Heart Shaped Stepping Stones - led Jzboy and I to a much needed restorative gathering of adoptive parents last week. In Portland of all places! The opportunity made for a very good reason to go to one of our favorite areas on the planet, visit other friends/family while there and continue North to our final destination. Seattle!
While in Portland we got to hang with Kelli/Sprout, Beeb/Moonbeam, Millicent/DifferentDirt, Walternatives (incl. Goob) and FDChief + his fam. Good times! Really good times. The unspoken understanding that we all have of each other (via a year++ of blogging & posting yahoowise), the normalizing of emotions surrounding our mutual China adoption experience, the inside jokes, the nurturing via food and drink...it was all priceless.
We also got to experience the joyful anticipation in sending off a few from the posse: FDChief and Millicent. They are both in China (as I type!) meeting their daughters for the first time. Now that's pretty f'ing special!
Here are some of us in Millicent/Floyd's rebuilt home. You may have read about it on their blog. A devastating fire really took out the back of their house. Lemme tell you, it was extremely cool to see all the amazing work that has been done to restore their 1899 beauty! Man.
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(from right: Beeb, Kelli, Moi & Millicent)
Whenever you hang out with Auntie-Types, you know there are going to be presents! (Some presents were unwrapped by the TSA and re-wrapped at Auntie Kelli's!)
Of course, Iris had to sniff everything! Does she think that she can hide behind the toy giraffe??
Check out all the glorious goodies! Auntie Millie gave me some fun BDay goodies - a Chinese phrase calendar & a "Stuff on Your Cat" book (hil-flippin-larious). How about stuff "with" your cat? That could be the title of this picture. Tante Walternatives gave us some gorgeous handmade stationery (the pic does NOT do it justice) it is beautiful. And, thoughtful. Special. Auntie Beeb gave buttercup a very sweet patchworky giraffe that we LOVE & shared a story about how she had her own giraffe stuffed animal as a child. Awww! Thanks, Auntie Beeb!
So, one of these things is not like the others, right?? You may be wondering about the flippin' schweet tennies in the middle of the goodie pile?? Those are from Auntie Kelli - swag from her work. Lucky me fits into the sample size! Woot! Thanks Easter Bunny!!! I mean, Auntie K!
Ok. It is clear to me now, this trip post is going to be far too long as one piece. Stay tuned for part 2 when I talk about Mt Hood, Tacoma and Seattle!
I don't want to scrimp on the details....(isn't scrimp a great word?)
Man! Was this a great vacation! I didn't realize how badly I needed one until I was on it.....