Monday, December 22, 2008

Must Share!

I know I am biased because Dominic is my baby, but is he so amazingly handsome or what???? We went to a dear friend's Christmas party on Sunday, that's where the first two photos are from. As you can see, he was at it again flirting with the little ladies! ;)






Here he is just before bedtime tonight... playing on diaper boxes! Everything I heard about kids and toys is so true! They love boxes more than toys. LOL!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Super Week!

Dan's parents came for a visit from North Carolina and we all really had a nice time. They arrived on Monday afternoon and after an early dinner, I treated them to a Christmas show called "Star of Wonder" at a local church. Dan's mom wasn't feeling well so she stayed behind. The show was AMAZING - complete with live animals including donkey, camel, tiger, elephant, zebra and dogs. There was great music, an amazing light show and tons of flying angels (real ladies on high wires!). Dominic LOVED it and even clapped to the music.

On Tuesday we went to the Phoenix Children's Museum and just had a complete blast! We bought an annual membership because we were there for almost 3 hours and could have stayed even longer, Dominic just played his little heart out! It is an inspirational place that shows how a lot of imagination and a little elbow grease can go a long, long way.

Wednesday was music class and Dan's mom came with me. Domi is getting more confident with other children and learning about rhythm. No class for the next 2 weeks so I am singing to Domi a lot at home, and playing all kinds of music for him to enjoy. We also spent time outside in our backyard, it had been raining the last few days so it was great to get outside. You can see Domi and his grandparents enjoying our yard. Domi enjoyed picking citrus from the trees, peeling some and throwing the peels in the yard. I guess the birds had a feast after we went inside.












Thursday we took my in-laws to the airport and played and chilled at home. It was nice to have a down day!

Friday was another great swim lesson. Domi and all the other swimmers got a medal that he was so proud of! You can see from this photo that he was all tuckered out after class. I took the foggy pictures before I joined Dan and Domi in the pool - they keep it so warm in there the lens fogged up!










Today Dan took Domi to play at the mall in the morning, and then I took Domi out to run errands in the afternoon. I took him to Red Robin for dinner as a treat because he behaved so well while I shopped and they give all kids a balloon. He LOVES balloons and thought it was so funny to let it go at our house. We have VERY high ceilings and I had to have him stand on my shoulders just to get the balloon when he let go. We also relaxed tonight and he watched the Charlie Brown show in my lap before bedtime. I just LOVE my baby, I am SO BLESSED!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pictures from the Guatemala Families Christmas Party

Here are some great photos from the party we went to last Saturday. We had a blast and all the children were just gorgeous! One little girl had her eye on Dominic and you can see from the photo where they are embracing, he had reciprocal feelings. They also kissed several times! AYAYYAAY - it is starting already... my little Casanova. ;) Enjoy!




Sunday, December 14, 2008

Weekly Highlights

I will be brief because we have company coming tomorrow and have lots to do to get ready... Dan's parents are coming for a short visit to meet their newest grandchild. :)

Another super week - the usual activities plus:
  • A visit to the Science Museum - very fun and Domi sat through a 45 minute show at the planetarium! We were surprised he didn't fuss, he really liked looking at the stars!
  • Family party at Grandma Vela's house - my sister Letti is in town from Evergreen, CO
  • Friend party with other families that have children from Guatemala - SO MUCH FUN! I will post photos soon
  • MILESTONE AT SWIMMING - Domi JUMPED in the pool! He is doing very well and really starting to look forward to swim lessons as much as I do! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving Photos

Just got these from my sister, enjoy! The turkey headband is from Pottery Barn Kids, I took it with me last year when I visited Domi in Guatemala. I will make him wear it every Thanksgiving until his head is too big to fit (which means never because I have one too that I wear!). ;)




