Tuesday, January 24, 2012

our 15 minutes of fame…

This past September we were photographed and interviewed for an article in Business Black Box magazine. Each issue they feature a "What Matters" human interest story about someone in the community. 

It all started when Geoff Wasserman, CEO at Showcase Marketing, along with his son, came to support us during our adoption fundraiser back in August. We shared our adoption stories with each other and as he was leaving, asked us if we would be interested in sharing our story with the community. Needless to say, it was one of the highlights of my day. *understatement* 

I am so geared up about it and hopefully it will be a great tool to encourage other families to adopt!

Monday, January 23, 2012

happy Korean Lunar New Year!

Today officially marks the year of the dragon! Although I'm not much of a superstitious person, after doing a little research of my own and finding that "Dragons seem to be a change year, and usually from bad to good," I can only feel optimistic about Zoey's homecoming - THIS YEAR! I definitely wouldn't say that last year was a "bad" year though – after all, it was the year we started our adoption process, Zoey became our baby girl and we also received the unexpected gift of her baby bro.

So, in celebration of the lunar new year, we sent a care package to Zoey and the foster family. Hopefully we will get another group of pictures with her and the gifts! I think it was a pretty awesome package…new PJ's for Zoey, cute cat hat and mittens, an adorable Asian ballerina doll, a lullaby CD, a recordable story book that Brad and I were able to "read" to Zoey (hopefully she'll listen to it A LOT and get to know our voices), and a hard cardboard toddler book I customized with our photos, family pictures and Zoey's photos showing how she will become part of our family (my favorite part)! And as a suggestion from a friend who lives in Seoul, we sent the foster family a Yankee Candle - apparently they are hot ticket items over there and very pricey. Yay for after-Christmas sales. :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Zoey's progress!

This week we unexpectedly received a "progress report" on Zoey from our agency! It included an entire page of info describing her development and personality, living environment and foster family and some encouraging (but also confusing) details regarding her diet and PKU diagnosis. 

I already knew it, but it sounds like Zoey is going to be the PERFECT FIT for our family. She likes watching commercials and cartoons and shows interest in computers by sneaking into the foster brother's room to turn his on. She loves toys with sound and "insists" on being handed the phone when it rings. *smile* It is clear her foster family is doing a GREAT job with her and they all LOVE her very much. It is going to be bittersweet when the day comes for us to actually travel to Korea and bring her home. WE will be the strangers/bad guys who are taking Zoey away from the family she has come to love and attach herself to over the last year of her life. Unfortunately the longer we wait and the older she becomes, the harder this transition will be. So until then, we are doing our research to prepare for this transition and learning the best ways to bond and attach with her as her FOREVER family. It's not going to be an easy process but it will all be worth it. We're up for the challenge of becoming a family of 4 with God's help!

We set up an appointment with our metabolic specialists in February to review her medical records and set up a plan for when Zoey is home with us. The confusing yet optimistic part of her "progress report" described her diet which is NO LONGER low protein as a toddler with PKU would be expected to eat. We know she was put on a medication for PKU that has the ability to allow some patients to breakdown protein more efficiently. It will be interesting to see what our specialists here have to say about putting a young toddler on this drug…even though it may make our life easier, I'm definitely not a drug pusher and realize that every drug has the potential for adverse side effects, etc. *and now stepping off my soap box* So again, time will tell…we are waiting on some clarification from Korea on her medical records and current PKU diagnosis. We are just thanking God that she is happy, above average developmentally and healthy. We love you, Zoey!

To me, this Bible verse reads more like a fortune cookie, but I love it…

As cold water 
to a weary soul, 
so is good news 
from a far country.

Proverbs 25:25 

ok, who's up for dim sum? :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

one year closer to Zoey!

Hard to believe it was a year ago that we started out on our adoption journey. 
December 25, 2011

Hard to believe it was almost 8 months ago that we saw 
our Zoey's face for the first time.  
May 10, 2011…

Hard to believe only 7 weeks later we found out I was pregnant.
June 30, 2011…

Hard to believe we had to petition and wait 7 more weeks to find out we would be allowed to continue with Zoey's adoption!
August 15, 2011

Here's to a NEW YEAR and hopefully more good news soon while we
(im)patiently wait to bring Zoey and her baby brother home.

And I thought last year was busy…
that's the way we keep things exciting around here.