Please keep our family in prayer. We have had a huge loss in the death of my Aunt Dorothy. I can't even express how much I love this woman or how close to her I am. I am so so so much better because she loved me!
Happy Thanksgiving from The Sisemore's!! I have so been bad with this blog :( Even if nobody is reading it, it is a scrapbook of our life and now there are BIG gaps. What was I thinking :( There is so much I need to update but for today I will just share Thanksgiving!! If you are reading along PLEASE comment and let me know!! I so miss the old days of blogging in so many ways! Anyway here you have Thanksgiving 2013 in pics! :)
Watching the parade this morning!
Noah was beside himself with excitement over Santa Claus in the parade!! :)
What a day it was! My stove has been out for over a year and I have worn out several other type cooking items in that time but we had everything figured out to make all the food today we needed and then BAM electricity in my kitchen went out. Well not the entire kitchen. We had lights and the stove that is broke had power! IRONIC huh! but all the outlets to plug things in are gone and the fridge outlet gone. No clue why :( A friends hubby came to try and help and was not able to figure it out but he brought extension cords so we cooked with things plugged in other rooms and run to the roasters and then we had a small roaster on a card table in the living room. It was one handed down and I burned myself pretty bad on it. By the hardest we finally got our meal made!! We had turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, gravy, rolls, and stuffed eggs.
Noah pointing at the mini Chocolate pies he helped make :) We also had bakery pumpkin pie and bakery pecan pie tarts. Did not try baking this year with so little things to cook in.
My handsome boys!!! :)
So thankful for my amazing frogie boy!!!! His smile lights up a room!!! I love how he loves me!!! and how he loves God!!! I sit and watch his face sometimes at Church!! That boy sees things that we just do not see and I believe he is closer to God than any of us!!!! I am honored the Lord allowed me to be his mom!!! I feel in so many ways that I fail this baby boy and the Lord but I will spend my life trying to give all I can for him and savor every second I have with him!!!
Jeremiah Harold Sisemore (5 years and 8 months old) and Mommy
Thankful for my sweet Panda!!! This boy so has my heart!!! When I was going through surgery and such a hard time wanting babies with my sweet hubby it was spoken over me that the Lord said she will have the child of her heart! And oh my I so do in this boy!! He challenges me to my core at times and I have had to learn so much in order to be the best mom I can to this boy but oh my he has my heart!! I learned so much about myself and God in our journey to adopting Noah! I never knew before that I could fall in love with a child I had never even met and do anything it took to help that child! I am so thankful God called us to Taiwan and to my Panda Boy. Noah I love you with all my heart!!
Noah WesLee Sisemore ( 6 years 7 months old) and Mommy
Me and my girl!!! I so love this beautiful child!!! She is the one that made me what I always wanted to be, a mommy!!! I look at her and am so amazed by the woman of God she is! She is so brave, so smart, so beautiful, so loving, and so Jesus with skin on for so many!! She also has a way of getting me to laugh so hard sometimes!! She usuallly can get me to laugh even in bad times! :)
Celeste Gayle Sisemore (25) with me
I adore this man!!!! I am so thankful for him!!! He brought such love to my life and he shared my vision and dream of adopting and orphan ministry!! As he prayed today over our meal I looked from face to face of those who are now in my life that would not have been had God not blessed me with Bobby and my children! God is so good!!!
