Our first niece!

Last week, our first niece, Rachel, was born–the boys’ very first cousin. Very exciting! We headed up to hospital in High Point the night she was born to meet her. The boys were VERY excited (Cullen said “Mommy! I’ve never been to a hospital before!” Oh son, if only you knew how you spent the first six weeks of your life… 😉 ) and were SO sweet with her. They were gentle and gave lots of kisses on the top of her head. They loved her. When we left, Lane couldn’t stop smiling and saying, “Mommy, I just LOVE my baby cousin!” Can’t wait to see them with a sister someday too. For now, we will enjoy our sweet little niece/cousin.

Rachel Madison Rinkenberg… we love you! Congrats Ron & Kristen!

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Pieces of the Pyles’ 4.22.13

We need to resurrect this blog… soon. For now…

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We have reached the “all we want to do is climb trees” stage. Lane is quite a monkey!

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Is this the creepiest photo you’ve ever seen or what?? Thank goodness they shaved immediately.

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Lane lovin’ on baby Jacob – he begs to hold him all the time. This boy is going to be the best big brother.

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Happy birthday Jeff!!! This was at his F3 workout the morning of his birthday – they made him wear the ensemble the whole time they were exercising. Well done, guys.

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The double time-out. Oh dear.

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Pounding it with his bro Theo. Pray for Theo this week–his kidney transplant is on Thursday (his amazing aunt is giving him her kidney) and we’re praying everything goes as smoothly as possible for our sweet friends!

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Planting in the backyard garden… hoping we fare well this year!

5 months waiting

Well, yesterday was 5 months waiting for our baby girl. I actually was so caught up (our friends were still in town staying with us & we were too busy having fun with them) that I didn’t even notice until Jeff & I went to bed that it was the 2nd. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing (I’ve been trying REALLY hard, mostly to no avail, to not let myself be consumed by adoption stuff) or sad that I didn’t notice, though I didn’t really realize it was even April already either. Whoops. Anyway… our friends are (sadly!) leaving today and we’re commemorating with Ethiopian food tonight. 🙂

I’m all over the place this month emotionally. I know we haven’t been waiting *that* long compared to others I know, but it’s still a year of waiting total so far (and waiting is teaching me that I have a LOT to learn & work on!). Our good friends just returned from passing court for their daughter in Ghana and a couple of my AWAA adoption buddies just passed court in ET for their kiddos. Looking at all of their pictures makes me so happy for them. I cried happy tears several times as I stared at photos and listened to/read stories. And yet… it makes me long for our daughter. I have no idea when we’ll see her face. I don’t know how old she is, or if she’s even definitely a she (yes, we are requesting a girl, but we would not say no to another son if we were asked – I love raising little men!). I check waiting child lists every single day. Part of me feels like we shouldn’t put ourselves on a waiting list for a little girl when so many older children are waiting–but I also don’t think we’ve seen OUR girl yet. I pray over all the kiddos on our agency’s Waiting Child List (WCL) often. I keep joking that watch us get our referral and then fall in love with an older child while we’re over there & have to bring them home too. If anyone has ever thought about adopting–there are SO many precious “older” (7+) healthy/minor special needs children just waiting for a family. Pray about it 😉

I’ve also been thinking about traveling. I cannot wait to go to Ethiopia. I feel like I’m already in love with the place and I haven’t ever been there. I want to learn everything about her culture, her people, and where she came from. I hope we’ll all be able to make trips there together as she grows up. I know it is going to be eye-opening, but I just feel like God has something up his sleeve that he’s going to teach us–something we could only learn by going.

We had sweet Aubrey at our house the past 5 days – she is 5 months old… and oh, I could get used to having a baby around again. I know the Lord’s timing is perfect, but I am so excited for our third child.

This blog post was shared in our agency’s FB group recently, and it was just what I needed to be reminded that waiting has a purpose… and so we wait, asking the Lord to mold & shape us during this time, and prepare us for that sweet moment when all the waiting becomes worth it.

“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified)

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5 months – tikil gomen for dinner!

Happy Easter, 2013

We spent Easter in Charlotte this year with my family and our sweet friends the Millers who were down staying with us – it was a good one!  This was the first year the boys really understood the Easter story and asked lots of questions.  Explaining to them why Jesus died on the cross for us and that because HE rose again, we’ll get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven was so emotional. Hearing them tell us what Easter was really about was awesome.  Definitely a special memory.  Happy Easter!

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