Thursday, May 28, 2009

Link to the Spoon Foundation:

The Spoon Foundation was created by two of our WPA families who adopted their children, Bakhyt and Jadyn, from Kazakhstan. I personally played a role in both of these adoptions and it brings tears to my eyes to think about the lives that these two kids may have led if it weren't for their brave parents who accepted them as their own regardless of the risks involved with their unknown prognosis'. As it turns out, both of these children were suffering from something so simple as a nutrional deficiency so their parent's started the spoon foundation in the hopes of helping the children they left behind. Their mission is to improve the health of international orphans and adoptees by providing them with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

As some of you know, Murat himself is lacking proper nutrition and most likely has rickets - which is caused by a lack of vitamin D. With this program, children like Murat will be provided with nutrional supplements to aid in their development, until their (future) parents can come for them.

Please visit the above link and watch the video which contains some footage of the above mentioned children. You can see the children as they once were, and as they are now. It is very moving and if you feel led to help, please become a sponsor - the cost is only $16.00 a month. I signed up yesterday! In doing so, you will be helping the children that WE will be leaving behind when we go for Murat and I can honestly tell you that you WILL be making a huge difference in their lives! Thank you for your time and consideration!!! The children of Kaz thank you, as do I!
LOI Received!!!!!!!

I came into work this morning to find our LOI (Letter of Invitation) on the fax machine. Our partners in Kazakhstan had it signed today actually (they are 10 hours ahead of us) and they immediately faxed us a copy as is normal procedure. Now, I have removed many an LOI from our fax machine as I have been with WPA/IAG since August of 2002 and in that time frame I have had the honor of helping hundreds of families in their adoption process, but I must say, removing THAT LOI from our fax was one of my most exciting moments here! That one little piece of paper means so very much in our process. Without it, we cannot enter Kazakhstan which of course means, we would never be united with our son. We are so excited...still Kaz bound on June 5th. Keep all of your fingers and toes crossed - we are purchasing our airline tickets today!!!!! Murat, here we come!!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Travel Update: (Drumroll Please)

It looks like we will be flying out to pick up our son on June 5th - which just so happens to be Rusty's birthday! We will be in Kaz for the entire month of June! We cannot wait to get our hands on our little monkey! Keep your fingers crossed for us...
Murat on Playground 05-14-09
Built by WPA in June of 2004
Pictures taken by Olga (translator)