Sunday, September 27, 2009

1000 Days since this all began....

Well, it's been 1000 days since we first started dreaming of our little girl. In a lot of ways it's gone fast when you've think of 1000 days! But in reality...I never would have dreamed would we still be going at this in September of 2009! I remember telling Trennon at several points during this process that for SURE she'll be home in 2009....but so many things keep changing. It's International adoption. It's not predictable, it's not easy. But, we know in our hearts that this is the path God wanted us to take. When you know that...you know you'll make it through. You know it's worth it...whatever the path is. We have met so many people because of this long drawn out journey. We wouldn't have...if this adoption would have gone smoothly and quickly. I am thankful for meeting all of you! I'm thankful for all we've learned through this process. My kids have taught me sooo much. They've taught me patience, to have faith, trust and hope in the one great Saviour of all, Jesus Christ. They have made me smile when I've wanted to cry. They've brought me tissues when the tears don't want to stop. They've rubbed my back, held my hand and hugged me so tight! And I know they will continue to help me through as we have even tougher days ahead I know. We do know we are getting closer though. The spring of 2010 may bring some good news our way. Hopefully we'll get a referral around that time. Then add about 6 months to that before we get her home. So hopefully by the end of summer next year this whole process we'll be over and our life as a family of 5 will begin! How exciting that will be!

So, that's all for today! Today we are trying to celebrate 1000 days. Unfortunately we have a sick boy...so we're lying low...but we hope next weekend we can head to the mountains and do some celebrating there!

With much love,
Carala

PS To our daughter, we love you! You are so worth the wait....I would wait forever for you. We do hope that God is going to bring you home soon though. We just all miss you and want to share our lives with you, now. But, we'll hold out for the great big day that God reveals you to us! It's going to be awesome girl! I know He is taking great care of you, there is no one better. He is preparing your heart for all of us I know. We love you. love, your mama :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Run for CHOICES Adoption!

The weather has been absolutely incredible this month! We don't usually get temperatures in the mid to high 20's at this time of the year so it's been a treat. Needless to say our weekends have consisted of spending a lot of time outdoors...especially in the mountains. When you have some of the most amazing landscape just an hour or two from your house it's hard not to go enjoy it! We spent 12 hours on Saturday enjoying God's amazing creation. First we did a hike up to a lookout that gave you a bird's eye view of the beautiful and famous Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel.(pictured just above this post!) Then we headed to Johnson Lake by Banff, Alberta to enjoy a barbeque and swim. The day couldn't have been more perfect. To get 25 degrees in banff and very few (if any) clouds...it was incredible! We also did another like hike around Johnson Lake to find a Geocache! The boys always love this. I didn't think it was going to be that far a hike so I decided to wear flip flops! NOT....a good idea. :-( We were trying to find the cache on the side of this steep hill....and was not being very sucessful. After having looked and looked and looked around this area I decided to extend my search....10 meters from where the GPS said the cache should have been hid....was the cache! I'm glad we found it...cause I hate walking away without finding the cache. I'm pretty persistent! This is why I haven't totally gone over the deep end with this adoption! LOL! I just don't give up that easily...and it definitely stems to all parts of my life. So, that was Saturday!

Sunday was another gorgous day. The boys hoped on their bikes and I got out my running shoes and we went to another very beautiful forested area near our house. Now, if you know me....I'm not a runner! I love playing soccer...but to run without of ball is pretty much pointless in my mind! Well, a few months back our adoption agency sent out a letter saying they're going to be a charity for the Royal Victoria Marathon in October in Victoria, BC(their home town). That's cool! But, how would that involve us? Well, you can also choose to run a 1/2 Marathon or an 8km road race. So, Terence and I have been training like mad for the 8km road race! Can you believe it? I can't. Terence isn't a runner at all. But, he's been training 2-3 times a week on a treadmill and I've been running in our neighbourhood. It's amazing what you can do when you set a goal! Yesterday I ran 7.5 km! Amazing! And, I actually was enjoying myself. Everytime I run, I think about my girl. At one point yesterday I got tears in my eyes. The more I thought about her, the harder I ran. I would do anything for her...and that includes running! And, I am doing this, so others can share in the joy of adoption!! Whatever we raise, will go to our agency to help them, help others adopt. What better cause is there?!! The money will also help an orphanage in Nepal! Which is very exciting cause we've been there...and love the Nepalize people! The Run for Choices Adoption has given me HOPE! It's exciting! And, I like that we're helping others!! Nothing we raise will go to our adoption. The joy you get from helping others is incredible and it inspires you to do more!

Our boys are also getting involved in this! Yes, they are doing a 1.2km Kids Run! It's so neat that they too can do something to help raise money for CHOICES. They are excited to do the run. So, on Sunday, October 11th we will running the race! The other wonderful thing about this, is that we get to meet our social worker and others that work at CHOICES! In 2 years of working with them, it will be nice to put a face to the names.

So, that is what's been up in our world. Nothing new on the adoption front. We've been waiting to hear who will get referrals in Vladivostok from our agency. Wishing it was us...but knowing we're still a good 6-8 months away. Hopefully we will hear soon...they did say September was the month some referrals would come.

The boys are doing great...loving school! This is a big week..as all their activities start...Beavers, soccer, Gymnastics etc. It will be a crazy busy week of driving for me but I love it! I know having a fun fall will make time fly and soon we'll be counting down the days til our sweet little darling girl will be coming home! Oh how sweet it will be. :-) She has 2 amazing brothers that can't WAIT to see her. Trennon is overly excited these days about having his sister home. When they talk about her like she's already here...my heart gets so warm...and it almost starts to hurt cause I wish I make all their dreams come true, and bring her home tomorrow. It's hard for a mama to not be able to make the hurt go away. It's hard to teach your kids what patience is. Yet every night lately Trennon's been praying for patience. Amazing! A 7 year old...praying for patience?! I'm truly amazed! I have learned so much from my boys during our adoption journey. Without this long, drawn out process...I wouldn't have learned anything through it. So, though the days can be hard...I am SO thankful for the last 2 1/2 years. I know I will be a better mom to my kids for it! They have taught me that no matter what comes our way, we will be able to get through it, together! So, though I do wish things would hurry up, I'm trying to just enjoy the time that God has given me today, to just enjoy his beauty, His creation, his mercy, His grace, and His undying love for me. Every day that I wake my boys...and they're healthy..is a day to celebrate! Everyday that we have food to eat and a warm house to sleep in, is a day to be happy with all we've been blessed with. To never take for granted this free country we live in! To have a country we can freely worship God in. When I think of all these things....I can only be happy. :-) So today...I hope you too can be thankful for all the things you've been blessed with. Today is a day to be happy!

Love,
Carala

Thursday, September 3, 2009

6 month milestone












Well, we made it to 6 months! I just hope I can do another 6 months. We could potentially get a referral by then...maybe. So, with that in mind...I think we can do it! Just knowing the end is in sight...makes this journey so much more do-able. I've had some rough days in the last few months. But, I keep reminding myself how worth it this is! Our girl is at the end of this journey! She needs us as much as we need her. She is worth waiting for!

August 31st was the boys first day of school! They were sooo excited. I'm posting a few pics from their first day. I didn't cry...I ran instead. After my run I was too exhausted to cry! I even sat on a patio and had coffee with a good friend of mine...that was so enjoyable!! There has to be perks with having your boys in school! Thankfully Ryden is home 3 days a week and goes 2 days. I am thankful for that! He's my baby. :-)

Well, nothing else new. Just waiting...and more waiting...and more waiting! :-)

...Carala