Author Archives: Jennifer

The big question?

I mentioned before that watching The Little Couple got us thinking.  Add to that this book I’m reading, Carried in Our Hearts and by golly if I don’t wanna just hop the next train to orphanville and get me a new kid to love! To adopt again or not?  That’s the BIG question.  HUGE question! When we started the process to adopt Macey we asked to be approved to adopt 2 children.  We got the approval but between the approval [...]

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The Little Couple Colvin Connection

Say what?  For those of you who know who I’m referring to, this is probably perplexing and for those of you who have no effing idea who or what The Little Couple is, you’re probably wondering why I’m drinking and writing.  Well, for one, it’s Saturday, my husband is playing poker at the club, the kids are asleep and the only pressing task is either finishing cleaning the kids’ bathroom which I hastily started as they all bathed together.  Yes, [...]

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April 23, 2012

Lisette

I didn’t want to fuss with the title of this because her name alone is powerful and beautiful and while I think of her often, I don’t get to say it aloud enough.  So simply writing it helps. My sweet friend Lisette would have been 40 tomorrow.  She died 1 day after her 39th birthday. Sometimes it seems like 10 years ago, others it seems like yesterday. I remember what I was doing. I remember what I was wearing. I [...]

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8 months and a million memories and milestones later

So to say I’ve slacked off would be an understatement. I’m not even really sure why but I think the main thing holding me back, other than having 3 little kids and 1 big one to take care of, it’s that I am a teensy bit afraid of jinxing it and even more afraid of over sharing our good fortune. Parker and I talke at least a few times a week, at the end of the night, about how totally [...]

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2 months later

Time really is flying by.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been home for 2 months today.  I have totally neglected my blog and it’s for a couple of reasons. The main reason I haven’t written in so long is that I feel terribly guilty that Macey is doing so well and that our transition has been so ridiculously smooth and easy.  If you aren’t in the adoption community you’re probably wondering why I’m feeling guilty. If you are in this [...]

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Settling into our new normal

It’s hard to believe we have only been home almost 2 weeks!  We battled jet lag for almost a week.  I was being the schedule warrior and trying to get everyone back on track as quickly as possible. Then mama hit a wall 4 days later which also happened to be Macey’s birthday. I sat down in the living room for the big present opening craziness and I literally couldn’t get up for the next hour and a half. Crashed! [...]

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Our week in a nutshell .. or in many grammatically incorrect, run-on sentences…

It feels like we’ve been in China forever!  I have to admit that Hohhot totally wore on me.  And the first few days with Macey were admittedly very difficult.  Toddlers are tough!  You can’t really communicate that well with any 2 year old, let alone a 2 year old that is emotionally shut down, doesn’t speak English and is scared out of her wits. Macey did what we were really hoping she wouldn’t do, which was to reject one of [...]

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Introducing the brave … the sweet … the AMAZING MISS MACEY!

I spent the early morning in Beijing typing up a post about our travels thus far.  I’m ditching that post as we got our girl today.  Yes, a day early.  And with a whopping 30 minutes notice. Our flight from Beijing was delayed a bit and we arrived here in Hohhot an hour and a half late.  I don’t even know if that’s accurate because at the time, I didn’t care because all we had to do today was check [...]

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The home stretch

We are into our final wait of the adoption process.  The wait for TA.  I’m not as stressed about this wait as I was for the others.  I know we’ll get our TA soon. Maybe late next week, and if not, then by Labor Day weekend for sure. Then we confirm our consulate appointment and get ready to go! The last few weeks have torn me up a good deal.  My stress and anxiety level is on a constant simmer [...]

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So much going on that I don’t even know where to start!

I don’t even recall where I left off with my updates. I feel like I’ve been neglecting to fill everyone in.  My own mother got all attitudy with me when we talked last week and I tell her everything.  The problem is that I’ve been so busy for the last month that I can barely keep up with what’s going on in our process, let alone filling anyone in along the way. It’s funny that just 6-8 weeks ago I [...]

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