18 April 2011

mellowing and such.

incognito



i find myself not minding much these days when the smalls cart out every last pillow, shoe, blanket and monopoly bill to form a restaurant, or when plastic bagpipe dudes keep company with our fruit.

i think i must be mellowing out nicely in my mid-thirties, softening at the edges. (plus also, it helps that the kids do regularly pick up after themselves, though not always as right away as the parental units would prefer. but right, totally mellowing.)



restaurant (tea for a crowd)



in other news, it has become apparent to me that i am a Crummy Explainer of Adoption Processes. your enthusiasm has warmed me right through, and a well-timed word of brightness from one or the other of y'all has carried me through many a stagnant morning. i need to explain, though, that we don’t actually get to bring our littlest person home next month. we will spend time with him, which is pretty much the best news i’ve heard in centuries, but then we must squeeze him goodbye and trust him to the care of his nannies, stand before a judge, fly twenty sobering hours back home.

then we’ll wait for the finalization of our paperwork, and for the US embassy in ET to review our case and clear us for travel for a visa interview. when we have the interview appointment we’ll return to addis, obtain his visa, and then bringhimhomehallelujah.

i am hopishly hoping and praying that he might be home with us before his birthday in july. admittedly, that’s a bit of a long shot, but boy would this mama rejoice.




and in the meantime, we (by which i mean mainly elle) will keep building him lego airports to practice that happy day of all together.

metropolis



:)


soon.

16 comments:

hannah singer said...

beautiful!
i am mellowing too-slowly, but surely-and it feels great. praying for your family as all these adoption details come together. xoxo

Bless by Tone said...

I have some Christian friends living in Addis - they're from Norway - if you're interested in getting connections while you're there, let me know

lulu and family said...

oh, good stuff. thanks for sharing a bit more of the details and your desires. it is wonderful to be able to specifically be praying in these regards, too. so sweet seeing your little ones play.=)

Sarah said...

Will hope for July with you!

emily wierenga said...

i love that you get to meet him.

happygirl said...

Thanks for telling me it's ok to be mellow. Being an ISTJ in the MTBI personality testing scheme of things... mellow is not in my vocabulary.

Joy: said...

Precious Lego airports!

Kendal said...

oh, nic. i know you have to wait, but how do you stand it? how old is this little guy?

TheUnSoccerMom said...

oh wow...

I will surely pray that the first trip back home w/out him is a peaceful one... peace to your heart and soul.

I can only imagine a little bit... having left Christen in the care of others while SHE traveled across the world, I can empathize a little... but not the whole..

:o)

Jennifer Shults said...

I could use a little mellow right now. And a nap. And I surely wish my kids messes were as picturesque as yours. Soon indeed my dear...

Joybird said...

How are your kids dealing with all of this? It's a stretching, waiting rollercoaster for them too. How do you walk them through it? Besides the brilliant lego airports, I mean.

Southern Gal said...

The mellowing happens with age - I've found that to be true. So exciting to read how the adoption is coming along. Praying a birthday will be celebrated in July IN PERSON.

Katarina said...

Oh well, it must be so difficult, all the waiting and the procedure, but I am sure that the satisfaction at the end will be all yours and he will be so blessed to become part of your lovely family;)
Have a safe trip and Happy Easter!!!

Rebekah said...

I have mellowed with age, and I find I have also slowed down, I wonder if the two go hand in hand?

Rebekah said...

I have mellowed with age, and I find I have also slowed down, I wonder if the two go hand in hand?

Kendal said...

oh, nic. i know you have to wait, but how do you stand it? how old is this little guy?