Wednesday, December 27, 2006
This was the poem in my stocking this year
A Christmas Wish...
This Christmas I wish for you, everything that I can't do.
I'll get us a baby if I can, I'll run to Vietnam and back again.
I'll build us a house with my two hands, I'll even follow our new house plan.
I hope the wait won't make you blue, this is my Christmas wish for you.
Merry Christmas, Love Gavin
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
You are The Hierophant
Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching.
All things relating to education, patience, help from superiors.The Hierophant is often considered to be a Guardian Angel.
The Hierophant's purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between her two pillars deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant (or High Priest) deals with worldly problems. He is well suited to do this because he strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis. The Hierophant's only problem is that he can be stubborn and hidebound. At his best, he is wise and soothing, at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
I got this Tarot card thing from another blog, but it was awhile ago and I can't remember who it was. So if you are reading this fellow blogger Thankyou. I think it sounds like me (besides the patience thing)"Divine Wisdom" I like the sounds of that!
Anyway, take the test it will give you something to do for the next two minutes other than read blogs.
On other news, yesterday was hubby's birthday! he turned the big 29. We went for dinner with family, it was nice to be able to see everyone again. I think Gavin really enjoyed himself.
As for the house, we went for an inspection this morning. Everything looks pretty good and they've done alot of work over the last little bit. I'll post pictures after the siding is on. The siding looks to be the colour we liked so that's great news. The framing, plumbing,insulation and electrical is complete, and today it looks like they are planning on working on the drywall. Things are coming along, and head office of the home builder says our home must be complete by the 18th of January. Although, I'm still expecting it to be "live in ready", but I'm alright with that as long as we can move! I don't want to put our stuff into storage, and rent somewhere fo awhile.
As for the adoption, I have no idea what's going on. I know that we are within the first 11 files sent, ten of which are translated, which ten? I don't know. Our agency rep. is in Vietnam, maybe he's back now,I don't know that either. I'm going to guess we aren't translated yet, makes it easier to deal with the dissappointment. So the 6-9 month wait for referral is still on, wishing on the shorter end of that.To steal my hubby's favourite line "we'll see....".
Here's hoping that 2007 brings good things to everyone, and that everyone has a very happy holiday!Especially our babies that are waiting for us on the other side of the world, I hope they receive an extra long hug on Christmas morning.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Does that not sound like the most juvenile thing to say in the world? Of course Gavin with the ever logical explainations said " So what are you going to do, not wait? No one promised you any different".
As I waited for him to apologize for not listening to my feelings, I realized he was right again. No one ever promised me that the wait would be easy, or would it be a short wait. But, I've always known for myself that the wait would be worth it, and if this baby can wait for parents, I can wait for this baby.
Then I thought to myself that things could be MUCH worse. I could be my baby's birth mother who has to "WAIT" for the terrible day that she must leave her baby and walk away knowing that she will probably never know what has become of him or her.So as I wait for my life to begin, she waits for a piece of her life to end. I'm going to endure the wait, and be happy in the end, forever grateful to someone else that is sacrificing so much more than I ever could imagine.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
What is a girl to do with her wait for baby? Why search for the perfect diaper bag of course! However, I love all of these options and need help deciding, so please help me and vote for your favourite diaper bag! I'm leaning towards the blue shades of the diaper bags,(our stroller has blue on it) but I really LOVE them all so please help!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
This is what I have to move into in less than 64 days! Can you believe it? did you notice that there is no roof?!. Good God what are we going to do if this house isn't finished on time? We've sold our other house already, and we have until January 18th to be out.I know that subdivision houses can be finshed really fast (too fast) but they can also be finished very slowly like this one. Our original closing date was August 30th, see the problem here?. With it being close to winter, Christmas holidays etc. I really don't see how we will be able to move in with only 64 days left to go. I think that the homes head office will need another phone call from a "crazy" wife.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
|Saigon Traffic Video|
Please try to ignore the terrible music on this video! This is what the traffic is like in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City),there are few if any traffic rules. Apparently the best way to cross the road is to not look, close your eyes and hope for the best!.I suppose it may be best not to know what type of vehicle took your life (a bus, car scooter?)would it matter?
Anyone that knows me could probably picture this scenario: Gavin and baby across the street safe, while I am left stranded on the other side trying to build my nerve up to cross in that chaos! I can picture it now, and for the record that had better not happen!
Monday, October 23, 2006
This morning we received an e-mail from our agency informing us that they have sent our dossier to Vietnam. We are so excited about this news, we weren't expecting our dossier to be sent for another week or so. The next step is translation of our file, and submission to the International Adoption Office for processing. Things are finally moving forward, this has been a very good day!
Friday, October 20, 2006
I've been living through other peoples blogs, latley. There has been some really great news posted regarding referrals, and travel approval for some families. Congratulations goes out to everyone that has received the news they've been waiting for.
