Thursday, September 8, 2011

Remembering the transition

We were pointed to a blog post today that made us reflect back on our transition period after Kim and Peter first came home.

In this post, the blogger reflects on what it is like when your adopted children haven't yet learned to trust, learned what it means to be in a family, and made peace with their past and future. It is exhausting, frightening, and overwhelming.  I can't do justice to her description, so I suggest you read it yourself.

For those going through that transitional stage, I have a word or two of encouragement.  You WILL get through it, you ARE strong enough, and your kids WILL make peace with their past and future.  Of course, you are going to struggle to get to that point, but it is a struggle worth going through.

As we approach 3 years post adoption, I look back and see where we were in that first 6 months and I cringe.  I look to where we were at one year and how much better it was than months 1-6.  I reflect on where we were at year 2 and see just how "normal" we had become (most of the time).  Now, approaching 3 years I can't believe how much further we have come in just the past 3 months.  Our kids are now mostly "normal".  Their ongoing issues and problems look a lot more like those of other kids.  We still have our moments, but they are no where near as often or severe, or exhausting.  Dare I say it... we have become just a regular old family.  Isn't God wonderful.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Making Pelemeni

No... we didn't drop off the face of the earth... just the blogosphere :-)

So many other things have taken priority in our lives that keeping the blog up fell by the wayside. To bring you up to date, we're now 27 months post-adoption and all is well. Look for a more in depth "update" post soon.

In the mean time, tomorrow is Peter's 9th Birthday (or 11th if you still believe his paperwork). What did he want for his birthday meal you ask? Why, Pelemeni of course! So, tonight we are all in the kitchen singing songs from family camp at Scioto Hills while making homemade Pelemeni that we will cook and eat tomorrow.

For the uninitiated, Pelemeni are similar to ravioli except they are served in a thin broth instead of pasta sauce and topped with sour cream and dill. We recently came across a GREAT russian cooking blog called Traditional Russian Food and it has a good, step by step recipe for Pelemeni. It's not our first time, but the recipe is always helpful anyway.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Luke's Spring Concert

Luke recently had his spring elementary school musical, called "How Does Your Garden Grow?". Luke was a farmer... the straw hat and plaid shirt helps give that away. Here is a little taste. In the later part, he and his buddy Ryan from Cub Scouts are doing their best "Dancing With the Stars" audition... or maybe not. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma

Grandma: Just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you today.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Congratulations Beth

Beth missed the second half of her soccer game to perform with a clarinet quartet at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble contest. She was all fidgety beforehand to the point she didn't even play the right note during the warm up. Then it was time for them to play and they did a wonderful job.

Afterwards she was convenced that they had earned a "II" or "III" but when the raking went up on the board it was a "I" or a score of Superior.

Nice work.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter and our first night away from home

We spent Easter at Mark's parents. It was our first overnight trip anywhere since coming home from Russia. Everyone had a great time and all four kids did well... especially considering this whole Easter things was sort of new to half of them. We had a big dinner with a lot of the family. Enjoy the photos.

Sunday, March 29, 2009