Friday, September 28, 2007

Amen! We have our Pre-Approval.

We received our pre-approval from the US Embassy today through email. This is one huge step and now means we are in the PGN portion of the adoption. As stated in the post from Aug. 28, PGN is basically a Guatemalan Government Agency that approves all adoptions. The adoptions cases are averaging anywhere between 5 to 9 weeks in PGN. We did hear about some instances where PGN took up to 20 plus weeks but we have faith in God that our case will not take that long. God has been so good to us so far and everything has been completed in such a timely manner that we can't imagine going that long. We have been praying that our pre-approval would arrive earlier than the 60 day deadline and God answered our prayers. The pre-approval wait was only 45 days. This just puts us that much closer to being able to bring Madison home for Christmas. We miss her sooooo much that watching the video of her or looking at the pictures of her is sometimes a joyous pain. (If that makes any sense) Please keep this process in your prayers and also continue to pray for all three of us. As soon as we know more I will post the details.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Meredith is 35!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to Meredith today she turned 35! No other news to report with the adoption process. We are still waiting. Meredith did say today that the only thing that could make this birthday any better is if we got an email from the US Embassy in Guatemala with our approval. So far that hasn't happened. We are also still awaiting new pictures and medical information on Madison. We know that she had a doctors appointment on the 21st of September (and usually within a day or so we get an update) but as of yet still no update. Meredith emailed our agency coordinator this morning to see if she has any news, but she hasn't responded yet.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Madison is 6 months old....

and all she wants for her birthday or Christmas is to get to come home and be with Mommy and Daddy. Oh, and the teeth she is working so hard to get.
As you can tell in the pictures she loves to chew on her fingers while she is teething.

Happy 6 Month Birthday (half a year old - such a big girl)!

Monday, September 17, 2007

We are back home.

First of all we want to thank everyone for your support and prayers while we were in Guatemala spending time with Madison. We cannot wait for everyone to meet her and to see how wonderful she is. One day while we were there, I think it was Wednesday, I was a walking with Madison in the lobby of the hotel waiting for Wayne. When I walked around the corner into the lobby a lady who was sitting in the area stopped and looked at me. She immediately said to me that Madison lit up the room when we walked in. I have to agree with her. When you see her you can't help but smile. We miss her every day but know that each day that goes by is one more day closer to us bringing her home forever.
I thought I would share some more pictures of our time with you all.

Madison enjoys watching football with her daddy.

Mommy and Daddy are way too funny!

I love my Daddy.

I love my Mommy too.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What a Beautiful Little Girl!

Ok I know that you are all wanting to know about our days here in Guatemala. Well Tuesday we went to the Zoo with Chrissie, Enrique, and Marissa. We had a great time seeing all of the animals. I am not sure how much Madison enjoyed since she fell asleep and slept a good part of the time. It seems that everywhere we go people want to stop and talk to Madison. She does not look like most of the babies here and people just assume that she is our biological daughter. They are surprised when they find out we are adopting her.
On Wednesday we went to the local Artisian Market. This is a local outdoor market with all types of Guatemalan items. We would have loved to spend a lot of money there but we had to be realistic in what we really needed. We are also planning on buying things when we come back to get Madison to bring her home.
Today we stayed at the hotel all day. We spent the morning at the pool and then at lunch by the pool. Madison seems to enjoy the water which it great since both her parents do as well. The staff at the hotel is extremely nice even to the point that when it started raining at lunch, instead of us having to take Madison through the rain, they took us through the kitchen. Wayne and I felt really strange parading through the kitchen with a sleeping baby in the stroller and us in our swimsuits, but we were really thankful for not being in the rain.
Tomorrow will be our last full day with her which will be very hard. We are meeting her foster family at 9am (11am est and 10am cst)on Saturday morning to give her back to them. That will be the hardest thing we will ever have to do. Please pray for us at that time and that everything with the adoption will continue to go smoothly and in a timely manner. We want our time apart to be as short as possible. I can't imagine not having come here to spend this week with her and getting to know her personality. She is the sweetest girl and has such a serious side to her. I am crying as I type this because the thought of leaving her is sooooooo hard. I never knew how much I loved her until I held her in my arms that first day.
Well now on to the pictures which I know you are all waiting for.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Monday was Wayne's birthday and not only did he get to spend it with his daughter but she was attached to him most of the day. I have to say that I think that was the best part of his birthday. We started off the day with going for a swim after breakfast, then a nap, and then later that evening we went out to dinner for Wayne's birthday. We went to a local steak restaurant a few blocks from the hotel and had a great dinner. At the end Wayne was surprised to see that a group of the wait staff came and sang to him. I have to say that he did not see that coming....hahaha!

Isn't she the most adorable baby ever!!!

She is such a daddy's girl already!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Monday, September 10, 2007

We're in Guatemala!

We arrived in Guatemala yesterday around 11:30am after a long morning but pretty easy trip. Chrissie, Enrique, and Marissa picked us up at the airport which was a huge plus. After we got our luggage at the airport and headed toward the exit we were immediately greeted by a huge crowd all eagerly wanting to take us to our hotel. Some even almost insisting. The other thing was they all were speaking Spanish which made it even harder to understand what they were trying to do.
We were not at the hotel probably for more than 30 mins. when they called and said that Madison was downstairs.
The meeting was just like my mind said it would be but my heart was hoping for something a lot calmer. Madison's foster mom loves her very much and was crying when she gave her to me. Madison immediately started crying and not just a regular cry, a toe curling cry. She cried for a good while before she calmed down a little bit. We also determined that she had really bad gas pains and of course we had nothing to give her. Again thank goodness for Enrique and Chrissie who were able to help us through this time by the support they gave and their ability to communicate with the hotel staff to locate some gas drops.
We spent some time in the "baby lounge" with other adopting families and they all told us that the first day is the hardest and to trust that it will get easier each day.
After a rough start last night she finally fell asleep and slept for 4 hours straight.

Today has been a huge improvement. She has eaten better, played more, and is even taking a nap at the current moment. She does not look at Wayne and I like we are going to hurt her anymore either, which is huge for us.
Below are some of the pictures from our day yesterday.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers for this visit as well as the adoption process.

(I can't spell check at the moment, so if there are typos in the post...Sorry!)