Monday, January 19, 2009

Thank You, Friends

It is not often that I am without words, so I'll simply say thank you. Thank you to everyone who left a note or an email over the weekend of darkness. That's what I am calling it now, as I am trying to put it behind me and move forward. Adding to the madness this weekend, I have been under a full fledged sinus attack. I think it was my karmic-comeuppance for singing the praises too loudly of my flu shot in October. I finally listened to my mother (why I waited, I don't know, they always DO know best!) last night and used the ole boiling pot of water on the stove/towel over your head trick.

Through this I have seen that I have some amazing friends. Some old faces and some I have never met. I am truly touched by every ones kindness - from the Overstreet's including me in their weekly prayer group last night to my long time friend Kim in Columbus, OH who is dealing with her own "wait" as well in many different forms.

Kim sent me a note this weekend that really summed it all up for me. I told her that my first pass at the note had to be tabled due to rapid appearance of tears (maybe it was just the sinuses!), but I printed her note and read it again before bed last night. Kim is one of my oldest friends and by that I don't mean her chronological age! I met Kim on likely the first or second day of 9th grade - in gym class. She and her family had just moved to Mt. Pleasant, MI (my hometown) that year. I was the new kid once, so I always liked to introduce myself to the "new kids". Kim and I instantly hit it off and have been friends ever since. She knows me better than almost anyone! Kim sent a quote from a book she's reading and I wanted to share it:

"Waiting is our destiny as creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they hope for. We wait in the darkness for a flame we cannot light, We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot write, We wait for a not yet that feels like a not ever. Waiting is the hardest work of hope." - Lewis Smedes

While writing this post, I got the slightest of updates from my agency. Apparently the form they were promised from Tatiana's baby home was NOT ready for them last week and they are to have it this Wednesday. I am now being told that my papers should go to the judge this Thursday or Friday. Not the update I was hoping for - but at least it's an update.


Joy said...

It may not be what you wanted but knowing is better then not knowing I think any way.

Julie Sellers said...


I found your blog from Stacey's blog after she was the first story on my new blog. Hows that for a small world!

I adopted my son from Vlad region (Nakhodka) four years ago on Wednesday. I had 2 1/2 months between trips. I visited him the first week in November and then was given a tentative court date of 12/3.

What that meant was that was the day they were going to ask the judge for when they took the paperwork to her. I she said no, don't tell me what to do and set his court date for 1/21. Not perfect, but they did set the date at that meeting.

Once I had a date, I could at least DEAL with it, make lists, buy tickets etc. I think theirs every hope you will get a court date when then meet with the judge. Also, it is GOOD they are going completely prepared.

I was told she had to issue the date within so many days of the file being complete and given to her. If the file's not complete, then she sends them away and tells them to come back when it is.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Julie Sellers

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Nichole said...

Sometimes, any update is better than no update! Praying all goes smoothly and quickly from here on out because you soooo deserve it!

Roger and Joanne said...

Knowledge is power.
I hope there are many more now that have the knowledge of your little one and they will soon have the power to make it happen.

It's getting closer. :-)

Tamara said...

I will keep an ever present vigil on my computer and cell phone awaiting the glorious news that you're returning to Vlad. You are getting closer. I think what's so hard is not being in control of all this. Heck .. if you were in control you would've had T home about a week after you submitted your dossier, right? Soon you'll be navigating potty training, wiping poop from places you thought would never see poop and figuring out the fastest, healthiest meals to fix every day .. ooh and trying to remember what that pair of pants went with (seriously, the clothes matching and sorting can be very difficult). Blamisa will continue to cast good luck your way ;) HUGS!

Mike and Heidi Lee said...

Hey Amy! Another adoptive mother had told me "I didn't get the call until I felt like I couldn't go on another day, when it was so unbearable, that's when I got the call". Surprisingly enough, that is what happened with me, as well! I can't even begin to tell you how many times I cried in despair thinking I'd never see Bradyn again. But, low and behold it happened and when it does for you, it will be so sweet! Tatiana will be in your arms!

True Story said...

Hi Amy, All is can say is "Amen, sister" to your 'Going Crazy' post... I wish I had some kind of good advice, but just know that you have someone out there praying for you!