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National Adoption Month + a Halloween Recap

November is National Adoption Month and I am so excited about this series I came up with for the blog. For the month of November this little space of mine on the internet will be dedicated to spreading the word about the blessing of adoption through posts by myself and others as we “Share the Joy” of adoption. The series will start on Monday, November 5th. I hope you’ll make it a point to come check it out! There will be some amazing people guest posting this month! We’ll hear from Andrea of Babe of My Heart who has three sweet biological children, one handsome Ethiopian, and is in the process of bringing home a precious little boy from China, Amber of Bumber’s Bumblings who has two children through domestic adoption… an adorable little boy and a brand new baby girl, Lovlyn of Moments with Love who has a grand total of nine children: 6 from her womb and 3 from Uganda, and my wonderful husband John will share about adoption from a father’s perspective. We’ll cover a wide range of topics like foster care, international adoption, open adoptions, domestic adoption, funding adoption, special needs adoption, and more! Don’t miss it — and maybe have some tissue with you (some of these posts are tear jerkers.) 😉

Last night was Halloween of course and we had a great time. I was a little nervous because it’s been a very hard week in our home. Mareto hasn’t sleep much at all (as in up for the day at 2am and only taking 30 minute naps and only sleeping if he’s on top of Daddy). Hard. But Mareto did great. It was also tricky for me to think of a costume that Mareto would tolerate. Mareto has a Sensory Processing Disorder and part of that means he doesn’t like things touching him and only wants “normal” clothes on… and we consider it a good day if he keeps those on all day.

I finally settled on making him and Arsema Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Suess. Mareto only had to wear sweats and he didn’t even know he had a costume on – perfect! I got red sweats on Amazon for super cheap and then I got a white placemat at the dollar tree, cut a circle, and wrote “Thing 1” in black permanent marker. I sewed it on his sweatshirt and that was it! John saved the day by running to walgreen’s at the last minute and buying some blue wash out hairspray. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but Mareto’s hair was BRIGHT blue! Arsema was tricky only because I couldn’t find red sweats small enough for her and the only solid red sleeper I found on Amazon was $30… ridiculous. So I settled for a Thing 1 and Thing 2 sleeper I found for $10 and a blue headband. She looked adorable and I carried her around in the ergo with a circle that said “Thing 2” pinned to the front of the ergo.

We drove out to my parents house to go trick or treating in their neighborhood. It was quiet and calm for Mareto. He had a blast! He did think it was odd that we didn’t go into all the homes. After all, why on earth would you knock on a door, have it opened to you, and not go in? We took a big circle around the block and he was so tired at the end he could barely walk in a straight line!

Grandma and Pap with Thing 1 and Thing 2!

After that I got a text from John who was helping with the church Harvest Festival in place of AWANA. I planned to skip it all together. The large crowds and excitement would have been a bit too much for our little guy, but it was dying down and not so crowded anymore so we stopped by. Mareto got to go on 2 big swings with Daddy and play in a bounce house for a few minutes! He had fun and got worn out!

fun with Daddy

Then we went home and got the little ones ready for bed. Arsema wore her brand new Halloween pajamas sent to her from my grandparents. She really is the cutest little pumpkin ever!

Hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween as well! Can you believe it’s November already?!

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