Yesterday we spent the afternoon with our friend Jodie at the park. Here's a few of the many shots she captured of our family! If you live in St. Louis and are interested in having Jodie come take family photos, let me know and I'll give you her contact info!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Yesterday we spent the afternoon with our friend Jodie at the park. Here's a few of the many shots she captured of our family! If you live in St. Louis and are interested in having Jodie come take family photos, let me know and I'll give you her contact info!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sorry if the sideways smile annoys you, I don't have any emoticons on this program!
Eliot is getting sillier and sillier, of course. Here's a few stories that have made us laugh lately:
*Russ was practicing guitar in the back room one afternoon and so Eliot quickly crawled back there to help. (He's become quite the accompanist in the last couple months) The guitar was placed out of Eliot's reach but he wanted to stay at dad's feet so he sat down. You could see on his face a look of "well then, what should I do? I can't just sit still" and he spun around to find a bookcase he hadn't yet discovered. The book case is pretty full of tons of our books (eliot's are in all the other cases, this one is for our stuff). Out of all the books that he could have chosen I walk in the room to see him flipping through a workbook titled, "Spanish Made Simple".
(Eliot showing off his frijoles go-tee)
*We had friends over for dinner tonight and it was getting close to time to leave for another meeting we had scheduled. We put Eliot on the floor to play for a few minutes while we gathered our things to get ready to go. Russ heard Jon say to Eliot, "Hey, that's neat that you know how to do that!" Hearing this Russ came into the room to see what amazing skill Eliot was showing off to our guest. He stepped into the kitchen to see Eliot with the snot-getter-outter tool(Nasal Aspirator is apparently the technical name for this object) stuck up his nose. We put in in the kitchen earlier to wash it out and Eliot had found it, stuck it up his nose and was successfully extracting hidden boogers. We are proud parents...
*Eliot also goes through phases of acting as though he were a chipmunk. He can hide an impressive amount of food in those cheeks! So during dinner he put a bunch of food in his mouth and after a while (plenty long enough to chew and swallow) he gave us the sign "all done". So, Russ picked him up and took him to bath time. They played and splashed and had a great time. Russ dried him off and came out with our little baby burrito and a funny look on his face. When we asked what was going on he said that Eliot still had chicken in his cheeks from dinner all during bath time. Sure enough, as Eliot started talking to us we could see chunks of chicken hidden there in the back. Even after Russ lotioned him and dressed him in his pj's, there was still some chicken left!! Apparently Russ's chicken was so good that Eliot felt he needed to really savor it as long as he could.
Posted by Katie at 9:08 PM
Monday, August 27, 2007
While I'm working on a way to get it down there safely, let's start gathering stuff to send down for the toddlers/moms. Confused? Read my post titled Antigua along with the comments. Email me at email@example.com and I'll give you my address to send stuff to. I promise I won't go through it and keep items for myself...Once I have everyone's donations, I'll combine it and mail it south! How fun!!! Great idea everybody!
Posted by Katie at 7:18 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I've been dragging my feet on writing this post, mainly because I don't know many of the details. The details I do know may or may not be the reality of what's really going on. Let me explain:
A couple weeks ago a "raid" took place at an orphanage in Antigua by government police. Some sources say it was completely illegal and the basis for the police action is unfounded. The police claim the orphanage was illegally getting these babies and do not have the correct documents to prove that all is legit. The overwhelming conclusion is that this has to do with the presidential election in a few weeks. The current president is on his way out and this has caused a bit of instability with Guatemalan adoptions, especially with the Hague just around the corner.
This raid has caused quite a ripple effect for my friends. Antigua was the town that Eliot and I lived in for over 7 months. The reason we all congregate to live there is because of the freedom and safety it provides. A handful of times we got the chance to leave Antigua and take the hour drive to the city, but the majority of those days, we were hanging out in a 9X9 block city. At one point in my early weeks I remember writing to Russ that the 9 blocks get smaller every day. By that I meant that you run out of things to walk to or see pretty quickly. You run out of restaurants to try or places to take your baby. What does this have to do with the raid?
As if the small city didn't already have it's limitations, now fostering moms are being advised to stay at home at all times until the election is over. I can not imagine. There were days when I thought we had cabin fever even when we were safe to roam the streets and now they are being advised to keep the babies behind closed doors? This may be a small inconvenience for those who have infants, but my friends that are still there have toddlers! What does one do with a toddler in prison? Keep in mind these women don't have an overabundance of toys and books like each of our American homes. They brought the minimum, assuming they wouldn't be here during this stage of childhood. They are blessed to have the few things that visitors have brought on trips to see them, which isn't a huge amount.
