First, I took the kids to surprise my mom for her birthday. My siblings and their families were all there too. She loved it and it was perfect. Then, I've been gone all week to D.C. to attend a conference. It was fine... I like DC and got to see an old friend (you know you're getting old when you realize it's been 10 years since you've seen someone who you've only been friends with in your adult life) - and my dad was in town too - so that was cool - we had a great dinner and evening hanging out. I do not, however, like being without my little dude and dudette or my husband. So - I am very happy to be home.
And - if several days away aren't enough to make me thankful and feel incredibly blessed to be home with my family (it is and I am) - there is this. One of the few families left fostering in Guatemala is having big troubles with their adoption case. The couple has been fostering their daughter for longer than Little Bitty has been home. They've hit every bump in the road imaginable and are now at risk of the unthinkable. PLEASE think of them, send positive thoughts, vibes, prayers - whatever you think would help. I don't know them personally, but I know how screwy the system is and I know how much they love their daughter - and I know that they must be really scared right now. One more thing - she has a very unique Etsy shop with some incredible Guatemalan crafts. Check it out.