Thursday, December 25, 2008

Showing Off A Little

About two year ago I started quilting. More precisely, I enjoy designing the quilt top, piecing it together, and sewing it. I am not a fan of the actually quilting, meaning stitching the quilt top, the quilt back, and the batting together. I let someone else do that. I'm posting a picture of the body of the quilt I just finished for Drew for Christmas. It is supposed to have an "ocean" feel to it.

A Little More

Our blog has been mostly about our adoption journey. I am adding a little more to it, mostly for our benefit.

We are a family heavily focused on education and knowledge. Most of the books our son has are classical children's literature, or have a math or science focus to them. I have now added educational blogs and websites I like to my blog.

Maybe Some Good News?

I heard through the adoption grapevine that there may be movement in Kyrgyzstan after the holidays. That is the middle of January. It isn't anything official. We are hopeful nonetheless.

I added some questions for a mother's journal to my blog. I have a couple years of Wondertime magazines, and the questions come from an insert. I find the questions different than most lists I have seen. I hope they will be of interest to someone. I will keep adding topics to consider as I go through the magazines. After several years I am only now getting around to reading them.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What Does the US State Department Post Mean?

My understanding of this post is that Kyrgyzstan officials are not yet saying when they will begin processing adoption paperwork (they have been addressing IA issues internally since summer). The DOS is not saying that adoptions will not continue, or that the country is closed to international adoption. The DOS says, in a subsequent post, that they do not recommend families to start adoption in Kyrgyzstan because there just is no information available from Kyrgyz officials right now. We are waiting until the Kyrgyzstan government has addressed the issues they chose to address, and waiting until they are ready to tell us what they want to tell us. This is all not new information, although when Kyrgyzstan stopped processing adoptions this past summer everyone thought it was just for a few weeks or a couple months.

It is hard to wait. Yet there are families that were in Kyrgyzstan on trip one in spring, met their children, and are just waiting for paperwork to be signed so that they can go and pick up the child. Please send positive thoughts for those families.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


December 3, 2008 - Joint Council has confirmed that the U.S. Embassy
in Kyrgyzstan has been requesting further information on the current
state of intercountry adoptions from the Kyrgyz government. At this
time, it is our understanding that the Kyrgyz Parliament has concerns
regarding the governmental control of Adoption Service Providers in
the republic.

In meetings with Kyrgyz officials, the US Embassy stressed that the
current actions are causing fiscal and emotional distress to potential
adoptive parents. Kyrgyz officials have been unwilling to comment as
to the processing of cases already in progress. However, a
governmental working group will be forming in the coming weeks. We do
not expect any official statement to come from this working group
before the end of 2008.