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Who Needs A Nap?

Me! I need a nap, or I did. While you were sleeping I was beginning to form our new daily routine. For me a daily routine always includes a quiet time with a book. Why the book? Really because it serves as a great distraction for littles focusing on resting. Today the girls had a nice quiet time, and D. took to a much needed nap as well.

This was our second full day together. The all of the kids are having a great time playing in the snow, eating the great food Adam is cooking and learning to get along. The new foster mom the littles has this past year is amazing! She did a phenomenal job of teaching and training them, and they are a joy to be around.

Besides shopping for daily grocery needs we are also taking lots of walks. Yesterday Adam and Micah clocked in over 7 miles! (Adam is napping now) The littles and I have walked less than 1/2 of that, but still a good bit. We learned the hard way to never put your things down and walk away from them… The apartment where we are has a parking lot that was filled with snow – lots of snow fights!

School is simple for the kids. A few small review books and a kitchen table = quick, to the point lessons each day. O. had her lessons in a pre-k book and with counting to 10 in Latvian & English. Neither of the littles know their letters, numbers or much else. The blessing and challenge of that will be good for them. We do want all of our Latvian children to retain their native tongue. Our main goal in this is to prepare them for their future desire to connect with their birth country & potential family, should any appear.

Overall we are having a good time! The main challenge is parenting littles without a yard or friends near by. Truly, everything else has been a pleasure. The Court is a delightful set of friendly faces! We are very thankful for this enjoyable and special time.

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Time To Fly

Its finally time!

We are excited and ready to go. Plans made, bags packed and prayers prayed. To follow us on the journey you can check our blog or Facebook page.

Thank you for all of your prayers & help along the adoption journey thus far!Love RocksWe look forward to introducing you to the newest Watters Kids soon!

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t-3 weeks & counting

Planning Done

The flights are booked and paid for! The apartments are reserved. The suitcases are all selected and laid out for packing. The cold weather clothing has been purchased.

3 weeks of Latvian living is on the horizon! At the end of the three weeks two precious  little Latvians will be making Texas their new home. I hope they like boots, warm weather and dogs!

3 weeks. For some that is an eternity, for others it is a blink of an eye. To me it seems an eternity – at this moment. Only 3 weeks separate us for our new kiddos! That is less than 3 months, more than 3 days and just enough time to finish things up here. Or is it?

Change will come.

Nothing is ever the same. Nothing. We will see it all with new eyes and feel it all with new emotions. Our home will change here and there, our family will change more than a bit. And no amount of time will ever be enough to prepare a parent for their new child(ren). I know the LORD’s timing is just right. I would have planned this months ago!!!

The LORD is infinitely wise.

In the months of waiting our new kiddos have built a strong relationship with each other. They were moved to a more involved and patient foster home, with a Latvian speaking foster mom. They have been healthy, happy and have learned about ‘home’ & ‘family’. The planning of their preparation is no small accident. We knew the situations they had been in, and would be living in while waiting for us to come. So we prayed some very specific prayers. That was in August. In January we learned that the LORD had gone above & beyond in answering every single prayer.

 

What to do? No, really – what will we be doing?

For 3 weeks we will be ‘hosting’ our new Latvians in an apartment in Daugavpils. Micah & Laura are coming along to help transition our new family members into some norms. We will do all the normal things a family would do, except no one is going off to work. Wait that IS normal for me!  The kids will be doing school at the apartment and we will have lots of cool walks. Cool because the high temperature will be in the mid 30’s! Thankfully the town we will be in is bigger than tiny and has great history to explore. Most importantly we will be learning about each other!

Prayers

Please cover the kids in your prayers. So much will change, and yet some thing will never change. Pray for their hearts to be prepared, all 7 of them. Pray for Adam and I to remain calm and attentive in stressful situations. Pray for our language skills to increase as we are in Latvia. Pray for those who are helping with the big kids while we are gone.

Thank you for your prayers, support & donations!

Blessings,

Mammite Watters

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Adoption #2

Its finally time to start the updates on our next grand adventure in parenting, adopting two more Latvian siblings!

Our summer included an unexpected, last minute, hosting of Little ‘O’. She stayed for a month inner home and left too soon. Our hearts were overjoyed at her arrival, and awakened with the realization the she is one of us. Yes indeed! Little ‘O’ is a Watters Girl. And soon, she and her younger brother will be here with us. Yes, you just read that right. Brother,  little, soon.

