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Monday, June 2, 2014

Hawaiian Cards for the kids

Simultaneously we are offering up these beautiful card prints by Joice Dalde. Joice has given permission to use her beautifu images to raise funds for the Kyrgyz 65 families. The back of the card reads: Joice Dalde Alapag presents her expression of Hawaii's beautiful nature in chald and old pastels. She was born and raised on the island of Lana'i, Hawaii. Joice has studied many expects of drawing and has enhanced her own perspective to create a style of her own. She lives in Capistrano Beach, California.


Bring Home the remaining Kyrgyz 65 fundraising efforts.

First Item for auction:

In July 2012 Krystina walked out of her Belovodske orphanage holding tight to my hand. Three others left with us, But we left so many behind. The hearts and faces of those children are etched firmly on my heart. The Kyrgyz 65 are part of my family. Most of these children I have met at some point in time. Many I have held, snapped photos of, hugged and whispered promises that momma will come for them. These are Krystina’s siblings. They may not be biological but they are the c...losest thing she had to family in her first five years of life. The remaining Kyrgyz 65 families are now on a mad dash to bring these kids home. But 6 years of repeated Dossiers, Dozens and dozens of Apostiles, Fingerprints and USCIS fees that have been paid over and over again, have left these families trying to figure out how they are going to financially repeat paying fees another time.
I have teamed up with several of the Kyrgyz 65 families in an effort to raise some more funds for the families. Nicole Lou and I have gathered donated items. In an effort to reach out to a wide spread audience we are going to try placing a few items at a time on Ebay. We ask that as we post these items you all help us spread the word. We need people to see what we are offering. Hear your stories. We hope that whatever we can do will help in the effort to get these kiddos into your arms. Finances should not keep these children from what you and they have waited so long for.

The first item up for Auction!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

After over four years!!! Finally.. she is my dauughter

July 23,2012 After 4 years 1 month and 23 days.... finally the fight, the tears, the roller coaster has ended. In a very anti-climactic manner and after 2 hours waiting rather impatiently but in a very relaxed atmosphere with my three Belovodske families we were told the judge signed our documents. What were we told??? "It is all good". I actually asked, "We have signatures?" YES!!!! We all took photographs of our documents, we all took photos with our documents. All in all still... surreal. Having a last meal at Sahida. Guru lagman, holodni water, and bread. Then off to the bazaar for shoes, toys and one last ice cream cone. Mike, Karla, Kami, Scott, Shelly, Brian... i cant thank you enough for sharing this journey with me. Kyrgyz 65 i love every one of you and every one of your children as if they were my own. We have been placed in this together each for a reason. You will forever and ever be a part of my life and always in my heart

Catching up.. LIFE

Life.... Today as i sit in the airport in Ukraine i have to reflect. First ..for those of you new to my blog or to my life: Ukraine is where my adoption journey started almost 5 years ago. My dossier was here. Then international adoption closed to singles in Ukraine. So my search led me to Kyrgyzstan. Interestingly Krystina is of Ukrainian heritage! " nothing is a coincidence". Now.. four years later i can hardly believe the twists and turns of this crazy life. Even six months ago i couldnt imagine writing this next paragraph. But a bit further back... Nine months ago i didnt imagine that my entire life would get toppled upside down. After 15 years Brian decided he wanted out of our relationship. Everything i was certain about in my life suddenly became uncertain. But as life does it started sorting itself out. Didnt feel like it at the time. I have to say it started two days before Christmas when i kissed Santa Claus!!!! How many kids do you know who can truly say "I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus?" Three months later scared, still heartbroken, totally uncertain, and almost paralyzed by fear... I went out with Patrick for the second time. 20 years after we went out on a first date. Unfortunately after that first date i had to decline other dates. Not because i didnt want to. Not because i wasnt crazy about him. I have always had an attraction to this man whose crazy antics made me laugh and red hair ... well just love red heads. Life went on for both of us. We both had ups and downs. Four months after that first date i am so absolutely happy. We together have had a great four months. A 20 year friendship has turned to a relationship built on friendship and now love. Oh yes... still many, many, many fears and uncertainty surrounding our relationship. Mostly questions of how to mesh our two totally opposite lifestyles into one life. And instant family is a lot to get used to i am sure. So much unwritten there. I feel awful about not keeping the blog updated. Maybe i can bring it up to date tomorrow evening. For now i am leaving on a jet plane. Hopefully in two weeks i will arrive back home to close one book and begin a new life.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

