Just when we thought that our plate was full in life, God dished us up some dessert!




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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just life...

              

My little musician. For the most part, we could watch him all day long.




 
He is just a little entertainer who likes to play the crowd.

We got a trampoline. Dan doesn't know yet:) I figured it was a good way for the boys to get some good indoor activity. This is Stas' idea of the trampoline. Hasn't figured out the jumping yet. Soon. He learns the physical stuff very quickly.

Ricky has the jumping down. I must say, I am happy that he so kindly gives Stas a turn. That is progress. Trust me!

I am working on a video to send to the director of the orphanage in which we adopted. It's pictures of all of the kids that I know that have adopted from that particular orphanage, RR and non-RR, put to music. It has been a putsy project as I am doing it in English and Russian. I will be very satisfied when it is finished :-) And burned on a DVD!!! And in the mail!! Gone!!

Speaking of "just life"...my oldest two kids went to the March for Life in Washington D.C.....I'm so glad they went. They were exhausted but they heard lots of great speakers and are certainly more enriched in their concern for the respect for human life.

Blessings to you all....sorry I am so bad at posting these days. Life is busy.

Keep a little girl named Sonia in your prayers. She has Down syndrome and lives in Haiti. She is an orphan and needs immediate heart surgery. Many hospitals are considering but none have committed. Probably an AV Canal defect. She needs your prayers.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What do you see?



Oh, this video was hard to watch. The children in the orphanage are so beautiful! Every one of them. Withered limbs from lack of use....bones. Unable to reach out for touch...fearful. Grasping for touch...absorbing. They must dream...those who can. I can only hope that the others love the world they live in and they see Jesus' face in everyone....everything...in their innocence. That they feel loved, somehow. Some look so lost....empty. I don't think I can visit kids in an orphanage again. I don't think I could leave it without leaving a huge piece of myself behind. Once was hard enough.

I will post pictures soon of the little boys. My third child turns 14 tomorrow!!! Pray for Ricky---please! He has been really sick. You name it. Stomach bug, Respiratory bug, and strep. Miserable!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Have I told you lately....

...that I LOVE him?
Concentration
Oh my, I love that little Stas! Yes, of course, I love all of my children. I was making a video yesterday for a fundraiser for a Ukrainian based organization called Chalice of Mercy. I was digging more deeply into our adoption pictures and videos archives to piece them into the song When love takes you in. Of course, the words to the song can make me cry pretty easily anyway, but putting my Stas and all of the faces left behind into the video....oh. That's tough.

But, in this process, what I got to see was how much he has changed in a 1/2 of a year.

Just this morning, as I was putting my shoes on, I signed "shoe" and he signed it back to me. Sometimes when you ask him to sign a word he gives you all of the ones he knows--okay--there are only a couple, but he just started and he's picking them up. He signs food/eat, more, shoes, wind (there's a necessary one! Snow or cold will have to be our next!), and good-night (he blows kisses). He is all of a sudden, looking me in the eyes, really locking eyes to see what I am teaching him when I sign something. That is just the beginning. But to think that he lived in a crib, likely heard nothing/little for a VERY long time prior to his pe tubes, so didn't know any language and then some people (not just any people---his family) brought him to a foreign land and spoke the same language that all the grown-ups in Charlie Brown's world spoke. That's a lot for a little boy.

Stasi wakes up happy and quiet. He sits in his crib with very little sounds. His whole body wriggles with glee when I retrieve him. He puckers for a kiss and smiles and bounces the whole way down the stairs. He breaks from my arms to get to the floor to see what he can disrupt. Really, his goal, to find something that makes noise....usually. He works his way to the kitchen where his immediate task is to see which cabinet I forgot to lock. Charges for it. I charge sometimes more quickly. If that musters up no rewards, he works his way to find out which other drawers or cabinets don't have duct tape. The silverware drawer is almost always available. Then he scans the 8 inch perimeter of the counters to see if anything of interest is in reach...aaaah. He is a busy boy. He does it all with joy. How do you get mad at that? Who needs all those casserole dishes anyway? I do worry about him pulling something hot off the counter or stove. Must always be on guard.

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE him? I can't get enough of him! Really! He is precious to us.

Ricky likes him a lot more and I think even loves him. He looks after him. This is sort of sad, but, Ricky probably has the most authority over Stas. Yes. When Dan really wants Stas to stop doing something, he has been known to sick Ricky on him. Ricky will approach him, saying "Dots, NO" and Stas backs off. This fear goes back to Ricky's lack of kindness (jealousy) for the first few months after him coming home. There is much less of that.

Stas is eating well with finger-feeding and when he rejects the finger food I usually mush it up, add applesauce and feed it to him with a spoon. He drinks Vanilla Instant Carnation Breakfast mixed in milk in a regular old Tupperware sippy-cup. He holds it himself, but I'm really not supposed to let him because I need to do this little maneuver to help him retract his tongue. He does retract it when i do it, but it's just easier when you are busy to hand it to him. He takes iron drops three times a day for a significant iron deficiency.

He's running all over the place, very little crawling anymore. He loves when he knows/thinks he is getting in the car or going outside. There is no stopping him. He loves school and therapies, but has been sick too darn many times :-(

He leaves his glasses on sometimes. I forget to put on them on sometimes.

He's playful and just plain old cute!!! Have I told you lately that I love him? Oh, I do. We all do!

Let's see if I can find some pictures after all this rambling.......



My little postmen.

This is what family is all about!

Our Stas-proof Christmas tree.....Do you know how easy that was to take down? My kids were NOT happy. I told them they will always remember this Christmas because of it!!!

I think I'll defer to Ricky for the gift opening...I think that is wise.

Ignore the mess behind Ricky....his Christmas sweater.

Family pictures are IMPOSSIBLE!!!


Charlie!

It was an UnderArmour Christmas for the big boys.

Pretty Lizzy

Yay, a sweater.......


Maggie!

Outta my way Dots!

My turn

"Grapes" in sign language.

Loves twinkling his fingers on this keyboard...and the piano

Slam dunk for Stas

You see the trouble here??

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A friend needs some help...



International adoption isn't really known to be easy. For some it is harder than others, for various reasons. The cost is a heavy burden for most families. Certainly God calls people to rescue His children, but not with ease. It is difficult to watch people work so hard to come up with funds. So often, people talk about how God provided. He led them and the funds were there just as they needed them, and not a minute earlier....miraculous perhaps. One can also see where fear sets in...

http://5cajuns.blogspot.com/2011/01/god-if-youre-listening.html

If you are able to help my blog friend who is going to get Paisley (formerly Valeria on RR) from Eastern Europe, won't you please?? Let her know you are praying for her also! Paisley is gorgeous isn't she. She needs her new family to get her as soon as possible.  Please, if you can help, I urge you to do so. Go to: http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsortam
and you can add to her grant via paypal or you can write a check (note The Tam Family somewhere) and send it to:
Reece's Rainbow
P.O. Box 4024

Gaithersburg, MD
20885


Make the check out to "Reece's Rainbow". It is tax-deductible.

I can't thank you enough! Certainly God's reward is generous!