I really could keep going with this thought pattern but I'll stop and ask you to pray. Pray first for their safety. Then for the heavy hand to be lifted so that they can again return to the carefree days of exploring this tourist town. Then move to praying for creativity for these moms, that they would be able to fill these lock-down days with activities and ideas that would not only amuse their sweet toddlers but also further their development. Lastly, pray for patience and endurance for these fostering parents. They each followed the call to commit to staying in whatever circumstance to take care of their babies.
Posted by Katie at 10:25 AM
Thursday, August 23, 2007
When your toddler has reached the stage where his milked-filled sippy cup is drank independantly, you still might want to keep an eye on him. Especially when he's into hiding things around the house. That is, unless you enjoy making cottage cheese or solid milk-discs in your home. Then by all means, enjoy!
Posted by Katie at 9:37 AM
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I have a date tonight. With a married man. He's attractive, talented, Godly, and mine. I would love to say that Wednesday is always date night but it's not. We're not there yet. We're going out tonight to celebrate this day in 1998, when we committed to the craziness of marriage to each other. That's nine years. Nine very long years....=)
For a quick overview: I met Russ in college during freshman year. He had long hair and was obnoxiously loud. My first memories of him are not fond ones. From my side of things, he was the furthest thing from my ideal man, I could hardly spend 10 minutes with him without wanting to send this hairy loud guy back down to junior high. I just wonder how often God was chuckling to Himself every time I rolled my eyes at this guy from Arkansas, willing him to go away.
So what happened? Sophomore year I came to school swearing off all guys for the year (of course). One of my friends wanted to date Russ' roommate and asked me to ask Russ to go on a double date with them. I distinctly remember telling her that I would agree to that since there was NO WAY I'd ever start dating Russ. After several group dates, we started hanging out on campus together and he was growing on me.
The major turning point came when I went home for Thanksgiving and was running errands. I was in Walmart and thought of something funny and immediately wished Russ was there so I could share it with him. I literally stopped in the middle of the aisle, looked up at the ceiling and declared aloud, "NO! Don't even think about it, Lord. I mean it! I am SO NOT on board with whatever it is you have in mind..." But I knew Russ already had his proverbial foot in the door.
Before Christmas he asked if he could pursue me officially instead of just random times of hanging out. The more time I spent with him, the more I wanted to spend more time with him. He was unlike any other guy I'd ever known. He loved the Lord, he loved people, his family was important to him, he made me laugh, he was ridiculously creative and thoughtful, and he adored me. After 5 weeks of separation over the holidays, I could think of nothing better than becoming Russ Mohr's girlfriend.
We got engaged a year later and married 8 months after that on August 22, 1998. The last nine years have been incredible. Each year I find myself more in love with the man who I fought with God about. I'm still surprised at how great our relationship is and the way Russ loves me. He still makes me laugh, he still amazes me. He's an amazing father to E-man, the depths of which I'm sure I haven't even begun to see yet. I still check the clock every couple minutes and look at the driveway when I'm expecting him to come home. I still stand up a little straighter when someone introduces me as Russ's wife. I still get excited to show Russ a new outfit or a new haircut. I still get giggly when Russ flirts with me.
Overall, I'm still humbled by the fact that the Lord chose me to be Russ Mohr's wife. I pray that the Lord keeps showing me how to love him and build him up.
Happy anniversary, Russell. You're still my favorite.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sure, you can send me a penny for each thought, but if you don't bother, consider them free. Here's the mind-spill for today:
*Eliot is learning/doing so much more each day! It's getting harder to keep up with him!
*Russ is a great husband, even though marriage is tricky sometimes. How was I smart enough to fall for him back a million years ago?
* Why does 95 degrees feel like a cold front?
*I never thought of using Daisy's back as a track for cars before, how silly of me.
*People that have dark features might not be Guatemalan, therefore I probably shouldn't automatically start speaking spanish to them.
*Eliot's haircut is still a little uneven, we'll fix it later, he's too squirmy today.
*I'm thankful that there will be no dust in heaven. That's not based on anything scriptural, I'm just sure of it.
