Monday, March 31, 2008
We packed our backpacks and spent two glorious weeks roaming the south of Thailand. We experienced the gentle, open and warm hospitatilty of the Thai people and some of the best food we have ever eaten. We slept in raft houses in the middle of a man-made lake, slept amongst the monkeys in the jungle and swam in the salty waters off the shores of the Phi Phi Islands.
We travelled by plane, train, boat, songthaew and long tail boat. We walked, swam and motorbiked to our hearts contents. We baked in the sun in the crowded streets and markets of Bangkok, lay on the sandy shores of Ao Nang beach and had our toes nibbled on by microscopic fish in the ocean. We ran after the crabs on the beach of Koh Sukorn and snorkelled with the clown fish, eels and jellyfish in the deep blue waters surrounding the Phi Phi Islands. We rode atop the gentle, giants that are elephants and hand-fed them bundles of bananas. We drank buckets of Long Island Iced tea, large Singha beers and the freshest of fresh fruit shakes. We ate red, yellow, green and coconut curries, savoured every morsel of the most delicious Phad Thai and banana pancakes in the world. We enjoyed thai foot massages, card games with new friends, gazed at the stars at night and watched the sun set and rise every morning and evening!
To our wonderous amazement and glee there were families from all parts of the globe in Thailand. There were baby strollers with babies sleeping, toddlers wobbling, school children running and teenagers swaggering everywhere we looked. As we are wanderers at heart and love to travel, we are excited to return one day with our bambino :)
See above montage for a peek at a very small sampling of the hilights of our trip!
Friday, March 28, 2008
I haven't met you yet or seen your face,but in my heart you hold a place. My hopes grow with each passing day,even though you're miles away. I know you're there waiting for me,as I am here waiting to see,the child God has sent from above,to make me a mother and share all my love.
By Karen Cooper
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
After only a 1 - 1/2 months of being in Halifax, I moved back home because Air Canada decided to lay me off...again...for the 3rd time...in a year - thank you very much Air Canada :( (notice my disdain) and Yvan, me and the cats moved into a cute little house together.
In the fall of that year, we adopted Leroy Brown. He came to us thru a friend of my sister's who could no longer handle him and 2 kids under 3. When we picked him up, he hopped into my lap straight away and didn't look back.
I am not sure how we got so lucky with our fabulous fur babies! They have brought so much unconditional love into our lives. While Suki has gotten older and has diabetes and needs lots of care, and Leroy needs to have his teeth professionally cleaned every year - oh such the bad dog breath! We wouldn't have it any other way.
We can only imagine how much we will love this new little baby coming into our lives...if the love we have for our animals is any indication....it will be a whole lot!!
We can't wait for the day to post pictures of our entire family to be!!!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Last night we had some friends over for a chocolate dessert fondue (mmmmmmmm...goood) and I was tidying the house before people came over. I happened to wander over by the area of the African violet. Quite often I look to see if it is blooming and I am always disappointed to see that it isn't. However, feeling optimistic I took a peak and to my utter amazement and audible in take of breath - I saw some teeny, tiny flower buds popping up!!! I was beside myself!!! Our African Violet is blooming!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a big believer in things happening for a reason....I believe that what you put out in to the world will come back to you ten fold. If you believe that life has nothing to offer and you constantly get the shaft...well than life will give you that. The same goes for positive thoughts and energy! If you put out the good vibes you will get it back. I mean if you don't ask for something...how will you get it right! We when we decided to have a family we just thought it would be easy. How wrong we were...it wasn't easy at all. Well, instead of just giving up we decided to ask for alternatives to having a family. Adoption came up over and over! When we started we were looking at China but the wait times were too long . We sent in an application for Thailand but were told that the program wasn't open. We had heard of all the people who were adopting from Africa and decided to look into it.
I think the universe had intended for this to be our direction from day one! We just weren't seeing it...initially the adoption process was a bit trying and difficult but when we made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia things seemed to get so much easier...everything became clearer if you will. Now, this isn't to say that our journey doesn't have its hiccups and frustrations - but all roads point to Ethiopia and we are very happy to be headed in that direction.
I think our African Violet is a testament to our being on the right path! Otherwise, I don't think it would be blooming!!!!
Sweet Michelle! What can I say?!? She made me cry but in a good way. Michelle and I are great friends!! We quite often go running together and are training to run 10K together. This morning we went for our run and she brought over a present for us from her and Peter!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The three of us laced up our running shoes and filled our water bottles and started the clinic at the end of August. The goal was to run 10K at the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis the first Sunday in November. We trained thru September and October with Brainsport and ran our hills every Monday night and did our homework the rest of week. I think it was during the first long (45 minutes) run we did one cool fall night in October that I thought to myself...."self what the #$%# are you doing!" As we ran up the steps of the train bridge and I realized how far we still had to go in order to get back to the store. It was very tempting to give up! But no, I would persevere.
