Friday, December 29, 2006

Now what??

This is a question I am getting a lot here lately. Or what is PGN? For those people who are not involved in the Guatemala adoption process it all sounds like a bunch of jiberish.
I've done some research on the internet and found the following explainations for the remainder of our process. I hope that this will help. Todd and I have made it so far in the process and the past six months seem to have flown by, but now we have to wait some more. But just knowing that we are in this final stage is somewhat of a releif, even though we still can't see the end of the tunnel we are starting to see a small light leading the way.

PGN
After your case exits Family Court and you have U.S. Embassy pre-approval, it will be submitted to Procuraduria General De La Nacion (PGN). PGN is tasked with ensuring that the requirements for adoption under Guatemalan law are met. As part of this process, your case will be submitted to a PGN reviewer for a determination as to whether all legal requirements have been met. Your reviewer will examine all of the documents that you submitted as part of your dossier, additional documents submitted by your Guatemalan attorney, the social worker's report and the U.S. Embassy visa pre-approval. If the reviewer determines that all of the documents are in order, the reviewer will sign off on the file and forward it for final approval. When final approval is granted, your case exits PGN. Shortly after your case exits PGN and the final paperwork is completed, the Guatemalan adoption process ends and you are legally the parent of a new son or daughter!

Immigration Process
At this point in the process your Guatemalan attorney will apply for your child's new birth certificate. The new birth certificate will contain your child's first and middle names (as given at birth) and your family's last name(s). You may not change your child's first and middle names as part of the Guatemalan adoption process. Name changes may be accomplished after you return to the United States. Once your attorney has the amended birth certificate, he/she will apply for your child's Guatemalan passport. Your child will travel to the United States using his/her Guatemalan passport and a visa issued by the U.S. Embassy.

The Guatemalan attorney will then submit all of the documents to the U.S. Embassy for issuance of the "pink slip". The pink slip is an invitation (printed on pink paper) to the adopting family to come to the U.S. Embassy for a final interview and issuance of your child's visa to immigrate to the United States. Once the pink slip is issued, your child will be taken to an Embassy approved physician for a visa physical examination. The examination may not be scheduled until after the pink slip has been issued.

At this point, the adopting parents and the newly adopted child go to the U.S. Embassy for the final interview and issuance of the visa. The family may leave Guatemala and travel to the United States at any time after the visa is issued.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

We are IN!!!

I just got the call from the agency. We are officially in PGN with a log in date of today 12/20/06. So we now sit and wait some more but we are getting really close. Let's all pray for a nice reviewer and hope that after the Christmas/New Year holiday they come back ready to work work work, and release cases everyday.

We also need to pray for no Previos or kick outs. My friend Rebecca received a kick out this week for a document filed in the wrong place in her file, this is a very minor kick out and she is already back in PGN.
Another one of my friends got out of PGN last week after being in 11 1/2 weeks she had one kick out just like Rebecca. So if that's how long it is taking it looks like March or April will be Meredith's homecoming, although no one really know it's in the hand of our PGN reviewer and the PGN director.

Medical update and picture day!!!!




We just received the monthly medial update and pictures.

Meredith is now 16.4 lbs and 25.5 inches tall.

I think we've had a hair cut too wow wee that's short.

Hopefully later today I can update the blog again we are supposed to enter PGN today!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Thank you very much secret blog pal!!!!!

I love it when the mail man delivers something other than bills haha.

I've signed up to have a secret blog pal and I got a gift in the mail today from mine.


I sure wish I was in her state right now, she's from Florida, my favorite place to vacation.


Anyway here is what I got yyyiipppeeee!!!!



A set of stamps for the scrapbooker in me.

A reminder with a goal to bring Meredith home, I totally agree Valentines day would be great.

A CD with loads of music for Meredith, it has my fav "The wheels on the bus", LOVE THAT ONE.

And a frame ornament with a picture of our angel for our tree.


Thank you so much for my gifts I truly love each and everyone one. It has really brightened my day.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

OK OK we are not the Scrooges after all.

