Saturday, July 31, 2010

2 Weeks In Colombia

We arrived in Colombia 2 weeks ago today. After waiting 2 years, we were finally getting to meet our Gloria Grace. Here is a very short recap of our two weeks :)

This is a few moments before they brought Gloria Grace to us. We were seriously giddy w/excitement & anticipation. It was only a few minutes, but it felt like forever.As the doctor was handing her to me, she was happily chewing on the little blankie we had sent in her care package.
Here we are on one of our outings. The mountains of Cali behind us. Gloria Grace's birthparents live in the mountains. I don't know which mountain area, but I think about them each time I see the mountains. I pray that they have peace about the decision they made, and that they would know how loved Gloria Grace is.
These are a couple of Gloria Grace's friends, from Chiquitines. They are also being adopted to families in the US. I thought that Gloria Grace was a "big" girl, but she's actually petite next to these boys :)
Coy & Seth have loved their sister for a long time. Over this 2 year journey, God has tugged @ my heart each time I have listened to the boys prayers for her. Seeing the looks in their eyes with her now is truly priceless. God is going to do big things with these kids.

Abuelita (Grandma) arrived last night. It is such a blessing that she is able to share in this journey in Colombia with us.

I really thought I would do a better job of posting during our stay here, but writing is just not one of my gifts. I hope that my lack of posting doesn't take away from how very special this journey has been to us, and how truly blessed we are. In all of this, I want to make sure it is known that we are here for God' Glory. It is because of His Grace that we are even able to be here, and it is truly for his Glory that we follow His plan for us.

Ephesians 1:5-6 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gloria Grace Found a Familiar Face :)

Integration √

Today we went to ICBF. This is the Colombian department of childrens services. The Integration meeting was not as formal as I expected, which was nice. The whole thing took less than 30 minutes. The meeting included Magnolia, our lawyer, the ICBF worker, and us. The ICBF worker asked us if the information Chiquitines gave us matched what we see in Gloria Grace. They asked if she was happy & eating well, and how the boys liked her. We basically said everything is more perfect than we could have ever imagined. :) We all signed the paper that we were there...including the boys :) They didn't mak GG sign her name, though :)

We now move on to court. We are told this part takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks. We are hoping for 2, so that we don't havve to change my flight on August 7th. If we get done with in the next 2 weeks, then I can fly to Bogota on the same day that Tim, the boys & my mom will fly home (August 7th)

There is a new process in obtaining Gloria Graces passport, which has already begun in Bogota. It begins on August 1st in Cali. It is taking much longer for passports. Before this new process, you could get a passport in 1 day. Now, it can take up to 2 additional weeks. Magnolia says they are looking in to ways to make this go faster for adoptive families. She said she will be spending some time tomorrow making some phone calls about this.

Prayers appreciated for quick court, and passport :)

We Had a Nice Weekend

I started this post w/the title "We're Having a Nice Weekend," but had to change it to "had" because it took me 2 days to write this :~P

This weekend has been nice. Friday was a turning/breaking point. The boys have done fabulous w/their sister. They love her so very much. They are not at all jealeous. Truly, they love her to pieces. They really have loved her for so long. Long before we even saw her picture & knew who she was. For this I am thankful. I have been praying about our trip for a long time, even before we knew when we would come. I prayed that it would work out that the boys could come, and not miss school. They will be home 2 days before school starts. God has truly prepared the way.

The boys, however; began to get a little (well lets be honest) a lot stir crazy. They are used to running off energy. Here they are in a 2 room hotel room, where they are told to be quiet a bazillion times a day. There is a pool, but one can only swim so much. We have been walking to everywhere we want to eat, but there isn't much else in walking distance. We don't speak enough Spanish to feel we can safely navigate our way somewhere in a taxi, so we haven't gone anywhere else. Until today, we were blessed to meet w/a family I met through this blog. They are staying at a place, where the owner takes families on outings. Today we were able to join them, and got to El Rio Pance. (The Pance River)

This was a wonderful place for the boys. They were able to climb all over the rocks in the river, and swim. There was a pool there, and they could swim in the river as well. We ate lunch there also. We had what Henry, the hotel owner, called a traditional Colombian lunch. There was "salad," soup & chicken w/white rice.

