Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I knew it was time.
It had been a dream for a very long time, even after having three children of our own. We knew there was a someone somewhere in this world that needed us; and we knew that we had plenty of room in our hearts and home for her.
Eventually, we stumbled our way through agency brochures and country specifics and narrowed it down to one. Of course, this was over several weeks time. We chose our agency, wrote the first check to mail in and settled down for a three year wait.
Of course He knew. That same day in school I was teaching art to a first grade class, my last class of the afternoon. A little girl by the name of Emily stopped to ask me a question as she came in my classroom door. She talked so quiet I had to bend down in order to hear what she was asking me. She asked- "why don't you have Korea?" I looked up and she was pointing to my multicultural art wall with my many crafts and pictures of different countries and cultures. I laughed and answered - "your right Emily, I don't have Korea up there." I knew Emily's story. I knew she was adopted. I didn't know, however, where from...until that moment in art class. I couldn't help it, I had to ask why. She smiled and quietly said, "because that's where I'm from." And then she turned to talk to a friend.
Needless to say, it was very hard to concentrate on teaching for the next 55 minutes. This was a country we had not considered, mostly because it was one that many local agencies did not work with. I truly believe this was God showing us the way. As soon as school ended I hopped on the computer in my classroom and googled agencies that handled South Korean adoptions. Strangely enough, one popped up a little over an hour away that I had never seen during past searches. Excited, I called my husband and within a week we had our first initial round of paperwork mailed in. In three months we were approved. We're officially headed to South Korea.
Not the end of the story though. About a month after being approved we learned that that the Commanders job would be transferring him to Minnesota. Would we go? Of course, if we want to to stay gainfully employed in this economy! But being in the middle of an adoption process , having already spent thousands of dollars and learning that you will be moving almost 1,000 miles away from your adoption agency - how's that going to work?
He's got that covered too.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Little trails that seem to lead to nowhere are a favorite.
Jesse James Days was a roarin' good time.
Festival food is always yummy, expensive, but yummy. For $20 we got 2 milkshakes, some cheese curds and an ear of corn. They hadn't had a treat in awhile so it was worth the content smiles.
On the way outta town we spied this. We laughed at first, but being new around here; who are we to question??
Thursday, September 17, 2009
These guys were master packers; leaving not a square inch of space "un-stuffed". Somehow, they got it all in..........
......with a stow-away - My best friend in the whole world....wishing to come along.
I'm surprised the door even shut!
Had to say goodbye to our pediatrician...we've known this lady for a looong time and she's definitely going to be hard to replace - along with nurse Kathy who single handedly gave them every shot for the last ten years!
Dennis, our Schwan's man for 9 years stopped by, he will be missed too!
The next morning we piled into the car, fired up the dvd player, said a prayer and headed up north!
We think my classroom supplies passed us in Indiana,