So my sisters do this with type of blogpost with their kids every few months and I thought it was an awesome way to document how our little Mace is growing!
Profile of a 15 Month Old Mace- 23lbs (90%) , 32 in. tall (80%)
- Interests: Swords and Ninjas! This kid really is Luke Graham’s son. He loves swords, ninjas, and doing ninja moves which is mostly influenced by watching The Scripture Ninja.
- Enjoys: giving hugs (to anything… Rage, the ball, the couch, mom and dad), going for rides (in stroller, shopping cart, on his Thomas car), swinging at the park.
- Turn offs: Being told No, or that an episode of Scripture Ninja is over.
- Vices: A little whining has started but we are working thru that.
- Strengths: He loves to mimic anything he sees Luke or I do. He has picked up baby sign very quickly and is able to use correctly it in different context.
Favorites of a 15 month old Mace
- Foods: There aren’t many things he turns down. But some of this favs are oatmeal, sweet potatoes, apples, grapes, puffs, cheddar bunnies, broccoli
- Songs: Gigglebellies Train, Pattycake Praise
- Shows: He LOVES TV, but his favorites are Scripture Ninja, Miss Pattycake, Gigglebellies, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Books: I love you through and through, and Curious George.
- Toys: Swords and lightsabers, Mr Monk (his lovey) is his BFF!
- Activities: sword fighting and spinning his sword, blowing bubbles, riding in anything that moves (his car, stroller, shopping cart)
He goes in and out of stages of saying certain words. Currently his favs are…
How 15 month old Mace is like his…
Mama- He loves to be around people. He’s a really social guy. The more people around the happier he is.
Daddy- He loves to entertain and make people laugh.
Treasuring 15 month old Mace bits & details…
Mace is all boy and loves to tackle and wrestle. If you are sitting on the floor he will come and climb on your back or try and tackle you. He also tackles his Wampa rug ALL. DAY. LONG.
When we pray for Mace at night he always sits really still and quiet and when we say “Amen” he looks up at us and smiles so big :)
Mace is one social kid! He loves to be center of attention and will talk to almost anyone he encounters. He’s the most fun kid to go to the grocery store with because he waves like he’s in a parade at EVERYONE as I push him around the store!
Mace now knows 4 baby signs… More, Please, All Done, and Milk (which we use for drink) and he can identify his head, nose, mouth, ears, and belly when asked where they are.
Mace is a ridiculously good sleeper! He goes to bed between 8pm and 9pm each night and usually doesn’t wake up until about 9am!! It’s amazing! He also takes 1 nap a day that ranges from 1.5 – 2 hours! Lately when Mace wakes up in the morning he will stay in his bed and play with Mr Monk for about 15 minutes before he wants us to get him out. It’s super precious to watch him on monitor cuddling with his monkey :)
So sorry I didn’t get an email out to you yesterday, but we had no internet… TIA
It’s hard to believe that in about 12 hours from now we will be boarding a plane at Entebbe airport headed for Amsterdam and then home! We are almost all packed up and heading out soon to run a few last minute errands and to have lunch with AC and Jane.
We will be arriving in Tampa around 4:45pm on Sunday afternoon. We would love to see as many of you who can possibly make it to the airport. We have missed you guys so much over the last 6 weeks and we can’t wait for you to see Mace!!
Our flight info is below… If we get delayed we will try and update via Facebook, and Kellie Reith will be tracking the flight and updating people as well so keep an eye out for her emails and Facebook posts.
We will see you guys in America!!
SERVICE DATE FROM TO DEPART ARRIVE
DELTA AIR LINES 22JUN ENTEBBE AMSTERDAM 1130P 645A
DL 9318 SATURDAY ENTEBBE INTL SCHIPHOL AIRPO 23JUN
K ECONOMY AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A330-200
KL 0537 FLIGHT OPERATED BY KL KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLIN
DELTA AIR LINES 23JUN AMSTERDAM DETROIT MI 815A 1035A
DL 251 SUNDAY SCHIPHOL AIRPO DETROIT METRO
K ECONOMY AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A330-300
SEAT 31C CONFIRMED
DELTA AIR LINES 23JUN DETROIT MI TAMPA FL 205P 445P
DL 1421 SUNDAY DETROIT METRO TAMPA INTL
K ECONOMY AIRCRAFT: BOEING (DOUGLAS) MD-88
Luke, April, & Mace
If you haven’t heard already WE ARE COMING HOME!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your prayers regarding our Visa! They were answered today! Luke, Mace, & I got up at 5:45 this morning and were sitting outside of the US Embassy at 6:45 (Bear in mind that the Embassy does not open until 7:30). We were the second people in line, as their was another adopting father with his 2 year old son in front of us, who had been there since 6am!! We were able to go inside around 7:30, but were not seen until about 9:30. Thankfully everything went smooth, Mace slept (Thank you Jesus!), all of our paperwork was in order and we were told to come back at 2:30 that afternoon for our Visa interview.
After a quick bite to eat and a quick nap we headed back to the Embassy at 2pm. This time Mace was very rested and ready to talk and play! Thankfully he was happy, but he was LOUD! Talking and laughing We were called in for our interview around 4:30pm and after a few generic questions regarding our jobs and why we wanted to adopt from Uganda, we signed the papers and she told us to come back at noon on Friday to pick up our Visa!
We are so excited to be heading home soon, although we will miss Uganda and all of the amazing friends we have made here at Emmaus!
