Friday, March 28, 2008

Heeeeeeere's Sam!

Here Jack is once again sporting his hyong t-shirt, but this time with a little somethin' extra! Could he be any more proud to be a big brother? I think not!
And what happened to baby Jack...he does not appear to be anything but a big boy now!

Sam at 5 months (he is now 15 months), this is the picture we fell in love with!
Those serious eyes and chunky cheeks...
These next 2 are Sam at 6 months at almost 21 pounds...I have a feeling my boys will be sharing clothes (Jack is about 29 pounds and 3 years old).
And check out this mischievous smile. I think I am going to have my hands full with both of my boys! (Oh how I love saying that...)

We are hoping to receive some more recent pictures (and height/weight info) of Sam before we travel. But until then I just drool over the ones we have!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jack is a big brother!

We have had a VERY exciting few weeks in our household! Ian and I have been reviewing the information of a sweet little guy in Korea and are now knee-deep in adoption paperwork! We started the process last fall and planned to share our second adoption plans once we were waiting for a referral. Instead, we spotted a little guy on a waiting child list and fell in love. We requested his file in mid-January and had a couple doctors look over his file. Ian and I knew that this little guy was our second son and waiting for 3 long weeks to find out if Korea felt the same way.

On March 4th, I awoke thinking of Jack and this little guy. Would today be the day we find out? It was the 3rd anniversary of when we'd learned Jack would be our son and that was on my wonderful that evening was! I checked my email and saw I had an email from my contact at the agency (Children's Home Society and Children's Services):
We have the answer. He's yours! Yahoo!

I could barely talk I was so excited. And Ian was smiling ear to ear (which is a feat in itself). Jack is all about being a big brother and has been talking about all the things he can teach his little brother, Sam. We can't post pictures yet, but I can tell you he is a chunky and handsome 14 month old!

I have been waiting to post this exciting news until our families knew. We called my family later that week and made Jack's t-shirt (pictured) to tell Ian's family. The all arrived last Saturday and Carla was the first to notice Jack's hyong shirt (hyong means older brother of a boy in Korean). When Jack turned around, they all saw "I'm a big brother!" on the back. When the evening flight arrived, Jack was already in his pjs and ran out with Sam's picture to share. Everyone was shocked and thrilled at our news!

We hope to be traveling to Korea to bring Sam home in 9 - 13 weeks (late May to mid-June). We will keep you posted on the latest!

Friday, March 14, 2008


We received a VERY important package yesterday...
...details to follow

Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Best of the Best of the Best

The last day that Jack and I were in Hawaii, Jen and I took the kids (2 three year olds and a 1 year old) out to lunch. If you ever done that you know it is quite an adventure! We ate at a fabulous little place on the ocean on Hickam AFB. We saw lots of airplanes and a big Navy ship, lots of fun for the kids!

I ordered food for me and the kids then Jen went up and ordered her food. While she was gone, the food I ordered was ready. I was going to wait until she was back so there wouldn't be 3 unattended children on the patio. Well, apparently I wasn't fast enough because a cook came out and called my number in a very stern voice. I told her I'd be in as soon as my friend returned, I had 3 kids with me.

Since the restaurant was on base, there were lots of military personnel there. Mostly Air Force and Army, with only one Marine. The Marine, who is all of about 20 years old, and likely has no children said, "I'll keep an eye on your kids, Ma'am."

I was floored by this. I was surrounded by older military personnel, a group of women, and a group of grandparent-y type people and it was the lone, young Leatherneck out of all of them that offered to help.

I don't think I have ever been more proud of the Marine Corps than I was at that moment.