It has been an exciting couple of weeks on the adoption front. Working with a Hague country this time, the paper gathering and waiting was a little more intense for the home study than it was for Ethiopia. We had 2 out of 2 visits completed with our wonderful, efficient, and kind Holt social worker (pictured with us below). Yes, she does read our blog but, believe me, I would have described her that way anyway!
Our study is at the branch office and the completed packet should be in the mail to us very soon.
The next step is to put the homestudy with our Dossier (life on paper), and get it on its way to Thailand. The homestudy wait, mostly due to background checks from the three different states we have lived in during the past 8 years, gave me ample time to get the Dossier material completed! Ready, set, go!
We are still looking at about 9 months, praying earnestly that we might be home with her by Christmas.
In other BIG news....we had not had any sort of update on PJ since the information we received last July. We decided to pursue adopting her in October with the information that we had and were just
biting our nails waiting patiently to hear how she was doing. The staff said it was so delayed due to the tsunami that devastated a lot of Thailand earlier in the year. Well, Monday afternoon we received many pictures and many videos of her taken just last month!!
Before I tell you how she is doing, let me share with you some quotes from a respected international adoption physician we consulted before we decided to pursue this little girl:
"looks like she came as close to death as you can get: miracle she is alive"
"may never walk"
"possible paralysis to nerves of her throat, could end up with a feeding tube"
"would be cautious of expecting big improvement"
Here are the things that we saw our two year old girl doing in the videos from last month:
putting puzzle pieces in place
turning pages of a book
getting up off of the floor to a standing/walking position by herself
riding a toy tricycle pushing with BOTH of her feet
CARRYING the tricycle with one hand while walking
eating and drinking independently with a sippy cup and SPOON
listening and dancing to Hillsong Kids!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits--who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord works vindication for all who are oppressed. Psalm 103:1-6