Four Years Later

Wow!  We are celebrating four years together as a Forever Family!  God is so good!  He has blessed us beyond measure.

I want to start by talking about all the ways our kids have blessed us!  Dorina is our constant bouncing joy!  She is always full of joy and hugs and laughter and jubilant energy!  She is such a servant and really enjoys helping in any way she can.  Tibi is our sensitive, generous hearted boy!  He enjoys showing love to others, encouraging them, and sharing with them!  We are blessed every day by the beautiful souls of our children.  We are blessed daily by all that God has put inside of them and the ways that he is working in and through them every day!  We know that God has great things for them today, and in the future!

The last year has been full of changes for us, but good changes.  We have been blessed to be able to move closer to my job.  This has been such a wonderful blessing and time saver!  No more 45 minute drives!  Tony was moved to a Church near my school and we have enjoyed becoming part of this wonderful new church family.  The kids enjoy being part of this church and we are working together as a family to serve the Lord!  This church family is such a blessing to us!  We enjoy worshiping together as a family and being part of the services together.  We enjoy the warm and loving fellowship of all the people there.  The are amazing!  We have enjoyed reaching out to the community and connecting with new people.  It is amazing to watch all that God is doing here!

The kids are in 4th grade now!  Wow!  I can’t believe how much they have grown!  Dorina is almost as tall as I am now.  That is not saying much, because I am rather short, but she is growing into a beautiful, tall, young lady.  We are so proud of her!  Tibi is growing too!  I know it won’t be long til he is taller than me!  He is such a cutie and growing into a handsome young man. The children have a creative sense of humor and enjoy spending time with us.  They often tell us that they would rather be with us no matter what we are doing, than to go play.  They are so sweet!  They are making A’s and B’s in school and we are very proud of them.  It is so hard to believe that they didn’t know any English just four years ago!  They have wonderful personalities and enjoy life.

The kids really enjoy our new neighborhood.  They enjoy riding their bikes in the culdesac that we live on.  We enjoy taking family walks and being able to shop!  We are close to everything now that we live in Dothan.  God has blessed us so much!  We are so grateful for God’s love and provision.

Our favorite thing to do as a family is to read and study God’s Word together.  The kids love God so much and it is such a joy to watch them grow in their faith every day.  Tibi’s sensitive heart reaches out to people and prays for them daily.  He is our little preacher.  Dorina brings joy where ever she goes.  They both love to sing and praise Jesus too!  They always have a song ready for any occasion!  Both of the kids find joy in study God’s Word and applying to their lives.  They like to dig in to the scriptures and find out all they can about them and then meditate on what they are learning.  It brings such joy to this Mommy’s heart to see them grow in their faith and love of Jesus!  It is my favorite time of day, when we sit down to study God’s Word together.

Game night is another family tradition that we enjoy.  I remember playing games with my family and relatives growing up and it is so sweet to share that with my kids.  We recently purchased Dutch Blitz.  I remember playing that game with my Aunts and Uncles growing up and then in collage too.  It brings back such fun memories.  Tibi and Dorina really get into play games and it is so fun to spend time together this way.

It has been a fabulous and wonderfully blessed four years.  We have had our ups and downs but God has brought us through each day with His love and joy.  It is not easy to “Become” a family, but it is so worth it!  We can’t even remember what it was like to not be a family anymore.  God has bound our hearts forever!  We are grateful beyond words for what He has done for all of us!  Thank you Jesus for our precious family!  We can’t wait to see what He has for us each day!

So far in 2016

EasterWe look forward to a new year each time.  It is nice that God gives us a chance to start new each day and each year.  We believe this is a year of wonderful things for our family!  Our family scripture for this year is Philippians Chapter 2.  We want to live our lives in harmony and bring joy to others.

This year started out difficult for the kids in school.  They just hadn’t been motivated at this school.  They weren’t trying their best and they were not very happy.  So we decided to move them back to the school where I teach.  They were very excited to come back to my school.  They have done much better since they have moved.  They are working harder and enjoying school more.  Dorina’s grades have improved so much in her new class.  Tibi has been trying harder too.  We are very proud of their progress!
On the way to school each morning, we listen to sermons, study scripture, and pray together.  I enjoy the special time I get to spend in the car with the kids on the drive to school.

This year Tony is taking some classes.  One of his classes has been in Birmingham.  We all went with him to the last class.  While he was in class, we explored the Science Museum there.  It was so much fun!

