15 June 2011

closer.




we're slipping soft into summer rhythms, filling days slow like honey with equal parts productivity and play.







zee and bee hole up in their rooms or wedge in a couch corner, folded deep in the grip of a novel or tapping out their own plots, lines thickening into chapters that flesh into adventure.


em and elle beg for 'summer school,' and will spend hours happily researching flamingoes or gorillas, constructing sequels for their favorite books, racing through math facts to best their quickest time.







we've whipped up a hearty batch of weeding and cleaning, letter-writing, walks along a thinned-chocolate river, picnics and parks and cheering at the church softball games. the boys love their wii time, but their daily allotment is twenty minutes apiece, which leaves oceans of space for actual get outside and build forts kind of play.





june's highlight thus far was succinctly expressed in the littles' whoop of exultation yesterday afternoon. our case has been submitted to the US embassy in addis, which means we just might be winging off to bring our son home in a few weeks' time. we now wait for travel clearance from the embassy, and then an appointment for our visa interview in ethiopia.


if you will, please pray with us that all of our paperwork is in order and that the reported reduced working capacity of the embassy in july will still make room for all who are waiting. please also pray for our friends who traveled with us in may and are either still waiting to hear that they've passed court, and/or waiting to be submitted to embassy. thank you!

19 comments:

Farmgirl Paints said...

saying a prayer for you now. love your soft fuzzy photographed world. i get lost in your pictures you know.

Nancy said...

Amen. BTW, that last photo of your daughter just speaks volumes!

Jennifer Shults said...

Can we come spend the summer with you?

Many many many thoughts and prayers flying your way hon!

Cami said...

Yeah!!! So so happy for you.

Bless by Tone said...

praying - and our God is almighty!!! Tone

Rebekah said...

summer is wonderful in so many ways. praying for favor in the paperwork process...

do you have a macro lens, or a zoom, to get that close? I'd like a recommendation.

Kendal said...

summer - yes. our days our filled with music, the older on guitar, the younger on drums. legos, gardening, wii, swimming. no one, however, has begged for summer school! praying for you and your new little one and the paperwork and the travel and the god plan of it all.

alisa greig said...

i love your summer days :) and what wonderful news, continued prayers!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

praying, praying, praying!!!

loving the photographs, as usual! and the awesome kids you've got. :o)

lulu and family said...

this is an incredible summer for you all. this summer your 5th will be with you all. praying, with sweet anticipation.

happygirl said...

I am praying for paperwork. And your son. LOVE the clematis. REALLY love.

Sami Jo said...

Hey Nic - it's been a while. I'm so blessed to hear that getting that little beautiful bundle home soon is coming up for ya. Praying for all. Hugs, Sami Jo

hannah singer said...

what is it about being a kid in summer that craves math drills? i did the same, and math hates me! ;)

praying for you, dear one. HE is ahead of it all.
love.
xo.

Jorth! said...

Prayers sent.

Katie Stratton said...

loving your summer view already!
<3

Katie Stratton said...

loving your summer view already!
<3

Bless by Tone said...

praying - and our God is almighty!!! Tone

Jennifer Shults said...

Can we come spend the summer with you?

Many many many thoughts and prayers flying your way hon!

Farmgirl Paints said...

saying a prayer for you now. love your soft fuzzy photographed world. i get lost in your pictures you know.