An invisible red thread connects those that are destined to meet,regardless of time,place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.~Ancient Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How we spent our Summer.....

Lordy, WHERE did our Summer go?? I don't know about you, but I am NOT ready for it to end!! Living in the South allows us to hold onto the season for a little bit longer in the year. There is no doubt that my Boys will not stop asking to swim, until Fall is officially  here.

We have had a wonderful, relaxing Summer. I have cherished our late(r) night bed-times, our lazy mornings watching cartoons and getting around to breakfast whenever we wanted, impromptu swims off of our dock whenever the mood struck us, fireworks on the Lake for 4th of July......these are all the things that make up favorite time of year. Now that Nick is in "Big School", I find myself cherishing these Summers even more.

So.....HOW did the Keefers' spend their Summer????

Well, LOTS of swimming, traveling to see our sweet family, a few temper tantrum/meltdowns....AND..

we celebrated a certain Big Boy turning 7, trying to learn to skateboard (love Daddy's hard hat as a helmet), made some progress on our Adoption, and boat rides galore!!

so, all in all, this family has had an amazing Summer!

What's up next for us?? Well, Nick begins his first day of 1st Grade tomorrow! He is so excited! We went to meet his teacher and classmates last night. we are all hoping that he will have a wonderful academic year. We pray that he will learn lots, make new friendships, grow and mature, and most of all..enjoy his childhood!!!
Our adoption dossier is finally complete and has all of the Government seals that it needs to be sent to China!! This process has taken us 7 months. Our adoption agency says it usually takes most people 3-6 months. I cannot even begin to fathom how people complete their dossier in 3 months!!! It must mean that NO Government employees took any vacation during the process!!haha. I think of the 7 months, our paperwork sat on desks, unattended for at least 4 of those months. BUT.....It is all behind us now..a labor of love....and will soon be on it's way to China. Once China receives it and logs us into their system, we are officially in line to be matched with a file of a little girl. We have given our "requests" to our agency (i.e. gender,age, medical history) and they will match us accordingly. We are very aware that many of these children were born with and present with minor,correctable medical needs..and that we are open to some of these needs. It is highly likely that we will be matched with a little girl born with cleft lip and/or palate. Being a Dental Hygienist, I am completely aware of this condition and understand HOW correctable it is. We have a team in place, ready to review her file, should she present with this condition.. Only God knows the child that will be presented to us. We pray that he will speak to us with clear minds and open hearts when we receive "the call"......

"GOD does not call the Equipped. He equips the called."