Thursday, October 30, 2008

Before I Was a Mom...

I don't remember where I got this, so I can't give the proper credit...sorry

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Monday, October 27, 2008


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Guess what I'll be singing for Christmas? "All I Want for Christmas" is ....just to pass court! Yes, I have a date, really!!! December 12th!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Meaning of "Maritu"

Most Ethiopians have names that have a special meaning. I've been trying to find out what the name "Maritu" means, and I finally found out. There is an Ethiopian lady on an Ethiopian adoption board that replied to my question, and here is what she said:

"Maritu comes from "Mar" which means "honey", as in the honey from the bees :-) and therefore sweet. So Maritu means "the girl who is honey". Does that make sense? I wish I had taken my Amharic and history lessons seriously when I was in school. :-) I would have learned to explain things better."

Little does she know how wonderfully she explained this! Thanks Memi! You are a blessing!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I've spent the last four nights cleaning sheets, clothing, and whatever else Sheridan managed to initiate with her vomiting and diarrhea. I was so tired after the second night that I fell asleep on the couch. Big mistake! Husbands just don't have the same instinct mothers do. Sheridan started vomiting and Kenneth must have slept through the sounds of her hurling until she cried out. Then I awoke to find a huge mess. Uggh! She vomited so much that when we told her we were going to give her a suppository, she said okay and didn't move. But all is better now because she went back to school today!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Band Beauty

Cullen got her braces off after 4 years, and look at her smile!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Soccer Saturday

(I guess I should title every Saturday post as "Soccer Saturday" since that is what we do on most Saturdays.) Well, today we had three games. Skylar had a game at 8 AM and 2 PM, while Curran's was at noon. Skylar's first games was with his age appropriate team, and they smoked their opponents 9-0! Skylar scored 3 of those 9 points. Go Sky! Then Curran's game was next,and I thought the game might be a disaster after learning that Curran had been picked on at school by her two friends (They are also neighbors.) about how they were going to whip Curran's team. Curran was also nervous playing against several of her old teammates, but I tried to reassure her to just play her best, and "play her best" she did! Curran kicked a perfect corner kick in the game right to the center of the goal, but sadly her teammates didn't capitalize on it. Curran also had 3 shots on the goal that she missed, but she still looked and felt great eventhough one of her old teammates poked her in the eye... I guess justice was a 4-0 win! So, we pulled off a Wilgers shut out because Sky's U-10 team won also!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Big Surprise!

Cullen texts me today with some horribly spelled word that I'm trying to figure out. Well, see for yourself: "got in hourns". So, if you hadn't seen the picture, could you have guessed? I actually did, but I second-guessed myself because from the time I was in school until last year, if a child had made the honor society, the parents would have received a letter first with instructions to keep the information secret until the induction ceremony. Apparently, there is a new sponsor, and she changed the way it has been. Now after seeing what she texted me, maybe the election committee needs to re-evaluate! hahahaha! Congratulations Cullen!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh Crap!

Literally! You see, yesterday, I was home with my children working on homework, and Curran comes into the kitchen and exclaims, "What is all this water doing on the floor?" I replied, " That is probably where your sister was cleaning up Sheridan's mess with the popsicle." (Boy, was I wrong!) Curran says, "Mom, that's a lot of water." So I stop what I'm doing and walk around to the other side of the breakfast area, and stopped dead in my tracks! Oh crap! Literally! There was water (and crap) in the guest bathroom, the living room, and breakfast area. I didn't panic though and did know enough to turn off the water under the toilet. Oh my! All I could think of was where do I begin? Thank goodness for the wet vac and my wonderful mom that rushed right over to help me. Okay, so it's not over when the water is gone. I had to clean the tile floors with bleach water, and now we have not only a concrete floor in our master bedroom courtesy of Hurricane Ike, but now our living room carpet is a goner too! On the bright side, it rained, so we didn't have soccer which caused me to be at home and not away for several hours. Now that really would have been a mess!

