"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday's Wanderings

We've had a few interesting developments this week so far. Francesca had a routine eye appointment.  Remember how I thought that Victoria had strabismus, well it turns out that Francesca actually has strabismus.  Her eyes only cross when she looks down, but this certainly explains why she falls all the time. The doctor just wants to monitor things for a while, but I am really hoping she doesn't need surgery for it. I took the three little ones to the appointment. Getting them all ready took longer than the appointment, but don't they all look cute!

Someday I will catch Catherine off guard and get a smile. We also got the results of Francesca's sleep study. Great news! She doesn't have sleep apnea, so hopefully, she won't need any more surgeries for a few years!

I took the kids shoe shopping today. Anastasia told me that the most important thing is to make sure we find shoes that will go with her Halloween leopard costume. Target didn't seem to carry any spotted shoes, drat! 

At school, they give the kids clean up chores before they go home. Anastasia's teacher told me that Anastasia suggested that she could be the chore coordinator and assign everyone their tasks. She even designed a chart. That's my girl! All the fun and none of the work! 

As you can see, I have gotten really creative lately in my cooking lately. Don't let that face fool you, Francesca eats everything! 

Victoria said the word "polka dot". I'm sure that will come in handy quite frequently. 

Today I discovered there is one thing I despise teaching: metrics. Apparently, Isabella isn't thrilled with learning it either.

I am continuing to research countries to adopt from. So far, I have it narrowed down, a little bit:

China's waiting child program

I did contact someone about foster care and I was informed that they have long waiting list for babies, even special needs babies. They told me a sibling group of older kids would be possible, but I don't think that is the direction we want to go at this point. 

The answer to the mystery of why all the knobs are gone from the stove. 

Catherine refuses to believe that fall is here. I had to hide her bathing suit, but she was not discouraged! 

Happy Wednesday! 


  1. Hi Catherine,
    If you want to avoid a country where there is little need for the adoption of young (under 5) children and children are often relinquished by their birthfamilies for the purpose of adoption (meaning that children are not sitting in orphanages) then you can take Ethiopia off you list.

  2. I have a friend who is adopting 2 little girls from Congo. Actually, she was legally named the parent of one of them just yesterday! Now she's just waiting on the other. Whew!

    2 of my kiddos had strabismus surgery. Not bad at all, but I'm sure you want to avoid any other surgeries for a while. You've had your fair share!! :)

  3. What a Wednesday! :)

    I am so impressed with Victoria's speaking! Oh my goodness, she has come so far!

  4. How about Uganda?! I don't know how tough it is...
    Catherine just needs to transition to fall a little more slowly ;) My girls are the same way. Audrey strips when she comes home and Olivia wears tanks and shorts and then demands I turn on the heat or shut the windows! Poor, Poor foolish child!

  5. My baby has convergence insufficiency in one eye. I had a very good developmental optometrist tell me he takes a "wait and see" approach with most children's eye issues because sometimes starting surgeries causes more problems in the long-run. I don't know if he would count strabismus surgery as one of those cases, but if you saw an opthamologist, it's worth a visit to an optometrist, because they are less ready to push for surgery, and more willing to be patient.

  6. Just want to throw in a HI! and CONGRATS! about the next adoption. What a lucky new brother/sister!

    We've adopted twice (both special needs). I know everyone has different priorities but for us, the second time, we went with China's special needs program. Because China has been doing it so long, the program is flawless and scheduled down to the minute...2 weeks. This was a big difference from what we expereinced in kazakhstan...8+ weeks.

    Just my 2 cents but I'm sure you will find the right baby at the right time!



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