I have a dear friend who adopted internationally before I even considered starting my Ethiopian adoption. When I began seriously thinking about International Adoption, she was one of the first people I spoke with, asking about the process and her insights. In December, 2010 the tables were turned and she was questioning me about Ethiopian adoption! What fun! Eventually, Amy* and Mark* decided to adopt from Uganda. I was so excited- for them, for their family to expand, for an orphan to have a family, and to have another precious African child coming into my circle of friends. Unfortunately, things didn't work out quite as planned. Last month, Amy and Mark officially announced that they were walking away from their Ugandan adoption. Here is their story. *Names have been changed
Our pursuit to bring a child into our family, through the blessing of adoption from Uganda, has failed.
When we began the Ugandan adoption process over a year and a half ago, we knew that we desired to grow our family and to adopt a child who needed a home and a family. We were open to some special needs and were only approved to adopt a child ages 0-2, due to the fact that our youngest was 3 when we started this process (most agencies do not want families to adopt out of birth order). During the entire process we were referred 3 different children by our adoption agency, Little Miracles International in Texas, and ultimately each case did not work out.
My friend Kristin of Little Lion Photography took amazing maternity photos when I was expecting JohnAndrew. Since we were in Pennsylvania in June and early July, I asked her to take some family photos, and to get some nursing shots. I love breastfeeding my babies, yet I never seem to have any photos of my most precious memories! I wanted to make sure to preserve these moments.
I think she did a fantastic job.
Are you inspired to get your own nursing photos? Have you had them taken before?
Last time, I asked you what you thought the highlight of our Vegas trip was. Let me end the suspense. Far and away, the best part of the trip was Hoover Dam.
I would definitely recommend the trip to the Dam to people of all ages, with the exception of toddlers or young children, unless you can keep them in a carrier or stroller while on the dam. John says I'm morbid, but I kept envisioning one of my babies going over the side. I'm glad Ava Joy was snuggled against me the whole time.
We loved touring the exhibit and learning about the building of the dam.
And you can't beat the scenery.
The intersection of such a naturally breathtaking location with a monumentally human innovation... it was amazing.
Perhaps most amazing was the way life came out of rock. Where there was nothing, fresh green leaves still found root. What a great reminder: in our hardest places, it's the cracks, the crevices, the breaks that let something new and fresh grow.
Back at the end of February, John had a conference in Las Vegas, and Ava Joy and I joined him there.
What's a nursing mom with a 3 month old supposed to do in Vegas? Well, I don't gamble to begin with, and besides a glass of wine here or there, I couldn't drink. John was at his conference most of the day, so we couldn't go do things together, and babies are not the most conducive for seeing shows. Not to mention Ava Joy got over-stimulated quickly... as did I! So, what did I do in Vegas?
Mostly, I walked around. And did this:
When John was done with his conference, and over the weekend before we went home, we did manage to seek out some entertainment. Especially since John was so over hearing me say "it's sooo dry!"
And we ate. A lot. (I freely admit that my love of food has a lot to do with why I have not lost the baby weight.) We had lots of great food in Vegas. We had the opportunity to eat at B & B which was amazing! We also ate at Palio, Canaletto, Serendipity, and a local joints, Origin India and Archi Thai. I recommend all of them! I was surprised by how spicy and flavorful the food was. Here is a chart for some of our samplings:
I can't wait to tell you about the highlight of our trip. Can you guess what it was?