Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rantings of a crazy woman...

Today I am pretty ticked. James and I planned on starting another adoption in fall. We started asking questions, talking to the adoption and home study agency. We are NOT giving up because we know our hearts and GOD's heart but SERIOUSLY......Only 2 agencies in the entire state of WI will be allowed to do home studies for China because all the NEW rules & regulations. So instead of a $1200 home study it will be a min of $6800 with the one agency and min of $8600 for the other. To add insult-they will also charge for the new 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, 1yr, 3 year and 5 year visit. They are not sure the charge but it COULD be up to $600 per visit. Our wonderful president has made it difficult this year for MANY to get the tax credit back in a timely manner. He also plans to cut that tax credit in almost 1/2 next year. It makes me physically ill all the kiddos sitting in orphanages waiting for parents and quality medical care. We will figure it out but this is enough to push others away from changing lives. All this craziness is enough to keep more children in their situation forever. It is wrong that the home study and paperwork cost more than the China adoption fee...:(

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Fun....

I love everything about summer and having all the kiddos home.....Sofia has totally lost her preschool look- she looks so0 much older. She is beautiful!!

Lize loves swinging-she could do it for hours

Zach got a haircut-he hates pictures

Silly Sofia & Will's helmet....

Lize loves being outside-it's hard to keep her in

July 4th we spent the day at the park....
Picnicing at a state park

I have sad mommy feeling that Will may be growing out of hanging out at the park with mom & sisters.

At the top of the tower overlooking Lake Winnebago.