**Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.**

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A lot to say, so little time.........


Well we have been back from our trip for 9 days now and it stinks a big one. Kinsey was so confused about what was going on that her FM said it took her 2 days to get back to her routine. She said she was confused and sad. Once she showed her the home video of us she said our names and then was happy. As the trip progressed she was more at home and looooves her brother. She calls him "Ka Ka" which sounds like "da da" but she made sure we all knew that he was who she was talking about. It was so sweet to see them interact more now that she is older. He is a trooper too. He can pretty much sum up the adoption for you. I know he wants her home as badly as we do. That was what he asked for when it was his b-day, to go see her.

Danny went with Pam and her family to Nola's orphanage. They were all overly blessed and was able to purchase a jungle gym, ride on toys, bouncy seats, and tons of other stuff. Danny really enjoyed his time. Check out Casa Alegria's blog or Journey to Nola to see some photos.

While there I went to PGN to see if there was anything I could do to help our case along or to get a better understanding of what is going on. Boy, was I a nervous wreck. I used one of my contacts I have in Guatemala and she goes to PGN alot with families. She knows the process and is a great translator. I have no idea how she did it, but she got us into the minor's section of PGN and next thing I know the man who has our case is shaking my hand and sitting beside me with OUR case on his lap. We talked and I tried to present myself well in hopes that he got a good vibe from me. He was VERY nice and seemed genuine. The bottom line is he was just assigned our case and didn't even know he had it. The woman that has had it all this time was recently fired and his desk is piling up with cases to review. Alot was said and learned. There are some things that still need to be done and one thing is to get the judges "certified" resolution to PGN into our file. He did give me his personal contact phone number and said he was glad I came. He was going to make our case a "priority". Yeah, well we all know Guat. time is soooooooooooooo not our time. This guy has the power to release our file from minor's and send it to regular PGN. There are still so many steps that have to happen for Kinsey to come home. I met and spoke with our attorney's assistant too while I was there. It is amazing how loooooooong these little steps take. The document PGN needs is in a huge pile at the judges office waiting for some kind of certification. Come on people!!!! Our attorney is as frustrated as we are. We have not paid one cent towards this adoption to our attorney's or agency since March 2008. Once the adoption is complete, then they recieve the rest of their fees. No-one knew the major delays that were ahead. Even though our attorneys have not recieved anything, they are still paying for Kinsey's fostercare, diapers and other needs and have never once asked for additional fees due to all the delays. We are very thankful for this, but wish it was all over.

With her 2nd b-day fastly approaching, please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I have some really hard and low days. Some days I barely get off the couch. I call them "Poor Me Days". They are fewer these days but they come to haunt me on occasion. I have more good days than bad thanks to Kainen keeping me on my toes.

Well you know the usual post ending phrase. I will keep you all posted on any news.

3 comments:

Sandy said...

Your trip sounds amazing! I know you have endured so much through this process...more than anyone should have to. Know I pray and think of you guys daily. I can't wait for the day you step off the plane with Kinsey in your arms. Until then it's ok to have "Poor Me days". Praying the PGN guy follows his word and makes your case a priority....

Steph said...

Oh wow! I can't believe you were able to meet with so many people. Hopefully, this will help personalize this for someone and get things moving. You know my heart goes out to your family all the time. I wish so badly this was over and Kinsey was home, in your arms, where she belongs. In the meantime, you definitely deserve those "poor me" days. Kainen is also one sweet, amazing little boy. He seems like a huge source of strength for your family in such a little body! Hugs, hugs, hugs.

Will and Aileen said...

We're still praying for you here and asking the Lord to send Kinsey home soon and keep her safe until that time.