They grow..

It's hard to believe that picture was taken just a few months ago. Cadie is much taller now and walking a lot. It's funny how you spend so much time teaching them to walk and then you want to nail their feet to the floor.

There are so many stories I could share with you that I don't know where to begin.

Perhaps the funniest story is the about the cat's water dish. Janet and Cadie have had this ongoing battle about the cat's water dish. Cadie thinks she should be able to play in it, Janet disagrees.

One morning I was getting Cadie ready to go to the baby sitters and myself ready to go to work. Cadie was chattering away playing in the apartment when she stopped and looked at me and said "Don't tell grandma." Then she headed into the laundry room straight for the water dish. I stopped her before she put her little hands into that water dish.

Soooo Ok - it may not have been what she said since her vocabulary is limited, but it sure sounded that way.

Ear Infections...

Babies get ear infections. It happens.  It happens a lot.  Cadie got her second one this past weekend.  That’s when I learned that babies get a lot of ear infection.  I know what you’re thinking, “You didn’t know this?”  When you consider that I was 36 when I got married and 45 when Cadie came to live with us, it’s sorta like this “I don’t know nothing bout raisin no babies.”

So Saturday nite we were up with her, until about 2 a.m.  Finally, we had to say “you’re going to bed,” and off she went without so much as a whimper.  Do you ever think we’re making thing too hard.  Sunday morning came – got up without me.  The baby started to cry.  None of which I heard.  A half hour later, they both came to wake me up.  Janet had determined that Cadie had an ear infection in her left ear.  Being super dad (or super granddad) I quickly leapt into action, and got up and dressed and off to the hospital.  Four hours later, the doctor with his many years of experience, confirmed Janet’s diagnosis and we set off for the drugstore.  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but it took a very long time to get the prescription and get back home.

We finally got home at about noon.  We tried to put Cadie down for a nap, but she wasn’t having any of it.  So Janet, Cadie and I were pretty tired and cranky for the company we had coming at 1:00 pm.  That all turned out pretty well and by 5:30 pm Cadie was asleep and 2 ½ hours later so were Janet and I.

Ain’t parenthood grand.

New Approach

I though I'd take a new approach to this blogging thing. I've always wanted to write and keep a journal. So I thought I'd combine them into this blogging thing.

I also thought I'd try to make this a nearly daily thing. Especially since the whole adoption process has slowed down. We're still doing it but with getting Cadie , changing jobs, and moving, it is nearly impossible to continue with the adoption at the speed we wanted. But as the Bible says "His ways are not our ways". So we just have to continue on.

I know this thought has occurred to others, but it seems to me that if you are pro life, you are also pro adoption. What I mean is it would seem that these organizations that make such a fierce stand against abortion would make an equally fierce stand for adoption.

I'll give you an example the Southern Baptists (I'm Southern Baptist), I took some time and searched there web site for any information they have for support of adoption, and found very little. Of course I'm not going to stop there, I'm going to start writing the leadership of the Convention and see if this is something that we can change.

I think we all need to get on this bandwagon, children can't help themselves.

Before I go let me share a picture from Cadie's first birthday.

So Much...

It’s almost been three months since the last post, and so much has happened.   Janet and I have decided to put the adoption on hold until the end of the year.  I know, I know, it seems like a drastic action, but wait until you hear why.

Well first thing that happened was they raised our rent.  Okay, it happens all the time no big deal, right?  Wrong!!  They decided to raise our rent by over $200.  I don’t know about you, but I consider this a very significant increase.   By the way if we went month to month and didn’t sign a lease, they were going to charge us $400 a month more (not in addition to the $200).  So we decided to move.

Well since we were going to move anyway, we thought “Why don’t we pay off our credit cards?”  This seemed like a good idea since we didn’t have that much in credit card debt and we could pay it off in a few months.

Then the big thing happened.  Stephanie, Janet’s youngest daughter, called.   To tell you about her is an extremely long story.  And I do mean LONG.  She wanted us to take custody of her daughter Cadence Rene (we call her Cady).  Well, we thought about it for a few seconds (if that long) and we said yes.  And a car trip and about a thousand dollars later, we welcomed Cady into our life.  Don’t get hung up on the thousand dollar part, that’s just an illustration of why we’re going to wait.

Finally, we transferred back to the Newport News area.  We found a nice apartment, and just recently moved back.  I’m happy to be back, I’m not so sure about Janet, but time will tell.

I could have told this story in greater detail, but I’m saving that for the book (.   At any rate, that’s why we’re waiting until the end of this year to finish the adoption.  

I’ll try to update more frequently.

Take care and Praise Him Always,

Jim