Wednesday, April 14, 2010

5 More Days...

...and we leave to begin our adoption of Sofia.

It feels like time is on fast forward right now. There is so much to do and so little time left. I know we will pull it all together but right at this moment the task feels daunting. I think the hardest part is piecing together the schedule for the three boys for 3+ weeks and making sure every details is thought out and taken care of. I'm trying hard to "spread the load" so that there is as much help for my parents as possible and thanks to my amazing friends, I think my parents will get plenty of breaks. Thank you again to my parents and my community of friends that is absolutely the best. Our "village" is amazing.

Hector and I are gathering the last of our paperwork, putting together photo albums of our life to share with the judge, and packing our bags and filling every nook and cranny. We are traveling at a beautiful time of year but a time of year that requires we bring late winter AND early spring clothing...not too easy to plan. We are thinking lots of layers. We're also figuring out all of our electronics so that we can communicate easily to everyone back at home. And yes...we plan on taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures!

We are taking a leap of FAITH on this journey. We literally have no idea who is picking us up from the airport, where we are staying and how we will get around but have been told that everything is taken care of and to just look for a man holding a sign with our names on it when we exit the airport. I TRUST that everything is going to work out.

I've really had to compartmentalize my feelings the past few days and luckily I'm too busy to really think about the emotional aspect of our journey to Sofia. She weighs heavy on my mind. I wonder if we'll recognize her. I wonder what she'll think of us. I wonder if we'll have an instant connection. I wonder if she's shy or outgoing. I wonder is she's babbling. I wonder if she's a cuddle bug like Joaquin or if she even knows how to cuddle. I wonder if her hair has grown out or if it's still cut short. I wonder if she's petite or a little "tank". I wonder if she is sitting up, rolling over or crawling around. We're so excited to meet her.

Sofia's going to be 14 months old next week. She's still a baby! We've managed to make this process happen as quickly as possible on our end. We HOPE and PRAY that it continues to move as quickly and smoothly when we get to her country. We have been so blessed with both emotional and financial support for this adoption. We are amazed by it all. GOD is watching over us, we know this and we feel this. Amidst the craziness around our house this week, I feel an underlying sense of PEACE.

Thank you for your prayers as we enter the next leg of our journey.


  1. my prayers are with you and your
    excited for you all

  2. I'm so excited for you!

    It can't come quick enough, can it?!

  3. Let the countdown begin! How exciting to be at this stage in your journey to Sofia. Extra prayers for your boys!!!


  4. Yes!! You have support coming at you from all corners of this country. Honestly, I can't tell you how often my family will have a thought about sweet Sofia. And the prayers are heading your way for a smooth process over there. From what I have learned from reading other blogs, you just have to be patient and things will happen in time. You know that we are all wondering all those same things about Sofia....what will she look like now, what is she doing etc. etc. Can't wait for your first post once you see her. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this journey with you.

  5. I have thought about you every day! I know how crazy this time is for you. Rest assured, everything will be taken care of once you get here. The facilitators are AWESOME. They really know what they are doing. Bring a trench coat and some nice boots or close-toed shoes...and a nice bag to carry when you are here (preferably one big enough to carry around your paperwork when necessary). Bring Febreeze too :) will need it...and some perfume!

    The nights can be chilly here, and everyone is still wearing early spring attire.

    Any questions, email me and my sister-in-law will forward it! I will get back to you as soon as I can!!

  6. I found out about your journey though the paper, and wanted you to know my husband and I are praying for your journey. I hope that someday, as we're taking a walk around East Sac, we might run into you on a walk with your own family so that we can admire this new addition. Traveling mercies!

  7. Everything is going to work out, I am sure of it. It does feel like things are moving at warp speed, but warp speed is GOOD!

    Can't wait to hear all about your journey but most importantly, to hear about Sweet Sofia!

  8. Love to you... and PLEASE let me know if there is anything more I can do to help!

  9. Jen - I forgot when I posted on RR to give you my e-mail address. It's Any information that you want to pass on would be most appreciated! Like I said, we're months from traveling, but I can use all the help I can get to prepare. Would you mind if I send you a list of questions that you could answer at your leisure? :) Leisure! Like you have a lot of that... :)

    Prayers for your family!


  10. thinking and praying for you all always

  11. Yay!! So crazy the time has come already!!

  12. I cannot wait for you to meet her!!!!!!!

  13. You are all moving along so fast! I'm keeping your family in my prayers. I can't wait to see pictures of you WITH Sofia! :)

  14. I'm so excited for your family and for Sofia! Godspeed on your journey. Your sense of peace comes from above. Relish it. He knows how you have perfectly and unselfishly taken His words to your heart and turned them into true action to save a life. Matthew 25:40 "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

  15. Wow - time has really flown!
    All my best wishes and biggest prayers that this last stage of the journey happens as it should, in it's own time. Perfection always comes about in it's own way if we trust - but I know that's easier said than done!
    Our thoughts are with you all!