Sunday, December 7, 2008

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

We had another busy and fun week. On Sunday we went to my parents house for a visit and some fun play time. On Monday we went to Gymboree for open play. Domi had a great time but got carried away and ran way too fast. He lost his footing between the gym mat and carpet, fell down and got a bloody nose. Poor little baby cakes. One of the workers there told me to use ice to get the blood stain out of our shirts, and it worked! Later that day we went to the portrait studio for family Christmas pictures and pictures of Dominic in his baptism outfit (to be baptized on December 28). I will post those AFTER I share with family. :)

On Tuesday we went back to Gymboree to try their toddler gym class. Domi liked it and really enjoyed the parachute play. Wednesday was music class at Gymboree and then we went to our friend's house to decorate Christmas cookies. Here are some photos below. Dan and I also stayed up late decorating the house, Domi woke up to our lit up Christmas tree and loved it!




On Thursday we did some shopping and Friday we had swim class. I must say I love swimming with Domi. The water feels so good and he was the only child in class this week, so we had a lot of fun. Yesterday Domi took a long nap after heavy play in the morning with Dad, and we went to Target in the evening. Domi did NOT want to go to sleep and it took me from 7:45 to 10:15 p.m. to get him down. Mommy learned - no more 3 hour naps! ;) He usually goes down from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. but does not nap consistently. We are working on it. Overall, we are filled with such joy and know how blessed we are to have this little angel in our lives. :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Pics of Domi!

More shots of Domi - we went to a friend's party to celebrate their referral for a baby girl from China (Michele G. took these great shots!). Also, a shot of Domi on his 1st carousel ride. ENJOY!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Time is Flying! We are Having FUN!

We are just really enjoying our new life with Dominic. Don't get me wrong, it can be exhausting, confusing and frustrating at times, but it is so much fun and so gratifying. He is just a remarkable little child with a big heart and easy smile.

We had a BIG week this week. On Sunday we went to a local park called McCormick-Stillman park that has tons of play and picnic areas, a carousel and train ride. Our friends the Renners invited us and they brought their 4 year old daughter who was adopted from China. The weather was awesome and Domi loved the carousel, so we rode two times! :)

On Monday the pediatric dentist gave us some disappointing news. Domi has cavities on his top 4 front teeth on both sides of each tooth. One tooth even has potential nerve damage! Aye-yi-yi! When he approaches 2 (in March) we will do another x-ray and schedule time for him to get crowns. I didn't even know what crowns were when the dentist described them, I have been blessed with very healthy teeth (grew up in AZ where they put fluoride in the drinking water). Anyway, they will file down his teeth and put on plastic crowns that will fall out with the baby teeth they are attached to. I asked the dentist since he will have to be have anesthesia if she would work with our pediatrician in case we decide to get him circumcised to have both procedures done at the same time. She agreed to help us, we aer waiting to hear from our pediatrician. In the scheme of things, I won't fret over his teeth, we are blessed with an otherwise very healthy baby. He also had to give blood this week (performing titers to check on immunization levels) and he didn't even cry. He is brave and strong.

We also tried a Gymboree music class which he LOVED, so we signed him up for a weekly class. He will also try the Gymboree gym class and may be in that one too if he likes it. I don't want to over schedule him, he already has swimming every Friday, but I do want him to be exposed to many things and interact with his peers.

On Tuesday we met a bunch of our friends from Families with Children from China (FCC) at the Phoenix Zoo for Zoo Lights. The zoo does an amazing job with light displays and Domi loved it. The zoo also had a carousel ride so of course we went on that too! We bought this photo but our scanner is down, so this will have to do for now.

On Wednesday we met the same group of friends at a local mall for play time, lunch and yet another carousel ride! It was a very fun outing.
Thursday was a special Thanksgiving with family. My sister hosted and asked if I would like to lead the prayer, so I decided on the fly to quote one of my favorite songs, of course I was sobbing because I am SO BLESSED to have Domi home for the holidays.

"I believe in the sun, even when it isn't shining.
I believe in love, even when there's no one there.
I believe that nothing is impossible.
I believe that nothing is impossible, and that all things
are possible through God".

