Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Hi All! No updates yet...we are still patiently waiting.

In the meantime, I think the best way to spend waiting time is to go on vacation!! So, on Friday we are headed out for a week of sightseeing, road tripping, dining, wine sampling and adventuring. We are flying to San Jose and will spend the week heading up the coast with the final destination being Portland, Oregon.
We will spend the first couple of days in Napa and Sonoma, then a day or so exploring the redwoods in Northern California, then see the coast of Oregon (Bandon, Coos Bay, Tillamook, Astoria, etc.) and finally have a day or two in Portland. We will be in Portland for the 4th.

We are finalizing all of our plans, but have the plane, car and most hotels already booked. We are completely looking forward to the break from work and the time together. Ryan and I road trip very well together...it will be a blast. There is so much we want to do, but we will want to balance it with a little relaxation too.

So, that is our biggest news for now!! We hope to have more news soon.

I've been studying my Polish, and have finished 4 of the 8 lessons in the CD set that my mom sent. I have all the words down from the lesson, but if confronted with actually having to speak in Poland, I may be slow and have stage fright.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How long?

How long are we going to have to wait? Yeah, wish I knew the answer to that one. Sometimes I feel like we could get a call any day, and then sometimes I feel like maybe they forgot about us and we will have to re-do everything! The waiting has been going OK - but our patience is being tested!

When I feel impatient I just need to do the math again:

Our Dossier was sent to Poland on February 5, 2008, but it was to take 2 months or so for translation and authentication. So that would put it at about April when we were good-to-go and be matched. Well, since it is June now, that means we have really only been waiting for 2 months! I should touch base with our Agency to see how the process is going and get their thoughts on timing. I just don't want to be a pest.

We are still hopeful to receive a referral any time this summer. But who knows!?

The waiting is tough...but we are having a nice summer. Work is busy for both of us, but manageable. We are planning a summer vacation around the 4th of July. We have held off on booking anything, pending any "call", but will probably book something by this weekend. We have no idea where we are going yet, but it will be somewhere fun!

Other than that, I have been learning (or at least trying to learn) my Polish. I have mastered "Excuse me, do you speak English?" I can say that to a man or a woman. I can also say "I do not understand Polish very well," "I understand a little Polish," "good day," "goodbye" and "I am American." My friend Carrie suggested that instead of the last phrase I should learn "I am Canadian." Good idea!

Hope everyone is having a nice summer!