Hong Kong Adoption Update
I’m back with another mini Hong Kong adoption update. Wednesday we sent off all of Esther’s immigration papers. It was a ton of work (so much that ML took Tuesday off to finish it) but completely worth it.
Now that her papers are out of her hands we now have to wait 1-2 months before moving on to the next step. So travel time to Hong Kong is still unknown… but every step gets us a little closer.
This weekend (I’m not sure when though) ML and I are going to work on getting the video together for her and working on a photo album for her. We thought Esther was going to receive the scrapbook pages we put together earlier this year but unfortunately those got sent to the Hong Kong government. Our social worker suggested that we compile a bunch of pictures in a 4×6 album for her. That way she can carry the album around with her. I’m going to try and reprint the scrapbook pages at a small scale to fit in the album and new pictures and stickers. Hopefully she will like it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
R(un) for One
This past weekend was Lifeline‘s (our adoption agency) second annual R(un) for One. A 5k run and 1 mile fun run benefitting (un)adopted, a ministry of Lifeline Children’s Services. (Un)adopted works with, educates, and prepares children who are aging out of the system. Their hope is to provide a hope and future for these children. Most children age out of the system at age 16 and are then sent to the streets to make a life of their own. Many times pimps and prostitutes are waiting on the corner for them… ready to offer them a “promising” job offer. With over 143 million orphans in the world this is a huge problem but with the help of (un)adopted the future for these children is being changed one child at a time.
We competed in this race last year and were really excited to get the chance to run again. Thankfully this year we recruited Michael Luke’s parents to watch Noah during the race. Like last year it was a cross country track and I just couldn’t push her in a stroller again. Even if it was a jogging stroller.
(Last year. Notice the yorkie?)
This race sort of crept up on us and we only had three weeks to prepare. To some people… people who like to run this might not be a problem but for me this meant it was time to get down to business. I started running/walking at the gym a couple of days a week. Yeah, I run/walk, I just don’t like running enough to do it for 3.1 miles straight. Give me a cardio class any day but please don’t make me run.
Anyway by the time last weekend got here I was feeling a little prepared but no where near as prepared as last year. The race started and stuck to my run/walk intervals and finished the race in 39 minutes and 59 seconds. Whahoo!
This was huge for me. It was the time I hoped to beat last year but wasn’t able to.
I realize I’m not going to qualify for the Olympic Track and Field team with that score but it was my personal best and to me running is a game against yourself.
We had a great time running the race and celebrated with our team “1 Less” afterwards. I look forward to “running” it again next year but there is a huge possibility I won’t run until then.
Do you like running? Maybe your like me and secretly wish you could do the kids fun run and be done with it? What is your favorite type of excercise? My favorites are dance classes like BodyJam and Zumba. I don’t care how ridiculous I look, it’s fun!
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