Pleased to finally meet Emma, Bekkah, Julie and John Wright
Ok so where to begin. I just don't think any words can summarize everything that happened this last weekend. I have been at a loss for words over the incredible and fabulous people I was able to meet this last weekend. First I was reunited with my Bishkek Baby Bash / travel partner. Can you believe it? She flew all the way in from Sunny California to a weekend in the snowy frozen tundra of Cincinnatti Ohio. But I know she loved it as we spent a long time capturing the beauty of the snow and ice.
Our Drive from Columbus to Cincinnati
Weekend of HOPE started out as the Wright family planning a visit with the Schoolers (David and Jayne) The weekend evolved from there into a get together from all over the country and Canada. From California to Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ontario Canada. We were united under the Schooler's roof. When I walked in and met Hilary, Tim and Anara I said " I feel like I already know them!!!" That sentiment was echoed so many times throughout the weekend. We are all so connected through email and blog sites that we felt extremely comfortable from the minute we met. Much like meeting an old friend. David and Jayne could not get over the fact that many of us had never met before and here we were all gathered in their house. On Saturday, Jayne was hostess to at least 40 people. What a wonderful turnout. The luncheon lasted much of the afternoon which gave us all the opportunity to mingle and meet almost everyone there. I had an awesome conversation with a man who has been doing work in Kenya for over 22 years. Two years ago he was paralyzed in a car accident in Kenya and survived. Not only did he learn to walk again, he is on his way back to Kenya in March! Nic and I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Jayne Schooler and Ruby and Lynn Johnston of Lamb International and our conversation was joined by Julie and John Wright. We were given the "Soup and Soap", down and dirty about how these families all have met and how they all work with each other to help the countries of Central Asia and Ukraine. What an incredible group of people. Did I say that already??? I believe I have.
The next portion of this trip was to attend the conferences and informational meetings put on by John, Jayne, Ruby, Lynne. They outlined the work of Possibilities International, Lamb International and ActofKindness. (if you have not already checked out these sites at the end of this post I am going to link to them ) They all did a great job in pulling off their first ever get together of this kind. I can't wait to see what a second event of this type will lead to.
And last but not least I must tell of the children that Nic and I met while we were there this weekend. Beautiful children each and every one of them. All with a story of their own, All with wonderful families who are so proud to have them in their lives. I am glad I have been given the opportunity to be a part of this circle of people and can't wait to be amongst the ones who have their children with them here in the States. Miss Noodle certainly has a lot to look forward to. Traveling the country to keep up with her Brothers and Sisters from Kyrgyzstan may end up to be a full time job.
Julie could not wait to get Anara on her lap!!!