Working very hard to design just the right trap to
catch their cookies!
As it happened, our friend Luke stopped by yesterday morning and offered his
expertise on setting gingerbread traps. Each year at his school, the first graders
make gingerbread men who always run away for a bit, and Luke was able
to offer valuable insight into how to best catch them! Wonderful timing!
Carefully testing the traps
Yay! They have returned, and the traps worked!
We are happy to report that our cookies have come home but not before they were spotted far and wide!
The grandmas kept an eye out for them yesterday but did not see them; however, many other people did! Kevin's sister said they were by her school, our friend Cheryl called to say they were crossing a street where she was shopping, and four other people left cute comments letting us know they had also spotted them.
Laura (our China travel buddy from Utah) said, "BTW, I think I see your missing gingerbread men in my backyard making snowmen!"
Three sweet bloggy friends also left comments saying:
Debbie: I saw them running through the snow in our backyard in Colorado, but they were so fast I didn't have time to get my camera!
Sharon: I saw them riding the Space Needle to view the beautiful mountains! They looked like they were having a ball! They said they were going to grab a Starbucks coffee before they caught their next plane ride!
Anne: They decided to run up into British Columbia and visit us Canadians before heading back. My little dog chased them, and as I was trying to catch her, they yelled "Merry Christmas" and ran off to their next stop!
Wow! It seems our little cookies headed north then west in our city and then skipped west across our country and north up into Canada before heading home! We found one lone little one at our local park yesterday afternoon, and the other three tired but happy cookies were found in our traps this morning.
Thank you to everyone who helped spot our cookies. What a fun time we had hearing your comments.
I am happy to report that Elijah and Philip did very well yesterday with their ear surgery, and Philip did not have to have those horrible nose stints put in. He just had the steroid shots and some stitches up in his nose to help it's shape.
Thank you for all of your prayers, and thank you to God for a great outcome. Now on to the Christmas season!
Posting tonight about Eli and Philip's surgeries tomorrow. They both are needing to have their ear tubes replaced (third set), and Philip is going to receive steroid shots in his nose and lip incisions to help break down the excessive scarring taking place. He will also have a little stitch inserted inside his nostril to help his nose shape and those stints put back in for a time. The doctor actually wants him to keep the nostril stints in for up to 6 weeks! Yikes! That may be difficult to do because he is SO active all the time.
Could you please pray for wonderful outcomes for both boys as they enter back into surgery? I realize that it is minor surgery compared to what they have undergone and what they will need in later years, but even minor surgeries turn mommy and daddy's tummy upside down. Philip and Eli are also a little bit anxious remembering previous yucky recoveries.
Kevin had eye surgery last Thursday and was still home on Friday to recover. He got to spend some lovely time with our littles helping me homeschool. We all enjoyed this time with him.
He is doing well, by the way, and his eye is continuing to heal.
Our precious little ones at the zoo.
There is a fellow Shepherd's Field mom traveling to the village soon, and she has asked fellow Philip Hayden families to send pictures of their children who once lived there to her. She is going to design a bulletin board in the village of children now home with their forever families.
The above three photos are some of the pictures we took of Philip to send to her. His smile melts our hearts. His eyes pierce our souls. And the amazing way his coming as changed our lives leaves us speechless at times!