We kinda got in the Christmas mood today. We decided to put the tree up and wrap some presents. So here is a couple of pictures.

I heard back from the agency today and the Guatemala attorney did get our documents yesterday and took them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now it will take about 3 weeks for them to be processed, then we can enter PGN. We are hoping and praying for a short stay in PGN, but no one really knows how long we will be in this final stage.

I just keep telling myself this is the last major step before Meredith can come home, and so what if we miss the first Christmas there will be others and I know Marina will take lots of pictures for me. We do know that Meredith did get her ears pierced about a week ago, can't wait to see those.

Well I guess that's it for now, I'm working on some photo albums to take with us to Aunt Lib's this weekend.




































Monday, December 04, 2006

Another update

Ok so the updates are getting farther and farther apart. Yes the lack of communication is very hard!! But Todd and I are taking one day at a time.

Rebecca and I did the yearly ritual of shopping on Black Friday!!! WHHHOOO was that fun, what time was it Rebecca, 4 am when we got to Wal-Mart. Oh well we got everything we went for. Santa Claus has already dropped off a lot of goodies for Meredith.

Todd and I are kinda feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge this year. We are debating on when or if we will put a tree up this year. If we knew that Meredith was coming home in January I would put it up now and just leave it up. But we have no idea as to when she will be coming home so if we do put up the tree we will probably put it up in her room and just leave it in there until she comes home. Who knows we may be having Christmas at Valentines day or even Easter.

As for our case I sent out the authenticated documents via Fedex on Thursday. I just tracked the package and it was delivered down in Guatemala this morning. I've already put my call in to Philip to get on the horn and find out when they will be taking the new documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Once the new forms are registered they can submit our case to PGN which right now the registering part is taking 2-3 weeks. SO we might make it into PGN by the end of the year??? We'll have to wait and see.

We did send down a few things to Meredith for Christmas so hopefully Marina will take pictures of her wearing her Christmas outfit and wearing her new earrings.

Here is the latest info we have on Meredith, by the picture we can tell she is really growing.
She now weighs 15.8lbs and is 24.8 inches tall.


WHAT A CUTIE!!!!!




Monday, November 13, 2006

OK the saga continues

We did hear from the agency today and we do have to send in a 3rd Power of Attorney, well this one is a modification explanation to the first 2. We did learn today that the problem with the first POA had nothing to do with the line not being long enough as we were told. In fact they had written Meredith's given name incorrectly. If they had taken the time to explain this issue in the second POA we completed, we would not be in this mess right now.
So we all know how long it takes to get a document authenticated here in the US, 3 weeks.
OH MY GOSH!!!!!

Well that is if the agency handles the document for us, I've decided to take matters into my own hands and I will be heading to the county clerks office tomorrow, the Secretary of States office on Thursday and sending out the POA via FEDEX to the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington DC Thursday afternoon. I've already called the Embassy and talked to the head lady and she said that she would turn it around in 24-48 hours.

Our attorney tried everything she could in order to avoid having to involve us with this, but PGN has reviewed the letter I was sent today and agree that it will fix the problem. So what else can we do. We just want her HOME!

Ok here's what happening or better yet, what's not happening.....

I know I haven't posted much about our case since we returned from Guatemala. Reason being we haven't had good news to report.

During our visit we received daily updates from the attorney's office. One day something was said about a letter needed for PGN explaining why we had two POA's in our file. But she wasn't too sure about this and the attorney was on vacation the week we were down there. So when we get home we got in contact with our state side advocate and he say that the attorney went to submit our case into PGN and they immediately kicked it out due to the two power of attorney's in our file. This is the first time our attorney has been asked to complete this letter so we get to be the guinea pigs. This all happened two weeks ago today, we were told that the letter would be written and authenticated by today. Well yesterday we received a call from our advocates supervisor and she said that the letter has been written and it is being reviewed by the US Embassy and PGN, once they say it is ok she will submit it for authentications so it can become a legal document.

