Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What, you’re still here?

So I think that with this last 2-month silence on our site, most of our readers have probably headed for greener pastures. I may be writing this for my own benefit…

But if anyone is reading this, know that we have lots of stories to tell from the last two months, and that we fully intend to post them and try to get caught up.

In the meantime, I’ll give you a teaser of what has been going on. Yesterday evening, we signed a contract to sell our house! Anyone who has gotten their house on the market and sold it will appreciate the time demands of that kind of effort. I’ll provide more details soon, but we were truly blessed in that we only had four showings in the three days it was on the market before an offer was made and accepted, and three of those four were visits by the party that ended up making the offer! The inspection is happening today, and if all goes well, we’ll be homeless soon. Well, in a manner of speaking… obviously we’re looking for a house to buy…

We’ll miss our first house and all the work we lovingly put into it over the years. It is very gratifying to see it snapped up by someone who loves it and likes the way we painted/decorated/landscaped. Small as our backyard is, we will miss the welcoming environment it became over the years with loving care and our collective green thumb.

It is exciting, though, to go out looking for something bigger to hold our family as it grows. And yes, both Sydney and Peter are growing. We have not found a Pause button anywhere on Peter to keep him infant-sized, and he’s already making great strides in flipping himself over, making noises, reaching for toys to put into his mouth, etc. His lungs are also developing well, as is the temper he graces us with from time to time for seemingly unknown reasons. For the most part, though, he is an easy little guy who loves to smile and who, Amy swears, laughed the other day for the first time.

Meanwhile Sydney is learning and watching everything and wants to have every conversation repeated so she can understand it. She is the most social little girl I have ever seen, and she had a blast directing the painters who came to do some work we didn’t have time to get done before our agreed upon deadline for putting the house on the market. She is still in that rough stage between taking a nap and really being able to make it through the day without one, but since a nap causes her to stay up until 9 or 10 before she can fall asleep, it is the rare day that we end up turning her “quiet time” into a nap and dealing with the ramifications.

We are still proceeding with a second adoption for a third little Bredenberg, but at this point the most accurate we can be on the timing is “sometime next year.” Our paperwork has been in China for over a year and a half, but the process has slowed down so much that we’re just waiting and watching to see when a referral might be coming our way.

Well, that’s about all I can say without spoiling some of the individual stories we want to tell here soon. Now that the house preparations and showings are over, we hope to have a little more time to sit and relax and think about things we’ve been neglecting for a while, so come back soon for more!