Saturday, May 23, 2009

Moving moutains and knocking down walls!


As my last post implies we have been simply waiting......... Praying for mountains to be moved in Kyrgyzstan. We love our kids, we want them home. We have no news.... Until this week nothing has been happening. But over the course of the last few days we have learned that three Kyrgyz Republic officials will be visiting The United States next week as part of a political exchange program of sorts. Joint Counsel on International Children's Services has worked hard behind the scenes and they have secured the waiting families not one but TWO meeting to be held next Friday MAy 29th in Washington D.C. One meeting will last approximately 90 minutes (half of that being translation time) ANd the second meeting will take place ( now get this) ON CAPITOL HILL. Yes folks you read that correct. Now according to Rebecca the kind folks folks on Capitol Hill that day will most likely be the assistants to our Senators and Congressmen. HOWEVER we are hoping to change that. I know I asked for some help a few posts ago and I did have amazing response. Many people said "I wrote to the congres or the Senate on your behalf" Here is another opportuniy and this time it is real. Not a story. We are hoping that some of our actual Senators and Congressmen show up on this day to show support to the 65 families waiting. Below I will include the email from Rebecca Harris and JCICS.


But even more exciting news!! Six families have been chosen to represent the 65 waiting families. From as far away as California and as close as a family in D.C. We will come together as a group and do our best to portray the love, and hope we have for bringing these kids into our lives. Thats right.... I get to go too!!! I am so excited to be given this opportunity to represent my friends. People from all over the country (and a few from other parts of the world) I am linked in a unique group; A new kind of family; a family of waiting parents all linking hands to advocate for our children who are so innocently waiting for our reunion. God has been quite amazing over the last few months. I can't begin to tell in a post how many amazing opportunities I have been blessed with. And while I sure would have liked my journey to be quick and painless, this road has provided a lifelong opportunity of learning. And for that I hope that I have become as strong a person and as strong of a mom as I could ever hope to be for Miss Noodle. Thank you to everyone who is waiting, and all those who are waiting with us.


The letter





May 22, 2009

CALL TO ACTION: Kyrgyzstan

Dear Friends and Families,

As noted in Joint Council's President & CEO's communication yesterday Joint Council has worked closely with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) to secure a 15 minute meeting with Congressional Staffers and the six families traveling to Washington D.C. to represent the group. The meeting will occur just before the Kyrgyz delegation meets with Congressional staffers. In order to ensure that as many Congressional Offices are in attendance at the two meetings Joint Council is initiating a Call to Action requesting the 65 families contact their Senators and Congressmen. Joint Council requests that all families contact their U.S. Senators and Congresspersons on Tuesday, May 26th. The purpose of your call is to request they attend the meetings on Friday, May 29th. Please note that Friday, May 29th is during a Congressional Recess.

On Tuesday, May 26th we request that you do the following:

1) Call both of your U.S. Senators and your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives:

You can find your Senators' phone numbers and email address at www.senate.gov

You can find your Representatives' phone numbers and email address at http://www.house.gov/

2) Include the following in your calls and emails:

"As constituents, I/we urge the Senator/Congressperson to attend the meeting with Kyrgyz officials hosted by Senator Landrieu and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute on Friday, May 29th."

If they have not heard about the meeting, ask them to contact the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute at (202) 544-8500 or Joint Council at (703) 535-8045.

3) Send an email to everyone you called:

The email is important, but the phone call should be placed first.
Additionally, feel free to forward this request to your friends and family, asking them to contact their Senators and Congresspersons requesting they attend the meeting.

Thank you!

Rebecca Harris
Government Relations and Communications Manager

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Word to encourage myself as much as others

I have been having these same thoughts. I love everyone here. And I am so glad I have everyone here for support. One thing I have to add here about dates, is that absolutely no one knows anything about dates. Near far, or somewhere in between no one knows anything for sure. So it could be June, July, October. No clue. One thing I know though is I can not hang out pondering when, and being saddened everytime a date comes and goes. So like Virginia, at some point I may also choose to take a break. I may not be quite there yet. I do know I had a bit of a break a few weeks ago when I was focused on other things, and I will be on complete and 100% hiatus in two weeks when I go to Vermont. A break every once in awhile to live and love life in the present is important. Not to say we forget about being advocates, but for our sanity and for our families.

Anyway I send hugs out to all of you!!! And continue to pray that someone or something moves a mountain in Kyrgyz and we see this through sooner then later.

Ann
From: Virginia Ann Rodriguez To: waiting_kyrgyz_ parents@yahoogro ups.comSent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 7:49:39 PMSubject: Re: [waiting_kyrgyz_ parents] Re: Responses from Gary Fuller
Same crap from WL (but only because I asked) They were not brave enough to throw out an October possibility! !!! Keep casting that fish hook out further!!!! What are we to do??? What can we do??? I may have to shut off this blog for a while. Ambien, Zanax and Effexor only help so much!!!!!
If anything REALLY important comes up.... please PM me at wheresmymia@ yahoo.com and let me know. This hiatus may only last the weekend but I have to figure out how not to let my face explode!!!!! !
Virg