing talents to take pictures of some of the auction donations
*a hard week (October 21st-27th) with multiple adoption speed bumps and frustrations with paper processing… that weariness and a heavy heart in the process leads us to greater dependence in the Peace and Joy that He has to offer; the world certainly doesn’t give it
*Getting to attend an adoption conference for FREE (thank you Irving Bible Church- Tapestry Ministry and thank you also for the free chick fil a lunch!)
*for Melissa Jacobson, Josh and Krista Tiller for taking care of our kids so we could go to the adoption conference. (Thank you also, Josh, for making a little boy’s day by taking him to an MSU football game and letting him meet a “REAL LIFE football player on the field!”)
*Stephen and Jenny Riddle and all their help and advice in making the technical side of the auction happen
*my sister’s help with sewing Christmas shirts from afar
*family taking the time to hunt down shirts and dresses for me
*mail with encouraging notes and generous donations
*having to put a temporary stop to sewing orders because I have too many
*$500 adoption scholarship from North American Mission Board!!
*after a hard week… much needed good news on the speed which Aida might come home (if we can ever manage to get our paperwork processed) and new pictures of our baby girl (who is sitting up and getting some hair!)
*Libby saying she wants to "pray for Baby Aida”
And a few random things that have nothing to do with adoption:
*it got cold enough (temporarily) for chili and hot chocolate
*mums and pumpkins everywhere
*double date with the Doley’s and the quickest dinner at Olive Garden on a Saturday night that I think has ever happened (which left time for TGS cupcakes afterwards)
*cardboard boat races
*ran in my first 5k with Krista Tiller
*watching my favorite movie as a child, The Parent Trap (the old version), as a family
*Blue Grove Pie day at the BSM and the blueberry pie that I look forward to all year
*Ben and Tucker and neighborhood kids (whose names are Aiden, Caden, and Jaden) playing lots of baseball in our not so big backyard
*BSM parent’s night out... a success
*Jack-o-lantern pizzas from Papa Murphy’s
*kids in costumes!!