Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
With the house (almost) under contract again, Rich and I have begun discussing what we are going to do regarding the original buyers who backed out. If you don't remember, we originally had the house under contract back in February with a closing date of March 28th. One and a half weeks before the closing date, with everything ready to go, our buyers backed out of the contract saying they found a larger house for less money....not a legal reason to back out. At the time there was nothing we could really do to stop them, but a friend's attorney informed us that when we did sell the house we could turn around and sue them for our losses. Fueled with anger, Rich and I both agreed that upon selling the house our first move would be taking them to court. Two and a half months later I'm not so sure how I feel about that option anymore. Rich still seems pretty sure of what he wants to do, but I just don't know. I feel like God has blessed us so much during these last few months. I was absolutely terrified by the thought of paying two mortgages, but, by the grace of God, we've been able to deal with it without much stress. Also, we had come to an agreement with our insurance company that they would not raise our insurance to "vacant home" coverage until this month. They were willing to keep our coverage the same and said in June we'd talk again, but if we had yet to find a buyer they would have to raise it. Well, here we are at the deadline and sure enough we have a buyer! Like I said, God is blessing us. I guess I'm struggling because I don't want to seem ungrateful regarding all that we've been given. On one hand, we have a legit reason to sue. Due to the fact that we're losing money on this deal and we will have had to pay 4 extra months of mortgage payments by the time the closing date arrives, we are out a decent amount of money. Just to give an idea....it's an amount that would have paid for Shiloh's adoption with a little left over. Then I go back to all that God has done for us during this time and I try to think about what he would want us to do at this point. And that's where I'm lost.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday evening we invited our kind of neighbors, Brandon and Bobby, over for dinner since Rich was trying out his new smoker. Dirty Uncle Brandon, as he goes by, and his girlfriend spent the weekend in Savannah where they bought Shiloh a little gift....now she just needs a little motorcycle to ride while wearing it...hmm.
She's putting a sticker on her head because that's where they go, duh!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I'm having trouble putting into words what I'm feeling/want to say regarding the above topic...that paragraph is the best I could do....moving on....
I decided today that I am going to make Shiloh her own book about her adoption with her pictures. It's something I've thought of doing since she was born, thanks to a friend of my mom's who adopted. What has always stopped me was the words. First of all, I tend to use way too many words/give too much info when describing something or writing about something. Second, what do I write?! Of course, I want to keep it simple for when Shiloh is first able to understand adoption, but I want it to also be relevent as she gets older.
Well, today on a particular adoption website I frequent the answer was given to me! A picture book! A girl who was adopted wrote about a book her mother made for her with only pictures. Pictures of the hospital she was born in, the flight from the state she was born in to her home state, and pictures with her family. It also included little momentos such as locks of her, lost teethe, etc. It was something that was just all about her! The girl said, it had no words so it was like a different story each time her mom read it to her and as she got older she was able to "read" it herself. It sounds like it became a way for her to express herself at times regarding her adoption. Her mom left a few pages blank at the beginning for pictures of the girl's birth mom. When the girl was older (7, I believe) her mom gave her pictures of her birth mom and she put them in the book and decorated those pages herself as another way to express what she was feeling.
I have pictures Kim had given me during her pregnancy that I can use, but considering that we have an OA I think I'll put the pictures in her book myself. Shiloh can still decorate it if she chooses to do so, but I see no reason to hold back on those pictures since Kim is a part of her life.
Anyway. I just wanted to share. I am kind of excited about the idea!