December 22, 2009

Neither here Nor There

A lot of random stuff tonight...

Sam is going through some sort of growth spurt. Last night he at 1/2 lb of pasta (no joke), took a break for a while and snacked on 20 Sam-sized handfuls of Kix (that's my boy), and then returned to the pasta/2 cups of yogurt to finish it off. We sat at the table for 45 minutes. He quickly realized that his inefficient spooning was not doing the job, so I was delegated to shoveling duty. He would release intermittent man-farts (I'm assuming to make room for more food) and I would try not to laugh, but DUDE, some of those suckers were long and his facial expressions were priceless! (a friend of mine once shared a study that said people fart 50% more during the day than they laugh. He quickly said that couldn't be true because he laughs every time he farts.) And the thing is, he hasn't really poo'd since. I am in awe and quite afraid (as Luke is out of town tonight and tomorrow... wait a minute...I work tomorrow...sucks for the sitter! I'm sure I'll hear about that one).

Also, he slept in his crib during nap time today (for the past 2 months he's been sleeping in the bathroom in a pack n play for the dark factor). Good day overall!

Also, its snowing.

Oh, AND I went to my first Bronco's game. People watching was awesome. Saw our fare share of femullets, painted faces, and inappropriate "I have daddy issues" outfits. There was a fight right next to us. Keep it classy, Denver.

And finally, this will be my last post before leaving for my tender Tennessee Christmas/new years. So I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Peace Out,
Michele

December 10, 2009

Lets start at the very beginning...a very good place to start!

Do you ever just channel a little Fraulein Maria? I find myself singing "My Favorite Things" to Sam now that its Christmas time!

Ah, yes, the reason for this post...

The Very Beginning:

When Luke and I were dating/not engaged yet/but we both knew we would get married, we talked about the future, careers, goals, kids, etc. One night we were walking in Knoxville in Cherokee Village (or was it Hills? anyone?) (a trail next to a creek in a neighborhood where we used to jog a lot). This particular night we were talking about kids, etc. and I brought up adoption. A year or two before that Steven Curtis Chapman (who went to my church in Franklin) did a presentation of sorts about China. Giving various statistics about the plight of girls in that country.

I was shocked. These were perfectly wonderful, healthy, lovely little girls. The only reason they were given up was because of their sex or that China would not allow citizens to have more than one child.

At that point and ever since I have had a strong desire and leading to adopt a little girl from China.

So back to the trail...I brought up adoption and Luke said he felt a strong desire to adopt as well. Wow, I mean, adoption is not for everyone and its not something to be pressured into, so for both of us to be on board (regardless of if we married each other) was amazing.

Fast forward a couple of years. Luke and I start talking about starting a family and what we want our family to look like. We both wanted to have biological children which worked out nicely since you can't start the adoption process for China until we were both 29 1/2 years old.

Enter stage left: Sam! What an awesome little guy! We always joke that *God knows what you can handle and he knows we can't handle a lot!* Sweetest kid EVER. We also found out that we can parent. Who knew? Crazy, I know.

Well, recently I just turned the big 2-9-1/2! Because the amount of time it takes to adopt a child from China is approximately 3-4 years, we thought we'd get started sooner than later.

In November we went to an information session at Chinese Children Adoption International. If you are interested, here is the website: www.chinesechildren.org. Its here in suburban Denver, but it serves the entire country. Never before have Luke and I felt such a peace about moving forward with something. Its not even a struggle.

The next step was to submit an application. No big deal, right? I thought so at first, but once we had everything sent in, all I could think about is "what if they reject us? what will we do? does God have other plans?" I think too much sometimes!

Yesterday we got an email. I was afraid to open it, but the first line said: "Congratulations! You have been approved!" WOWWWWEEEE!!! How exciting to have the first big step of this process finished!

Our orientation is December 18th and we are so excited!

God has completely made this possible through Luke's new job financially, and we are relying on Him to take us through this journey. Please pray for us during this process that God would direct us and for our child (who hasn't even been born yet).

There will definitely be more to come on this exciting adventure, but I just wanted to update you all!

Peace Out,
Michele