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.

Fall Update

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We have had so many things going on that I have not had time to update our blog.  So here is a little update.

Tib-A-Dor’s Station is coming along and will be opening very soon!  We are all very proud of Daddy!  Visit http://tib-a-dorsstation.com/ or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tibadors for more information.  The kids love going to visit Daddy at the restaurant!

The kids are doing great in school!  Dorina and Tibi continue to make A’s and B’s.  Tibi is now reading every thing, and I mean every thing that has words on it!  We go down the road and he reads the signs.  We go to the store, and he reads the labels.  He reads what I write and he reads any book that he can.  He sits in his soccer chair and reads away.  We are so proud!  Dorina reads but her favorite thing to do is to teach – just like her Mommy used to do when she was a girl.  Dorina teaches her dolls, her stuffed animals, and her brother as often as he will let her.  She would teach our cats if they would sit still long enough!  She reads to her class and we get the impression she talks to them just like her teacher talks to her!  It is so cute!  Apparently Dorina’s teacher screams in her head!  We are so proud of her.

 Thanksgiving collagethanksgiving collage 2Thanksgiving was a wonderful day for us!  Daddy was busy at the restaurant most of the week so Mommy took over some of the cooking.  With alot of prayer, God’s divine intervention, and the kids help – Mommy made some things for Thanksgiving and no one was hurt! 🙂  The kids and I made pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes.  It came out very good actually and we had a blast making it together!  This is the stuff memories are made of!
Grandma came over for lunch too.
We watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgivings free lunch as a family and then we all took a nap!  It was so nice to spend time together.  I read several books to the kids during the week about Thanksgiving.  We talked about how a pilgrim is someone who travels a long distance for a better life and the kids thought that was so neat because they were pilgrims too!  We made lists of things we were thankful for and the kids had fun making Thanksgiving name tags for the table.  The kids also enjoyed making special things for Mommy and Daddy at school.  We have so much to be thankful for and we spent time thanking God all day!

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This has been such a wonderful year full of making dreams come true for all of us!  Daddy and Mommy are so blessed by Dorina and Tibi.  Our lives have been forever changed and we are blessed beyond words.  Every day is a joy with Dorina and Tibi!  They are so sweet and full of love and joy!  They have taught us so much!  Thank you Father God for designing us to be a family from the beginning of time!

The Big Move

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ts roomWe are proud to announce that the kids were finally ready to be separated.  Neither of them had ever had a room by themselves and Tibi had never even slept in his own bed when we met them in January of this year.  This weekend, we moved them into their very own rooms.  Father God had been inching them toward this independance for a while.  Dorina was the one who seemed the most afraid of being by herself so we had not pushed the issue with them.  tx room 2Father God gave us a three day weekend and amazing ideas for storage and rearranging….and ta da – the kids each have their own room.  Not a tear has been shed as we have tucked them into their beds in their new rooms.  In fact, they are very excited!  They love it and were ready for this transition!

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We are so proud of them!  We know that it was the best thing to wait until they were ready.  All in God’s timing!  It was a smooth transition.  It means that they are growing up before our eyes!
Every day is a joy to have our precious daughter and son!  We marvel at them every day!  They are filled with so much love and it doesn’t seem possible but we love them more each day!  Here are a few pictures.  It is a work in progress but the rooms are looking very cute already!

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In funny news – yesterday while shopping for things for their new rooms, Tibi said we were “looking for eye balls.”

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Actually we were looking for light bulbs!  They are still so cute as they learn new words or try to repeat what they hear 🙂  Each day is filled with laughter and fun!

They were big helpers in moving furniture and cleaning out closets and rooms!  Dorina and Tibi are always ready to lend a hand.  They even rubbed Mommy’s shoulders when she had a headache while working on the project!  Thank You Father God for an awesome forever family!

Daddy burgerDaddy is working on a new project!  It is big news!  Daddy is opening a restaurant!  He named it Tib-A-Dor’s Station!  It is named it after Tibi and Dorina!!!!  How awesome!  God has so blessed us as Daddy has been working on this adventure for….. a long time!  The kids and Mommy are so proud and excited!  Tib-A-Dor’s will be a Barbecue, Burgers and More restaurant in Dothan, Alabama.  The decor is amazing!  He is decorating this once upon a time gas station, as an old time gas station!  It is amazing!  It is coming very soon!

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!

Kids say the cutest things

heart wordsIt is so much fun to listen to our children learn English.  They have learned so much and we want to record the special things that they say as they learn English.

We were talking about making Turtle Brownies and Daddy said he made the Brownies without the pecans.  Dorina said “I don’t want peacocks in my brownies!”

Dorina and Tibi were excited about the upcoming Labor Day.  They kept saying we were having a holiday.  Tibi said “Yay tomorrow is Christmas!”  No Tibi not yet (they are so excited about own first Christmas together).  We went out for breakfast on Labor Day and Tibi said “Yay!  We are going to McDonalds for our Holiday Party!”

