Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Watch Out World, Here comes Libby Lu!

On August 19th Little Miss Libby Lu graduated from Northville First Care Preschool; and what a night it was!  Lib and her friends preformed poems, songs, a dance and walked across the stage to recieve their diplomas.  The highlight of the night was the mock elections that the teachers held.  When her teacher started to describe a child who always comes to school dressed in their favorite sports teams clothing; Red Wings, Tigers, MSU, etc. and went on to say this child is very athletic and always ready for a pick-up game on the playgound Libby started pointing to herself saying, "That's Me, That's Me!"  Sure enough Libby got the Class Athlete Award...Chris was beaming! 
It was bitter sweet watching Libby leave preschool.  I know she is ready but man, where did the time go?  At the dinner following the ceremony Libby was playing with her friends and it made me sad to think that she won't see some of these kids again.  I guess that's the way life is but it's still SAD!  When it was time to leave Lib was insistent that she go to her classroom and say goodbye one last time.  It was one of those moments I will never forget.  She walked up to the outside window, waved and said, "Bye Bye classroom, see you again when my baby brother comes!"  Chris and I both looked at each other and smiled, she is such a sweetie and can't wait for Ty to get a chance to go to her school!

Singing YMCA...just kidding!

Lib getting her diploma

Ms. Krystn, Libs head teacher!

Lib, Sam and Mikey

Elaina and Lu Lu, two of a kind!
Megan, Lib and Faith

Mimi and Gigi came so see Lib graduate

Ms. Renee

Mr. Dave

"Bye Bye classroom, see you when my baby brother comes!"
 Unfortunately no news on Ty with only 3 days til his first birthday:)   I'm calling tomorrow to get the low-down and try to get some answers...patience is a virtue but now I'm starting to get downright MAD! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Emma...

This past week Lib's cousin Baby Emma turned 2!  I guess we have to stop calling her Baby Emma...she is now a big girl. Ty can take over the baby title and we can call him Baby Ty Ty!  Anyway, we had a great time celebrating Emma's 2nd birthday.  Had fun visiting, playing mini-sticks, and eating good food including Aunt Linda's impressive homemade Elmo cake! 

Emma (2) Lib (5)

What did ya get?
Gigi and Emma

Emma supporting her new Red Wings jersey!

Go Wings!
Playing hockey with her new hockey set!

Need 1 more finger up're 2 now!
 Celebrating Emma's birthday made me think again about Tyler celebrating his 1st birthday without us.  Oh well, you can't worry about things that are outside of your circle of influence...thx Stephen Covey for teaching me that lesson; now I just have to learn to follow it!:) 

As I was laying in bed this past Friday night I got an email at 9:45 from Bethany, our adoption agency.  I immediately got excited thinking it was some new info. about Ty's status.  Before I could open the email it brought me back to that very special Friday night in late February when out of nowhere we got the phone call telling us we got our referral, It's a boy!  So while the email was opening I was thinking Friday's are good luck for us, this must be good news telling us that Ty has been submitted to the Ministry for Approval and that we would be getting him this year! was an email telling us that the agency was at a retreat all day Monday and that they would be available to be reached again on Tuesday...pretty exciting eh!  Thx for getting me all excited for nothing!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer's Coming to an End...

Two things happened today that made me realize summer is nearly over... I went into my classroom to begin setting up for the new school year and Libby started hockey!  The first brought me some anxiety, the second much joy!  It is so fun watching little kids (5 and 6 year olds) skate.  However, what brings me more joy is watching the coaches struggle to get them to pay attention and follow directions!  You may wonder why this brings me joy?  Because it is what I do on a daily basis for 9 months teaching's nice to see others experience my pain (I know that's mean!:)

Libby loves playing hockey and has so much fun practicing the new skills she learns.  She is a determined little thing (usually the littlest on the ice)!  She is so excited to find out what team she will be on and get underway with her first mini-mite season.  In no time she will be teaching Ty how to skate and play hockey! 

Who's listening? 
My Mini-Mite
Flirting with the boys! Lib's #126

Moving the puck
Practicing cross-overs

Sweaty after a hard skate

Look at those pretty blue eyes!

Tomorrow I take Lib up to Bay City to stay with my parents for a few days!  She, and her cousin Ethan, will have tons of fun being spoiled and I will have a few fun days to myself (Chris will be out of town as well)!
Hopefully this week we will hear something from Bethany about the adoption as I realize that August is quickly fading and I believe they said the doors for submission to the Ministry will be closing around September...that's oh so close.  More prayers that we hear something soon, something GOOD!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

All About Ty...

