Sunday, December 28, 2008
Below is the beginning of our family.
Samuel and Mommy on December 28th, 2005
Samuel in Nepal 2005
In honor of the third anniversary of us becoming a family, I am reposting the video of two becoming three. We are and will always be so thankful for our beautiful son. As he continues to grow and bless us, we will always remember this special day in December of 2005.
Monday, December 22, 2008
So on a snowy weekend we went in search of our tree. First we had to get Samuel to actually walk through the snow and not crawl (slows the process down just a little, not to mention the moose poop that is out there). Then we tried our best to find a tree that didn't look like a Charlie Brown tree (with no avail). Yes, I am doomed to a Charlie Brown Christmas once again. You can see straight through the tree, but it is pretty! I picked out the tree this year and Sam and Andreas cut it down. (the pictures below and in the reverse order, but enjoy our adventure).
Andreas accomplished the cutting and tying it to the car.
Sam and Andreas cutting the tree.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Lover of your people;
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Samuel has just finished his first semester of pre-school. He goes 3 days a week for 3 hours. His Swedish is definitely better, but of course he is picking up things from the other kids. We do not allow weapon toys in the house nor does he watch violent films, but Samuel builds guns and swords and his lego men fight all the time. Today when we went to the toy store he started playing with the guns and when I asked him why he liked the guns he told me that they were to kill the bad dinosaurs!? What in the world? Somehow it just happens!!! He is all boy.
Of course while in the toy store he also asked me for every toy that wasn't pink (according to him pink is ONLY for girls). So now we are also trying to find a way for him to enjoy the gifts, but realize that the celebration is for Jesus. Not very easy in this consumer's world. However, he is so sweet when we talk about Jesus's birthday and he insists that the 24th pocket on his advent calendar is a gift for Jesus and not him.
I hope that you enjoy the pictures below. We miss you all, especially during this time. Know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. And like Prof. Lauter always told me, I am sucking it up, and serving Jesus.
Crazy boy! Need I say more?
For his birthday, Nonna (my mom) bought Samuel his own computer (kids of course). He likes to pull it out on the coffee table and act like he is working like Pappa. I love his little feet on the shelve under the coffee table. He is so funny.
Our church in fall.
We have a wonderful canal that runs through the town. It empties into a very large lake on the edge of town. It really makes the town feel quaint.
Hamming it up with his gifts during his Swedish/Nepali birthday party
Looking very Nepali and handsome.
Mommy and Samuel looking very Nepali at the Nepali restaurant.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I have added a few pictures below. I had to get the pumpkin in at the end also. There are some traditions that have to stay even though you are in a foreign country and I love carving pumpkins (even though my Aunt Judy is way better at it than me).
We miss and love you all. God bless you and know that we are thinking and praying for you.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It is so cool that 3 different countries and one Wonderful, Amazing Savior are all represented in this picture. Ellie (Albania), Samuel (Nepal), me (USA). Jesus brought us all to the place where we could be together. I pray that we can always show people that it is Jesus who made the joy of adoption real for us all.
The center of attention
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We can see who is the center of attention and loving it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We are all well and have had 3 home study visits to this point. The actual home visit will be on Friday. I am very excited to have that started (as we have been trying since January). Moving into Alingsas has made all the difference in the world. Don't get too excited, we will probably not be picking up a child for another two years or so, but I am still happy to be moving forward.
I miss you all and will be blogging for you soon.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
By the way if anyone calls tomorrow to talk with Samuel, please don't tell him it is his birthday (we are celebrating next week when Andreas gets here).
Blessings to all,
Monday, September 01, 2008
It is Laurie this time. I have really missed these posts, so here I am. No pictures this time, I will try another day to do that.
I am still in the States. Samuel is doing well and enjoying having other kids around. Unfortunately he is also learning how to fight like a sibling. It has been interesting. It has been easy to step back into the role of Nanny. The kids are still wonderful and I have enjoyed my time with them. This time will also solidify this wonderful family in Samuel's memory. Tomorrow is Labor Day in the States, so everyone is off. It is also my mother-in-laws birthday and Tom Velie's birthday. So to the both of you Grattis and Happy Birthday.
Please pray for all the folks who have had to evacuate the Gulf Coast, and all those who decided to stay. As Hurricane Gustav follows just about the same path that Hurricane Katrina did 3 years ago. After living through Katrina and seeing the aftermath, I have a better understanding about what is happening and what will happen. It is devastating and hard to recover, but praying for them is incredibly important.
Please also pray for Andreas. It has been hard for him to be alone and to do all that needs to be done while I am gone. He had a hard evening with only one person from outside the church showing up for our international service. Please pray that we are faithful to what the Lord wants us to do in that church and that we continue even when it is discouraging.
God Bless you all. For those in the States that I haven't seen yet, or are looking to come and see me... I have three weeks left. Would love to see you!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This is a lake I set out to find the other day...and did! It was beautiful and surrounded by tall pines and evergreens on top of a ridge. The water was pitch black and thus somewhat intimidating. I enjoyed the serenity and quietness and the cool swim. This is one of my favorite things about Sweden. Get a map, put on your boots, and hike out in search for new places.
This pictures is taken a couple of weeks ago, since these two are currently in the US. With the flotation vest and a "noodle" Sam is very couragous and follows mommy pretty far out into the lake. Maybe he'll be the next Phelps... This picture is taken in London, St. James's park. Laurie and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in London for an extended weekend, though this year is actually our 11th. This park and this "pose" had been on Laurie's wishlist ever since we left London last time. It was a great weekend getaway and we had a lot of fun, including dancing to "Mama mia" in the theatre (Laurie's dancing could actually pass for dancing...mine probably not).
Another picture from London showing off my wife's photographic skills.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Once again you are treated to a blog post by me, Andreas. The reason for this is that Laurie and Sam are in the US. Yep, it's me and the dog over here in Sweden. Laurie was offered to work for our dear friends the Karenbauers for two months taking care of their kids while their nanny heals from a broken foot. Of course, Sam went with her. So far, it's been a week and it's been a long one at that.
Laurie wanted me to post some pictures of what we have done this summer, though you have seen quite a few of them already. I will see what I can find on this computer:
Well, Blogger won't let me upload any pictures so I will have to get back on that one. Pray for us and for our safety now that we are apart.
Grace and peace,
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Sorry it has been a while, several things have been happening that have slowed the posts. The biggest news is that Samuel and I (Laurie) are actually in the States for a while.
We will be in Kentucky until the 22 of September. I would really love to see everyone, but I will not be able to travel during my time here. So I think a trip to KY is in order for all of you!!! Hopefully Andreas will be able to join us for a week in the middle of September, but for now we are seperated. This is just temporary and Samuel and I will return to Sweden in September.
For now, my family is thrilled to have us home. Well, they are especially thrilled to have Samuel home (I'm okay with that). You can reach me at 859-533-2925 for the time I am home. Hope to hear from you all (ya'l) soon.