Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lessons in Parenting

K-A-DOUBLE R-I-N-G-T-O-N....Karrington that's me.
If you were to ask Karrington how to spell her name, this is how she would respond. I started singing her this song a few years ago for fun. She liked thinking that she had her very own song. Now, she can spell her 10 letter name. Turns out singing her name wasn't such a bad idea after all. I feel like such a proud mama when she confidently spells her name aloud.

As we get ready to enroll Karrington into Pre-K for next school year, I am feeling an immense amount of pressure, as a mom, to make sure that she is completely prepared to be the smartest kid in class. I say that jokingly, but how do parents push their children to do their best without pushing them too hard. I found myself correcting her coloring the other day. She had grabbed a marker and was scribbling all over the page. I know that her class has been working on coloring in the lines, so I asked her if she was doing her best. She looked at me and said, "no." Then, Anton looked at me and said, "Really? Did you just ask our 3 year old if she is doing her best."

I know, this all probably sounds ridiculous and that I clearly have a problem.

I was talking with our elementary principal about this today. She mentioned that my feelings were completely normal. With Karrington being our first born, and only child, we hold the bar much higher for her. I don't want her to feel an undo amount of pressure, so I will constantly have to keep myself in check. Our principal told me that every child has their own talents and ability that God has given them. I must be confident in knowing that I am raising her to be confident and to know how to hone the talents and treasures that God has given her. My job is to know how far to push her and to push her for her own growth, not to be better than all of the other kids.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cultivating International Relationships

My experience with cross-cultural relationships/international relationships began in high school. When I was a junior in high school, our family decided to host an international student. We were placed with a student from South Korea who was the same age as my brother. At first it was fascinating to learn about his culture and to have him try and experience new things from our American culture. His first American experience with our family was Saturday donuts. What a treat! :)

Our first student never really involved himself in our family. He stayed in his room a lot and didn't find it important to become more involved in the American culture. He didn't stay in America for long. It was very apparent that he missed his country and culture. I can't say that I much blame him. I really miss my country and culture when I am abroad.

Though, our first experience wasn't the greatest, our family decided to give hosting another go. This time was different. We were placed with a student, Chris, who loved doing things and being involved with our family. This was the beginning of a life long friendship and a great opportunity for us to teach our children about having friends all over the world.

Chris and his family recently visited us with a group of children from their mom's school in South Korea. It was fun to see Karrington interact with them all of them. She enjoyed asking them questions and telling them all about her toys. She didn't worry about a language barrier, they were simply her friends and she was glad to have them around. She especially adored Chris. She even lovingly called him Uncle Chris. I am excited to know that she will gain a valuable education in having friends all over the world. I captured a few moments of her with Chris and his younger brother Danny, who also lived with our family.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Our Adoption Photo Book

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

A friend of mine inspired me to put together a photo book for adoption. We know that God has a great plan for our family and that He has the perfect little baby out there for us. We don't know when the time will come, but we do know that it will be perfect. Until then, we would like to share our book with you.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Top 10 Moments (with pictures) of 2012

Grammy and Big Daddy visited during Spring Break.  
We had a beautiful sunny day for our Easter egg hunt. 
We celebrated Anton's 29th birthday with a fabulous 1920's Who Dun It party. 

We camped out on our back driveway for an evening waiting for the solar eclipse. Too bad the clouds moved in right before it all took place. 

Anton and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. 

 Karrington celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Minnie Mouse birthday party. 

I traveled to South Korea. This is a picture a Namsum Tower in Seoul. 

 We celebrated my 30th birthday with a bite size birthday party made complete with chocolate chip cookie and milk shooters. 
Grammy and Big Daddy visited us again at the end of summer. 
We visited our Northwest family in November and had a perfect amount of sunny days. We were able to have an amazing photo shoot done and caught some great moments. 

Karrington had so much fun with her cousin Jemma.