Tuesday, November 11, 2008

concert and stuff

This Thursday, we are part of a benefit concert, that is all about orphan awareness and adoption as an option.

Cool coincidence. The concert organizers, Michelle and Chris, were dreaming and throwing out concert ideas, when they went to a concert on the waterfront at one of our beach towns this summer (seriously, you must visit Michigan in the summer, the beaches and big lake are truly spectacular). Michelle told her husband, Chris, she thought he should approach one of the artists about singing at our concert. Chris said, basically, not unless he got a clear nudge from God. Then the artist, Peder Eide, shared a little of his own story, and that he just returned from adopting a little boy from Ethiopia one week ago!!! Uh, Chris, I think that's your nudge. So, now Peder Eide is going to sing and share his story. Michelle then called us about a day after we made our decision to adopt L'il B, letting us know that she heard it through the grapevine we might be adopting again. Hey, that is one amazing grapevine. So, we are one of five local families in the process of adopting from Ethiopia that are part of this event. I am getting excited, but have to be honest that Farmboy and I are wondering if 20 or 1000 people will attend. We'll see. Ah, another place to trust God. He is ALL about that, I am learning.

On the home front.

We painted CJ's and Jambo's room and the twins had the opportunity to sleep together during the painting. Isn't the drool spot just darling? Oh, and this is a double bed, but they certainly didn't need it.

The twins are now 5!

Can you just imagine how beside yourself you would be if this was your very first birthday celebration EVER and you were old enough to really get it like these two??? They already had two chances to endure, I mean celebrate, a sibling's birthday and were SO ready for their own.

Zgirl just turned 11 and I had the privilege to take her and her 3 friends to the mall and to High School Musical 3. A friend went with me, to make the evening fun for all. This is her own work of art.

Halloween -- Farmboy and I greatly appreciate all the hard work the kids did to supply our sweet tooth when the little ones are in bed. Is this how it works in all families, because I do sometimes feel a tad guilty for all of our sneakiness. Sorry kids, I just really don't understand where the Reeses and Hershey's went, but there are still plenty of smarties, suckers and jolly ranchers.... You kids are SO lucky I don't like Snickers.


coffeemom said...

Great great great! always just love seeing pics and posts from you guys!! Also, LOVE the new header pic. Hope the concert is a smash hit, I'm betting it will be. (and shhh, I go for the Baby Ruths, ok reeses too! snickers have to be frozen...)

still such a beautiful family! Love M

The Roberts Family said...

So fun seeing pics of all your kiddos. Can't wait til your "Lil B" is home with the whole gang. :) Thrilled to hear you get to share about your journey with others!!

emily said...

Seriously cute pics!

Ryan Hale said...

Your story about Peder is pretty cool. Hoping that the concert pulls in lots of people!

Ryan Hale said...

Oh yeah, by the way, you mentioned the necessity of coming to Michigan in the summer. Our adoption group from our trip to China is coming there next July for our yearly reunion. I'm not exactly certain where we are meeting but do know that it is on the west side of the state by Lake Michigan. I think fairly close to Grand Rapids but closer to the water. I think they said they live about 5 mins from the beach.

The Albertsons said...

I cannot believe how adorable the twins are... they seriously keep getting cuter!!! AAAHHH! I've said it a million times, but I so wish I lived next door! I would so be at that concert :). Oh, and buttercup, I just chopped all my hair off. Serious choppage. not as chopped as yours, but pretty dang short. I'll send you a pic soon.
your long lost little sister,

Holly said...

My in-laws are going to be there! Michelle is my mil's hair lady. :D

Audrey said...

Great pics - your family is beautiful. Looks like lots of fun! I am so with you on the Halloween candy - none of mine trick-or-treated this year and we weren't home so I didn't buy any candy. I am really missing it!!

I can't wait to take Zhenya out next year - I wonder what he will think?!

Jodi said...

Too cute! Love the pictures of the whole brood together! What a blessing - the birthday pics are amazing. I can imagine the excitement for the twins. Hooray for them.