I've gotten a lot of questions lately that I thought I would answer. Really, feel free to ask me anything. You people have seen me in a bathing suit; I have no secrets!
"How old are your kids?"
Elliot is 17 (yep, I am old), Isabella is 10 1/2, Anastasia is 8, Catherine is 4, Francesca is almost 2 1/2 and Victoria will be 2 next week!
No, Francesca and Victoria are not twins and no, they do not have the same "condition". (doctors ask me this alot!)
"When are they going to have surgery?" What are the plans for their treatment?"
I wish I had a more definite answer to that one! We have 10 doctor's appointments this month, so hopefully we will have a plan soon. Victoria's arthrogyoposis is not progressive, but Francesca's Apert syndrome is progressive. As soon as Francesca gets a MRI we should know if we need to do her first skull surgery right away to prevent pressure on her brain. Otherwise, I am hoping that they both can have their cleft palates repaired at the same time for their first surgery. Then, Francesca will need to have hand and feet surgery to separate her digits. They will also have genetics appointments. Sometimes thinking about all this gives me a headache.
"Why did we want to adopt again" and "How did I choose them out of all the children available for adoption?"
I really believe God picked them for us. I tried for a long time to NOT to listen that these two girls were meant to be our kids. I looked into other countries that had much shorter travel. I tried to put the whole idea out of adopting again out my mind completely. But, in the end, I knew that this was God's will. There were so many things that could have gone wrong, but never did. So, here they are!
"How do I stay organized and keep my sanity?"
Umm, I don't.
"How do I discipline the children?"
I mostly hide from them. They usually miss me after a while.
"Will they ever be normal?"
I sure hope not. Normal is too boring. Plus, if everyone is staring at them, then it means no one notices that I forgot to brush my hair. I am thinking of getting us all shirts that say, "Let your freak flag fly!".
"Are we going to adopt again?"
Well, we feel like we are done, but who knows when the crazy will take over again.
"Can we help you in any way?"
YES!!! Please feel free to come vacumn anytime!
Thank you all for caring!