I put salad in quotations, because as soon as they put the salad on the table Seth said "there is no lettuce." The salad was made with onion, tomato, & avacado. There was a sweet italian dressing, which I really enjoyed. The soup was good. It was made w/plantain & potato, and seasoned w/cilantro. Then they served us a piece of chicken w/white rice on the side. It was all very good & tasty :)

We stayed there for most of the day & then came "home" to the hotel & tried to relax. Gloria Grace continues to be a wonderful addition to our family. She is so happy go lucky & laid back. She is sleeping all night now that we have gotten her routine adjusted just a bit. Chiquitines was feeding her just about every 3-4 hours around the clock. I started giving her a little more in her bed time bottle & she'll sleep for a good 10 hours @ night. :) :) Not that I didn't enjoy cuddling with her for a couple of night time feedings, I'd just prefer to let her sleep at night & cuddle in the day light hours :)

Post in Progress

I have a post in progress, I promise. Everytime I get on here to post, I am interupted. I was able to manage to get pictures up on Facebook, but that took multiple sittings, too. :) We had a really nice weekend, and I will post about it as soon as I can. I just keep saving in the middle of whatever I'm writing, so we'll see what ramblings I end up with :)

In the mean time, here are a couple of pictures of what keeps me so busy :)

Boys @ El Rio Pance:

Sweetest Baby Girl EVER!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Visit @ Chiquitines

Yesterday was another good day. Valentina came & we went walking to a different area than we had been going to. It was nice to have someone that knows the area & the language. We ended up eating at a place that had an out door play set. The kids loved it. GG got to swing :) Of course she liked it...She likes everything :)

We ate chips & queso, bbq chicken wings, & pizza. This was some of the best food we've had so far. The kids wanted cheese pizza, so we got ½ cheese & told Valentina to pick what to put on the other ½. She ordered seafood pizza. YUMMY!!! It had shrimp, octopus, squid, & clams. This is something I would never have asked for, but I am so glad we got to try it. It was delicious. We walked back to the hotel & tried to relax. The boys are constantly wanting to go go go, so this is a little challenging. Tim took Seth down to the pool, while Coy & I stayed in the room with Gloria Grace. It was time for her afternoon nap. When she got up, we went down to the resteraunt in the hotel & had some supper. Seth swam again after supper, and Tim sat poolside w/GG, while Coy & I walked to the grocery store for a few things that we needed. We got back & got baths/showers & settled in for the night, as we had an 8:30 appointment @ Chiquitines this morning.
Valentina & the boys:

Valentina, Kelly & GG:
Tim, Seth, Kelly, GG, & Coy @ the pond near our lunch spot:
We started our day today going back to Chiquitines. This was to meet w/the social worker & get more information about GG's birthmom, and tour the orphanage. We had received some information with our referral, but this was more detailed. It included a headshot photo of GG, when she was just 2 days old, & her foot prints. They went into details about how her birthmother arrived in the birthmother program & why she had decided on adoption. It brought me to tears hearing about how she loved her baby, but was already struggling to take care of her 2 kids & help her mother with 3 of her younger siblings. They told us of her shy, but easy going personality. It is comforting to know GG was loved even before she was born. Loved by so many. When they finished going through the social file, we toured the orphanage.
Chiquitines is a wonderful facility. Their current campus was built in 2001, but they have been in deffernet locations throughout Cali for the past 30 years. It appears to be a well run orphanage, with kind & loving workers. They obviously love the children there. Gloria Grace was most certainly loved. As we were walking around, the ladies came out of GG's room to get one last chance to love on her. It was nice to catch a picture w/a few of her wonderful caretakers.

Kelly & GG w/some of her caregivers @ Chiquitines:The traditional family photo w/Agatha (the orphange director):

Tonight we went back over to Unicentro to eat in their food court. We ate at a place that was called "tacos & bbq" The food was yummy. Tim got a burrito, I got quesadillas, & the boys got ribs. Plenty of food & the cost was about $25. When we eat @ the deli, it only costs about $15, but the food was really good & worth the extra $10.

We met another family here on vacation, from North Carolina. They come here every 2 years & meet their family from Venezuela. They told us of a few area places that would be fun for the kids. Tomrrow we are supposed to hang our w/Valentina again & go to the river. I'm definetly looking forward to that.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Today Has Been Another Wonderful Day

I have tried & tried to upload a video of GG "crying." It is on my facebook, but I was trying to share it here for those that don't have FB. She is even cute when she cries. I'm not kidding. She cries, but it ends in this sweet little noise. You've got to go to my facebook page & see it :)

Today was a wonderful day. She slept well last night, only waking once around 1am for a quick bottle & then she went right back to sleep. She didn't even really cry when she woke up, just made a little noise and I could hear her squirming around in her crib.

