Thursday, April 3, 2014

Right Where We Left Off

The last 2 weeks were spent with our beautiful, funny, sweet, 8 year-old Olivia! Our family was together for the first time in almost 4 years and honestly, after the initial, momentary awkwardness wore off, we picked up right where we left off. 

A 5 or 10 (business) day stay, called an Empathy Study, is a requirement by the Guatemalan adoption officials to show that the family has a bond with the child they're adopting. Because we hadn't been able to spend time with Olivia for so long, we were required to stay for the 10-day (2 weeks, including weekends).

We went places and saw things we'd never had the opportunity to on our previous 8 trips. Guatemala is a beautiful country with equally beautiful and gracious people. (And the sunny, 85ยบ weather was a welcome change from the 112" of snow we've had here this winter!)

Olivia is such a sweetheart! She's smart, thoughtful, polite, helpful, artistic and has a great sense of humor! We still have a bit of a language barrier, our Spanish is pretty pathetic, using one and two-word phrases to hopefully get our point across. She however, is very eager to learn English and understands and can read and speak certain things pretty well. I don't think she'll have any problem mastering it.

We are very encouraged that it will be just a few short months more until we travel back for our 10th trip and this time she will ride that airplane back with us! The wheels of the adoption process have started to roll and after 7 years, we can confidently say that our little Olivia will finally be coming home!

Here are a few photos of our visit.















          Emily drew this picture for Olivia to illustrate where she will be living in the U.S.



Friday, March 7, 2014

This Just In.........

This week brings more good news! We have received our invitation to go down to Guatemala and spend time with our precious Olivia! This will happen very soon. We're in the process of making arrangements and are getting very excited! It's been almost 4 years since we've been allowed to visit our little girl. We have a lot of catching up to do!

If you'd like to be part of her "coming home" team, please visit the YouCaring.com fundraising link below, or click the 'Donate' button on the left hand side of this page.

One day we will tell Olivia about all the wonderful people all over the world that diligently prayed for her and helped to finally get her home. She is a blessed child for sure!

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. ~ Matthew 18:5

Thank you, God bless you and stay tuned! 

YouCaring ~ Adopting Olivia Fundraiser
This week brings more good news! We have received our invitation to go down to Guatemala and spend time with our precious Olivia! This will happen very soon. We're in the process of making the arrangements and are getting very excited! It's been almost 4 years since we have been allowed to visit our little girl. We have a lot of catching up to do!

If you'd like to be part of her "coming home" team, we welcome your donations.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. ~ Matthew 18:5

Thank you, God bless you and stay tuned! - See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/adopting-olivia-after-7-years-she-s-coming-home-/137318#sthash.Ns1pPR2q.dpuf

Friday, February 21, 2014

One Step Closer!

We're a little bit closer today! Our dossier made it to Guatemala!

Next we will be invited to travel down to spend time with Olivia. During that time (called the Empathy Study), we will be interviewed by the adoption authorities there, so they can make sure we are all bonding well, etc. We're hoping this happens in March.


Please visit and share the links to our fundraisers, we appreciate every penny and every prayer!

YouCaring.com ~ Adopting Olivia 

Booster Fundraiser ~ Adopting Olivia

Thank you and God bless!

Stay tuned!

 







Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Bringing Olivia Home" Team

We are so thankful and blessed that this journey we've been on, for so long, will soon be ending and we can begin a new chapter in our family's life!

We can now see the finish line, but before we reach it, come several steps in the adoption process before Olivia will actually come home. 

To date we have made 8 trips to Guatemala, there will be 2 more. The first is called the "Empathy Study" where Olivia will spend 1 or 2 weeks (to be determined) with us and we will be periodically interviewed by the adoption authorities there during that time. After that, our file will go to Family Court where a judge will finalize the adoption. The last trip, several weeks later, after obtaining a passport, visa, etc. she will accompany us home. We don't have a time frame as yet, but we hope this will all take place and she will be home by summer.

We have started two fundraisers to help defray the final costs of the adoption, ie: travel, documents, attorney and other fees. Because of the unexpected 7 year duration, this process has not only exceeded the originally expected timeline, but has also exceeded the original cost estimate at least 3-fold.

If you feel led to be a part of our "Bringing Olivia Home" team, and you'd like to help do that with any size donation, we would be more than grateful. 

The first fundraiser is through YouCaring.com. You can find our page with this link: http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/adopting-olivia-after-7-years-she-s-coming-home-/137318 

The second is through CustomInk Booster, where we've designed a t-shirt you can purchase to help raise funds. That link is: https://www.booster.com/adoptingoliviafundraiser

Please feel free to spread the word and share the links above.

Thank you and God bless, we so appreciate everyone's prayers and support! 

Stay tuned, updates to follow!






Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guess what?

It's taken 6 years, 11 months and 4 days of waiting, but today we received word from the Guatemalan officials through our government, that our adoption of our sweet Olivia WILL proceed!

We have several steps, 2 more trips and a few months to go before she can come home, but we are praising God for His faithfulness and the beautiful light at the end of a very long tunnel! 


Stay tuned!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Eight



 Happy 8th Birthday precious girl. You are loved.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Patience

Well, the hearing did take place yesterday, but there was no ruling. There are a few more legal steps the court is waiting on in order to hopefully come to a resolution.

The next and hopefully final hearing is scheduled soon.


Please pray for God's continued protection over Olivia. That He would comfort her and guard her heart and mind.

We really appreciate everyone's support! Thank you and I'll update soon.