I’ve been getting flack for not updating this blog lately. ;) Not too bad, but suddenly life has become way too entertaining to just sit at this keyboard and talk about it!
Where should I start? I am kind of melancholy right now as we had to say good-bye (again) to J early this morning. I’m always an emotional train wreck when he leaves. Seeing his toothbrush we forgot sent me over the edge just a bit ago. How can I explain the connection I have with a child who I did not give birth to? A connection that far surpasses the annoying habits he’s developed in his short 10 years…the not knowing his health history…or even his genetics? All I can say is it’s a God thing. He knows me better than I know myself, so of course He would lead me to a child who He destined to be mine, and who I would have a connection with. Thank you, God.
So, I will start at summarizing the past couple of months.
Regarding an adoption update, we are still motoring along (albeit at a put-put-put pace). We finished our home-study and received final approval just before Christmas. The next step is USCIS (ie, orphan immigration) approval and, once our bio-metric fingerprints are submitted, we should get that around the beginning of February. Meanwhile I am working on our dossier which is what will travel to the Latvian ministry in seeking permanent placement of J with us. Lots of paperwork and lots of doling out of money ahead in the next month or so!
As far as travel to get J, we anticipate it happening in March or April. However, we may seek to have it pushed out nearer to the end of May so that E & C can come with us on the initial 3-week trip. There is the issue of childcare for them if they don’t go, which is not so cut and dry since we will be moving to the country soon and, instead of transferring schools mid-year, we will be driving them an hour to and from school everyday. NOT looking forward to that, and I certainly wouldn’t expect someone else to do it while we are in Latvia. It’s a conundrum as I desperately want to get J here ASAP too! *sigh*
Which brings me to the other big news…we are moving! :D Tom and I have always wanted to move to the country, and the opportunity has just never presented itself. With just C & E our small house is ok, there is a decent backyard and they each have their own room, BUT a third child brings up the volume level quite a bit and we suddenly feel like we are busting at the seams in this house. We started looking at houses casually last fall and only just got serious this past December. When we found THE house, we made an offer! After a bit of quibbling we went under contract and Tom went out last week to do an inspection while I met with carpet and paint people to get estimates on some home improvement. The house itself is in great shape and Tom is pleased that it has copper wiring & plumbing and no engineered floor joists. I’m pleased that it has a huge kitchen pantry and main level laundry-mudroom combination. Everyone wins! :) Oh, and did I mention the major selling point? It’s on 6 acres! Yay for the country! Here’s a photo of the front & back:
We are SO thrilled to move! This house is exactly what Tom and I have wanted and we hope to live here at least until all the kids are finished with high school. Plus we can eventually get all sorts of animals such as chickens, goats, and horses…a mini farm! :)
As I mentioned earlier, J was here for another hosting over Christmas and New Years. He arrived Dec. 16 and just left today. We had so much fun with him and we were able to tell him about his adoption. It was a huge weight off of all of us as his guard was down the entire time and he was much more engaged in talking about future plans. We also had quite a few other host families in the area and made some fast friends, spending a lot of time staying together in the mountains, at restaurants, and a Nuggets game. It was such an amazing time, I will always cherish the people we’ve met and the good times we’ve had with them.
Now for the photos!
And our New Years Vacay in the mountains…
As you can see, there are many exciting things happening in the Recke household this year! I’ll try to be better at updating this blog. :)
I’d also like to add that I will be making this blog private this week, to keep the adoption proceedings private. If you desire to have access to future blog posts, please send me an e-mail request at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you the password, which will be good for all private blog posts. Thanks!!