Friday, November 21, 2008

The New Normal

A couple of weeks ago Phil Joel was in Mitchell for a concert which we went to see. He is awesome. I LOVE going to see him.

His most recent album is The New Normal. I'm reminded of that today. I've been going through "this is the last time that...", like the last time we were in our church and it would be the last time we would be there as just the three of us, the last time with our relatives as just the three of us, the last time in Sioux Falls, the last day with our pets, the last day of the only normalcy that we have known for the last 14 years. On the way home from Sioux Falls last night I was even thinking, the next time I drive this road from Sioux Falls to Mitchell we will have new kids with us. I am alone before work right now, Nancy and Mark have left for school. It is an eerie quiet, like the calm before the storm.

We are completing our preps for the trip. We leave tomorrow. Our SDA appt. is next Thu. Thanksgiving Day. And yes I did cut my hair. Such sacrifices for the kiddos! Had fun showing $25K to some of my coworkers yesterday. It's not as big a pile of bills as I expected it to be.

Last night, we went to see Phillips, Craig, and Dean in concert in Sioux Falls. A couple of weeks ago we debated about whether we really wanted to take the time to go when we have other things that need to get done. I'm glad we went. It was an awesome time of worship, exactly what I needed.

A few days ago I posted about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I'm feeling that for us now. We will definitely be out of our comfort zone. I have alternating feelings of confidence and feeling like we are out of our minds. The uncertainty with Valya weighs down on me. My solution to the problem is to adopt her whole family. A more reasonable mind (Nancy) says that we can't do that. This should be a happy time, but right now, I am not feeling happy. You have the ability to post comments to our blog posts. I hope you will do that for us along the way. I know we will appreciate the support from our families, friends, and bloggy friends while we're over there.

Tomorrow I will have a special post.


Conethia and Jim Bob said...

I pray your trip is a safe one. Best of luck.

Ashley said...

For some reason, I thought you left I guess I would have been able to get Grisha's package to you...oh well. I don't know why I thought you were already there!!! haha

Have a safe trip!!

Rachel said...

have a safe trip.. you will know what to do.

pahope said...

I have been lurking your blog for a while. We are leaving on Sunday, our appointment is Wednesday. We are also going to adopt known children. I am with you - I would say adopt the whole family :) while my husband would concur with your wife. I pray it is all resolved for you in a way that leaves you peace. God bless!

Heather H. said...

We will be watching your blog and praying for you all!!! Alan... you actually got your hair cut??? Gotta make a good impression right :)

Jim and Kari said...

Wow, you hit the nail on the head. We are feeling all of the same things with the "last time it will be like this..., next time will be with more kids..." and swinging from this is the greatest leap of faith ever high to we are completely crazy low. We are right behind you, our appointment is December 10th. God bless you!
PS I say adopt them all ;)