My favorite time of year

I love fall - the colors changing, the nip in the air, making big pots of soup, the smell of freshly-baked cookies, pulling out favorite sweaters, and wearing boots with everything. I am just not a warm weather person and am so thankful and relieved when the cool air blows in (especially living in the sweltering South).

Halloween has become one of my favorite parts of the fall season since we have been throwing this great big, Family Fun Night at church; we had such a great time last night. I hope to have some pictures in a day or two, but I was so busy running around organizing and delegating and visiting, that I didn't take any myself...not one.

Thanksgiving is also part of what makes the season so special to me. It is about being with family and friends, enjoying great food, and taking stock in what truly matters. It is my very favorite holiday.

How about you, what is your favorite part of fall?


Searching for inspiration

I have been trying to come up with something insightful or compelling to write about this week and keep coming up short. Adoptive families everywhere are anxiously waiting for the CCAA to update their site and reveal the latest cut-off date. This is the only way to gauge where we are in the waiting process. For some much-needed inspiration, check out one family, in China RIGHT NOW, with their adorable twin daughters. This will certainly put a smile on your face and their story gives all of us waiting folks something to look forward to!


My Delight

There was a christening during church yesterday and our choir director, Andy, sang this sweet song to the baby, which is almost like a lullaby*. As I was sitting there listening, the lyrics made me think of our daughter - especially the third verse. I often get choked up at baptisms (and weddings), but yesterday I was a little overcome with emotion.

This wait is hard, I won’t pretend that it isn’t, and when the feelings hit, I try to just go with them.

My Delight
When I learn to listen
Follow where You lead
You will keep me satisfied
Give me what I need

My Delight
You are my delight
I think about you day and night
You are my delight

When I learn to love you
Keep my heart on fire
You will be my everything
All that I desire

My Delight
You are my delight
I think about you day and night
You are my delight

I will wait to hear your voice
I will look into your eyes
I could search around the world
And never find a greater prize

My Delight
You are my delight
I think about you day and night
You are my delight

*Update: This actually is a lullaby! It is included on a cd of lullabies and prayers for babies - click here for more info. It sounds very sweet :)


This is my first attempt at using the new scrapbook program I bought a few months ago, using a few photos from our weekend at the beach.

Was it really only a week ago?



This post brought to you by the Number 9

Since today we celebrate nine months since our dossier was logged-in, here are nine fun facts about the number nine:

-Nine is the highest single-digit number in the decimal system.
-Nine is the number of musicians in a nonet.
-Nine judges sit on the United States Supreme Court.
-The New Testament is divided into nine subsections.
-In music theory a Ninth is the ninth Note of a musical scale.

-Someone dressed "to the nines" is dressed up as much as they can be.
-Nine months is the average number of months per school year that most primary and secondary students are required to attend.
-In Greek mythology, nine goddesses called the Muses were responsible for inspiring the art of musicians, artists, and writers.
-Nine (九 Pinyin jiu) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word "longlasting" (久 Pinyin jiu).

Number nine will put you on the spot.
Number nine will tie you up, oh, in a knot.
When you're tryin',
Multiplyin' by nine,
You might give it everything you've got
And still be stopped.
If you don't know some secret way you can check on,
You'll break your neck on
Naughty number nine

(excerpt from Naughty Number Nine Schoolhouse Rock)


Where have I been?

Once again, I have gone a couple of weeks without posting and it’s not because we have nothing going on, believe me! Here’s a quick recap of the past two weeks:

Last Saturday we attended birthday parties for our two 2-year old nephews, one on my side, one on Jonathan’s, both adorable. Suffice it to say we were tired at the end of the day, but it was great to hang out with both sides of the family. We forgot our camera (will we be better at this when we are parents?), so no pictures to post. That Sunday at church was Homecoming and we had a dinner afterwards. Monday night Jonathan had a softball game and Monday through Wednesday was also our church revival, culminating with another dinner. Oh, and I almost forgot the low point of the week, which was a “meeting” with the IRS on Tuesday. The only good thing about it was it didn’t last four hours as they predicted, but we were finished in about an hour and a half.

This weekend we walked in the
ALS Walk in Centennial Park with 80+ people from our church, in support of our dear friend Paula. The weather was perfect and we had a great time for a truly worthy cause. Afterwards, we headed over to The Varsity, to regain some of those calories we had just burned off! Yesterday after church, we celebrated Jonathan’s aunt (and godmother) Eleanor’s 79th birthday at her home. She is recovering from back surgery and is doing fabulous. It was great to see all the family there , who we usually see only at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Thursday, we leave for the
beach! I am SO excited for us to be getting away by ourselves for a few days. We usually go for our anniversary weekend in April, but this year we traveled with friends, which is great fun, but it’s also good to take time as a couple to relax and regroup. So, despite the crappy news from the IRS, and the undetermined length of our wait for Lily Kate, we are planning on having a good time and just chillin’ for a few days. I’m sure we’ll have lots of pictures to post when we return. Plus, next week we will be celebrating 9 months since our LID. I have to say that the time has passed quickly, but please keep us in your prayers that we don't have to wait another 9 months to hold her in our arms!