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One Less Orphan: Mia's gotcha day

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In 24 hours....

we will be meeting our girl...we hope! We could not sleep last night....so many thoughts going through our heads. ( not to mention we are still all backwords on our body clock, and in order to talk to Kyra after school we have to stay up until 12:30) Once we finally did get in bed we could not stop thinking about all that is going on. The thought of this little girl being abandoned at birth just pulled at my heart last night. I just can't wait to wrap my arms around her and show her that she is worth loving and that someone wants her to be a part of their family. Some one traveled thousands of miles and over the ocean and left jobs and children and all that they know, to be able to show her that they want her to be a part of their family.

As we picture meeting her for the first time tomorrow we are faced with so many questions....
will she look totally different than this picture we have in our heads of her? will she be scared? will she want to come to us? will she speak? will she smile? What does her laugh sound like? what does she eat? what does she like to do?
So much of this experience still feels so surreal. To think that after all these months of staring at this one picture of her we are about to meet her in person!!!!!!! Soon she will not be just a face on my computer or in my wallet, soon she will be in my arms!!!!!

As I have thought about Kareen's birth parents I have been wondering what they may have gone through giving her up. On one hand my heart aches for them and wish they would have known what they would be missing out on, although maybe they wanted to keep her but couldn't because of the way things are here. Maybe they cried and cried leaving her at that orphanage, we will never know. On the other hand I feel gratitude to them for letting her live and for bringing her into the world because now I have the opportunity to be her mother.
A friend sent me this message the other day....
"I keep thinking she (Kareen) has no idea what her life will be now that you will be her forever family but in the same thought I keep thinking she does know because this was the plan all along. She knew and you knew that one day you were going to meet again! "
This perfectly describes how I am feeling right now. This whole journey has been miraculous and we have been guided by the Lord through it all. I know that it is not coincidence how this is all playing out and the timing of finding this little girl. We did not go searching her out, we were lead directly to her. It is much more than chance that she is going to be part of our family, it is meant to be! Which is making it even harder to wait to meet her!
We are all packed and waiting for our driver to come take us back to the SDA to pick up our referral and then we will go get tickets for the train and be on our way!
Here are a few pictures from our lunch outing today. The traffic thing is hilarious to watch! There is no rhyme or reason to any of it! You just do whatever you want and drive wherever you want!









Next stop, Kareen's city!!!!!!!


18 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! Kareen is about to get her socks blessed off!!! And so are you...

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  2. I wouldn't be able to sleep either! Our Lord thinking of Kareen ~ "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Hebrews 10:24

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  3. Oh my goodness I can only imagine the thoughts and emotions you are feeling. I am so glad you are sharing this journey with everyone. I tear up just thinking about your experiences half way around the world to see your little one. Good luck with your first meeting tomorrow. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Thanks for the update, Kecia! I so look forward to these! It was so good to talk to you and Kris yesterday! Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you! Give her a tight hug for Gramma! Have fun! Be safe! xoxoxo

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  5. so ezcited for you and can't wait to see pics of you meeting miss kareen :)

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  6. So amazing! I can't imagine not know love and not having a family because it is the most important thing to me. I am so happy for Kareen and that she will get to have those things and feel those things. I know she will be able to feel it right away because I can feel how strong your love is for her and there is no way she will not feel that. I will keep praying for you all. Good luck! Anna H.

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  7. SO great to hear about all you are doing there! Good luck! xoxo

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  8. The tables have turned and now it's my turn to tear up! You're so right, it's no coincidence at all.

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  9. I can't believe it is really happening!! I can't wait to see her! Oh, and the traffic, that is why Brandon drives the way he does, he thinks he is still in romania.

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  10. Anxious to hear about things after your train ride...hope you can get some sleep, I probably wouldn't be able to knowing you are only hours away from meeting sweet Kareen. Oh I can hardly wait. Can't wait to see her cute face and yours together! Love you!

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  11. Kecia,
    I am Monica Nevenner's sister and she has shared a little bit of your story with me and I found a link to your blog on her facebook page. I just want you to know how much your story and Kareen's journey has touched me. You are a remarkable woman and I admire your family's strength to bring this sweet angel into your forever family! What a blessing you will all be for each other! You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that everything will go smoothly so that you can bring her home very soon and reunite her with her sisters!

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  12. Thinking of you guys and keeping you in my prayers!!

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  13. All teary eyed reading this! I am so excited for you to be able to finally meet Kareen! Can’t wait to read all about it and hopefully see some pictures! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    xo

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  14. I am so excited for you guys! Good luck I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  15. This journey is so very amazing!!!! I am anxiously stalking your blog every day in anticipation to read about your journey. My heart is soaring just thinking about the moment you two will meet your Kareen!! Good luck and savor these precious moments. Bless you both for being such wonderful, caring people!

    Katie from the Uphill

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  16. Good luck! I have been following your blog for a while so I thoguht I'd finally comment instead of being a creep! Haha My family adopted from Russia also...I completely empathize with the heart break thinking of the mother or father that left them behind for whatever reason. Both Kareen and your family are so blessed to have found each other!!! i'm anxious for your next post! There is nothing in the world that can compare to meeting the one person that fills the void in your family. I'm soo thrilled your journey is getting closer to being complete!!!!

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  17. So excited to hear all about it!! Nika was nothing like I had imagined, it was so bizarre!

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