Still Here

We stopped paying for the upgraded blog, so although it looks different, it’s still us.

Summer has gone by way to fast.  I coached a summer swim team from mid May to mid July, so that cut into our summer.  While I enjoyed coaching, I did feel a good deal of “mommy guilt.”  My kids spent too much time in front of the TV while I was gone.  Hopefully next season they’ll be ready to be on the team too.

Koen will go into First grade next Wednesday.  I’m dreading having him gone so much and having less family time together.  He’s going to be at a new Christian school in the area.  We loved where he attended last year, but the drive was too far.  His new school offered us financial aid and is closer.  He will still have a small class size (10) and now his class will be very diverse.  As a white child, he’ll be a minority there.  He’ll get to learn Mandarin, Spanish and Korean (or at least be introduced to them).  I’m looking forward to it, but also a bit nervous for him.  Good thing he’s social and isn’t afraid at all (so far.)  He recently lost his first tooth last month and sometimes in the morning he can be found reading a book to his sister while they wait for the lazy parents to wake up.

Toothless

Li Li will be in her second year of preschool.  She starts the 11th and is looking forward to it.  Same teachers, mostly the same classmates – so no fears there.

Li Li has really come into a good place.  All kids go through phases, and right now she’s the easier of my two kiddos.  She is generally obedient and happy.  She likes to be helpful.  Li Li sings all the time – usually making up her own worship songs, which are sometimes not very doctrinally correct, but cute never the less.  She is still into everything her brother is – ninjas, sword fighting, bad guys, monster trucks…. But sometimes she does partake in more “girly” activities.  She is on her first outdoor soccer team, and being one of the older on the team, she is actually one of the best ones.  As much as I’ve tried to push gymnastics on her, she says she loves to play soccer.

A little fun with photos – and Li Li was a good sport.

We enjoyed watching the Olympics this summer.  The kids got really into the gymnastics, but also enjoyed the swimming, diving and whatever was on.  They spent too much time in front of the TV for those two weeks, but it was good family time.  Li Li often cheered for China instead of the US.

We enjoyed one camping trip we do with friend annually to an island in the San Juans.  We usually go on more camping trips, but were supposed to leave today for one on the Olympic Peninsula, but Keith is sick.  I’m hoping we can leave tomorrow.

Please excuse the hair and clothing from this photo, taken while we were camping in July.

My desire for child #3 is growing, but we’re still not in a place to adopt again.  Keith’s business is slowly growing, and holding about even now, but we need to actually show a steady income before we can move and then start another adoption process.  My work with Love Without Boundaries puts many precious faces in front of me and I often dream of bringing them home.

About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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2 Responses to Still Here

  1. Sandy says:

    Kelly I am so happy that things are going so well with Li Li.

    I have been looking into doing some kind of volunteer work with either LWB or An Orphan’s Wish or one of the others. Can you tell me some of what you do?

    Hope Keith is feeling better. Love seeing how you are doing.

    Blessings~

  2. Reena says:

    Hi Kelly,

    So great to hear from you! The kids are so big!! It happens too fast! I hope Keith is feeling better. I’ve camped in the San Juan Island before (seems like a different life ago at this point)-they are beautiful! I love that part of the country!

    Best,

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