Friday was Domi's second swimming lesson and both Dan and I got in with him this time. He cried at first but eventually relaxed and did a little back floating. He also went under water many times, and by then end of class was getting rings from under water. He makes me so proud! :)

Today we ran errands and Dan took him to the local park. We are tuckered out, but tomorrow starts a new week and we will be right at it again! :) My life is so sweet and I am so fortunate for my many blessings.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere..."

That's Domi singing about his new life in the USA. We have hit the ground running and have taken him everywhere, including:
  • Cousin Joey's soccer game
  • Cousin Danny's swim meet
  • Party for friends Donna and Joe to celebrate their referral for Lauren (China adoption)
  • Grocery store (2 times)
  • Target
  • Little Gym trial class
  • Aqua Safe Swim School (he starts lessons on Friday)
  • Local park (daily)
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Shopping Mall
  • Paradise Bakery (2 times)

It's hard to believe we have only been home 1 week! We are having a BALL with him and feel so blessed every single day. He is a very happy and social little boy. He talks and sings a lot, and he is very affectionate. Not a day goes by that he doesn't grab me tight in his arms and kiss me. I melt like butter. :) Here are some photos of our trip home and activities since we have returned home. Enjoy!

Outfits #1 and #2 on travel day... :)











Fun at the soccer game and playroom at the mall.


Domi LOVES taking baths and this super cool bubble machine! I think he will enjoy his swimming lessons a lot!

Friday, November 14, 2008

WE ARE HOME!!!

Domi was an ANGEL on the flights. We used miles to get there but because we had to change the return we had to buy our return seats and opted for 1st class. It was a good choice as we had more room and the stewards/stewardesses were so helpful. From Guatemala to DFW Domi ate, had a poo diaper (NOT FUN TO CHANGE ON A PLANE!!!) and then slept over 2 hours! We spent a long time at immigration and had little time to catch our connecting flight to Phoenix. We grabbed sandwiches at Subway and Domi ate, drank, played with stickers (thank you Jenni T. for the tip!) and flirted with the steward and stewardess. After we landed in Phoenix a lady in 1st class said to me "your son is so well behaved". I was so thrilled to hear "your son" and of course praise for him! :)

By all accounts, Domi is THRIVING and adjusting so well. All of our visits and the past 19 days we spent with him in Guatemala have really paid off. My parents, younger sister and her boyfriend met us at the airport. My folks have been staying at our house taking care of the pooches while we were away. It felt SO GOOD to come home! My Mom made an awesome pot roast dinner that we gobbled down - we MISSED home cooking so much! They are staying with us a few more days too to help us get settled. Domi LOVES Grandma and Grandpa so much already.

He also LOVES the dogs, but they are just contemplating him now. I know his foster family had a dog but I didn't think he would be so comfortable with them because they bark and jump. He has yet to cry once and in fact chases them around! Brody loves him and licks him a lot, Katie runs under the bed and poor sweet Alfie got slapped by Domi last night but of course just moved away. I am SO PROUD of my sweet dogs, I wasn't sure how they would behave, but they are angels. :) I am also SO PROUD of my sweet baby boy, he is so brave and adorable with them - he was meant to be in our family. I will post photos soon. My dad and Dan took Domi to the park and I am sorting through mail, e-mail, phone calls, etc. while I can - will post pictures soon.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Special Day

Today is Dan´s birthday and a day we will never forget. Today our visa was approved to bring Dominic home. We are feeling so many diffferent things... exhaustion, relief, joy, curiosity and immense gratitude.

I am thankful not only for my beloved son, but also for my husband. There were so many times over the last 18 months that I just wasn´t myself and cried with despair and fear and Dan always said ¨We are going to get him, just be patient¨. Sometimes I would respond to him in anger, but he never wavered from his belief that this day would come, and I see now that he helped carry me through the stormy ride we have been on.

