Sometimes I like to have pity parties for myself–for lots of reasons, really, but specifically– because we don’t have a lot of local connections with other families who have adopted from Korea. Granted, we knew going into the process that we wouldn’t. That is one of the reasons we initially started our process in China–many adoptive families in this area have grown their families by adopting from China. But once we saw Matthew’s face, it was decided. We would have gone to any country for him.
I read on my bloggy friends’ blogs about playdates with tons of cute, little Korean boys, I read about adoption agency reunions and parties, I read about bloggy mom meetups, and I am
sooooo a tad jealous.
So when I heard about KAAN’s (Korean American Adoptee/Adoptive Family Network) annual conference last year, I really, really wanted to go. Ironically, it took place in Harrisburg, PA, 2 months after our family had been in Harrisburg for vacation. I didn’t really know about it until the last minute, so I couldn’t get it together to go, but I promised myself that I was going to make it next time…..no matter where it was held. And secretly I prayed and prayed that it wouldn’t be on the opposite side of the country.
Well, guess what y’all? KAAN’s 2011 conference is going to be in Atlanta!!! Definitely not on the opposite side of the country, and as a matter of fact, it is within driving distance from me. So I’m putting it out there now. I am going to be there, and I would love to see some of my bloggy friends there as well!
It’s not until July 29-31, so if it sounds like fun to you, start slipping your extra dollars in a coffee can and plan on being there too! Line up your babysitter now! Our plan is that Jason and I will be going together, so bring your husbands too, if you can. Then all the “men behind the loudmouth women bloggers” can get together and do men stuff…..like grunting and scratching and watching some form of sport. While we drink champagne, paint each others fingernails and have pillow fights….or you know, girl stuff.
But seriously, I think it will be such a valuable learning experience, and I would love to share it with friends–bloggy friends turned real life friends. Come on!!!!! See you there?