Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Drumroll Please....

We are happy to announce that the grand total raised by the garage sale is....wait, have you ever wondered what a house full of stuff looks like, how about a garage, or a living room, or a bedroom, or a front yard?  Well...Today is your lucky day!
Every surface of our house was covered.

And then we stacked on top of that.

Then we took bookcases out of our basement and put them in the garage to, you guessed it, stack more stuff.

Then we took it out into the driveway

Further into the driveway

Into the yard and into the street

Into the neighbors' yards

And pretty much let it take over our neighborhood!

So what does all of this look like in cash form????


Monday, September 19, 2011


I'm sticking with the last post, no news is good news...Ignorance can sometimes be bliss...

We just got word from the Embassy, they have decided to open up further investigation, which is apparently becoming the norm. :(  Looks like we could be waiting longer than we had hoped and expected.

Please pray for Isaac's cough to get better so he will not need to go into isolation and for the Embassy to process his case and find no errors. Yeah, and let's pray for our family to be patient as we wait through this process.  It's been exponentially harder knowing he's not feeling good.

Sorry to keep you waiting Isaac, but we promise it will be worth the wait.

No News is Good News

So we haven't heard any updates about Isaac's health, but that is good news, because other than the regular 7-10 updates, any other updates mean he has gotten worse and will be going to isolation.  So in this case, no news is good news.

Still no news from the embassy, but this is also good news, because right now it would mean they would want additional information from us.  I have no idea what part of our lives they are not aware of, except how many times a day we use the restroom {in case you don't understand this joke, it's about how much personal information you have to provide to complete strangers during the adoption process} so I am not sure what else they could ask us and have it be relevant to the adoption. ;)

Anyhow, I was reading a blog post from another family traveling home this week with children from Isaac's foster home and wanted to share what we could be looking forward to on the ride home...

"The journey home made the trip to Modor to destroy the ring look like a cake walk. We had our own tough little hobbits.  The boys were really strong."

While it sounds really difficult, we are looking forward to bringing our little "hobbit" home. ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Please Pray for Isaac

We just got word that our little man in Ethiopia is "ill" and is taking medicine.  Sometimes it's hard to translate the reports, so we called and have confirmed that he is not in isolation.  We pray that he does not need to go into isolation, as kids with all serious illnesses end up in isolation.  Chicken pox, Pneumonia, etc.  Which means he could get sicker.  Please pray that he gets better and this is just a result of something simple like a change in weather or something he will quick to recover from.

Thank you!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's Been Crazy and I Love it!

So since we last posted, we have celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, our nephew's first birthday, Dane's 5th birthday, Labor Day, a "Big Boy" Shower for Isaac, and been collecting and picking up items for the garage sale.  I (Patty) also did a quick run down to Portland for my last "girl-time" last weekend and had some R&R. :)

So what else have we been up to...collect and pick up, and pickup, sort, clean, collect, yes, that's what we have been doing!  We have collected items to date of over 35 families, our basement is the storage area for clothing and other "cloth" type items, our upstairs guest bedroom is where we have put the over-flow items that haven't been sorted yet, the basement guest bedroom is where we have been putting our items for months, the garage is stacked up, but sorted and organized, and we have a week and a half to go.  We have raised over $300 from items we have been able to sell on Craigslist, and just picked up some more items are going to be listing too!!!

This weekend we are going to {hopefully} finish sorting, price, make our last pickups, place our ads and get our "workforce" in place.

With all of this craziness, it's easy to see how we haven't posted lately, and we think it should help with our transition with Isaac, because we have about 6 weeks of things to catch up on after the garage sale, and who really knows what it will look like in a week and a half, but then after that the holiday season will start, so it looks to be non-stop until we begin 2012, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

If you have any items you want to donate or schedule a pickup, email us right away so we can get you on our schedule!  Pick ups are ending on 9/20 so we have time to sort, clean and price it all!

Thanks again for all of your support!