We arrived at the US Embassy at 6:55 am for our 7:15 am appointment and were among the first families shown into the waiting room. There were about 20 families there for adoption visa appointments. Dominic was up until almost midnight last night playing and singing and we had to get up so early, but he was pretty well behaved. He ate lots of snacks, drank his milk, flirted with all the females and tried to grab other kid´s toys. He also made Dan chase him around the room.

When they called our name I cheered out loud and was so overcome with emotion. Is this realy happening I asked myself? YES, YES, YES, it hapened and we are DONE with the adoption and can now focus on our true goal, to be the best parents we can be for our love bunny, Dominic Xavier.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Children of All Ages...

No, the circus isn´t in town but we are and we´re heading to the Embassy on Monday morning! WE ARE COMING HOME NEXT THURSDAY WITH OUR CHERUB!!! There are no words to describe our joy and relief. We are so grateful to God for His generous care and many blessing for us, especially our friends and families. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!!! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Update and More Adventures

The DNA results are at the US Embassy in Guatemala right now! HOORAY!!! We should get notice of our appointment tomorrow or Thursday, although the actual appointment probably won´t be until next Monday. Oh well, what´s another few days when we are so near the end?

We are venturing out more on foot. We went to the Westin hotel on Sunday and enjoyed the jacuzzi and pool. Yesterday we went to the mall and today we went to the Marriott to swim and relax. We are also going to move to the Marriott on Friday. We will enjoy their amenities for sure, although we will miss the very lovely people here at La Casa Grande. We are blessed and more relaxed than we have been since we started this whole prcoess. :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Domi Stories...

We are having a ball and Dominic seems completely relaxed and comfortable with us now. He has SO MUCH ENERGY, it is a bit shocking at times. He is also a little dare devil, he likes to JUMP from the bottom step to the floor (gives Mommy a heart attack every time), he uses the suitcase full of his toys as a surf board of sorts, he throws just about any toy he can hold, he runs VERY fast through the hotel hallways that are cement/tile floors, he climbs in and out of his stroller and almost has the safety seat belt figured out (yikes!). He is an excellent eater and likes cantelope, pineapple, grapes, mango, watermelon, broccoli, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, potatoes, chicken, cheese, ham, eggs, beans and LOVES milk. He also likes birds a lot, outdoor water fountains and he likes dogs (I am THANKFUL for that as he has 3 little ones waiting for him at home).

We had a fun day in Antigua yesterday. It is a 500 plus year old city about 45 minutes from Guatemala City where we are staying. The architecture is incredible and original, no restoration has been done. We visited a jade museum, historical buildings, outdoor botanical park/garden and a Catholic church where we prayed and offered thanks for our many blessings. Domi was an angel in the car, but was up until 10 p.m. burning off his energy for the day. We may go to Escuintla next week where Domi was born. They have a private beacjh there and it is supposed to be warm, so I think he will love the water. I think it would be wonderful for him to see pictures of his hometown and even the hospital where he was born.

We are so blessed and loving every minute of getting to know our child, he is a patient and loving teacher for us as we are first time parents. More updates to come. We did hear from the lab on Friday afternoon and they may release the 2nd DNA results to the US Embassy on Monday, so if that happens we may get our Visa appointment next week and be home by November 7. Please pray this all comes together for us as we are very anxious to get home!

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has posted a message, we appreciate the support! Also, if I missed you on the photo distribution, please post your e-mail address and I will copy you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Doing GREAT!

Domi slept great last night and woke up but didn´t cry. He also finally had a BM (I´ll spare you the details...) and is eating A LOT! He is so self sufficient and can feed himself and hold his own drinks. He has a lot of energy but also naps a lot in our arms - we fight over who gets to hold him. :) He is overall very calm with us and I am so grateful for all the visits we made over the last 18 months. Lucky number 7 as this is my 7th visit and I get to leave with my baby!!!

The lab has the DNA sample! We are so pleased. I also e-mailed the US Embassy in Guatemala to let them know that we are in the country and would like the earliest available appointment once they have the results. Please pray this happens next week so we can be home by November 7.

