6 months down, less than 6 to go?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Good gosh, let's hope so!!

Today marks six months since our referral!

Some days it seems like yesterday,

some days it seems like forever!

But for gosh sakes, we are six months closer to travel call and that cannot be a bad thing!

This is how it all went down six months ago...

and I realized that three years ago today, we were having our homestudy visit for Seon-Mi!

I must admit I'm getting pretty excited!

I can't wait to go back to Korea,

smell the food,

walk the streets,

(you know, as a tourist, nothing else) ;)

shop the markets,

explore the city,

and of course,

meet my little girly!!


Six months down.

Please oh please, less than six to go!!

Boys are gross and awesome.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

So on Halloween, Bee came in from playing outside. 

We were about to go trick or treating so I started helping him get changed.

And that's when it happened.

I smelled...

body odor.

Boy had some major, major BO.

Huh?!?! He's SIX!!

A fluke?  Maybe!  But dude needed some serious deodorant before I'd put his costume on!

(and can I just mention that my husband totally wiped his arm pits with wet wipes before he used his own deodorant on his own son! 
That is a mental picture I want to remain in my memory bank forever!)

I was super shocked. 

Still am.

Still can't bring myself to apply deodorant on him everyday.

Still haven't bought him any of his own.

I'm sure his friends at school thank me.

Bee thinks he's become a man.

And then there's the toilet seat.

No, not the 'leaving it up' problem.

The opposite.

Dude leaves the seat down and then pees all over it.


Well, that's nothing.

Certain girls in this family,

then sit down on said seat,

and it ain't dry.

Then there's the toothpaste.

Dude, what did the toothpaste ever do to you?
(and this picture does not do the toothpaste mess justice!)
And the bathroom mirror.

Seriously, is it that hard to spit in the sink?

And since he started taking showers, I swear they have become and shorter...

I once told him he could stay up to watch TV with us if he took a shower first.

The kid was in, out and dressed in his pajamas by the time I could count to ten.

Yah, maybe that explains some of the BO issues...

Geesh, if this is six, what the heck happens at sixteen?!?!

I could go on, but I think you get the idea...

boys are gross.

But, then there's everything else...

His prayers.

Heartfelt, soft spoken and totally in tune to our family.

He prays for his sisters, including the one in Korea,

He prays for success for my store and safety while at work for his dad.

He is an excellent first grader, working at a second grade level for both math and reading.

He is kind to others,


 is affectionate,

and oh so sensitive.
(we're working on that in some areas where he might be a little too sensitive!)

He would do just about anything to protect his sister,

and he'd do the same for me.

He loves to play, loves his toys even more,

and would do just about anthing to get a new one!

He can find something in common with anyone, no matter the age or gender,

and will give attention to someone no one else cares to.

And he's dying for a little brother!
(he'll have to take that one up with his daddy!)

He is compassionate,



has tons of potential...

I think he's pretty special

and can do anything he sets his mind to do...


boys are awesome.

November is National Adoption Month!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's National Adoption Month!

This November, let's give thanks by helping to find families for children!

There are estimated over 143 million orphans worldwide.

143 million.

For obvious reasons, this month of awareness is near and dear to my heart.

I was once one of those orphans. 

My two girls were once orphans.

Now, with my husband and son, we are a family.

Last year, I thought it would be great to celebrate this month by creating a video showing the faces of those touched by adoption...this year, I made another with many of the same families and kids and boy what a difference a year has made! 

And what a joy it is to know that these beautiful children have found their forever families!

Little did we know that this year, we would have another face to add!

While I am fully aware that not every family or couple is in a position to adopt, or even considering adoption, there is still so much that can be done to help the cause of orphans.

If only one person reads this post, and decides there is more they could be doing, then I feel I have made a difference.  Be it fundraising, donating, or even beginning their own adoption journey, it is these seemingly small things that make a difference in the world. 

You may be wondering how we could possibly make a dent in the 143 million...

well, let's do it one child at a time...

my sister and I found our family...

my two daughters found theirs...

And while I feel our family is now complete (let's get Hui-a home!) I will continue to do what I can...

Hopefully, we will be traveling to Korea sometime next spring.

Right now, there is a great need at our agency for Aveeno baby lotion and Gerber Puffs, items either too pricey or not available in Korea.

We plan to take a boat load of donations and are starting to collect now.

You can email me via the contact tab on the right side column and have the donations sent from amazon.com directly to my house.

If you're friends with me on facebook, you'll notice my profile pic has changed...and it will stay that way all November long...

I created this badge to honor National Adoption Month and spread awareness of the great need of the millions of orphans around the world. 

Feel free to copy to your desktop and make it your new facebook profile pic, add it to your blogs, and share the video!

My family has been touched by adoption...will yours be?

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