The kids enjoyed learning about science and most of all they enjoyed all of the hands on experiences!  Dorina wasn’t too sure about the bed of nails!  Tibi was the volunteer to help with the electricity experiential.  I even got to pet a shark!  That was a new experience for me!

This year we also adopted again – a stray cat.  There was a beautiful blue gray cat that showed up on our porch.  We tried to find a newBalou home for the sweet cat before Christmas.  In January it turned very cold outside – cold for Alabama anyway.  The sweet cat had been attacked by a stray and was not well and I just couldn’t leave him outside in the cold – so Tony let me bring him in.  The kids loved him!  He was so gentle and sweet!  God provided someone that paid for all of his vet bill to get him ready for the family!  The kids have had so much fun with him!  He is an interesting cat!  He entertains himself.  He gets out all of his toys every night and plays.  He throws his toys in the air and chases after them.  We named him Balou after the big Baloo bear from the Jungle Book.  That was a movie that I enjoyed watching with my mom.
porch steaksThe weather has been nice so we enjoyed a steak meal on the porch!  We are enjoying our spring break this week.  We haven’t gone anywhere, but we have enjoyed our time together.  We just enjoy being together!

Update 2015

There is so much to write about since it has been almost a year since I posted.  This week we have been looking at pictures of the kids from 3 years ago and they look so little!  They have grown so much in so many ways over the last three years.

012fd385befb3f48db00aac48b950eb5d163a47df1Last summer was filled with projects.  We started out by researching how to build your very own Barbie house using recycled materials.  The kids had been learning about recycling and Dorina wanted a Barbie house.  The kids and I collected copy paper boxes, fabric scraps, cardboard, and other packing materials that we found and created an adorable Barbie house and furniture.  Most of the Barbies 0161e517eddebd3bdb8fd538fd4097bfa622b383e4and white furniture pieces came from when I was a kid.  Dorina used about $10 to buy a few pieces to add to it and paper and other things to decorate the house.  We had so much fun and she has spent hours playing with it.

hot wheels city 2Our next project was to create a Hot Wheels city for Tibi.  We researched and began collecting materials.  We used felt and pipe cleaners to make movable roads so that he could arrange his city however he wanted to each time.  We used boxes and construction paper to make buildings, signs, bridges, and a parking garage.  Tibi has enjoyed hours of fun in his city!  The kids enjoy playing cars together too.

Dorina sewingOur next project was to learn how to sew.  We began with just Tibi sewingsewing a straight seam.  When they had practiced for a while, I taught them how to make simple Barbie Doll pillows.  They learned how to be persistent and to keep trying but they were very proud of their finished results!  Dorina and I also made her a princess dress to wear for play.  She wanted it to also work as a wedding dress.  We had fun making it together.

space museumDuring the summer, we like to explore.  We took several trips just a short drive away to Columbus, GA.  We explored the Science Museum, outdoor ares, and the War museum there. imax We ate picnics and learned about the world.  Tibi had the most fun riding the fighter plane simulator!  The day we went there were not many people there and he flew the plane over and over!  We enjoyed the IMAX shows too.
Tony made awesome picnic lunches for us each time we went. steak and shake Some days we also enjoyed an inexpensive meal at Steak and Shake!

Tibi bdayTibi celebrated his birthday in July.  I can’t believe he turned 8 years old already!  They have grown so much!  The kids enjoyed going to the library all summer.  They enjoyed reading books and discovering new books in a series.  We practiced math facts and played in the sprinkler too.  It was a wonderful summer together!

We had so much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.  God has blessed us so much.  Dorinadorina dresss has become so much more responsible.  She is such a wonderful helper and always pitches in to help around the house.  She is so independent!  She enjoyed learning to cook this summer and prides herself on making breakfast for Mommy and brother on Saturdays when Daddy has to go to work.  She has such a sweet and tender spirit.  She is full of joy and lights up every room!  She brings so much love, laughter, and joy to our family!

daddy with kidsTibi has grown too.  He tries to be funny as often as possible.  Sometimes he is funny even when he doesn’t try to be!  He is so tender hearted and wants to do things to make others happy.  He is thoughtful of others and prays for others all of the time.  He is trying so hard to be a little gentleman and honor his mommy.christmas 2015