I think we are going to sight see a little bit, maybe go to Antigua on Friday. Domi is legally our son and I have his passport (super handsome photo, his hair was longer but has since been cut). I can´t wait to take Halloween photos too, I am using a disposable camera because I couldn´t get the battery and charger repaired or replaced here. :( I am working on it - be patient and I´ll post photos when I can.

P.S. Domi cries when Dan walks away - I am jealous...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Excellent Day - Great Update to Share...

The foster family brought Dominic to us this morning around 10:30a.m. and he smiled when he saw us, we were THRILLED! He is so precious, handsome as ever and has grown a lot! They were very upset during our visit, but we planned it so Dan walked away with Domi before they left. Domi cried very hard for about 20 minutes but let us hold him and comfort him. He then fell asleep for about an hour and a half and has been great since then.

We took him to get his required exit medical exam today and he was so well behaved, I was amazed! I was also SHOCKED that he sat in our driver´s car seat, I don´t think he has ever been in a car seat in his life but he loved it and was so calm. He was pretty funny when we took his Visa photos today, he was kind ofwhiny until the camera was on him then he snapped into Mr. Congeniality and gave a good grin. ;)

He refused dinner but drank a ton of whole milk and really warmed up tonight during playtime. Dan and I were both shocked at how mobile, strong and smart he is. He can walk up stairs alone with one foot on each step, he can throw and kick a soccer ball, he can place colored rings on a stand in order (biggest to smallest) and he has all his toys figured out already. He also talks a lot, we aren´t sure what he is saying but he knows what he wants and points until we get it right. :) We were surprised to hear he goes to sleep whenever he wants and was up until midnight last night playing at his foster family´s house! He is already asleep now, he may be up in the night to party...

The charger on our video camera appears to be broken so we will get a new battery or I guess buy a new camera - we simply CANNOT miss these photo opps!

P.S. The 2nd DNA sample is still NOT at the lab, but should be there tomorrow. We are tracking via Fed Ex.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

We are en route to Guatemala!

We are in Dallas on a layover, hanging out in the Admirals Club. We will see Dominic tomorrow and I know it will be very emotional for his beloved foster Mom Ruth and her family to say good-bye. I feel sad thinking it about too. How can we ever thank them sufficiently for raising our son for the last 19 months? They have been the ONLY ray of light in this journey and I pray they know how much their presence in our lives means to us, not just now but always.

We heard from our agency that Dominic was taken in for the 2nd DNA test on Wednesday. Of course we are skeptical because we have been led to believe this happened before when it didn't. I want to hear from the lab that they have the sample before I believe it! If we don't hear from them by Tuesday then we are taking Domi in ourselves and proceeding with Operation Bring Our Cherub Home (OBOCH). ;)

My darling parents are at our house watching the pooches. Our battery was dead on our video camera so I wasn't able to take their picture in their Halloween costumes. I will do that FOR SURE when we get back and have Domi in his costume too. We brought his with us along with special Halloween pajamas, so we will have great pics even though we will miss trick-or-treating this year.

I have so many emotions and feelings inside me right now... anxiety, fear, joy, relief, curiosity and amazement at the last 2 1/2 years that we have spent working on both the China and Guatemala adoptions. Sometimes I wonder if May 2006 was the last time I felt untainted if not mildly naive certainty and optimism that these adoptions would go as smooth as butta (butter with a Bostonian accent). I am just scarred now and definitely not as trusting as I used to be. All of the intense pain we have been through (hardest experience of my LIFE 10 times over!) has taken a toll.

