We are officially number 5 on the waiting list to be matched to a sweet baby boy from the Pacific Island of Samoa!
Bunk Beds and Sloth BearsThe other night as I was tucking Caleb into bed he asked me if he and his baby brother would get to have a sleepover every night like Gracie and Lily do (they share a room). We talked about how he and his brother would share a room and how Caleb would need to take the top bunk so that his baby brother could have the bottom bunk since he will be little. Well that got Caleb talking all about how he would protect his baby brother which then progressed into sloth bears and African lions and other animal facts that would blow your mind as tends to happen every night before bed. I love how excited he gets about sharing his room.
HairSpeaking of Caleb and hair (See how I did that? I’m channeling Caleb). Are you all familiar with his current hair situation? The story is super sweet. The process . . . well . . . not so much. Let’s take a little walk down memory lane. This was exactly a year ago. Look at that sweet face. And the short hair… About a year ago Caleb and Gracie asked me what their baby brother would look like. We chatted about how he would very likely have dark brown skin, brown eyes like Daddy, and black hair. I pulled up some images on Google of Samoa and the Samoan people and Caleb asked why all the boys had long hair like girls? I explained that in their culture it wasn’t uncommon for boys to grow their hair long. With his speech impediment, he said “That’s ‘tool’ <cool>. I want long hair like my brother!” The irony in it all is that our adopted son will be 1-3 years old when we bring him home and very likely won’t have long hair, but in that moment Caleb demonstrated one of the most beautiful concepts of adoption. Caleb didn’t see cultural, biological or social differences as a barrier but instantly found a way to relate. He wanted long hair to look like his brother. If only we could see each other so simply. As family. It was a rough process growing out this boy’s hair, but I believe we have finally reached the other side (insert all the praise hands here). And now this almost 6 year old is going into kindergarten (Forget the praise hands. Insert all my sobs here!).
Bonfire Shirt FundraiserI had a blast creating the design for our adoption t-shirt fundraiser through Bonfire. It was a really easy process, and who doesn’t love a cute shirt for a good cause?
Gobena Coffee FundraiserGobena Coffee was the first organization we partnered with when we started raising funds to help cover adoption costs. This organization is absolutely amazing and anyone in the adoption process or who is considering adoption needs to check them out. Even once we are done with the fundraising process we will continue to buy our coffee here. Notice the Keurig K-Kup brewer in the picture above? It is no longer there. Let me tell you what happened. The smooth, rich taste of freshly ground whole bean Gobena Coffee happened (delivered right to your front door) and now we’re hooked. We said a cheerful goodbye to our beloved Keurig and I come down to a freshly ground and brewed pot of Gobena coffee every morning thanks to Cuisinart’s Automatic Grind and Brew Coffee Maker.
They have 2 pound bags of whole bean or ground.Gobena.
Would you consider trying Gobena Coffee to help cover adoption costs?