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change of seasons

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring. ~ Madeleine M. Kunin

[written this morning at 7:30… posted this evening:)]

Well I am on a train to NYC for a 2-week trial which starts on Monday 9/21. Leaving home was hard – particularly on Rachel, who, as you might imagine doesn’t hold the best connections with me going away after my long trips with the boys to Minnesota, the incredibly difficult goodbyes at the ends of her visits and, of course, the ultimate outcome of those trips. Many tears this morning… but hopefully this time will go by quickly and we’ll be talking a lot and… well, that’s about all I can do. Sadly I will be missing her birthday during this trip – which makes it extra hard. I am sure that Bob will make it a very special day!

But, I thought I would take this time to put together a short update and share our latest news… received just this past Tuesday… and that is that everything is approved and Micheal is coming to join our family!

So, boy and dog will be on their way and arriving on the 28th of this month. WOW!

Now, for those of you with calendars nearby, you might note that the 28th does not allow for the actual completion of this trial… which means that I will not actually be home when he arrives… thank you Fairfax County!

Of course, we could have delayed his arrival. However, the first weekend of October is the weekend that we go out to the Halloween weekend at Jellystone Park in Luray to with a bunch of families and we really thought this would be a good experience for him. There will be lots of kids of all ages and it will give Rachel and Micheal time to be together and time to be apart.

So, we are now dealing with getting him enrolled in school… somewhat remotely; figuring out logistics on adding a new 4-legged critter… somewhat remotely; and making sure that this transition is as smooth as possible for Rachel… somewhat remotely.

And for all of you within arm’s reach – we may be calling on you – again!

More to come as the adventure unfolds!

11 responses »

  1. A new season perfect opportunity to do something new and bold and something beautiful. New Life!


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  2. Call anytime…for ANYTHING! So happy for you!

  3. Rog & Ginny Huseby

    Wonderful news, Leslie! The patience and persistence of your family has finally paid off. I am so happy for all of you.

  4. ​Hi Leslie!

    Well it is finally coming together, although not exactly as planned, but what has ever gone as planned! Did you end up with jury duty and end up on the panel to boot? Hope it goes well, and all your remote work goes smoothly. Never a dull moment.

    My son is getting married on the 26th. I can tell he is getting a bit stressed, as he is the organizer and wants things timed out to the minute. He needs to live in your world, right? Doesn’t always happen the way you had it planned out. It will be beautiful though, just like your addition of Micheal will be. I can’t wait to see pictures, and you can’t wait to make pictures:)

    Take care, and thank you for the update. VERY HAPPY for you ALL!

    Love, Bethany


  5. That’s fantastic!

  6. I am so happy, thrilled… And relieved by your post!!! I will admit, when you first said you were going to NY for a trial, I immediately jumped to something about the adoption (in NY?…makes no sense, I know) but bracing for the worst. But YEA!!!!! boy and dog are on their way and I promise to try not to overwhelm them with unappreciated love and affection. What I mean by that is we have all been so excited to welcome Micheal, we need to give him space to get comfortable with you and eventually with us. But we are here and ready to love and accept him — AMEN!!

  7. Woohoo! Great news Leslie!

  8. I feel as though I’ve walked this journey with you each step of the way. I’m looking forward to this next step!!! Micheal is a very lucky young man to be going to such a loving home. God Bless!!!

  9. We are so excited for your new adventure and are looking forward to meeting the newest additions to the Osman family!!

  10. I’m so pleased this is finally happening……all in God’s perfect timing. Welcome Michael & doggy!

  11. Hooray! Fall is my favorite season and this news makes it more “favorite-er!”


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