However, I am a stronger person now than I have ever been. I have more clarity about what I want my life to look like, and most importantly, I know I will never take one moment of Motherhood for granted. It is the dream, the prize, the experience I have yearned for and it starts full-time tomorrow. I am ready, I am ready, I am READY! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Shopping Cart Cover

I saw this neat company, KozyPal Shopping Cart Covers (http://www.kozypalcartcovers.com/) on my friend Donna's blog and thought it was awesome! I ordered this cover for Dominic, so he will be comfy and snuggly in shopping carts, park swings, restaurant high chairs, etc. Hope he loves it, I do and so does Dan, he helped me pick the fabric. :) We are both VERY EXCITED - we are going to have an actual child in the crib and not just a giant stuffed pony!!!!


Monday, October 20, 2008

WE LEAVE ON SATURDAY!!!

Well, we have decided to go to Guatemala and work hard to complete the adoption as quickly as possible. We have been misled by our agency and unfortunately they have lost our trust, we just have to finish this on our own.

Contrary to what we were told, Dominic has not yet been taken in for the second DNA test, so we will take him ourselves on Monday. The results should be back at the US Embassy by the end of the week, and we will request our exit appointment ASAP. Our goal is to be home by November 7.

This is not the finish that I had in mind, but we have waited long enough, been patient long enough, and quite honestly sacrificed the joy of living long enough to not complete this adoption ASAP. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We will send updates and pictures as much as possible. When we come home, we will have our angel! Step aside, we are on our way!


This picture shows how I feel now! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Progress... New Projections...

Dominic was taken in for the second DNA test this morning. It will take about 7 - 10 days for the lab to get the sample, test it and return the results to the US Embassy in Guatemala. Once they get the results, they will notify of us our appointment within 7 - 10 days, and the actual appointment is 7 - 10 days after that. So, we are looking really tight for a return to the US by Halloween, but certainly by the first week of November! I can handle that!

By the way, Dan insisted that Dominic be a TIGER for Halloween, so here is his costume... should look ADORABLE against his beautiful dark skin. :) And YES, he will wear this costume even if we are in Guatemala!

Monday, October 6, 2008

HAPPY UPDATE!!!!

Just heard from our agency - we go the new passport and the embassy approved our request for the 2nd DNA test. I am sending all the paperwork to the lab with payment overnight and the test should happen this week for sure. After the results are received around 7 days later, we should receive notice for our embassy appointment. He will be here by Halloween!!!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Surprise, surprise - Another Delay...

Just heard from our agency, when Domi's passport was presented to the embassy to schedule his second DNA test, his passport was rejected. There was a formatting error that they wouldn't accept, so now we are waiting for a new corrected passport.

Dan and I are going to sit down this weekend and discuss heading down to Guatemala anyway to see if we can move things along by being there. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. My faith in God is the only thing that is carrying me through these challenging times. As Dan always says, "We're going to get him, just be patient".

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Clarification...

I was mistaken about part of our remaining timeline... the 2nd DNA test is Tuesday, then about 10 days after that we will get notification of our US Embassy appointment, then another 10 days after that we will have the actual appointment. So, so, so that means we will probably be in Guatemala for our pick up trip the week of October 19.


I am a little disappointed, BUT my goodness, we are so CLOSE that NOTHING can bring me down from the cloud I am on walking on!



Thursday, September 25, 2008

2nd DNA Test Scheduled for Tuesday!

Well, after the DNA is taken it is usually about 10-11 calendar days before we get our appointment with the US Embassy in Guatemala, that's the final step! I am seriously thinking we will be in Guatemala the week of October 5 (my birthday!) to pick up Dominic. I CAN'T BELIEVE WE ARE ON THE HOME STRETCH!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

WE GOT THE BC!!!!







Just heard from my agency, we got the Birth Certificate yesterday!!! We should be able to bring Dominic home within 3 weeks! The next step is to get the second DNA test done (Dominic only) and then wait for our appointment with the US Embassy. I am stunned and cautious because of everything that has happened, but we truly are on to US steps now!!!! CELEBRATE WITH ME PEEPS!!! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

18 Months Old Today

It's hard to believe but my baby is 18 months old today! I do feel blessed that I have been able to spend time with him over the past 15 months. I have so many pictures that show how he has grown (A LOT!) and I just can't wait to have him home and never miss another moment of his sweet life.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Chi-chis Are the BEST!!!