*Arbonne's holiday line is starting next month. I'm thinking about running a special.
*Next year my very first class of 4th graders will be graduating from high school. Wow.
*Eliot's more obsessed with basketball today than he was yesterday when we discovered where Russ keeps his.
*I'm pretty sure there will be ice cream sandwiches in heaven. Again, no scriptural basis for that, just opinion.
*Spinach in a cheese omelete is apparently a good hiding place. Don't tell Eliot.
*Why does it take me so long to discipline myself to do thank you cards? I promise I'm thankful.
*Starbucks is such a treat! (I do miss my &cafe though!!!!!)
*Music makes Eliot so happy. He is his father's son.
*We need to take family pictures soon, before Eliot grows up while we're not looking.
*I hope all the college kids are getting too overwhelmed this week as they get started on all their classes!!
(Eliot helping cousin Laura with her emailing...so kind!) (sidenote: he's also typing like his dad...)
Posted by Katie at 4:27 PM
Friday, August 17, 2007
After I clicked on 'publish post' yesterday Eliot woke up from a 3-hour nap. Because his nap lasted so long we didn't have time to make lunch and eat it at home before his doctor appointment. So what did we do? We went to McDonalds. I chuckled to myself at the irony of my post earlier that day and the fact that I was shoving greasy french fries at my little man in attempts to get somewhere on time. Thought I would share the difference in reality and ideals!
Yesterday was our first doctor appointment since coming home. Eliot did amazing right up until the whole needles in his leg thing! She said he was doing great and she wasn't super concerned that he's not walking independently yet.
According to the very authoritative Puppy Clifford, love makes little things grow. On that note, Eliot still weighs only 20.6 lbs. He only gained a 1/2lb since leaving Guatemala, even after a McDonald's trip! He's also less than a 1/2 inch longer. For those of you who love percentiles: in the weight category Eliot is in the 5%, in length the 30%, and in head circ. just the 3%. He's our little man!
Posted by Katie at 6:49 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Eliot is in this interesting stage of life where he knows a little bit more of what he wants and doesn't want. He wants fruit all day every day. He doesn't want to take an afternoon nap (which is slowly being phased out anyway). He wants to be with me when we're in a crowded room and he wants to play basketball. He doesn't want to take long car rides and he doesn't want me to work on the computer while he's playing. Eliot may not know that it's inappropriate to "call the hogs" during church, at least not in MO, and wouldn't understand that for a little while so it's up to us to make that clear. (Silly example, I know, but applicable for us!) So, this part of motherhood presents the question that I daily, sometimes hourly, struggle with: Do I do what's easiest or do I do what's best? Do I do something because it works or do something until it works?
As Russ and I say goodbye to a group of kids heading to college this week, I'm contemplative over each one. Someday, probably sooner than I realize according to all the moms I've talked to this week, Eliot will be leaving home. Blah. We just got here! =) There's so many aspects of each of these "kids" that I pray for in Eliot. For many of them I don't have to wonder which of their moms chose what was best in place of what was easiest, especially when it came to boundaries, i.e. health, friends, television, entertainment, education, etc. I also know that this is a part of parenthood that doesn't come and go but is a constant in shaping who your child is and will be. I wonder why we label this as being "the bad guy" sometimes when in the long run; it's clearly the best.
So, couple of conclusions for me this morning:
1. I will choose what's best when I can but not beat myself up when I'm inclined to choose what's easiest once in awhile. I will not succumb to his fake cry and give him what he wants even though it's against my better judgment.
2. From here on out I'll consider myself "the good guy" whenever I'm making Eliot do something that he may not want to do! He will eat those carrots! (p.s. thanks mom and dad for not letting me go to that party in 7th grade even though I threw out every teenage drama queen thing I could think of to make you change your mind or regret it! You were the good guys, after all!)
3.I will pray daily for the influences that will come into Eliot's life that would encourage him to choose the best, not the easiest when it's up to him. I know our influence will only go so far in Eliot's life and that there will be others that come along.
That's about it this morning. I'll throw in a pic of Eliot so that you'll have something to grin at after you read through my declarations of motherhood!
