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Thursday, June 23, 2011

adoption is great!

Adjustment is going well.
Better than I expected. I am thankful.
I am missing the girls a lot. I call them every night at the condo where they are staying with Michael's family. Hannah is getting homesick. That doesn't surprise me because she almost didn't stay when we left on Sunday. She even asked me to come and get her, but I told her by the time we got there, it would be almost time for them to come home. Plus, we do not want to have to drive 9 hours there and back again. UGH!
I am ready for them to be home though. And Madelyn and Natalie will only be home for 1 week before they leave again for Church camp with Eric's two oldest boys. They went last year and loved it.
Madelyn and Natalie were wanting to go to SMBC, the camp I worked at for so many years. But I don't know if they will want to be away for 3 weeks this summer. We'll see how they feel in a few weeks.
I still need to order curriculum. The last two years, I have gone real cheap and just supplemented with going to the library 1-2 times per week. However, this year, I think I am splurging on Winter Promise, which I have used before. It is nice in that every book you will need during the year comes with the program. The bad thing have to pay for every book you will use this year in the program. I just think this year will be hard enough without frequent trips to the library with 5 kids.
I was also looking at our budget and our debt snowball the other day. So depressing. We owe so much money it makes me sick. Especially being debt free except for home and land last year. However, just like Aaron said the other day "it was worth it, adopting them, I hardly ever think about the money any more"
But it is a reality. So, even though I really don't want to, I think I will have to go back to work next month. I am going to really try to limit myself to the minimum I have to work which is 32 hours a month. Next year, we should get back a huge tax refund for the adoptions, and that will pay off a lot of our debt, but not all. I would LOVE to be able to pay enough down on debt each month so that we would have it paid off when tax time came and we got our refund. However, I don't think that will happen unless Aaron gets to go on a few details this year. We will hope for some. Now that we have paid most of our adoption fees (we still will have 3-4 social worker visits this year) We can start paying down the debt instead of accumulating more.

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