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    I’m Watching

    Today is the first day in a long time that I was able to really sit and focus, to quiet my mind, stare at my children’s sweet faces, remember that I am a mommy and that I love it. Our days have been full of packing, shopping and event planning all week, and I have missed the kids. Our fundraiser event was wonderful. The people who helped us were selfless and generous. I cannot thank them all enough. God is showing us how powerful our support is, and that we are not alone, buoyed up by this foundation of His faithful children. We raised almost $3000, bringing our total funds…

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    Call to Action

    We received an email from our adoption agency Friday. It explained that because of the changes in the Japan program made by the Department of State, adoptive families will now be required to go to court while in Japan. Though we are incredibly thankful that our agency and other agencies are working so hard to keep this program open, and to continue to make it possible for families to provide homes for orphans overseas, this new procedure does not come without costs. Having to go to court to adopt a baby will mean an estimated $10,000 in attorney fees that we did not anticipate. Also, the time we will have…

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    Mother’s Day

    This Mother’s Day I was tempted to feel sorry for myself.  Our adoption process is still on “pause” while we wait for the Tutterrows‘ case to go before a judge, and hopefully pave the way for the rest of us to bring our babies home.  There is no real timeframe which has been maddening. Meanwhile, my book appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for pre-order one day last week, and I have been vacillating between the thrill of a life-long dream come true and a strange and guilty sense of “pretending” that I guess is a form of imposter syndrome. I honestly had the best Mother’s Day I can…

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    Save International Adoption

    I cried in the dentist chair today.  Not because of anything the hygienist was doing, but because of the International Adoption Crisis that is happening right now.  Our family has worked so hard to raise over $20,000, and now our adoption and many others are in jeopardy.  It’s a heartbreaking and infuriating problem that not many people know about.  Our Department of State is implementing new regulations that will raise already high costs to astronomical levels, and will ultimately close many if not all international adoption programs in the United States.   Our agency has been denied accreditation renewal, though they have done EVERYTHING necessary to renew it.  Now, the…

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    Some History

      I know this blog is supposed to chronicle our current adoption, but in order to underscore its significance, I thought I should share some of the background. I had difficult pregnancies.  I went into labor at around 25 weeks with all four babies.  After countless hospital stays, medications, and weeks of bedrest, all four still came early.  The first at 36 weeks, the second at 34 weeks, the third at 32 weeks and the fourth at 35 weeks.  Fortunately, only one of my babies spent time in the NICU, and only one has had long term complications because of prematurity.  But, the efforts to stop early labor took a toll on me, physically…