I am finding that I do good if I can post once a month now. We have been kept very busy!
Ethan just turned a year old in August. I can't figure out where the time went. He is getting to be such a big boy now! He is not walking yet but getting closer every day. I am ready for him to walk. He is so heavy and it is getting harder for me to carry him everywhere. He is starting to learn what we are saying now. He can't say any words yet but he does know what we are talking about. He knows how to make monkey sounds, duck sounds and car sounds. He babbles and "talks" in his own language all the time. It is really cute when he tries to sing or imitate us singing a song to him.
We talked to David the other night via Skype. That is the coolest thing! If you have loved ones who live far away, get a webcam and get Skype. We downloaded it for free and David pays little to nothing for it in Iraq. It is a neat way that he can see and talk to us and most importantly, he can see Ethan. Ethan is probably David's biggest fan. David seems to be doing well in Iraq. He looks good and seems very upbeat. We will just be glad when he gets to come home. He is travelling right now closing up other camps so they can leave. Their company will be one of the last ones to leave the country.
Carrie is still getting ready for her big wedding day. She is teaching middle school music. I think it is challenging for her but with as much drive as she has, I know she can make it work and succeed. She and Gus are living in the Washington DC area.
Ryan has been extremely busy with band and choir at school. He is doing well but very busy. He is enjoying his senior year this year and his grades are a little better than last year. We are hoping he can keep up the good work until graduation.
Our adoption is at a dead standstill. I can't believe it is taking so long. I don't know what we would have done if we didn't have Ethan in the meantime. It seems as if our China adoption just may never happen. We are still in the long haul but by the time our turn comes up, we are seriously wondering if we will be too old then. Would it be fair for a child to have parents as old as we will be? I don't know. We are thinking still about exploring other options. Of course I will keep you posted.
Dwaine has been very busy at work and I am enjoying part time work very much. I love being a stay at home mom at least part time. We are still doing a little work on the house here and there but no major projects planned anytime soon.
Well, hopefully this finds you all well and healthy. Until later,