Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Back to work...

Well this is my last day off of work since my surgery :( It's been nice to be off for a whole week but now back to reality. And the whole no holding Ezra for 3 weeks thing went right out the window! It's impossible with him crawling around so well now! The poor thing has bumped his head many times and now he can sort of say "ma ma" so when he's hurt and crying and saying "Ma ma ma ma ma" over and over I'm like.. ahhhhhh I can't help it I have to coddle him sweet boy! Well we also need to ask for your prayers regarding Michael's latest plan for his future. Since the whole job search has been such a bust he's decided to try to get his MBA from TCU here in Fort Worth. His application is due April 15th!! So we have 2 weeks to get his essays and applications all ready and for him to study (AKA Cram) for his GMAT. but if he is accepted the military has a new GI bill that will pay 100% of the tuition AND give him a monthly housing allowance for being a veteran after 911!!!! So I am really praying that this is something God has in mind for our family. Of course if now we'll likely apply again next year or even apply for law school but I hope that this is the revelation that we've been praying for. I will miss my stay at home hubby but it would be nice to have a second income again. Especially since I seem to be using up all our funds with my sicknesses lately :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Road to Recovery..

Well I'm now 3 days out from my surgery to remove my gall bladder and I'm feeling much better today. It was way more painful then I'd expected and I've been pretty much bed ridden the last few days but so far so good. Still some sharp pains every now and then with some nausea but overall much better. The worst thing is that I can't pick up Ezra for 3 weeks!!! It kills me!! He just puts his little arms up for me to take him and I can't, I hate it. Six of our AWAA families have court today so please keep them in your prayers. The quicker people pass court and get their kiddos the quicker they can make more matches and give out referrals. Our friends the Semlows are still in limbo with their sibling group of 3 so say an extra special prayer for their family please.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Re-adoption Day!!




This morning we went to court in downtown Fort Worth and "legally" changed Ezra's name from Yosef and now he's "officially" a U.S citizen, or at least he will be once I file that piece of paperwork but we will be getting him a U.S birth certificate. The morning started out with a bang when I forgot to set our alarm, then we're running through the house trying to get us and Ezra ready, traffic was a nightmare, I had to go to work right afterwards so Michael followed me with Ezra and got lost, we get there 15 minutes late, rush through security, rush through the sign in process, then we go into the court room and we're the first family called up
- yikes! Really easy though and kind of emotional. They give each of the kids a stuffed animal afterward. You can see in one of these pics that Ezra got a cardinal with fluffy hair which he promptly tried to eat :). After we were done in the court room, Michael heads downstairs to get the certified copies, and we're done - wheww.. Or so I thought... I go to pay the parking fee $8.00 for both of our cars and I notice.. no wallet! ahhhh, where did I leave it??? I manage to pay the $4 with change but Michael is stuck. I rush home to see if I left it there (we leave 30 minutes away) NOPE, ahhhhh-momentary freak out) call Michael to see if he can go and look for it since he's still at court and he says, "no they let me leave I'm almost home"! ahhhh- this means I have to drive ALL the way back to downtown to look. Call 2 different security guards but no one has found a wallet. Finally get into downtown and as I'm pulling into the parking garage - AGAIN, Michael calls to tell me he found my wallet in a random drawer at home! Thanks you dear Lord and Saint Anthony!!! I am the only one working right now and I just saw all our funds being stolen away... but luckily that's not the case so I can relax. Now Ezra is ours for good and we're DONE!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Lonesome :(

Well both of my boys went to Louisiana to visit family without me :( I have to work Saturday so I couldn't go along. I look forward to going to the movies but I almost cried this morning when I had to kiss my baby boy goodbye even though it's only for a few days. He's just so freaking cute I can't take it!

Monday, March 16, 2009

So my best friend Meena just sent me an e-mail with this youtube video in it and it's FANTASTIC! You guys have to watch this.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ezra is crawling!!!







As of 3/6/09 Ezra Burk is crawling everywhere! It was like a light went off and then bam!!! he just did it! Now we're in trouble! He can really boogie and is in to trouble in no time. I have been working all week so Michael's had his hands full for sure. We're not really appreciating Kim's advice to get a pack and play or a "cage" as Michael calls it. I'm like, "where's Ezra?" and Michael will say, "oh he's in his cage." Can you tell we're dog owners :)
I have my surgical consult on Monday for my gall bladder - YEA!! I'm so excited to get this thing taken out. But I'm sad to see the money leave my bank account of course. Here are some more pics of our boy. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I stole this little blurb from someone else's blog but since I'm just not finding out about this I'm trying to get on the ball. Please take a minute to read through this as it affects not only our family, as we plan to adopt again, but the many families who are considering adoption in the future.


Lobbying for the Federal Adoption Tax Credit:

The federal adoption tax credit has made our adoption much more affordable. And we are hoping it will still be around when we complete our adoption so we can take advantage of it. The tax credit is set to expire in December 2010 unless Congress votes to continue it.

The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213, would keep the adoption tax credit from being repealed, and may make the tax relief measure permanent.

It only takes a few minutes to email or call your senators and congressmen — it’s important for them to hear from families impacted by the tax credit.

Write your U.S. Representative
Write your U.S. Senator

If you have a blog, you can post the widget/button about H.R. 213 to your sidebar to raise awareness about this legislation (see my sidebar) - just cut and paste the following code to your site:

Monday, March 2, 2009

The root of the problem...





So Friday I finally got an answer to my chronic intermittent abdominal pain dilemma. After yet another barage of blood tests, etc. my doctor finally sent me for an ultrasound and though she doesn't know it yet, I saw the ultrasound and could see a quite large gall stone in my gall bladder. Luckily for me I'm a vet and am familiar with ultasonography b/c I called to see if she'd gotten the results from FRIDAY and still nothing there yet. Luckily the stone seems to be rolling around and only periodically gets "stuck" in my common bile duct which is when it causes fever, inflammation, nausea, pain, etc. I'm just waiting for my doc to call and tell me when to show up for surgery b/c I want this thing OUT and done with. As the great Tupac would say, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." :)

On another note, Ezra is doing great. He's sooooo close to crawling forward, he can boogie in reverse no problem but forward has got him a bit confused. Now we can't just put him down to play with his toys on the floor and walk away b/c he'll be across the room in no time. He's clapping now and is just super vocal. He's such a dream and we just love being parents. I feel like I say that all the time but it's so true. We are so blessed to have been matched with him. God is great!

I also ask that you please keep our dear friends the Semlows and Kulps in your prayers, they are still having paperwork issues and their kids have been in the transition home since AUGUST!!! Please pray for this all to just be done with so they can get their kids and start their lives together.