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Get out of town!

I don’t have to tell you how tough this year has been on us – particularly the 2011 year.  In January we heard that King’s history was complete and we waited with baited breath every week to get a copy of it in our hot little hands.  April arrived and we heard that the Child Adoption Center (CAC) had requested another update on his file and still we waited.  Then again in May – yet, still waited.  Then the hold up with the Nativeland Tour which all PAP’s felt.  Now here we are in October and we are thinking Spring 2012 might be a decent estimate of travel……….maybe.  It’s been tough on our hearts.  I’ve been up and down, over and over again in the last 10 months.  The Hubs’ a little stronger than I am and refuses to get excited like I do.  Smart man.

I’m sure you guys have seen this in my posts, and I know my students have seen it in my face when I tear up every time I get an email from our agency.  But especially, hubs and our kids have seen it.

I feel bad about this, I really do.  I wish I could change it but it seems to be a cycle I just can’t get out of.

Then this week something magical occurred.  A random conversation of chance happened and I was offered a trip to France.  One call to The Hubs and he told me I’d be crazy to not do it.  Needless to say I’m freaking going to France, people!  Thanks to my wonderful friends, the entire thing will cost me no more than a plane ticket – and I found a ticket that cost less than a used couch on craigslist!  It’s going to be a top romen and couch surfing kindda vacation BUT who the heck cares??  I’m going be seeing Southern France and Paris!!  8 whole days on my own private vacation.  Can I just say I have the best hubby EVER??  It’s not Thailand mind you, but it will give me some rest I desperately need.

Now instead of obsessing over whether or not I’ve heard from our agency and assaulting our worker with a barrage of emails every week, I’m looking forward to boarding a plane in 3 weeks.  Then, after I get back, it’ll be Thanksgiving, and after that, Christmas and New Years.  January 1st I’ll be back to obsessing, but for now, I have a slight reprieve.  But I really hope we don’t have to wait that long.

And the beat goes on.

It pains me to say that we haven’t heard a single word of progress on our case since my last post, almost 2 months ago.  I mean it seriously pains me.  I try to not let it bug me, but I’m pretty terrible with that.  I’ve been coping with some retail therapy but really that only helps for a day or two – otherwise things are pretty cranky around here. Before you ask, we haven’t heard anything.  Not only have we received no paperwork, we have received no updates – not any updates worth anything at least – a couple of baseless rumors and empty promises.

My July thought of “stay hopeful” has turned into “don’t snap at any one”.  Ask me how that went next month – everyday is a challenge.  I’m pretty sure my coworkers think I’m suffering from depression, or bipolar disorder.  My friends call it being “Thailand Bitter”…..today I’m snarky because I’m Thailand Bitter.

Regardless, the beat of everyday goes on.  And on.  And on.

Thought for this week: Be Hopeful

The Hubs and I have a dry-erase calendar hanging above our bed where I attempt to stay organized.  Honestly, I do a pretty terrible job at it.  I’m a little more successful however at using the “notes” section to leave us little inspirational thoughts for the following days or weeks.  Usually it just says this:

 

Thought for today:  Be Awesome

Thought for tomorrow:  Continue to be Awesome

But today, I erased our old standard of awesomeness and wrote something new:

Thought for this week:  Be Hopeful

Now you may ask yourself, “Why on Earth would Coley write something like that?”  To which I would reply, “BECAUSE NATIVELAND IS OVER!”  YeeHawww!!  I sincerely hope that everyone who attended Nativeland 2011 had a wonderful time, but now it’s time to get back to business.  King has some paperwork that needs processing (along with many of the other families I know!)  Our agency’s worker has been in Thailand for the last several weeks – attempting to get some work done, and getting to enjoy some of the festivities.  She will return this week…possibly with some news.  And while I’d like to think that people will actually get back to processing things this week, in all reality it’ll be several weeks, but one can be hopeful, right??  There’s another board meeting on August 10th and again on August 24th, I’d like to think we have a chance at either of them.  King turns EIGHT in September and this would be the best present ever!

Heartstrings: pulled

I’m linking to this post because this little boy totally pulls at my heart.  If anyone knows anyone open to adopting HIV+, maybe pass it on.  Sarah and Henning work at the Agape Children’s Home, a home specifically built to serve HIV+ children, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  He totally deserves to have his birthday wish granted!!  View the post here.

Redirecting energy

I’m not afraid to say that this summer in the PacNW has been l.a.m.e.

110% lame.

Warm weather has been fleeting, rain has been fairly frequent, and I’m not sure we really ever met summer at all.  I’m still hopeful that we’ll get our indian summer.  But for now, we’ll live with our sweaters out of storage – just in case.  As you can probably tell, I’ve changed my site – yet again.  Boredom my dear friends.  Shear, unadulterated boredom.  We’ve been to the bland coast 2-3 times.  We hit the drive-in movie theater.  I took a photography workshop and signed up for another one.  I changed my work schedule to 4/10’s.  I started working on my new photoblog.  We’ve had drama with the neighbors.  I’m trying VERY hard to redirect my nervous energy. Sissy and I celebrate our birthdays next week.  King and Lolee will celebrate in September……..

How many more days until Nativeland 2011 is over??  Le sigh.

Radio silence

We still have no news, BUT, 3 weeks ago I won a seat in a photography workshop.  I have LOVED it so far.  It’s a workshop dedicated to shooting in natural light, which is what I love to do.  I’ve learned so much in the few short weeks.  You guys wanna see some shots?  Watch out, this could be a big share!  (Click on the photos to get the viewer to show up…..)

 

 

And I think this is my favorite but I can’t tell if I like it better in color or B&W:

 

Notice there are no shots of Dee?  He’s going through a camera-phobic phase right now.  I hope to get him this week.

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