Thursday, January 29, 2009

WOO HOO, Do Hague Training........ Check!

Can you see how happy Snoopy is........ Well that is how happy I am too! I finished my Haque Training last night, and I am so excited. I had put it off for so long, because I was afraid of the reading, and the time it would require from me. God guided me through it and gave me the strength I needed to face it, because there was no getting around it, I had to do it! I would have blogged about it last night but I was ready to NOT sit in front of the computer any longer. Instead I danced around my living room...... :) It took me about 12 and 1/2 hours to finish, but mind you there was a break for lunch, dinner, listen to an interview on the radio, a few phone calls, and an occasional I just have to get up! There was an incredible desire to finish, motivation to be done, and stamina to finish by the end of the night, but because of the desire, motivation and stamina my back is killing me and I think my body is conformed to the chair..... lol All in all it had very interesting parts, with much knowledge on the topics and was alot of help to me in understanding what Hague is and more in depth of the process of the paperwork and what is required from us as adoptive parents. A few things that you think of when you go through it, but I know that my Lord will not give me anything that I can't handle, so I go through this journey with a peace and understanding that my God is in Control!!!!!! Have a wonderful day!

"With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will
trample down our foes."

Psalms 60:12

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ice Storm Means NO SCHOOL!

Yes we are out of school today!!!!!! Cant believe it!
So many things that go through you mind when you all of the sudden have you kids home for a day you didn't expect.
I am thinking we could clean, organize closets, or better yet..... Both. But I am also thinking lets make cookies, try a new recipe (will blog about that later), play the WII, watch a movie..... Option B wins without questions. My dear friend also has reminded me that I have some Haque training to do, so I also have added that to my list.

I wanted to share the pictures of my future photographer.... Ashley! She loves to take pictures of nature and storms. She has a beautiful picture of a lighting bolt, and know can add these of the ice storm. These were taken last night, and we actually have a little more ice now than the pictures show. Anyways we will enjoy our day of relaxation and fun!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year to all who are celebrating this holiday. We (The Muellers and The Hamms) celebrated our first last night in Enid at the Imperial Garden Restaurant. There was a lot of people there and I for some reason was very nervous. The people are very friendly and welcoming, I just felt overwhelmed by the number of people. I was called the social butterfly (which usually fits my personality) but last night for some reason that social butterfly was David. He really got to talk to a lot of people and hear their incredible stories. There was a couple of families that I did know and it was good to see them.

I do know that there is some traditions that are done during the Chinese New Year, one of them is handing out Red Envelopes to all filled with coins in them. My girls were much surprised to receive some of the special gifts to be handed out last night.
This year, 2009, is the year of the ox or buffalo. People born in the Year of the Ox are patient, speak little, and inspire confidence in others. Wish I had a little of the Ox in me. lol We had a wonderful time once I was ready to step out of the comfort zone, and mingle. It was a great evening and enjoyed the company, and all though Chinese food is not my favorite I still found food to eat. The coolest part of the evening was all the little girls and boys dressed up in the Chinese clothes. They were so adorable and full of energy. They are all very happy and full of life. What a blessing to be a part of the celebration with so many families around our area, that felt that calling, and adopted and I am really glad to be a part of this group of people and really look forward to getting to know them better!
Also as we celebrate the New Year in China, we 3 mom's await eagerly and anticipate what the Lord has for us this year. We all feel that this is the year that the Lord will bring our little girls (or boys) home. We are so excited and filled with emotions for what the Year of the Ox brings for Connie, Tina and I. Enjoy the pictures, and have a Christ filled day!

Kaylee and Daddy!

Ashley and Mommy!

Kayden, Kaylee and Kenzie, the 3 Musketeers!

Dale and Aiden!

Surprise Gotcha!

Ty and Kolton, looking good in those hats!

Me, Tina and Connie!
Waiting for God's perfect plans!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Living on Tulsa Time!

Yesterday was yet another trip to Tulsa...... But much worth it. We headed to Tulsa for our 3rd Home Study, and much to my surprise I was not nervous at all. This was also the first time for my girls to meet Rebecca and they were not even nervous. ~ I really don't know where i get that from ~

We had our family interview and she prepared us for some of the events that can happen when we are home and adjusting to live with a new daughter, or sister. Of course my girls were pros because I am sure that Rebecca was getting tired of hearing "Yea, we know that because Kayden, Kambry or Kaeleb went through that". Rebecca was trying to do her job...... :) She also said that would really help us through all of that. Then we went and had an individual interview, and she got personal with all of us. It was expected but I still had some trouble answering some of the questions. Like ~ "What would you change about David if you could" ~ I could not come up with an answer. I love everything about him, except that he doesn't pick us his laundry....... Really it was a hard question to answer. We were there for about 2 hours and then my sweet husband took us out to eat. Yummy!

What is this..... We drive for a home study and they end up doing homework..... They are so dedicated!

Ashley doing that dreaded Algebra!

David my history buff..... Reading a book on Beijing Olympics!

Also while we were there we did something we have never done on our own. I am very excited about it and can't wait to use it to its full potential.
My in~laws bought us for Christmas, the Seal a Meal, so we added to it a membership to Sam's Club!

