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He gives and takes away

Last week I had to do one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Something I had dreaded for a LONG time. However, I always said that T.C. would have to do it if it ever had to be done. But, he is in Russia. So, I had to do it by myself. You see, our sweet Timmy dog was 17 years old. That is quite a long life for a little miniature schnauzer. What that furry friend lacked in size he more than made up for in spunk. Up until about a year ago that little bundle of energy ruled the roost around here. Over the past year he really went downhill. He had good days and bad days, but the bad days were coming more frequently. I had to make the tough decision to let him go peacefully and not struggle anymore. We will always miss him. Pets become part of the family…especially when they are spoiled like ours are. But just when my sadness was taking over……………………..

Jesus blessed me with the best news ever on Thursday, Aug. 4th! We are officially the proud new parents to Hana Elizabeth Judd and Haile James Judd. Ok. officially they are Hana Thomas Judd and Haile Thomas Judd. Haha, in Ethiopia they are given the father’s first name as their middle name. (even the girls) But, once we get them home we will be changing their names. We are so excited. It took 3 weeks and 2 days post court for it to be approved. (not that I was counting) The missing letter made it to court and we were approved. There is a chance that their new birth certificates and court decree will come in this week. We are praying! Once those come in and they get their passports and Embassy medical exams, it can all be submitted to the U.S. Embassy for their approval. Please pray all of our paperwork is approved as is and they won’t request further documentation. They have really gotten strict lately on paperwork and asking for documents to be changed/reworded, etc. It is adding more time onto the wait to bring them home.

T.C. left for Moscow, Russia last Friday. He has enjoyed his time there quite a bit. He went to Red Square, horseback riding in the forest, gotten to actually crawl around and touch the first space capsule. He has gotten to see how Russia’s space program works. Very interesting for him!

The children and I took a long weekend and went to Shreveport to visit family. My cousin, Lisa, and her husband hosted a cookout for us. It was SO fun. I’m so thankful I only live 5 hours from them all. They also took us out on the river while we were there so that the kiddos could go tubing. It was about 105 degrees…that’s how much we love Ali and Clark. Ha! It was a lot of fun though. It was fine as long as the boat was moving or we were in the water. My cousin, Cheryl, took us to Jefferson, TX another day to go through some antique shops. (one of Ali’s favorite past times) It is the neatest little town with shops and restaurants. Thanks everyone for showing us a wonderful time. We always love spending time with all of you!

We started back to school week before last. I wanted to start super early this year. We now have wiggle room to allow us to take days off. Not to mention we hope to take Ali to Ethiopia next time and she will miss those days. I now have a 10th grader and a 1st grader. Eek…can’t believe in 3 years Ali will be graduating! Wait, how did I get that old? Summer passed way too quickly as always!

We celebrated yet another year with Samuel Ruslan Clark. We had to celebrate a couple of days early with T.C. leaving for Russia. We went out to our favorite Ethiopian restaurant and afterwards we went out for ice cream. In some ways I can’t believe it has been 4 years, and in other ways it seems he has always been part of our family! It is so neat that our adoption date for Hana and Haile is so close to Clark’s special day. We can just have one big celebration each year. Clark’s day is July 31st, and their day will probably be Aug. 3rd. (we are still waiting on a copy of the adoption decree)

Ali has been at my parents for a few days getting spoiled. Clark will get to go when we are in Ethiopia. Ali had her first driving lesson courtesy of Nona and Poppy! She also got to eat at her favorite lunch spot and spend some time with her cousin, Abby.

So…without further ado we want to introduce Hana and Haile Judd. We can finally legally post pictures of them since we are now their parents! Wahoo! It was brought to my attention by some that they didn’t realize they could view our pictures larger. Just click on the slide show.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 1 John 4:4-6


1 Teresa Praytor { 08.09.11 at 6:20 pm }

We can not wait to meet your beautiful children7

2 Leslie { 08.10.11 at 1:23 pm }

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. We just lost our Macey back in April. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.
I am excited to hear your good news! We can’t wait to meet your new kids! What a process! it seems like it has taken forever! (kinda like us and building this house!)

3 Kay { 08.12.11 at 8:51 am }

wow, 4 years, that has sure flown by right??? we are praying that the paperwork from the embassy finds wings along the way. i also hope you can fly near here on the way through. i ain’t letting NOTHIN’ get in my way this time 🙁

i want a boat!!! (read a good whine in that one!) we grew up with grandpa having a boat with tube and skis… man i miss that!!

ali graduates so soon!!!???? i don’t think i can fathom that. really. i remember her as a 5yr old 🙁 dang this passing time anyway!! hey, TC needs to come up to the DC office for a long jaunt!! i mean it!!

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