So it doesn't look like we will be in PGN for another 2 weeks. We have been paper ready to enter PGN for 4 weeks now, add another 2 weeks onto that and we could have been in and out of PGN under normal circumstances. So that's all we have to report now, this is very hard being so close yet so far from the end. We are still hoping for a January come home date, but that is just our estimate, the agency says we will be lucky is she is home by end of April. We do not believe this statement, along with several other things we have been told by them. (That's all I'll say about them right now.)

So as Todd and I are doing, everyone pray real hard that we get a nice PGN review and we are in and out really quick.



Here is our timeline thus far:

Signed with agency 04/27/06
Completed Homestudy and Dossier 06/15/06
It's a Girl 06/21/06
Accepted Referral and sent in POA 06/27/06
Dossier to GUA 07/27/06
Re-do POA line not long enough 08/16/06
Application for DNA authorization 08/23/06
DNA authorizaton granted 09/01/06
DNA test performed 09/07/06
Social Worker Interview 09/07/06
DNA is a match 09/15/06
Social Worker Report 10/09/06
Pre-approval received 10/13/06
Amazing visit trip 10/22-10/26
Waiting to enter PGN for 4 weeks now (PGN requesting letter explaining why 2 POA exsist in our case file)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Medical Update 10/18/06

Here is the latest medical update on Meredith. She now weighs 14lbs and is 24 inches tall. The doctors appointment was on 10/18/06, but we are not sure what day these pictures were taken.

One of these pictures she does not look like a happy camper, but the other 2 are good.









Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Daddy's has a new tv watching buddy

Day 2



Meredith in the bouncy seat in the baby lounge. LOVES THE CHAIR HAVE TO GET ONE!!!!



Meredith smiling for daddy.


Meredith in the big girl chair in the restaurant for breakfast!!















Meredith and her boyfriend Zachary holding hands ready to trick or treat.

Monday, October 23, 2006

And the fashion show begins!!!



Photos



Hola from Guatemala!!!!!

Yep we made it with only a couple minor problems. First we left Louisville 15 minutes late, and when we landed in Houston we had to wait on the Jet way for 15 minutes so they could clear our ramp. So Todd and I made it to our connections with 6 minutes to spare. YIKES!!
Secondly, one of our suitcases must have got caught on a conveyor belt or something, one of the corners was punctured and the back was partially ripped off. We are not sure what fell out, but I'm sure we'll figure it out when we go get something that isn't there. OH well with the short amount of time between planes, we're lucky that all 4 bags made it.

The Marriott is great, the people here are so helpful, all we have to do is ask. Last night Todd and I had a wonderful pizza, possible the best we've ever had, and they brought us chocolate ice cream for dessert. Our room has a great view of the city, but most importantly it has a view of the BIG McDonalds that is next door to the hotel. We plan to send the concierge out today for a Big Mac and Chicken Nuggets. The only complaint we have is that the bed is very hard, but I guess that didn't matter because we took a 3 hour nap yesterday and slept for 7 hours last night. I guess we were too tired to care.

Right now it is 5:30 here or 7:30 Louisville time. Todd and I are both to excited to sleep.

As we were checking into our room, Rebecca from North Carolina ran over to meet us, I'm so glad that we finally get to meet in person. Keely from Arizona and Meridith from Illinois are here too with their babies. It's wonderful to be here with people I know and have talked to.

Well I guess that is all for now, we are getting ready to go down breakfast, Meredith will be here by 10 Guatemala time, Noon for you guys in Kentucky.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Leaving on a Jet Plane!!!!

That's right the time has come, well almost. Todd and I fly out Sunday morning and should be in Guatemala around noon their time.
Once I get home tonight at midnight(working Archivers tonight) I'll put the very last stuff in the suitcases and get them ready to load in the truck.
Tomorrow is equally as busy as today, Todd and I are both working tomorrow and won't have time to do much of anything. Gizmo is going to the kennel in the morning, let just say his digs are as good as ours in Guatemala. PetSuites is posh, they have 2 room townhouses with toddler beds and a private TV in each that plays the animal planet 24/7, this is a far cry from where Gizzy has stayed before, no more cat room for you little buddy.
Todd and I will have to be in bed by 9 pm Saturday night, we will have to be up at 3:15 in order to make it to the airport by 5, WOW very early.