pictures speak a thousand words

My Kyrgyz family

Most of you know or have seen and or watched my blog and my facebook over the last few years. So most all of you know that my Facebook status reads " My heart is in Kyrgyzstan." Yes my daughter is here. Yes I started off this process wanting to adopt a child and bring her into my family. But Kyrgyzstan is so much deeper for me then that. Ever since trip two my life has forever irrevocably been changed. My heart lies in Kyrgyzstan with the people I have come to know AND LOVE. They are not just friends, they are not just acquantences. Many of these people are a part of my daily life. I have met them in various palces around the United States,  I have supported them, I laughed with them and I have cried with them. They are my extended Kyrgyz family. One I even refer to as my Kyrgyz son. He may or may not ever know that is how I support him, but that does not matter. SO to be back amongst my Kyrgyz family and meet many more friends who I am sure will be lifelong is such an amazing experience. And while yes, I miss home, I miss my boys, I miss my dogs and I miss my U.S. family more then anything. I can not hide the fact that I am happy to be here and I would not have changed the decision to stay for the world. There is so much hope and happiness to give. This goes just beyond me.

So what did I do these two days? WOW! Wednesday I had a relaxing afternoon at the guesthouse. Jenish picked me up and we were off to Tokmok, but not before dropping a load of vitamins with Kyle at Hope academy. We also brought one of Jenish's students to Tokmok. in exchange... Borsok!!! I have not had a single borsok since stepping onto Kyrgyz ground. So this was just a yummy treat.

We spent some time just talking when we got to T with John, Julie, Emma, Bekkah, Josiah and Andy (newcomer to the group from Canada). Then off to Dayspring where I had an emotional reunion with all my friends and their children. Acel, Talant, Melody, Davinna, AND of course Aigols and her children Aizada and Sebira. Aigola and I may not speak the same language but we always are able to communicate, even without Acela translating. Aigola and Acel made Plov for what seemed like a million people. Anya and Sergey then arrived with Vladik and Artur, Kumashai and Aizulu. These children are all so dear to my heart. And After three years I just could not stop hugging them all.

My favorite story of the night though is our business transaction. As many know Suzanne B from Florida and I partnered to buy some jewerly that Anya and the |"big family" made. Well I had promised my tulip friend from California that I would bring her some wares from Anya for her little girl. Anya pulled me aside and I looked thropugh the products and picked out all my favorite... Tallied the total... Then the real fun started. The rest saw what we were doing and were curious. One of the girls bought a beautiful beaded necklace. But Andy decided this was the perfect time to make a great video of the children and use the opportunity to buy some jewelry for his wife. Anya saw the perfect business opportunity. Andy picked his choice and then asked.. "how much?" well. Anya the business woman asked "well.. how much do you love your wife?... Do you love her for 600 com? " Why "yes" says Andy.... Oh.... Anya comes back " Then you would love her for 1000 com?" Well Andy says.. " Yes, and I will give 1000 com if all the children at the table say hello to Lisa." Of course they all abliged. But someone suggested the fee should be doubled!!! ANd Andy the true sport agreed but only if The crowd all said " Hello to Lisa in Canada! " And they all waved and said individual hellos. Anya and the kids sold that one piece of jewelry for $40. But the story and the video is now priceless and recorded forever.

Thursday was busy. Well sort of. Again the morning started late.. The crack of 10:15am. We had brunch of BLT sandwhiches. Then off to the Bazaar. At the bazaar I bought bananas, apples, and some soccer balls for the kids at a local small private orphanage. For less then $20. Bekkah and I went to see her University, then whisked off to Lynn and Ruby's where afternoon plans were being made. Ruby showed us her newly developed sponsorship forms. |(watch out guys I will be tackling this when all the adoption stuff is over). Then we went off to Veneras where we met a family who has been supported by LAmb for many years. I remembered the one little girl from previous trips, Although she is not a little girl anymore. We spent time making the children laugh, taking their photographs, and getting information about them. Then we prayed a very humble prayer. Venera led the prayer and thanked us for coming and for loving her family.

From there we were off for some physical labor. Painting. I painted all afternoon. First the bottom rail of the outside porch at the orphanage, then I was reassigned to the indoor project. I think because I was sitting on the ground!!! But the indoor project became a chance to connect with the team members. Andy, Josiah, Blair and I along with (gonna get her name wrong) Zachara had a blast singing and painting. We shared some great laughs. The room did NOT get finished but the time spent was priceless. On the walk back for dinner Josiah and Andy had a bit of a freeerunning lesson and those pictures are just worth a thousand words in and of themselves.

I will post a separate post for photos!!! The night wasn't over... Dinner of delicious soup at Lynn and Ruby's then off to look at a new project just in the works. The night still was not over...... We went back to the apartment where Bekkah, Josiah and I played a bit of name that tune on Josiah's new boom box and skyped with Kolya, my mom and PAtrick... And before retiring I am writing this all so I do not forget a drop of it.

So much more to tell.... And I did not even share about my dinner and night with Christy, Kyle and Jenish the night before.... Another time. I must get to bed.  \goodnight all. Tomorrow we are off early.. Bazaar, Teen Challenge, Bishkek, and back to my Guest house to make arrangents for coming home....