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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thank You

We haven't posted in a while as life tends to catch up to you!  I don't know how much we will post in the future, but I wanted to post today.  Today, 12-12-12 we will be finalizing the adoption on the American side.  It is the last step in this long process.  Today the kids will officially have their names changed to Moses Ezra Burdett and Clare Adeline Burdett and will be American citizens!  There is so much I can say.  We started this process in April 2011 after talking with Julie Porter on the phone and deciding God was pulling us into this place.  So much has happened and so many people have helped us on the way.  Without SO many people this adoption could not have happened.  On this final day I wanted to take a minute to say thank you.

First thank you to all the hundreds if not thousands of people that have prayed for us through this adoption.  Your prayers were directly felt and were greatly appreciated.  When so many people call forth Gods name on something I know God will move.  I appreciate all the time you gave us in those prayers.

Thank you to Matt and Julie Porter for helping us take our first steps and find out way through this crazy process.  Thank you to mom and Jennifer Zucha for helping us get in touch with Emma who made all this possible.

Thank you to all our friends and family that gave us money before we left for Uganda to help start this journey.  Thank you to Kristen for doing so much to help with our fundraiser.  Thank you to Ellen, David, and Michelle for throwing an amazing shower to help us get ready.

I want to thank Scott, Hannah, and Ashlyn who let us use take their luggage to the other side of the world and back!  Scott and Hannah's bags now have more than a little Gulu dirt on them!  Thank you to Abbey and John (from Servant Church) for helping us with power converters, clothes, advice, and so much more.  You helped us so much get ready for our international adventure.

On the trip we had so many prayers and so much encouragement through email and skype!  I really appreciate all those that emailed and called Nik on her birthday to make it special.

Towards the end of the trip things started to become tight financially and some amazing friends and family helped us out.  Thank you to : the Dickersons, Shane and Danielle Shoaf, Daniel and Mindy Dennison, Scott and Pam, Ted and Dana, and Neil and Marge Schuermann.  Thank you all so much.  I simply don't know what we would have done without you.

Thank you to George and Emma our new Ugandan family.  Your patience, persistence, kindness, faithfulness, and dedication made this adoption possible.  You did so much and did it so well.  George thankyou for what must have been the most uncomfortable car ride ever on our way back from Padibe!  Also thank you for not only taking on our case, but treating us like family by bringing us into your home and sharing your family and church with us.  Thank you to Emma for taking us into your family and bringing us into your church and just giving so much of yourself to this adoption.  Eventhough you are on the other side of the world know that we love you and think of you both often.  I look forward to the times you can travel to see us and to the day we go back to Uganda to see you.

Thank you to our parents:  Dana, Ted, Scott, and Pam.  There are no words to describe what you mean to us or how much you helped us.  From the start you were all enthusiastic and supportive of our unconventional family.  You prayed for us daily, cried with us, skyped with us, loved on us and just did more than I can possibly thank you for.  From your financial help to the daily prayer and encouragement it has meant so much.  We could not have done this without you all.  Now that we are back you have loved our children like they were your natural grand children and done so much to help us through this integration of families.  I cannot express how much I love you all and appreciate what you have done.  You have been Angles of God in our lives for this past year and a half.

Finally I want to thank God.   Lord you made this possible from day one by putting this call into our hearts. Nik and I prayed for each step and you did it at the right time not our time.  You then found us the perfect two children that we could not dream of anyone more perfect.  You have been by our side each day encouraging and loving on us.  Thank you for all you have done, because this adoption is all you.  These children remind me daily of who you are and how you love us.  While the adoption is done the journey is just begining.  Thank you

Thank you to everyone if we are not facebook friends feel free to friend us as that is the best place to follow our journey.  Love and God Bless..... The Burdetts (Travis, Niki, Clare, and Moses)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday Miss Clare!!

This morning Clare came downstairs to several presents on the table and her birthday cake. She was so excited and couldn't believe that they were ALL for her! She took cupcakes to school to share with her class. She told me her favorite part was the sprinkles :) After school she got a baby doll from my principal and she named it Baby Niki. Silly girl. I told her we could go anywhere and do anything so she decided we'd go to the playground to swing and collect acorns. After that she decided that we'd go home to ride bikes. On our way home we stopped by the mailbox and she got two birthday cards, one from Aunt Valerie & Co. and one from Aunt Lynda. She loved getting mail! As we were pulling up to the house I stopped to show her the two boxes on the porch and I told her they were presents for her. She got really excited about more presents and said "Birthdays in America are lovely!" Cutest thing EVER!! Lovely? Really? Okay!

 Moses was such a great sport about everything being about Clare. After bikes she decided we'd go in and watch The Princess Diaries. About 5 minutes into that Dani and Pop Skyped us. So, she opened her presents from them. She got a musical jewelry box and a set of Bob Books (ones that she can read). She played the jewelry night ALL night. She specifically asked that it played while she opened the rest of her gifts. Last week we asked her what she wanted for her birthday dinner. After she realized she could have anything she wanted she decided on hot dogs, mac & cheese, chicken and rice! Silly girl. We had all that for dinner!

6 Candles in the shape of a C

Clare with her birthday crown from school and her funfetti cupcakes

Hello Kitty purse and Ariel sunglasses from mama and baba. Later she said "I love my glasses!"

Glitter headbands!

Moses sportin' a glitter headband :) 

What is it? It's from Aunt Tamie & Uncle Brian!

A "Clare" hat!

Thanks Dickerson's!!

Gifts from Gramma & Grampa Schuermann - A game!

