Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So now we wait to see what the social worker's assessment of us as potential parents is. (I won't go into the whole "how I hate being judged" thing here...) Next is the Dossier. It's coming along - I'm getting at least one thing accomplished every day, even if it's minor. It's really unbelieveable how much work this process is! Namaste for now.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
But we're making good progress! Last night we completed the final home-study session. Our social worker was great and put us at ease. We both have official (color) copies of our birth certificates. We've both had our doc's appointments... I am having my blood work done tomorrow. We've signed up for training in March and April. (Our second session will be on my 40th birthday, so my 40th b'day trip to Bryce Canyon and the San Rafael Swell for slot canyoneering has been bumped a bit. Bummer, but anything for Pebble!)
We're now starting on the long list of dossier requirements. The goal is to accomplish one thing every day. (My accomplishment for today was an email to my contact at Adoption Alliance with a long list of questions!) Which reminds me: thank you to my amazing hubby who is catching my oversights! I'm not a details person, so this process would be nearly impossible - or at least twice as long - without his keen eye! Also - thanks to Laura for her continued support and learnings. By the way - her dossier is delivered in Nepal - we're so excited for you - congratulations, Laura! Namaste for now.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So if you're in the process - and in (or close to) Denver - add a comment to this post with your email address and I'll get you the details! In the meantime plan on Sunday, March 15th at 5pm. Namaste!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I bought a Nepali phrase book last week, interested in the culture, words, pronunciations. The very first word listed is “namasté”, which is commonly used in saying both “hello” and “goodbye”. In Nepal (and India and elsewhere in South Asia too) this expression can be used any time of the day and, though slightly informal, is considered appropriate between all people. When used, it should be accompanied by holding your palms together in front of your face or chest, as if in prayer. I am immediately fascinated.
Having tried a stint with yoga a few years ago, “namasté” was used between the instructor and class as the session began and ended. There I learned it had a deeper, spiritual meaning, so it never occurred to me that it could also be a simple greeting. The Wikipedia definition (which must be true) reminded me that what I learned conveyed deep respect: “The light in me honors the light in you” and also “ I bow to that (divinity) inherent in you.” Wow. That’s a little different than “hello” or “hey, how’s it goin’?”
It seems to me that is incredibly powerful. So whenever you greet a person in Nepal – even a stranger on the street – you’re not just saying “hi” but “I respect the Divine within you.” When was the last time you greeted somebody with such profound reverence? I know I haven’t, even to those I love dearly. It makes me think though that the Nepalese are a beautiful and wise people... that deep respect and acceptance, no matter what religion or beliefs, help bind their people together.
So I’m thankful I’ve already learned something from our unknown child. I look forward to the day when we first meet…