How do you know that Beth is tired? Tyler´s doing the blog. We joked that the grammer might be a little better, but it might not tug at your heartstrings as much.
Today was La Casa´s 70-Year celebration, and we needed to be there as good ambassadors of the USA as well as our adoption agency, Gladney. La Casa is an amazing place, and we were eager to ¨grease the skids¨ for future families that want to adopt. The only
problem challenge is, we have five kids (that we have known less than a week) that we have to keep still, quiet, and clean for five hours. I had about fifteen heart-attacks and was legally dead for about five minutes, but I have to say, our kiddies did so well. There were a few tantrums, and orange cracker dust got on the girls´pretty white dresses, baby girl had a major blow-out, but God blessed us with a lot of grace and we were able to get through it. Beth has her Swiss-Army mommy-bag stocked with toys, dipers, and wipes, so that helped a lot.
Once we got back at the house, we definitely had some issues, but it was mainly because the kid´s schedule was a little out-of-whack (i.e. we ate lunch at 3:00 pm). The middle son didn´t get to go to the park because he didn´t want to follow instructions, Darth bit Beth, and our youngest boy was curious if Papi would follow through when he said, ¨No mas¨to throwing toys. Don´t worry, Papi stayed strong (insert evil take-over-the-world laugh here).
Also, Tia Lauren is gone. She left at about 7:00 pm as the kids were going to bed. We are officially working now without a safety net. I´m praying that our Spanish will be good enough to get by. We are communicating Spanglish with the kids fairly well, but it´s other people (at the grocery store, the bakery, the doorman at our apartment, etc.) that I am worried about. I at least know how to say ¨My Spanish is not very good,¨ but that´s sort of a conversation ender instead of a conversation starter. Oh Lauren, we miss you already!
The real reason I´m doing the blog tonight is that Beth´s mom just got here. She´ll definitely be our fire putter-outer over the next few weeks. She got here at about 9:15 pm, and while she didn´t officially meet the kids, she got to peek in on them. They´re not in those little plastic tupperware things at the hospital, but it was a little like seeing a newborn for the first time when they are all asleep in their beds in a row. Abuelita is definitely a proud grandmother! My mom will be coming in about seven days.
Tomorrow will mark one whole week as being a family of seven. I´m amazed to see how far we have come in such a short amount of time. This place was like ¨Lord of the Flies¨that first day. Fortunately God gave us a few moments through that day to ease the stress (it cracks you up when you see your little girl take a dump with sunglasses on while making grunting noises). Today, I needed to help Beth in the bathroom, and I left our oldest boy in a room by himself to come to her aid for about two minutes. The first day, that would have been enough time for him to set the place on fire, eat a whole wheel of cheese, and organize a mob. Today, none of those things happened. Progress!
Beth has said this many times, but please know how grateful we are to have so many prayer warriors at home interceeding on our behalf. As we debriefed tonight, we definitely agreed that we are no longer afraid. We know this is hard, but with God´s help, we know we can do it. Way to go for helping put Satan´s team on the defensive! We´re super humbled to be blessed by God through all of you.
At the dinnermesa,