Things have been a little crazy since the post right around Christmas. Of course, lots of snow and shoveling and more, but now we are on to the flooding stage. And we really should put gutters on our house so our basement doesn't flood, but we didn't get to that this year, so if we aren't shoveling snow, we are shoveling water. Next year Gadget, next year. :) (Tolls 1 & 2)
Adoption Update: We are working on getting our last few documents ready for our dossier and we hear the INS Approval is almost ready if not already on it's way.
Right before Christmas Patty's, Mom's doctor found a tumor on Mom and found out she had to have surgery. We found out about this right before Christmas, and then Patty's Dad broke his leg and it's taken a while for it to get better. Mom's surgery was on the 12th and she's still in the hospital. Dad has to stay completely off his leg for another month, so no work for him. (Tolls 3 & 4)
Christmas was also hard emotionally knowing that our kiddo is somewhere without us, his/her family, it felt quite incomplete and just like something was out of place. We pray that next Christmas our family can celebrate together! (Toll 5)
Dane had his first cavities filled December 30th, and we is scheduled to have the rest of the work done January 31st. Not something we are proud of, but it's reality, and it also has taken a toll too. (Toll 6)
Patty was sent out of town for work to Portland and it took a toll with a canceled flight, a rescheduled 4AM wake up for 6AM flight, 12 hour work days and Dane's attitude going South with the disruption in schedule. We are working to put some more structure in place to help get back to the normal swing of things, so hopefully that will even out soon. (Toll 7)
Patty has been fighting with headaches since the week before Christmas, they seem to be getting better, but 100% stress related. (Toll 8)
The dogs have been eating something that has created quite the mess in our basement. (Toll 9)
So with all of these tolls, we are hoping that soon we will be over the bridge and onto a straightaway for a while.