My family and I arrived at Disney World yesterday. It is our most favorite place on earth, and we can’t get enough! When we were walking into our hotel, the most beautiful family you have ever seen was walking out. I mean they looked like they just came from a Ralph Lauren photo shoot. The kids (a girl and a boy) were the tannest children I have ever seen with the whitest hair. Their parents had a tan and hair to match. They also had perfectly pressed colored shirts and khakis on. I am not exaggerating. I wish I had taken a picture, but that would have been awkward. As I walked past them I found myself feeling sorry for them. Yes I even felt pity. What a strange thing to feel about this gorgeous, perfect family. I know. So why was I feeling this way? I guess I really don’t know. Did I feel bad that they would never know how awesome being imperfect was? was it because they would never know how full our hearts are because we gave up the quest for “perfection?” Was it because they gave us that pity look that is unfortunately common when people see Carsten? I don’t know, but I do know that I legitimately felt bad for them. When in my life did I start pitying the beautiful and on the surface beautiful families? Again, I don’t know. I do know that I sincerely do. I wish they could taste the fullness of my imperfect life. Give them a glimpse into how beautiful MY world is!
It is official! The Christofferson family is on the brink of growing from 5 to 7! On Friday, October 12, we locked the files of our two daughters! The oldest is 3 1/2 and is currently located in Luoyang in Henan province. Her name is currently Yue Yan. We will name her Michelle DeFore Yue, and call her Elle. The youngest is 11 months old, and is currently in Kaifeng in Henan Provence. Her name is Yi Ju. We will name her Maelyn Ju Ann, and call her Mae. We are over the moon excited!!! We are also nervous, anxious, and overwhelmed. Since Matt and I decided that we will be bringing two daughters into our family, I have had a serious case of nesting. Worse than any thing I experienced with our boys. I have decided we need to repaint, put in new carpet, and a new countertop. I also need MJ to get a new vehicle that will fit all of our family, a new table that will accommodate 7, and begin acquiring girl clothes and toys! It’s a whole new world! Why do I feel the urge to get this all done ASAP? I have no explanation except to say, “Have you met me?!?”
We also have begun talking about the girls multiple times a day, and are showing the boys pictures of the girls. Carsten and Griffin don’t really get it, but Gabe is excited. We are hoping to talk Gabe into taking the trip with us to China, but he is hesitant. We are thinking we should be traveling over late winter or early spring.
We should receive our pre-approval early this week. Once we do, I will post pictures of our daughters!
I have decided to start a blog to capture all of the wonderful memories and events that my family is experiencing. Life has been good to me, and I can’t wait to see what will happen next. MJ and I have been married 13 years, and have 3 awesome boys and are working on adopting 2 girls. Gabe is 9, and is such a tender heart. Carsten is 6, has Down syndrome, and changes hearts where ever he goes. Griffin is 3, and has a zest for life that is palpable. Our days are full of sports, therapy sessions, tutoring sessions, and just pure unadulterated fun!
I decided to name my blog “My Imperfect EXTRA Ordinary Life” because I love my crazy, action packed, chaotic, extraordinary life!!! Our family is constantly running at 100 mph, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We only get one chance at this life to leave the world better than we found it. There is no time to worry about perfection. 🙂