But we can't wait to get there, three of my friends have already checked in and they are waiting for us to get there. I spoke to them via phone Thursday night.
We will be taking my laptop with us but are unsure if we can get it hooked up properly, so we may have to rely on the hotel computers if they are available. We will try to email when we get there because with the expense and unreliable phone service we will not be calling home.

Meredith is being brought over Monday morning at 10. So please be thinking about us this coming week. I will try to post to the blog if possible.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Today was a good news day. Our attorney went to the US Embassy and picked up our Pre-Approval. That means we will be submitted to PGN this week.
Lets all hope and pray for a nice PGN reviewer and that they don't find any mis-spelled words or anything else to kick us out for. Let's hope for a short 3 week stay in PGN, more realistic is 6 weeks, but there is always a chance.

Todd and I leave at 7:10am on Sunday for our trip to Guatemala. I probably won't update the blog again until after we get back unless I can get access to the computers in the Hotel lounge.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Update to 10/9 post

Our authenticated DNA results were received at the agency on Tuesday. The agency said that they were overnighting them to our attorney the same day. So the only thing that is keeping us out of PGN is the pre approval from the US embassy.

11 days to go!!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Moving right along....

Today's weekly report from Guatemala stated that our social worker report is complete and the only thing our attorney is waiting on is the authenticated DNA results and Embassy Pre Approval and we can be submitted to PGN. I've asked our advocate if we would be submitted into PGN by the time we get there and he said the chances are very good.

As for PGN it is a crap shoot. I'd have better luck picking the lottery numbers than guessing when we will get our of PGN. The time line for PGN runs from 3 weeks to over 6 months. I know people at both end of this spectrum. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed that we are one of the 3 week families.

As for the countdown we are at 12 days. Todd and I have to get busy packing this week, we are both going to be very busy this week and next with Archivers and a Horse Show at the expo center.

Several of you have asked if we have everything we need for our trip and as of right now we don't think so. I'm off tonight so Todd and I will sit down and go through everything and double check our lists, but I think we have everything for Meredith covered. I've had to go buy bigger suitcases, the ones we had were not big enough hehehehe, can we say packing everything except the kitchen sink? Good thing about our hotel is that if we need anything all we have to do is ask and the hotel will send someone out for it.

As for Todd and me, well we'll find room for clothes somewhere hehehe. I've told my friend Rebecca to not be offended when I answer the door in my Mickey Mouse PJ's. :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Just some more random info.

I'm trying to post every week to the blog, so far I'm failing miserably!!!
Ok I will try to do better.

Anyway with this weeks update there wasn't anything new to report. Our DNA results are in the authentication process and should be back by weeks end. Once back at the agency they will over night them to our Guatemalan attorney and she will take that and the Social worker report (when it comes in) and submit us into PGN. So we are very close to the getting into the final stage of the process.

There is one more piece of paper you need to get into PGN and that is a Pre-Approval from the US embassy and they issue that after they get the DNA results from Labcorp. Right now those are taking on average 30 days from the day Labcorp overnighted the results to the Embassy. So ours was sent out on September 15th so we are half way there.

So we are hopeful that the DNA results, social worker report, and pre approval will all be back and they can submit us to PGN on or around the time we get down there. 18 days and counting. Todd and I have been packing and unpacking and trying to make everything fit and still stay within the FAA guidelines for baggage, and I think I need to find bigger suitcases and not take the smaller ones??? Not sure, still working things out.

I'm meeting one of the other moms from here in Louisville tomorrow for lunch and we will be taking things down for her son who is a month older than Meredith. When I look at the different stages my friends are in with regards to the process, we are not that bad off. We are at the same point in the process as those whose babies are a month to 2 months older than Meredith.
Although Todd and I have told ourselves that the chances of Meredith being home by Christmas are pretty slim. We are still remaining hopeful.

