The greatest experience, the one which shakes a soul with hopes and fears, the results of which are never ending, and incidentally, the one which pays the biggest dividends, is to be found in the adoption of children.
--Anonymous

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Reservations Are Made...

Maria and I finally have our airline tickets purchased for our August trip to Guatemala. We'll be in Guatemala at 11:00 on the 10th. The hearing is supposed to start at noon, but from everything I've heard up to now, punctuality is not a priority in these court proceedings and they can go on for hours and hours. We probably won't hear any update until the following day. Maria is not looking forward to traveling without Daddy, (me either really) but I told her we'll have a good time and we won't be gone for long. We're flying out on Monday and returning on Thursday. She's already planning what she and Daddy will do when we get back. The first thing on her list is going to "Donald's". That's McDonald's for you and me but for Maria, it's just "Donald's". You have to spend some time with Maria to get comfy with her speech. She's come a long way in the last couple of years but still has a long way to go.

I feel like a bundle of nerves when I think about the hearing. I'm sure the closer we get to August 10th the worse I'll be. I have a good feeling about the outcome, but still, I'm very, very nervous.
Here's Maria stylin' in her huipil we brought home for her from our last trip. She's not real crazy about the skirt since it doesn't twirl when she spins around but she did wear it to church last Sunday when we did our orphanage presentation. She actually lost her skirt during children's church but it didn't bother her much. She's used to running around half naked anyway. There has to be some kind of trick the mothers in Guatemala use to keep traditional clothing on active little girls.

7 comments:

Gardenia said...

what a cutie is Maria. you are no doubt excited to see your little Nola soon. is it Maria's first trip back to Guatemala? I read some of your prior posts and gosh, your process has had some bumps. praying you get her home soon.

Steph said...

I know it seems like you have been waiting forever for this hearing, but it is almost here! It will be such a relief to be past one more hurdle and it is one huge step closer to Nola coming home. I will be thinking of you constantly!

It was so great to meet you, your hubby, and adorable Maria on Saturday. Maria is such a doll!

Sandy said...

Love Maria's outfit! How cute! Praying for you all and the hearing. Wanted to say hi Saturday at the reunion, but didn't get the opportunity.

Lisa said...

Hope to see you before you leave for Guatemala. Taking Maria is incredibly good luck.
Maria looks adorable in her outfit and so big. Can't wait to see you guys.

Lisa said...

I will direct many positive thoughts in your direction. I truly hope this turns out to be one of your best trips to Guatemala so far. Good luck with everything.

Candy said...

I hope you have a great RULLING and get that girl home soon....How aswesome that you got to hold her...Hugs

Mamita J said...

Pam,

I'll be praying for the hearing.

Have a great trip!

PS. the "trick" they use to keep the skirt up is to tie it so tight you can't breathe. Seriously.

Love,
Julie

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