Really this is my day - make coffee, read blogs, drink coffee, read blogs, get ready for work, go to work, think about adoption (oh yeah I'm at work), try to work, come home, read blog, go to bed, think about adoption, sleep.... start day over.You know it's getting bad when you've paused waiting for your own news, and started wondering/worrying about everyone else and their business. As though I don't have enough stress right now (building a new house, adoption etc.), I'm taking on other peoples stress,like did Mrs.Broccoli Guy get travel approval yet, has mellowandyellow's adoption agency open to begin Vietnam adoptions, really things are starting to go to far.The worst part is that most of my conversations start with" I read on this blog...." My poor husband has to hear non stop about not only our adoption but everyone else's. Although he has been great, he dosn't share the same blog addiction that I have right now!
I need a vaction that's what I know for sure, anyone up for it?? Somewhere warm...maybe just say Vietnam? It's 28 degrees there (and that's during the night)and 5 degrees here hmmm....
(Pep, I know you'd go on vacation with me!)
Friday, October 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
On another note, I was watching T.V the other night and I saw a commercial for a well known toy company. There were many cute babies of all races on the commercial which obviously caught my eye. Just as I was noticing the very cute Asian baby I noticed the toy the baby had in his/her hand... a panda bear. I thought figures give the Asian baby the panda bear I'm sure pandas must be his favorite animal in the world! I never thought before that I would be the type of person to get annoyed at things like that, maybe I was blowing the whole thing out of proportion, maybe he really did want to play with the panda, but somehow I doubt it.
Overly sensitive already and the baby isn't even home yet, oh boy.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
After a year long wait, our family home has started being built. Our original closing date has come and gone. As you can see by the photos, it's probably a good thing we aren't moving in. We've just learned that the builder has gone with a new siding company and we're not quite sure what colours we'll be getting. They've asked us to "knock on wood" and hope we get what we want. So stay tuned to see what colours our builder chooses and to see if our house will match the nice drawing they've given us. (Let's hope it won't be purple!)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The longer we wait, the more time we have to prepare.
My husband's sports car was getting too old so we traded it in for a minivan. For us it's one step closer to becoming parents, so it does help with the wait. Although it does feel bare without a baby seat!
Monday, September 18, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
I'ts estimated to be approx. 6 months after our dossier is filed in Vietnam to referral of a boy, and then travel is 4-8 weeks later. I'm able to wait that long I hope. I really believe we will be referred a boy and it's getting harder to pass by the baby section and not pick something up. I just don't want to buy tons of boy things only to turn around and "SURPRISE your getting a girl" (not that I wouldn't want a girl, but I'd be surprised). I suppose I could always donate the other items to the orphanage. I'm not saying that we haven't bought anything... We purchased a stroller/carseat, and a few 12 month old gender nuetral sleepers. Hopefully we hear more soon from the agency and then I will be more comfortable with buying baby things because the adoption will be moving forward.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Also, with regards to the new house - we have had our closing date pushed back another month. This is the third time it's been pushed back. So I can tell you we will probably NEVER buy a new home ever again! Why are we being punished over and over in one day??
Thanks for listening everyone, if you have any suggestions please comment.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I have convinced myself that "NO NEWS" = "BAD NEWS"
I have so much trouble believing that our VN rep has been in Vietnam for two weeks and there has been no contact with him. Clearly (to me) there is something wrong with that. I have let myself believe that things are not going smoothly and no one wants to write that so that the people in the office do not have to respond to the mass e- mails and phone calls from waiting parents. This must be what it is. So what do I do instead of wait calmly and patiently? I phone the agency anyways. They will not be darting all of the incoming calls by not e-mailing an update. Somehow this makes me feel better, of course I have to leave a message and hope that someone phones me back. The last time the rep was in Vietnam they had kept in contact with him, what's different now? I'm sure I'm not the only one frustrated with this. If I hear back from them and learn that they have indeed heard from the rep. but didn't report that I'm going to be seriously angry. Listen to me, not knowing anything is making me CRAZY!. Why did I not phone them last week when I had this worry? it would have saved my sanity this week.
For future reference I'm not going to feel badly for phoning my agency we pay them enough money, the least they can do is keep us informed.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Not everything is going terrible, we received the information we needed to begin our immigration paperwork. We got this in three business days not the five to ten business days like they had originally told us, so at least that's moving along.
I had someone come by and view our home today (we are moving around Christmas and are considering puting our house for sale in the fall) and they loved our house!. She's going to take another look at it with her father before she decides for sure, but it looks like we may have found a buyer before we've even listed. Great news on the home front!
Monday, August 07, 2006
If this process relied only on me I'd have been to Vietnam and back months ago, but I am in the "waiting game" just like many of you. I am so happy for those that have received their referral and for those that have travelled to get their babies already, my CONGRATULATIONS goes out to all of you.