Day 1…in the US of A

Panic hit me this morning…what am I going to do with 5 kids!!! They are here, they are staying, I don’t know what to do with 5 kids!   I don’t have a Colombian sand-box for them to play in for hours!  Thankfully God gave me Tyler as a husband & he very sweetly reminded me that the kids just got here & are in new rooms with new toys.  Yep the kids played in their rooms for the entire morning.  My dad, Meme & Papa came over this morning & helped me with breakfast, watch kids & unpack.

We are completely unpacked & laundry was done!  I scheduled a meeting with the school, made doctor appointments, registered the kids for Sunday morning nursery, & added them to our insurance.  During the afternoon while Darth took her nap the kids watched a movie.  There was something surreal seeing your kids cuddled with their dad, your dad & your grandpa.  As if that’s the way it has always been.  After lunch we headed up to the kid’s school & walked around & met the staff.  I wish that I could say that the kids made a great impression & were so filled with excitement that their behavior was amazing & sweet & loving but no we are still coming off of a long day yesterday & the kids were pretty disrespectful & a little bit mean-spirited to their brothers & sisters.  As we headed home we sat on the couch for our first of many family talks…we talked about their behavior & how important it is to be kind & polite.  Then we had our first family punishment…since their behavior was stinky they would be cleaning up some stinky.

Yes friends, we loaded up everybody with rubber gloves & grocery sacks & did our first backyard-turd clean-up.  You will be happy to know that the kids didn’t mind the clean-up.  Little brother would shout, “Mucho!” if he was lucky enough to find a big pile, but they did mind the TX sun after about 10 minutes we got calls for water because they were hot & tired.  Poor kids TX summers are going to be rough!  Don’t worry water was given & hands were washed!!

Cleaning up the yard

Ugh the first of many great poopy-pick ups!

Afterwards the kids found out that some of their new friends were headed over to play with them.  As the oldest boy walked in my boys were awestruck that this big kid was their friend & they followed him like puppy dogs out to the backyard for their first baseball lessons.  Our friends’ daughter walked in & big sister quickly claimed her for herself & pulled her into her room so show her the clothes in the closet, her kitchen & how to work the ceiling fan.  (The ceiling fan is another new discovery for my kids & they are loving it!)  Darth & our friends’ baby had a stare-down that ended in them both blinking to watch one of the dogs walk by.  Needless to say it was a great night.  I LOVED seeing the our friends’ kids & our kids playing together.  I am so thankful that our kids are eager to make friends & excited to tell them about their new family & their new house!  I was also excited that our friends made dinner & encouraged us with kind words & loving on our kids!

Showing her new friend her clothes. Love that her new friend generously gave her some of big sister’s favorite dresses 🙂

Our friends’ son patiently giving the kids baseball lessons

Our dinnermesa is full! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHcrf-rgqDo  (listen to this, it’s true)

How different is our dinnermesa now!!

At the dinnermesa,

Beth

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5 thoughts on “Day 1…in the US of A

  1. Jane Thompson says:

    So thankful you all are settling in. Enjoy Nichols family! God is so good. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us. Look forward to meeting them all soon.

  2. Sharon says:

    It is so great that they already have friends just waiting to play with them and teach them some of our strange American ways. I only wish I still had little kids at home so that we could have play dates and have get-togethers. I love it when we see how God has orchestrated these kids lives even before they were born. He knew the Cameron kids and the Nichols kids would eventually be friends. It makes me wonder why we worry about so many inconsequential things. Keep sharing.

  3. Maria says:

    Hello Beth and Tyler! Many congratulations on your arrival in Texas with your 5 beautiful children! We look forward to following your story from afar – good luck and best wishes – Maria and Bruce (now back in Denver).

    • dinnermesa says:

      Thank you! Glad y’all made it back to Denver safely, we were so thankful to have met you in Bogota, thank you again for your encouraging words while we were in country & for speaking English with us!

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