Wednesday, April 30, 2008
What a day! Bella is feeling much better now, but I am not sure she slept a wink last night nor Dave or I. Her eye's were really swollen and congested, but this morning, she looked so much better and now we have a prescription from her Dr. It's not Pink Eye, just a cold.
Our Embassy Apt was at 7:15 am. Now that alone is a story, but for what go through in an adoption process, I really expected a "presidential" swearing in and a Mariatchy band playing afterwards. We had two apts that lasted all together 5 minutes and you literally walked up to what felt like a bank teller window with glass. All this and it took 3 hours! Bella was a champ and she is now a legal US Citizen!
We also spent 2 hours with Birth Mom, what an emotional yet special 2 hours. I want to share more on this, but I am exhausted. I will try and post more on that later.
Tomorrow we are heading to Antigua with 2 other couples.
Bella is a charmer, you just cant help but fall in love with her.
Love to all, Susie
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
We spent 1/2 the day today with our friends Donnie, Cheri and sweet Malaena. What a joy it is to be on this trip together with them. Both of our Embassy apts are tomorrow at 7:15 am! For those of you that know me, your laughing...that is way before my rising time. Bella was up every 3 hours last night unsure of her surroundings and most likely not feeling great either. She ate GREAT today, but as you can see from the pictures, she wants nothing to do with solid foods. I think will wait on this till we get home.
Tomorrow is our US Embassy Apt and we will also meet with birth Mom again. I will do my best to post more again tomorrow.
God is so present, we so clearly His purpose and plan. I just cant seem to get past the stage of praising and thanking Him. Blessed just does not seem to cover it.
Love to all,
p.s. I am struggling trying to type of my laptop keyboard, I do not use it at home. So my blogging is not up to par.
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is why we wait on God! She's amazing!!! It's as if we have always had her. We arrived in Guatemala yesterday around 11:30 am. We over slept and got to the airport 1 hour before our flight left but got right on. We spent the afternoon relaxing at the pool and visiting our friends Cheri and Donnie and sweet Malaena! This morning, we were taken to our daughter at 8:30 am. She was sound asleep in her crib, I scooped her right up, she looked at me and settled right in to my shoulder. Bella is smaller than I anticipated...her pictures made her look so big. Her 12 month old cloths are too big on her, she is very snuggly and sweet, loves to look at everything, very attached to Mama and responds great to Dave. She only cries when she's hungry or tired. She loves kids and tonight was smiling at everyone that looked at her. Were totally in love and awed. We miss the boys, but are so grateful for the gift of having this one on one time with her after the 8 month wait. Thank you Lord, your timing was perfect, your plan unimaginable. "The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eye's" Here are some photos of today. Enjoy!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Too stand in His glory, that has truly been my hearts desire. I am truly excited to experience all God has planned for us on this trip.
On a side note, my Dad is also leaving tomorrow for Haiti on a Mission Trip. Please keep Him in your prayers.
Signing off...my next post will be from Guatemala.
Love to all, Susie
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We leave in 3 days. As Bella laid her sweet head down tonight, she had no idea how her life is about to change. She and I have 4 nights left, she has 4 nights left in her crib at the orphanage, I have 4 nights left to be re-united with the daughter I have longed for, hoped for, dreamed for. 2 years in the making, and tonight, 4 nights left. Awed....just awed.
How much I want to share with all of you the transformation that has taken place in me and my family over the last 2 years, spiritually. This journey required a faith walk like we have never experienced before. Yes, Bella is an amazing gift, but what we learned we have in Christ is ETERNAL....and she will share in all that.
We didn't realize before adoption how powerful God's Word was. We didn't understand that in order to receive His promises, we were required to SPEAK it! As I look back, our journey to bring Bella home was FLAWLESS....and I realized this all along. The journey was long, but there were no hiccups. No previews, no harm, just waiting. We spoke life into our process and covered her file in His blood and believed even when the flesh didnt want to that He was more powerful. And tonight, we are 4 days away.
Thank you my friends....for being here for us every step of the way. How you have carried us through at times when we just couldn't do it ourselves...God used you.
Our hearts are over joyed, yet hurt for EVERY family still in the process waiting to be reunited with their child. How I long to share with them the love of Christ and the power that lies with in them. "Greater is He in Me than he who is in the world".
We are taking our lap top with us and plan to post pictures while on our trip. please check back in. We leave Sunday morning and return next Saturday with Bella in our arms. Amen Lord, Amen!
Love to all, Susie
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
AMAZING GRACE!!! Thank you Lord, thank you!
