Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Day of School 08/26/2009

Elijah's first day as a second grader

Elise as fourth grader

Graedy my sixth grader who dodged the alone photo. Sneha is still missing from our family and she needs to go to school since she has never been and is 8 years old. So we are still waiting, it is a good thing we aren't holding our breath while waiting or we would be long gone.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August 19,2009

We are still waiting for a confirmation of our consulate appointment for Sneha's visa. I think once that happens we can buy our tickets and plan a trip. The good news is that the temperature in India will continue to go down and not be soooo hot. The airline tickets are also more resonable out of the summer travel season.

School starts here on August 26th. At least I will be able to get the kids settled in to their new schools. Graedy is already in 6th(middle school) and will start playing the Baritone. Elise is now in the 4th grade. Elijah is in 2nd grade and cleared to play soccer. The ability to play sports was his goal after the cranio-plasty and he is cleared by the surgeon for soccer and basketball, he just won't be able to be goalie because of the risk of direct hits to his head. He is so excited and we are just waiting for the coach to call.

Friday, August 14, 2009

August 13, 2009

Sneha after she had been cleared for adoption and living at the orphanage in 2004.
Sneha right after she was found and brought to the orphanage in 2004.

Sneha the big girl that she is today.

Elijah and his first pony ride at the fair this August.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 11, 2009 Legacy of the Adopted Child

Once there two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call mother

Two different lives shaped to make one
One became your quiding star, one became your sun

The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live
The first one gave you a need for love. The second one was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality. The other gave you a name.
One gave you talent. One gave you aim.

One gave you emotions. The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile. The other dried your tears.

One sought for you a home that she could not provide.
The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.

And now you ask me through your tears,
the age old question, unaswered through the years.
Heredity or environment, which are you a product of?
Neither, my darling neither, just two kinds of love.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

India here we come!!!!

We knew we loved you before we ever met!!!

Great News-Praise to God!!!!!

We have the I-800 approval, yeah!!!!! We are also waiting on the article 5, and an email from the visa department in New Delhi. It seems so unreal, we will go to pick up our Grace Sneha very soon. So much to do, but I am ready to get going:)

John 14:18 (New International Version)
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

James 1:27 (New International Version)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Psalm 119:130
"The unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009 Sneha has a passport!!!

Sneha now has her passport, but we are still waiting for USCIS approval to bring her home even though we did receive the I797C. We thought they would email yesterday, but no such luck, so today we wait for the answer if we will be able to bring our Sneha home or not.