The first few weeks of August a delegation of folks from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is visiting here in the United States. The two members from Kyrgyzstan were Janyl and Cholpin. They are here in the USA to work on adoption issues between the US and their two countries. We are very hopeful that this visit will result in a resolution for the pending 65 cases. But this is a very cautious hopeful. We have been hopeful so many times only to get our hopes squashed and be left with no end in site. On Thursday night a get together was sponsored by JCICS and by Teaisms restaurant. The delegates from Kyrgyz and Kaz met with families that are waiting to bring kids home from Kyrgyz and Kaz. But also there were children there already adopted from Kyrgyz, Kaz, domestic and of course Kolya from Russia.
The meeting went well. We all had a chance to introduce ourselves. Tell a little about who we are, who our adopted children are and about our children who are waiting for us. Much to my surprise Janyl is/was the same Janyl that I met in Kyrgyzstan back in April 2009. We met her at the Ministry of Education and had a very nice long meeting with her then. She recognized me right away. Her eyes got as big as saucers. When she introduced herself she even made trhe statement about meeting me in Kyrgyzstan. I think she was just as excited as I was to see a familiar face in a crowd. Later we had better opportunity to chat one on one with the delegates individually. I shared a photo album of updated pictures of some of the waiting children, as well as a photo album of children who are already home from Kyrgyzstan (thank Hilary!! This book is getting a lot of use!!) They genuinely seem sad for the kids who are waiting. They really seem to want to come to a resolution. I sure wish, hope and pray that we will get the news we are hoping for this week. If not our kids will be doomed. I don't know what will happen then.
Pamela and baby E (adopted domestic), Emily(Kyrgyz 2008), Far left Tom Difilipino from JCICS
These photos are a little backwards.. After our meeting we stopped at the Navy memorial which was right outside Teaisms. I never even knew there was a navy memorial. Coincidently the outfit Kolya wore was a Navy outfit. Actually this outfit belonged to my Godson Richie. I will have to find his photo and post it here too just as a cool little tribute to the outfit being older. Richie is 16 now! For the meeting I put the sweater vest over the navy outfit and it looked so darned cute. But then posed for the Navy pictures without it. I did realize after the fact that I had forgotten to get a good picture of just Kolya with the sweater vest on. Oh well.
In the middle of the Navy memorial is a flat circular map of the world. Kolya is sort of walking on what is about the vicinity of Novgorod Russia. Give or take a few hundred miles! A passer by saw me taking photos of Kolya and commented on how cute he was. And asked if he could take our photo together. Kolya did not particularly care for this statue. To me now looking at this photo I think of my grandfather. Poppop Fizz was a Navyman. And although he never left U.S. soil I can imagine this statue being him. My brother was also in the navy. So this memorial to the Navy is pretty special.