Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Craft Project Update for November

Project #26

Various Hats for HOPE by Design

I'm down to little things now, and since I didn't actually use an entire skein on any of these projects I decided to lump them together.  The good thing is that of the colors used above, I finished off the red, dark and light blue, almost the black, heather grey and yellow.  I feel good about that!  The patterns for the elephant hat and the flame hat (which there are 2 of, BTW) were completely new to me.  And I liked them.  

Only FOUR projects to go and several of them are close to being done.  I just may make it!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Such a Great Dad!

 You know he's a great guy when he lets the kids climb on him after a long hike.  


Theo: Ere eee oing? (Translation: Where are we going?)
Me: We're going CRAZY!
Tate: [almost crying] Dad, can you drive somewhere else?  I don't want to go there.


Setting: Church.  Lots of people are standing around and while they aren't eavesdropping, they can certainly hear everything.  Tate is talking to our children's director. 

Tate: Miss Angie, guess what?  I can wipe myself now!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some Good News!

My faith has been restored.  It was not in vain [although I don't think faith is ever in vain].

We got good news a couple of days ago.  We received a letter of acknowledgement from Nicaragua saying that they have received our approval from the US!  Praise Jesus! 

For now we are working on getting the girls declared abandoned and finishing up our paperwork for Nicaragua.  These two things can happen simultaneously because we both have to be approved for adoption.  The abandonment process will likely take the longest and we should have all of our paperwork in by December.  Yesterday we got all of our state seals for Oregon taken care of, so we are one giant leap closer than we were before!

This has been great news for us.  Since we're in the system, the hope is that even if they were to suspend adoptions, we'd be able to continue because we're grandfathered in!

Thank you for your continued support in bringing our girls home.  We love you!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More Glory

More awesome shots from Korea.  There is some awesome beauty here!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Why I love having boys

Monday, November 15, 2010

Us minus 3

This is the first picture in a long time that Tate wasn't doing something completely doofy. 

I just wish there were three more smiling faces with us.

Seoraksan National Park

Saturday, November 13, 2010

1st (Gulp) Blog Giveaway~ WINNER~

I had some pretty great help choosing a winner for the hat. 

Theo was in bed due to a mega-tantrum, so Tate and I got to have a bunch of fun!

First we cut up the paper and put the numbers into a hat.  (Each paper was the same size, don't worry)

Then Tate closed his eyes...

 Picked a number...

Turned it over to read what it was...

And showed it to me!

And comment #2 corresponds with MIRIAM's  comment!

Congrats, Miriam!

And a sincere thanks to all who entered.  But more than that, thanks for being my friend and supporting us on this journey. 

I love you all! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

RIP, Dave Niehaus

Today in our house, along with all of the Pacific Northwest we are mourning the loss of one of LT Wonderful's childhood icons, Mr. Dave Niehaus.

Dave was a Hall of Fame announcer for the Seattle Mariners.  Since the LT spent much of his life away from Seattle, Dave always brought the Mariners home to him.  Even when we were thousands of miles away, Dave's voice brought us a little slice of home.

Thank you, Dave.  You will be missed.

Image from American Sportscasters Online


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The promised pictures

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you

You're so vain, [so vain] I'll bet you think this song is about you

Don't you, don't you?


Sometimes Tate gets frustrated with the fact that Theo is so mobile these days.  Occasionally he'll climb up on the table to color away from Theo.  Not anymore. 

And this was too cute not to post. 


Mark: "Tate, what do you want to pray for tonight?"
Tate: "My mom. I don't want her to go to jail."

And the following night:

Tate: "Dad, I don't want Mom to be sprayed by the fire sprinklers. And I don't want a light to fall on her head."

It's good to know that Tate's got my back!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A ho-hum update

I had a bunch of cute pictures of the boys to upload but my internet is being so slow today that I am unable.  I am sad about that.  I have cute pictures of the boys making eyes at themselves in the mirror (it's not just girls that do that!), among others.

I went to a kids playgroup today and made some friends!  Even in my tie dye shirt!  I was pretty excited to meet some people with kids.  There aren't a bunch of them in our area.  In fact, at the church we're attending we're definitely the minority having kids.  The majority of people attending are single 20-somethings.  I can't relate because I was never a single 20 something-I was married at the ripe old age of 19. So, there's that...

Obama is going to be on base here tomorrow.  I wish I could go and see him.  I've never seen any of our Presidents in real life and that's something I'd like to do someday.  Why not tomorrow?  I jest.  The base is pretty much closed down so we're staying as far away as possible.  In fact, we're leaving Seoul tomorrow because we aren't permitted to drive in town on Friday so we decided to take the crew up to a National Park on the other side of the country.

Why can't we drive?  Because the G20 Summit is in town.  Cars with odd numbers on their last space on their license plates can drive on Thursday and not Friday (that's us) and even numbers cannot drive Thursday but can on Friday.

Well, that's it for me today.  I'm tired and I have to go fold some little boys socks.

Peace out!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Turning over a new leaf or some crap like that...

