Monday, January 26, 2009
This weekend, Chris, my mom, my dad and I took a road trip to Cambridge for the Ethiopian get together. We all felt over joyed seeing all the kids home with their families. They all looked so cute and happy. Running around playing, laughing and just being kids. It was so great to be able to associate reality to this journey. I felt I was a little shy to approach others as I didn't have a child with me but I'm sure the more of them I attend the more people I will meet. I just didn't want to bother others with my comments and questions. I did however get to meet some families from the blog world and others from the area and felt "Wow, we really aren't alone in this crazy situation" there were alot more people there than I would have expected. I guess I didn't think there were so many of us in Ontario.
I would like to thank Jacklyn for organizing such a great even for us and I look forward to the next. Hopefully it's sooner than later.
(I don't have any pictures, as I didn't think it was place to take pictures of others children)
After the get together we drove to Toronto and stayed there over night. My parents had never been up the CN Tower so we took a "COLD" walk over and went up. We even ventured outside up there and froze our areas off...lol but we had a great time. Everytime i'm back in the city it makes me want to move back. I would love to move into the city but having 3 dogs and a child on the way it's not a possibility. Something I should have done in my early 20s. Oh well, visiting is just as good. We also discussed a possible New York/Philly road trip this summer, so i'm excited.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I also received an email from a second couple from the area today, Sarah and Alex, who I will have the pleasure of meeting tomorrow morning. I think it's so great that there are more families in our area embarking on this journey, it will not only provide us with the local support needed but will give our son some people to relate to. Meeting these couples is such an exciting thing for me and to know that I may be able to help them get through it a tad bit easier due to having been there will be a true joy. Yeahhhhh to locals adopting.
Here's a pic of me with my "ugly doll".
Friday, January 16, 2009
1. I would love to go back to school and become a chef. I truly enjoy cooking and feel that I have missed my calling.
2.I knew about my infertility by the age of 12 (if not earlier), I have always said that I wouldn't be able to have babies, and everytime I got into a serious relationship that would be something I would mention. I only found out medically at the age of 24. I guess my insides knew....pretty sad I know.
3. I absolutely love eating pasta in a deep bowl, I find it makes it taste better than in a plate and I love to eat it while watching TV and not at the kitchen table
4. I had to stop reading about Adoption before bed as I couldn't sleep anymore.
5. I am deathly scared of heights, however I love plane rides and would go for a plane ride just for fun if I could
6. Everything big that happens in my life has a dedicated journal, I love to write what is going on at the time and reflex on it later. These big things are stuff like trips, wedding, adoption...ect..
7. I truly believe in my heart that I have found my soul mate, and feel lucky as I know not everyone gets the same experience.
I'm suppose to tag 7 others, but since alot of you have already been tagged, I invite anyone who hasn't been tagged to join in and let us know more about you.....
Friday, January 9, 2009
Today marks 9 months since this "fun" journey began... There were definitely some ups and downs but all and all it was ok. Now for the next 9 mths.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Ethiopian Christmas is a major holiday in Ethiopia and falls on January 7, instead of December 25. Unlike the rest of the world Genna is devoid of Santa Claus and Christmas trees. But more recently the trend has been changing where Christmas trees have slowly started creeping into Ethiopian households where many people started using decorating trees even if there is still no Santa Claus stories told, giving and receiving gifts is also not a big deal among the people rather new clothes are bought for children as a present on the holiday.
Genna is followed by one month long fast. It is said that Legend has it that among the Magi the king bearing frankincense as gift to baby Jesus was King Balthazar of Ethiopia. The day before Genna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians do a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly coloured stripes across the ends. After the mass in church families get together to take part in the holiday feast which include doro wot, tela (homemade traditional beer) and Defo Dabo (bread made for holidays). As done in many holidays’ people visit relatives and spend the holiday feasting together.
Christmas is a holiday where many people come together especially in recent times Ethiopian Diaspora come for the holiday in an attempt to not only enjoy Genna, but also celebrate Timket (Epiphany), considered one of the biggest holidays of the year which is just two weeks away from Genna.
In rural areas people play yegena chewata; Ethiopia’s version of hockey which is played using carved stick and kind of rounded ball where men and young boys participate in the game – at times the rivalry can be fierce. There are also songs which are sung to show how people appreciate the game ‘begenna chewata aykotum geta’ at times the rivalry can be fierce. According to tradition, shepherds celebrated when they heard of Jesus birth by playing such a game.
Written by Tibebeselassie Tigabu for the Sub-Saharan Informer
I took the information from this site.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I also wanted to explain on my blog to my brother and sister in law, that I am truly happy about my new nephew and hope that you know I am 100% supportive, I never imagined it would be as hard as it is to see you starting a family while I have to wait but I know it will be amazing for all of us and hope you both know how much I truly love my little nephew already. There is no resentment, simply pain that I can't feel what you are feeling. I do hope you both understand. I am trying my best to stay positive and look forward to raising my son along side yours.... Love you Baby Boy Beaudry.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
CHEERS TO 2009, THE YEAR WE GET TO SEE OUR SON !!!
Last night was a great evening of plenty of laughter surrounded by loved one. I held it together at the stroke of midnight, but what an overwhelming feeling to know that this year will be such a great year for many of us. Thanks for a great night Mom, Dad, Ren and Pat.