Vee Pee!

Today we were so surprised to get an e-mail from our agency that Simon’s visa physical (VP) appointment has been scheduled for August 2nd! In the past, that would mean travel is right around the corner, but our agency has recently changed how this next part of the process goes. Visa physicals can be done before the emigration permit is approved (they used to have to wait until after the EP was approved). The fact that this is scheduled doesn’t mean we’ll travel any sooner, but it means another big step is soon to be behind us!

The next two things that need to happen are for Simon’s emigration permit to be approved, and then for his visa interview. How do you interview a two-year old? I think it’s more like a photo session to get his visa all ready for traveling home (HOME!!!), but it’s still called a visa interview. Anyway. Once those two steps are done, our travel call can come any time after that. I am still anticipating an October/ November travel date. If it comes any sooner than that, I’ll be happily surprised!

Eze baby’s visa picture – I can’t wait to see Simon’s!!!

Sick (Take Two)

Poor Ezekiel woke up with another fever this morning, after 4 days of feeling much better. He came into our room at 4:30 to tell us he had an accident, and Dave got up with him. Dave got up with him and changed his sheets, then gave him a hug to reassure him that all was well. He thought Ezekiel seemed really hot, but it’s been really warm here lately, so he didn’t think ‘fever’ right away. But then Ezekiel was acting kind of strange – talking really loudly, and then kind of whimpering. Dave decided to take his temp, and sure enough it was another 101.6 temp. He told us his throat is hurting all over again 😦

After Dave and I were up and going this morning, Dave told me that this conversation took place when he got up with Eze:

Eze: Dad? Am I dying?
Dave: No sweetheart, you’re not dying. You just have a bug in your body.
Eze: There’s something in my body?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!
Dave: No, not like that. It’s very little. Like on Curious George, when Toots the Germ goes into his body and he gets a cold.
Eze: (silence – still not liking this explanation)
Dave: You’ll be okay, we’ll get you feeling better.

A pic from Eze’s last sick day – a successful “No Pants” day.

4 years

4 years ago today, we found out Mr Ezekiel was our son. What a magical and joyous day that was. This week, with Simon’s EP submission, Ezekiel has had more questions about adoption than ever. I love talking with him about his story, and hearing how he processes what we tell him.

The other day, he told me excitedly, “Know what, Mom??? Alex (his best buddy) was born in a hospital!!!!!!” I kind of giggled and said, “So were you, buddy.” He said “No I wasn’t Mom, I was born in the Philippines!” I replied, “There are hospitals in the Philippines too, and you were born in one there!”

And he has all kinds of questions about why Simon isn’t staying with his birth parents, and why he isn’t going to stay living in Korea. We’ve had lots of good conversations about why sometimes parents need to make an adoption plan for their baby or child. He talks about how much he misses the Philippines, and how much he loves his birth parents. We tell him that makes our hearts so happy to hear how he feels about all of those subjects. We always want him to feel comfortable sharing those feelings with us.

Lastly, we both spent a day home with Ezekiel this week when he wasn’t feeling well. Each of those days, separately, Dave and I both made comments about how much we’ll miss spending our days with just Ezekiel. That as happy as we are that Simon is joining our family, we have absolutely loved focusing so much time, attention and love on Ezekiel. Ezekiel, both times, looked at us very seriously and said, “Mom (or Dad when he was talking to Dave), I think you’re going to hurt Simon’s feelings when you say that”. Such an awesome big brother already.

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Eze Baby

EP Submitted!

What a day! Yesterday was my birthday. Ezekiel had swimming lessons, and I had decided I wanted to go swimming after we ate supper. We were so rushed for time that instead of the delicious homemade meal we were going to make, we stopped for some chicken from KFC, ate quickly and went swimming. Dave and I played games after Eze went to bed. A pretty fun day, for it being on a Wednesday and having to work on my birthday (boo to whoever made up that rule) 🙂

Last night I went to bed and felt a dull headache coming on. I assumed it was from the salty supper, and went to sleep, rather than taking anything for it. Bad idea. I woke up this morning with a near-migraine. I decided to finally take something, and sleep a bit longer. I woke up later than normal, and started getting ready for work. As I was coming out of the bathroom, Ezekiel was standing in the hallway. He told me, “Mom? My froat feels like I took a really big bite of something, and forgot to chew it before I swallowed it”. I took his temp, and sure enough he had a fever. I was so glad the timing worked out the way it did this morning so that I could shower some Mama love on him all day. I guess I had a headache for a reason!

