October's Mini Elephants

Well, we are back home, safe and sound. We arrived at LAX on Friday afternoon to a loud cheer of welcome. Only in God's kingdom is an orphan girl greeted like a celebrity. Even though it took us 2 hours to get home, it was worth it. My sisters had prepared dinner and stocked our refrigerator with good food to eat, including homemade wonton just for Anah. Never mind that she slept through the whole reception and homecoming. I don't blame her.

The next day, we went to our dear friends' wedding. At the dinner reception, she turned her nose up at the chicken nuggets and french fries, but loved the dancing afterwards. At least she stayed up a little longer than she did the day before and people could see what she's like awake!

Thanks to a busy weekend and friends keeping us company, we have been able to stay awake in the afternoons and keep from taking those long naps that really make the jet lag recovery time so difficult. We've been doing okay, though I am not used to getting up so late!

So, last month, my goals were to:

  1. Continue reading about Chinese history in Story of the World.
    We read through about 3/4 of it. Better than nothing! 
  2. Write out my course of study for each of my kids before we leave. I have a mental idea but not written out.
    Sort of completed. I only did Matthew's.
  3. Learn how to use my new laptop so I can blog on our trip!
  4. Prepare a few freezer meals so I don't have to cook when I get back home.
    Didn't get to this but I have not had to worry about meals, thanks to wonderful friends!
  5. Enjoy our time together as a family as we travel.
    We had a great time together. I'll have to do a summary post on highlights.
  6. Get to know Anah!
    This will be a continual process, but we have learned:
    she really does love to sing and dance.
    she is incredibly stubborn about brushing her teeth and getting her nails trimmed
    likes to imitate (which can be both good and bad)
    finds a way to let us know what she needs. 
    she is really a very happy and cheerful girl.
     
  7. Read Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
    This was an awesome read. So glad I was finally able to read it.

This month, my goals are:

  1. Get the family back on track timewise.
  2. Work out a new family routine, chore chart and system for our home.
  3. Work on review products for our school time. Other than that, we're keeping it light.
  4. Help Janna with her PSAT coming up mid month.
  5. Spend quality time with Jonathan each day through this transition time, 30 minutes a day just for him.
  6. Ditto for Matthew.
  7. Go out on at least two dates this month.
  8. Get started on medical visits and care for Anah.
  9. Plan an evaluation time for Anah's education.
  10. Work our way out of the pull-ups. We're getting used to the toilet but are missing her cues.
  11. Read Men and Women by Larry Crabb.
Lord, this is going to a month of many transitions and changes. Please guide us as we integrate Anah into our home. We cannot do this alone and need your wisdom, love, and guidance. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen.