Monday, December 8, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We got Leo's court date! What does that mean? It means we are going to Korea! As I might have mentioned, we have to take 2 trips. On this first trip we will get to meet Leo and his foster mom and will appear in front of a judge who ultimately grants our "approval" to adopt Leo.
So we are busy figuring out the travel plans for this first trip. Bret and I will be going and Nash will stay home with grandma. The plan is to be gone only about 6 days the week of October 20th.
In a way, I'm less stressed about planning the travel. Maybe it's because we have more time or if it's already the "second kid" syndrome setting in. I will of course be nervous about meeting Leo and how that will feel having to leave for home without him. It will be a mixed bag of emotions for sure.
After we return home we wait for the courts approval and will travel back about 3-4 weeks later. I hope to be able to blog while we are there and of course will keep everyone posted the best we can.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
This week we finally received news that Leo's paperwork was approved and now will be sent to the courts for review. This is big news and a huge hurdle in the process is over. We now await the notice of when the court hearing will be. Our best guess is late October or early November. We have to take 2 trips this time. On the first trip, we will appear before the judge and get the chance to meet Leo! We travel home and wait for "final approval" from the judge. When we receive final approval will travel back to bring Leo home forever. We are almost positive this will happen in 2014.
I'm finally letting myself feel excited. We are just so ready to have Leo home and get-on with having our family of 4!
We also received a written update on Leo. To date, although we have received pictures and small developmental updates we have heard little about Leo as a person. It is reported that he loves to play outside, go on trips with his foster family and is independent. Puts on his slippers by himself and likes to brush his teeth. He is smart, says 30-40 words and likes to sing and dance. He kisses the photos of us and says mommy, daddy, and older brother (sniff sniff).
At home, I feel like we have lots to do. Move Nash into his new bedroom and do a little make-over to Leo's space. The transition for Nash will probably be difficult. Having a new brother who is immediately going to play with all this toys and need our attention. But Nash loves playing with kids, and I'm hopeful they will become fast friends and buddies. I also think having an older brother will help Leo's transition.
I promise to keep you all posted when we hear about the hearing date!
Friday, July 18, 2014
One of my favorite things to do is to look through old pictures of Nash and see how much he has changed over the past few years. Depending on the day, this releases a load of emotions. Sometimes a good cry, other times it's laughter and most often it's amazement at how much he really has changed. I've started a few traditions of capturing Nash in the same pose or date year after year. I wanted to share some of my favorites. I always tell Nash to stop growing. I really want to freeze time and keep him little forever.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Nash is four. I can't believe it. So much time has passed since my last post it's hard to know where to start. So moving forward I'm going to stop apologizing for NOT updating and instead just be grateful for when I find the time/motivation to do it.
This month we also celebrated another birthday in our family. Leo turned 2. This birthday was not nearly as much fun. Passing yet another birthday. We still don't know when he might come home. He is growing and developing in his loving foster family. We think of him everyday and can't wait till we finally can be united with him.
Summer is flying by and we are having a blast. Nash is enjoying all the summer fun. Trips to the cabin, bike rides, weekend trips to the farmers market, playing outside till dark, and staying up too late.
Nash is funny, silly, smart, affectionate, social and active. At four years of age he still loves playing with diggers but also loves his rescue bots, pirates, and playing sports. He seems to be enjoying his ice skating lessons and soon will start swimming again. He is fearless. Loves playing with his friends and will make an amazing big brother. We are so proud of the little boy he has become. We can't wait to see what the next year brings. It just keeps getting better.