Sunday, March 30, 2008

Planning the Welcome Home Party

Dan and I can't help ourselves and are already starting to think about the blow out party we will have once Dominic is home. I wanted to open this special wine we have and he said "No, that's for Dominic's party". I had to smile.

I want to share my new favorite thing to eat - very, very delicious and healthy! We will definitely serve this at the party. :)

Egyptian Cucumber Salad

1 Cucumber thinly sliced
1 Container Grape Tomatoes
About 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill Finely Chopped
About 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
1/2 Red Onion thinly sliced into rings, then half the rings

About 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
About 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all salad ingredients (except feta cheese) in a large bowl. Prepare dressing in small pouring cup. Drizzle dressing over salad and gently shake the bowl (don't use tongs as it will squash the vegetables). Garnish with the feta cheese and ENJOY! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Not Good News...

What a heart breaking day yesterday was... I had my Mother who speaks fluent Spanish call PGN to find out the status on our case. When she called to tell me what she learned her voice was shaky and I could tell she didn't hear good news. You see, I allowed myself to have high hopes because yesterday was Dominic's actual 1st birthday and I just thought something magical would finally happen.

Well, those high hopes made it even harder to hear what my Mom had to say. She found out that we got another kick-out from PGN last Thursday. I cannot believe it... I called our agency and they confirmed that our file was kicked-out because PGN wanted another copy of a document that was already in our file. How ridiculous is that???? We were told our coordinator made the copy and resubmitted us yesterday for the third time. I pray that is true and we get no more kick-outs... this is really becoming too much to bare.

I slept very little last evening and I usually sleep well all the time. This is just such a strange experience that feels never ending... a cycle of being close with my son during our visits, then a cycle of going back to life as I've known it, but somehow feeling that I am not really living.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

V. Good Fortune Cookie!

I rarely eat Chinese food, but I had a taste for it on Thursday. So I tried a new restaurant in Charlotte before I left for the airport to come home. I was THRILLED with my fortune cookie message:

"Good news from afar can bring you a welcome visitor."

I am praying for a DOUBLE WHAMMY any day now... first, news of getting out of PGN for our son in Guatemala, and news of getting out of the CCAA review room for our daughter in China. Now THAT would be "Good news" indeed!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

More Progress on Our Case

We found out during our visit this past week that we were resubmitted to PGN on 2/21/08, which means we have been back in for 12 business days. There is a bit of a trend right now that cases are in PGN for 15 days and then are either approved or given another previo (kick-out). I hate to get my hopes up, but I pray we will get some good news this coming week.

In the meantime, we have very sweet memories from our visit and so many great pictures to cherish. :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wonderful Visit #5!!

I got back late last night and Dan is still with Domi in Guatemala. I had a wonderful time with my son and I am so happy that I was able to visit again. We had an AWESOME birthday party for him on Sunday and I was thrilled that his foster family joined us. We have some very special pictures that we will show Dominic when he is older. He will see us and his foster family together, all celebrating his special day and showing our love and adoration for him. I also convinced the hotel staff to sing "Las Mananitas" to him, it is a traditional Spanish song sung on birthdays so I was very touched and it was beautiful to hear.

As Dominic has aged, he has developed a little attitude. :) We literally had to change his diaper while he was standing up because he would not lay down... not fun for Mommy and Daddy and sometimes not pretty either... BUT, he is hysterical and quite the little rascal. He isn't walking just yet but I bet he could win some speed crawling races. He can crawl VERY fast both forward and backward, and he knows how to get out of bed by crawling backwards and easing to the floor! He is also babbling a lot and was very snuggly with both me and Dan. We just love him so much!