Saturday, March 26, 2011

looking forward...

For those of you unfamiliar with the adoption process...there is A LOT of waiting involved. The best things in life are worth waiting for right...ugh what a cliche. I tend to be a very impatient person by nature. I feel a constant pressure inside myself to accomplish things and make things happen in my life. I think some of this is good, but I often take it to an extreme.

When a couple finds out they are pregnant the baby is right there with them. You can see him or her grow each day as your stomach gets bigger and bigger...not so with international adoption. Our baby is half way across the globe. So if you hear me talking about Africa a lot its because it makes me feel closer to our boy. I'll try to keep it to a minimum. ;) I recently acquired a extra large vintage globe. I've been looking at it often. It has awakened my desire to travel and to experience different cultures. I think that is one of the reasons we choose international adoption. We want to experience and learn about our child's culture and we want to show him ours.

So while adoption is much about waiting its also about looking forward to something new, exciting, and wonderful! I have quite a bit to look forward to in the nearer future too. I want to focus on enjoying my life here and now. So I made a list of things I'm looking forward to in the next year and a half.

1. Traveling to Portland and San Francisco with Tim including a trip to the Alameda Antiques Faire
2. Our first crop of peaches and our second of blackberries
3. Learning how to screenprint
4. Renegade Austin
5. Driving to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Tim for an art show
6. Beach trip with the Bobos
7. Meeting my new niece/nephew this September!
8. Getting the baby's room ready and possibly adding on to the house :O
9. Getting our refferrel
10. Traveling to Uganda!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

finally...a worthy cause.

Tim has been filling up this corona money jug since high school. He is an expert money saver and has been known to throw a well earned $50 or $20 in the jug as well as loose change and one dollar bills. "One day," he says, "I'll break it open and spend the money on something special." "Portland/San Fran trip?" I asked. "No," he says. Then I asked, "What about that caribou hunt you've always wanted to do?" Again he replies with a negative.

Yesterday I found the jug by the front door. When Tim got home from work he asked if I wanted to help him break it open. I guess in this adoption he found a worthy cause to finally break open that jug. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


My big bro sent me this trailer when I told him the adoption news. He couldn't have responded in a better way! I'm going to try and rent the whole documentary tonight.

The beginning...

print by fifi du vie

Dear Little One,
Guess what! We've decided to make you our very own. Two nights ago we sat down and filled out the initial application for Children of All Nations and sent it off. At that very moment I felt like you became ours. Today, we found out we were accepted! At this point, we have no idea what lies between now and bringing you home. But the unknown is what makes it such an exciting adventure. You probably aren't even born yet. Being born will be a big adventure. Your journey to the orphanage will be an adventure as well. Family and friends are praying for you even now. I hope the road won't be too bumpy. We are starting our trek. We'll meet you in the middle!
Mom and Pops