It's about time a have a post that is All About Ty!  Afterall, little does Libby know that once he gets her it will probably seems like it is All About Ty!  Anyway, I don't have much to share regarding any new news about our continued wait but I do have a few things to report that have happened in the past month.  Currently we are still waiting to see if we will get submitted to the Ministry this year for approval (keep praying!)  This past week we got our I-600 form back from the US government and it was sent to Korea so they will know that everyting has been done on the US side and all that is left is their part...maybe that will light a fire and get them moving, not likely!

The latest medical report was very good:)  Ty is now 20.5 lbs., 29.5inches long, has 2 top and 2 bottom teeth, and is crawling!  It stated that his development is between 10 &11 months (he is currently 11 months)  The last line on every medical report has always said:  "adoptable as a premature."  This is the first month it has said: "adoptable."  That means he has finally caught up and is no longer developmentally delayed on any of his milestones.  YIPPEE!!!  It took Libby about the same amount of time to catch sister like brother!

What we have come to accept is that Ty will celebrate his 1st birthday (August 27th) in Korea and not with us :(   We have spent the last week putting together another care package for him filled with birthday gifts, a photo album, vitamins for his foster mother, and another letter that will hopefully be the last one we have to write.  Here is a copy of the letter:

August 2, 2011
Our Dearest son, Min-Su (Tyler Jeon Lane);
          It is now August, 6 months since we found out you were our son.  We were hoping by this time we would have traveled to Seoul to pick you up.  Unfortunately, it is going to take longer than we expected.  As hard as it is to wait, you will definitely be worth the wait!  We are optimistically hoping that we will be there in the next 2-4 months to bring you home.  Whenever the time is we will be on an airplane rushing over to meet you, your foster family, see your native country, and bring you home.
          Each month we get a report on how you are growing.  Our latest report indicated that you are 20.5 lbs., 29.5 inches, have 2 top and 2 bottom teeth, and are crawling.  Your foster mother must be busy chasing you all around. Soon you will be walking.  You are getting to be such a big boy!
          We were hoping that you would be able to celebrate you 1st birthday with us here in Michigan.  It appears that will not be the case and you will be celebrating with your foster family in Korea.  Our neighbors, who are Korean, tell us that the 1st birthday is very important in the Korean culture.  We hope you get to experience this wonderful tradition.  We wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and look forward to having a special celebration for you on your 2nd birthday with us!
          We have sent along some special things for you for your birthday.  Enclosed are a few books, toys, and some clothes.  One outfit is very special; it has the #1 on it.  We are hoping you will be able to get your picture taken in it on your next visit so we will have a picture of you for your 1st birthday to hang in our home and cherish forever. 
          Hopefully the next time we communicate with you it will be in person.  Our wait has been long but it is soon coming to an end and we will have the rest of our lives to make up for lost time!  You will complete our family and bring us much joy... We love you very much Min-Su (Tyler)!
Hugs and Kisses,
Mommy, Daddy and your big sister Libby

More Fun & More Waiting...

Still waiting and still keeping busy!  Since my last post we have gone fishing at Aunt Kristin's house, gone to  Jen's cabin, gone to South Haven with our friends Jimmy and Gina from Chicago, and continued with our busy summer activites of tennis, swimming, and chillin' in the summer heat! 

Ethan, Libby & Audrey tubing
Swimming in Woodland Lake in Brighton

Fishing at dusk
 We had a blast with my work friends at Ms. Jen's cabin.  Hanging with the ladies, swimming in North Lake and going to South Haven to jump the waves.  It was so nice for me to have some adult girl time to catch up and relax.  My work friends are great!!!

Lib and Ms. Beth riding on the raft
Holy waves

Lib, Sophia, and Alexa enjoying the sand...
Where are our legs? teaching partner (lucky girl)
Beth...other Kdg. Teacher
Mindy...Early Education Preschool Teacher
 Summer would not be complete without our annual Camp Vaughn.  Camp Vaughn is meeting up with our dear friends, the Vaughn family from Chicago.  Last year we did Chicago in the summer and South Haven in the Fall.  This year we went to their Lake House in South Haven to experience beautiful Lake Michigan in the summer.  In addition we went to the Venetian Festival in Sagutuck with firewords and all! 
Pictures speak louder than words:

Libby and Miriam (3)

Drew (5) and Lib playing catch on the beach

Teamwork to make the city of Chicago

Thanks for not getting my body in this pic!

Miriam, Gina, and Jimmy
Their annual Pic (they take such cute pics together!)

Think you got another stuff Lib?

Jimmy was a trooper...he is getting back surgery tomorrow...
Can't wait to have our lead camp counselor back!


Wow, look at that skyscrapper!
Enjoying the fireworks with Daddy

Nice Bling guys!
Next year Ty gets to expereince Camp Vaughn... always a blast!