Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Legendary 24 Hour Preedy-Roepnack Slumber Party

I first "met" Missy Roepnack in August of 2011.  She and her husband, also Paul, were in the process of adopting through the same agency as us.  We both got our referrals on the same day, and through the family Yahoo group, I found her blog, and saw some sweet pictures of them seeing their referrals for the first time.  I kind of liked her immediately.

Over the next six months, we found a friend in each other.  Things were not going well for either of us in the latter halves of our adoptions, and we bonded over woes with the agency.  I can't really explain it other than to say that God just blessed us with a deep friendship by constant email and Skype communication.  There's really no other explanation.

I was excited to get the chance to meet Missy. I'd never done anything like this before: made a friend on the internet, and gone to meet them in real life.  What is she was crazy? Well, she is.  And I love her! : )

Our family made the long drive up to their home, and spend the night at their house.  It was like we'd known each other our whole lives!  Our kids got along great, and we stayed up waaaay too late, talking in person, because WE COULD!!

The most hilarious thing that happened was Levi sleep walking in the middle of the night!  He apparently wandered upstairs into bed with Missy and Paul!  When they realized it was not one of their children, Missy snuck him back downstairs into our room onto his bed.  That kid is hilarious...

I'm so thankful for this time with Missy and Paul, and to get to know their sweet kids.  We'd seen so many pictures, and held each others children in our absences in the care center.  We'd shared so many words, but never face time.  These 24 hours were such a gift from a loving Father!

She really is super mom!  

I hope these two are friends as they grow!

This is "Why did we stay up until 1 a.m. when we have eight kids in the house?"

Getting a ride on George.  George is a good sport. :) 

Awesome grilled meat for dinner.  A real treat for us living in a mostly - vegetarian country!

Is it meant to be? :)

We flipped til I couldn't flip anymore!

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