I was so glad we scheduled for yesterday and not for in a few weeks when John could accompany me. Because when I showed the nurse the medications we were giving she caught a huge mistake. Since we started out with 3 medications, and we were going to add one and combine two, when we came home with three medications that seemed perfect to me. But they didn't tell me that they decided not to combine the two, so there were actually supposed to be 4 medications. The nurse caught the fact that one was missing. And when she called the pharmacy in Tulsa they found it in their refrigerator. They had forgotten to give it to us. Yikes! I had a panic attack because it was the one medication I was told was the most important and it was important to NEVER miss a dose, and I assumed I had been giving it all week in a combination drug. And here we had missed seven doses in a row!
Don't panic, the doctor said. Just start back up and don't let it happen again. We have absolutely no medical records for either kid, so we had to start from scratch drawing bloodwork and titers, and TB tests and x-rays. Poor little Zoya was a great little trooper until the nurse came in and put on her purple rubber gloves. Then she panicked and screamed but I was so glad she finally has a mama to hold her hand and sing to her when she has to endure difficult procedures.
Rumor has it we will be getting a specialist in Tulsa in a couple of months so soon we won't have to make the long drive to Little Rock. Until then we have to go every 3 weeks.
The highlight of the day was getting to drop in on our new friends the Lorraines. We had met them while in Ukraine, they were adopting a little girl with cerebral palsy. It took a lot of blood sweat and tears to bring those three children home (well, and prayers), and yet there they were, all three of them, sitting together in the Lorraines living room in Little Rock after enjoying a lovely lunch together. It was so good for my soul to see them. Thank you Lord for little blessings. Unfortunately we couldn't get them to sit still to get a photo, but you'll just have to trust me. It was wonderful! Here is a photo of their kids, I stole it from their blog.
I was tired of hearing the kids complain about their chores so I asked John to please have a talk with them. Thursday evening after dinner John said I hear you guys are tired of doing chores. I'd like to give you an opportunity to never have to do chores again. Would you all like that? Oh yes they would! So he instructed them to each get a pillow, a blanket, a toothbrush, and 2 changes of clothes and follow him. They did. He introduced them to their new home, the barn. He said they were welcome to come to "our" house for meals but they would be expected to clean up afterward. Otherwise they can spend the days and nights in the barn doing whatever they feel like. He said if they ever decide they want to come live with us again they must sign a contract first.
Which they all did, an hour and a half later. Once the coyotes started howling and the mosquitos started biting. hee hee
Ava pretends to brush her hair, she does this often.
I can't decide if it makes me laugh or makes me sad.
Simeon has been trying very hard to catch a raccoon. So far he has caught a possom and a stray cat but no raccoon. I thought we'd be good citizens and offer the cat a new home, but he didn't want anything to do with us.
How sweet is this, drawn by Hope. This is one scrap of paper that I will NEVER be able to throw away.
Here is a picture of my two 5 year old girls. So far they get along very well. They love to dress up together. One girl weighs 49 pounds, the other weighs 21 pounds. One is 47 inches tall, the other is 38 inches tall. One wears a 5/6, the other wears infant clothes. One plots on the growth chart, the other is far, far below.
One is starting kindergarten next week, the other is staying home to get healthy and fattened up.
For various reasons we are homeschooling 4 children and sending three to school this year. We are excited about a new program, Classical Conversations, that we will be starting up next week with Liesel, Jude and Simeon. I'll be working with Zoya on language primarily, in addition to getting her healthy. Ava will have her last year at the Little Lighthouse and Hope will start public kindergarten, which is just across the street. I'll keep Joseph home for a couple of months but the plan is to get him in special ed kindergarten. He and Hope will go to the same school which she is very excited about. It's going to be crazy busy I'm sure but I wouldn't trade my life for anything!