Friday, August 7, 2009

Missing the MI or just missing that slow lifestyle

I've read several blogs and emails from adoptive parents who say they miss the Marshall Islands once they've returned home. While there, I couldn't imagine having that thought, but now home a couple of weeks I can see where their line of thinking was headed.

There are definitely a lot of things that I don't miss about the MI-boiling water, a load of laundry taking 2 hours, the internet connection that almost wasn't most of the time, and the heat that just didn't subside.

What I do miss is the slow pace of their lifestyle. Here in the states, we are constantly on the go-scheduling appointments, making phone calls, running errands, and always in a hurry it seems. We are ever mindful of the time-gotta go, going to be late.......

The pace in the MI is the complete opposite. If it gets done today that is fine, otherwise, there is always tomorrow. You also find that it is difficult to do more than one or two things per day-going to the grocery store and doing a load of laundry could take up the whole day. At times very frustrating coming from our culture, but what you realize is that the time spent with family and friends tends to have a better quality. That's the pace that I hope I can continue to have with the girls. I want to remember that each day is a gift and to take time to enjoy it with both of them because all to soon they will be grown.

Point in case, we're shopping for school supplies for G to go to kindergarten. How did that happen? I know that she was just a baby yesterday. She looks so grown up in this picture trying on her school clothes.

I already see Baby K changing. She's growing and getting stronger. In this picture she is in her "jenny jump-up". Isn't that a riot? Many of you will recognize this contraption as a "johnny jump-up". We are so politically correct these days-

And last but not least, here is the elusive Papa with Baby K. They had the opportunity to meet the day we got home but with everyone being so tired, it was not the best picture taking day.

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