This is where we were married and had a wonderful weekend long wedding with our guests! The Mount Washington Hotel at the base of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of NH.
We have a very deep bond with this hotel and it pulls us in - being there is like being home in a weird way, it's rich in history and everything about it is magical for us. We opted to have a very small and intimate wedding so that we could have it where was most special in our hearts.
Ours was one of those weddings where everything went wrong (except one of us backing out)!
We wouldn't have had it any other way and even at the time we really didn't care, the important thing was the actual event that was taking place and that our nearest and dearest friends and family were there to share this with us... It makes us laugh to recant all the mishaps; like the photographer locking his camera and other equipment in his car and telling me just before I was to walk down the isle!! (I'm laughing now just remembering) Or how our wedding planner was rushed to the hospital a few hours before the ceremony with chest pains and nobody else was aware of our plans or schedule! Or how they lost the picture and design of our wedding cake hours before the wedding and just made it however they wanted - much different than what I had spent hours looking at pictures of etc, etc.! And how the incorrect wine was served to all the tables at the reception (MP was fit to be tied over this wine - he's THE official wine snob)! And some other little things as well... What a hoot!! Mrs. Baker, I bet you're getting a big laugh at this post!!! :)
We were very lucky to recently have received a gift cert. to get back up there and just haven't had the time/sitter to do it yet! We try to go there every year in the winter especially since that's the most beautiful and reminiscent of our wedding and our visits there before we were married!
Today I'm very calm and happy - just so ya know! I'm over my funk of last night already and am just planning that we'll get our referral within the next three months for sure! So, summer/fall travel to Africa! If it should happen to be sooner, it will be a wonderful surprise!
What is/was the hardest for me yesterday and just hit my gut was that we've been trying to add to our little Parker clan for three years now, so it's not just the referral and that it's been six months of waiting since our dossier was sent, but all of the frustrations of infertility for the two plus years before adoption process began. The waiting, the week to week cycle scheduling, and the worst (which is where we abruptly stopped post surgery) the horrible probing and constant doctors visits at the clinic for brutal treatments. We totally checked out mentally and phyically and emotionally. They wanted to do the next and the biggest fertility treatment possible. It was against our beliefs and we knew we needed a break to recalculate our family vision.. It was a few months after that break from the clinic that our path became clear. Literally one morning (which happened to be Easter morning of last year) we were all showering and were getting ready to go to my sisters home for a delicious dinner. I sat on the bed and MP and I said; it's time to start the adoption process. And so, we did! Right away! We told the family at dinner and it was official! I am overwhelmed with joy and thankfullness that God made it clear for us (I kinda wish he didn't take so darn long though)!
As I mentioned in a post months back and others have as well, this is the only way I want to add the final piece to our family circle. This IS plan A...
We're leaving for Florida in a couple of days and wanted to post this as our Anniversary will be while we're in the sun by the pool. I guess I had more to get off my chest than a quick Anniversary update-
And lastly... It's a hot 50 degrees here today - yay - no coats needed!!! What a nice welcome!! Thanks warm God!