Pumpkin time… also, sadly, Christmas decoration selling time in the stores!!??!! It always surprises me EVERY year! We have three more months until Jesus’ birthday. Enjoy the Fall and Thanksgiving already.
On the adoption news front, I found out on Sept. 30th that we did have a referral in the end of July, but the child did not match our family file. So we are still sitting at the top of the family pile waiting for our little girl to be available for us to go and love on. It seems a November travel itinerary is still in the works. Good news. Wait wait and wait some more.
On the Mama-needs-a-distraction-from-waiting front, I have been reading a book titled Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride by Kim Petersen. Kim and her hockey-playing husband went to university with me and my hockey-playing husband. Her prose is picture perfect. Her colorful descriptions and parallel existence in her head are amusing and informative. It’s a story worth reading because it deals with fear. We all deal with fear, but we deal with different tactics. After the death of their baby girl, Kim started dealing with fear head-on. It’s inspiring to read about someone who has been there, dove in deep, and came out alive.
I have read some of the story aloud to my husband, as we have laughed and laughed at the antics of his old teammate, Mike. He was a jokester in college and obviously still is. Some things never change. We also had several flashbacks to university including the Sunday meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding in the cafeteria. The yummy memory made us both grin and smell the gravy 20 years later.
College life was sweet in so many naive ways. If we knew then what we know now…. life would have been different. But that’s the ol’ 20/20 hindsight deal again. Kim’s book and her and Mike’s list of dreams from college made us take a fresh look at our dreams and goals. Have we settled? Have the dreams died? No and no. We will live out one of our pre-marital dreams in November when we go get our daughter in Colombia.
Do you have a dream or wish list from years ago? Do you know where it is? Have you reviewed it in a while? Go find it. It’s not too late.