We hung out in the room for most of the morning. Tim decided to go down to the workout room, and Coy went w/him. Seth got to entertain GG w/o any interuption. It is so sweet to watch him w/her. Tonight at supper he said "Hey I just thought of something, I am not the youngest in the family anymore." When he was laying on the bed this evening he looked twice as big. I remember when he was born, how Coy instantly "grew up," and he was only 3 @ the time.

Coy has been so grown up with her. He is definately a protector. She truly already loves them both. They get all up in her face loving on her & kissing her & she just smiles & touches their faces.

We ate lunch in the room & everyone but Coy took a nap this afternoon. We ventured out to Unicentro (this is a HUGE) mall/market place. There are all kinds of stores. We ate supper at a cafeteria style place inside Exito. Exito is like Walmart. While we were inside this older couple stopped us & asked if we were Americans. (Have I mentioned we stand out just a little.) My husband is THE tallest person people here have probably ever seen. There also aren't many blonde haired blue or green eyed handsome boys running around. We seriously feel a little like movie stars (sometimes more like the circus :), when we are out walking around. Anyway this man spoke English & said he used to live in New York. He is from Colombia & dedided to retire here. He asked us where we were from, and when we told him TN he gets on the phone & calls his brother in law, who used to live in Kingsport, TN. He says I know he would want to talk to you, and hands Tim the cell phone. My sweet husband in that awkward moment talked for like 10 minutes to the poor guy on the other end of the phone. :)

We then went exploring another wing of this shopping center we found the food court! Jackpot!!! We have eaten well, but it has been mostly the same things. I wish I spoke better Spanish, so I could order different things. This place is just like a mall food court w/pictures on the signs, so you can see what there is & just point :) Food has been good, so far & fairly reasonable. We can feed all of us, including something to drink, for between $10 & $15 a meal. We usually just order 3 different plates & share around the table. They give you plenty on 1 plate to easily satisfy 2 people. Valentina said that she was going to hang out with us tomorrow, so I'm going to ask her to take us somewhere with really good food & help us order :)

In the same area of this food court they have a small carnival area called "happy city." It looks perfect for kids that are about 5 or 6, but they have a few things for the bigger kids. The boys & I & Gloria Grace rode a miniature ferris wheel. It gave us a beautiful view of the mountains. They had an area with trampolines, where they attach the kids to a harness that is attatched to big rubberbands on either side. There were some little girls being bounced into the air, and squealing happily. Seth wanted to do it, but Coy said no thanks. (That kid is smarter than he looks :)
Seth gets strapped in & the guy starts bouncing him. The guy uses straps on the harness to pull Seth toward the ground & then it sling shots him up toward the sky. On the second "sling shot" the guy had Seth flipping circles about a hundred feet up in the air. The look on Seth's little face was priceless! I posted video of this on my facebook, too. You can't see his facial expression, but you can see his crazy flipping :) It was time to head "home" after all of this fun it was after dark, & we were all getting tired.

Before we got here, many people asked multiple times if we were scared to go to Colombia. People have it stereotypically stuck in their heads about the past violence & drug cartels. I must say that I don't feel any less safe here than home. Yes, people look @ us & it sometimes feels a little awkward, but not unsafe. There are security people everywhere. Just about one or two on every block. I love this area, because it has everything we need w/in walking distance. I am glad not to have to take taxi's everywhere. So far I have nothing but nice things to say about the people of Colombia. They have been so sweet to us, thus far. It probably has a lot to do with the beautiful Colombian Princess that smiles at everyone :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gloria Grace

This is video of the boys "teaching" Gloria Grace how to make razz sounds. :)

Gloria Grace Gotcha Day :)

We have waited two+ years for this day. Let me tell you it was beyond worth the wait. Please don't ever forget that God knows what He is doing, and His timing & plans are perfect. He knew Gloria Grace before she was born. He knew she would be our daughter, and He made her pefectly for our family.

This day has been one of the best days of our lives. We woke up bright & early. Well before the alarm clock. With plenty of time we got ready, as relaxed as we could be. We had a family deovtion time & prayed. Our devotional was from "Jesus Calling." It was a nice reminder that in all that we do, we should put on the armor of God. We talked with the boys about how much we stnad out here, and how people are watching us. We want to wear our armor well, and be a bright light shining God's glory. We had a little breakfast in our room, and then headed down to the lobby to meet Valentina, @ 8:00am.

