Thursday, February 26, 2009

A good book while you wait

While you are waiting to finish your dossier, or waiting for a referral, court date, travel date, etc...I highly recommend reading this book. I am in love and I have only read the first 100 pages. I takes place in Ethiopia and involves medicine. Already complicated childbirth has taken place so its high on my list. (I am a labor and delivery RN for those reading this that don't know that). 
Hope you enjoy as much as I am! 
"Throughout this magnificent novel, this question is answered affirmatively over and over again. Whether your brother is your identical twin, an orphaned child, an unfortunate neighbor, or a stranger, each person deserves to be cared for. 

Beginning in India, the story progresses to Africa where it remains until the protagonist immigrates to America. Marion, the narrator of this fictional autobiography, is one of a set of identical twins. His birth and life at the mission, Missing, provide the basis for the conflicts and triumphs contained in the novel. The historical backdrop, Ethiopia's internal conflicts and coups, impart additional depth to the book's realistic atmosphere. The title "Cutting for Stone" is taken from the Hippocratic oath, but may also reflect a double meaning. The biological father of the Marion and his twin, Shiva, is Thomas Stone, a famous surgeon. In what may be a subconscious effort to emulate and impress their absent parent, both become skilled surgeons. They are "Cutting for Stone". 

This is one of the most outstanding books I have been privileged to read. Verghese is a skilled writer and draws the reader into the book immediately. The characters are strong, interesting, and very human; the conflicts are realistic and keep the pace of the novel moving forward. Even minor characters are sufficiently well developed so that the reader would like to know more about their lives. There is gentle humor, emotional turmoil, and great personal triumph throughout the book. 

Allow yourself the luxury of time to read "Cutting for Stone" without interruption. If you do not, you will find yourself thinking about the characters and wondering what is going to happen to each one. In my opinion, that is the mark of a great book - the author has captured your attention and quietly demands you give it to nothing else. When a book as fine as "Cutting for Stone" is involved, you are more than happy to comply. You can, if necessary, read this book in multiple sessions without losing interest or forgetting what has previously occurred. 

Had I been allowed to rate this book more than five stars, I would have done so. It is truly a masterpiece." (review off Amazon)



Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fun and not so fun

Fun: I took a PCC cooks class with a good friend on Ethiopian home cooking:

Ethiopian Home Cooking  

THERESA OVERLUNDHANNA PETROS

Hanna and Theresa have returned with another intriguing Ethiopian menu that you can easily duplicate with authentic methods and flavors. Gommen Be Siga Qiqil (lamb with collard greens) is a hearty farmer’s dish that warms your tummy and your heart. Ye Sukwar Dinich Wo’t is a Spiced Yam Sauce and Sofiliya is a lightly sautéed, baked seasonal veggie dish that will impress you with its varied textures and tastes. With the counterpoint of Salata, salad with fresh herbs and lime dressing, you’ll experience the variety and depth of Ethiopian home cooking. With meat; no dairy or eggs.

I was a ton of fun. The only problem was that I have a major sinus infection and could hardly smell a thing. The food was great. Much better than the Ethiopian restaurant I went to. I highly recommend the class.


Not so fun: Being "stuck" at number 6 for boys. There have been no referrals that I know of since the 14th. So it's only 11 days but it feels like forever. 

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Charlie has bronchitis and has been having trouble keeping his oxygen levels up. So...every 4 hours day and night we have to give him a nebulizer treatment. In addition he is on Steroids...this seems to have made him like a PMSing woman. He is super hungry and emotional. 

That sums of life with the Weiseths. Oh yah, as if life wasn't crazy enough....Our store opens Friday!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Heart of the Gospel

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/1991/Audio/

Here is the link to a John Piper sermon on Adoption and how it is the heart of the gospel. It is about an hour but such an amazing message. I took 6 pages of notes and had goose bumps the whole time. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hunker Down

This week has been a blur. It's already Wednesday. I have been sick with a sinus infection since Monday. The complete lack of smell had come in handy a few times already. :) Emelia has a fever tonight so I am expecting tomorrow to be an "interesting" day. I have been really enjoying our  morning routine of trips to the gym, BSF, preschool, etc.  It has been busy busy busy. But now It's time now for us to hunker down and rest. Time to accomplish nothing, forget laundry, leave toys scattered about and just SURVIVE.  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Unofficial

As of today we are unofficially number 7 for boys! 