For our Christmas trip we went to Stone Mountain in Georgia.  We had a  wonderful time there.  We spent one day at the Jimmy Carter Museum.  That was so interesting.  As I said, we all enjoy history.  One christmas usrainy day, we spent at the Puppet Museum in Atlanta.  It was so awesome to see the Jim Henson Muppet collection!

seasame street2015 was a growing year.  Tony took on a part time job to help out.  Tony took the kids to school here in town and picked them up and helped them with homework.  The kids have struggled with their behavior at this school.  Dorina did not like school very much and Tibi seemed to think school was just a big play time.  They did not do their best with their grades in 3rd grade and they tried to see how far they could push the boundaries.  Some days it feels like we have two teenagers in the house and other days it seems like we have two toddlers!  These are the challenges of parenthood!  God has given us wisdom in each situation and helped us to guide our children.  We have all grown together.  We are so thankful for God’s love, mercy, and grace for each day!  The kids love to read their Bible, pray, and listen to what God has to tell them.  We know that no matter what we face, as long as we walk with Jesus, everything will work out for God’s glory!  We are thankful for each milestone!  We are thankful for Jesus!

Tib-A-Dor’s Station

20131223-080813.jpgDaddy’s restaurant is now open! It is beautiful and the food is amazing! We are so proud of Daddy and Tib-A-Dor’s Station!

tibadors 2The restaurant is named after our children.  We adopted our daughter and son from Hungary at the beginning of this year.  The butterfly on the sign is for our sweet daughter Makayla Alice who died shortly after birth.  This restaurant is Daddy’s dream and we have all worked hard to help Daddy start this new adventure.

Look for us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Tibadors and on the web http://tib-a-dorsstation.com/

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Come join us!  Located at 520 N Oates Street, Dothan, Alabama next to the City Building and across from the Library. Open Monday through Thursday 10:30 to 7:30 an Fridays until 8:30.

The Adventure Continues

lakeSince school started we have been on the go. We all get up pretty early every morning. Daddy fixes a wonderful breakfast while the rest of us get ready. The kids are troupers. They get up and get themselves ready with a smile and a song. They love school and look forward to it every day. They are full of joy and happiness.

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The children have grown in every way. You wouldn’t know that their native language isn’t English. They have an amazing vocabulary! They have made many new friends. Tibi made all As and Dorina made As and Bs on their first nine weeks grades! We are so proud! They have worked so hard! They are amazing!

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We have enjoyed celebrating fall! We try to spend time enjoying the nice weather. The kids had a chance to fly kites for the first time. They had a blast. There was a breeze that day that made it nice but when the breeze stopped, they just ran faster to create their own breeze. It was so much fun to watch them!

20131102-171421.jpgDaddy bought each of them a pumpkin for fall. We bought a carving kit and went out on the

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back deck one Saturday. The kids were so excited! They couldn’t wait to open the pumpkin and take out th
e brains. They had so much fun! Each of the kids designed their own special face for their pumpkin. Then Mommy helped

The children went on their first school field trip! They went to a farm with a corn maze and pumpkin patch. Tibi’s favorite part was the hay ride. Dorina’s favorite part was planting sunflower seeds and playing on the trucks. They had a wonderful time!them carve out the face. It was a wonderful afternoon of family fun and memories. The kids loved their pumpkin so much that Dorina even kissed hers! After we put lights in the pumpkins, we went inside to watch “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Daddy loves Charlie Brown and now the kids do too!

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One day we wanted to do something different. We went to Georgia to do some window shopping. We had fun seeing all of the fall and Christmas things for sale. We looked at all of the costumes for Halloween and the kids had fun trying them on. We had fun leaning new vocabulary words and learning about American traditions.

 

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The children really enjoyed looking at all of the Christmas decorations for sale that day. We just took our time and explored. We listened to a dancing Christmas Santa and Rudolph. We looked at trees and Christmas villages. We just enjoy spending time together. We are all looking forward to our first Christmas together!

Every day is a blessing to be together. We thank God for the sweet spirit that is in each of our children. We thank God for how much they have learned and how much they like learning! We are so happy and grateful that God made us a forever family!

Our Upcoming Concert

We are so excited about the upcoming performance with Taylor Mason!    This will be A Night of Hope to support and raise awareness about adoption.  Lifeline Children’s Services will be there to answer questions and present information.  It will be a night of fun for the entire family to raise funds to give children forever homes!  Tickets will be on sale very soon!