Monday, October 23, 2006

Our PGN Decree!!!

Our PGN Decree!!!!(anyone know Spanish??)
October 23, 2006
Today as part of our update from Kerry, we got a copy of the long awaited PGN approval. We are so excited to have this, just make it seem more real. We are going to have to dust off our Spanish to English Dictionary but the meaning is clear. We are just one signature away now, and hopefully we will get the news about that tonight as well. :)
Well lookie here. Just before we were to post this, we got another email saying that birth certificates are taking about 8 DAYS!!! Now there have been some delays in getting them on occasion so nothing is set in stone as far as a time table, but our fingers are crossed. :)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Our Big Girl!!

Our big girl...
October 19, 2006
We got an updated medical last night from Kerry. Below is a copy of the email that she sent us:
Date of Exam: 10/16/06Weight: 18 pounds 10 ouncesLength: 68 cmsAbdomen: round, normal bowel soundsFontanel: normalEyes: normalEars: symmetric, well implantedMouth: normal, oropharynx normalNose: normal, without rhinorrheaLungs: well aerated Heart: normal rhythm, no murmursGenitalia: age appropriateHips: symmetricExtremities: symmetric with good range of motionHead Circumference: 42.5 cmsSkin: without lesionsNeurologic: reflexes present, active movement in all four extremitiesComments: Healthy childVaccines given today: Polio, DPT, Hep B and MeningitisSignedDr. José Napoleón Castillo Mollinedo
This is a long way form the 3 lbs 10oz she started out at!! Yeah!
One last thing... If I may ask that you keep the babies in Guatemala and their adoptive families in your thoughts. Right now there are approx 4000 other American adoptive families in this process, and Guatemala is in some disruption at the moment. This should not affect us in bringing Lily home. Our agency has assured us that this is all rumor. Even so, if everyone could just take a minute to remember all of the babies not just in Guatemala but all over the world that are waiting for their forever families. :-)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A new day has come

A New Day Has Come!!!
October 17, 2006
That is right... I woke up this morning and asked Chris If it was all true... his response... If not we are both on some good stuff!! (true Chris!!) :) We are so incredibly happy we can't even describe how this feels.. I think we are both in a form of shock! Ok so now what happens???
We have to confirm that Lily's birth mom has signed off for the 4th and final time. We are pretty sure that this has already happened. This means that it is final. No one can come knock on our door and take her from us! Once the attorney gets the sign off he will them submit us for her new birth certificate. This will be done in Mixco, Guatemala her birth town. The good news that this should only take about 3 weeks or so. After 21 of waiting I am sure that is going to fly!! Once they get the new birth certificate our case will be submitted to the U.S. Embassy for Visa processing. Since we were able to visit her in May she will come home as a U.S. citizen!! Once they submit the case into the Embassy it takes about 2 business days and then we will get our "PINK SLIP"(-the one time in life this is a good thing!) The Pink slip tells us when we need to travel. Most people get about 1 week between being notified of PINK and having to travel!
So now after waiting for sooo long for movement we are FIANLLY going to be running around like busy bees!!
I am going to work on posting some more pics on here of our trip and her nursery!
We are going to get ourselves together today and try to calm down and we are going to put a call into Kerry @ Project Oz to see where everything is at.
Keep checking back in! It is going to get hoping now!! Chris and I love you all!! edit
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am! Finally, our prayers have been answered. I knew from the very first picture she would be coming HOME!! I am also very excited to learn of this web site today. What a wonderful way to keep everyone updated. Please know that you each have a very special place in my heart. So...can I be the first to babysit?!?!? PLEASE!!! Muga hugs, kisses, smiles and love to you.
Posted by: Grammy Henry on October 17, 2006 at 10:35 A.M.
Atta girl Lily! Big and strong!!!! oxoxoxoxo
Posted by: MomMom Maloney on October 19, 2006 at 03:23 P.M.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

First Entry

First entry

October 15, 2006

We decided today that we were going to begin our online journal. I already keep a journal for Lily that is just for her to see, but I also wanted to share what we are feeling these days. Just to bring everyone up to speed we have now been in PGN for 21 weeks 2 days, or 149 days, or 3576 hours. Not that I am counting or anything! I am just ready to get out of there!! PGN should a four letter word! We are hopeful that we hear something as soon as tomorrow but who knows really. All I do know is that now we are in a day-by-day time frame! So in a way that is VERY exciting, but in the same breathe EXTREMLY exhausting! I am going to continue to work on our site daily.... so stay tuned!!


I'm so excited! I can't wait to kiss her cheeks and tell her how much I love her, and I can't wait to see her in your arms :-) LOVE YOU, Maggie and Jewely
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Posted by: Maggie and Jewely on October 16, 2006 at 05:23 P.M.
After reading all your updates and knowing you for 13 years and what you have waited for,I know that you and Chris derserve nothing better and Lilly is going to be the most loved human on the face of the earth. I am so happy for you and wish you all the best.
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Posted by: Kirstie on October 16, 2006 at 05:57 P.M.
We love you so very much and we are thrilled that very soon our new grandbaby will be here. It has been a long, hard journey but the joy that Lily brings with her makes it all so very very wonderful No child could have better parents then you two will be. We love you. Now let me at those cheeks!
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Posted by: MomMom & PopPop Maloney on October 16, 2006 at 06:46 P.M.
congratulations!!! We can't wait to see the three of you soon. You two are going to be wonderful parents!!!
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Posted by: Jessica and Don on October 16, 2006 at 07:03 P.M.
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Posted by: favorite big cousin Brii on October 17, 2006 at 04:26 A.M.
No couple more deserving. I am in awe of your strength and are my new heros! Counting down the seconds until you formally introduce me to your precious daughter, Lily. I love you and I am SOoooo very happy for the two of you!!
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Posted by: Aunt Tracy on October 19, 2006 at 03:40 P.M.