18 days yyiippeeee!!!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Medical update plus new pictures



























































27 days and counting!!!!!! Todd and I are getting really excited.

Today was medical update and picture day yiippee!!!!

Meredith is now 12 1/2 pounds and 23 inches tall.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What's happening with the process???

I've been getting that question a lot so I thought I should explain to everyone what is going on right now.

As the last post states the DNA test has come back as a match which allows us to travel and visit Meredith. 31 days and counting. Our friend Rebecca will be down there too at that time so we are looking forward to meeting her in person.
The DNA test results from Lab Corp came in the mail on Wednesday, a copy was also sent to A Helping Hand. Once AHH gets their copy they will send it off to be authenticated and then it's off to the US Embassy in Guatemala. Once down in Guatemala the Embassy will issue a Pre-Approval for the adoption to enter PGN.

We are currently waiting on our Social Worker down there to complete her home study on the birth mom and foster mom. That report should be back in a few weeks if not sooner. Once the social worker report is complete and the Embassy has issued the Pre-Approval we can enter PGN. PGN is where a case worker reviews everything with a fine tooth comb to determine if the adoption is legal and that nothing looks fraudulent. Right now the PGN step is varying in length. Some people are getting out in 4 weeks, 6 weeks, and I know some that have been in there for 5 months. It all depends on how many items they question (Previos). We are hoping for no previos and that our stay in PGN is short.

After PGN they issue a new birth certificate with our last name and set an Embassy appointment to come pick her up.



Oh a much happier note, today is mine and Todd's 4th wedding anniversary and Meredith is 3 months old today.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Guatemala here we come!!!!!!!!

I've just booked our flight and hotel reservations for our first visit trip.
I can't wait to get down there. I think the countdown said 34 days this morning!!!!
I'm so excited to get to see Meredith and I'm also excited to be visiting another country!!!
Now that everything is booked it's time to make sure we have everything we need for the trip.



YAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Hold on Meredith mommy and daddy are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

It's a match!!!!!!!!!

We just received the results from the DNA test that was performed last week on Meredith and her birth mom. The results came back a match 99.99%

That means Todd and I are free to travel.

YAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

More Photos


Sleepy baby.





Our first family photo!!!





I'm a happy girl!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Finally!!!!!!!

Finally we have some new pictures, thanks to Rebecca another adoptive parent that just returned from visiting her son. This is one of the dresses that we sent down a couple of weeks ago.



Monday, September 04, 2006

New information about Meredith

Good Labor Day everyone. Well summer is almost over and I must say that this summer has moved very quickly. I guess we have been pretty pre-occupied this year, I wonder with what???

One of my new friends that is also using our agency made a visit trip to Guatemala this weekend to see her son. In an effort to obtain information about Meredith and another families little guy, she asked our attorney if they would bring the babies over to the hotel for her to meet them and take pictures. And by a sheer miracle they granted her request. She spent over an hour with Meredith and Anthony plus their foster moms. She conducted mini interview with each foster mom to obtain information about our babies.
Here is what she found out about Meredith:
"She is beautiful Veronica. I held her and took lots of pictures with her. I got pics of all of the babies with each other...and with the foster mom and with me of course. Meredith was dressed so cute in one of the outfits that you sent down. Meredith was very calm, didn't cry much at all and her foster mom said that is typical. The fm name is marina and the foster dad is jose pedro. She was a little angel...she smiled at me.....and i was kissing her when they took pics. I asked questions of her fm too and she said that meredith absolutely loves to take a bath...she just loves water. She is a very happy baby. She weighs 11 lbs. and 8 oz.. The fm wanted me to tell you that she loves meredith very much.. She treats her like her own. She is just very sweet and i can tell that she loves meredith and vice versa. Meredith sleeps on her side....doesn't like many blankets. She is warm natured. She sleeps very well at night and just smiles all of the time. They are looking very forward to meeting you and send their love. They want you to know that she is taken care of very well and that they will keep her safe."

