Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mitchell and the Election

Just wanted to let you know that now that John Edwards is suspending his campaign for the presidency, we have not heard of an official endorsement of another candidate by Mitchell. We'll keep you updated.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Election thoughts from Mitchell

Today in the car, Mitchell had a lot to say about the upcoming election. At this time I'm not going to share any of Matt and my thoughts about candidates, but I thought you'd be interested in what Mitchell had to say! As you read, you may wonder if I am making any of this me...this all came from the mouth of my 7-year old son!

Mitchell: Mom, I've decided I'm a democrat. I believe in their rules and stuff.
Mom: That's interesting. What is it about the democrats that you like so much?
Mitchell: The democrats think that the government should help poor people. It's good to help poor people. I think if the government helped poor people, we would have more peace in the world.
Mom: That's very interesting.
Mitchell: Mom, I think I've decided who I want to win the election. John...John...John...not McCain...John Edwards.
Mom: That's interesting. Why do you like John Edwards and not Barak Obama or Hillary Clinton?
Mitchell: I don't know that much about Barak Obama and all Hillary Clinton talks about is healthcare. John Edwards is a good speaker. I think the president should have to be a good speaker.
Mom: That's very interesting, Mitchell.
Mitchell: Mom, I think I know why Mitt Romney is beating John McCain.
Mom: Really? Why is he beating him?
Mitchell: You see, mom, John McCain was a soldier and they don't make a lot of money. Mitt Romney is a businessman and he's made lots of money. You need lots of money to run ads and comercials and stuff.

This whole conversation took place after we had been at Washington University where Mitchell is participating in a brain MRI study. One of the incentives for him is that they gave him a picture of his brain---totally cool for a 7-year old. So you can see where all these thoughts are coming from, here's a pic of Mitchell's brain. I can just picture all those neurons and synapses firing away...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

No Miranda News & Florida

Hi everyone. No news from Guatemala. Anne told us that she was going to talk with the Guatemalan facilitator yesterday, so hopefully we will have some news soon.

I spent the last 4 days in Florida with my parents. Both are recovering from some physical ailments, so we spent a lot of time just relaxing at their house. I did take my mom to the beach one day. I parked right on the beach and put a chair right by the car door for her. It was in the 70's and sunny, but it got cloudy, so we only stayed for 90 minutes or so. My dad cooked some great fish for dinner two nights (salmon and amberjack) and we went out to eat at JollyMon's restaurant, which has my favorite Sangria!
Here are some pictures from my trip.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I just talked via e-mail with Anne, our adoption coordinator. She says that our file was actually submitted to PGN at the end of December! Because we have not received pre-approval from the U.S. embassy, this means that will will get an automatic previo and KO (kickout) from PGN for no pre-approval. The good thing about doing it this way is (1) our file was submitted to PGN before the Dec. 31 law change and has a much better chance of being "grandfathered in" and (2) there may be other previos in our file that PGN will notify our attorney about and these can be fixed before the file is re-submitted after our KO. These previos can be either on the Guatemalan side or on our side. So, now we wait for the actual KO (Anne says she expects it in the next few weeks), wait for the pre-approval from the embassy, fix any previos, and re-submit our file to PGN. After the re-submittal our file might receive another KO for other previos (lets pray that doesn't happen!!!!) or will be approved by PGN after 8 weeks.

Unfortunately, now PGN is saying that even files that were initially submitted before Dec. 31 will have to register with the new Central Authority (that is not quite up and running) before being re-submitted. Hopefully, this will simply be that our attorney needs to submit some paperwork at the office of the Central Authority, but the specifics haven't been released yet. The people on the Central Authority are just now being appointed by the new government. There was an announcement last week about the actual physical address in Guatemala of the Central Authority, so that's a step in the right direction!
If this whole process is TOTALLY confusing to you, check out one of my earliest posts where I try to explain the Guatemalan adoption process.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hodge Podge

Today was our church's annual Hodge Podge. It is an event put on by our women's commitee. In essence, it is a big garage sale where everything is FREE! People bring their garage sale type-stuff to the church and it is all displayed by category-clothes, kitchen, electronics, decor, toys, etc. Everyone gets post-it notes and if you would like an item, then you write your name on a post-it and place it on the item. If more than one person wants a particular item, then there is a drawing for the winner. It is a lot of fun and I always find great stuff! Here's what I brought home this year:There's a crib bedding for Miranda's room. I had thought about using the boys' denim crib set and just sewing on some rick-rack or something girly, but I found this set at the Hodge Podge and really like it! Matt says he'll probably paint her room yellow if I use this bedding. Let me know what you think about this set. I've heard that I'll have lots of pink stuff for Miranda, so it might be nice if her room WASN'T pink!I also got a bunch of neat books for Mitchell--a series called "The Adventures of Wishbone," some small toys for Miranda, and a Living Bible. Grandma--this is for you! Remember, I told you this might be an easier version of the Bible to read?

Finally, I got Miranda this cool toy. It's an activity table for when she's a bit older.

I think I did pretty well at the Hodge Podge! The one item that is not pictured is the Atari Flashback that I won (it was a hot item!). It looks a lot like the old Atari system from when Matt and I were young...has the same controllers. BUT--this system is newer (kind of a nostalgia-like thing) and has all of the old Atari games loaded onto it. Probably onto a microchip smaller than my pinky fingernail. (Remember how big and clunky those old games were?). The boys and Matt and I have had fun this afternoon playing Asteroids, Pitfall, Adventure, and other games.

Movement at the Embassy and blankets

Well, there seems to be some signs of life at the U.S. embassy in Guatemala! On the internet forums there were multiple families that posted that they received their pre-approvals today. Most of the families were between days 45-53 of their wait for pre-approval. We are on day 31 of our we should hopefully get pre-approval in a few weeks.

I mentioned that I've been keeping busy are a few pictures of the blankets I made for a co-worker and a neighbor. They are my home-made version of the popular taggies blankets.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Nope, nothing...zilch, nada, cero, zero...can't think of anymore words right now. No word regarding Miranda this week. I keep telling has been less than a month since our last patient. I am wanting to buy some cute girl clothes and borrow some from friends to take down for our visit trip, so I am really needing to know how big she is! I was looking at a website today: It is a site owned by the mother of a friend at work. I may have to convice Matt, but I feel like I just HAVE to buy her a headband with some bows! It has been a long wait for me to buy girly things!
Anyway...I have been keeping busy. I have two baby showers coming up, so I got the sewing machine out of the closet and have kept busy being creative.
Please pray for patience for us as we wait for an update. Please pray for Miranda and her safety and health. Please pray for our case...that God would continue to guide us through this process to bring home our daughter!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Maybe an update this week?

Anne, our adoption coordinator, told me that we should get an update "early this week." Of course, I was hoping maybe "early this week" meant today and I have been stalking my e-mail! Unfortunately, today was not the day. Please continue to pray for the adoption situation in Guatemala. We should hear in the next few days how the new laws are going to affect in-process cases like us. And keep praying for pre-approval from the U.S.embassy--we are on day 26 of our wait for pre-approval. There haven't been a lot of pre-approvals posted on the various internet support forums that I belong to, so we need to pray that the embassy opens the floodgates and gets those pre-approvals out!

Since I don't have any news or cute Miranda pics, here are a few pictures from our New Year's Eve festivities. We went to a bowling party sponsored by our church. I made the boys take a nap (of course, I took one too!) and they both stayed up until 12:30am! And they bowled the entire evening!