Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dossier sent to Alberta Government today!

Hello everyone! Exciting news! We heard at 5pm today that our dossier has gone back to the Alberta Government. Within a few days it should go from Alberta to Russia. Within a few weeks or so of getting to our region(Vladivostok, Russia) it will get registered. What next? Well, then we wait once more...but this time we will be waiting for the "call"! The call that they have a proposal of a child for us! Along with that call we will get a little info about our daughter and a picture or two. Of course that can take a year or more...or less. Who knows!

We are so very very thankful for the progress that's been happening lately. God is good....sooo good! We give him credit for everything that's been happening. We see the light at the end of the tunnel. Though, it could be quite some time before she comes home. For so long all we saw was darkness...we've had some rough patches...but now all we see is light! It's so exciting! Thank you all for praying! We can feel your prayers.

Another happy day! Baby girl we are another step closer....we can't wait for the "call". There will be a party happening at our house that day...and whole lot of happy tears! :-) I know I can wait a year, if we need to....

Thanks friends for listening...and being so encouraging!

Good night!
....Carala

Monday, February 23, 2009

Will we get the call today...on my Birthday?!!!

Well, today is my 34th Birthday! It started out with a hug and a song from my honey and then a little while later birthday hugs from my boys! What a great start to my day! Then we went downstairs to see balloons and a note on my last basket of laundry to fold saying, "DO NOT TOUCH UNTIL FEBRUARY 24th!" HA! We've had so much laundry since getting back from our holiday. Last night I tried to get it all done before bed(so I wouldn't have to do it on my birthday)...but that didn't happen! I guess I can't touch it...but it's already driving me crazy, just sitting there! :-) Oh well....

Trennon made me toast for breakfast and Terence had coffee already for me. What a treat! Tonight Terence is taking me out for supper and then we're off to see SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE! I can't wait! I hear it's supposed to be a great movie!

Soooo....what more could I want? Well, a nice call from Choices saying that your docs are off to Russia would be nice..... ;-) But, I don't know that I'll hear that today. We'll see...the day had only begun! Call or no call....I feel so blessed to be this far in the process. I know that any day our stuff will go...and that is exciting!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday as well! I pray so much for those plugging away at the paperwork and tasks involved in this adoption process. Know that I am thinking of you today. :-)

Love,
Carala (on such a Happy Monday!)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Missing you...

To my sweet daughter,

Everytime we get one step closer in this process....I just miss you all the more. We are so close to sending our dossier to Russia now. Can you believe it? In about a year from now, we will put our arms around you for the first time. I think I can wait 365 days to do that! I hope I can! It's been 2 years now since we first started talking about you! If we can wait 2 years, we can wait 1 more...you are soooo worth it! And, if a miracle happens....we may even meet you sooner. All in God's all so perfect timing...you will be our daughter forever.

A few months back I found a picture on the internet of a little Russian girl...that I can only imagine looks something like you. She is sooo beautiful! Right now she is 19 months....and still hasn't been chosen by a family. Just like I pray for you....I pray for her too. That her family is around the corner waiting for her. I know God chose you to be our daughter way before we were even alive. He knows that you will fit perfectly with us and us with you. Isn't that just amazing? So, this is why I can wait so patiently for you....cause I know God wouldn't want anyone else for our family. You are the perfect one...and so I wait for you willingly and with all the patience I can muster up. Cause some days....I just long to hold you. Just as I know you long to hold me, your brothers and your dada.

This weekend we are off to Panorama...our home away from home. We love to go there to ski...but more importantly to just be a family and hang out and be together. We can't wait to share that with you! Ryden is finally skiing on his own now...so we all get to go up the chairlift together this weekend. I know your brothers can't wait to teach you how to ski. It's going to be so fun one day.

There are so many things I want to share with you. I know it won't be long now, before we can spend every waking moment together. The boys miss you like crazy and ask about you almost every day. You have the two most amazing brothers! They can't wait to show you their world and give you all the love they've been longing to smother you with! There aren't 4 other people in this world that are more excited to see you, than all of us! So until then, I pray that God's loving arms around you fill your heart with all the love you need, until we are there to fill the holes in your little heart that only a mama, dada, and brothers can fill.

We love you and miss you....my little girl. Stay warm, and keeping dreaming of us....cause we are coming for you....soon!

Love,
Your mama, now and forever

Friday, February 13, 2009

We're back! (with a little bit of adoption news)












Wow, it seems like forever since I posted...wait, it has! We've been away on a Caribbean cruise and also spent sometime in Florida. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed having "grandma" along. I always wanted to take my mom somewhere...and this seemed like the perfect opportunity...her 60th Birthday! We had an amazing time and have a million memories because of it. I'm posting a few pics of our holiday....it was so beautiful!
Now, back to reality....adoption! Well, we heard while we were gone that our documents are in Ottawa...and should be back in the next week or so. Then, our stuff should go to Russia. We had hoped it would go this week....but there was a delay...of course! Nothing happens as planned. :-) So, we are still quite excited that our stuff should go soon. It will be another opportunity to celebrate one more step forward in this whole crazy process.
Our friends are back from Eithiopia with their son. He is the most adorable little man I've ever seen! We are so thankful their adoption went smoothy and that they are home safe and sound. These are friends that we did the international adoption course with in August 2007. I recently watched their video of getting to hold their son for the first time....I balled! Seeing them hold their son, was the most incredible moment. I know we too will hold our daughter. It's so encouraging to see others go through the trials that adoption brings....but then see the gift that is given in the end. They are so worth waiting for...these little bambinos. To see our friends get through it all, it gives us great hope that we will too! So thanks guys, for persevering to the end! You are a blessing to us!