This card will allow us to buy in bulk and store in our freezer that never seems to be used to its full capacity.

All in all yesterday was a great day, one of the few days were I felt that we were actually getting somewhere. We still have one more home study to go, but I felt a sense of accomplishment, and that we are getting somewhere. Our next step: Required Reading and Haque Training........ Have I mentioned how much I don't like reading. I am not going to get down because we are so much closer in this well planed, God willing journey! I leave you with a promise from God on encouragement:

May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say

2 Thessalonians 2: 16~17

Monday, January 19, 2009

What a busy week.......

Hello to all,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We have a very busy week ahead of us. With basketball taking over the week, we will be living in a gym eating concession food and taking out a loan to pay to do all of this.... Someone should examine my head! The great thing about this week is that we will be having our 3rd home study on Wednesday. This does mean that we will be driving to Tulsa amongst all of the basketball frenzy. This home study will contain a interview with our entire family, and also individual interviews. This
will also be the first time for Rebecca to meet my beautiful girls. I am not sure if the girls are nervous or not. I do know they have confidence and I know they are honest, so they should have nothing to worry about. David and I have to fill out a questionnaire and go through the special needs list before we return to Tulsa as well. I am very excited about this home study, and I also will be missing the Youth Group.

Thank you all for checking my blog, leaving comments, and praying for our journey. Please keep my friend Tina and her family in your prayers. PS ~ Happy Birthday Tracy and Amanda......

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Well we survived the 2nd home study yesterday at Dillon......... No really it was very comfortable, and Rebecca is so sweet. She did get personal, but nothing we were afraid to talk about or share with her. We are having our 3rd home study next week on Wednesday @ 5:30. This home study will include Ashley and Kaylee, with personal interviews with all of us and interviewed as a family also........ I was so nervous about yesterday, I think it is because I always have this uneasy feeling that something is going to go wrong. Everything is going right to plan, but I have waited for so long to be in this journey to get our little girl, I still find myself thinking something is going to stop us....... I really should stop and focus on where we are and what we are doing and know that with out a doubt this is where we are suppose to be. We also had a phone interview with our agency last night, went much faster than expected. Karla said I had most of the answers to the questions that most families ask, because I have already traveled to China, and have been so close to the process of adoption that I understood most of the steps and paperwork involved. I will count that as a blessing...... Thanks Connie! :) So all in all yesterday was a great day and very productive..... Now on to required reading and Hague training!
Signing off for now! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wow! Two events in one day!

We are on a roll today. Yesterday I scheduled the 2nd visit for our home study and now I just scheduled a phone interview with our agency on the same day....... Monday is going to be a record breaking day for the Mueller's. We have not had that productive of a day for the adoption in quite some time. Of course I am sure I will be very nervous, so please remember David and I on Monday @ 10:30 and 7:00. I am so excited as well. =) What a day, lets keep this pace up!

You have a wonderful day, Rejoice and be glad in it!

PS ~ Good luck Oklahoma Sooners! Go OU all the way!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you!

What a wonderful way to end the year of 2008, we spent it with family and many friends. It was wonderful to gather at my In~Laws home on Christmas Eve, talking, eating and opening gifts. Then on Christmas Day we went to my aunts for more eating and fellowship. We are so blessed to have both sides of the family with in 20 miles of our home. It makes the holidays wonderful and exciting. This year was a little different for many reasons, 1. Danny having a clean bill of health, due to the miracles of God, we spent this Christmas thinking how different it could be. 2. This will be (God willing) the last year to spend it as a family of 4, adding our precious little girl to this crazy household. We look forward to what this year brings for us with the addition of my 3rd daughter. 3. It was also different because my Grandma was not feeling well on Christmas Day, which happens to be her birthday as well, so she did not join us due to feeling so crummy......... It was not the same with out her there. 4. The girls had a 2 week vacation, which has not been that way in many years, so the time spent together was wonderful. 5. We were able to spend time with very dear friends of our, J & R, and this is a very special treat for they live many a 1000 miles away. We have enjoyed the time so far and look forward to the time that will be given to us later. So many things to thank God for, hope you had a great year as well

Many pictures to follow!!!!!!

Ashley and Kuyler @ Christmas Ball!

Aunt Eileen and Mema
Christmas Eve was spent at Mema and Pappa house.

Aunt Ronda, Pappa, Aunt Doris and Uncle Bart.

Not sure what Pappa is thinking

Lianna, Andrew, Ashley and Kaylee.
We tried to have Andrew lay across their lap, but he is too tall.

Ashley on Christmas Morning

Kaylee on Chirstmas Morning!

Grandma and Papa eating our traditonal Waffles, Chritmas morning!

The Grandchildren!
Kaylee, Amber, Blaine, Desiree' and Ashley

Aranda, Danny and Blaine

Erica, looking good girl!

Girlfriend, we are so much alike....... :)

My mom and Kason, I guess he is wiped out after a long day of fun.

Jason, Jamie and Kason

David, Joy, Jamie, my mom and Amber. This is when we got together with my Grandma

Kason and Kaylee, he looks scared, but actually was having a blast!

Look how precious that is.

Kason and I, Kason had the most energy out of all us.

Grandma Illene and her 8 Great Grandchildren

We have such a blessed family, only one little girl missing!