July 14, 2004


Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 4:07 pm

As you can see, I removed all of the scrapbook entries. It was getting difficult for some computers to load them all. I finished all of the pages(unless Teri gives me new photos before we go) and have placed them all on a webpage for your viewing pleasure. Please let me know what you think!

Shanti’s Scrapbook

July 10, 2004

A video of Rani

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 11:07 pm

I got the video of Rani that Kathy made for me today! (THANKS KATH!) and I just bawled and bawled! She is so adorable! And when she saw the photocube I sent and played it over and over again listening to my voice, it was like I was right there with her. TWO-AND-A-HALF-WEEKS more!!!!! :lovestruck

June 22, 2004

Got some of the pictures today!

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 3:06 pm

She is such a little character! Her hair is a lot longer now, and she was wearing red lipstick that she had obviously applied herself. 🙂 I wish I could share them with you! I can’t post her pics on a public webpage, but if you want to see her, post a comment and I’ll email you one.

June 11, 2004

Kathy is back!!!

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 12:06 am

Kath, I hope you don’t mind me posting your email. I wanted to share it with everyone!!!

“Hello, you temporary mommy of a jillion children!

Met one of your children all the way in India and boy is she cute!!! She really is a BUNDLE of bouncing energy and does MUCH screeching 🙂 – very funny. I thought Rani was a doll – she definitely “fills the room with her presence” :). When I gave her the photo cube she was soooo excited and looked at all the pictures, saying “mommy” “daddy” “baiee (sp?)” (brother). When I pushed the button on it for the first time she was so exited to hear the song and I told her that was your voice. She pushed it over and over and I have video of her with it. She did listen to it about a thousand times and was quite insistent that everyone else do, too – kept pulling at my skirt “Auntie! Auntie!” and making me sit down to listen to you sing again.

Shanti didn’t get a chance to tell me much about Rani, but Saila said to tell you that all the caretakers can’t wait for her to go home as she is “full of mischief” – pulls up the plants in the garden, hits other children and grown-ups, and is very loud. Just from meeting her I would certainly believe she does those things and can see how she can be thought of as “misbehaving”, but I also see such a great fabulous personality in her and so much boundless energy that I really think that with some actual 1-1 parent/child help focusing that energy she will be just an amazing and awesome little girl!

Minuti also said that Rani is very misbehaved, but the very cute thing she said about her was that Rani is soooo excited about you all, that she asks every day about her mommy and daddy and is just very ready for you to come. She said that whenever another child’s family comes to bring them home she asks when you will come, and that she also asked while I was there since she knew I was there to bring Akshyata home. So, hopefully it will not be too long for you.


Wooh! Sounds like I have my work cut out for me!!! LOL I can’t wait. Oh I wish it were me going to India soon!

June 4, 2004

Kathy is in India!!!

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 12:06 pm

My good friend Kathy is in India picking up her little girl! She has, in all likelyhood, visited Rani and given her the gifts allready. Each time I look at the bracelet on my own wrist, I think of the bracelet on Rani’s. I can’t wait till the time when I can claim her as my own and show her that I’m wearing one too! This week has been such a difficult one. As I see my good friend in Ethiopia picking up her four new children, I can’t help but think about the fact that she will have adopted six kids in the time that it has taken me to adopt one! And our daughter is still not home!!! When will it be our turn?

May 29, 2004


Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 9:05 am

So sorry, my blogging has been so slow. It’s tough to find the time when you are caring for thirteen kids! LOL

My good friend Kathy is on her way to India to get her little girl! She is taking a bunch of gifts for Rani as well. I had a special bracelet made especially for her, and had a matching one made for me. I’m wearing it every day. Every time I look at it, I think of her and wonder how she’s doing. I’m going to wear it every day till I get to show it to her in person! She will recieve hers on June 4th. By June 10th, the courts will reopen and Kath will be at home, so I’ll have new pictures! I can’t wait till June 10th!!! Only twelve more days to go!

May 19, 2004

Busy is a blessing

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 6:05 am

I am soooo busy right now! So many things going on for my boys at this time of year. I feel like I’m always on the go :moped And to top it all off, my boys and I are moving into a friends home for a month. We are leaving tonight. We will be caring for ten of my friend’s fourteen children as she jets :lilplane to Ethiopia for four more little ones! I’m so excited for her and am looking forward to a busy month! We will be sewing diapers for my daughters orphanage, the boys have a ballet recital next week, and Sully has baseball practices and games. I’m glad I’m busy though, because by the time my life turns to normal, the Orissa courts will be open again! :cloud9

May 14, 2004

Another dress for Rani!

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 12:05 am

Just won this new dress for Rani. It probably won’t get here in time to send, but I’ll add it to my collection!

Rani’s New Dress

May 10, 2004

Not sure what to write…

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 10:05 pm

We, of course, are in waiting limbo again. Nothin’ much to do but wait. I’m gathering items to send to Ahrana when my friend Kathy goes to India. So far I’ve got a sweet pink dress, cotton knit for the top, cotton woven for the bottom. A mommy and baby elephant holding tails grace the bodice and a simple printed design decorates the hem. Very simple and very sweet. Next I have a matching pair of Robeez shoes. I hope they fit as I have no idea what size she wears. And I also had a sweet bracelet made and I’m going to have one made for me so we match when I pick her up.

I really want to send her a soft photocube but I can’t find one anywhere! I may have to settle for a talking one and sing her a lullaby maybe. Then I’m going to send a picture book with some small English words as well. I’m hoping she will like the gifts! I can’t wait to get her home! :heartbeat

May 3, 2004

Coming down off the high

Filed under: Mama Musings: How will we cope? — Tamra @ 7:05 pm

Wow, it feels so wierd to finally have NOC after such a long wait. I sometimes can’t believe that it’s real. I keep waiting to feel differently, but so far I still feel the same. I’m afraid to hope that we will get guardianship by the end of the month. I’m trying to be realistic that we will likely get caught in the shut down season which means we’d miss Rani’s birthday. I guess I’m just afraid to get my hopes up.

BUT on the bright side. I’ve bought two dresses(I’m trying to be conservative still *grin*) and am preparing a gift basket to send to her when my good friend Kathy goes to pick up her little Nina. I’m so excited as Kath leaves at the end of the month and that means new pics and possible video of our princess! New pics always make the waiting more bearable!!!

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