The Boroughs Family

The Boroughs Family

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

May is such a crazy month! This week we attended an Honors ceremony at Zoe and Freddie's school. We are so proud of all their academic achievements, including maintaining above a 3.67 GPA all year!
The following night, we attended Caroline's sports banquet. So proud of her for making varsity cross country her first year participating!

We have 4 IEP's done. Just 3 more to go, along with countless field trips, theme days, high school graduation, etc., etc. Looking forward to summer!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Future Olympian

Maddie loves sports and she is a natural athlete. This is her first year playing baseball and she will only bat with pitched balls. Do not even suggest due to her small size that she might need a batting tee! She will literally stomp her foot and say "no!".

She also loves playing baseball with her older siblings. She just dribbles that ball, humming and laughing. We're going to have to find her a team to play on next year.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Saturdays

Spring is always busy in our family, but this one is particularly jam packed! Saturdays are Miracle League baseball games for Ivan, Blair, Sam, and Maddie. They all love playing baseball, and we are huge fans of our local Miracle League.

Caroline is doing track and field again this year, and her season wraps up next week. Ivan and Albie had their Special Olympics Track and Field competition 2 weeks ago.

Zoe is attending college orientation today. She is hoping to find summer employment as a camp counselor locally.

Fred will be working with his Uncle this summer, doing catering. We are hoping he can save some money for school AND learn some cooking skills.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Random Happenings

I am thrilled to say our dossier is officially registered in our son's country! Praying the following steps move quickly to make up for the long wait!
I was spoiled on Mother's Day with a delicious dinner of braised pork belly and egg over jasmine rice with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
The Hulk made an appearance one morning this week while Blair and I were waiting for the bus. We have 4 IEP's successfully done, and just 3 more meetings to go.
Blair and Maddie love the Around the Home Lotto game. I purchased it a couple years ago at a thrift store, and it's amusing to see how outdated several of the cards are with pictures of a typewriter, a telephone with cord, and a very old looking television. Maddie was being super silly while I took pictures. I am so impressed with her command of the English language just over a year of being home.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Senior Prom!

He hasn't forgotten us

Friends, thank you for your outpouring of love in response to my previous post. I was so raw and hurting when I wrote it. My heart is still in a very tender place.  I don't think there is anything harder on a mama's heart than to see our kids hurting, and not be able to fix it.
The truth is, as much as I love my precious daughter, I know the Lord loves her even more. He knows better than I all her hurts, her past, her struggles, and He knows the plans He holds for her.  One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11. He has plans to give us HOPE and a future.
My favorite song at the moment
"Sovereign over us"-Aaron Keyes

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May flowers?

It's almost mother's day, but I don't want to be celebrated. It's been a tough couple of weeks and I have certainly failed at this motherhood gig too many times to count.

Currently there are 12 bottles of antibiotics in my refrigerator to fight off the strep infection that has hit. Sore throat aside, I am just plain miserable.

No word on official registry of our dossier. While it's unusual for there to be this lengthy of a delay, we are reassured that there are quite a few families in the same predicament. That doesn't help the ache in my heart for my son.

At the same time, we find ourselves immersed in new and difficult waters in our parenting. Learning how to parent an adopted child with autism and a host of other diagnoses, who is presenting significant behavioral issues. I'm not going to share details, but I will say we could use prayers. She had an urgently scheduled appointment with Developmental Pediatrics this week. It was hard to hear some of what the Dr. said and recommended. I cried the 40 minute drive home from the appointment, while my daughter screamed and kicked the whole way home. My heart just hurts at the way she is struggling, at how we are all struggling with her. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sam's Adaptive Trike

We were incredibly blessed by a family at church who offered us an adaptive trike for Sam. They had it donated to their daughter, but she never ended up using it. Sam loves it! He got the hang of it very quickly, and is building up "big muscles" as he likes to say, using his arms to pedal. Blair likes to hop on and hitch rides too.