Saturday, February 28, 2009

Next post from Guatemala!

I'm packing up the laptop. Next post will be from Guatemala tomorrow night!!! 

A few minutes ago I was thinking that this will be the last night Abbie will be sleeping at the Hogar. I'm still in shock that this is happening. I cant tell you how many times I was told that I would never bring Abigail home. Our first attorney said "no way, no how". Adoptions supervisors said..."Sorry, take another referral." The agency I used for Isaiah said, "it would not be possible".
Thank God for Susana Luarca (our current atty)!!! She made this happen for us. I will be forever grateful to her!

Also as I sit hear, I think of all the parents that are still waiting for their children in Guatemala. Most of who, are in the same situation as I was in. Abandonments that just didn't finish before adoptions stopped. Please pray for these families. There has been movement on these cases but it's so very slow going through the Central Authority. 

Please say an extra prayer for Audra. Her daughters final abandonment hearing is on the same day as our Embassy appointment. Audra has been waiting over 6 years for her beautiful girl! So very unfair! 

Also say a prayer for Rhonda. She's having surgery on the same day as well.


Friday, February 27, 2009

I had to blog about this!

So...I still keep in contact with our first Facilitator that handled Abbie's adoption way back when. It's kinda like the saying..."keep you friends close, but your enemy's closer." Not that she's an enemy, she's actually a very nice person, but I still believe she holds some of the "secrets" regardings Abbie's back ground. Know what I mean?

Anyways...She asked me a couple months back if I would mind bringing a few things, that she would order, to Guatemala when I go for Abbie's pick up trip. No problem! Well, one thing, then another and then another showed up at my house. After about the 6th package, I told her enough was enough!

I just want you to take a look at all the stuff I'm bringing for this women. I wont comment any further and PLEASE...to my friends that know this girl/facilitator...I'm not trying to be mean, I just think this is flat out crazy!

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She's not going to need jewelry for a VERY long time!
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Her stuff took up a whole flippin suitcase!!!
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I'm thinking about buying me a pair of these shoes when I get back from Guat! What do you think...Abbie on one hip, Isaiah on the other and me strutting my stuff in these shoes?!
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What a deal on these thongs huh?!
Okay, maybe I'm being a little mean?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

We're getting ready!!!


We booked an early fight for Sunday morning and we should have Abbie by 4:00 that same day!
I'm going to start packing tonight so that I can have fun ALL DAY on Saturday with my Little Man!

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Isaiah's ready for his sissy to come home!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Abbie Girl...Here we come!!!

We got it!!! We are sitting pretty in "PINK"!
Our appointment is Tuesday, March 3rd!!! We have the first appointment @ 7:15 in the morning! I can't even tell you how happy I am! I was planning this spectacular post for my "Pink post" but I cant even think straight right now!
I have alot of planning, planning and planning to do!

Embassy appointment....

Nope, not yet! Fooled ya!
I'm stalking my e-mail today. I know the consulate has all my paperwork for sure now. The DHS e-mailed me yesterday!

I have good vibes about today! I'm also excited because Ray, Aimee and I are going to see 
Chris Tomlin in concert tonight! Today is going to be a good day!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend Get Away

We went on a short road trip this weekend to Albuquerque, New Mexico!
It was a nice weekend get away!

One of the stops was the Zoo!

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"Hey Dad...He looks like you!"

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What a serious look Little Man!

Picnik collage

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Our road trip would not of been complete without a stop at Pappadeaux. We LOVE this place! Yummy!!!!

Maybe the next post will be a Abbie update?!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

US Embassy Call

As you probably already guessed... I called the US Embassy today!
I nearly had another melt down and now I realize I need to just relax.

First off, I think it's completely crazy that you can only talk with someone between the hours of 2:00 and 3:15, Tuesday, Wednesday's and Thursdays at the Embassy! 

Anyways, here's a short version of my 15 minutes of total panic. 
Finally, after several tries, I get ahold of a "real" person In Guatemala. I give her my name. She looks us up and sees that we already adopted one child. I say yes, she asks me again "why are you calling?" I tell her I'm adopting a second child and we received our orange slip and I want to see about setting up our Embassy appointment. She goes on to tell me that they have not received our final documents, therefore she cannot give me an appointment. She does not have any info for us or on us what so ever.

