Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
(Note the colors of her evening gown, more suited for fall than summer- but remember, we're asserting ourself!)
If you were to ask her "why?" (as I have several times) at first she answered - "I don't know what you're asking."- as if it's the most natural thing in the world to snip off the hair that you've never, ever had cut, ever. Later she did come clean. If someone would've asked me I would've said, "no, not my daughter- she would never do something like that!" Well, never underestimate a five year old girl. In fact, never underestimate a 5 year old girl who is just bonkers over the Korean music group the "Wonder Girls" - because you see, she really, really likes their bangs as much as she likes their music. Motive revealed.
So, would you like to see our new little Wonder Girl? Just remember something my Grandpa always used to say- the difference between a bad haircut and a good haircut is six weeks.................................. just in time for Kindergarten.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I am thankful for my second who gets up in the morning and makes his list of what he's going to do today - and just so you know, we do have 5 pet Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches. They really are very sweet.
And last, I am thankful for my Easter Lillies that finally bloomed today, in late June!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
It's kinda hard to show you a picture of our fourth. That's because we don't even know who she is yet.
This post is just a reminder that she is here, in our hearts and we can't wait until we meet her.
The South Korean government is pushing aggressively to increase adoptions by South Koreans and decrease what officials consider the shameful act of sending babies overseas for adoption. Since the 1950s, tens of thousands of South Korean children have been adopted by foreigners, mostly Americans, because of South Koreans’ traditional emphasis on family bloodlines and reluctance to adopt. It's all about appearances.
Adopted children in South Korea carry a stigma. These children suffer in a society where television shows typically portray adopted children negatively, as schemers who end up damaging families. South Koreans who did adopt tended to hide their children’s origins from the children and others. Still, many adoptive parents choose not to share how their families were formed, according to adoption agencies, with some engaging in elaborate ruses to pass off the children as their biological sons or daughters.
Now, the Korean government is campaigning to keep adoptions within the motherland.
Mr. Kim, the Health Ministry official, acknowledged that the history of American adoption had been largely positive. But he said that the government believed that South Korean children would be happier if adopted by South Koreans and that it would stick to its goal of phasing out foreign adoptions in four years.
In recent years, adoption agencies have conducted campaigns — some featuring movie and TV stars (whom you see here) — urging adoptive parents to tell people about how their families were formed in the hopes that more openness would lead to less prejudice. The government’s efforts got a boost when some celebrities adopted and went public with the news.
This is great, however, in my opinion- these babies can thrive in a family that will treasure their Korean heritage and love them to pieces, even if they are from America. It's a shame that families here in the U.S. will be denied the opportunity to adopt these wonderful children someday. As said by Kim Chang-shik, 37, who, with his wife, Yoon Yeo-rim, 38, adopted a daughter four years ago, after the birth of their biological son. “I don’t know whether it’s because I’m Korean, but I’m grateful that foreigners are willing to adopt children who can’t find homes here.” I hear ya!
We have about 5 1/2 more months until we find out who our little one is. Of this we are certain- it will be a girl, she will be about 7 months and she will be Korean- and we couldn't be more thrilled.
These are still lovely photographs though- enjoy!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I did not ever wear those pants.
I did not convince the nice couple walking their
horses dogs to carry away a box of books and two fake plants.
And last, I did not
offer to buy bribe my oldest one of his favorite WWII Forces of Valor kits on Wartoyz.com if he could just stick it out a little while longer with the sign.
On a side note, I went to put the sign in the trash this morning and had to laugh at what he wrote......
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Loves the ice , her kitties, her dogs, her guinea pigs and every stink bug and ant that crosses her path. (Did you know they all have names? The bugs, I mean)
Takes pride in tormenting her brothers, hates having her hair brushed and waking up before it's her time.Five going on fifteen, and she's our croc-wearin', tattle-talin', pickle-eating, ice-skatin', lip-gloss wearin' entomologist- and this just happens to be her favorite song at the moment. ("Amazing")
Monday, June 15, 2009
I did not eat just left-over chips and queso from Ruby Tuesday's for lunch today.
Honestly, I did not hide my three children in my bedroom for an hour with Spongebob and candy so I could make an un-interrupted call to our adoption agency.
I did not take the free stamp that People magazine sent me to order a subscription and use it on my mortgage payment envelope.
It is almost 1pm and I am not still in my pajamas. But I did get the house cleaned and the laundry put away wearing them.