Friday, December 28, 2007

Surprising the Grandparents

We sneakily video-taped our families opening Christmas presents with T's picture. The video tells it better than we can. It's safe to say T is already one very loved little baby.

Glen "rocking" T

Champagne toast

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Waiting for T

Our Christmas Miracle

We are so proud to introduce our son T, born 6 lbs 12 oz. on May 16, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand. He's now living near Ayutthaya with his foster family. His 60-year-old foster parents have 7 grown children and T is their 5th foster baby. We feel so blessed to have such an experienced family to care for our little one until we can bring him home! The family farms a rice paddy and they live in a traditional home. We can't wait to visit! We should get the call for travel in approximately 7 - 9 months.

We hope our family will forgive us for not calling them immediately. We received word that we were matched with T on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:01pm. Marissa called and spoke to Kyle for only a minute (he had laryngitis) and with me for quite awhile. We were hanging on her every word, but excited to get off the phone to check email for pictures, too! We were excited to accept the referral and by Thursday morning we were announcing the news to all our co-workers. We also told a few friends in the Thai adoption community because I was going to explode with the happy news!

We quickly put together little photo albums and frames for everyone in our families to wrap for a special Christmas surprise. We'll post later about their reactions.
This is our favorite picture of him.

This is the extra-drool shot

Check out the cute silver anklets with bells!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Election day

The elections in Thailand are scheduled for this Sunday.

I'll be watching the story closely. Much like elections in the U.S., the media is crammed full of information in the days leading up to the election.

I mostly read the Bangkok Post, but I've found that many U.S. newspapers are also covering the event, given it's magnitude.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A very Thai Christmas

We feel lucky that our families have been so welcoming of Thai culture. This Christmas we received a great Thai cookbook from Kyle's mom, and a nifty (and difficult!) Thai puzzle (Khun Phaen) from his dad. His mom recently hung a huge world map in her sewing room so she can easily visualize just how far away and where her future grand-kiddo may be. When we have Christmas with my family, we'll be cooking a big Thai feast (perhaps as daring as with multiple courses?) on Christmas day - my mom's idea. Since Thailand is something Kyle and I are thinking about every day, it's so nice that our families are embracing Thai culture as well.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Moving a boulder

I was thinking, as I looked at pictures from our trip to Alaska, that stressing while waiting for our referral and travel approval is a lot like Kyle and I goofily trying to push this ginormous boulder. It's wasted energy that isn't going to accomplish anything. Forces beyond our control will eventually move everything into place, but there's not a lot we can do right now but wait. (But sometimes, I just can't resist the urge to push on the stupid rock! =) )


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Happy Birthday to the King of Thailand!

For the King's 80th birthday today, I packed Kyle a goodie bag of Thai treats, along with a news article about his birthday. He'll put them out at work today. Most of my co-workers probably wouldn't appreciate the gesture - even the biscotti I took in was too exotic for that crew ("Did you know these cookies are dry and hard?!").

I had planned to finally introduce myself as I bought these snacks at our local Asian market. I'm almost positive the family running the place is Thai - Thai products outnumber others 2 to one, there's a picture of the King on the wall, and there's always Thai music shows on the TV. So, as I checked out, I told the man I was buying all of the goodies "to celebrate the King's birthday tomorrow". He didn't react, just nodded and commented apologetically that he didn't have very many snacks, and then seemed very perplexed by my purchase of brown glutinous rice (I have a recipe for a dessert I'd like to try). So instead of being confused by my knowledge of the King's birthday, he was confused I bought brown sticky rice. Go figure. So I didn't introduce myself afterall. It'll be easier when we can go in with our kiddo. Darn my shyness!

I'm also wearing pink for the occasion. Apparently, pink shirts are now all the rage in Thailand since the King was spotted wearing one. See the article here.

Oh yeah, and squidgies rock! I don't know if that's their proper name, but that's what my brother-in-law calls them. Yummy fruity jello-ishness! I almost kept all the lychee ones for myself!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Thai Ornament

While decorating our Christmas tree, I found an ornament that my Grandma brought back from her trip to Thailand for me when I was little. It's nice to have a little piece of Thailand on our tree.