Valentina had a little trouble getting us a ride big enough to take us all. There was supposed to be a taxi van, but the driver had a family emergency. We ended up riding in 2 separate taxis. Tim & Coy in one & me, Seth, & Valentina in another.

We arrived @ Chiquitines @ promptly 8:30 :) The orphanage director was not feeling well, so another worker there took her place in giving us information. Maria said the clothes you sent are too small (size 6 months & she is only 5 months). She said she is gordita :) That is a loving way of saying she's a chunky monkey :) We also talked to a nurse, who gave us information about her care & shedule. Then they took our camera & told us to wait there.

A long 5-10 minutes later they came in the door & said "are you ready?" I refrained from saying DUH!!! :) Instead I said "¡Si Listos, Listos!!"

The nurse walked in holding her in her arms. She handed her to me & I held her up & kissed her sweet cheeks. She immediately smiled the biggest smile. Gloria Grace is wonderful. Pictures do not do her justice!! Seriously!! She has the sweetest, most laid back personality. She is chunky & squishy & just melts right into your arms. She loves to be kissed & cuddled, and smiles @ the boys every move.

We have already taken her down to the pool, and she likes the water. We took her for a walk to the grocery store to get her formula, and our lunch. She fell asleep in the hip hammock, while we had lunch. She woke up while we were shopping for a few groceries. We came back to the room & she happily played w/the boys & also entertained herself w/her bright flowery blanket. She is not crawling, but pushes herself up & rocks. Adorable!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Longest Day Ever!!!

Today has been the longest day ever. At least it has felt like the longest day ever! I woke up bright & early @ 5am, which is actually 4am TN time. I have come to the conclusion GG must wake up @ this time, because I have been waking up almost every single morning since our referral @ 4am.

When the rest of the family woke up, we got ready & went to the restaurant in the htel for breakfast. After breakfast, we took a walk in the area around the hotel. We are so close to everything. Completely in walking distance to everything we might possibly need. Stores, restaurants, & a grocery store is on the same block as the hotel. It is just behind it around the corner. There is a nice little deli that serves hot food in the deli. We all ate for $15 US dollars, but could have eaten for less than $10. We got way too much food. All the stores/shops were closed when we were walking around, but we did see a church service going on. We thought about stopping & joining in, but we were clearly under dressed. Next Sunday, we plan on joining in w/LifePoint for service on the web.

The kids have been antsy all day. We came back from our walk & headed down to the pool. It is a really nice pool. The kids had fun & it was kind of overcast, so that Tim & I didn't roast. Even though it was overcast, I got a little sun kissed. :)

We came back up to the room & watched a little TV. There are only a couple of choices of shows in English @ any given time, so when Tim found "The Fast & The Furious" on in English they were all happy. After the movie, the boys were ready for lunch, but Tim was ready for a nap :) So, the boys & I took a walk around the corner to the grocery store. It has a deli that serves hot food & sandwiches. We got something to eat & then brought Tim back some lunch.

We got a chance to Skype w/my dear friend Kristi & my mom. Tim took the boys back down to the pool, and & got to chill in the room & talk to my mom for a little longer. I thouroughly enjoyed that time. They came back up & watched a little more TV, and then we ventured out one more time to find some supper.

We went to the market place that is across the street & down about 3 to 4 blocks from our hotel. It was a happening place!! There were people everywhere. It is more like an open air mall. It has everything you could ever think to need. There is even a movie theater, & McDonald's. We ended up eating at McDonald's (kids choice). We sat down to eat & the sky opened up!!! It has been overcast all day long, but has not rained. I brought umbrellas from home, but hadd left them in the hotel room. We sat out the rain downpouring, and as soon as it was only "raining" & not pouring like crazy we headed back the 4 blocks. We got a little wet, but it wasn't too bad. We stopped @ the grocery store & bought some things for tomorrow's breakfast. We will need get ready & eat something quick. Our appointment is @ 8:30, and we are being picked up @ 8:00am :)

It is 7:30pm now, and both boys have brushed their teeth & put on their pj's. They said they want to go to sleep, so that tomorrow gets here faster! :)

To God be the glory for this journey. It is only because of Him we are here, and I am beyond grateful to be on this path with Him!