I have a love/hate relationship with mornings.

Lately it's been mostly hate.

In junior high and high school I was up faithfully before 5am nearly every morning to go swimming.  Once I retired from swimming I retired from early mornings as well.

Lately though I've been feeling convicted to get more done in the early morning so I've been meaning to get up earlier...for nearly a month now with limited success.  But I did it this morning.  More importantly, I think I've found out why I've had such a hard time with it.

You see, I would think that if I can get up in the morning I should get my Devotion and my workout done.  I love devoting.  I wouldn't have a problem doing just that.  But working out in the morning?  Um, that sucks.  Especially when it's freezing outside.

So this morning I decided to give it a go with just the Devotion done early.  It was a smashing success. I have been allowing myself coffee in the morning, but without worrying about transitioning into the workout right away, I didn't need it.  I was able to wake up a half hour earlier than normal and feel great!  Instead of doing my Devotion the first thing during nap time, I was free to have true free time.  And I got my workout done.  Before lunch even!

Funny what happens when you a)put first what should be first and b)don't try and change too much at once.

Now we'll see how tomorrow goes...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1st (Gulp) Blog Giveaway!

I'm totally nervous to do this.  I've got back and forth on even having a giveaway.  What would I give away?  What if no one wants what I'm offering, how embarrassing would that be?  So I thought I'd give away a gift card, after all, everyone likes gift cards.  But then, I realized I'd have to go to a store and buy a gift card and since I have no car here and the only stores I can get a gift card for would be in Korea, I passed on that idea.

Then I thought about giving away a copy of one of my favorite books.  But that excludes you if you don't want to read it or have already read it.

The next idea was to give away something I've made.  And I pondered it (meaning fretted over it...are my feelings going to be hurt if no one wants something I've made?) and then decided to go for it.

So, without further ado, here's what I'm giving away...

One of my favorite new lacy hats!  If you read my post about the DMZ, you'll see that I wore the match to this one on our recent outing.  

And don't worry, even though I'm totally into regifting, I'm not regifting this.  It's brand spanking new.  It's wonderfully delightful merino wool in a beautiful dreamy- creamy color. 

It fits all head sizes (unless your name is Goliath), so if it's not your style feel free to give it away.  My feelings won't be hurt, I promise. 

If you're wondering why I'm having a give away, let me explain.  

It's not to generate more traffic.

It's not to make more friends. 

It has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you

I appreciate you guys.  I started this blog when we started the adoption process a few years back.  You all have walked with me through some of the best and toughest times in my life.  Loss in adoption.   A surprise (wonderful) pregnancy.  Moves.  Job changes. Life changes.  And now you're walking and praying me through another adoption.   I started this blog to keep friends informed about our life and I've gotten an outpouring of love and support.  It really has encouraged me. 

So, in honor of my 500th post this week, I wanted some tangible way to say thank you for your love, friendship and support.  And since I can't bring all of you to Nicaragua with me (which I would LOVE to do) and I can't fly out to see and thank all of you (because I don't even know who you all are!) I decided to give something away.  Something I made, something heartfelt.

So if you want to enter to win, simply leave a comment under this me some love or just say "pick me" or whatever.  

I'll keep it open for a week (ending next Friday the 12th ) and post the winner on Saturday the 13th.  

Don't forget to post your can post under Anonymous, but at least give me a first name in the post!

Good luck!  But more importantly, thank you sincerely for your love and support.  You all mean the world to me!

Peace and love, 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tate's Learning Languages!

Tate: Mom, Theo speaks baby Spanish.
Me: Yes, he does.  Do you know what you speak?
Tate:  I speak language. 
Me: Language?
Tate:  Yes.  And Spanish. 
Me:  OK.  Sounds good.  Anything else?
Tate: Yes.  I speak Korean quietly. 
Me: How is that?
Tate: [whispering] an- niyong-ha-say-yo

[That means Hello in Korean and that; combined with one other word (thank you) is all the Korean he knows]

And just so you don't think I've left Theo out, here he is in all his Halloween-y glory.  

Cute, huh?

Monday, November 1, 2010

North Korea and the DMZ

That's me in North Korean territory (with a South Korean soldier guarding us)

With the boys at the Third Tunnel

On Saturday we ventured out to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).  It was a trip I've wanted to do for a while.  The day was split in half, I did half with the family and half without because children under 10 are not allowed at the Joint Security Area (JSA) where I was able to step foot into North Korean territory. 

The trip was intensely sad.  Koreans have a long history of being occupied and manipulated by other countries and it's heartbreaking to think that after Japanese occupation ended, instead of coming into their own they fought a bloody war and the country was split. 

The first half of the tour was so-so, but the second half in the JSA area was really interesting.  As the name would make you expect, the two sides have access to the same area.  It's the only are that both sides come and go from equally. 

I am happy to have gone to see the DMZ, but really I hope and pray that the DMZ will be obsolete soon.  


I just realized that yesterday was my 500th post!  I can hardly believe it!  In order to celebrate I'm thinking about having a giveaway here later this week.  Stay tuned!