Our flight is currently scheduled to leave Uganda at 11:30pm on Saturday night and will arrive in Tampa at 4:45pm on Sunday afternoon. I will forward details of the flight on Friday, and we will keep you guys updated of any delays via Facebook. If you can make it to the airport we would love to see all of you! We can’t wait to introduce you to our sweet baby boy! He is quite the character!
Love you guys! Thank you for all of your love, prayers, and support during this journey! It is surreal to think that in 3 days we will be flying home with our baby!!!
Luke, April, & Mace
Hey guys, the big news for the day is that WE GOT OUR PASSPORT!!! We had been told that it would be ready today around 2:30pm so we had a leisurely morning eating breakfast and hanging with the other families here at the guesthouse. However, around 10:30am we got a call that our passport was ready and that we needed to come to the passport office immediately! We quickly got dressed, dashed to the office, and within less than 45 minutes we were in and out of with Mace’s passport! We are so excited to be one step closer to coming home!
Tomorrow morning we will be at the Embassy by 6:45am to request an appointment for our Visa interview. Please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that we are able to get an appointment tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. If we are not able to get an appointment tomorrow it will be next Monday or Wednesday, which will delay our coming home another week.
And because I know that one of the most important things I can include in each email are pics of our sweet Mace I have attached one of him swimming at the Speke resort. Well technically he is drinking the water in this pic, but that is what babies do when they are swimming. Mace loved the water and tried so hard to dive out of Luke’s arms and into the water. I am so glad he loves water and is not afraid of it! And i’ve attached one of him napping this afternoon. Notice what he is holding… a cell phone! He loves the cell phone and this pic proves that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Love you guys!
Luke, April, & Mace
Lots of fun things happening here in Uganda! We went to the passport office on Tuesday morning (what an adventure that was!) Things went really great. We were in and out of there in less than 45 minutes (and Mace slept almost the entire time). The representative from our lawyers office who is handling the passport process said we should have it by Friday, as long as the commissioner is in the office and signs off on everything. So please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that he is in the office, that he signs everything, and that we are able to pick up the passport on Friday. If all goes well we should be going to the Embassy on Monday to start the Visa process!
Yesterday we took a fun little trip to a place called Peekaboo. It’s a kids play area that only cost about $4 to get in. It was really geared towards older kids (2-6 year olds) but Mace definitely found some fun things to do there! Future adoptive families this is a great place to go! It’s located and Naguru and Farouk knows how to get there. They had a ball pit that Mace really liked, as well as a plastic rocking horse. He LOVED the rocking horse, as he had one of these at the foster home and this was one of his favorite toys! In fact, the first time we saw Mace in person he was rocking on one of these horses at the foster home
Mace also found his own boda boda (motorcyle taxi) to drive He is a crazy boy!
Today we have a few errands to run and then Winnie and Sylvia (the girls who work in the kitchen) are going to teach me how to make g-nut sauce, chipatti, posho and beef stew! I am so excited as these are our favorite foods in Uganda and I want to make them once we get home as well!
Please continue to pray for the other 2 families I mentioned in the last email. It appears that one of the moms is going to have to go back to the states and send the girls (ages 5 and 8) back to their orphanage for an indefinite amount of time. The embassy is doing an investigation on their birth mother and it could take months to complete this. We are absolutely heartbroken for these girls, as they are going to have a very hard time understanding why their new mommy is leaving them at the orphanage.
We love and miss you guys and hope to be home in the next week or 2 if all goes well! We will keep you posted as we hear more!
Luke, April, & Mace
Thank you so much for all of your prayers regarding our sealed copy of the written ruling. We received word tonight that the ruling was sealed today and we are leaving at 7am tomorrow morning for the passport office to begin that process!! We are so grateful for each and every one of you who have bathed our entire adoption process in prayer! You guys are our rock and we are so grateful for you!
It is amazing how much Mace has changed in the last 4 weeks! I am so proud and happy as he reaches each new milestone, but it also makes me a little sad that he is growing so fast :( He is getting so good at standing on his own and he is so proud of himself when he does it! It doesn’t hurt either that he has Luke and I, the staff at the guest house, our driver, and pretty much everyone staying here at the guesthouse cheering him on each time he stands on his own This little boy doesn’t lack for attention! Every time he stands he claps and squeals (a deep boyish scream) and pats his big belly! It’s ridiculously cute and we all laugh and cheer him on!
Speaking of the staff here, have I mentioned lately how much we love the people here at Emmaus! The girls in the kitchen (Winnie and Sylvia) are amazing and boy do they LOVE this baby! Every time we walk into the room one of them is coming to take him from us And many nights Mace and I (April) can be found hanging with the girls in the dining room watching Ugandan soap operas They are so sweet to fill me in on what is going on! I have attached a pick of Mace and Sylvia! He LOVES his “girls”.
Mace is also doing so well with this eating! He is a great eater and will eat pretty much anything! Lately we have been trying out highchairs at some of the restaurants we frequent. And Luke and I have learned that we LOVE highchairs! And as you can see Mace does too! He is so content to sit in the highchair, as long as we keep the food coming
We are heading to bed in preparation for our early morning at the passport office! We will keep you guys posted on how it goes! Please keep praying for us, and also for 2 other families here at Emmaus. They are going thru the adoption process as well, each adopting 2 older children. However, their process has not gone so smooth. One has been here for over 9 weeks and the bummer is that both husbands had to return to the states and so the wives are here alone with the kids. Please pray their processes pick up and that they are able to go home soon!
Love you guys,
Luke, April, & Mace