Monday, September 28, 2009

Photos from North Carolina

I just got back from the Christian Medical/Dental Association national meeting near Asheville, North Carolina. It was a really good conference. I learned a ton and met a bunch of new people and renewed friendships with others. I also skipped a couple of the lectures so I could go see some of the sites and take some pictures. Unfortunately the day I did that it was raining pretty hard, but I think some turned out okay.

Here is a view out over the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Biltmore Estate.
Pretty flowers at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

A stream and pond outside my hotel at the conference center.

The Biltmore Estate. Home of the Vanderbilts and supposedly the biggest house in America. It was incredibly opulent inside. The only room I would have liked was the library complete with winding stairs and TONS of books.

I could only take pictures of the exterior so here are a couple of details of the exterior.

Two lions like this guarded the front door.Just below the house was this wonderful loggia.

Here are a few of the flowers in the garden. It was full on raining at this point so the color is a little washed out
So there they are. I have lots more, but these are the best. I am now glad to be home, but not sure I am ready to go to work tomorrow morning.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Progress

I am currently in North Carolina for the Christian Medical/Dental Association National meeting. The cool thing about this (other than the fabulous meeting and all the cool people I have met, but more on that later) is that my adoption agency, Christian World Adoption, has their headquarters just about a half hour away (just south of Asheville). This afternoon I skipped one lecture section to go see the CWA headquarters and meet with my document case manager. It was really nice to see where all the work is done to make so many adoptions happen. It was also nice to put a face and voice with someone I have only met over email and webinars. I had mailed my dossier paperwork a week or so ago and Michael (the document case manager) told me today that it was approved and gave me the last piece of paperwork that I need to finish the dossier. Now I get to start the authentication process and then get my dossier down to Ethiopia. I also have to go through USCIS (immigration) clearance, but that shouldn't take long. Once I get all of that done and the rest of the money raised, my dossier will go to Ethiopia and then I will wait for a court date. It is pretty exciting. I was going to take pictures today of their offices, but I didn't get a chance to. If it isn't raining too hard, I will go back and get a picture and add it to this post. Tomorrow, I am also hoping to go see the Biltmore Estate and get some cool pictures there. I think it could look cool even if it is raining. So more pictures to come.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Contentment

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Life has been a little busy lately. I have delivered a few more babies, my step-mom turned 50, and I finished my dossier for my adoption. I have also discovered that I am in a really good place in my life. I am contented. I spent some time at my dad's house and spent a little time in the new house a friend just moved into and for the first time in my life, I didn't wish I lived somewhere different. I am content with my house, my life and my job. I have family and friends that love me, a wonderful church and before too long (6-12 months at this point) I will have two beautiful children. What more could one person want? I don't really have anything else to say so I will share a few pictures from my trip to California for my step-mom's birthday party.

Here is a photo of the gorgeous cake my dad ordered. It has several of her favorite things on it.


A comfy spot with a view to enjoy the party.

One gratuitous picture of my dog (who desperately needs a haircut).