Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
(thanks Julia for this post taken from her blog...)
But to Tesney and Greg - He was gorgeous. He was beyond precious. They wanted nothing more than to grab him up, hold him close and run with him out of that orphanage as fast as their legs could carry them. He was their treasure. They delighted in every aspect of him. He was their son. Filthy - dirty - scab-encrusted - wretched. Their son. Handpicked by God to be theirs. They looked at him through the eyes of Love and deemed him perfect.
They were only able to see him for two days last August. Two hours total. In the first moments - when they first met him - they didn't want to frighten him - they wanted to give him space - room - time. So they gently talked - loved him from a distance - letting him make the first move - giving him the chance to choose.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
When we jumped into this journey, we took a leap of faith, a BIG one.
Once again, I am pulling from the wise words of Lisa, "Having a child is always a leap of faith. We never really know what the future holds for any of our children, whether they are our biological children or adopted children. We can't plan for future diagnoses, illnesses, accidents, surgeries, and so on. We also can't plan for the untold joys and rewards of knowing, loving or raising any child.Granted, there are some things we can do to reduce our risk of heartache, but the reality is that we either live in constant fear and uncertainty of the unknown and unwanted, or we can choose to live in peace, understanding that there is good in every person and every circumstance--even when we might not first see it there."
When I was emailing back and forth with Lisa during our soul searching and trying to decide if this path was really what our family should be doing, Lisa often gave me strength and comfort. She said,"Not getting her might be easier, but she will be worth the effort :). Good things are in store for you! I am so glad you are both willing to take a leap of faith and can't wait to see how your story unfolds....You know what it is like when you see a new mother of a baby with Down syndrome...how you want to tell her it will all be okay...that her baby will be just as important and wonderful as everyone else in the family? That her life is really just beginning.....I would say the same things to you. There are never any guarantees....but I have a strong feeling that adopting Kareen would be one of the best decisions of your life. "
In the few short months we have been on this journey, we have grown and been touched and stretched in ways we could never have imagined and we KNOW this is what we are supposed to be doing, even with all the unknowns and the what ifs. We must go forward with faith, because a little girls life.....OUR little girls life....is at stake!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This is Anna and her mom (taken last year sometime at the orphanage while Jennifer was visiting Sophia)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Look at it all -- so big -- do I even dare?
Look at me -- there at last! -- I just have to do it
Here I go...
Just smell the grass! The dirt! Just like I dreamed they'd be!
Just feel that summer breeze -- the way it's calling me
For like the first time ever, I'm completely free!
I could go running
And finally feeling
Now's when my life begins!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
— Sandra Day O'Connor
Again, there was my girl reaching out to me and these were the words under her picture
"Don't wait any longer. Please, if you are considering adoption, choose today to commit. Say yes today."
Once again, the threads had weaved in a way that gave me yet ANOTHER answer to my prayers.
One week after this we committed to our girl!
(Olga's forever family is now coming for her too)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
We had to send one of our documents to be apostilled in Texas since it was notarized there so we should get that back this week and then we will just be waiting for our "golden ticket" (which from what I have heard really isn't golden and is actually quite plain, but it is called the golden ticket because it means we are good to send the papers to her country)
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I'm glad to be writing this letter to you. I've waited for years and your parents have, too. You're a smart little girl with two special brown eyes. You can do what you dream, no matter your size. You may have flown from ******* to be here with us now, but we never gave up; not never, no how. And in the same way that we brought you back, just know that you're loved—in love you don't lack. You may think you're different from the kids that you know, but hold your head high—let your confidence show. And one day when you're grown and are ready to fly, we'll watch you flourish—and I'll tell you why. You're kind and so sweet and compassionate too--don't get discouraged we don't look like you. And though other kids may not act the same way, we'll always be with you; in our hearts you'll stay. So don't think of yourself as a child with no home; you have a new family, and a house of your own.