We are making our lists, checking them twice,

and looking up good flights at a great price.

As it stands we are awaiting word this week for our first round of court and social worker dates in Latvia. We have requested to travel as soon as next month! Everyone here is excited, nervous, hopeful and just ready to get things moving.

We have been working on this adoption since May of 2016. Its longer than a pregnancy, and shorter than forever. Some of you will remember that our previous Latvian adoption required 3 trips to Latvia over the course of 6 months.It will be very much the same this time. For our first trip we will stay for a few weeks and get to know the children and their culture more. Pray for Adam, he is learning Latvian! I am so proud of him.

At this point we have had a lot of questions about clothing needs, help while we are gone, cost, and so on. Thank you, to those of you who have already begun meeting those needs! Per clothing for the children,  we are going to wait until we have them home to do much about purchasing clothing. Help with those who will stay behind. If you are available to help with our non travelers just email me or call. I don’t have much to say otherwise until we get our travel plan set in stone. Finally, the cost. Yes, it is very expensive to adopt from Latvia. The majority of the expenses lies in the travel & housing while in country. If you would like to help with the adoption specific fees, travel expenses or otherwise in a financial way here is how:

PayPal  PayPal.Me/aprilwatters

Texas Bank & Trust account labeled ‘Adoption’ for Adam Watters (2 T’s)

Adoption Related Services, Inc. can also receive a donation for adoption specific fees only on our behalf. This would need to be a check with ‘Adam Watters’ in the note line.               Adoption Related Services, Inc., P.O. Box 201 Shrewsbury, PA 17361

Thank you for the prayers, words of encouragement, serious questions and provisions. We will keep you updated as things move along. We cannot post photos yet, but I assure you, they are healthy & cute!!! For those of you who live closer we are very excited for you to get to know our new kiddos this spring. Until sooner or later…

Blessings! Mamite April, for the Watters Clan

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Lent – Week 2 – Day 8

Ephesians 5

” Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear child. Live a life of love, following the example of Christ.”

I have often wondered what it would e like to have an older brother to look after me. Maybe I would want to desperately have his approval. Most likely I would have done anything to get his attention. As I observe the little sisters in our home I see what joy they have in knowing their big brother(s) notice them. I have also observed what devastating lengths the girls are prone to go in an effort to gain what they seek.

Recently one of the sisters was really having to wrestle with this need to gain approval. In order to gain the attention she hungered for there were compromises made and boundaries knowingly crossed. As a mother this alarmed me, as a Christian it peaked my curiosity. As I prayed through things this thought came to mind:

God did not create you to be like _______, he created you to be like Christ.

As we seek approval, acceptance and attention, so we focus our efforts in a sometimes worldly direction. So who holds the place of ‘approver’ in your life? A sibling, parent, spouse or child? A boss or co-worker, or giver of accolades? As we seek to gain their approval we are choosing behaviors that reflect what they value, and not all of these behaviors are pleasing to God.

In the end I do have a big brother, the first in this new way of following the LORD, his name is Jesus and he is the Christ. If I am focusing on Christ’s example then all I do in, an effort to gain his attention alone, will be nothing short of exactly who God desires for me to be like.

#createdinhisimagetobehislikeness

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Lent – Week 2 – Day 7

Psalm 19

‘The heavens declare the glory of God…’

‘Keep me for willful sins, may they not rule over me.’

Here are the two points we talked over as a family last night:

1.This Psalm is such a diverse one. You can read the beginning and gather evidence of God in creation. No matter who, when or where there is the proof right in front of your very eyes of a God who is awesome! Step outside today and try to explain that away.

2. Also, the sincere, humble, plea that God would open our eyes to our hidden faults and strengthen us in our weakest moments. Acknowledgement that we need his kind of wisdom and intervention.

#proof #acknowledgement

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Lent 2016 – Week 2 – Day 6

James 4

Yes, again the LORD lead us back here. This was  probably due to the fact that some of us needed to be reminded of the seriousness of following Christ. Either we are following him or we are not. Either our lives are lining up with his example, or they are not. Taking a hard look at some realities. No one had much to say, not even in Dad’s breakfast recap. Me thinks that the LORD is doing a bit of a purging week at the Watters’ household. Ouch.

#puremotives