Very confused and wondering what the heck she needed or was wrong, I called my Attorney. The time was 3:05 and I had only 10 minutes to find out what was missing from our atty and then call the Embassy back before they stopped taking phone calls for the day. 

Let me back up just a bit. I had found out from this lady at the Embassy that even though they took calls on Thursdays (tomorrow), they would not be answering phone calls due to some important meeting taking place in the afternoon. JUST GREAT!

So this is where the real panic hit. All I could think about was the fact that if I didn't find out what the problem was or how I could "fix" these missing documents, I would have to go through the weekend and all the way until Tuesday of next week to find out what the heck was wrong. NOT GOOD! 

So...I get my Atty on the phone, I tell her what the Embassy told me which was that they didn't have any info on us. She gets angry (not at me) and tells me, that they HAVE TO HAVE our info because they issued us our Dr.'s appointment and also gave us a case number. I had her and her secretary scrambling for the number as I only had 5 minutes left to make the Embassy call. Can you believe I was telling her to hurry up!? lol 

I call back to the Embassy and talk to ANOTHER women, explain to her about why I'm calling and she confirms they they don't have any of our paperwork. (By the way, I'm talking with someone from Guatemala that does not speak English very well.) All she could tell me was as soon as DHS (Dept of Homeland Security) gives them the our file and final documents, then, and then ONLY, would they be able to schedule an appointment.

 At this point I thought I was going to freak out! I thought there was something wrong with my 171-H, homestudy or something very very wrong. Why would I have to wait for DHS? 

I hung up the phone and I could feel the water works coming on. I didn't even have the energy to call my Atty back to see what kind of trouble I was in. So, I emailed her and told her I didn't know what to do, who to call, and to PLEASE help me. I was whooped! 

Another 15 minutes went by and our Attorney e-mails me back and explains something that she should of from the get go. 

Turns out there are two offices at the embassy. One is the consulate where they issue "pink" and the other part is DHS where they give the "okay" to issue "pink"! Make sense? I had not the slightest idea! I was talking with the wrong friggin office!

I don't even know if I can call the DHS side tomorrow but I'm not going to make myself looney over it if I cant. 

I intended this to be a short update. Sorry so long. I was planning to tell you about my phone conversation with Isaiah's birthmom tonight but it will have to wait until tomorrow! I'm Whooped still! 



What does this mean?

Can someone help me understand this e-mail? I understand the doctor appointment stuff but what does she mean as far as telling her something word for word? Does she mean to tell her when I receive the "pink"slip?


Dear Terri,
We got orange slip, which allows us to take Abbie to the final check up, at the doctor appointed by the embassy. The benefit of having an abandonment decreee is that you don't have to wait for the  results of the second DNA to get pink slip. In other words,  now you can start asking the embassy "Are we there yet, mommy?"  Please tell me what do they say. Word by word.

Monday, February 16, 2009

More Pictures and a Party!


We received more pictures of Abbie Girl tonight.
Including the most important one of all...
A scanned picture of her passport! YAY!!!
I'm guessing we will have our appointment date any day now!
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These pictures were taken at a near by Pizza Hut that the kids walked to from the Hogar. One of the parents sent money to our lawyer and asked her to throw a birthday party for their child.
Looks like Abbie had a great time!

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Our lawyer is pictured here with Abbie and the pinata

Here she is....

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Our Lawyer said she's getting Abbie's passport today and sending our file to the embassy!!!!
Whoooo Hooooooo!!!!!!!
We're almost there!!!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
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Valentine's Day 2008

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FFF- LOVE!!!

I Loved you the moment I saw you!

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April 2007
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February 2007

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This is how my day went

So... this morning I woke up determined as all get out, to find out what the heck was going on with Abbie's birth certificate. If my lawyer wasn't going to tell me, I was going to find out myself! So...I grabbed my cup of coffee, charged up the calling card and dialed away. 

I was able to get the phone number for the Municipality in Abbie's birth town (Coatopeque if your wondering) and asked what, when or how I was going to be able to get a birth certificate. Was it going to take dodging bullets, fighting through angry street vendors, or blasting my way through burning cars in the street? Just tell me because I would do what ever it took at this point! 

