Friday, June 11, 2010

happiness is...

traveling with this girl.

We recently got back from a trip to Colorado.  Sadly, our family does not get to see each other as much as we would like to during the week -- at least not all four of us together.  So it was pure bliss to escape to the mountains with a family that has two sweet kiddos the same ages as ours.  I would have been content to just sit and smile at each other! However, we did manage to achieve some idyllic moments that included (but were not limited to) scenic off-road adventures, hikes, a picnic next to waterfalls, hot springs, a gondola ride over Telluride, parks, and lots of family down time.

We were thrilled with how well both of the girls did with the 18-ish hour drive both ways.  They did a great job the whole time.  The ladies were so happy playing on the front porch in the mountain air with their friends, going on our little adventures, and slept well after playing so hard each day.

Something that was so sweet for me was the sense of coming full circle that I had as I spent these days with my two beautiful daughters.  Matt and I went to this same spot days after becoming engaged, on our honeymoon, when Harper was a baby, and for Wavybel's first Christmas.  One night on our honeymoon, I will never forget, I came into the kitchen and told Matt I just had a strong sense that adoption was in our future.  Eight years later we rejoice in our beautiful family -- perfectly formed through adoption.  

One night I was in the kitchen and heard one of the bedroom doors open.  Turning to say something to what I assumed was my friend coming out, I saw Wavy's gleeful face just before she exclaimed, "HI MOMMY!!!" Yes. regrettably she figured out how to climb out of the pack and play while we were on this trip!  On her second voyage out of her room she had the good sense to first grab her blanket, pacifier, monkey, and pink monkey.  She was quite proud of herself running down the hall with all of her treasures.  On all subsequent trips out of bed she first took off her pants.  I was having a very hard time keeping a straight face while sternly telling her she was not supposed to be getting out of bed.  And while she did climb out about eight times that evening she has not tried to get out of her crib now that we are home.  Which is a relief!

I am sad (for myself) to say our camera was full after the first three days we were there, but you friend might be glad to not be subjected to an entire vacation reel! Here are a handful of pictures of one of the prettiest faces I've ever known.

Miss Wave on vacation:

Friday, June 4, 2010

legal briefs

This week we received copies of the brief that the other party submitted to the Supreme Court of Kansas and the response brief our lawyer filed.  This represents what has gone on for the first sixty days since the Supreme Court decided to hear this case.  The birthfather's side has the right to file a brief in response to ours but is not required to.  They have thirty days to do that if they so choose.

Reading the briefs was hard because I like to think that there is no chance that the birthfather and his mother could have their victory.  So when I see their pages of arguments about why Wavybel should legally go to him, I just feel my heart sitting like a rock in my chest.  I like to think that our brief was amazing and totally shut theirs down.  However, I can't rationally see why the court would hear this case though if they thought it was a waste of their time.  Please pray for my family.  Please pray that our lawyer would be filled with wisdom and right words and passion for this case.  Please pray that the judges would be unable to rule against my family for any reason.  Please pray that this would be the last step to finalizing Wavy's adoption.   

The longer this goes on the simpler our prayers are.  Please join us in praying that Waverley remains in our family forever.  We would be so grateful to you for those prayers.