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

Friday, May 3, 2013

Our Empathy Time

I still can't believe it but we have been here in Guatemala since Saturday, April 27.  We visited with Nola for a couple of hours on Saturday and then again on Sunday and on Monday, she came to stay with us.  The director of her hogar and his wife did a wonderful job of preparing her for our visit and she has been completely at ease with us.  We spent our first few days at our favorite hotel, La Casa Grande.  It was so good to see Gloria again as well as the rest of the staff there.  We are currently at the Grand Tikal Futura.  It's a bit fancy for my taste but the girls love the pool here.  I'm wishing I had worked harder on my Spanish but we're getting along pretty well.  I usually can get the main idea of what she's telling me and she is helping me out when I need it.  Mark is going to be here with us until the 11th and Maria and I will stay until the 19th.  We're meeting with our lawyer on Monday and will be going over what to expect for the rest of the process.  I'm wishing the rest of the process included Nola coming home with us when we leave on the 19th but unfortunately, that's not going to happen.  For now, we're enjoying every minute and praying our case speeds through the process and our little girl will be home with us this summer.


 
Our first meeting together on Saturday

Walking to the park
 
Loving her Papa when she said she was tired and he picked her up
 
Two sisters enjoying each other's company

  

7 comments:

Isa and Kai's mama said...

Praying your sweet girl home! Hooray for a step forward! {from a former FTIA family who never comments :) }

Guatmama said...

Wow, just wow! Tears are flowing,she has been in your hearts so happy she is in your arms!

Suzanne and Jayme said...

Ive been following your journey from the beginning..What glorious pictures. I love them all. Praying she is home soon.

Garland Family said...

Hard to fight back tears. I can't wait to share your post with my church life group who has been praying for you. Nola is so sweet and is so happy with her family. I can't wait for the day she is home with you.

Stephanie in NC said...

I am so excited for you! Like everyone else, I am fighting the tears of joy for something that should have happened a LONG time ago!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read about your pick up trip!!!!

Aileen said...

I LOVE the picture of her smiling over her Daddy's shoulder. So precious! We will pray for the rest of the process to fly by so your sweet girl can enjoy her first Indiana summer with her family!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

Loving the smiles! What an amazing journey this has been. I can't wait to read about pickup! Praying for a speedy and easy process the rest of the way.

Gordon Mote - Don't Miss the Glory