Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I have never heard God's voice calling us to bring our child home any louder than I hear it right now. I have actually followed (read stalked) the mail lady in our neighborhood until she got to our box in the last five weeks hoping, praying, that today is the day. Each day when I check the mail and it is not there, I hurt inside. Every day that hurt gets a little deeper. And reading things like this about what happens to the children in Kyrgyzstan makes me want to just get on a plane and go get her. I believe God has a plan for our family; this is it. I believe in God's perfect timing; sometimes I need help with the patience. Pray a special prayer of peace and patience over us as we wait. Pray for our time to bring our daughter home be now.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monica has inspired me to post some pictures of our nursery.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I finally figured out how to post pictures on a post. The first two were taken at the San Antonio Zoo which is a FANTASTIC place for children under five. They have this amazing water area for young kids, which we didn't know about beforehand, and Sydney had a BLAST! We had to change her clothes before we left but it was totally worth it for these adorable pictures.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Adoptive mothers know that she’s a mender of wounds, not just of the physical skinned knees with a band-aid and a kiss, but of the heart. She gives love, acceptance, and permission to ask and talk about the day he was born and of his first parents. Adoptive mothers are embracers, not only of the child with many hugs and kisses, but of the child’s heritage and history. She embraces the facts of her child’s past with strength for herself and the child.
She’s not only a memory maker planning family vacations, activities, and birthday parties, but also a memory keeper. Details of a birth, photos of the hospital, and of the parents who brought her into the world are kept along side the newspaper clipping that announced it all. All these things are kept in a special book that tells the whole story.
She’s a tier of shoelaces and of hearts. She weaves lives together into a tapestry of a new family, with many different brightly, colored threads showcasing their individualities and family origins. Together they create one unit attached to each other.
Adoptive mothers are experts at finding lost objects, but understand and validate the profound, deep loss left by adoption. She allows the tears to fall and grief to be felt, allowing the mourning of the mom not there. She is secure in knowing that she’s not a replacement, but a finisher of a race for someone who, for whatever reason, could not run any longer.
This role is not for the weak of spirit, or the easily wounded. Loving a child not born to her but calling him her own, but this is what she does, it is her calling.
She is a mother.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"The Fillmore family is approved to adopt a female child, as healthy as possible, between the ages of three months and eighteen months from Kyrgyzstan."
These are the words that brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart today. Our fabulous social worker emailed the home study report to me today to make sure everything was correct. And it was. We have officially been approved to adopt our baby girl!!!
Now only a few things to do before our dossier goes off to Kyrgyzstan.
1-Mail home study report to USCIS for immigration approval
2-Mail dossier to Adoption Ark for approval for authentication
3-Mail dossier to Secretary of State in Austin for authentication
4-Mail dossier to Washington DC for translation into Kyrg
I plan to do items 1 and 2 simultaneously if at all possible. This way if AA finds something wrong with all our other documents, I will be able to correct them before I can move on to item number 3 which cannot be completed until 1 and 2 are done.
We have much to celebrate today. Praise be to the Lord!