I am getting ANTSY. I'm trying not to pin my hopes on my girl passing court on Monday... but I will admit that it's nearly impossible not to! So it's a good thing that I have a lot going on this weekend to keep me busy.
Tomorrow is my oldest son's 9th birthday party- his actual birthday is next Tuesday the 9th- so it's his "Golden Birthday"! He is such a great kid. He prays for his sister every night- the sweetest prayers. He prays for her to be happy and healthy while she waits for us to come and get her. He prays that we will be a fun family for her. He prays that she will like being in our family and that she will know that we will take good care of her. All of these things totally unprompted by his parents! He has the best heart. A few weeks ago he chose a little doll with green hair for his prize at Bible Blast- "To give to my sister!" he explained.
(is he the sweetest or what???)
We are having his party out on our land. A bunch of the boys are spending the night out there tonight in our barn- of course w/ parents involved. But, oops! I had to stay home and make his cake! ;-) So I'll just join them out there tomorrow. It's the perfect place to have a boy birthday party- horses, 4-wheelers, bb-guns, and best of all a big dirt pile that they love to play on. So THAT will be a blast.
Here's his super dorky cake I made tonight:
(it's supposed to be a dinosaur but it looks like a fish... and it looks like it was made for a 3 year old.
good thing he's so sweet... 'cause that cake is pathetic.)
Then tomorrow night we are going to an awesome high school production of "Beauty and the Beast" directed by our good friend. These HS productions are not what you would expect- super talented kids and sets and costumes borrowed from Broadway- so THAT should be fun too.
Then I teach in Ben's class (Kinders and 5's) on Sunday- the last Sunday for me to teach before I officially start my "maternity leave"!!! I have to admit- I'm glad to be taking a break. I've been teaching twice a month (once in Ben's and once in Jack's classes) for a couple of years now and so it will be nice to take some time off. Although I do LOVE that my boys both get excited when they know it's my week to teach in their class- a HUGE compliment! :-) And so THAT will be fun- knowing that it will be my last time for a while.
Then Sunday afternoon I get to go to a shower being thrown for me and my girl by my BFF Kelly and my other "gals" at my church. So many people have reached out and supported us through all this... amazing. And so THAT will be a BIG thrill!
Then Sunday night I get to help Jack make a cake for our Cub Scout "Cake Bake" this week. And so THAT will be... interesting...
So all in all I have LOTS of wonderful things to look forward to this weekend. So hopefully all this wonderful stuff will keep my mind busy so that I won't obsess over what will go on at a court in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday where hopefully the Ministry of Women's Affairs and a judge will find all our papers in order and rule that a sweet little girl... a sweet little girl with sad eyes... a sweet little girl whose smile I dream of seeing one day... is officially OURS and we are officially HERS. That we are FAMILY. And THAT will be a good day indeed.