Here's what my husband said when he came home...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sheridan Update

So you think things have been quiet on the Wilgerses homefront? That's just because I haven't posted about what Sheridan has gotten into lately, but here's an update. We've had two episodes recently with Desitin. When I asked her what she was doing (in the first picture), she said, "I'm shaving like Daddy!" No, she hadn't found any razors... The second picture was the worst! Desitin was everywhere and it smells! I washed her hair 3 times, and it wouldn't come out, so I called a neighbor who is a hairdresser, and she said to try dish washing liquid. That did the trick, in case you ever find yourself in my shoes... lol!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

So Fun!

Today did not start out well. Curran and Skylar both had soccer games-or so we thought-at the same time. I brought Curran to hers in Port Arthur, and just as I had parked, my cell phone rang:

Me: Hello.
Kenneth: Turn around.
Me: What?
Kenneth: The game was at 8 AM.
Me: Too late, but I guess we'll come watch Skylar now.

It seems that the schedule was changed, but we knew nothing of the sort. Our coach supposedly told the girls Thursday at practice. Curran says she wasn't told anything! Leave info like that to an 11 year-old? Are you kidding me!?! And to call at the time we were supposed to originally be at the field! When we didn't show at 8 AM, I would have thought about calling then! It's not like we have ever missed! This shouldn't happen in the days of email and cell phones... No, I wasn't happy! So, off we go again, but this time to Skylar's game in Beaumont against Spindletop which was his old team, so of course a win would change my spirits. However, when I had gotten to those fields, they were losing 3-0. Finally the boys stepped it up. Skylar even saved a goal that was just in the goal but not enough to cause a score. Our team pulled off a huge win! How's that for Spindletop's top training that you can't get anywhere around here! Congrats to our die hard coach, Katie Davis!

After a couple of hours rest, we loaded up the family and drove to Houston. We met at the Blue Nile restaurant with other families that have or will have adopted from Ethiopia. It was so much much fun, but a little wild. Ethiopians do not bring their young children out, so hopefully we didn't upset any that might have been dining at the same time. My only regret was not having enough time to really get to know everyone. All the children were absolutely beautiful! A big "thanks" goes to Debbie who coordinated this event and thanks to Blue Nile for having us! The food was the best! As you can see in the pictures, Skylar had Whataburger. He did try injera though...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Politics Stinks!

And I'm not just talking about the Presidential campaign! We deal with politics on a daily basis. It's in your neighborhood and school, and it's making me tired. So, what's a person to do? Turn to humor! I got this picture from a friend in an email, and I laughed so hard because it is so true. I also just had my septic tank cleaned...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Some Good News

Sometimes you have to look deep to see something good, and today Grace told me that Mamush's papers were ready! Yea! We could actually file for a court date; however, Maritu's are not. It seems there is some progress with hers though. Grace said we'd talk next week after she talks to Hope's Ethiopian workers, and I hope we'll know more then. Kenneth and I were hoping to travel once, even more so now that we have evacuated for two hurricanes! It's tough being self-employed... We will make the best of this situation... I really want them to come home!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Oops, I did it again!

...and it has nothing to do with Brittney Spears! I fell into a blog slump or maybe more like an adoption slump. At least the courts are now open again, so maybe I will have that desired court date I have been waiting so long for. In the meantime, I wanted to share a heartbreaking story from the Phillipson's who adopted through my agency, Hope Adoption Agency. I'm not sure of the details, but Carole and Marty brought home two vivacious boys about 5 weeks ago from Ethiopia. They are Paul who is 5ish, and Samuel who is 3ish. It seems that there was some kind of horrific tractor accident Saturday involving Samuel. He was life-flighted to an area hospital where he sustained many injuries. So far, he has lost one leg at the knee, and possibly part of the other leg. He has a fractured pelvis and a broken arm, along with many other injuries. He had one surgery, and I believe will have another today in attempt to repair an open fracture of his elbow. He is on a ventilator too. Obviously he is in critical condition and his family needs many prayers at this time. I can't even imagine how they are holding it together... Please pray for Samuel! I have posted a link to his hospital website on the right-hand side of my blog where their family gives updated information.