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.
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.
Government Relations and Communications Manager