We have come to the realization that our pooches are so amazing, but have a few behavioral issues that need to be addressed before we bring Dominic home. So, we had a private session with a trainer at PetsMart yesterday. I was so PROUD of all of them, they were so charming and eager to please us, and the trainer said she had NO concerns about them being around Domi. She said they were calm and gentle. :)

She gave us great suggestions to address their jumping, occasional marking, and reinforcing Katie's house training. I am so relieved because I want us all to be one happy family and I am hopeful Domi will learn to love our Chi-chis as much as we do!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Disappointing News...

It is with a very heavy heart that I must share the latest update we received today from our agency. We have been told it will be at LEAST another 20 working days before we receive Dominic's new birth certificate. This is so unexpected as we have already been waiting over 9 weeks. It is very difficult to feel so close only to face delay after delay.


There is no good explanation for why this is happening, we are certainly not the only family in this position and indeed are further along than many others. Once we have that birth certificate, I am contemplating going to Guatemala to travel with our agency coordinator to complete Domi's second DNA test and final paperwork. It really should be just a few more weeks after receiving the BC that we are able to bring him home. We miss him so!


Holiday after holiday has passed with the prayer he would be here... Christmas 2007, his first birthday March 2008, Fourth of July 2008... now we are praying he is home by Halloween. Please keep our prayer with yours.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to Shopping.... Bittersweet...

UGH! It's been over 9 weeks and still no birth certificate! We are pretty fed up and sad, but there is nothing we can do but be patient, so we are doing our best...

I had a BALL last weekend visiting my friends in Winston-Salem, NC and Atlanta, GA. It really lifted my spirits and brought back the good ol' days when I was a single lady in Atlanta. I had a good time! ;)

Now that I am back home, I have turned to shopping to keep my spirits up and prepare to bring Domi home. Here are the latest treasures I bought... FYI, Pottery Barn kids is having a tremendous SALE!!!! :)


Monday, August 18, 2008

Domi's Mommy :)

I was just practicing how I will introduce myself to teachers, fellow parents, etc. Of course I will first say my name and then say "Domi's Mommy". How cute is that?

I miss my cherub - we have been waiting 8 weeks for his birth certificate. I have a feeling we will get it this week! I want him home at least a month before Halloween so we can take advantage of all the great seasonal stuff we need to do... apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, Halloween parties, trick or treating as often and as many places as possible, and of course many, many photo ops in Halloween costumes (I am thinking he may need 2 costumes!).


Fall is my very favorite time of year. I like crock pot cooking and hope Domi like my homemade chili. It will be beautiful in Arizona in the fall, we'll have so much fun!

I am ready, Dan is ready, the pooches are not so ready... we are working with them but they are so cute when they're naughty. I know, I know, we have made them little self-entitled monsters so how will our children be raised? SPOILED!!!! So what???? :) I want my baby home!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Update, Shower and Nursery

First of all, here is a brief update on our case. Our agency contacted us last Friday and asked us to immediately send a notarized copy of the first page of our passports. We submitted copies during the dossier process, but apparently this is a new requirement in order to get Dominic's birth certificate with our name on it. We hustled to our bank to get the notarized copies, and then hustled to FedEx to send them directly to Guatemala. We received confirmation they were received by our agency coordinator yesterday. We are hanging in there and hope we get the BC this week!

Secondly, on July 27 my Mom and two of my sisters that live nearby (Toree and Diana) hosted a baby shower for me at my house. It was SO MUCH FUN! :) Here are some pictures from the party. They MADE me wear the tiara that says "New Mom" - I loved it! :) We received so many thoughtful presents and felt very loved that day!!!








Finally, here a few nursery pictures... more to follow later in the week. My Mom made the bedspread hanging on the crib, seat cushion cover for the yellow chair and the pillows - so special! :) Enjoy!