Posted by Katie at 10:53 AM
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Well, the trip back home went 100 times better than the one down south. Here's a couple of thoughts on why:
1. Eliot doesn't like Russ's driving skills.
2. Eliot not only loves Christina Aguilera but loves my ability to sing along with her.
3. Eliot handles anything better with 12 hours of sleep as opposed to 8 hours.
4. Eliot knew that he was going home again. Home. With his puppies and his room and where his dad was. Home.
Posted by Katie at 10:33 PM
Sunday, August 12, 2007
This is my Frequently Asked Questions post. Now that I've been home a month (I can't even believe that!) I've noticed a trend in the questions I get so I thought I'd just post the answers in case you also had those questions!
1. Do you feel like you've adjusted yet?
Yes and No! We've been so busy since returning that there's only been a few days that have seemed "normal" so far. We've only had a couple of days in over four weeks that we haven't had visitors stop by (which we love!) so, we haven't settled into a regular life quite yet but Eliot's schedule is going great. I've gotten back into my Arbonne business in the last week and a half and that feels normal and is helping me mentally adjust a little more. We've been to church, to the S's house, to Russ's softball games, to Target and the Mall, to restaurants each several times to the point that it's normal to be there now. Howver, it's definitely different being a mom in the states.
2. What's the biggest difference in being a mom there and here?
The pace of life. In Antigua life was like the movie "Groundhog Day". It all looked pretty much the same each day and it was extremely chilled out. Here we go pretty nonstop. I miss having all day to really focus on Eliot. I even had a housekeeper in both places I lived in Guate, so even housekeeping while giving Eliot attention is a big adjustment. (So don't look closely at my house for a little while...)
3. What's one of your favorite parts about being back?
Foregoing the obvious, there's a few things that have surprised me. I didn't realize how much I missed singing at the top of my lungs. I only do that in two places, the car and at home alone, and never had that opportunity while there. Weird thing to appreciate, I know.
4. Is Eliot adjusting okay?
Yep, he's done better than me. He's acting as if this is always how it's been. He's always had dogs, a big crib, and been surrounded by white people speaking english. =)
5. Is Eliot walking?
Funny you should ask, he just took his first steps on Friday morning! Then on Saturday night he took 4 in a row already! Unfortunately no one had any self-control and everyone screamed. Not sure how soon Eliot will walk again...
6. Do you miss Guatemala?
Absolutely. The people and culture became part of my heart and I really do cherish the time I got to spend there. A bunch of the 'guatemamas' are already talking about a reunion in 5 years. I also really miss my friends that are still there. I wish it were possible to go see them again and bring a little encouragement their way! I miss the great coffee, fresh produce for really cheap, walks to the park, and the amazing weather.
7. Did you lose weight while you were gone?
Yep, it was hard not to. Living there you have to be active just to live normal life. In 7 and 1/2 months I was probably in a car around 10 times. Not only do you walk everywhere but you are also toting around a 20lb weight with you everywhere. I miss being so active all the time. Also, Guatemalan restaurants don't serve American sized portions of food, so naturally I wasn't eating big portions anymore.
8. How is Sharon's case going? What about Melissa's?
Yes, I get this question probably more often than many of the others! You are all so sweet to keep them in mind! Sharon is back into PGN finally! We are praying daily that she gets approval this time and NO MORE KICKOUTS! She's been keeping her blog updated very regularly, feel free to check it out! Melissa's case is still waiting on a final answer. It shouldn't be long though, pray that it's SOON! Both of their girls are 15months old already! It's getting more challenging to raise a toddler in Antigua, so let's pray them out of there!
Posted by Katie at 8:46 AM
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Eliot got his first road trip done with. Or should I say, we as parents got our first road trip with a baby over with. The first hour was great, Eliot playing until he fell asleep. Then we stopped for lunch and I had to use some self-control not to lose it while Eliot starred at two large hairy construction workers during our entire lunch. When starring didn't seem to be enough, he decided to growl at them. There's something about Eliot's little face that makes even the hairiest of construction workers giggle. Yep, these two men, tired from half a day's work in the hot sun, found themselves giggling at our little guy as he repeatedly growled at them in between french fries.
Then we got back in the car to head out on the longest leg of the trip. We got about 45 miles away before we decided to stop at a reststop to give ourselves a break from Eliot's fussiness. He apparently was not a fan of roadtripping. We were definitely not fans of his newfound hatred for the car seat.
For the next hour, he declared his unhappiness but eventually fell asleep, PRAISE GOD! We made it to Arkansas with only an extra half hour of time added to the normal time frame.
