Christmas and Kinder-eggs

We’ve had a wonderful Christmas here at the Kroeker house, with my parents here visiting from Ontario. It was so great to spend the holidays with them for the first time in five years. (Thanks for coming mom and dad!) We went swimming and skating and made gingerbread houses and baked cookies and ate turkey. It was restful and fun and full of stories and Lego and tickles. I did spent quite a bit of time however thinking ahead to next Christmas when we will hopefully be a family of six.

When shopping last minute for the Kinder surprise chocolate eggs that I always put in my kid’s stockings my heart leapt when I found a four-pack.
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A slow smile crept up as I realized that next year, God-willing, I’ll need the four pack of kinder eggs. I think I must have stood there for several minutes in the grocery store trying to hold back tears with a silly grin on my face. How my heart both aches with longing and is overflowing with gratefulness at the notion of needing a four pack. How blessed I feel to be a mama to three-soon-to-be-four.

A huge thank you to all of you who blessed us this Christmas with gifts to support our adoption. So many lovely surprises arrived tucked in Christmas cards wishing us well and generously helping to bring our little one home. Thank you so much, dear friends and family!

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Christmas Coffeehouse in Pictures

Oh you guys…I’ve been trying to put together a post about the Christmas Coffeehouse Adoption Fundraiser evening for several days now, and I just can’t put it into words.

IMG_3441We were SO humbled and amazed by how well the evening went.

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Our army of friends transformed the venue into a gorgeous, relaxing and fun Christmas space and the soft lights, warm fireplace and the smell of buttercream wafting through the air was so perfectly inviting.IMG_3440IMG_3445

Guests enjoyed their fill of mini cupcakes for sampling. Many were even convinced to bid on one of the four cakes in the silent auction.

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I had a blast living out all my Diana-Krall-dreams and played some Christmas jazz with some friends to help set the mood.IMG_3455IMG_3456

Paul and Spencer were fun to play music with. Thanks so much guys!

And  I was even joined by my baby girl who sang with me for one number. I love singing with my daughter!

Steve & I had an amazing night, and we hope all of you did too! It was truly humbling to see how many people came, how many people gave, how many people bought jewelry and cakes, and just loved on and supported our family so tangibly.

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A HUGE thanks to our planning & organizing team led by Rhoda who did an incredible job throwing this event for our family. Thank you to everyone who came, who gave, who supported us, prayed for us, and are walking with us on this crazy adoption journey! We are so blessed to have this community of friends and family surrounding us, supporting and praying for not only us, but for our little one. As Steve said at the event, our little one has experienced so much loss already in their short life. We are so thankful to be bringing them home to such an amazing community to love on them in the days and years to come.

I almost hugged the mailman

So I happened to be checking the mailbox outside my front door to see if we had any mail at the exact moment the mailman was walking up my driveway to deliver the mail. (My timing is sometimes flukey awesome like that!) He handed me a few bills and a big envelope before his cheery “have a nice day” (Seriously, it’s so cold and often rainy and our mail delivery people are always SO chipper!)

Upon seeing the return address on the big envelope I tore into it and was thrilled to discover our completed and signed homestudy, our Adoption Education certificate, AND our final approval letter!!
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(We’ve worked hard these last 7 months to get these documents. They’re kind of like ultrasound photos, so humor me here…)

I’m so excited!! We’re approved and ready to roll. I sent all our other required dossier letters and documents to our agency on Friday and they’ll be sent to our translator very soon. Once all these delightful documents are en Francais, they’ll be off to Guinea!! (We’re really hoping it can get out by the end of the year!)

Annnnnnd as I was celebrating this great news I heard a friendly knock at the door and the same chipper mailman was back to deliver my new passport. One day earlier than promised. (I renewed it a few weeks ago and have been waiting on it so I can get a copy notarized for our dossier. And I’ll need it to go to AFRICA!) Seriously, BEST MAIL DAY EVER!!!

And several steps closer to our little one.

And now back to celebrating with my crew. Steve’s away so we’re celebrating this awesome news and super great mail day Kroeker-kiddo-style with frozen pizzas and the Curious George Christmas special. Mmmhmmm. That’s right. Livin’ the dream. 🙂