So, today I did something new. I washed some of Flor's clothes. I almost cried folding them afterwards. Her little socks are so tiny. I just became overjoyed thinking about how soon her little feet will be filling them! I am so excited to get her here. I'm thinking of every detail and the more I do, the more excited I get!! I thought she would be here in 2008. Now I'm hoping I'll spend MOST of 2009 with her!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I've added an easy way for people to give on my sidebar, called ChipIn. If anyone is interested in helping with my remaining travel expenses, lawyer's fees, etc., you just click the ChipIn button, and using PayPal you can give directly to my account!! It's so easy and would be greatly appreciated!!
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Friday, December 26, 2008
This was another Christmas gift I received, not at all on purpose, but I stole this off of Steve's newsletter... I just couldn't help myself! I can't wait to squeeze her and to feel those little arms squeeze me back!! It won't be long!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Guess who called me this morning??!? Oh yes, my sweet Flor called to say 'buenos dias' and 'feliz navidad'!! She also said 'te amo', 'hola mama', 'adios', and then she laughed a WHOLE lot!! Oh how I miss her laugh!!! It is so unique and such a beautiful sound!! We only spoke for a few minutes, maybe 5, but it was wonderful!! She told me she was going to open presents today at 2pm, well she didn't tell me all that. But Shyrel did. You better believe that it started my day off so well!!!
I'll post more about that later.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I went out to Goodsprings to stay at Daddy's Friday night. Saturday morning was our family Christmas, which was so special. Every year, as a family we gather the money that would have been spent on gifts and give it to a family or person in need. This year it was decided to give to those who have cared for years for our sweet Flor who couldn't be with us this year. I am thrilled that my family has come together and are just as excited as I am about our newest addition!! We usually do get gifts for the kids, but this year Paw-Paw and Gran had another idea. After breakfast we gathered by the fireplace where there were 8 gifts bags. As he told the story, he had each grandchild come up and open a sack and hand him whatever was in it. It wasn't too long before we realized that the nativity scene was coming together piece by piece. Will handed him Mary. He would ask each time who the person was and what it meant that they were there. Of course, the reason that Jesus was born was brought up a few times. ;) It was amazing because there are a few family members who haven't accepted Jesus and their Lord and Saviour, so I prayed so hard that they were listening, even as the young ones answered paw-paw's questions. And the traditional table cloth was signed. We have 4 tablecloths, so far, that we write on every Christmas, writing what we are thankful for that year. I just could not think of a single thing to write this year.... HA HA!! Yeah right, I had to cut it short, not to take up the entire tablecloth!! It was neat to think that this would be the last year without Flor's little hand print or her writing her own name... :)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
What a blessed evening I had last night... my sweet friend, Melodie planned a night of praise and prayer at Starbuck's to lift up everything involved with getting Flor home. Unfortunately, most folks have church on Sunday night (and that sounds bad to say "unfortunately", but it's not that they have church, just that they couldn't come). You know!! So, it ended up being just Melodie and I. What a blessing! It really couldn't have been more perfect! We talked a LOT and I had tons of questions for her, since she went through all of this back in the summer. We really had a great visit. Then we prayed. We prayed for every aspect of our case. We prayed. (Then we visited some more!!)
I am so thankful to have friends like Melodie. It's been so amazing how God has brought certain people into my life, at this time in my life, and we have/are all going through the same struggles, joys, and experiences.
... and I can't WAIT for Flor and Fernanda to get together again!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here's one my moma made YEARS ago. I can't even remember a Christmas without this ornament on our tree... and no tree is complete without an Alabama ornament!!
Posted by Amanda at 11:38 PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
God has answered the prayers of his children today! If any of us ever had a doubt that he does answer prayers in HIS TIME, today we have seen him in action!!
Shyrel took Flor to PGN today and got the run around. She said she went to at least four offices before being sent back to the first, where the guy behind the counter said it had just come down to be released!! She said Flor charmed everyone and they all fell in love with her!! (of course!)
Now we wait for her new birth certificate and the embassy appointment... it won't be long now, baby girl!!
This is my "get out of PGN celebration" picture!!! In this photo: Jami, Daddy, and Flor in front of PGN in October... :) Adios, PGN!!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I heard from my lawyer today... she's basically telling me that now another lawyer in PGN wants to revise and check the file, purely out of having Flor's best interest at heart. She's tried to explain to them that her best interest is to be home with her moma, but that for some reason other lawyers have taken a special interest in our case. They've said they don't think it's fair that the case gets out so quickly. Quickly?!? We've been in PGN for almost 4 months now! How is that quick?!? *sign* So, as far as I can tell some lawyer is reviewing our file all over again.
This is not the news I wanted to hear today, but the only option I have is to trust God now. He knows what's going on and he can turn their hearts like channels of water.
I just feel it. We're getting out of PGN today... Today is the day!! Please LORD, let today be the day!! It's been almost 4 months... TODAY is the day!!!
Thank you, JESUS!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
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Friday, December 5, 2008
I just heard from Melissa, and my lawyer is expecting approval in PGN very soon... PLEASE be in prayer with me that it is next week!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Now, I tag Connie, Stephanie, and Debbie
Posted by Amanda at 10:24 PM