Time to Decorate

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Last night started our Christmas decorating. Our huge box of decorations came out of the loft and there it all started. Greg had planned on having Zoe and I work on it today but decorating for Christmas was always a family affair (or at least a group affair) growing up and I don’t like the idea of doing it myself so, he helps. Once you get him started decorating he is actually quite good. Zoe was our resident photographer and got a shot of Greg hanging lights.

Once we had emptied our box we still had one rather large blank wall. Earlier this week we rearranged the living room. After all we have lived here for almost 6 months, it was about time :O) There was nothing to put on the wall when we were done so we figured there would be enough Christmas stuff to fill the void but there was not. Greg decided it would be the perfect place for a wreath.

M: We don’t have a wreath.
G: Oh, but you could make one. It’s easy, just braid branches together in a circle. At least, that’s how my mom always did it growing up.
M: Just braid them together like hair?
G: Sure! Of course it would need to be big enough to fill up the space on the wall.

Of course it would. Easy. Last night I had no intention of making a wreath but today I was ready for the challenge. So, Zoe and I took on the project of making a wreath. We headed to the back to cut branches. (I greatly enjoying living in an area were I can do that) I did not braid them but tied them together with wire…a lot of wire. Despite my efforts (and wire) it was not holding its shape. I was not going to give up on it. It just needed more structure. Back outside I headed and brought back the secret ingredient…alder wood branches. They are thin and bend without braking. So, I made a frame (more wire) and tied it all together (and some more wire). It worked! I was rather impressed. Zoe was asleep at the time so I had to do a victory dance by myself but as soon as she was up we did another one. So, now we have a large homemade wreath on our previously bare wall. As I said before, Greg is good at this decorating thing. It is the perfect place for a wreath.

~ Merriann

I love Craigslist!

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We have found so many great deals on Craigslist. I am all for the free section and have found about 99% of our deals there. Today we found a universal home gym. Great shape and just what we were looking at spending money on. Silly us. Just wait a little bit and you’ll find what you are looking for free. It is a great lesson in patience.


Adoption Interview

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For those of you that would like an update about our interview with the adoption agency. It went pretty smooth, I think. Like I said in the previous post we had two different interviews. One with a pastor of the church, Pastor Mike and one with the adoption office social worker.

It was one of the most relaxing batch of interviews I have ever have. The first one with Pastor Mike was awesome, I think that Merriann and I learned a ton about Antioch Church and the Adoption center. Like the church has over 3500 members, the church was started with the focus of being a inter cultural (nice way of saying inter-racial) church in the greater Seattle area where all God’s children could come together and worship him. And the adoption agency is committed to removing every child from the foster care system, and to end the adoption “selling” of children. Oh, one other thing is for those of you that wanted to adopt international Antioch doesn’t preform that function as of now. They are, like I said before, committed to placing all kids in the Washington State foster care system first , then all the kids in the foster care system in the United States. So until that is done Pastor Mike didn’t think that would be doing international adoptions yet, but you never know what God has planned for them in the future.

In the first interview, it was mainly about our family’s relationship with Christ. How Merriann and I lived our life in faith as a couple first, then parents, and finally a family. For me it was really good to recount the blessings that God the Father and Christ the Son have done for us and to see how he has changed my heart over time.

The second interview was with a wonder woman whom for the life of me I can’t remember her name, well anyway we talked to her about day to day things like work history, school, family history, how we plan on raising of child, if we would be willing to adoption sibling, special needs children, did we want interracial children (Which is funny to us, that they even had to ask!!), and so on, and so on. Both interviews where not as hostile as I thought they may have been. To tell the truth it wasn’t hostile at all. It took us about two and a half hours to go through both of them and by them end we were still in a pretty good mood. It was like a date! 🙂

The next step for us in this process is to receive the next round of paperwork, sign up for the PRIDE (I have no clue what PRIDE stands for.) parental weekend training classes that are required in order to become foster parents in this great state and go from there. I think!!

Well, again we ask for you prayers.
Greg T.

Antioch Adoptions

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For those of you that don’t know we have began the adventure of bringing someone new into our family by way of adoption. Yeah!!! : -) We turned in our application a few weeks ago and on the 19th of November we go down to Kirkland for our interview. To be honest there are two interviews, one with the pastor of Antioch church (who sponsors’ the program), and with the program administrator. It is so nerve racking for us, so we ask for your prayers during this whole process.

Antioch Adoptions (for those of you that don’t know) is a adoption service that helps provide homes to kids in need just like all adoption services but what they do that others don’t is help with the fees that accompanies the adoptions. They call it “No Fee Adoption”, and this is what caught my eye because some adoptions can cost upward of $20,000. Which is a whole lot of money, and would keep alot of people who would love to adopt out of the picture. They do all types of adoptions from foster to adopt, to young mothers who want there children in a loving environment in which they themselves can’t provide.

We are so excited to add to our family. So we ask again for your prayers through this process. Oh one other thing the website for Antioch Adoptions is http://www.antiochadoptions.org/. So if any of you want to look up to info about them for yourself and your family you can go to the website or you can contact us if you would like.