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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Bye! So Long Farewell Good RIDANCE to 2009

And that is all I have to say about that!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

When ZHU Zhu's Attack!!!

Molly and the Zhu Zhu's

A new photographer is born!!!

Jazzy and the presents

Noah, Paul, and Theresa

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

I am going to not be sappy, I am going to not be sappy, I am going to not be sappy!!! LOL. I don't want to make my mom cry again ( and I know you are reading this!!!) So I am not going to post my usual man I wish the kids were home for the holidays sadness. Instead I will reiterate what I have said both on facebook, and to my waiting friends.
Merry CHristmas everyone! Peace to all my fellow waiting friends. love to all my family, friends both new and old, Joy to all the children and the young at heart. My CHristmas wish for Santa is to bring me an end to the journey I have started. Thank you to All for being along on the path.And comfort to our kids while they are waiting. (here I MUST insert a message to a friend of mine VK you know who you are. And yes I am antagonizing you! But I don't care what you, or anyone else says these 65 kids are ours in our hearts, our souls, our whole being so I WILL call her my daughter on this CHristmas Day and forever. Whether she becomes legally ours this year it is not our time to know that yet. But rest assured our group will not go down without a fight.)

Last week Santa in Kg sent a nice suprise. photos. More stripes!! I swear Miss Noodle when you come home you will never ever ever wear stripes again!

Then Christmas Eve morning I received great photos and updates from our friends at The donations from the Pie Challenge have been sent to the teams all over the globe. The shopping has been done and the parties have begun. Over the next few weeks the kids will be met by numerous fun gifts and suprises. ( and to those wondering... I am having a video issue with my Pie video... I promise it will get done... As soon as I resolve my technical difficulties!)
For this Christmas morning I leave you with the words of Tiny Tim in the Muppet Christmas Carol. And a peak at our photo of Noodle. " Life is like a journey, who knows where it ends?" and

God Bless us ... Every one!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

7 Days before Christmas

Twas a week before Christmas....
The emotions are stirring....
I want to be happy, I want to be glad
So many things but instead today I start sad.

sigh... I look back over
this year that has gone and
we are still in the same place one year later.

Really. I could just repost all the posts from last year every day from now until Christmas and the emotions would be exactly the same. We are no closer today one year later to being parents of Noodle then we were one year ago.

But Christmas will come and we will visit our family and friends. Its been a very rough and emotional two years. I sure hope that an even year of 2010 can offer some more even emotions. We are facing some difficult decisons. (don't worry none involve quitting the Kyrgyz program. I will stand outside the orphanage when she is 16 if I have to) Hopefully those decisions will bring about some good changes for the rest of our lives.

On a good note there was a new Kyrgyz article written last week by our friend Laurie Rich. Lisa B and myself were quoted. There are some plans being laid for the beginning of the year for our Kyrgyz "friends" (thats a bit sarcastic). Check back mid January and early February on that news! In the meantime here is the article.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Laurie Rich 12/14/09

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US lawmakers intend to press the government of Kyrgyzstan to expedite the adoptions of 65 Kyrgyz children by American families. The adoptions have been stalled as Kyrgyz officials mull changes to the Central Asian state’s adoption framework.

Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) are preparing a letter to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev concerning the 65 stalled adoptions, according to a spokesperson in Sen. Brownback’s office.

Despite encouraging signs earlier this fall that the situation might be resolved, the Kyrgyz Parliament failed to take action on new adoption legislation in a mid-November session, as had been expected. The parliament pushed off further talks on the issue to February 15, citing a need for "deeper study," according to the parliamentary press service. The latest delay is causing some of the prospective American parents to lose hope that they will ever be allowed to bring the children to the United States.

"Every time we think we’re right there ...something changes in the government," said Ann Bates, a Pennsylvania pediatric nurse who has been waiting since June 2008 to bring home the four-year-old girl with mild cerebral palsy she was matched with. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

The prospective parents thought they had achieved a breakthrough back in September when Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov promised senators Brownback and Casey that he would urge parliament to expedite the pending adoptions. But three weeks later, Chudinov resigned in a governmental shakeup by President Bakiyev. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

It was Chudinov who instituted a moratorium on international adoptions in February of 2009 amid allegations of fraud and child trafficking on the part of orphanages and adoption workers. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. The government has been investigating those claims, and, with the aid of UNICEF, is developing a new adoption framework.

The 65 US families had gone through the often year-long process to be matched with an adoptable Kyrgyz child and were in the final stages of adoption when the Kyrgyz officials stopped processing applications. Many of the children have disabilities, including one girl who has become blind and deaf and has incurred brain damage during the wait because of late-diagnosed hydrocephalus, a problem that likely would have been treated immediately in the United States, the girl’s prospective adoptive mother, a Florida pediatrician, believes.

"The human costs of these delays are so enormous," said Lisa Brotherton, who has been waiting to be handed the baby girl with whom she was matched since 2008. Brotherton, who visited Bishkek last August, believes the baby has Cerebral Palsy and is malnourished based on diagnoses she received from doctors who examined photographs of the girl.

"For her to continue to be victimized by languishing in a place where she can make no life-long bonds adds insult to injury," said Brotherton, who worries that the adverse psychological effects -- like attachment disorders, depression and PTSD - will affect their children.

The prospective parents are well aware of an ongoing Harvard Medical School study called the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which has shown that children in Romanian orphanages had significantly lower IQs (65 versus 103) than children living in the community. Those living in orphanages also have a much higher rate of mental illness than those living in the community, the study also shows. Those placed in foster families made dramatic recoveries in mental health and language acquisition - but the success rates were significantly diminished for those who were older than two when they were put into the foster homes.

The US State Department has tried to intervene on behalf of the families, raising the adoption issue in meetings with Kyrgyz diplomats, according to a State Department official. The US government also brought a group of Kyrgyz MPs this May to the United States to discuss the adoptions and to meet with some families.

"The Department of State has urged the Kyrgyz government to complete its criminal investigation and resolve the pending cases so that eligible children can be placed in permanent homes," the official said in an e-mailed response to EurasiaNet’s questions. "The Department will continue to engage the Kyrgyz government on this issue."

Editor's Note: Laurie Rich is a EurasiaNet staff writer.

Posted December 14, 2009 © Eurasianet

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Today Noodle is 3. I hope that in years to come I can look back at this blog with Noodle sitting next to me and tell her that she was loved, thought of, prayed about, every single day from even before I knew anything about her. Over the last 18 months I have watched from afar as Noodle has changed from a baby into a toddler. Although she is not legally our daughter, she is my daughter in my heart from the day we met. I hold her close every day and every night. So today I say Happy Birthday. Last year we celebrated together. Last year we made sure every child in her orphanage had a little something special. But this year all I can do is pray that next year will not be the same. If when we are reading this you can learn anything from what we endured waiting is the never ending love, and passion so many people had for each and every one of the children who are waiting. You are loved and you are longed for.

мой дочь, я Вас люблю. с днём рождения