And a geometrical coloring book w/colored pencils from G&G Schuermann!

Mama's tea set from when we was a little girl

"I'll have tea with Moses."

And last, but not least a talking WOODY doll from Moses!

"Thanks Moses! High five!!"

Baba read Dr. Seuss' Happy Birthday to You to them before bed and they loved it. When I told Clare goodnight, I asked her if she had a good birthday. She giggled giddily and squealed YES! I'm so happy she had such a great day! Love that girl SO much!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Week in Photos & Videos

We took a walk down to a park that Travis and I walk to normally. We got there and the kids played on the playground. While we were there, I told Travis that I didn't realize how long the walk was until we were doing it with kids. The kids were fine until the last stretch of our walk home. At the end of our street Clare just sat down on the sidewalk. She was done. (I was too!) We got her to stand up and walk, but she was muttering in Acholi the rest of the way home. I started counting houses very loudly, "One house.....two houses...", etc. Our house is the 10th house. They didn't care about the counting, but I kept doing it. The next day Travis took them to Home Depot and on their way back to the house, they counted all the houses on our street! They WERE listening! They now count the houses every time we are driving back to our house. It's very cute and reminds me that even if they are mad and tired they are still listening.

Watching popcorn pop for the first time.

Making silly faces to send to Uncle Greg to wish him luck on his last CPA exam.

First movie theater experience! We took them to see Ice Age: Continental Drift at the dollar theater. They were very excited to see their favorite characters on the big screen. The had their jaw dropped and leaned forward during the whole movie. They love it! 

Story time at Barnes and Noble

Clare, Dani and Mama got pedicures. Clare got free flowers on her toes and paint on her nails. She's very proud of the flowers on her toes :)

We went to buy bikes and of course Moses had to jump behind the wheel of anything with a wheel!

Snuggling with Tag.

When we left for Uganda these were seeds. When we got home, they'd climbed the whole fence and were in full bloom. Morning Glories are my favorite, but I'd never grown them, before. 

New Bikes!

Baba and his ducklings headed to the playground

Cooking their first hotdogs over the fire pit in the backyard

Hotdogs are good!

Tag wonders if he can have some hotdog, too!

Mmm! First S'more!

Learning to roast marshmallow

We went to Yukon, OK to visit my parents and ALL my family. The kids met a lot more people and got to play with cousins, aunts, uncles, and great grandparents. 

Playing with Mama's old Tinker Toys

Resting with Grampa

Making hot chocolate to try it for the first time

Great Aunt Karla and Maddy bought them Candy Land. We had to play!

"I am a mammoth."

Gramma read to them all three nights we were there. The kids repeated every word she said and did dramatic hand motions with the words. 

Having their fist pancakes! Clare would only eat the baby ones, the big ones didn't taste as good.

Showing Great Grandma and Grandpa Schuermann a photo book of Uganda

Serving Great Grandpa Small some play doh ice cream

John Parizak let the kids come out and see the tractors. Moses was SUPER excited! 

Clare and Moses driving the tractor with Grampa

Moses is driving!

Finished driving the tractor. They had a blast!

Clare, decorating her birthday cake with sprinkles. (We celebrated a little since my parents won't see her around her birthday).  She kept saying "no birthday, no birthday" when we would talk about her birthday, but once she learned there were presents involved she was ALL about the birthday! She got involved in her cake and excited about ice cream and singing.

I got to teach her that we light the candles, sing Happy Birthday, then she gets to blow out the candles. She learned quickly and loved every second of it!
She got her own digital camera from Gramma & Grampa!

Clare, taking a photo of Gramma taking a photo.

Clare and Moses got to meet A LOT of cousins and play at Play Zone


Then they got to ride on Oma's short bus to McDonald's. They loved it. Clare told Gramma that they threw balls around the bus and sang. She learned "The Wheels on the Bus".

Thanks Oma for the fun warm hats!

Katy and Brandon came over the visit and brought the kids Catan Jr. (I'm psyched!) It was so great to see them!

Then the Shoaf grandchildren came over the play. Clare, Lily and Riley had a great time playing!

Johnathon with Elmo - he and Rosalie came by for a visit while the Shoafs were there.

We thought the kids would be exhausted after meeting so many people that day, but that night my cousins came over and the kids wrestled with them the whole time.

Playing with Julia and their cousins Taylor and Brice 

Sunday, we stopped in Norman to eat with Daniel and Ruthie, after church, then headed to the OU campus to show our kiddos the stadium.

They were VERY excited! They were singing "OU OU Boomer Sooner OU" as we walked around.

Once they saw the stadium they were asking when we were going to watch a game here. They are ready!

We walked by all the Heisman Trophy winners and Moses ran over to Sam Bradford and said "Take my picture!" 

Today we visited the Round Rock Fire Dept. Our friend, Hannah, works there and invited the kids out for a tour. Moses loved it! (Clare was in a sour mood...)

Moses was so excited to see the trucks and explore them. He jumped into the driver seat (as usual) and HAD to put his buckle on. Good boy! He was the happiest kid in the world!

So happy that he thanked the fireman, then gave him a big big bear hug!

We have done SOOOO much in the last week. Wow! I didn't realized how much we've done (hence me having no time to blog) until I started this blog post. Tomorrow they both start Kindergarten! Moses' teacher came by the house, today to meet him. One of my friend's kids is in his class, so we went and met and played with him. We just heard something upstairs and Clare was awake playing on her bed. Neither of them have done that before. I'm sure she's just excited about tomorrow and can't sleep. 

First Day of School, Tomorrow!!