Buenas Noches Amigos.

p.s. it takes way too long to upload pictures to blogger, so I will be posting pictures on facebook. You will have to request to be my friend, if we are not friends on FB already, as my FB is set to private. You can find me as Kelly Wright Watson on facebook.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Look Out Cali, The Watson's Have Arrived

We left our house @ 8:15am & headed out for the Nashville Airport. It was quite uneventful getting to the airport & checked in & through security. We did so well getting through, that we had 2 hours to wait before our flight. We walked around & checked out the stores. Seth & I had not had "real" breakfast, so we went in search of "breakfast" food. Apparently no one else at the airport (except my responsible husband & oldest child) had eaten breakfast either. The lines for the places that served breakfast were very long. Seth & I decided to go for cheese pizza :) It was quite yummy.

The flight from Nashville to Miami was easy. The boys were so excited & it was fun watching the wonder in their eyes as they began to take it all in. This flight was just a little more than 2 hours. We took a bus from the plane to the terminal. The boys got a kick out of that. We had about a 2 hour lay over in Miami, so we found our gate & then a place to have a little lunch.

Miami to Cali was to be a 3 hour 40 minute flight. There was some weather issues, so we ended up being on the plane 5 hours. The boys did surprisingly well. They even sat next to each other & shared the window :) To be able to sit all together, we had to sit on the very last row of the plane. This is not my most favorite spot, but we made it (thanks to the help of a little anti-nausea medicine). As we stepped off the plane I began to get a little emotional. We were really in Gloria Grace's home country. We have waited so long & we are finally here! I'm sure traveller's fatigue & the fact that I am a girl played a big role in my emotions, but I had to wipe away a few tears. Sometimes, the boys just look @ me & grin like I'm a little crazy :) I think of it as preparing them for their sweet emotional wives :)

Once we were at the airport, we had to go through immigration. That was another hurry up & wait line. It took us almost an hour to get our turn. The immigration workers here are so much more laid back than @ home. They looked @ & scanned our passports, asked how long we were staying & what we were here for, & where we were staying. She stamped our passport & we were done. All we had left to do was find our luggage & make it through "customs."

I was prepared for them to open & search all of our stuff, but that was not the case. We got our luggage & walked on through, handing them the piece of paper that said how much $ we planned to spend while we were here. That's it! They didn't even put our luggage through a scanner or anything.

As we walked out side there was a huge crowd of people. I didn't have to look around long when I heard Valentina say "Mrs. Watson." That was music to my ears, and again I got a tad bit emotional. (insert tissue here:) We were finally here!!

On a funnier, lighter note...

Valentina is our interpretor/helper this week. She was there to meet us @ the airport. She told me that there was an American looking man that came out of the airport just before we did. She said he looked a little lost, so she said "Are you Mr. Watson?" He said, "yes." She began to welcome him & ask him where his family was. She became concerned when he said his family was not coming. She then figured out he was not the right Mr. Watson.

We got to our hotel to check in & the gentleman checking us in begins to explain how we have our 2 rooms ready. I told him no we only booked 1 suite. He said I have one room for Kelly & one room for Chuck. The Mr. Watson from the airport :) He walked in just a few minutes behind us, & we got to meet him. He's from Texas.

Buenas Noches!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Indescribable Swirl~ling Thoughts :)

Tomorrow morning can't get here fast enough. Monday morning either :) I've been wondering for the last 2 years what tonight would feel like. What it would be like when we were on our way to bring our precious Gift from God home. Well, that night is finally here, but I really have no idea how to describe it. There are so many thoughts going through my mind~~excitement, joy, & peace top the list. Many people have asked if I am nervous. Really, nervous is just not one of those feelings. God has blessed me with a peace that can only come from Him, and for that I am grateful.

I love thinking back over this 2+ year journey. Thinking about the first time I even thought about adopting. God pricked my heart with that thought way before we made the first phone call to Gladney. I think about all the times I would talk with my dear friend Gwen & she would say, " you know your on my hit list." Gwen & Scott played a huge part in helping Tim through some thoughts/doubts after God also pricked his heart to adopt. I started my day today hanging out with Gwen & 4 of her 6 kiddos. What a wonderful blessing that was.

This evening my mom made pizza & had us & my in-laws over for supper. It was such a nice day. From start to finish to be surrounded by wonderful people that love us, and Gloria Grace & have been praying for our journey. God just keeps on pouring out the blessings.

