Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
We really are okay, and we are using this time to enjoy Sam, and to jump into getting ready to bring our girl home. We are getting ready to take on the nursery and thinking about registering for a few things... these are little signs of our faith that she will be coming home... soon and forever. We have to get ready!
Friday, October 19, 2007
This is a story I have been meaning to post for awhile, but somehow I got sidetracked. Hmmmm.
Hope this helps. FYI- We are with the "first reviewer".
PGN EXPLANATION BY EMILY
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here are a few more moments from our last couple of days in GC.
When we are settled back at home, I will try to share how much we have grown to love this country... the little we have seen, the people we have met, and the surprising adventures we stumbled upon.
And, finally, thanks for all your notes and loves... we raced to the computer each day for your encouragement. I really can not believe this visit is over... she has completed us. We are counting the moments back to you, Luciana.
Adios Guatemala. Thank you for our girl.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
For more pics of Luciana, click: Luciana Montage or scroll down to the next post.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Get your popcorn here! Your peanuts!
Ladies and Gentlemen, ENJOY THE SHOW!
Adoption is full of the highest highs, and the lowest lows, and sometimes they happen in the same day, even hour. It can't be said enough that we are blessed with amazing family and friends, because I am sure their journey through ours is it's own kind of rollercoaster. We are so grateful.
So, the least I can do for these amazing people is find a few minutes to send these updates and highly coveted pictures... it is our popcorn and peanuts to you all as you watch the circus of our adoption unfold.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Yesterday: High points-
*Luciana has this smile that is pure sweetness. She already trusts us and looks at us with so much love. At dinner, she gave me one of her soft, sweet smirks, and I crumbled. Right there at the table. Can a heart burst with love?
*Magda came back yesterday and we had the nicest time sitting in big overstuffed chairs and couches asking her all sorts of questions about Miss L. She loves her so much and it is so comforting to see her with Luciana.
*We decided to splurge for the $2.50/day stroller and ended up exploring the Westin for a long time yesterday. It really is beautiful, and big enough to get a good walk in. The shops are great, and we hope to bring a few treasures home. Any requests?
*Keith. Oh, where do I begin? My husband cracks me up every day. We have traveled a fair bit together, and I have always struggled with his insitence on trying to speak languages he really does not know. After 13 years together, I have let it go. He has to do it. Everyone here is so sweet as he struggles through his attempts at Spanish. I don't know if you will find this story as hysterical as I did, but here goes: Every time Keith calls the front desk, which is often, he says, in one breath, "Hello do you speak English?". It is his standard greating. Yesterday he was determined to learn how to ask this phrase in Spanish. "Hola, tu hablas ingles?". So, on his very next call to the front desk, this is what I heard, "Hola, tu hablas ingles? --- Oh, good, good. Yes, we were wondering if (something or other). Oh, good, good. Quanto costo? " THEN, he burst out laughing (really loud) as he realized he had asked to speak in English and busted into Spanish half way through! I know it is one of those "you had to be there" moments, but we were so tired and that is so Keith that we lost ourselves. The baby was sleeping and I had to hide in the bathroom as I was laughing so hard. Ahhhh... I love it.
*Baby girl had a temp. of 104 yesterday. Very unsettling and scary. We were very pleased that our agency sent someone over and we were able to talk to her doctor on the phone. He feels confident she just has a cold and we are doing the Tylenol treatment. She is still warmish today and had little coughs and sniffles, but she seems comfortable. We will keep a watchful eye.
The whole day has been a high point today. (I wrote that sentence at 1:00 this afternoon... the day changed soon after, but remains wonderful.) Luciana had a much better night sleeping. She wants nothing to do with the crib, but loves our super comfy bouncey chair and was content in that, and then spent the last 2 hours of sleep snuggled up with me. We are feeling more refreshed.
This morning, we had a GREAT bit of news in our inbox. It seems, though nothing formal has been posted yet, that "Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has stated that he supports an amendment to the recently approved adoption law that would allow in process adoptions to continue under the current law". To be clear, this is our prayers answered! We are anxious to see this announcement made formal, but it is with great joy that we can confidently say that we will be bringing OUR BABY HOME!!! (don't ask when... I know you are thinking it... hee hee)
After reading that, we floated to breakfast where Baby Girl charmed the pants off all the staff. We met more families there, too. Such nice families.
We spent the rest of our morning reading books and drinking coffee in one of the comfy cozy lobies downstairs. Keith and I, not Lucy. She slept b/c that is what she does in the morning. We watched another family meeting their itty bitty for the first time. So sweet.