Also the foster mom brought back 2 of the disposable cameras we mailed down. Rebecca is going to mail those to us when she gets back on Tuesday. She also will email me the pictures she took during her visit.

We are so grateful to Rebecca for working out this meeting and getting us the wonderful information. We now know more about Meredith and it is great!!!!

I'll post pictures as soon as I get them.

Friday, August 25, 2006

TGIF

Hey everyone,
We don't have much to report this week. We were told we could be submitted for DNA authorization this week and possibly family court next week. We hope to know more next week. We did not received the medical update this week either, another hope for next week.

We need to pray for Kim and Jay they flew to Guatemala today to meet their little boy Alex. I hope to see some pictures later tonight. Thanks again Kim for taking those clothes to Meredith.
I wish you could see her for us, but we know that won't happen.

This week was also the beginning of my Archivers training, the store is opening on Sept 22 and we begin moving into the store this Thursday. Exciting!!!!


Look at this picture. What am I doing? Just bored and taking pictures????




NOOOOOOOO guess again, oh ok one more hint.





Yes that's right Todd and I are planning a visit to see the munchkin.
And no one make fun of my homemade countdown!!!!!
I guess I should explain how the visit process works. Our agency recommends that we wait for DNA testing to be completed and results returned. We are pretty sure that the results will be back way before our departure date. We let our agency know we are going they cordinate our arrive with our attorney down there and she cordinates with the foster mom. They (attorney and Foster mom) will bring Meredith to the hotel we are staying at and drop her off. Most of the time the Foster mom's don't bring anything to leave with Meredith so we have to pack EVERYTHING. So I've started buying a couple things a week so I won't be overwhelmed later on. We also plan on taking a suitcase of just "stuff" to leave down there for her. Meredith stays with us the entire time we are in Guatemala. They come back and pick her up just before we leave for the airport. YES I know this will be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I have to. It will make it easier when she comes into the country.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Happy Birthday Meredith.....Well sorta

Meredith is 2 months old today. Hopefully she will be going to the DR today unless they took her last week. We hope to get the medical update this week. I wonder how much she weighs? (Becky we may have to return some clothes, hehehe)
And just maybe there will be pictures too.

We're also hoping for DNA authorization this week.

Training begins this week for Archivers and we start loading the store either later this week or early next week. The store is scheduled to open Sept 22. So it's time to get busy, busy, busy.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Nothing good to report.

The title says it all.

The advocate at the agency went on a trip down to GUA to visit the attorney and the Foster moms and babies.

Some of the families received pictures, unfortunately we were not one of them. They took pictures of all the babies, but the camera got lost either in the room or at the airport so there are no pictures for us. BUMMER!!!!!!!!! Those families that did get pictures were from the Foster moms and the disposable cameras they have left with them.


In the same day we find out our Power of Attorney is no good. The line where the babies' name goes isn't long enough. So we have to submit a new one and it has to go through all the different offices just like the other paperwork did. So we have probably added another 2-4 weeks onto the process. They can not go any further with Family Court until the POA is corrected.

On a happier note we were told this would not affect the authorization of DNA which we should be getting the OK from the US Embassy to have that test done in the next couple of weeks. I'll believe it when I see the charge on my Credit Card for the DNA test.

Once that test has come back as a match they say we can visit, but after talking to other families I now that is only a recommendation just in case there is no match. So I guess to be on the safe side we will wait till DNA comes back to visit.
With my two work schedules and the constant events at Todd's job, I may have to go without him. Becky got that passport yet?
The thoughts of going down alone are scarry, but the number of families that are down there each and every week, I will never be ALONE. They mostly stay at the Marriott, Westin, or Radisson. One of the message boards I belong to there is always a post out there asking if anyone will be at one of the hotels. So I'm sure I'll meet some of the folks I talk to from all over the country.