I must also tell you that Yvan was a running a machine. He was worried that he wouldn't be able to even run for 20 minutes when we first started...uh, the name Forrest Gump comes to mind when I think of him the first night we went out! He ran and ran and ran and ran....and he hasn't stopped.
We finished the clinic and ran the 10K. Yvan ran it very well...me...I admit it I struggled...alot.
We finished and it felt great!
One night in December, Yvan says to me...I think I am going to run a half marathon...what??? Are you crazy???? Nope, he is serious! So, we are back training!! I am going to stick with my friend the 10K - I will conquer you this time. Yvan is training for the half! I am so proud of him...mainly because he has found a true passion! Oh, ya...his other passion besides homebuilding :) There is much chatter in our household about heart rates, pacing, lactic threshold....and of course homebuilding! Add into the mix the non-stop adoption talk I spew daily and we are a real treat to be around :)
The good thing about the running is that we are both getting in shape physically but most importantly mentally! This is good to keep our minds off the LONG WAIT!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This morning started out fine enough but then......you get to work! Just as your starting to think that you were getting ahead.....you take two steps back. Work is so busy right now, which is good, but with it brings all sorts of challenges. It actually isn't that bad...I think I am just in need of a vent! I have done it and feel much better....tomorrow will be a better day :)
On Saturday we went to an Ethiopian gathering! It was so good to see some familiar faces and meet some new people as well. We both felt much more at ease this time as the last time we went to one we really didn't know anyone at all. Add in the emotion of it all and well we were burnt out. This time we knew quite a few people and had a really good visit! It is so awesome (for lack of a better word) to talk with people who completely understand where we are and what we are experiencing. Big thanks and hugs to all in attendance!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
All the materials went in to the recycling bin for this Saturdays' pick-up. It really is a waste and we are both pretty sure that the cost of the product directly relates to the size of the packaging!
Baby clothes - I finally decided to brave the baby section! This is something that has been very hard for me....when you are trying to get pregnant and it just doesn't seem to be happening month after month you start to withdraw from all things baby! At least I did! News of other people getting pregnant, people out walking with their babies in strollers on a summer evening, kids in restaurants, or even just commercials about babies would make be a sad and many times a blubbering mess on the couch under a blanket.
Once we made the decision to adopt, I felt free of all of this! Almost! I was still apprehensive...once our dossier made it to Ethiopia and we started meeting other people who were also adopting, I started to let go! I had an evening out with some other gals who are adopting and two of the girls were in shopping mode. This sort of lit the fire of enthusiasm in me too!
I nervously made the first trek to Superstore on my own (no one needs to see me sobbing my eyes out which thankfully didn't happen) to look for some baby clothes. Now, it is hard to buy stuff until we know what age and gender our new baby will be but I did manage to pick up a few things.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Check out the links for givin' a little! If you aren't sure you want to give out right...then lend. Kiva is a great organization for lending to people in other parts of the world to start or grow their businesses. You only have to lend $25 dollars if you want. When the borrower has paid back you can take your money and run or you can relend it. We have yet to have someone not pay us back :)
Oh by the way! Yes, we do donate money to every link we have provided.
Best part of all, you will feel great knowing you have helped someone out!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
We stayed at the Lost Creek Resort in these oh so cute little cottages. They have several different sizes of cottages from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom units. They have kitchens, bedrooms, fireplaces, dvd players etc. The kitchens are stocked with the essentials cooking wise. You just need to bring your food and beverages. There are two outdoor hot tubs for use by the guests of the resort. We definitely took advantage of that. They have a firepit for bonfires and a fantastic view of the Northern Lights!!!
I am now quite an expert at finding Orion's Belt, Queen Casseopia, the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and the North Star!
We tried snowshoeing...it was my first time. It was a lot of hard work but very fun. We are pretty sure the people driving or skiing by us thought the funny farm had arrived. The funniest thing about it was that we trekked for about an hour from the resort into Waskesiu Village. We decided to walk back and found, much to our chagrin, that it only took us 10 min. to walk back. Here we thought we had travelled so...ha ha ha!
This weekend getaway was just what was needed ! I find myself quite often consumed with thoughts of the adoption. Agonizing over the wait, when will we hear something, how do we prepare for the arrival of our new little one. I really needed to give my weary brain a break and just have some good old fun! Which we definitely did! We played the Mexican Train tile game (love it) and Rami-O (don't love it - probably because I could never pick the right hand) and watched a little Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
It is, in part ,for many different reasons that we have decided to blog about our life. We want to document our journey to start our family so that we always remember the steps we took.
We also wanted our family and friends to be able to follow easily along with our journey. We know you want to know what is happening but often are afraid to ask.
Well fear no more, now you can check on us whenever you like, if you like that is.
If this blog in anyway helps other families who are adopting or are thinking about adoption, then so much the better.
And here begins our journey!