We received our PINK at 6:25 this evening. Our embassy appointment is next Wednesday April 30th at 7:15 am. We are leaving this Sunday the 27th and will be taken to our daughter at 8:00 am Monday morning. I am rush of emotions, overwhelmed, exhausted, excited, estatic. Again, all I can say is
THANK YOU Lord. We praise you...all of you, none of me.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
We just received Bella's update today. She lost a 1lb, thinning out a bit and only grew .2" She is now a wopping 27.8" long and 17 lbs. She still has no teeth to which I am thankful, she is not sitting up on her own yet (not uncommon for these babies) but she does say Mama and Dada according to her medical report. Oh to hold her, to see that sweet face for the first time in 7.5 months! Were so close.
It's 74 degrees and blue skies here! Totally praising God for this weather and loving every second of it. It will be a weekend of cleaning out and cleaning in, getting ready to bring the ladybug home!
Love to all, Susie
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I have been reading Matthew the last few weeks and came upon the scripture regarding Peter and Jesus when the Lord appeared to them out on the stormy waters. "But when Peter perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me!" Matt 14:30 And Jesus did just that "Instantly, Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him saying, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?". Matt 14:31 (Notice the bold and italic words)
This is faith...believing with out seeing, living in the spirit, in only what the truth reveals not by what we can see or feel. Tough lesson for the flesh, but eternally saving! I'm reaching my hand Lord and I receive your strength and perseverance to trust in something greater than myself.
Tomorrow brings a new hope for DNA on its way to the USE. "Hope is the irreplaceable BELIEF in the impossible"! I love it!
As a side note, my friend Cheri received news today that their DNA is on the way to the USE and my blogging buddy Lindsey received their Pre Approval from the US Embassy thus allowing them to move forward in to PGN. AMEN LORD, AMEN!
Keep checking in, good news is hours away, I am so sure of it! God is good all the time.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I decided to boil Bella's new bottle nipples last night. From the other room, my husband (Dave) yells "What are you doing?" and I promptly responded with out thinking
" burning my nipples". Now as soon as it came out of my mouth I knew it didn't sound right. There was complete silence and then I hear my 13 year old say to himself quietly but with expression....."What?" That was it, I was gone in laughter. A half hour goes by and as I walk past the living room my husband says with a smile on his face, "so how are your nipples?". I said, "their HOT!" Too funny. It all transpired by accident...thought I would bring a smile to some of your faces.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The phrase “timing is everything” is never more true than in your walk with God. However, it is most accurately stated, “His timing is everything.”
When we come to a place where we trust that God’s timing is perfect, we can be content no matter where we are because we know that God will not leave us there forever.
Maintaining a passion for the present means embracing where we are at this time and trusting that it is enough.
Being grateful for what we have doesn’t mean we will never have more. God doesn’t say, “If you’re so happy where you are, I’ll just leave you there.” He continually keeps us growing and moving along the path.
If you are not in a place you want to be right now, refuse to let that frustrate or intimidate you.
The good news is that if you are in an uncomfortable place, God guarantees you won’t stay there. It’s just a matter of time before things change. The bad news is that if you are in a good place right now, it won’t last forever.
You’ll soon be moved into stretching beyond your comfort zone.
Get ready for the ride!
When we don’t have a clear leading from the God, we can never be certain we are in His will.
It’s so much easier to be content with the step we’re on if we know God has a purpose for us being there.
People who are not certain about God’s will for them, will give up and leave at the earliest indication of problems.
They will never know the joy of going through the fire and getting to the glory.
Walking with God means living moment by moment with Him in the present.
Some people live in the past.
Some people live for the future.
Other give no thought to future or past, living only for the moment.
We need to find a balance.
We must live in the present as if we don’t have a past, certain that the steps we take today will determine our future.
God says you are not to be anxious about tomorrow, for there will be plenty of things to concern you when you get there.
You are to trust that He will give you the light you need, where you are right now, to take the right step.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Much love in Him, Susie
Friday, April 11, 2008
I have learned so very much on this journey of adoption over the last 2 years, and have grown so very close to my God. I have come to trust His promises, speak His Word, but most importantly, I have learned to trust Him and through that, know His peace. The journey has not been easy, the sacrifice great, but the dance with God has been amazing and worth it all. And I know that I know, that when we finally hold this sweet lady bug in our arms, that we will experience His perfection. We truly already have.
