Thursday, July 11, 2013

Time flies...

We have been back in Guatemala for 8 days and we have barely slowed down long enough to even consider trying to reflect on all that has happened and all of the emotions and memories we have already experienced!

It didn't occur to me what a very different trip this would be than our last trip when all of my focus and energy and emotion were about taking care of two small children and doing anything possible to bring them both home safely.  I think blogging then was a lifeline, as I know it was for many of the other amazing women and families we met along the way.  Now, we are just on vacation.  An amazing vacation with plenty of it's own emotions attached to it, but it is completely different to be here with children who are able to be a part of the beauty of this place and to have Keith with us... I had no idea I could grow to love this place even more than before because I am able to enjoy it and see it in such a different light!

For those who were lucky enough to know Alfredo and Claudia Gonzalez, you will know what a treat it was to arrive in Guatemala City after a very long day to be greeted at the airport by smiling Alfredo simply because he believes that you should be greeted by a friendly face when you arrive into a new country.  We couldn't ask for a kinder welcome.

After a night at the Grand Tikal, we were escorted to Antigua by Carlos... who we immediately knew we could have too much fun with!  Our home here is lovely and we felt at home immediately.  Naturally, we explored Antigua and found some old and familiar haunts and had some fun getting lost and navigating our way through the streets and vendors.  The smells and sounds and sights are just as we remembered, with some changes that seem to be a result of the closing of adoption in Guate.  Regardless, we were here and Lucy, at long last, was and feeling parts of her first home and learning to put all those photographs from home into this now real scene that she can make her own claim to know.

We were thrilled to spend a day with Lucy's foster family which included her foster mother and three of her four children.  Alfredo joined us for this reunion, and it was a truly lovely day.  We spent a long time at the GC Zoo and then took our time together at a lunch that allowed us to talk and to share stories about Lucy and the amazing girl she has grown to become.  M warmed our hearts very deeply by her comments that Luciana was a happy and healthy little girl and she could see the love of our family.  The moment when M first saw Lucy upon exiting the car, she scooped her up and covered her with kisses to Lucy's great joy!  It was such an important day to our family and it brought us so much happiness to be able to reunite with someone we have such adoration for.

So... much... more.  More friends, more stories, more adventures to come.  For now... today's adventure:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

So Many Changes...

Wow!  I have been away from Blogger for awhile... three years!  There have been some changes, not the least of which is our family!  While I relearn the nuances of Blogger, I have to refrain from strolling down memory lane and rereading the moments recorded here that lead to the family we are today!  You, however, if you are checking in to follow our upcoming trip, please feel free to relive the stories... I think the first posts are the most important on our journey, and I will be checking back myself... all the way to the beginning, once I learn the new ways of Blogger.

I have logged back on for the purpose of journaling our upcoming trip to Guatemala.  It is with a joyful heart that we return to a place so dear to us and has lead to buckets full of reflection and planning.  Luciana was just a little more than 8 months old when we brought her home.  Her only memories of Guatemala exist because of photographs from our time there over 5 years ago.  This is huge.  Sam, on the other hand, has wonderful memories and can not wait for his little sister to share in the beauty and memory making.  Keith and I are packing and planning and excited and nervous and thrilled and... ya.  So, come along for the ride if you wish... we'd love to share the journey.