Thursday, July 19, 2007

DNA Test Done!

We got word that Izzie had her DNA test done on July 13, as expected. Her bio mom came to the appointment, and she also had her first Family Court interview. It was great to hear that those two events happened. I am so thankful that Izzie's bio mom has so far been strong enough to continue through with all the necessary appointments. I can only know how I would feel, and I am not sure I would have her strength and conviction to see it all through. I believe that it is love and faith that is shoring her up, and that is what I will share with Izzie about her bio mother. Izzie may not be able to understand it until she becomes a mother herself, but the story of her bio mother's bravery, love, conviction, and faith will be the story I tell her.

I do not really know what Izzie's bio mother feels or thinks. I cannot speak truths of fact, but only truths of faith...

Now we are waiting for the DNA results to come back, which is probably the quickest sub-process in this larger, lengthy adoption process. I expect will get the results in the next few weeks. By the way, once we do, we can go and visit sweet Izzie!

As for my other sweet baby -- Griffin -- he has only 8 more days 'til he turns FIVE! Amazing. We are having a joing b-day party with his buddy Riley, who turns five just four days after Griffin. I've got to go and get my little man's b-day presents. I know my parents bought him an ant farm, something he has been wanting for a long time. So, I guess we will soon have pet ants in the house. That is not necessarily something I relish, so let's just hope this little ant home on the range is super secure, and that no little six-legged creatures escape the joint. I am going to get Griffie some stuff for his PlayMobil castle, and also a new lunch bag for school. I also got him a book and a pencil case for school.

Well, time to get crackin' on work.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007


We got some new pictures of Izzie yesterday and she is all smiles. Griffin took one look at the picture and said "I love you!" Of course then he asked, "Mommy, why are you so curious about her?" He loves using the word curious. He also loves using other big words--and made-up words--whenever he can. One of his long-time favorite made-up words is smugg, which in Griffin Dictionary means to smoosh or squeeze, as in "I smugged up the paper." Or "Don't smugg up the cookie." This morning, he made up a new one, telling me I shouldn't kaze, which in Griffin Dictionary means to think someone isn't hurrying up, when actually they are hurrying up.

So isn't Mary Isabela so beautiful, and lovely, and sweet, and smiley, and amazing? I am sorry I'm not posting full big pics of her, but I'm reluctant to do so until we have gone through the full legal process of her adoption. As for the process, I received word about a week-and-a-half ago that the U.S. Embassy authorized DNA tests for Izzie, and her birth mom. The agency told me they expected the tests to have been done last week, but I have not heard if they were done or not. Izzie's birth mom was also supposed to have met with the Guatemalan Family Court last week. I am praying for her birth mom, as I can only imagine the sadness she feels. I pray that she has faith that her child will be well-loved and well-cared for. For she is, and will be.

Griffin turns 5 in just a few weeks, and I really can't believe my baby boy is getting so big! This is a big one. Up next, kindergarten. Where does the time go?

Speaking of time, time for me to get back to work.