Saturday, December 18, 2010

Blog from the road- number 1

In an airport, you're bound to see some weird and/or funny things.

Yeah, pretty strange :D

Friday, December 17, 2010

One last post from home!

Hey Everybody

It's down to mere hours. Seriously. Freaky. I am so excited.

To be fair warned, this blog is gonna go nutzo as far as posting goes. I may post quick things from airports like "we're still alive" every couple of hours some days, and then others I may be updating my family's adoption blog. Dad has appointed me official recorder for this trip, so I'm excited to sink my teeth into some serious photography, filming Julia and keeping multiple blogs up to date.

Another thing that will become more regular are videos ala, a much more professional service than say YouTube. Again, it may be quick little "check out my adorable little sister!" videos, or it may be us hanging out with other Reece's Rainbow families. Who knows! but any way, here's a link to a little kick off vid!

Trip log #1! from Caleb Lococo on Vimeo.


Normally I let my parents gush about my new little sister, Julia (our name for her now that she's passed court). After all, she is their daughter. They've gotten to see her, play with her, love on her, kiss her, do raspberries with her.
But I'm just so unbelievably excited!


And I get to BRING HER HOME!

Some things are just to darn exciting.                


Monday, December 13, 2010

Your Love

I first heard of Brandon Heath when he racked up the Doves (Gospel Music Awards) with his well-done album "What if We" and his smash hit single (which was on the album) "Give Me Your Eyes." Brandon is on the rise as one of today's most promising newcomers to the table of Contemporary Christian Music, along with the likes of Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, and Leeland, among others. Of late, Brandon's newest single, "Your Love" (from his new album set to release in February 2011), has been gracing the airwaves of my local christian Radio Station.

With Mom and Dad gone, getting schoolwork done has been a task in and of itself. Even when my Grandpa or my parents help me, Math is not my strong subject. While Mom and Dad try to convince me that 85's and 80's are ok, I can't help feeling disappointed. Than I get all paranoid. What if I can't up my grades? What if I can't get a good score on my Math SAT? Will that affect if I can get into college? Will I be able to make a decent living if I want to be a Special Ed teacher for little kids and do some photography on the side? I know in my heart that God is in control and that He'll take care of me, but I don't always know that in my mind. But I swear, if there was ever a call-in line to God, it was made in Christian Music. At one point in the song, Brandon sings "You know the effort I have given/ you know exactly what it cost." God knows what I'm trying to do, and he knows how much it bugs me whne I don't achieve it. But the fact, is His Love really is all we ever need, no matter what our crisis, our struggle, whatever. All we've ever needed is His Love.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Seriously Happening

Well ,people, the date draws so near. I've already got all my packing together. I'll be bringing:

This rather large pile of clothes (for a guy at least. I'd HATE to be a teenage girl trying to pack :D)

These two awesome movies (plus Inception on the way and Lord of the Rings, which my dad has over there now :D)

This AWESOME camera bag to store:

                                       One compact camera (for videos I know you'll love :)

                                        One ultra-zoom lens (seriously ultra. Want to see? click here

                                   My awesome DLSR

                                     Plus a strap and my two battery chargers. (of course my laptop as well, but since I'm using it and its just a computer I won't show a picture)

Me and my Dad leave on the 18th Godwilling. So many emotions course through me. I am so excited. So amazed that God has brought us this far, this smoothly. We are seriously reaching the end. I'll finally have somewhere new to cut my photographing teeth on. As I've mentioned in my last post, this is my first international trip, and honestly I can't think of a better one to start with. For me, I've always wanted to see and better  understand the cultures my adopted siblings come from, and this really is a unique and amazing experience.

But another part of me thinks of other things. Right now,  it's about the Hook Family. The Hooks have been in the process for over a year now, and they're still waiting to bring their adorable little Eva Noel home. As I share all of our happy news with them, I can't help but bleed for them. I so pray and hope that God would bring Eva home soon.

I'm going to Eastern Europe in 8 days? Whoosh.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I'll be there Soon

Mom and Dad's first visit to said Eastern European Country is nearing its end (we hope). Once they get a court date and pass court, they've got to hop across the pond back to the U.S. to get me and Dad ready to go back as the official back-up parent/photographer/recorder for trip number two. In so many ways, in so many different emotions, I am beyond excited for this opportunity for some quality time with Dad and a chance to meet Jenny and where she's coming from. I'm looking forward to my first international trip (not the flight *cough cough*).

On the other hand, though, I'm going to miss things here as well. I'm not going to be in the country for Christmas, maybe New Years too. I've never spent a Christmas or a New Year's Eve without my whole Family. While I'm sure me, Dad, and Jenny will have an awesome Christmas and New Year's together, it won't be the same completely.

But as  I type, and I think about it all, I look forward to it on a while new level. God has spoken to people more clearly than ever before there. I want to learn trust. I want to capture all those precious moments. But no matter what, I know it'll be great, and that I'll be there with the cutest little girl in Eastern Europe.