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    Home

    “Ciao, Colombia!” The end of our process in country happened so quickly.  Our travels home were crazy! And our first few days have been quiet, finally getting some time to settle in.  Many times I look at my sweet girl and think, ‘Wow, we made it, that is my daughter playing on our living room floor, or sleeping in her carseat on our way back to the house, or enjoying lunch in her high chair in our dining room, or snuggling together in the rocker in her bedroom, or spending our morning snuggling in Mama’s bed.”  Waking up in the morning and getting to walk in to her room and…

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    Hoteles Zuetana

    During this trip, I stayed at a hotel that is specifically run for adoptive families.  There are a few different locations to this organization and where I am staying each family has their own little apartment type space.  In my apartment we have a bedroom, living/dining/kitchenette area and bathroom.  It’s really just enough space for us and allows me to prepare meals for the kiddo so we don’t have to eat out for every meal.  We have ventured out, of course, but it’s quite nice to have a place to keep and make food that I know she will eat.  There is a nice common area/front yard that has a…

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    Crepes & Waffles (& Ice Cream!)

    I know I have a few posts to catch up on.  Some highlights of our trip here…updates on the girl and our process and I’ll get them up soon, I promise. But first… We took a trip to the big mall, UniCentro, Monday afternoon just for a few things (and to get out of the room for a bit) and also for dinner at a local restaurant called ‘Crepes & Waffles‘.  It had been recommended as a great place to eat while I’m here (by other families and by locals) so we decided to give it a try. Crepes & Waffles has an interesting story.  It was first started here…

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    Sentencia!!!!

        We woke up this morning at a ridiculously early time, seeing as we didn’t have any plans until the afternoon.  We were supposed to be picked up at 1 for the second half of J’s embassy medicals.  A certain 3 year old girl who sleeps in the little bed in the same room as me, has decided that sleeping is for the birds.  We’ve now gone for multiple days with crazy wake up times and very little napping!  (Some of this, I will admit, is due to our being out and about, but 3:30am is NOT ‘Good morning, I’m awake now’ by any means.)  Yesterday, she was back down…

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    A week with no plans

      I mentioned in a previous post that we have had our first full week with no scheduled plans.  No appointments, no meetings, no pre-scheduled outings (or just for fun lunches!)  At first I was a little unsure of how an entire week with no real schedule was going to play out.  My initial thought was, ‘Uh-oh’, but very quickly I realized what a treat it was going to be for us to just get to be together and enjoy J’s beautiful country and some time as just us.      So, what DID we do?  Well, we created some Mama and Josie adventures.  We spent time simply hanging out.…

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    ‘Sophia’ the first

         First, I have to share how happy I am to be staying in a place with other families and such a ‘home-like’ atmosphere.   This place and the people here are simply wonderful.     J received her very first invitation yesterday.  An actual paper invitation on our door to her very first birthday party.  A First birthday party for one of our new friends from downstairs.  J’s new friend Sophia, who’s parents are incredible people and I’m sure we will be keeping in touch throughout our girl’s lives, gets to celebrate her first birthday with her family!  Birthdays are so exciting and it’s so special that Sophia’s parents get to…

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    Two weeks

    I truly can not explain how much this child changes me on a daily basis and how much she is changing!  It has now been two weeks since I met my darling bunny girl and walked her out of that orphanage forever.  And wow, what a whirlwind of two weeks it has been.    We were pretty busy with meeting and appointments for the first week and a half but have finally had the chance to just relax over the weekend and have no scheduled ‘appointments’ until Friday.  Whew.  What are we going to do with ourselves!     I must be ‘real’ here for a minute and say that I initially…

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    I’m officially legal now!

    One of the requirements of hanging out here in C for so long, is that non-C citizens, must get a Colombian ID, otherwise known as a Colombian Cedula.  Because I’ll be, and I quote, ‘doing business’ here, I must have a proper Colombian ID.  It’s supposed to happen within the first two weeks of your arrival into the country.  We’d planned on getting mine last week, but well, I got J that day instead!! (no complaints here!)So we got picked up by the in country rep, bright and early Monday morning and went to the Migracion Office downtown. Side-note:   I am SO blessed to have such an AMAZING in country…

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    Integration

    Today was a pretty big day!  The driver picked us up about 10:30 to meet Soraya at La Casa at 11:30!   Since, I am staying a bit on the north end of town and the rep and ICBF and La Casa are more south, we were picked up by the driver, and just met her there.  After our first meeting, she took us for a quick lunch and then to the notary and then to our final meeting.  The driver picked us back up at the rep’s house and brought us back to the hotel.  Soraya is a pretty busy person and we are about 45 min drive from her…

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    One week…as a Mama.

       Today is our one week ‘anniversary’, so to speak.  I picked up J one week ago today.  And wow, what a whirlwind of a week it has been.  She’s still a little under the weather, so we haven’t been out and about too much with any real sight-seeing, yet (minus our walk to the mall!).  It’s been nice to just be together and get to know her.  Some moments it seems like it has been much longer then a week, but others seem like it was just yesterday that I was anxiously sitting in the little waiting room, knowing that any minute someone would be walking through the door…