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Saturday, May 30, 2009

AMAZING

I am exhausted. Physically, Mentally, emotionally. This has been an amazing week. I continue to be amazed at the opportunities I have been given. But I am even more amazed at the incredible bond and the incredible people I am meeting along the way. My incredible people of the week include Pamela, Lisa, Suzanne, Shannon, Cindy and Kenny! You are all amazing and I am so happy to have you all in my life. I can not wait for Noddle to meet each one of you.
To everyone reading I must be brief as I again am just exhausted. I will detail my trip when I return from the next leg of my June jaunt. (although this year my jaunts will not lead me around the world and back again) But I must say that the meeting yesterday was simply 100% an amazing testiment to the power of prayer and unity in numbers. We prayed that we would move the delegates from Kg's hearts. We moved them to tears. Not a single dry eye in the meeting room. Ofiicials from Kyrgyz and the United States, all agreed. This was an awesome meeting and an awesome representation of being proud to be representing America. We moved hearts, broke down barriers and hopefully built bridges!

For now I must get a few hours of sleep before heading North to Vermont. I promise to detail this more as soon as I can. And add photos!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sneak Peak




In less then 12 hours 6 of us will be gathered together in yet another amazing turn of events! I am quietly, and comfortably relaxing just outside of Washington D.C. I am headed for a shower then I will be spending some time revamping my dialogue once again. So my sneak peak....

To the members of the Kyrgyz visiting officials, I say Thank You. Bolshoi Spaceb. Welcome to the United States. My wish for you is that you will feel as welcome and at home here in our country as I have felt visiting yours...................................We are a group of incredibly strong and dedicated families whose common goal is to provide a familya life filled with love, happiness, familiy, and most of all the opportunity to become individuals who will be the future of the world we live in...........

Oh and the photo books arrived just in time!!! These are the same books (started by Hilary) and added to over time of children who have been adopted from Kyrgyzstan. The photos show the love and happiness these kids have once they are here. Each official will be presented with one of these books!! Everyone who has received one has cherished this as a prized possession. Thank you to every family who is in this book.
Well I am of to read and reread and reread some more. I don't want to have to look at my paper.
Dobre Nocha!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Moving Mountains and knocking down walls!


As my last post implies we have been simply waiting......... Praying for mountains to be moved in Kyrgyzstan. We love our kids, we want them home. We have no news.... Until this week nothing has been happening. But over the course of the last few days we have learned that three Kyrgyz Republic officials will be visiting The United States next week as part of a political exchange program of sorts. Joint Counsel on International Children's Services has worked hard behind the scenes and they have secured the waiting families not one but TWO meeting to be held next Friday MAy 29th in Washington D.C. One meeting will last approximately 90 minutes (half of that being translation time) ANd the second meeting will take place ( now get this) ON CAPITOL HILL. Yes folks you read that correct. Now according to Rebecca the kind folks folks on Capitol Hill that day will most likely be the assistants to our Senators and Congressmen. HOWEVER we are hoping to change that. I know I asked for some help a few posts ago and I did have amazing response. Many people said "I wrote to the congres or the Senate on your behalf" Here is another opportuniy and this time it is real. Not a story. We are hoping that some of our actual Senators and Congressmen show up on this day to show support to the 65 families waiting. Below I will include the email from Rebecca Harris and JCICS.
But even more exciting news!! Six families have been chosen to represent the 65 waiting families. From as far away as California and as close as a family in D.C. We will come together as a group and do our best to portray the love, and hope we have for bringing these kids into our lives. Thats right.... I get to go too!!! I am so excited to be given this opportunity to represent my friends. People from all over the country (and a few from other parts of the world) I am linked in a unique group; A new kind of family; a family of waiting parents all linking hands to advocate for our children who are so innocently waiting for our reunion. God has been quite amazing over the last few months. I can't begin to tell in a post how many amazing opportunities I have been blessed with. And while I sure would have liked my journey to be quick and painless, this road has provided a lifelong opportunity of learning. And for that I hope that I have become as strong a person and as strong of a mom as I could ever hope to be for Miss Noodle. Thank you to everyone who is waiting, and all those who are waiting with us.
The letter
May 22, 2009CALL TO ACTION: KyrgyzstanDear Friends and Families,As noted in Joint Council's President & CEO's communication yesterday Joint Council has worked closely with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to secure a 15 minute meeting with Congressional Staffers and the six families traveling to Washington D.C. to represent the group. The meeting will occur just before the Kyrgyz delegation meets with Congressional staffers. In order to ensure that as many Congressional Offices are in attendance at the two meetings Joint Council is initiating a Call to Action requesting the 65 families contact their Senators and Congressmen. Joint Council requests that all families contact their U.S. Senators and Congresspersons on Tuesday, May 26th. The purpose of your call is to request they attend the meetings on Friday, May 29th. Please note that Friday, May 29th is during a Congressional Recess.On Tuesday, May 26th we request that you do the following:1) Call both of your U.S. Senators and your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives:You can find your Senators' phone numbers and email address at www.senate.govYou can find your Representatives' phone numbers and email address at http://www.house.gov/2) Include the following in your calls and emails:"As constituents, I/we urge the Senator/Congressperson to attend the meeting with Kyrgyz officials hosted by Senator Landrieu and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute on Friday, May 29th."If they have not heard about the meeting, ask them to contact the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute at (202) 544-8500 or Joint Council at (703) 535-8045.3) Send an email to everyone you called:The email is important, but the phone call should be placed first.Additionally, feel free to forward this request to your friends and family, asking them to contact their Senators and Congresspersons requesting they attend the meeting.Thank you!Rebecca HarrisGovernment Relations and Communications Manager

