Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AKA "Chunky Monkey"

Julie, my caseworker, sent me a mini update on Maeve.... included in that update was this comment:

"She seem to be a pretty happy baby and a big eater."

I'll take a chunky monkey any day of the week.

Also part of the update is that she seems to be adjusting and attaching well to her special mothers and transitioning well. All good news. I'll take it. Maybe new photos by the end of the week... maybe...


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Writer's Block...

So, the likelihood of me meeting Maeve's birthmom, when I travel to Ethiopia, is actually quite high. The nice thing about AGCI, my agency, is that they try to facilitate these meetings between adoptive parents and birth families. I don't even know how to explain how I feel about this -- very grateful is one word. But, anxious, humbled, and saddened.... are some others that pop to mind. What an amazing opportunity -- to meet the person that brought Maeve into this world. To have the opportunity to ask her specific questions -- from the concrete to the hopes and dreams that she holds for her daughter. But, what a horrendously difficult moment for her-- I don't know the details of what led Maeve's birthmom to relinquish her, but I do have an idea of what a devastated country Ethiopia is -- everything from its economic state, food availability, and healthcare is in dire straits. Putting Maeve up for adoption is most likely an act of extreme and unselfish love from a mother to daughter. I can't even fathom it, and thankful that I don't have to.

So, I have just completed creating an iPhoto album to give to Maeve's birthmom when I meet her (I hope I meet her anyway), but am stuck on the letter that I want to write to her. How am I supposed to articulate all my emotions into words. I suspect it will take me some time to get it "just right". So, I will bust through this writer's block and tell this amazing woman my appreciation -- for loving her child so much that I now can love on that same child for the rest of my life.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dad and Lynn's Visit

My Dad and Lynn came down for a visit this week and my Dad ignorantly asked if I had any projects for him.... why yes, yes I do. Thanks for asking! Ha. Shelves in the garage... My quest continues to be completely and totally organized. So, off to Lowes I went with a detailed shopping list provided by my brother. It was somewhat of a family affair.




We got the bulk of the math and drilling completed the first afternoon, but Dad and Lynn so graciously finished the project while I was at work yesterday. Yay them!

It was so great to have them come down for a visit... I promise to allow them to relax on their next venture south, I think :-)

I love these kids...

Its the Avery and Bennett show...

Amy, Amber, and Katie went for their long run on Tuesday and I babysat the babies while they were running.





Seriously. How cute are they?

Is it wrong that I haven't donned the running shoes since I did my long run on Saturday? I'm pretty sure that might be wrong.... One week and one day until we run the half marathon in Leavenworth. Whaooo Hoo...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Unknowingly...

Of course, all I can do is think about Maeve... but I don't have a lot to go on, so I just ponder all sorts of things. I usually ponder in the present or future... but it donned on me today -- what was I doing on the actual day that Maeve was born? Ignorantly, I was just living my life with no concept that this particular day would be so significant... I was in Australia visiting my sister and her family, and exploring the outback on the day Maeve was born. So, here are glimpses of the day -- it was a pretty fun day, turns out....

Watching the sun rise from my swag... Pretty sweet start to the day.





And, a pretty sweet end to the day.



I'm going to go ahead and say it...

By the time I put my head to my pillow tonight, my painting quest will be complete. To be fair, I was down to just the upper landing, but I couldn't mount up the appropriate amount of enthusiasm to just get it done over the last few weeks. Today is the day.

I have just discovered something worse than painting ceilings -- a five foot tunneled up skylight in a vaulted ceiling. Let's just say it is downright toasty up there. I felt like I was about to emerge from a submarine or something and looking like I just went to hot, sweaty yoga. There's a sight.

See... with no news coming for at least a couple of weeks regarding Maeve, you get stuck with home improvement posts... Oh, so exciting, I know. Whatev.

Update. Going to bed... and painting is done. Not that you all care. But I care :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Sweet Discovery...

When I moved I decided to make the upgrade to to a flat screen TV and am now enjoying the phenomenon of high definition. I have mostly been a non-TV watcher for the last year, but now that I have this new toy, I thought I'd explore it a little. And really, HD is quite amazing... I recently stumbled upon the Palladia channel. Does anyone else LOVE it like I do? Live concerts and festivals almost all the time. I think I am creeping towards an unhealthy addiction... So much for non-TV watching.... but I just think music enhances everything, so that's okay then.

Friday, September 18, 2009

First Experiences....

Amber and Chris are moving this weekend... and a 10.5 month old isn't exactly the most helpful lil' person in the preparation phase... so, Avery spent a good part of the day with her "Aunties" -- Amy, Melanie, and Shauna.

This time, Melanie needed something at IKEA.... so shopping we went. Clearly, such an outing is exhausting and thus, frozen yogurt was an imperative purchase on our way out.

Avery was a part of the shopping trip, therefore, her "Aunties" felt she should participate in a little frozen yogurt tasting with us. We might've gotten our hands slapped later by Amber... but seriously, we justified it by the fact that Avery eats yogurt all the time! And, no, we didn't give her a whole cone...


Yumm... this stuff tastes pretty good.


Avery wanting more, and Bennett trying to sort out how he can get in on the action too


Very protective of this newfound treat


Is there a label on this thing... I've gotta tell Mommy about this so she can get me more of this stuff


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

P!nk...