Eliot met a bunch of Russ's family within just an hour of being here. He happily pulled out all the tricks. We'll see how much time we have to blog over the next few days, there's a shimmery pool calling my name just outside the door...
Posted by Katie at 8:49 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
When you have a toddler who constantly pulls himself up, always make sure your pants are securely fastened onto your waist.
Posted by Katie at 8:35 AM
Saturday, August 4, 2007
...and Fisher's mom Heather! Heather and I used to teach together. She was the teacher out on maternity leave last fall that I covered for before leaving for Guatemala. We met our other teammate, Sylvie for lunch and then headed to the zoo.
Eliot is getting more excited each time we go. He's starting to process what these animals are. However, if you know Heather and Fisher, I highly recommend you go to the zoo with them sometime. Fisher is hilariously animated about these animals. He had me laughing the entire afternoon! Here's some pics of our little men!
Posted by Katie at 9:04 AM
Friday, August 3, 2007
Today is Sharon's anniversary. Normally anniversaries are a time of celebration but I feel mixed on this one. Today marks the day that she's lived in Antigua, Guatemala for one year. Let me say that again, she's lived in Guatemala for one whole year. That stretches my mind as I try and wrap it around what that would have been like. We came home after just 7 and 1/2 months and I thought that was an eternity. Sharon and her family, just as we did, assumed they would be home by last fall, so she packed her bags and headed south on August 3rd of last year. She had no idea she would be there this long. We used to joke about being "legends" in the fostering world. She, a legend for length of time living there; Me, a legend for amount of previos (kickout/ mistakes). Of course we should be friends! We were like superpowers!
Sharon was my first friend that I made when I got to Antigua back in November. She was so willing to show me the ropes of how to foster in Guatemala. She was my hardest goodbye upon leaving in July. I miss her terribly and a day doesn't pass that I don't think of her. Whether it's her making fun of my omeletes, sharing stories of our past until we're crying from laughter, walking through town with our babies strapped to our front, or just encouraging each other throughout the yucky process. She was so good to me every time I got bad news. She would willingly go to my favorite cafe for lunch if I needed some comfort food, even though we'd eaten there 4 times that week already. She even cried when Russ surprised me by coming for an unannounced visit!
Sharon amazes me. She is like a brave warrior for her daughter. She has sacrificed so much and allowed the Lord to teach her during this time. Many would become angry and bitter and choose to set up camp there and noone would question it but Sharon has chosen time and time again to live in the freedom that the Lord has this under control. Yes, it sucks but what a blessing to be with Bella during the wait. Do yourself a favor and go read her blog entry for today (she's linked to my blog), it's a blessing to read what's on her heart today.
I can't do much for her at this point except pray. Her case is messy and there's an indefinite timeframe on when she can return to the states with Bella. I'm asking for 28 other people to join Russ and I in committing to prayer for Sharon, her family and their case over the next 30 days. I'm asking that you commit to one day over the next 30 days to get on your knees for this family. Prayer is so powerful and we need to rise up in intercessory for this family. If you can join me in this, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you a date and some specifics on their situation.
Miss you, good friend!
Posted by Katie at 1:01 PM
Thursday, August 2, 2007
For those of you that keep up with the other adoption blogs: yesterday Russ, Eliot and I made our way to the airport to welcome Rebecca, Shannon, and new American Citizen Owen to St. Louis. (my camera decided not to function yesterday or you'd see the pics! Sorry!) What a great opportunity. That may sound silly but I got to be on the other side of the whole 'airport scene' yesterday and I loved it. So, a huge congrats to the new family settling into their new life this week!
As we turned the corner to get to the hallway to get to the gates, I found myself surprisingly emotional to be there. I hadn't thought of this happening! I passed it off as being excited for Rebecca and her family (which I was) but I know there was more to it. Not only are we home, but we're settled (sort of). I just was happily and emotionally surprised at this unexpected chance to reflect. God is so good. We're home and have an amazing story to cherish of how Mr. E came to be.
Welcome home friends!!!
Posted by Katie at 5:43 AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Now that I'm home and all is complete with Eliot, there's some 'behind the scenes' type stuff that occured there at the end that we didn't feel comfortable sharing at the time. We wanted to get home and be 100% done with everything before we shared this part of our story.
