Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Re-Submitted to PGN

We found out today that our case was re-submitted to PGN on Feb. 21. Now, we all need to pray that our case wil be approved by PGN with no previos or KO's (kickouts)! Also, if the case could be approved super-fast, that would be great, too!
Miranda has her 4 month doctor's visit tomorrow. I have become concerned because it seems like she has an obvious lazy eye. I found out today that the foster mother was also concerned and asked the pediatrician about it at Miranda's 2 month appointment. According to our facilitator, the pediatrician wasn't too concerned about it then and stated that the eye might fix on it's own. The facilitator and foster mom say they will address Miranda's eyes again with the pediatrician. Please pray with me that God would guide the pediatrician in Guatemala and give him wisdom as to whether Miranda needs to go see an opthalmologist in Guatemala.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Our trip

Hi everyone! I don't know where to begin...our trip was wonderful and it was horrible to have to leave Miranda and come home without her! We were able to have her with us at the hotel Friday morning through Monday morning. We spent lots of time at the pool just hanging out. Miranda eats every three hours and mostly took naps in the stroller during the day. At night, she ate around 9pm then slept in her crib until 6:30ish. (Crazy!!! I didn't sleep that great, though, because I couldn't really allow myself to fall asleep because I kept thinking she might wake up!) She would fuss a tiny bit around 2am and 5am, but only for a few minutes, then would fall back asleep.

We weighed Miranda on the hotel gym scale and she weighed in at 13.2lbs! That's more than double her birth weight. Her head circumference and weight are in the 25-50% of the growth charts and her length is <25%, which is not unusual for Guatemalan babies.

Miranda is a very content, happy baby. It was obvious that her foster mother and foster grandmother love her very, very much and that she is well-cared for. The grandmother was fostering a little boy who they brought with them on Monday. He is 7 1/2 months old and they were taking him to meet his parents for their final pick-up trip. They were sad to say good-bye to him. With the adoption system in Guatemala changing, there won't be foster mothers anymore. The government is planning on having all of the children in government-sponsored orphanages. This is so sad, because one of the great aspects of Guatemalan adoption is the loving care the foster mothers provide.

Mitchell and Max had a great time swimming at the pool at the hotel and just hanging out. Miranda loved watching them and they had fun playing "peek-a-boo" with her!

As far as the progress of our case goes, we did FINALLY receive our pre-approval from the U.S. Embassy! So, now we are waiting to be re-submitted to PGN. Then we wait. And wait some more... I hesitate to even predict when this process will be over, but since the beginning, I have prayed that we could bring Miranda home by the end of June. I'm going to keep praying that will happen. If you'd care to join us in prayer for that, we'd really appreciate it!

I also am praying that Matt and/or I will somehow be able to visit Miranda again before this process is over. The thought of not seeing her for another 3 months is just heartbreaking!

I've posted a slide show of our visit below. I hope you'll check out all of the pictures!

Friday, February 15, 2008

We're Here!

Hi everyone! We just picked up Miranda this morning. Of course we think she is beautiful! Lots of swimming at the pool and just hanging out. Thanks to everyone for praying for us!!! Here are two pics for now...will post more when we return!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Last post before we go!

We'll be leaving in just a few short hours! I'll try to post something while we're in Guatemala, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a computer with the internet. Please pray for our safety! The plan is that Miranda's foster mom will bring her to the hotel on Friday morning and she'll stay with us until Monday morning. So, all weekend we'll just be hanging out by the pool!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Nothing new

We met with Anne last night. While she gave us lots of helpful information about our trip, she didn't have any news specifically about Miranda. It seems we are going to have to wait until our visit to see how big she is and how she's growing. I hope the 3-6 month clothes fit her! I have some 6-9month clothes that I'm taking to give to the foster mom, so if she's bigger she can wear these. If she's small, though, I'll have to run to the mall in Guatemala City to buy her some clothes!

Shopping today to get ready for the trip...I've been "getting ready" for many weeks now! Today I bought her a pair of earrings to give to her foster mom when she has Miranda's ears pierced. I also bought gifts for the foster mom, foster grandma, and our Guatemalan facilitator. Here are some pics of the adorable clothes I'm taking for Miranda. I've bought a few things at local resale stores, but many of these clothes were given to me by a good friend at work---THANKS SO MUCH LISA!!

I totally reminded myself of my mother today. I went to a resale store in town, "The Purple Cow," and was looking at diaper bags. I saw this cute messenger bag-type and thought it was pretty cute...until I looked at the price tag! "$79.99!!" I exclaimed outloud. (My mother used to proclaim prices loudly when we were in "cool" stores in the mall...I would always be mortified.) Anyway, I didn't buy the $80 diaper bag. I'm sure you're not surprised.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Meeting with Anne tonight

We did find out that our case was kicked out from PGN a few weeks ago. There were 3 previos, all have been resolved except receiving pre-approval (PA) from the U.S. embassy. We are on day 55 of our wait for PA. If we haven't heard anything by day 60, then the next step is to contact our senator or representative and ask for a "Congressional Inquiry" into our file. This usually yields results in a few days. I'm praying I don't have to do it, but if we don't have PA by next Monday, then Senator Kit Bond's office will be receiving a phone call!
We are meeting with Anne, our adoption coordinator, tonight after Bible Study at our house. She is going to be going over travel information regarding our trip, which is coming up soon! We're excited because we decided to pay the extra money and change our flights and add a day to our trip. This will give the boys and Matt and I time to see more of Guatemala before Miranda is brought to us at the hotel. I hope to be able to post more for you after our meeting with Anne.