back online– yay!

810Check this picture out. Me, mom, and the four kids all in the back of one of the taxis. Awesome!!! I’m pretty sure we’ll have a few meltdowns over the booster seats awaiting them in the minivan. 🙂 We figure that while we’re here the kids are pretty safe because we are packed in so tight–no one can go anywhere. Well, that’s not really true. The first few times in the car, Juan Pablo tried opening the door handle while we were moving. He has no concept of what would happen if the door opened. He’s getting better, but I still have to hold him on my lap.

We thought for sure we wouldn’t get internet until Monday, but the provider surprised by showing up this evening. We now have internet and cable, which means we now have cartoons for the kids. Although they’ve been content to watch the same movie over and over and over on our portable DVD player, I’m going to run out of new ones very soon. I think I still have three that they haven’t seen. Right now they are watching The Jungle Book–for like the fifth time in two days. I love that they’ll watch the same thing.

Let’s see, we only had one major melt down and two mini meltdowns today. That’s improved over four major melties yesterday. But we are thinking that with four kids in tow that’s pretty darn good. Most of the meltdowns happen around nap time or bed time or anytime the kids think one of us has been gone too long–that we might not return. Those are meltdowns we expect, understand, and welcome. There haven’t been any melties in public. For that I am grateful. Here are a few more pictures to tide everyone over. Adam is transferring the rest of our pics tonight. You will all eat up the cuteness we have coming your way. Hopefully, I can post some more tomorrow during “quiet time.”



  1. I just keep crying for you all!!! (Jeremy keeps asking me if I am ok) We cannot wait to see you and meet your new additions!!! You are in our prayers!!

  2. Rachel and Adam,
    I could not be more happy for you two! Your kids are just adorable! Their smiles are amazing! I look forward to seeing all their personalities. My kids were checking out the blog with me, and they wanted to see everyone of the pictures and just loved the video. It made me cry of course, the hugs are just precious. Rach, I am impressed with your Spanish! 🙂 I love you two! Let me know if there is ANYTHING you need! Love, Amy

  3. Cute cute cute!!! Can’t wait to hear about how the apartment is and well it works for everyone! And see some pics of it too! Good to hear from you again and sounds like the kids are going to be very well adjusted with such understanding parents as you guys are! We love you!

  4. Thank goodness for the internet! I’ve been dying for an update (I think I have I have looked at your past ones 5 times a day). It is so fun to start seeing the kids’ personalities come out. What a ham Daniel is, I adore him! I can already tell that we are going to have to have some killer scrap sessions with kids this cute in the fam!

  5. My goodness its like you guys have been together forever! Good sign, you are adjusting, no exhaustion marks. Heavenly Father always gives us that extra burst of adrenline, we need to make it through the day. You guys are doing wonderful! You guys are doing great on your meltdown count. I am lucky if thats all I have in one day with only three!!!! Jason needs to tell you about the time, I think he was 3, he opened the door in the middle of the intersection and crawled to the sidewalk!!! We can not wait until we can meet the munchkins!!! We love you guys and are keeping all of you in our prayers!!! 🙂

  6. Keep all the cuteness coming. It’s a silly thing but I remember folding and packing the little items and the clothes and it makes me feel like I am giving them a great big hug. Daniel looks so handsome in his “Adam” shirt and his new jeans. They are all adorable.

  7. I love you sweet pictures! Glad to hear how things are going! We need to hear how your first Sunday went. Did you have to chase any one onto the stage? I did today! No shocker! Love yo guys and can’t wait to meet your whole family.

  8. WE love looking at your photos…it’s bedtime here and we’re stalling, saying that we need to look at “her” pictures again. I am so glad you are back online and we’re able to follow along on your little journey in bringing home your little ones! Expect the meltdowns…they will happen, I have had my oldest for four years and we still have meltdowns all the time! My best advice just smile and stay calm.

  9. Rachel….we are just starting the process to adopt a 15 year old boy in Colombia. Any information you can share about places to say would be appreciated. We are difinitely want an apartment. I can picture a 15 year old in Betty place or the other guest houses.

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