Eze and I spent the morning chilling out, reading books and he watched television while I made work phone calls and worked a bit on the computer. I got the brilliant idea to wipe down my computer at some point late in the morning. For some reason, pushing down on the keys of my computer made the whole thing go *completely* crazy. I couldn’t get my computer to work, so I gave up for a while and made lunch and laid Eze down for his rest. Once Eze was down, I decided to quick check my e-mail on my phone. As I pulled up the screen, I saw an e-mail notification pop up that said, “EP Submitted, July 12!” from our adoption coordinator from our placement agency. I thought my heart was going to leap out of my chest when I saw that!!!

I tried calling Dave about 90 times in 5 minutes. He was finishing up a landscaping project today, and was using a saw, so he never heard me calling. I finally called his brother (who he works with), and he didn’t even ask why I was calling, we’re both so used to Dave not hearing his phone 🙂 Dave finally called me back, and didn’t believe me the first two times I told him the news.

Once I got done talking to Dave, I was itching to get on the computer to do some research, and I also needed to get some things done for work. I remembered then (and was grateful) that my dad had dropped his old computer off for us to have. It wasn’t always working the way it was supposed to, but it did exactly what I needed today! While working on reports for work and researching how long it will be until we travel, I vacillated between intense happiness and an overwhelming feeling that we were crazy for doing this all over again.

According to our agency, we will travel sometime in the late fall/early winter. I’m still praying for Simon to be home for his birthday, but am SO happy knowing that he will definitely be home by Christmas. It’s going to be magical being a family of four for the holidays 🙂

Edited to add: My boys know how to give me incredibly birthday presents – Ezekiel’s referral came three days after my 28th birthday. And now Simon’s EP submitted the day after my thirty-something birthday!

Married!

When Dave and I had been married for almost seven years, I noticed that summer that my left ring finger kept getting hives on it any time I wore my wedding ring. For the next three years, I tried lots of remedies, but no matter what, whenever I wore my wedding ring, I’d break out. I thought it was just the summer heat, but this last winter I could barely wear my ring without having issues. I even have scarring on my finger that doesn’t go away, even after the hives and rash heal.

A few years ago, at my grandma’s 90th birthday party, she gave all of my girl cousins and me our pick of a ring of hers or my late grandpa’s. I chose my grandpa’s wedding band. A simple thin gold band. I had it fixed (it had been cut in order to remove it after my grandpa injured his hand on the farm), and sized to fit my middle finger. I’ve worn it ever since with no issues.

Since our ten year anniversary is coming up in September (insane. That seems like a long time, but has flown by), I asked Dave if we could look at a new wedding band for me. We kept talking about it, but never spent time looking for one.

Today after lunch, we headed over to the park in town (our town has a huge 4th of July celebration – loads of fun) to look around at the art and other vendors, and (of course) grab some mini donuts and a chocolate shake. I ran into another adoptive mom who was wondering about Simon, so I stood and talked with her for a while. I caught up with Dave after I was done talking with my friend, and he told me, “I have to show you something!” (I love my husband for this. He loves to shop and look around. I hate to shop and look around. So he finds stuff he knows or hopes I’d think is cool, and brings me to it). The first stand we went to had a great gift for my mom, so we bought it (not spilling any secrets, Mamasita!). The next stand he took me to had these beautiful WOODEN rings. And they weren’t carved from wood. They were bent with all of the sap taken out of the ring, so they were nice and light, just like a regular metal ring. I was floored. It was right up my alley – something different AND something I could wear without getting hives all over my finger. We found the perfect band for me and bought it. It feels good to be married again 🙂 Our brother-in-law jokingly asked if we’d like to say some vows to each other after we got out of the vendor’s stand.

to my Dave: I do. Forever and ever. Amen.

Married!

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