Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blogging Again

So I think it can be said that I am not much of a blogger. Who knew? Well probably anyone who knows me and knows how hard it is for me to  remember to return calls or emails etc. Yet despite my absence from blogging, I have been busy. Waiting on paperwork, trying to get my dossier together has all taken so much longer than my previous adoptions. My tales of woe and despair over paperwork are many but boring and now they are pretty much over as my dossier should be headed to Eastern Europe. Now the real wait begins and I have absolutely no control over the timeline but knowing me, I will shed a lot of tears over missed holidays, birthdays and timelines created out of thin air by my imagination. Yet, in the end, we will get her home and she is so worth every bit of this process.

Recently another family traveled in  May to visit their daughter who is in the same orphanage as Savannah. They were able to meet her, hug her and let her know that her mama was coming for her. I have had no updates on her since last winter, so getting this bit of information was priceless. Savannah is loved by her caretaker. I can't tell you how comforting it is to know that someone treasures her. If she only knew how eagerly her family is waiting for her.

School is now out for which we are all thankful. Our summer will be a slow, quiet one as we are saving for our trip to get Savannah. I will go by myself on the first trip to meet her and then we will all go to to get her. My mom had a rough winter with her health and life has been filled with doctor appointments as I honed my nursing skills. Fortunately, she seems much better the last few weeks and we will do everything to keep her well. She feels a special bond already to Savannah and is eager for us to get her home.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Progress

Slowly but surely working through the paperwork. Homestudy visits done. Each day we seem to check off a few more things. Hopefully, we will have the draft of our homestudy to review by the end of next week. Our social worker is great and moving quickly. Now that school is out for a couple of weeks, I can give full attention to dossier prep. I always feel such a rush to complete things and then struggle with the long wait. We would love to have her home for next Christmas but don't want to set ourselves up for disappointment. (Though I think I just did that, didn't I?)

In the midst of all this paperwork, we are getting ready for Christmas. Suzanna got home late Thursday night. Presents are wrapped. Now to get busy for some holiday baking. Our best present by far, was three new video clips of Savannah. Wow, we are so much in love. She just sparkles. I wish I was able to share them here but have great respect for the privacy laws of her country.

Friday, December 6, 2013

INTRODUCING

Meet the newest member of the Piatt family. Savannah (not her real name) is 5 years old and we can't wait to have her home. I've been praying about her for months but now that we are in process, I want her home yesterday. I am up to my neck in paperwork, trying to bite off a little bit each day. The younger girls have seen her on my computer each day and she has been a topic of conversation for months. They are all very excited. Suzanna, however, is across the country and so this came as a bit of a surprise for her. She quickly got on board and is, I think, pretty enthusiastic as well to have a new little sister. God opened the door wide for this adoption and we are trusting Him to provide as we work towards bringing her home. Savannah, I hope you will one day know how much you are already loved, treasured and wanted. I hope these next many months fly by on our journey to bring you home.