• Adoption

    The Last Day

      Thursday August 29: This is our last day in the states. Yesterday I was camping with my kids and my parents. Tomorrow I’m going to Korea. This time in between is thrilling. Terrifying. Confusing. My parents took Ivan and Ember to their house with them, so only the two older girls are here. They don’t feel the same urgency as I do. We are still at home, so for them nothing has changed, yet. Except that Mommy is very distracted. They play quietly together until they have a question. Then they search the house for me (I could be anywhere), present their request and then wait patiently. It takes…

  • Adoption

    Some History

      I know this blog is supposed to chronicle our current adoption, but in order to underscore its significance, I thought I should share some of the background. I had difficult pregnancies.  I went into labor at around 25 weeks with all four babies.  After countless hospital stays, medications, and weeks of bedrest, all four still came early.  The first at 36 weeks, the second at 34 weeks, the third at 32 weeks and the fourth at 35 weeks.  Fortunately, only one of my babies spent time in the NICU, and only one has had long term complications because of prematurity.  But, the efforts to stop early labor took a toll on me, physically…