Tuesday, August 6, 2013

She Is Home!

We are home! OK, so this is way overdue. I don't even think I posted that we were leaving for Poland! Well, let's just say things are different in preparing to travel when we already had a child, as opposed to the first time around when we had more time to update the world on our progress. Also, there seem to be more privacy concerns now that Poland is a Hague adoption country, and we did not want to post pictures or provide any identifying info on a public Blog until after all was final, we were home, etc.

We traveled to Poland in early May, we finalized the adoption of little Marta on June 4, and made it home on June 29. 53 days in country, for those keeping score. It was wonderful, challenging, and memorable all at the same time. We were fortunate to have my parents come for a couple of weeks too. Marta is a very sweet little smiley girl. Her hugs, smiles and laughs are priceless. We just look at her in amazement and thankfulness that she has brought so much joy to our lives. Big sister is doing so well too and is very proud of her new role.

We likely won't keep up the blog. Feel free to email or find me on Facebook to connect about adopting from Poland, adopting in general, parenting an adopted child, etc. We are very proud of our two journeys, and always happy to talk about them. More than that, we are very proud of our sweet angels who were miraculously placed in our care. We endeavor every day to help them grow to be caring, compassionate, self-sufficient, strong, and happy young ladies. Thank you for following us, for your comments, your reading this Blog, your support, and encouragement.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Waiting to Bring Her Home

Long time no post, eh?  In October we traveled to meet our little girl, M. We had a wonderful trip.  K was a trooper on all the travels, and was a superstar big sister when we met M.  We are now waiting to return to bring M home.  In the meantime, we get to have weekly contact where we call the orphanage, get a brief update from the director, who speaks English, and then she puts the phone by M's ear so we can talk to her.  Once in awhile we hear her breathe, and last week we even heard some giggles.  We are also getting K's room ready to house two girls.  We got M's bed, and are making our other bedroom a "playroom" to house books, toys, art stuff, etc. 

We are not sure on exact timing, but are hopeful to go back in a month or two.  This wait, after meeting her, is certainly even harder than the long wait for a referral.  But once we go back, at least we know it will be forever.  :)