Friday, December 12, 2008

Still No News...But We've Got Birthday Pictures!

We just received these pictures that Olivia's foster family took of her birthday party last month. She's opening the gifts we sent down to her.

She's showing her "diploma" from Vacation Bible School! Too cute!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

28 Days Till the End of the Year and They're on Vacation!

We heard from our agency director yesterday and she informed us that the Guatemalan Courts are on vacation this week and will be back in session on Monday, Dec. 8th. She says, "... I expect that we will finally be able to get some preliminary news after they reopen."

That's all we know for now. As usual, it's wait, wait and wait some more!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Where Our Case Stands at the Moment

Our case is different than most in that, during the 21 months since we started this process, the last 16 months have been at a complete standstill. No progress or movement at all..... until now.

We've been told by our agency director that our attorney in Guatemala will be presenting our case to the Court very soon, before the year's end. From what we understand, the judge will either approve our case or reject it. Beyond his/her decision, we're not sure yet what would happen next. Obviously we're praying that it's approved to continue so Olivia can come home to us. With that, there's also the possibility that Olivia could be removed from her foster family (who she's been with for a year now) and put into an orphanage until the case is completed. We have written a letter to the judge to impress upon him/her that we do not want that to happen as it is not in her best interest and would confuse and upset her terribly. Our attorney has spent the majority of the year compiling all kinds of documentation and evidence to support our case and she says (with the Lord's help) she feels positive about the outcome, but it's definitely an uphill battle as the adoption system down there is very unstable and unpredictable.

We would ask that you keep Olivia, our attorney Beyla and our case in prayer. Specifically for the judge to decide in our favor and that this whole thing could be settled quickly and then also that Olivia not be removed from her foster family.

We haven't received a specific Court date yet, but we're sure it's going to be happening soon. We'll keep you posted.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Today is little Olivia's 3rd birthday. When we missed her 2nd birthday last year, we never thought we'd be without her to celebrate this year. But here we are, on November 15th, and there she is, so far away in Guatemala. We did send a birthday package down to her and our agency let us know that her foster family has received it and they will be giving it to her to open along with a cake and a birthday party. We are blessed that she's being well taken care of. These are new photos we just received of her. In the first three she's outside flying a kite.