Now, little angel girl is napping, again. Keith is at the gym, and I am writing short novel on what seems like very ordinary things, yet feel extrodinary as we have waited a very many years to experience them.
Just back a settled in calmly after our adventure to a private hospital in GC. When Luciana's temperature reached 104 again today, our agency and her local doctor felt like it was wise to bring her in to be examined. (As did we.) To the point, she is fine. She does have a throat infection and was prescribed 3 prescriptions. We laughed while in the cab that we had discovered a solution to seeing the city... cab ride to the hospital! Lucy was so tranquil, as usual, and so our agency rep. really did take the opportunity to tell us about everything we passed, about religion, about government, etc. It was very interesting. We were never truly concerned, but it was clear that she needed something other thatn Tylenol. Now she has a whole medley of goodies. Strange as it is, taking care of Luciana in this way made us feel even that much more like her Mamma and Dada. We feel like it is some kind of blessing that we were here to care for her, at least this time, when she did not feel well. We are ready to hunker down for the rest of week with a little less excitement... but, we are not driving this circus train! We are just here for the ride.
PS- Goodnight Sammy.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
A very quick apology that tonight we are not able to post pics or give the detailed update you would like. We are beginning to catch up from sleep deprivation, but are still feeling some of the effects. Tonight, (GOD willing) we are going to watch a movie on this laptop while Miss Beauty gets some beauty sleep... Sleep baby, sleep!! I can bait you with the promise that we have great accounts from today,including a few humorous anicdotes... as well as .... yes,...pictures! AND, we are planning for a super fun photo shoot tomorrow. You see, it has been made clear to us that leaving the hotel with Baby Girl to just "walk around" might not be a great idea (every agency is different)... so, tomorrow, I promise an update and pics out the eyeballs. We miss you all and truly want you to just know, this has been wonderful and we are feeling very blessed to be with Luciana and to feel all your support! The comments are a highlight!
Now, for the MAN!
It was so exciting to talk to you on the phone today! Maybe Mimi and Papa can show you a map to see how far away our phone chat was! I was really excited to hear about ALL the things you have been doing since we left... which has just been 2 days. You have been so busy with Mimi! You are very lucky. I can't wait to see the new mask you got, it sounds "perfectly" awesome. Does it make sound or do you have to? And, your book order came in?? Great! I can't wait to go through it with you. We want to tell you all about what Luciana did today... .ready? Sometimes she drank a bottle, sometimes she napped, and lots of times she needed a diaper changed! HA! Actaully, you know what, she is just like you said she would be. She is a very good baby and she likes to smile and laugh. Since you are the KING of making every baby in our neighborhood smile and laugh, I already know she will love you like crazy cakes! She told me (hee hee) that she had fun talking to you on the phone today.
We are so proud of you for the great boy you are being for Mimi and Papa. Blow kiss coming RIGHT NOW! Smack!
Love you to the moon and back, Mommy and Daddy
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
We are also... exausted. Baby Girl is (shocking) not at all interested in the schedule her FM shared with us and is up and babbling away when she sould be sound asleep.. but the babbling is such a happy little sound. It is a sound we are just eating up with a big ol' spoon!
Guatemala City from the plane.
Beth waiting for the phone to ring.
Mother and Daughter... and a few special guests!
First Mommy bottle.
First Daddy snuggle.
The Sweetest Angel Face.
Wide Awake 10 Minutes Ago!
I have kissed every finger and every toe... perfection.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Loyal friends. Bloggers, Lurkers. Pals, aunties, uncles, grandparents, new friends, unknown friends, Heartwood & book club ladies.... It only takes 10 seconds, so, won't you please... please send a note. It means the world. While we are away next week, we hope to hear from YOU. You can be sure, you will be hearing from us with pictures of that sweet girl we are so anxious to cuddle up!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
We have sent a letter of plea to our friends and family, and know that they will respond in the same overwhelmingly supportive way they did when we asked them to sign this petition.
So, in the interest of getting to the point... if you are reading this, please take 10 minutes it will take to send this letter to your senators and representatives on FRIDAY, October 5. Your support is our greatest blessing. We remain hopeful and look forward to the day we bring our beautiful, sweet, innocent daughter home.
For those of you in Maine:
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
These new pics of beautiful Baby Girl came from her 3 month check up. We received them yesterday at a time that we really needed them. We are just smitten. Just 7 short days until we are kissing those perfect cheeks for the first time! We are so blessed.