500 – Seriously?

This is my 500th post! I can’t believe it.  And to celebrate, I will have a little giveaway fun. 

Up for grabs is a book.  One of the most beautiful books you will ever read.  It is called Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  If you haven’t read this – read it!  Run to the library and borrow it or run to a book store and buy it – or leave a comment below for your chance to win it!  Be sure to have a box of tissues with you for the ending – I’ve read it so many times and my eyes still well up at the end.   

For a chance to win, leave a comment with the name of a book that you find “beautiful” – a book that makes you smile, that makes you cry, that makes you think.  If it’s a picture book, all the better.

I don’t know what I would have done without this forum.  It has allowed me to voice my opinions, share my highs and lows, and connect with others that are going through the exact same things.  As many of you know – our “in person friends”while they can be sympathetic about what we have gone through, they just don’t understand 100% – so connecting with you all has been a saving grace for me.  This is just a little way for me to say Thank you!

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Sorry for the delay…

in announcing the winner of last week’s contest.  As you know both Alex and I were sick, but we are feeling 110% better now.  So I decided tonight we will do the draw.  I had a bowl out, and everyone’s name in the bowl.  Alex sat on my lap and Matt filmed the big reveal… and the video camera battery ran out.   But we did get a winner picked:

Sara Ropp!  Sara is a friend of mine from highschool… hence her question about my most memorable highschool moment.  So congrats Sara!  I will be in touch about a prize.

After the video camera fiasco, I tried to have Matt take some pics of Alex picking Sara’s name from the bowl again… but it didn’t work out that way.

A few answers to your questions…

There is still lots of time to ask questions – and a chance to win a fabulous prize! 

In the mean time, I thought I would get a start on some answers…

Elizabeth asked If you could travel ANYWHERE in the world, where would you go. (Answer the question twice: once for a vacation *with* child(ren) and once without!)
Hmm… that’s a tricky one – I have always wanted to travel to Germany.  The history of the country is very intrguing and Matt also lived there for 2 years.  With the kiddies… I think Disney.  I never had the opportunity to go as a child and am excited about the idea of going there with Alex and #2 – in a few years though.

Sue asked I always love to know, so why South Korea?
Like a lot of families, when we first decided to adopt, we thought China.  However we contacted our agency, they were advising against signing up with the program since it was a 4-5 year wait.  So we looked at the program listing again, and quickly decided South Korea was a more logical fit. Firstly Matt’s brother was married to a South Korean adoptee and their children are half Korean – so there was a Korean link already in our family.  Mike and Kim are now divorced, so Alex doesn’t have a relationship with her, but he has a great bond with his cousins.  Also the idea that the children available for adoption in Korea were in foster care was appealing. 

Joanna asked How did you and your husband meet?
I met Matt when I was 15 years old – he was on a date with my best friend.  Luckily their relationship didn’t last!  We knew each other through high school – and he claimes he has always had a crush on me.  But it was back in October 2000 when I was home from Ottawa for a wedding when I ran into him at a local bar and we started chatting, he walked me home, and when he took a taxi home after we talked for an hour or more, he told the taxi driver that he was going to marry me.  And the rest is history!  We will actually be celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary this Monday.

Emily asked In adoption #2 are you hoping for another boy or do you want a girl?
If I’m being honest – a girl.  But in Canada, we are not allowed to choose boy or girl – so whoever we are referred – boy or girl – will be a blessing.

Ari asked “How has being a parent been different then you expected?”
The one thing that I thought would be different was the ability to socialize with my friends.  When we were trying to get pregnant, and when we were waiting for our referral, it seemed like my friends were always getting together and having playdates etc.  I thought when Alex came home we would have lots of fun social time with the girls and our babies.  But since Alex has been home, that hasn’t been the case.  Everyone’s pretty much back to work and are busy with their lives.  So being home alone at times was tough (thank goodness for blogging friends!) I do have the occassional play date with one of the girls here and there – but it isn’t what I expected.

Kelly asked What led you to a career in library science?
I was at Brock doing my undergrad (see below), and my professor was asking what we had wanted to be as a child – and I said I had wanted to be a Librarian.  He mentioned that it was a grad program at Western, so I decided why not… applied and got in.

Rebecca  asked What was your undergrad in?
My undergrad was in Human Geography.  Graduated in a class of  only 7 students from Brock.

Christine  Mine is : Top three books of all time!?
Ok – that is a tough one!  I don’t think I’ll put  them in order on them, but here are some of my all time favs
The Lovely Bones by Alice Siebold
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Christine K asked  I’m curious as to whether or not you will be taking Alex with you to Korea!
Not this time.  I think he will be too young still to handle that length of travel – and jet lag with two kids would be insane.  We want to do a homeland tour perhaps when he is 10 and he can appreciate it more.  But for now, it looks like it will be Matt and I going alone.

A little contest…

Ok – so as we all know, Halloween is coming up.  But – do you know what Alex is going to be? 

Take a guess – first one to guess (Christine – sorry – but you can’t guess! – or tell anyone!! – no harassing Christine!!) will win a spooky prize.  Every day I will provide a clue until the correct answer is guessed. 

Let the guessing begin!

(sorry Pat – you can’t guess either!)

For some halloween fun – here are some links I’ve put put together for our Library’s kids page that you might enjoy.

He Won!

I submitted Alex’s picture to the Little Seouls photo contest this past month – and guess what?!  He won!! 

http://littleseouls.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-baby-of-month-winner-is.html

He won a pair of the adorable pj sets available from the Little Seouls shop.  If you haven’t checked out their site before you really should – they have wonderful products for children – and especially Korean children. 

Yeah Alex!