So... with a fighting attitude in tow, a very sweet lady answered the phone and said the municipality has been open every day with no problems and every thing was fine and dandy!

What?! 

I needed further explanation.

There was trouble in the town but they only locked their doors for short periods of time during this whole riot ordeal. It was business as usual.

So...with a sigh of relief, I ask her to check to see if our birth certificate was ready. Guess what??? She cant tell me! 

WHAT?!

She said..."you have to call RENAP!"

So... I did!

A very helpful women, that is probably sick and tired of me calling, called Coapeteque while we were on the line. Turns out...the birth certificate WAS NOT ready but since this so very nice women, probably had some pull...she made them do it right then and there!

The birth certificate IS DONE!!

Now..this part is no lie what so ever. As I'm getting off the phone with RENAP...our lawyer finally responded to one of my 20 e-mails that I had sent these last two days. She told me that the Municipality was still closed as her employee "talked" with someone the day before. She said they would try again in the next few days.

WHAT?!

I knew she was on line and checking her e-mail so I e-mailed back right away and told her what I had just done and who I just talked to. Frustrated like you would not believe, I waited and waited for a response. NOTHING is what I got. Not another e-mail. Until.... tonight!

She is sending someone in the morning to pick up the birth certificate and she sent some surprise pictures of my sweet Abbie Girl!!!

I'm going to stare at these pictures tonight and tomorrow I'll post them. Hopefully along with confirmation that the birth certificate is in our lawyers hot little hands (as she puts it!).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another great website

Okay, I'm spending WAY to much time surfing websites. But here's another great blog/website to check out here.
What do you think about this Valentines Recipe?! Too hard for me but maybe one of you fabulous bakers can do it!

Refresh Workout!

My refresh button has been getting a good workout the last two days!
I have heard from every lawyer that I know, but the one I REALLY want to hear from can't e-mail me back!
So far today, Isaiah's lawyer in Guat e-mailed me and confirmed the problems in Abbie's birth town and Abbie's first lawyer (facilitator) e-mailed me and said she will check and see if the municipality has re-opened.
Maybe I'll know something by the end of today from my current lawyer!!!
Ay Ay Ay!!!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Must Read Blog

Please check out this blog here. This man is amazing. 


Someone Found My Stash...

OF CANDY!!!!!!



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Friday, February 6, 2009

Quick update

Here's a VERY small update to my birth certificate dilemma.
I called the CNA yesterday and they confirmed that Abbie's birth town is having problems in the city but they said the municipality is still "working" but cant open until it's safe. All she could tell me is that they "hope" to be open by Tuesday.

Our Lawyer said she was sending someone today to check for us. Maybe she can sweet talk someone to letting her employee get our birth certificate?! I'm going to stay quiet and not tell her I called the CNA yesterday!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

More Drama for this Momma!

Just when I thought it was smooth sailing from here on out...We get ANOTHER set back! Here's the e-mail I received from our lawyer today.

Turns out that the municipality in Abbie's birth town is closed because the mayor wants to move the street vendors to another location and they are resisting and creating a big problem burning tires and fighting with the Police and the Army, who thus far have been very ineffective. 

She went on to say that they will keep trying to get the birth certificate and they will also call the CNA to see if they can tell her what's going on.  You can bet I will call tomorrow too!!!

This is CRAZY!!!! I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this point!

Today one of my friends told me to be patient and that I have waited two and a half years already...I can wait a few more days! Guess what I said?..."FORGET THAT! I have waited TOO LONG already and I DON'T want to be patient ANYMORE and I DON'T want to wait ANY more days!!!"

What else can go wrong?

Wordless Wednesday!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Recipe!

I found this recipe on another blog and I finally got around to making it!
If your in the mood for a good chocolate cake...try this one here!
It's awesome!






Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday!

First off...Isaiah had a blast!
We had some friends come over to watch the game
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He played and played all night!
Then all the kids laid in bed and watched movies while the Mommy's...
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Had some fun of our own!

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This Mommy made sure to drink lots of water!!!