I'm meeting one of the families tonight for dinner, she's taking down a whole load of clothes for Meredith, there is one thing for sure this kid will never go without clothes. Her closet is already full.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Yeah for me!!!!

We'll we haven't heard anything yet this week about Meredith, but I did hear from Archiver's. I accepted a part time supervisor position with the new store opening up here in Louisville. I begin tranging in about 2 weeks. YEAH!!!!!!! A much needed distraction, plus a little money.

Todd found out on Friday that our Dossier is in Guatemala and is being translated into Spanish. Philip(our advocate) is checking on a few things for us regarding our foster mom, and hopefully we can get Embassy approval for DNA testing soon.

I've been chatting with some other families that are in the process and we are trying to get a small group together to start a support group here in Louisville.
Thanks to one of the other families Meredith will be getting a lot more clothes at the end of August. Thank You Kim for offering to take those down for us we greatly appreciate it!!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Pictures!!!!

The agency emailed these pictures to the proud papa today!!



ARGH her eyes are closed!!!!









Finally a picture with her eyes open!!!!



Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sounds like we have a good eater on our hands....

We received the 1 month doctor visit report today and Meredith has gained almost 4 lbs in a month. She has also grown 3 inches. Her stats are 9lbs, 20.07inches long. She also received a bunch of shots. No photos came with this update.


As for mommy and daddy, our week has been challenging. I've been sick with the stomach flu since Tuesday morning, pair that with not sleeping and I feel like a real winner. Todd on the other hand is the best "honey will you get me" guy I know. He calls it good practice for later on.

Our paperwork is now complete and has been received back at the agency from the Guatemalan Consulate in DC. Our agency will send everything down to Guatemala on Thursday for translation into Spanish and then we are off and running. We are trying to pin down when we could visit if we want to or should I say can. Airplane tickets are expensive!!!!

Oh well everything will work out. Talk to you soon.

V

Monthly update for all Guatemala families.

I hope everyone is doing great and are having a good summer. I will
start sending a monthly update to keep everyone inform of what is
going on at AHH and also pass on information about referrals.

I would like to encourage everyone that is "paper chasing" to work
quickly. If you are waiting on your Home Study to let us know when
that is done and sent of to CIS. Also do not forget we need an
authenticated copy for your Dossier.

If you have a referral and your child's DNA has been done and
pre-approval received, please contact us before you plan a visit so
that we can consult with Cinthya about dates. Keep in mind she also
needs to get rest and on Saturdays and Sundays it is very hard
sometimes to deliver babies to the Hotel so it might not happen. To
avoid disappointments plan trips on a week day.

For those of you who have been waiting to get out of PGN the waiting
has become long but I want to let you know that if we or Cinthya
(attorney in GUA) had any way of getting you out fast it would be done.
Families are getting out of PGN slowly but surely. Attorney's in
Guatemala to include Cinthya have been getting together to see
if they can get cases moving quicker, so far nothing has changed and
the PGN Director is just signing a few everyday. Lately we have all
seen a lot of things posted in different web site be careful with what
you read sometimes it is not accurate and most of the time it is made up.

Congratulations to those of you with your blessings in arms. If you
have not started with re-adoption here in the US it is a good idea to
start thinking about it. Some States do not require it but it can be
of benefit in the future. The most obvious benefit that I have seen
is a state issued birth certificate. Having done dossier paper work
you know how important an original birth certificate that has been
issue with a date stamped and/or live signature is, also it has to be
issue that particular year, so was it helpful to be able to just call
Vital Statistics office to get one? You will probably need a birth
certificate for a school, insurance, passport and many other things.
So won't it be reassuring to know that you can easily replace it or get one if you had to.