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WAIT



Yesterday we were given more non news. more waiting, another excuse, another date, another reason why our children will remain in an orphanage. Another season will come and go and our children will not be home. But yet everyone says "they will come home we just do not know when" So by faith we wait...





One of my blog buddies and new found friends through this wait has posted this over on her site. Hilary always knows just the right timing to lend support to those who are waiting. Thank you's go out to her, and to her children who pray for our kids every night. http://bringinghomeanara.blogspot.com/2009/05/wait.html





"WAIT"

Author Unknown


Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:

Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.

I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate,

And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."

"Wait? You say, wait!" my indignant reply.

"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!

Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?

By faith, I have asked, and am claiming Your Word.

My future and all to which I can relate hangs in the balance,

and You tell me to wait?

I'm needing a "Yes", a go-ahead sign,

or even a "No" to which I can resign.

And Lord, You promised that if we believe

we need but to ask, and we shall receive.

And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:

"I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate

as my Master replied once again "You must wait."

So, I slumped in my chair,

defeated and taut and grumbled to God,

"So, I'm waiting...for what?"

He seemed, then, to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,

and He tenderly said "I could give you a sign.

I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.

I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could vie, and please you would be.

You would have what you want - but, you wouldn't know Me.

You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;

You'd not know the power I give to the faint.

You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;

You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;

You'd not know the joy of resting in Me;

When the darkness and silence were all you could see.

You'd never experience the fullness of love

as the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;

You'd know that I five and I Save, for a start,

but you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The flow of my comfort late into the night,

the faith that I give when you walk without sight,

the depth that's beyond getting just what you asked

of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.

You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,

what it means that "My grace is sufficient for thee."

Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,

But, Oh, the Loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!

So, be silent, My child, and in time you will see

that the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.

And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late,

My most precious answer of all is still,

"Wait."

Monday, May 4, 2009

One Year Ago

I have been Ochen quiet lately. My life has been truly changed over the course of this last year. One year ago on April 28th my plans were changed for me. At the time I was all ahead forward waiting a travel date from Ukraine. Paperwork filed, translater hired. Then the government decided to change the way the game was played. Starting to sound like a recurring theme? So I had to make choices. At the time I thought those were the hardest two weeks we were going to have to deal with. The loss of one country and choosing a new road to follow. Well I did not wait long... my road was chosen for me. A sweet little girl looked out at me from my computer desktop in the middle of the night at work. That night noodle was born into my heart. I had some moments of uncertainty those first few weeks. But soon thereafter I was boarding a plane to a country I had never even heard of before. I could not spell K-Y-R-G-Y-Z-S-T-A-N. Now look how far I have come. Several trips to this far off country. I can not only spell Kyrgyzstan but I can point to many of the northern cities on the map and can spell them too!!! But not only have we been found by the little girl who will eventually be our daughter, I have also not counted on extending my family with the addition of friends from all over the United States, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Thank you Thank you Thank you to each and every one of you who have been a part of this year!
Referral photo One year ago!