Today we were talking about Christmas in America and Tibi said, “I know Dingle Bells….. Dingle Bells…… Dingle Dingle Bells (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)!”

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Tibi has picked up the habit of saying “shoot” when something goes wrong.  It is so cute the way he says it.  He also says “daggone traffic” or “daggone junk mail”.  Wonder where he heard that phrase???

Dorina said “There is a red bump on your belly.  But it is not on your belly butt.”
We still get a kick out of them when they say “I have a probob.”  Which means they have a problem.

We are so proud of all that they have learned and the huge vocabulary that they have.   Their sentences are very complex and they hold an intelligent conversation with everyone – and I do mean everyone who will listen and answer 🙂  They love to learn!  Today Tibi was writing sentences all by himself.  They both spell and sound out many words by themselves now.  We are constantly amazed!  It is such a joy to watch our children learn every day!  They have so much joy in even the simple things!  We have much to learn from our sweet children!  Thank You Father God for each new day!  Help us all to find joy in the simple things!

First Days of School

schoolSchool has begun!  Wow!  This has been quite a year already!  I started teaching 2nd grade again after 7 years as a 3rd grade teacher.  And for the first time – we are parents of 1st graders!  What a wonderful change!  We always dreamed of this and are so grateful every day for our amazing children!

We were just thinking yesterday about the first week that we met our children – they didn’t know any English, they could only write a few letters in their names, they ran around and pouted like toddlers.  Today, they walk triumphantly to their places in the hallway for 1st grade every day.  This week, they both completed math fact work, spelling work, reading passages, and writing all by themselves.  We are so proud of them and we stand in awe of God every day as we watch how He blesses our children and helps them to grow!

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We have had some wonderful compliments about our children this week.  Someone said they are the happiest children in school!  They love school and they get excited about every aspect of it!  They try very hard and are truly grateful to go to school and to learn.  They love their teachers and look forward to school each day.  Dorina hops out of bed every morning and can’t wait to get to school.  Their teachers have told us that they are working very hard and are learning very quickly.  Their English vocabulary is amazing!  The adjustments that they have made in the last few months are astounding.  They are polite and helpful at school too.  We couldn’t be more proud of our precious children.  We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school!

It is a new experience for us to get up so early and travel to school together each morning – but what a joy to go to school all together.  Daddy packs our lunches, fixes our breakfast, and has dinner ready for us when we get home!  Daddy is amazing!  Thank you Daddy for taking such good care of us!  The kids are great little helpers when I get to school in the morning and after school.  They help Mommy get her classroom ready for the next day.  We work on homework and study sight words and spelling.  It is a very busy day and sometimes long but we enjoy being a family.

We can hardly believe that just 7 months ago – we met the children for the first time.  It feels like we have always been a family.  There is so much love and joy in our home!  Our children are so helpful and kind.  We love to read God’s word together and pray together as a family after dinner.  Our children are praying for all of the children who are in the process of being adopted or who need a family to love them.  Our children pray for those who have been adopted as they transition.  Our children are grateful for all that God has given to them.  We thank God for the love and joy that we feel every day.  Thank you God for a great start to a great year!

A Day at the Beach!

Beach DayWe had an opportunity to drive to the beach for the day.  Mommy loves the beach and the kids really enjoyed their first time at the beach.  We were all excited!  Daddy prepared a wonderful bag of lunches and snacks and a great traveling breakfast, and we hit the road!

sand playIt was a beautiful day for the beach.  It was partly cloudy, a nice breeze was blowing, and it wasn’t raining for a change!

The children really enjoyed playing in the soft, sugar white sand.  They really like the waves and couldn’t get enough.  They made sand castles and played with their sand toys for a while.  We chose to be right by the pier – which is great for several reasons.  The shade from the pier is great.  Also – there was a wonderful sandbar on the right of the pier.  It was nice and shallow – just right for the kids.  The waves were also smaller on that side and a perfect place to play.  The kids kept wanting to get back in the water and jump over the waves!

There was a little shower while we were there but it didn’t last long.  At the end of the day, we rinsed off and changed so we could head to Red Brick for some Pizza and Gelato!  It was an awesome day!

Tibi’s Birthday!

