Friday, May 29, 2015

Edith: 21 Months Old

Edie is 21 1/2 months old. She has a full-blown personality now and I'm just smitten with this girl. She gives me the best snuggles and kisses. She has the best belly laugh and loves to wrestle and be tossed around. She climbs on EVERYTHING. When we had a kitchen table she was always climbing on it.

Edie is definitely a mama's girl through-and-through. For a few weeks I put her in the UCP daycare on Mondays so I could work, and she always had a rough time. When I was out of town for a wedding a week ago, she snuck two pacis into the waiting room with her Dada and Israel when he went to therapy.

Edie waves bye all day long and says it with two syllables "bah-ahh" so we are going to have to work on that southern accent! She loves to drag Israel's backpacks from room to room. She will fill bins with toys and dump them on her head.

Edie LOVES water and making messes. She's currently obsessed with toilets and will put anything in them. She loves using cups in water and painting with water. We took a cup to the pool the other day and she was thoroughly entertained.

The other day on a trip to IKEA she fell asleep in the Ergo and it was the sweetest thing! I miss having little baby-wearing babies. She still gets a paci at nap and at night, and does pretty well without it during the day. I'm not going to attempt to lose the paci until we are settled after our move.

Edie loves using utensils! She's a picky eater in general but loves fruit and carbs. She wants her milk cup all the way full. If she takes a few sips she will ask for more, even if there is milk still in her cup!

Edith pulled this empty drawer out and sat in it all by herself:

She always runs to hug Will as soon as he is home from work, and will bang on the window when she sees him drive up so that he sees her.

Edie isn't very chatty but she does sign "more" and "all done." When she doesn't get her way she can throw a massive tantrum with real tears in about half a second. It's quite impressive actually. She loves her dog-dog and to read books.

Edith LOVES to "clean" and to organize. She is so systematic in the ways that she will take things out of cabinets and line them up. She loves things to be a certain way.

She has been a very great little sidekick. She's a great shopper and generally easy to run errands with. She will hold my hand when we walk around, and she typically likes to sit in the big part of the shopping cart and stand up holding the sides. She loves to stack cans in the cart and organize what I'm buying. She will hand me items to put on the check-out belt.

This girl loves to play hard and sleep hard. If you tell her it is "night-night" time then she will run for the stairs. She loves to sleep! The other day I was packing and had her in front of the TV, when I went to get her to put her down she was already asleep on the floor. She loves her naps and will nap from 2-3 hours each day. She also goes to bed around 7 and will sleep until 7 am!

Edith LOVES being outside and exploring. She was really confused when we got rid of our swingset and we found her wandering out to where it was a few times, because she wanted to know where it went. Edith is really sneaky and quiet. If you call her she won't come running or reply. Most of the time if I don't know where she is, I can find her in my bathroom standing on the sink trying to brush her teeth, or playing with q-tips.

I love you Edie Pete! You're my sidekick and you bring me so much joy!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Trip to NC (early May)

At the beginning of May we went to North Carolina for a quick weekend trip to visit with family before we moved. We went to the Hand's On museum in Hendersonville and had a picnic outside.

We went to a park with all the kids in Marion.

My sister took some fabulous pictures for us. We got to meet John Mark's new girlfriend!

It was a great little trip and I can't wait to see my family again in a week!

Gotcha Day Party - 3 Years Home!

A few weeks ago we had a little impromptu Gotcha Day party. We did the same thing last year, and it was a lot of fun!We had some college students and close friends over for dessert.

We are SO thankful for all of the people who have been in our life and who have been our support over the last several years- while we were waiting for Israel and since he has been home. It takes a village to raise a child, and our village has been so instrumental in loving our boy.

Love these special memories with special people! And we are SO, SO thankful for our Israel Biruk, who makes life fuller, sillier, and louder! We would not be the people we are without this boy who has changed us so much!

PS. Gotcha Day 1 Year Home, Gotcha Day Party 2 Years Home.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2.5 Weeks until the Move!

Our days in the South are dwindling, and we are busy, busy, busy. Last week Will and I spent 6 days apart. He was in NYC from Monday - Wednesday on our apartment hunt, and I was in Tuscaloosa from Thursday - Saturday for a wedding. I thought I'd update on a few important things going on with us, especially because so many of you have been praying for us and checking in (which means so much!)

1. Apartment: We found an apartment! We put a deposit down with a broker, but Will has to fly back up next week to sign the lease. He compared his apartment hunting experience to a Seinfeld episode. He saw about 15 apartments and we narrowed it down to two options. We ended up going with an apartment that I LOVE (3 bedrooms in a PERFECT location) but it is on the second floor and does not have laundry. At the end of the day, we figured out we were going to have to compromise on a few things and there wasn't a "dream apartment" with all of my non-negotiable items, unless we were willing to pay way too much. With that said, I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY excited about the one we got! I'll post pictures when we move in. 

2. Israel's School. So, pre-k applications closed in NYC a few weeks ago, and I have heard a lot of conflicting information about what I need to be doing right now to get on a waitlist or beg for a spot somewhere. I was given instructions to call each school to see if they are handicap accessible. There's a cute little pre-k only 2 blocks from our apartment, but it is on the second floor. Anyways, long story short - after talking with about 6 people over two hours, I learned that I can't do anything in advance. Once we get to NYC we can drop off all of Israel's IEP/School stuff from Alabama, with our proof of residence and then we will be assigned a placement officer after he is re-evaluated. So keep praying for this! It's a different world in NYC and the system is really complicated. I'm hopeful that he can still get in a preschool somewhere, but if not he will at least get therapy services. I NEED this to happen! :)

3. Fundraising/Support. We are making progress thanks to the generous partnerships from our friends and a few churches. We are believing BIG in God's faithfulness to provide for our needs. (Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out our website). 

4. Packing Up. Packing is coming along! I've been majorly purging stuff for the last few weeks, and we are having another yard sale this weekend. After that, I'm calling a local thrift store to pick up the leftovers!! I've had a few people come over to watch the kids so I can focus on packing, and that has been a tremendous help. 

All in all, we are getting really excited about the move and this next season. Of course, I cried today when I dropped Israel off at daycare because I love UCP so much and I can't imagine those wonderful people not being a part of our life every day anymore!! I'm trying not to think about the people and places we are losing but thinking that we are GAINING more friends/stand-in family. We already have a trip planned back to Alabama this fall for a wedding, and we have some friends who have scheduled a visit up to us this summer. We know this is not good-bye, but "see ya!" and that makes it easier. Ready or not...we are Brooklyn bound in less than 3 weeks!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

This year for Mother's Day my husband OUTDID himself!!! He gave me a night ALONE at a beautiful local Bed and Breakfast hotel. He came home on a Tuesday night and sent me out the door. I went to the grocery store, got some ice cream and headed to check in.

I read a book by the pool, watched cable TV (The Duggars and Married at First Sight), read a book, and enjoyed the ice cream. I got to sleep through the night!!!! (One of my children does not sleep through the night so I'm up several times a night with that child). I was able to take a bath that night and a long shower in the morning... uninterrupted and not rushed. PRAISES!!!! I even had about an hour of reading my Bible and praying. What a treat!

In the morning Will dropped Israel off at school and he and Edith came to eat the fancy breakfast with me. It was so special. I checked out around 8:30, so it was just a quick "getaway" but so, so refreshing. I posted about it on social media and all the mamas I know gave their support that this was indeed a great gift!

For the actual day of Mother's Day, Will got me flowers and a beautiful letter. I'm so thankful for a family that is worth serving all year long, and that he led the charge to make me feel loved and special. 
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