I have lost count of girls since I am 99% sure we won't be getting one. I think we are 23 on the girls.

Come on Baby Weiseth

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Redeem

When we first started to look seriously into adoption we were blown away by the cost. How could it possibly cost 20-35K? We really started to wonder what that money was really going towards. How were we going to get that kind of money? 
This week I have been studying Leviticus 25-27 at BSF and was struck by the instructions from the Lord for redeeming people and land. It really made me pray more about my own redemption and the redemption of others. 
I looked up the definition for Redeem in Websters:  to buy back : repurchase b: to get or win back
2: to free from what distresses or harms: as a: to free from captivity by payment of ransom b: to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental c: to release from blame or debt : clear d: to free from the consequences of sin.
I realized this is what adoption is. Redemption.
Many (too many) were born into slavery. Given up, abandoned, many times the product of sin, etc. They need redeeming. They need to be purchased, won, freed from captivity and distress. Andrew and I also need that redemption- from our sins, our selfishness, ourselves. Jesus is allowing Andrew and I to participate in redeeming a life-not for our glory but for His and to help us understand our own redemption. Hebrews 9:12 "He entered once and for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption." Jesus gave up his life for us...we will give up money, time, convenience for a child. A Life! Isn't that cool! Jesus has redeemed us and allows us to participate in redeeming others. Galatians 4:4-7"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying, "Abba! Father!" So that you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tough week for the kids

Charlie tried to cushion his fall with his forehead on our cement patio.  
2 days later: Emelia got her hand smashed in the door jam. This required an ER trip where they had to completely remove her nail. They replaced it where it belonged and then sewed it into place. Here she is with her bandage:

I wish I could protect my kids from all things bad including these. This is a lesson on letting go for me. Trusting that God will be our God regardless of circumstances. Trusting and believing that God loves my kids even more than I do. 
I am needing to hire a nanny part time as our store is about to open. How can I trust someone else to protect my kids when these things happen in my care? Am I really trusting God with my most precious things. I have dedicated my children to Christ (at church) but have I really handed them over...completely trusting in Jesus to take care of them?    

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Better late than never- Christmas in Ethiopia

My brother in law sent this video to me. It is a slide show produced by the BBC in Lalibela, Ethiopia as they celebrate the 24 hours before Christmas. It is very beautiful!

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Family

This picture is from last summer when Andrew officiated our friends wedding (Keith and Lisa).  I love this picture because it holds such a fond memory for me. It is amazing to watch your spouse speak to a large group. I think I get more nervous than he does but I always leave feeling so proud. Andrew and I met 9.5 years ago, the summer before I started college. Andrew spent his days skateboarding and handing out with Young Life kids. His entire wardrobe was from Value Village even though his parents could have clothed him from Nordstom. He drove a green Volvo that he was brought home from the hospital in (when he was born!). Andrew was not the "type" I imagined following in love with and marrying 7 years ago. 
It is such an good reminder to me that God knows the best for me way before I do. I easily get so caught up in my own plans that I forget to consult with the Big Guy! Andrew is way more than I ever expected and hoped for. I love him not just for how he makes me feel but for who he is. I am in love with his character as well. He truly lives his life to serve others. He doesn't just hang out with our kids, he invests in them, teaches them, encourages them. (Today I was telling Emelia that a friend of ours was going to have a little girl from Ethiopia who was her age. She then said that her skin would be brown. She followed that comment with "people from Kazakhstan have brown skin as well". I am pretty sure she didn't learn that at preschool. That would be her daddy.) 
Thank you Jesus for knowing the best for me and blessing me with Andrew. I excited to see who you pick to join our family.