For Junu

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Day with Junu

Junu likes to organize her stuff, it's all very intentional :)

See how proud she is!

My friend Margo made this bag and Junu keeps all her treasure in it, plus it matches.

Having a snack.

I think yellow may be her color. 
So much to share.  Junu and I have been doing really great and our bonding is going amazingly well.  She is full of love and so am I.  I never really knew love before...I thought I did, but now I really know LOVE.  She is a funny, loving, thoughtful, visual, smart, cute little moon girl.  (Jun means moon, so I call her my "moon girl").  I love her personality, quite funny really.  Her laugh is full and makes me laugh even harder.  So good to laugh.  It seems like it has been quite some time since I had those full belly laughs.  And as many of you know, I love to laugh.  It lifts the spirit up and literally changes the vibration of the room.  Lighter, brighter, airy.  So we are laughing a lot. 

Last night, which was Friday, we went to the Summit Hotel to meet with other American families.  They meet there every Friday for a BBQ.  So we went.  It was nice to get out and be around others going through the same thing.  You can't imagine how much people have given up to be here with their kids.  Junu was happy and would wrap her arm up and around my neck throughout the evening while giving me one of her bright smiles.  She is just so happy, I can feel it in her everything.  She watched the other kids play, but had no interest in getting off my lap yet, I suspect next week it will happen.  I am okay with it all, just following her lead on most of these things, she seems to know when she is ready.  In the meantime, it was great for me to connect with some other parents.  So many nice people. 

So today we hope to take some pictures of our neighborhood and share, it's hard to express what it is like here, but we are getting more and more comfortable each day.  We have found the place to buy bread, cookies and cake (which I will be ordering for her birthday next Thursday), the best Nepali milk tea, chicken and/or vegetable momos, lattes (yes!!!) and wine.  I also found a small grocery store to meet most of our needs.  I am cooking Nepali, with rice and dal, saag, and using many delicious spices such as cumin, tumeric, corriander, fenegreek and something I have no idea, but the man at the grocery store said it makes the dal taste great, so I said "okay".  I have been trying to avoid going out to eat, mostly because of expense and the fact that I like to cook is also a reason.  I can get a number of meals out of one preparation of food and that is working perfectly into my budget :) and into our stomachs. 

Today we are planning on going back to visit friends at the orphanage.  It has been one week and we shall see how Junu handles it.  I believe it will okay, I think she is ready.  I really miss them all and want to spend some time just playing.  Hopefully I'll get more photos.   

Well the rooster is crowing and I must make one more cup of coffee.  I will share more soon.  Just wanted to give you all an update.  Sharing this way has been so helpful for me to stay and feel connected to home.  Thanks.  Much love, The Keegan Girls

3 comments:

  1. can't wait to meet her... fingers crossed! - stephanie

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  2. JIM AND I ARE PRAYING FOR YOU BOTH SHARLYN. WE PRAY YOU WILL BE HOME WITH JUNU VERY, VERY SOON. SHE SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS ONE HAPPY LITTLE GAL. BLESS YOU BOTH.

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  3. Love the updates Sharlyn - Glad to hear all is going so well - hoping the next phase of Junu's adjustment is just around the corner - moving to the U.S. Love and peace to you!

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