Thursday, November 29, 2012

Life is good....

Citizenship Day -- September 2012
So many photos to choose from and I choose this one. Why, I don't know.  This was taken when we celebrated Citizenship Day back at the end of September with their primas who also recently became US Citizens.

Our first year together.  Amazing.  There have been so many firsts.  First birthday celebrations together.   First days of school. First Halloween.  First Thanksgiving. OH!  And first snow!!  (A big deal to our little Costa Ricans.) 

Well, it's been six months and counting.  It's amazing how well the kids have adjusted to their new lives.  It's also amazing that we are all still standing.  For sure, we've had our ups and downs.  It hasn't been easy and there have been a lot of tears, meltdowns, tirades (and that's just from the parents! Only kidding.  Well, not really.) But through it all, it's been an incredible process of discovery.  Evelin and Jose have delicious, delightful, sassy personalities. They have really become the loves of our lives and are loved by so many in our lives.   

We can't believe how lucky we are.  I regret not keeping this blog/diary alive for them and I keep promising Evelin that we are going to start their "Lifebooks"  pronto!  So a quick recap:  we hunkered down for the rest of May and June.  We introduced them to people slowly.    When we exposed them to too much stimuli, we had problems (as we were aptly forewarned by, Gladney, our adoption agency).  Grandparents played a big role and my Mom stayed with us for several months, as Scott and I adjusted back to our work routines. 

By the end of June, they were both going stir crazy, so we enrolled them into day camps for the summer.  Smartest thing we ever did.  It completely prepared them for school in the fall.  Both are in school now and doing very well. 

And we are planning for our first trip back to Costa Rica!   We are all so excited and this will be a very special trip for us.  Initiated by my Aunt Ellen who wanted to make a donation to the orphanage where Evelin and Jose were cared for while they waited for us to arrive, we worked with our adoption agency to raise $10,000. Now a wonderful group of volunteers, which includes our cousin Heidi, have come together to collaborate with the orphanage to create an incredible project, La Panderia y Mas! 

We head down in February to spend a long weekend with Costa Rican and Norte Americano volunteers to brighten their world and build them a bakery. Imagine that!

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