We have a wall in our kitchen where we measure the height of everyone in our family. Carissa, our 14 year old, has passed up my 5 foot 5 inches by inches and is now at a standstill. Our 13 year old son is gaining quickly on me. We are ALMOST nose-to-nose. I believe our 11 year old daughter will end up being about the same height as I am, and as for Lyric (our 5 year old), we are very happy that her head now reaches above the kitchen counter! But more importantly, today we were able to add to the wall the heights of our children in Colombia!
When I told Lyric that Briyic, her 4 year old sister, was going to be taller than she is she got a bit upset. But then I said, "She may be taller, but you will always be older!" and she got a huge grin on her face. Then I told her that Diego, who is 3, would be about her height, and she made a face and said, "But he's a boy!". I couldn't help but crack up with laughter!
We also received some other news that we have been waiting for about the Visa photos of the children. Apparently, when we received the last update ICBF decided to wait to hear our response so they put everything on hold. Maybe they thought we were going to say no to the children based on what was in the report? No way! Anyway, that is one reason why we are still waiting for the photos. All is good now though because they are starting the process back up again to get the photos and, hopefully, we will soon have them. The sooner we get them, the sooner we get the children's Visa's, the sooner we get our entrega date (the date we meet our children), the sooner we can get our airplane tickets, the sooner we get to our children!
On a final note, I would like to thank everyone who made a purchase today and yesterday with our "Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Fundraising Sale". I had a lot of fun putting it together! Right now, we are selling the soap as a fundraiser for our own adoption expenses, but it is my intention and hope that after we are done fundraising we will be able to turn it into a business - a business that will help educate and raise awareness of orphans and adoption, as well as one that will help others who are adopting with their fundraising efforts.
This is the new message that will be placed on the wrapping of each bar of soap:
reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan,
plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17
In closing, I would like to thank our Father for His goodness. We are blessed beyond measure.