Saturday, June 11, 2011

3 years ago today....

I received referral photos of the beautiful Aishola and knew she would be my daughter.
I find myself thinking of her today....wondering if she is running along the shore of Lake Issyk-kul with some siblings? Continuing to pray for her and her forever family. Feeling forever grateful that she isn't still waiting in an orphanage in Kyrgyz while the government delays and denies the damage they cause to the littlest victims.
Still grieving a bit that I was never able to complete her adoption...
Hannah Aishola you will forever be in my heart!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Adoption Part Two

Come follow along on my new adventure!

I'm blogging about it here:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

101st and last post

Wow - I just realized that my Happy Birthday to Moonbeam post was my 100th post! Crazy!
Anyhow, I've decided this will be my last post here on Hoping for Hannah - so sad that it has come to this....but sweet Moonbeam is with her new family and I am not certain if I will be getting any updates - I'm still hoping, but as of now it doesn't seem likely. I will continue to pray for her and she will always be in my heart!
This journey has taken so many unexpected twists and turns. I am so thankful that none of this has taken God by surprise and that even though I don't really understand why things have turned out the ways they have - His plan is still unfolding....He is still in control!
I am starting a new adoption journey - I will be blogging about it here. I hope and pray it will end differently, but I know that no matter the outcome I will still be His.
One thing I have definitely learned during this journey to adopt is that this is not just my journey - I am amazed at the ways God has impacted others through my journey - huh? You mean it's not all about me? :)
I re-discovered this post on another of my blogs and it really fits with where I'm at now....this journey is not just my own...hope you'll join me.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Moonbeam

Happy birthday sweet Moonbeam! I am thinking of you today and wishing I could be there to celebrate with you and your family! I am having daydreams of you and your cousins and friends playing outside, eating ice cream and pastries! Opening presents! Celebrating you!
I cannot begin to tell you, sweet girl, how happy I am to know you are with your family and not making a move this week to the older kids' orphanage!
I do miss you though and wish that I could be there to sing and celebrate with you!
Happy Birthday - I will always be praying for you! You will always have an Auntie in Colorado who loves you!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kyrgyz Interim Leader is on Facebook!

Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan's interim leader is hip enough to be on facebook :)
Which means she is far "hipper" than I am! :)

Click here for a link to her facebook page.

This am she posted a message to the 65 waiting families lettting the whole world know that she does, in fact, know about the waiting kiddos and stating that they will be reunited with their families. Moonbeam has a family now, but there are still many waiting children and I know she would want her buddies to be with their forever families! So, if you are also "hipper" than I am and you are on facebook - would you please post a comment in support of Ms. Otunbayeva and request that she continue to pursue every avenue available to her to make a way for these children to be with their waiting families.

And, beyond that please be praying for Roza!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Thanks and an Update

First, let me say a million thanks to all of you who have left comments, sent me emails and called to encourage! I am so thankful for all of you! I feel supported, understood and loved! Thank you!
Next, let me say this has been one of the hardest weeks! I spent most of it alternating between celebrating and grieving - I am completely exhausted.
I spoke with my agency this evening and she had an update from our in country coordinator that was again both heartbreaking and heartwarming. She says that Hannah has in fact, gone to live with relatives. When they came to take her home, I am told she was very confused, upset and kept asking for me - she wanted to see my pictures and kept asking where I was? Sweet girl - as much as is possible for a three year old she truly was waiting for me and that really warms my heart! I hope I will be able to stay in touch with her. My coordinator says that she will contact them in the Fall after they have had time to settle in and ask if it would be OK for me to write her. I truly hope so!
Again, thank you so much to each of you who have shown your love, support and understanding of this painful journey.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

An Answer to Prayer

Back on March 6th I posted about the change in my prayer for Moonbeam. I started praying specifically for a family in Kyrgyz to adopt her - before her 4th birthday!

Just under two months later and God has answered that prayer. My agency coordinator called today to let me know that relatives have returned to the BBH to adopt Moonbeam. She tells me that she first heard about this three weeks ago, but was waiting to share with me until she knew for sure that it would be happening.

As I type through my tears, heartbroken that I will not get to be her mama, I am also thrilled to know she will not wait any longer, she will not move orphanages in July - instead she will celebrate her birthday with her forever family - and that makes me want to jump for joy!

I am forever changed by this process. I am honored that I have been able to pray for and love Moonbeam for the past 23 months. And that honor will not stop now. I will continue to pray for her and for her forever family.