A progress update

I hear the familiar ding of a new email in my inbox. 

I see the little red "1" icon and my heart quickens.

This could be it.  The email from our adoption agency.  Please let this be it!  Let us be registered at last! 

I open my inbox.  The computer stalls for what seems like eternity, but is in actuality about 3 seconds.
I pull up the new email:

"On sale this week at Kohls!"

I hate you Kohls.  And Old Navy.  And Groupon.  Living Social.  And every other non-adoption-registration-email.  

I click furiously.  UNSUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE! 


Welcome June.  This is the month we have been waiting for.  Our little man turns two and we've been praying that our dossier will be registered this month, at last.  It has been a long six days so far, waiting ever so anxiously for the news.  Hoping we won't be delayed another month. 

We really do have everything ready now.  After a long saga of getting-Canadian-style-passport-photos-taken-in-America and having Fed-Ex at our doorstep with returned packages and missed paperwork, I finally got my new passport in the mail! 

Old and New!
 This was very exciting for me, as I need it in order to apply for a Russian visa.   Thank you to the dozen or so friends who received my frantic prayer request emails and were praying for this whole process (and for me as I stressed about); you know who you are and you are awesome. 

John and I also received this sweet note from his mom, who has been an incredible cheer leader and prayer warrior during this whole process.

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Can't wait to read these stories to our little man!  

My friend Rosie sent me this care package filled with the most thoughtful of items for me and our little man.  


I've already read the "Happy Adoption Day!" book a half dozen times to my daycare kids who sit memorized by the rhyming and colorful pictures, especially Gus whose family looks remarkably similar to the one on the cover.  I've also partaken of the stress relief tea for reasons related to my nail-biting email checking experiences. All around, a wonderful surprise gift. 

Thankful for little blessings as we wait.  


A few weeks ago I discovered another adoption blogger who stuck out to me because she's also combined her last name with a wickedly smart pun to create her blog title: Akers of Love.  Great minds... great minds.  

I'm participating in her June blog party.  Check her party post out here.  

1. When is your birthday?
December 8.  Close enough to Christmas that my parents would get me a big birthday gift as a "combined birthday and Christmas gift" but far away enough that by the time actual Christmas rolled around they felt bad about my not having enough gifts under the tree and got me a couple more things anyway.  Best of both worlds, baby!

2. What's the best advice your mom ever gave you?
My mom always says, "Do your best and God will do the rest." Yep.  That's all we can do. 

3. What's your number one weakness when it comes to food?
So many, but I love any kind of Asian inspired noodle dish.  I bet half my meal pins on pinterest are some version of peanut noodles.  Yum. 

4. What's the latest recipe you've tried and loved?
Skinny Taste (skinnytaste.com) chicken with leek and sun-dried tomato white wine sauce.  Good as it sounds.

5. What is your favorite post from last month? {May}

6. What's your drink of choice in the summer?
Margaritas on the porch with my husband.  Our hobby of choice last summer and I'm thinking it will be again for this one.

7. What's the best advice your dad ever gave you?
I tend to panic and get anxious over things and he always says, "Just take it one day at a time.  And when you can't do that, one hour at a time.  And if you can't do that- one minute at a time."  It's become something of a mantra in my life.

8. What is God teaching you right now?
"Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." has been a verse he's been impressing on my lately; something that's been giving me peace.

9. What are you looking forward to most about the summer?
Hopefully hopefully hopefully going to Russia!

10. What is your favorite picture from last month?  {May}
 Our front porch hanging baskets from the farmer's market.  Signaling the start of summer, in my mind! 



  1. You and my Lena share a birthday. And you are both redheads!

    1. Well, I'm sure she's just as awesome as me then. ;-) Ha! But really- what a coincidence! Hope she gets the best of both worlds gift-wise too! :-P

  2. Thanks for joining the party! Great minds do think alike. :) Your birthday answer cracked me up.

    and those flowers...so pretty!

  3. I totally know what you mean about the e-mail inbox! So frustrating! Groupon is the worst! I'm still earnestly praying for you and your family.

    1. Ha! Glad to have a kindred spirit in that regard :-) Thank you so much for your prayers.

  4. I totally understand about the emailing thing! :) I will be praying for you and your little guy that things will speed up! And your flowers are beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much for your prayers (and the complement!). Waiting is the hardest part!

  5. I am a fellow Canarican, so i know the PITA getting passport photos done, your story is an inspiration to those of us just starting the adoption journey


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