Today is Day 3 of Romaniv Day Camp (if you follow Wide Awake on Facebook I’ve been posting pics) and I’m home on the couch in a semi-reclined position, trying hard not to move. It’s nothing serious, I just tweaked my back at Romaniv last Friday and it’s not too happy at me for continuing to go and lift wheelchairs and wrangle Andriy and stuff like that. So, I’m taking a break today and resting my back so I can hopefully finish the week strong.
Since I’m bound to the couch, per Dr. Jed’s orders, (well, as bound to the couch as I can be with three out of four kids at home) I thought I’d beat the boredom and write a blog post! There is a lot I could say. I have A LOT rumbling around in my brain right now. But I don’t feel very deep at the moment, so I’ll just give you a sneak peek into the craziness that is my brain right now.
*Addy went to Romaniv in my place today. We have been pretty short on volunteers this week due to university exams (booooo). I knew my back needed a break, but wasn’t sure how the team would manage with one less body, so….Addy to save the day!!! She likes to go to Romaniv occasionally, but sometimes it scares her a little bit. Understandably so, I mean, Romaniv scares plenty of adults! But, she really does love the boys very much and tries to stay up on all the details of their lives. 🙂 She is a great help when she comes, it’s actually pretty amazing! She just dives on in with no fear and does what needs to be done. Watching Addy with the boys is so sweet…Jed better take pics!
*We want our kids to be involved in the work God has called us to here, but sometimes (aka, always) I question how to best do that. What does it do to our kids to expose them to such suffering, such darkness? How will this shape the way they see the world? I know mostly it will shape them for the good, but what about their coping skills? How will they cope with being exposed to such trauma? Sometimes I can’t even bear the weight of it. Is it fair to expect them to? We never ever make Addy and Ezra go. Hava and Seth are too young, although they always beg to go. They so want to be involved, but it’s just not safe for them there. I wish we had someone to help guide us through this.
*We desperately owe our supporters a newsletter. Oy. I try to stay very faithful with Facebook updates and blog updates…but somehow newsletters get left in the dust. If you are waiting on pins and needles for a newsletter from Wide Awake…it’s coming! I promise!!! 😉 (another task for my couch-bound day)
*Did I already blog that our adoption dossier has been submitted to the Ukrainian government? YES IT HAS!! That means if it is accepted “as is” then we should have an appointment to begin the in-country adoption process sometime next month! I’m so excited I can’t even bear it. Please pray with us that the government will easily accept our documents and that they won’t require anything extra from us because of our living situation (US citizens with temporary residence here). THANKS!
*Seth is outside playing with the hose wearing Havalah’s bathing suit. Whatevs.
*Seth is going to be 5 next week. FIVE!!!! I don’t know how that happened. For his birthday he has requested hockey gear, a motorcycle, and a bobsled. Ummmm….yeah, he’s probably going to be disappointed. 😉
*Still praying every day for adoptive parents to step up for our boys. Please, don’t be afraid. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.
*Ezra is outside reading right now. By choice. I had nothing to do with it. Sure, it’s a Minecraft book- but it’s a BOOK. I am astounded and a little afraid to blink, hence this magical moment disappear forever.
*Next week we will be hosting our first short-term medical team. Eek! I’m nervous, but excited. It is a team of 4 medical professionals from Germany. They are being sent by Humedica, a German relief organization. They’ll spend every day at Romaniv, helping us to do baseline assessments of each boy’s functional skills with our new assessment tool. The team will be here for two weeks. I hope they will enjoy their time here! I kinda have butterflies about it.
Welp, that about does it. That’s a small portion of the things I’m thinking about as I sit here today. Don’t even get me started with thoughts on homeschooling and language learning and our visit to the US this summer and how our adoption fits in to all this. Multi-tasking, anyone?
It’s a full life. It’s a wonderful life. Thank you Jesus for this crazy life you’ve given us!