Sunday, August 26, 2007

Family Fun

Yesterday my nephew Joey swam in the 25 meter free style race for the Maricopa County Special Olympics. Joey is autistic and has come a long way, when he first started swimming lessons he hated the water, now he is a little fish! He qualified to swim at the state meet in October - we are so proud of him and I know he will be a GREAT cousin to our daughter some day. :) Here is our little champ!!



Thursday, August 09, 2007

Nine Months

Yesterday marked nine months since we received our LID, and fifteen months since we started the adoption process. We certainly believed we would be much closer to having our daughter home by now. When I reflect on how it feels to be getting somewhat closer, I honestly feel less and less certain this will turn out the way we planned.

Not to sound too pessimistic, but with each tiny batch of matches each month, more and more uncertainty about the whole process emerges. Until we really understand what is driving this seemingly meaningless slow down, I believe we are at high risk for facing a complete shut down of China's program.

I will not give up hope, and remain committed to adopting an orphan from China, that's just who I am. I have just come to learn first hand that when it comes to international adoption, expect the unexpected and don't for one second believe any of this is in your power to control.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Message of Peace to the World Through Blogs

A woman named Rosie shares our LID, she found our blog and has shared her story with us. Rosie lives in another country and has started this effort to send a message of peace around the world through blogs. Take a look at her blog through this link http://wwwsendadoveofpeace.blogspot.com/ and help spread this message of peace. I believe that as long as there are war torn countries, starving people, animal cruelty and other heinous events going on, we all could use an inspirational reminder about the dream of peace.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sister Time

My sister Monica is in town visiting from Colorado Springs, CO. She, my sister Diana and I went to Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club for dinner and a movie last evening. We saw Ocean's 13. I did not like the movie, but enjoyed dinner and of course the company of my sisters. Here we are living the good, happy life! :)


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Secret Pal Treasures

This was the last month for Round #2 of the Tea Monkey Secret Pal exchange. My pal was Daniella and she has been AWESOME! This month's theme was "Red, White and Blue". She sent a navy blue sundress, white onesie that says "Mom thinks she's in charge" and one pair each of red, white and blue socks. I love ALL the gifts she has sent, and more importantly I have loved getting to know her over the last three months. A new friendship is budding. :)