Tears... they stream down my face as I try to compose myself enough to write this post. I have been a bad blogger and keep saying I will get to it. It is our story, my kids story, their testimony to what God has done for them and for us as a family.. Yesterday I was too upset and overwhelmed to write his post. Yesterday was 3 years since Jeremiah was placed in our arms 3 years ago across the ocean in Taiwan. I am always forever thankful to the Lord for my children and I am forever thankful that even though Jeremiah was so so sick when he came home that I sit here 3 years later with my little frogie boy! But this year it is meaning more and more to me. You see in the past 24 hours I have heard of 2 different families who made their journey around the world to bring home their little ones who waited and were so in need of medical care but their children did not live once home :( It overwhelms me for them. I know the fear they felt in PICU rooms, looking into the face of that child you longed for so long as you waited for the formalities to be over so you could bring them home. I can't even fathom what these families are going through at this point. I feel a bond, a connection with them and it does remind me of Jeremiah's 'prognosis for survival' but I know that I can not comprehend what they are feeling. At the time Jeremiah fought for his life in a PICU here there was another family I knew that had a daughter fighting and she lost her fight. I was devastated! That is NOT how these stories are supposed to end :( Yesterday when I was in tears when I realized I forgot that it was the 7th and that had let Jeremiah's Gotcha Day come and had made no plans and no celebration or anything. That is a huge deal in our home and for me to just not even think about it till it is late in the day the day of it was so upsetting to me. Then I heard about the first family and their loss of their son the morning after they came home! It changed from anger at myself for not remembering to massive gratitude yet again that Jeremiah is still here with me! and that despite all the dr's opinions and all the tests opinions he is thriving and growing. I am so incredibly blessed that I get to be a part of his life. I remember sitting in PICU and crying out to God when he was dying and they are rushing around fighting for him and said I do not understand God! Please please please let him live ... at least let him make it home so he can know what family is,, what home is, what love feels like from a family. and then I would say not my will but YOURS but PLEASE PLEASE let YOUR will be what mine is! It was a minute by minute battle of tears and prayers. And I sit her 3 years later totally amazed that not only did Jeremiah make it out of PICU and home to experience even for a short while he is still here. I do not know why Jeremiah got to live or why I got to be the mama that had the baby that is now famous at our hospital, but may I ALWAYS remember and be thankful for every second I have with my sweet Frogie Boy! Some days I get emotional because I so want to know what he thinks and feels in words, I so wish he could pick up a toy and play, he could crawl and chase after his brother and friends, I could still feed him by mouth and the list goes on, but then I remember that he has more joy than most people who do all that and more! He is happy, he coos and lets us know in so many ways that he knows us and he loves us. He thanks us when we do things for him I can just see it and feel it in him. I am not sure this post is making much since at all but I could not just come on and make a happy Gotcha Day post with so much going on in my heart and mind and knowing these families are hurting so badly. Please keep them in your prayers! Now I will post a few pictures for yall. I thank each and every one who still reads my blog when I post and everyone who prayed and supported us in our journey to get our boy and through all the hospital times! Overall Jeremiah is doing above and beyond expectation. We made it through the winter with NO pneumonia or PICU stays! He has an ear infection right now but other than that is doing great. He broked 30 lbs!! all the way to 31 lbs 10 oz! :) He is 38 inches long and wearing 3T and 4T clothes. He is totally on tube feeding now because of silent aspiration witnessed on a swallow study that make it unsafe to feed him by mouth anymore. His tone seems to be worsening with age but I am prayerful that we can find a way to help that. We have lost our specialists and so are waiting for appts with a cerebral palsy and spasticity clinic in Houston in August. As always Jeremiah's favorite person is Noah :) He continues to recognize our voices and respond and is doing better with tracking red objects at times :) now on to some pictures.
In our arms in Taiwan :) June 7, 2010
Newspaper article in Taiwan paper after the press conference when we picked up Jeremiah! The orphanage wanted to show the Taiwanese people our "Great Love" that we would travel so far and go through so much to adopt a sweet boy with such severe needs. Little did they know that we were the ones who were so grateful to them for allowing us to be his family! :)
Some of our time in PICU. The top left picture is not the worst. For a long while I would not post pictures of him at his worse even though I was asked many times... now those pictures I took for his testimony are stuck on a broken computer so we do not even have them now. The next picture is SOME of the tubes that were going to Jermeiah, bottom left is his Big brother and sister holding his hand after one of the really scary times when we had been allowed back in,, and the bottom right is close to day 31 when we are almost ready to go home!
off the vent and back in mama's arms
Family picture. this was one of those days where nothing went right, noah was scared of the photographer and the photographer had no patience but we have a family picture!
Many faces of Jeremiah
farm field trip
library song time
Cheering brother on at tball
Gymboree Birthday Party
Collage I made for his birthday :)
more at the farm
library shaking Maracca
turning and grinning because he heard Daddy come in and speak!
Sleeping on mama one day
Ready for Easter Sunday Service
finally resting after a day of screaming episodes :(
This morning all ready for a celebration of 3 years as a Sisemore :)
NOAH has started TBALL!!! I am LOVING IT!! We have sorta practiced a few times with friends to get him ready but yesterday evening was his FIRST EVER TBALL PRACTICE!!! :) He is with the team The Blanchard Blaze! :) and his number is going to be number 6!! So below are some pics I made at practice!! My Panda Boy is growing up!!!!! I am a TBALL MOM!!! Wish I had a tshirt! :) heehee
THE WAIT FOR NOAH IS OVER!!!!November 3, 2007~September 8, 2008First heard about Noah~Noah in our Arms! AND NOW THE WAIT FOR JEREMIAH IS OVER TOO!!!April 1, 2009~ June 7, 2010 First committed to Jeremiah~Jeremiah in our Arms!
The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!
Noah WesLee 5 months old
The First Picture we ever saw of:
Jeremiah Harold Sisemore ~1 year
Kisses in the Wind
KISSES IN THE WIND I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams. You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems. I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long. But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong. Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind. May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you. I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do. Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind. May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight. And let the angels bring the kisses that I sent to you each night.