After getting submitted back into PGN the very beginning of May I met with a group of lawyers called Adoption Supervisors of Guatemala. They are a third party that has a vast legal knowledge of how the adoption world works, especially in PGN. They have great relationships with all the people in PGN and are comfortable going in and representing cases when original lawyers are not. After meeting with them and sharing information on my case with them they agreed that something didn't sound right. I had stopped getting any answers from our original lawyer and my agency was stuck with only what the lawyer offered, which wasn't anything. It was getting shadier by the minute.
AS (adoption supervisors) can be hired for two levels of involvement. (yes, that word was 'hired' which means extra $$$) The first level is just facts. They go into PGN, look at your actual file and give you all the details. All the dates of submission, kickouts and what each kickout was for. After that they meet with you and give you a recommendation of whether or not they can help your case. Several of my friends had hired them since being in Guatemala and they were all at home, even the messiest cases. Contrary to popular belief, everything they do is legal. Russ and I prayed about it and the only thing that was holding us back was the money. We stood in agreement that when money is the only thing stopping us, we will go ahead with a decision and trust that the Lord will provide. (Sidenote: This doesn't apply to decisions like brand new cars, big TV's or fancy shoes, just the important stuff that we feel led to pursue.) We couldn't inform anyone about this publicly because typcially lawyers and sometimes agencies get extremely offended at the thought of families hiring a third party to finish the job that they can't. Our agency knew about it and was supportive. Our lawyer was not aware of it so we needed to be cautious. He still held a lot of power over our case.
So, after being back in PGN for just a few days, we hired them. Right off the bat they were able to move our case along just because they went in to ask about it. PGN processes THOUSANDS of cases a year so you can imagine the stacks of paperwork. So, when someone is physically going into the building to look at a case, it gets moved instead of just sitting in an enormous pile until someone widdles away at the stack. AS estimated that just that one move saved us at least a week. In PGN there are 3 major desks that approve the file but the actual manilla folder of 200+ papers moves through many desks. The chances of it sitting somewhere for a little while are pretty much 100%. If you hire AS for the second half, they go into PGN and keep asking about your case. They also meet with the first 2 out of 3 people holding their powerful ink pens to discuss your case.
As our case was moving desk to desk, our AS lawyer got a rare opportunity. Having been back in PGN only 3 weeks, we'd already been approved from 2 out of the 3 people. AS went into PGN one day to check up on things and the third person in the powerful line-up (He who shall not be named...) was available and willing to hear about our case. He signed it that day and the next day we were at the 'window' for pick-up. This saved us another couple weeks. At the time of our case going in, the average approved case was taking a around 10 weeks to be released. We were approved and out in just 3 weeks and 2 days. We were over-the-top blessed that AS's intervention saved us about 7 weeks. I'm pretty sure that under his lawyer-ish 'powersuit', our AS lawyer wears a cape of some sort.
Meanwhile our facilitator got banned from the US Embassy (she didn't do a whole lot anyway) and our coordinator quit her job to pursue grad school. The only two people connecting us to our lawyer were now out of the picture. God couldn't have brought AS along at a more perfect time.
Russ and I met with the AS staff several times throughout the process. I was impressed each time with their committment to professionalism and their care for each case. Many times I would ask a question about a friend's case and fully expect them to say "Have them give us a call" so that they could make them clients but every single time they would give me several action steps for that person to take. They truly blessed us and restored my belief in the idea that there are some people in the Guatemalan adoption process that actually care about the kids. They communicated to us a completely opposite view of what PGN was really like, not some horrible group of people sitting around trying to think of ways to delay everyone. Yes, PGN has it's issues but it's not the evil adoption-hating monster we were led to believe that it was. Also, one of the directors lived in Sunset Hills in St. Louis for years and our AS lawyer usually heads to STL about once a year. Small world? Blows my mind, really.
All of this happened so fast that we hadn't figured out a way to pay them. They were very gracious and patient and willing to help our case in the mean time. During Russ's last visit we were in the park meeting friends when my phone rang. This friend from home called me every so often so I didn't think anything of it and answered it. She casually mentioned that someone had just left the church office after dropping off a check for us. This person had just felt compelled to send us some "spending money". The check was for more than enough to cover the entire extra expense. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. We could not have been more surprised. After hanging up and telling the group of friends standing there, we all starting praying right there in the park and praising God for His provisions. He just rocks my face straight off sometimes. I'm surprised I still have a face, to be quite honest.
Posted by Katie at 8:24 AM