Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inaugural Blog

Well, here it is. My very first blog post. I never fancied myself much of a blogger, but, then again, there is a first for everything. And, if I've learned one thing in life, it is to never say "never". I guess I am only blogging because of the fact that we are on this journey to adopt a little boy from China. I say journey because it is a nice word for "stressful-neverending-confusing-roller-coaster-hurry-up-and-wait-emotional-ackronym-heavy-paper-chase"...with a happy ending of course!

I really wanted to start this blog because I know how much I have enjoyed and relied on the blogs of others going through the same thing. There is so much unknown in this process, and it is great to see all the other people and how they are handling stuff. And I LOVE seeing the blogs from China on/after Gotcha! day...those are the best! I hope my blog can be a source of information and support for others earlier on in the process than we are.

Where to start, where to start?? I guess with a bit about us and why we chose to adopt. Well we live in Austin, TX...moved here for a lifestyle change from the hectic lifestyle we led in Chicago, it's been a great move. We have an awesome (bit of a stretch) house, 3 great dogs, a yard, an organic garden (with one pepper growing!), good friends, and last but not least...GREAT weather. We heart Austin!

We decided to start a family last year (thinking it would be a few years out...another surprise!) and adoption was our first choice. We have a lot of family on both sides that are adopted and it was always something that was important to both Jason and I. We found an agency that we are very happy with and started the paperchase in February. At first, we were going to wait for a non-special-needs child, but quickly changed our minds for many reasons. We are so happy we did because otherwise we wouldn't be waiting for Anderson! Fast-forward a few months and here we are. We are currently awaiting our LOA/LSC for an awesome now 4-year old little boy (his birthday was last week). We can't wait to meet him!

We are hoping to travel in early spring: April, May...maybe sooner? We have our PA and are having a homestudy update done on Monday to update our dossier to match Anderson and his SN. Will post more later, thanks for reading!