Memorable 4th…

We are lucky enough to be Skyping with the kids on a weekly basis now and it has been wonderful!  The first Skype date was perfect, very sweet, we were all pretty shy, & kind of overwhelmed at meeting each other.  The next Skype date we definitely got to see some personalities come through!  And this week we took advantage of Wednesday being a holiday and let the kids meet some more of their new family.

It was one of those “moments I’ll never forget”.  Tyler is on the computer with the orphanage and they are getting our kids lined up in the room…I should clarify that they are trying to get our kids lined up in the room, this has yet to happen, they are so busy!  So Tyler & I get on the screen with the kids, while my parents, sister, & grand parents all wait patiently for their turn.  Then the magic happened: my parents step up to the screen and instantly turn into abuelitos.  My sister turned into Tia & the kids got to meet their great grand parents.  It was a chaotic call with people in and out of the screen, kids taking turns calling out “mireame, mirame”, and excitement from both sides.

My mom & dad meeting the kids for the first time

Meeting their great grand kids for the first time

Some funny things that our family got to see:

At one point Daniela (she is the orphanage staff who we do all of our Skype calls with), turned the camera to show us baby girl biting the edge of the table.   Our youngest son definitely took some time to pick his nose.  Big sister at one point graciously shoved two brothers out of the way so she could get her turn in front of the camera.  Our middle son was feeling pretty shy so he found a giant stuffed frog and hid behind it.  Our oldest son got some alone time with us, while Daniela was corralling the rest of the group, and took that time to hug us on the screen!  And after all of this my dad states, “they are going to fit right in with our family, silliness & all!”

Questions that the kids asked us:

What are all of their new family’s names?  When are we coming for them?  Are we taking all five of them?  Do we have beds for all five of them?  Baby girl is big enough to be in a big bed but she needs to be on the bottom, do we have a bed for her?  Are we bringing them new clothes to wear & shoes?  (We asked big sister if she likes pants or dresses & she quickly replied dresses; funny part was instantly our oldest son called out he wants pants, no dresses!!)  Are we really taking all five of them?

I love that even though they fight with each other they are looking out for each other and making sure that we know they are a package deal.  We either get all of them or none of them.  We reassure them that we want, “todos los ninos, cinco” & do a roll call of all their names.  Every time we tell them it looks like they walked into a surprise party, that sweet display of unexpected joy floods their faces!

I hope that your 4th of July was just as memorable!  How blessed are we to live in this great country, the land of the free & the home of the brave…

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, 1814

At the dinnermesa,



3 thoughts on “Memorable 4th…

  1. Elaine and Steve says:

    That is hilarious! As the kids say: Keepin’ it real like a happy meal! Any hint on the million dollar question? We’d really love to hear from you all.
    –Elaine & Steve

    • dinnermesa says:

      Yes, blog to come on Friday :)). Trying to find your email to contact your directly, I’ll see if I can get it from Gladney before she heads down to Colombia.

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