We can’t believe that we have been a Forever Family for 6 months now!   We thank God every day for our family!  Every day is a new adventure and filled with so much joy!  We have been so blessed to celebrate all four of our birthdays together this year!  Each one has been very special and filled with wonderful memories!

tibi and partyTibi had been waiting in expectation of his birthday for months.  I think from the day after Dorina’s party 🙂  He talked about it on a regular basis.  We asked each of the children to pick 3 gifts that they would like for their birthday, and then we choose one to give them.  We let him pick a cake theme – which changed on a regular basis!  We have been showing the children Disney movies – as Daddy and Mommy have always been big Disney fans!  When we tell the kids that we love them, I started saying “I love you to infinity and beyond.”  We explained to the kids where that phrase came from and we purchased the movie to show them.  So when we were looking at cake ideas, we saw Toy Story and Tibi said he wanted a Toy Story cake and to watch the movie for his birthday!  What a great idea!

tibi candlesTibi went with Daddy on the morning of his birthday so Mommy and Dorina could get everything ready for him.  We got the cake, cleaned, and set everything up.  Tibi had wanted flowers – our sweet little boy  – so we picked some flowers from the front yard and made up a sweet little arrangement for him.  We got him a Mickey Mouse balloon and had everything ready for him.

Tibi was so excited all day long and talked about his birthday!  He told everyone!  When he got home, we made him close his eyes and walked him into the dining room.  When he opened his eyes he said “Ohhhhhh.”   He was so happy with everything.  We opened presents first.  Dorina had used her own money to buy Tibi a special present from the Dollar Tree.   tibi guitarThe children are so sweet and loving toward each other!  We are so proud of them.   He opened Dorina’s gift first and was very happy.  She had picked out a little store register drawer with play money in it.  Then it was time for his big present.  He was pretty sure he knew what it was and he was right.  He wanted a guitar and we got him a kid size guitar.  He was so excited!  I also purchased a beginners guitar book for him with a CD and DVD and I am planning to teach myself and Tibi how to play guitar.  I have always wanted to learn too.  We are both very excited.  Dorina wants Tibi to play for her so she can sing.  We are such a musical family!  We all love to sing praises to Jesus!!!!

After presents it was time to dig into the beautiful cake!  Tibi was so excited!  He had so much fun eating it and he was very happy about the toys that he would get off the top of the cake.  It was so cute to watch him blow out the Number Six candle.  It took many tries and was so much fun!

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DSCN4524We sat down to watch Toy Story after cake.  The kids both really enjoyed it.  In fact, Tibi literally sat on the edge of his seat for the entire movie.  I tried to get him to set back on the couch with me, but he was riveted to the movie!  He had his Toy Story characters from the cake in his hands and would do the same movements with them as the movie.  He giggled and was intense on the movie!  It was so special!

tibi goulashThe last item of the party was the one Daddy had been working on for weeks.  Tibi had requested a traditional Hungarian meal for his birthday – Gulyás (Goulash).   Daddy had researched, asked a friend of ours who lives in Hungary, and spent hours looking over recipes.  Tibi had requested that it not be as spicy as it had been when he ate it in Hungary.  Tibi also wanted bread and butter with it so he could dip the bread in his soup.  Daddy did a wonderful job!  It was delicious and Tibi was so happy!  Tibi said it tasted just like Hungary but without the spicy.  Good job Daddy!  It was a wonderful meal!

tibi with flowersTibi said he had a wonderful birthday!  We thank God that we have been able to celebrate both of their birthdays this year with them!  We are so proud of them!  They are amazing children!  They are ready and excited about going to school in August!  They have learned so much!  People can’t believe how good their English is and we get compliments on their behavior all of the time!  Our favorite time is still devotions and prayer time.  We sit at the table now right after supper.  We read the Bible together, recite verses, and have family prayer time.  It is the most wonderful and special time of all!  We start with worship, then we ask God for our requests, we ask for His forgiveness and tell Him how much we love Him.  Then we pause and listen to His voice.  We are always amazed at what the children share that God is telling them.  It is so sweet and insightful!  At the end, we spend time in thankfulness to God.  God has given our children such sweet and tender spirits!  We are forever grateful for our Forever Family!!!!

A Week of Firsts

We went on our first family vacation!  This vacation was filled with things that the kids had never done and things we had never done as a family!  It was so much fun!!!

We went to Savannah, Georgia.  We filled the kids bags with lots of fun things to do in the car and filled the back of the Santa Fa full to the top of stuff and set out on our way!  We had a lovely room at the Oglathorpe Inn and Suites.  It had lots of room for us and a really good price!  We are blessed!  The staff was so nice in helping us get set up with extra blankets and sheets too!

first trolleyThe next morning, we ate breakfast in the lovely atrium at the hotel and set off to catch the Old Town Trolley!  The kids were so excited about it!  We had a blast.  We got off the trolley to eat lunch and then to get some Gelatooooh!  When it started to get hot, we went back to the car and back to the hotel for swimming!

DSCN4214Our kids have become water babies!  They love to swim and get braver and better every time they get in the water!  Dorina got so brave, she was jumping in and swimming in the shallow end without her floaties!  It was so great!  She is really get good.  She also dives down to the bottom to retrieve a little sinking squid toy we got for them.  Tibi made great progress.  He is a great swimmer with his floaties.  He is still gaining confidence in going under the water, but he does do it now and he “hopped” in a few times too.  His hop is truly a hop and he barely gets water on his face 🙂  They have made such wonderful progress in the three different times we have been at pools.

