|Abraham's favorite color is yellow, according to the orphanage.|
Guess where he will be sleeping when he comes home?
We recently celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary with a trip to IKEA in Charlotte to buy Abraham's bed. His approaching arrival seems that much more real now that we actually have his bed. He can come now! We're ready! And within a week of purchasing the bed, a local adoptive family donated two mattresses in fantastic condition that were used for their daughters when they came home from China. So special, and we feel so blessed!
While we were at IKEA, we stopped for lunch in their cafeteria. I sat at a table with the little boys while Sean and the two bigger kids went to fetch the food. A couple sat down at the other end of our table, not realizing there were more people to our party than just me and the two little ones. Before I could think, I told them, "Hi, my family of eight is sitting here." They were very nice about it and left to find other seats. But only after they left I realized that only six seats would be taken up by our family that day, what with Abraham still in Bulgaria and the baby still gestating for a few more months. It felt so natural to identify our family as a family of eight, though. These two new little ones are very much present in our family life already!
We also got popsicle molds from IKEA, and the kids wasted no time once we got home in making popsicles all on their own while the eyes of Mom and Dad were elsewhere. Do these look delicious? The kids tell us they were, although their facial expressions say otherwise (but they did polish off the whole batch in one day, so...). They made the popsicles from pickle juice, and it was all we could do to convince them NOT to share with Mom and Dad. I think their popsicle recipes need some tweaking. The next day over dinner, the conversation turned to the popsicle molds again, and the kids suggested that we chop up tomatoes and other veggies for the next batch. We have to give them points for creativity and thinking outside the box!
In other news, Rosemary received her First Holy Communion! We are so proud of her and thankful for her great love of Jesus! She has been counting down the years to being able to receive the Eucharist since she was 4 years old. We are so blessed to have her and her five siblings in our family! At the church reception afterward, she was excited to get a chocolate cupcake and was very careful not to get any on her dress. Hard to believe we have two little communicants in the family now.