Life is complex. I have sat down multiple times trying to write this post and keep finding myself at a loss for words. As individuals we get wrapped up in our careers, our families and our immediate surroundings. Our plates are full and rightfully so. We are all very fortunate to be able to live the very full lives that we have created for ourselves.
Yet beyond what we know and see on a daily basis lies the "big picture" - or perhaps I should say a "bigger picture." I am the first person to admit that I get so focused on completing my to-do lists that I can go days without being aware of the events happening around me. I find myself worrying about things that don't really matter or complaining about the absolute mundane. This past week I was flying to Venice, Italy when the tragic act of violence took place in Charleston, South Carolina. It wasn't until seeing the headlines of the newspaper the following day that I found out what had transpired. My heart goes out to all of the victims' family and friends as well as the entire community. This was an outrageous act of hatred - one of many that have taken place in recent time. People will search for an explanation but there isn't any reasoning that will soften the blow. I am completely humbled by the overall response of peace and forgiveness shown so far.
There are some days that I look around and think that the world is improving yet others that seem terribly grim. It's actually a topic I often visit with my middle school Sunday school class. I try my best to relate the week's passages to current events happening in the world. I like to remind my students that they are indeed the future and that it's up to them to make a difference. I encourage them to always take the high road and to choose love and respect above all else. Sometimes I wonder whether they really absorb what is being shared during class. I really do hope so. Maybe they are listening - and maybe they can see the "bigger picture."
After months of filling out paperwork, writing essays and obtaining the necessary references and background checks (and weeks of cleaning and prepping the house), I am excited to share that our first visit/interview for our home study was a smashing success. Our caseworker Laura is wonderful. She immediately put us at ease and commended our thoroughness. We only have one more meeting next Monday to finalize our home study. We will soon be qualified by the state of New Jersey to adopt children!
The sophomore collection is coming along quickly. I am creating a range of pieces perfect for fall. I have yet to tackle the pieces for boys but have a project on my needles that will hopefully be heading in that direction. I often get asked how I come up with my original designs. I usually have a very general idea in my head and like to keep my patterns simple with one or two key design elements. It is always exciting to see the hours of work transform into something unique and beautiful.
Please continue to share our story with your friends and family and send positive energy our way as we wrap up our home study. We are so thankful for all of the support we have been shown. Words will never fully express our gratitude.
David & (Casey)
P.S. Happy belated Father's Day to all of the dads and male role models out there. Hopefully we will be a part of the club this time next year!