Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Yesterday was a big day in the Hubler house...a big day for each one of us in our own special way. It was Ben's Adoption Hearing. Everything is official, legally Ben is now our son. It feels so good to have had the hearing and hear the judge declare that we are legally a family. Oh, yes, we've been a family since the day we accepted Ben's referral, it became so much more a reality when we flew to Korea and picked him up, but now to have reached the last step and have the courts recognize it too...well, it was a great day. It's hard to believe that in less than one year from the start of this journey, we are all finished...everything is finalized!
We arrived early for our 3:30pm appt. and since they were running ahead of schedule, we were ushered into the courtroom 20 minutes early. The Honorable Susan Burke swore us in and we had to answer a series of questions, mostly items that were on our adoption petition. This was a very short process, it only took about 5 minutes and then she declared that our "adoption petition has been granted". We smiled and hugged. We are so blessed to be able to parent this little boy. We are so honored that God chose us to be his family. We are so excited to know that we will get to spend every waking day with Ben, watching him grow. We are so grateful that God enriched our lives by bringing him into our family. And we have so much respect for his birthmother who chose to make a birthplan for Ben, allowing him to have a Mom, Dad, and sister that love him so dearly.
As happy as I am for our family, I also felt a little sad inside yesterday. I thought about Ben's birthmother and I hope that somehow, in some sort of crazy way, she will know that he is being well taken care of and loved immensily. I wish I could let her know just how happy he is.
When we were all done, the judge even let us come up front for some pictures. This is one of them.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
~Helen Steiner Rice
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The other day Ella was playing. She likes to line up almost every doll that she has in the rocking chair and then crawl up on it herself and rock everyone to sleep. She thought they might be cold, so she got a blanket to put across everyone once she got up there. Ella was getting so frustrated because the blanket kept sliding off. She said in a very irritated tone "blanket keep falling off, Mommy....blanket not paying attention!!"
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Ben is practicing on wanting to go somewhere, but that's about as far as it's gone. He will laugh and smile as if so proud of himself when we put him into the crawling position...but then he has no idea what to do after that. Part of me wants him to crawl and part of me is willing to wait for a very long time. I know that once he starts motoring around the house, my life will turn very busy...and I already feel busy enough. I'm going to have to baby-proof the house once again as well as go through all of Ella's toys to weed out the small/choking kind. You know, the ones that scream "eat me" to a little baby.
Monday, February 5, 2007
The best thing about having 2 children is getting to witness the bond that grows and grows between a brother and a sister. It's been amazing to see how much each of them has grown to love the other. Oh, there are times when they get upset with each other, but most often, it's a lovely relationship to watch grow. Ella truly loves her brother and Ben truly loves his big sister. What a gift they are to each other.
-12 degrees with a -35 windchill. I can tell that the temps haven't gotten much warmer today as the house has had a chill all it's own.
Well, I bit the bullet and cut Ella's hair. It was a toss-up. I didn't know what to do with all that wild and wispy hair and yet I loved those little curls at the ends and how long some of it had gotten. People told me that if I cut it, then it would look thicker and cleaner on the bottom...well, I'll just clear up that old wive's tale for you and tell you that it's good in theory, but didn't really do any miracles for Ella's hair.
Grandma and I took her to Kid's Hair for her first haircut. I wasn't sure how she would do since she is so cautious around new people and new places. She was such a big girl! She sat right up on the little mini barber chairs with her mini-sized cape on. She was so busy watching Elmo on the TV in front of her and all the other kids in the salon that she was a perfect angel.
The stylist asked me "Do you scrunch her hair while brow-drying it after you have sprayed it down with a water bottle each day?" Hmmmm, I thought to myself and kindly said "no, not really. But what I was thinking was...lady...are you kidding me??...half the time I don't even get a shower...and if I'm lucky to have gotten that, you can sure bet that I haven't gotten a chance to put a comb through my own hair. If I've gotten a shower, combed my hair, and then rolled my hair into a ball on the top of my head and secured it with a fashionable cloth binder...I consider my morning a success. I'm not sure what planet you live on, but here on Hubler Planet...we don't get a chance to spray, scrunch, and blow-dry my 2 year old toddler's hair. :)
Well, $15 can not only buy you a 5 minute child's haircut, but also some funny things to think about as you are driving home while 2 children scream in the back seat. What fun!