Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oopa Gangnam Style

     Most of you guys know about our adopted Korean child, HaRim. But if you don't, here's a quick re-cap: HaRim and his family moved to America for 2 years, as his dad was a diplomat. We got to know them fairly well, and tutored HaRim for about a year in school. When his dad got re-assigned back to Korea, HaRim came to stay with us for 4 months. He was legally ours for all of those 4 months. He spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in our home, and we took our parenting assignment very seriously. And by seriously, I mean we constantly tried to talk him out of studying so that he could come hang out and watch movies with us. I'll go on and subtract one star for that. But we did do our best to make his time in America as fun as it could be. We took him apple-picking in the mountains, took him to the Varsity, to new restaurants, to pick out a Christmas tree, to our small group, etc. Basically anything that we did, he did. So we all just laughed A LOT. He fit in so seamlessly, and our lives will never be the same without that experience.
     And to really round out our Korean experience, we'll be taking to the skies on Thursday to visit HaRim and his family. My only request is to visit Gangnam. And oh, did I mention we're bringing a 4 month old to South Korea?! Woof. FIFTEEN HOUR FLIGHT, Y'ALL. So we'll be pleading for prayers that we make said 15 hour flight, but also that the 13 hour time difference does not do us in. I have a feeling we'll be reverting back to the sleepless nights of newborn babies. Big tears, guys. But I know it'll be worth it, and we can't wait to see our wonderful friends in their element. Enjoy a few pictures from their stay in America!

The origination of Camp West

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pictures Upon Pictures

First off, this is your warning. This post is 100% baby pictures. In the earlier days I might have felt ashamed to be posting SO MANY of these. But alas, this is my life now. And I love this little cherub. However, I have started back to work, so life is slowly starting to take some sort of shape again. And I promise there will be more "life" pictures and stories to come, because I know you're dying to see our office field day pictures, hear about our upcoming trip to Korea, and my work trip out to San Francisco in October. I promise I'll get to those. But for now, let's enjoy baby Rowan and all her sweet smiles.