June Update Information

Babies Home in 2006 19

Babies Home in June 2

Referrals for June Boys 1 Girls 5

Total Families with referrals 35

DNA and/or Family court 21

PGN 11

Out of PGN in June 1

Waiting on Pink 1



Waiting list

Girls 5
Boys 1

Parent Education Requirements: Due to state licensing requirements,
AHH is now requiring all families who applied to AHH after January 1,
2006 to provide proof that their parent education credits have been
earned before they receive their referral/before they travel. A
Completion Certificate will be issued to each family, and it signifies
their final adoption approval. This Completion Certificate will be
awarded once all of your credits have been earned and approved by
Traci Andis, our Parent Education Coordinator. All credits earned
outside of AHH must be documented with a certificate from the
supervising agency. As a reminder, for Kentucky and Texas clients you must have: "Abroad and Back" or "Eyes Wide Open;"
"Medical Risks;" infant and child "CPR;" and 10 additional family
credits that you earn by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a
seminar or support group. For clients from the remaining states you
must have: "Eyes Wide Open," and 10 additional family credits that can
be earned by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a seminar or support group.
Special need clients have a different program that requires the > following no matter what state you reside in: "Abroad and Back" or "Eyes Wide Open;"
"Medical Risks;" infant and child "CPR;" 10 family credits that you
earn by watching DVDs, reading books, or attending a seminar or
support group; and 4 additional family credits specific to the special
need of the child you are adopting. Please contact your family
advocate with any questions you may have about this.

Care Packages Unfortunately we will no longer be able to send care
packages for the children to Guatemala it is very expensive to send
and also taxes on the gifts have to be paid, if you have questions or
concerns about this please let us know. You can send a package on
your own if you wish, I will be glad to give you Cinthya's mailing address to send it to.

AHH Picnic review: AHH's 2006 Reunion Picnic was a great success.
The brunch with Cinthya Vallejo was great and many families attended.
Philip and I would like to thank everyone for making Cinthya and Ana
Maria (Cinthya's assistant) feel welcome. You can see pictures and
get more information at the AHH web site.

I will have another update next month, if there is something you would
like to see in the updates please make suggestions.

Maria and Philip
Your family advocates

Monday, July 17, 2006

$191.11

After comparing prices with all the major carriers DHL was the cheapest.
All the others cost more and would take longer to get there.
DHL has guaranteed delivery by 6pm tomorrow Tuesday.


Robin guessed $200 which was the closest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

OK best guess wins!!!

Well I don't know what you win but guess anyway.

How much do you think this box will cost to ship to Guatemala?

It weighs approx 6.5-7lbs, full of clothes and disposible cameras.



Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New pictures!!!!!

Here is what the email fairy brought today.

Our advocate at the agency said these were either taken today(Tuesday), or yesterday. Meredith goes to the doctor again on the 21st and we should get that update 1-2 weeks after.
I'm just thankful to have new pictures. They say she is really healthy and has great color. I just wish the photos weren't so close up?? Oh well just glad to have them.

The care package will be going out on Thursday. Todd read some Walt Disney books tonight and recorded them and I'll do the same tomorrow. I'll have a contest to see who can guess the cost for shipping this box down, you will be surprised.







Is that a double chin I see??? Yep she'll fit in just fine.






Sunday, July 09, 2006

And let the battle begin!!!

These picutres speak for themself.


Uncle Brians idea of a good team.





Daddy's idea of a good team.


I wonder which one Meredith will pick??? Oh and Todd wants to know where he can find some Chicago Cubs gear for her??? Thanks Aunt Becca for the cute outfits even though Todd says she can't wear this one, don't worry I'll sneak and let her.


No new update just yet. We will post information as soon as we get it. We are sending down a care package this week.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Busy Busy Weekend..

Well Todd and I have had a very busy weekend. Ever since we found out that Meredith is here we've been going in overdrive. As you can see we finished up the nursery this weekend. We will put the changing table together sometime this week, the crib was challenge enough for one day. Oh and the border (that one piece deal didn't work too good Becky). Oh and Todd says if he sees one more thing Hello Kitty, he's going to hurl. hahaha But anyway the room is painted, the border hung, and the crib is put together. The only thing that's missing is Meredith!!! We haven't heard anything else since Tuesday, I'll try to get some more information this week, but it's doubtful that the agency will know anything new. They said we would get our next round of pictures in about 5 weeks.