Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Today, and everyday, I am thankful for my family: from the family I was born into, to the family I chose. I am thankful for getting the opportunity to complete my family through adoption. I am thankful for the love and support we have received from family and friends during this unexpected growing wait. I am thankful for how open everyone has been to accept Micalee into our family, with no reservations. (You'd be surprised by what some folk's family members say to them!) I'm thankful for my Millie and Harmo, who show such unconditional love. I am truly thankful the most wonderful, loving husband that anyone could have ever asked for! I never doubt that I am loved! Especially with all the little things he does for me: warming up my truck and leaving a mug of hot chocolate on cold days; washing my hair for me after I had a wreck and was too sore to lift my arms; holding my hair back when I throw up; coming home early from an always sacred fishing trip, just because I felt sad that day! The list goes on and on...and will never be forgotten!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Anniversary Vacation...

Well, it took us until the very last minute to decide what to do on our Anniversary (9th year!) off this year. We thought we'd just end up staying at home and working on projects around the house, but after I won a little friendly fishing competition (I'm sure David will eventually post the huge, nearly 6 pound bass I caught!), I chose to go to Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. We spent two nights in two different cabins because we made last minute reservations (the day before we left!) for one night, and then were lucky to have a cancellation and get to stay a 2nd night! It was SO beautiful! We love the Arkansas State Park system, and I've always wanted to check out Petit Jean! WOW! We had the best time hiking! This picture is from the most "strenuous" trail. It was only 2 miles, but the beginning took us down 200 feet into the canyon. That wasn't too bad, but coming back up?!?! OMG!!! It just reminded us how out of shape we are! But it was all worth it! Even though Cedar Falls was down to a "trickle", it was still unbelievable! I can't imagine it when it's in full force! It must be deafening in that canyon! The water fall is pictured behind us (it's about 90 feet high). Pictures don't to it, or the rest of the park, justice. The trip, overall, was somewhat rejuvenating and helped to restore my spirit! The Cedar Falls hike, to me, reflected our adoption. It seemed to take forever to reach to Falls, and the climb back up was painful to say the least, but it all so very much worth it! And to top it all off, we were sitting on a bench, trying to catch our breath after the climb back out of the canyon, just enjoying the amazing view, and suddenly a family with two little Asian girls walked onto the bluff. It was as if God himself was trying to tell us something. Just hang on, it will happen! The next night, I unfolded a blanket from the cabin and found a red thread. Just more verification that this will eventually happen. I can't wait to be able to share these kind of places with Micalee. These mountains and streams just fill me with a peace and calm! Kinda like my latest mantra I've been reciting in my head anytime I start feeling overwhelmed by this slowing adoption process, or anything else in my life: Courage, Faith, Patience, Peace.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another month of waiting is behind us...
Happy 20th month LIDversary to us! It's totally unbelievable how long this wait has grown! I can't believe I've lasted this long, and in someways, maybe I haven't! But, we've come WAY too far to give up now. There's nothing to do but wait, and we are becoming the world's foremost expert in that! I'm trying to remain positive and say these will be the last holidays without Micalee, but honestly, I'm not so sure! I would have never dreamed she wouldn't be home by Christmas 2008, but here we are! Who knows what the future holds!?! I do know that we will be digging deep inside to keep up the Christmas spirit this year. I want to be able to enjoy the holidays, but I know Micalee will be on my mind. Just how many more Thanksgivings, Christmases, New Years, Easters, Mother's & Father's get the idea....without our little girl?! Will 2008 be our year!? The number 8 in considered lucky in China, and Jeanie, that's your lucky number, too, so maybe so! Come on 2008....bring Micalee home! Hurry before we get any older, and she has to change our diapers as soon as she is out of them herself!