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The next day we were off again to the Trolley.  This time we planned to get off several times and also to eat our lunch in the famous Forsythe Park.  We had fun getting off, taking pictures, and seeing the sites.  It was a warm day, but we had fun.  One fun thing we did this day was suggested by a girl at Publix.  We rode the free ferry boat to Hutchinson Island and checked out the Big Hotel and Spa there.  Tibi loved the boat ride!  On the way back across the boat made two stops!  It was even air conditioned!  It was a great fun free activity!  Thanks God!  Publix is daddy’s favorite store!

DSCN4125We had the greatest meals while we were there!  We ate at The Lunchbox with Chef Tony Rosetta!!!!  Tony brought a little grill and a plastic bowl.  He is a master chef, because from these items, he was able to make hamburger steak with gravy and baked potatoes.  He also made ravioli with sauce and salad.  One night he made Tortellini and sauce.  He also made pork chops and mashed potatoes for one meal!  Talk about the Macgyver of the kitchen – that’s Daddy!  It was delicious!

DSCN4160The next day we met some dear friends of ours.  We met them a few years ago on a cruise and they adopted us as their kids.  They supported our adoption and where so excited to meet the children!  We had lunch with them and the children loved them!  Then we went to play some games and ride the go carts!  The kids really enjoyed the go carts.  We wanted to do miniture golf but it was just too hot when we were there.  It was a great time of fellowship!

Dad and kids TybeeWe also made a visit to Tybee Island while we were there.  We went in the morning and saw the lighthouse, but it was too hot to climb it.  We also went over to the beach.  This was the first time the kids had seen the ocean!  They loved the shells scattered along the beach and they started hunting for good ones right away.  Then we went to the water!  They loved it!  They are Mommy’s kids!  Mommy loves the beach!  horseshoe crabWe got to see a horseshoe crab while we were walking along the beach.  Tibi was intrigued.  After a walk along the beach, we rinsed off our feet and headed for lunch!  Pizza!  Gelato!

It was a warm afternoon so we headed to the hotel for a while.  Around 4PM,  we suited up, grabbed a good sandwich, and went to the pier on Tybee Island.  That is when we realized just how much the kids liked the ocean!  It was a perfect evening with a breeze and clouds and even a rainbow!!!  The kids loved the waves, the sand, and the surf!  We had to drag them out after it was dark!  But we plan on going back real soon!

DSCN4313On our way home, we stopped at Macon, GA.  We were tired and needed some rest and had a few stops to make there.  We wanted to stay in Savannah a few more days, but the hotel was booked.  But we found a treasure near Macon!  The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robbins.  It was amazing and the kids loved it!  They got to interact with planes, controls, buttons, and gadgets!  It was a blast and it was free!!!!  Tibi loves planes.  The kids were intrigued by all of the history of America that we found there!  It was awesome!  These are our kids –  we love history and museums!  Father God is amazing!

First Father’s Day

IMG_0118Mommy and the kids spent a lot of time planning for Daddy’s very special first Father’s Day celebration.  I spent time researching ideas and praying about just what to do to make it a very special day for Daddy!

First, I took one of the pictures Daddy first took of the kids after we got home, and sent it to be made into a key chain for him.  Daddy is an amazing photographer and we are so proud of his pictures. The kids told Daddy, that by having the key chain picture, even when they are in school, he will have them with him!

Daddy's cheeseNext, I found a way to use Daddy’s favorite food – CHEESE- to make a special surprise.  I found a picture of dress shirts made out of cheese!!  We used cheese, crackers, pimento, mustard, and pepperoni, to make dress shirts!  We even put them in a little box with paper!   Then we used the olives, pimentos,  and cheese to make the Italian Flag and Hungarian Flag.   The kids had fun making them and Daddy thought they were so special!!!  They were tasty too!

Father's Day lunchThen came the big surprise – we planned and cooked some of Daddy’s favorite foods for lunch!  Now this is huge, because Mommy doesn’t cook very often!!!  So the kids and I went on a special trip to the store and purchased all of the items we needed to make – Angus steak burgers with pimento cheese, steak fries, and broccoli/cauliflower.  The kids really enjoyed helping to make each item for dinner.  They also helped come up with ideas to decorate the table.  We added candles and special dishes for that extra special dining experience!

IMG_0163When Daddy came home for lunch and opened the door, the kids said, “Welcome to La Rosetta.  May we take your shoes?”  Daddy smiled and felt like a King!  We had a wonderful time!  Daddy said it was the best Father’s Day ever!  We are so glad because we know he is the best Daddy ever!!!!