Did I go?? Yep... you bet.



I love unplanned events in life -- Jenn got a couple of free tickets given to her today at work, which turned out to be my good fortune too. Seriously. What a fun night. I feel like I just came out of a theatrical performance... the whole thing was fantastic and the acrobatics were amazing. It may not have been PG at all times, but entertaining, most definitely.

I do love P!nk. I suspected before that I wanted her to be my friend, but after tonight... it is confirmed. She's so bada#* and funny. Perhaps I'll use different tactics than my friend, Melanie, tried in Cabo a few years ago.

I have to be at work in 6 hours.... its gonna hurt. Night.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Waiting on a Court Date...

This year is different than past years, it turns out. Previously the courts in Ethiopia would release future court dates, even when they were closed. This year, no further court dates are expected to be released until they are reopened in October. So, I guess I have to wait 2-3 weeks longer....

I just hope that they release future court dates in the order that documentation has been received... one can hope that the pile isn't knocked over, right?

My caseworker, Julie, did say that my agency will send me some updated photos this month of Maeve while I, and all the other patient families, wait out the month of September. That'll just have to be enough for now.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gran's Visit...


A very anxious and impatient Gran came to visit this weekend and brought along Elin, a longtime family friend and neighbor. My mom has been chomping at the bit to come down and suss out the new digs and see Maeve's room, in person. Not surprisingly, she came armed with baby clothes and more giraffe friends. And, Elin has the gift of knitting so Maeve got two cozy blankets to cuddle up in. I think she's going to have to share though....

Because my mom is not taking the wait for Maeve well, we thought we'd give her a baby fix. Amy and I needed to go for a run to continue our preparation for the half marathon in a few weeks, so we left Bennett behind for some 'Gran and Grandma doting'.... I was almost surprised not to find Bennett dressed in pink and sitting in Maeve's crib when we got home. Ha. Kidding... sorta.

It was shopping mania this weekend... my mom is a professional shopper. I haven't inherited her genes as strongly as I think she'd like... but we powered through and found several "must haves" for Maeve. Don't get me wrong... I'm not an ungrateful receiver by any means, I just don't have the stamina! We rounded last night off with Ethiopian food, which was awesome as always.

Thank you Mom for your extreme generosity and excitement...


Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Year...

What a difference a year makes. It was on September 11th, 2008 that I mailed my carefully filled out application to AGCI to adopt an infant from Ethiopia. And, exactly 11 months, to the day, I got my referral call for the most precious 2.5 month old baby girl. My world is forever changed and I haven't even met her yet.

So, in the world of adoption there are a lot of hoops to jump through, one very painful workbook to complete, a lot of redundant paperwork to fill out, and a lot of hurry up and wait... but I have seriously loved this year. It has been a year full of preparation. My brain literally hurts, at times, because of all the thinking I do -- I cannot wait to embark on this world of parenthood. But, I also think about the unfairness of life and, because of a devastated country and their absolute desperate need right now, I will now be this little girl's mom, instead of the woman who gave her life. The tragedy is inescapable. Yet, simultaneously I'm filled with awe and anticipation.

So a year. What will my post be like one year from today.... I can hardly fathom it. But I do.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Visit from Rosie and Brian

Oh how we miss them.... but thrilled they could fly in for a really quick visit. Rosanne and Brian took off after their wedding last summer and are living it up in Dublin for a year, or two, or three... They are fully embracing the Irish culture and taking quick trips around Europe, just because they can. I think we are all living vicariously through them.


Rosanne got to meet and play with Avery and Bennett for the first time.



And, we all went out for Mexican food for dinner, because, although Dublin is super great in many ways, there are no good Mexican restaurants to be found apparently.



Me and Rosanne...


Monday, September 7, 2009

So....

Am I cheating on summer?



I heart Dave...

Dave Matthews, that is, and his band. Yesterday Melanie, Kendra, and I piled into the car and headed east towards George, WA to partake in a DMB concert at the Gorge Ampitheater. Guaranteed a good time.

Of course there were no pictures or video taken by me.. of course.


These are the sweet views you get of the Columbia River...


Getting ready to find our spot


Hangin' out... waiting for the fun to begin.


The sun felt good because when it got dark, it was cold! But, no rain... that is all we asked for.


And ahhh... Dave. I love his long jams, his groove, and his senseless chatter... my legs are sore from all my sweet moves.


It was such a great music night. Yonder Mountain String Band and G. Love opened for Dave -- and Tim Reynolds played with the band as well as Danny Barnes. Sweet.


And, because I can... I slept in until 11:15am... because I know there is a timer on when this carefree lifestyle will be shut down. For very good reasons, obviously, but I want to take full advantage while I can :-)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy-o!!


Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for all your love and support... it means the world to me.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Music...

to my ears....

A direct quote from a friend of a friend who was able to look in on Maeve at Hannah's Hope -- " it was so fun to see your daughter. She's a good sleeper."

Sadly, the two times she went to check on Maeve, she was sleeping -- so I didn't get to learn anything about her lil' personality... but the "good sleeper" part, doesn't make me sad at all. Ha.

Yet, Another Thank You...

How good are friends? You go to work... you leave a few key items lying around in your living room in case someone wanted to come over and continue the home improvement quest... and, you come home to a painted vaulted stairwell. Thank you Dan. You're a rockstar.