I am about to go to bed & attempt to put my swirl~ling excited mind to sleep :) Our flight leaves @ 11:15 & we'll be in Colombia @ 7:15pm tomorrow night! I know this post has been a little all over the place, but that is just the way my mind is rolling right now =) I will try to post some pictures on facebook everyday & I will post stories on here (probably not everyday, but I will do the best I can :)

Thank you all for your prayers for our family.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Last Minute Details

We finally made hotel reservations. We had a little trouble, because most of the places would only let you have 4 in a room. We are now a family of 5 =)

I finished packing our bags today. I've been trying to think of what I probably forgot to pack. I'm sure there is something. Let me tell you it is not an easy task to pack enough stuff for 5 people for 3-4 weeks! We'll find out how I did in a few days =)

I helped my parents & my in-laws set up Skype on their computers, so that we can share video calls w/them and their granddaughter =)

We are now @ one of those hurry up & wait moments. We've done all we can do until we get there. We will spend the next 72 hours anxiously awaiting it to be time to board the plane, and then we have what will probably be the longest 36 hours wait for it to be Monday morning @ 8:30!!!!

Not much longer little Ms. Gloria Grace ♥♥♥♥♥

Monday, July 12, 2010

Really Really Really Ready =)

Talked to the FBI again today, and found out my fingerprints were a go this time! They should be here on Wednesday or Thursday!!! That's the last stress done & gone!

Thanking God for taking that stress off of me this morning.

We are really really ready now!

Just a little update---My FBI clearance letter came today (7/13/10). It's now on it's way to Gladney =)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Only One More Week

Seriously!!!! We leave in just one week for Colombia. I know this week is going to fly by! We have so much to do to get ready. I've spent a good part of today cleaning house. I still need to pack for all 5 of us. Wow--we are a family of 5 :)

I went to the school to fill out the boys registration papers, since I will be out of town when school starts. There is a part on the form that has siblings names & ages. I got teary eyes when I wrote Gloria Grace's name on there!!

The car seat is "installed" in my car. I am so glad I did this ahead of time. I forgot that the straps would need adjusting & it's not just as easy as setting it in the car & buckling it in. You have to get it "level." I also was thinking she would be forward facing. I was reading the manual & she will have to be rear facing a little longer. It is much trickier installing a car seat rear facing, so I am glad I did it now & didn't have to mess with it in the airport parking lot next month :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

We've Got Our Visas

Yesterday Tim & I drove to Atlanta to the Colombian Consulate. We applied for, and received our Visas. It was one of the easiest things we've done, minus having to drive 3½ hours there & back. They had told us we would need to apply in person, & then they would Fed-ex our Visas back in 2-5 days. We handed the lady our stuff, she looked it over & said come back @ 1:00 & I will give you your Visas =) So, Tim & I hung out @ a local shopping center & bought GG a few things while we waited =)

We had left the house @6am. It was an easy smooth ride except for one moment on the way back. A ladder fell off of a truck ahead of us. There was a semi truck beside us, and it hit the ladder. That threw the ladder up in front of us. I slammed on my brakes & swerved "narrowly avoiding" the ladder & a MAJOR accident. To quote my sweet husband, he said "You were driving like speed racer!" I am grateful for God's protection!

We were home a little after 4pm, with yet another task complete! :)

Now the only thing left is our FBI clearance. I talked to a really nice lady on Wednesday @ the FBI. She said she would see if there was anything she could do. I am hoping to hear back from her by the first of next week. Thank you for your continued prayers. Just one week from tomorrow we will be in Colombia!!!

The day after we meet Gloria Grace is Colombia's Independence Day. I have been looking @ different web sites about it & I am so excited to be able to experience this while we are there. Check out this blog for pictures & information about it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Only 2 More Weeks!!!!!

Oh My Word!!!! Chiquitines gave our caseworker the ok for us to come on July 19th for our presentation of Gloria Grace Gabriela!!! We will travel to Cali on the 17th. There are so many thoughts bouncing around in my head. I can hardly keep a straight thought. We are ready, but then still have so much to do. I booked flights today. We'll make hotel arrangements next week w/our agency's help. There are 2 "big" things that we still have left to do. 1)We'll have to go to the Colombian Consulate in Atlanta to get our visa. 2) I am also still waiting on my fingerprints to be processed. This is what would stress me if I didn't know that God's got it all figured out!

Just in case you didn't hear that the 1st time~~~In 2 weeks we will be lovin' on Ms. Gloria Grace Gabriela!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I ♥ Tim Watson :)

15 Years ago I was standing in front of friends & family saying "I do." I truly had no idea what I was saying "I do" to, but I am so glad I did. :) I am thankful for the man God has given me. I love you Tim Watson.