Yesterday and today, I gave in to my flesh and called the lab to check on the status of our DNA being processed. Both days I was told that it was not there yet, and today, I was told by the lab that the DNA was not drawn until the 10th, yesterday. It was to be done on the 8th. Now in the big picture, we are only talking about a couple days....but I "allowed" it to get the best of me and it immediately effected my mood. An hour later, I realized that I was out of His peace because I put my trust in my self (my info, my ways, my time) and not in Him. BIG MISTAKE! So not worth it. I never called PGN once to find out where we stood, I just trusted Him. I never called our agency while waiting for our BC, I trusted Him. And today, I had a moment of weakness and trusted myself...and got NOTHING! Note to self, "trust the Lord...for He has plans to prosper me and not harm me", but the enemy, "he roams like a lion looking to kill, steal and destroy" and if you allow him in, he will run wild with you. Despite my busy life, I need to remember that I must always keep myself in His Word, for the consequence is to great in my life and He wants more for me.
So tonight, I regroup, and remember that this journey is custom made by God...and He will absolutely NOT be late! I stand in His promise and still believe that "today is the day for our Embassy Appointment", in Him "all things are possible"! Cant wait to see the great news God delivers next week, but it will not be from me "checking up on Him".
Blessings to all, Susie
Thursday, April 10, 2008
So we spent 5 days in St Louis with my sister and brother-in-law! It was so great to get away with the boys and just enjoy them and my sister. The first set of photos were taken at the St Louis City Museum...this place was amazing! The museum is actually a play ground for childrens imaginations. It was loaded with caves, tunnels, climbing structures, tiny holes and crevasses, Dave and I went through every one of them and I do believe we were the only adults participating. 40 means nothing to us, we are always children at heart! However, my knees are not what I remember them being when I was a kid. It never hurt to crawl around on the floor. The beautiful girl in the photos with glasses is my sister, my only biological sister, I have 2 very special sister-in-laws....I love this girl, we are 9 years apart and have yet to have any fights. I am incredibly proud of her. She is a Professor of Psychology at Webster University and married to best brother-in-law I could have ever asked for. The boys also went to a Hockey Game and Baseball game while enjoyed power walks in the park with Mary and shopping.
I called the Lab today, they still did not have our DNA on record yet, but they said it most likely arrived this morning in which case, it was not in the system yet. Although we are VERY anxious and excited to get to Guat to be our Bella, we know God has a perfect day planned and we continue to submit ourselves to his plan and time. Cant wait to see when that is! We do expect to travel sometime between April 23-25. Dave and I would like to leave about 3-5 days before our Embassy Apt to spend much needed one on one time with Bella and tour her beautiful country. While in Guat, we anticipate meeting many of my blogging buddies including Stacy, Cheri and Meghan as they will be there at the same time. Very excited about that as well. I know I say it all the time, but I am so grateful for all the wonderful people God has put in our life during this journey. Such a blessing.
My friend Jenifer visited our Orphanage again today and promised me more photos tonight of Bella. Although I am hopeful that we get those, I am truly happy for her that her adoption journey is over and their new life as a family of 5 begins. Jenifer is one of several families caught up in the Mixco CR mess....4 months of waiting! Their sweet Ana is adjusting beautifully and they are having a wonderful time in Guat. So tomorrow, I hope to post a new photo of Bella along with news of our DNA being at the lab.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This picture of Bella was taken just yesterday. My long time friend Jenifer arrived in Guat Sunday for her Wednesday embassy apt to bring her daughter Ana home. I could not even sleep Sunday night as I was so excited for her to be re-united with her daughter Monday morning after a 9 1/2 month wait. Jenifer and I both live in the same town and went through the same agency. We were two numbers apart on the wait list, but she received her referral 2 1/2 months before me. We never would have guessed we would end up just a couple weeks apart for our pick up trips. I am sending her big hugs and joy tonight.
Our 2nd DNA should arrive back to the US Embassy in Guatemala any where between Friday this week and early next week. Then we will be stalking our email for what is called "PINK". This simply means an email from the US Embassy stating our VISA apt in Guatemala. This will allow us to book airline tickets and plan our trip to bring her home. We expect to travel some where around April 24th, but God's plan is perfect and we are enjoying watching His plan come together. It's so comforting to know that He already has this day planned and timed.
Thanks as always for checking in on us.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
We are in St Louis this weekend spending time with my sister and her husband. Enjoying time with family and our last family get away before our little lady bug comes home. Tomorrow we will travel to meet my my friend Cheri and her husband....so excited to finally meet her.
Blessings to all, more next week.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Another quick note of praise, my blogging buddy Stacy received their PGN approval, thank you Lord. Isabella Grace is coming home! Next up is my blogging buddies Meghan and Pam.