Now onto better stories..... 3 weeks of traveling is over.
Week 1 Vermont and Camp Gone to The Dogs. Every year I take two of my dogs to Vermont for a week of total dog activity. While we are there we are free to do whatever we want or nothing. The dogs love it, and so do I. We had a very relaxing week playing frisbee and working on our agility skills. And did I mention relaxing? I slept through breakfast every day! I left Vermont early on Friday evening to make it home Friday night and get some sleep. Sleep was not actually what I did but I tried.
As I said in my last post we accepted our referral in Bishkek. I was there alone, but I was not really alone. And our decision was not made by me alone. I was able to talk to Brian frequently, I talked with my friend Lorraine several times (she made me stop being a nurse and start being Shelby's mom), I talked personally with Dr. Cronan who has been the head of The emergency Room at he Pediatric hospital I work at, I talked briefly with my mom, and received many emails of support from others especially Shannon who although she made me cry she also helped me affirm that my decision was not really mine to make but had already been made for me. From the first picture I saw to the video I knew this w
as right. But The first day in Bishkek was anything but bells and whistles. I had a hard time and a very emotional time on day one. I analyzed everything like a nurse. I read into everything like a nurse. But day two, after talking to Brian who was great, and to Dr. Cronan ad everyone else Shelby and i had a great bonding day. Unfortunately it was also my last day. B
ut by the end of my second visit Shelby was sitting on her own, standing at the small picnic table and playing with toys. She loved the Raggedy Ann Doll. And her picture book. And her blanket. Her blanket I made the day I left for Bishkek. Again I can't wait to share pictures. I left Bishkek after two emotional days and cried all the way to the airport.
Week 3 off to Orlando