Sunday, June 8, 2008

I'm packing my bags.....


Yep, most of y'all were right!!! I AM MOVING TO GUATEMALA TO FOSTER SWEET GIRL UNTIL SHE COMES HOME!!!!! I'll share more soon.

Love y'all,
Lindsey

71 comments:

kristin said...

amazing, amazing news!!!! congratulations!!!!! wonderful news!

Bill and Melodie said...

Yea, I can't wait!

Juanita said...

I have been blessed following your blog. I wish you all the best in moving to Guatemala to care for your little girl. Hope you can bring her home really soon, she's adorable!
~Juanita, Mom of 2 precious children born in Guatemala :)

The Redman's said...

Congratulations!!!!! What an amazing experience you will have and I'm just so happy that Eliana will be in your arms FOREVER!!!!!

God Bless.
-Suzi

Loganathan said...

I am a new viewer to your blog. Your blog is looking gr8, especially the design attaracted me very well.

begutierrez said...

these are amazing news, Lindsey!!! i am so so excited for you!

also, what's left on the process before she can come home? I'm not very familiar with the process so all I know each time you talk about certain phase is that she's one step closer to coming home with you.

B

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia Spain
thank you

The gFamily said...

YAY!! I am SO excited for you!! I pray for safe travels and a wonderful new journey with your daughter!! It will be AMAZING!!!

Jenn said...

HOW EXCITING! I can't wait to hear that you guys are ready to come home for good, but it will be such a blessing for you to be there with her all the time between now and then.

peace and blessings to you all!
jenn

Holli said...

Lindsay, I read your blog all the time but have never posted. I have been in Guat since January fostering our daughter. I was in Antigua until 2 weeks ago but now live in Guatemala City. I am so happy for you and Eliana that you are coming! It will be so good for her to finally be with you (and you with her). A friend and I started a blog to help other families fostering in Antigua (we haven't finished it yet, though). You might find some helpful info, it's www.adoptiveparentsinantigua.
blogspot.com.

You may have already read up on the subject, but in case you haven't, I would really recommend "Becoming a Family, promoting healthy attachments with your adopted child." by Lark Eshleman. When I arrived my daugher was 15 months old, and it was a long, hard journey toward attachment. In fact, things just now seem to be solidifying, after 6months of very intentional effort (nobody else holding her or feeding her, not leaving her, etc.) Of course, every child is different and it also depends on the care they received before coming to you, but it's good to be prepared.

I don't know you but feel like I do on some level from reading your blog. I am SO glad you are able to come here with Eliana. I can imagine you are so excited you are about to jump out of your skin!

Savor and enjoy every minute of it. It's such a unique opportunity to get this one-on-one time with here without all the distractions of "real life" back home.
Blessings,
Holli

Kristen Borland said...

oh my goodness!!!!!! that's amazing news and can't wait to hear more!

Sophie's Mom said...

I have goosebumps!!! Congratulations! You must be over the moon excited!

Lee Anne and John said...

Yipee!!! I am SO happy for you! this is the very best news and exactly what you all need especially right now. Eliana will LOVE having her Momma there with her every day and Antigua is such a beautiful palce!!!
Hugs and Congratulations!
Lee Anne

Christina said...

AWESOME, AWESOME news. I can't wait to hear about your adventure and you getting to bring that sweet baby home.

Anonymous said...

That is great news! When are you planning to leave? I hope you continue to update while living in Guatemala.

Shelly
(Mama to Drew in Mt. Juliet)

dreamingBIGdreams said...

This might be the coolest thing I've heard in a long time.
SO STINKING happy for you.

The thought of doing this with our kids in Haiti crosses my mind DAILY! So happy for you!!!

Bekah said...

that is incredible! praise the Lord for making that happen for you....it will be a beautiful time for you and eliana.

The Heinrichs said...

Yeah roomie or should I say roomies!!! We are going to have sooo much fun!!! I just stocked up on my Gerber Graduate breakfast bars and snacks and they are packed and ready to go!!! Okay now get back to packing--the wait is going to go by so quickly!!! Love you~Deanna

stlterri said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time,and have only posted once. You will be in our prayers as your begin this awesome adventure....keep us posted! :)

Hannah said...

That is awesome!! I am so happy for you. God be with you.

Andrea said...

Oh Lindsey-that is so wonderful!! Pray that you have a VERY short trip, though. We want to see that little girl home with ALL of you!!

Blessings!!

heather said...

Congratulations, Lindsey!!! Can't wait to hear the how's and when's!!! :)

emily said...

Ok, that gives me chills. No more goodbyes!! I am so excited for you and will look forward to reading more.

Holli said...

SO EXCITING!!! Praying for you, your husband and YOUR DAUGHTER!

Christy said...

OH my goodness Lindsey that is awesome! Yeay! She is going to be so happy to see you. God is good.

Ferrick said...

I would say that qualifies as "HUGE" news!!!!! You have had quit a few experiences lately that have shown you how sweet, precious and short life is. Good for you Lindsay, so happy to hear God has provided the way. The experience of a life time, what a gift to you and Eliana. God is good, all the time. Blessings, Susie

T.R. said...

Congratulations! You are so fortunate to be able to do this. We fostered our daughter and it was the BEST experience for us and the BEST thing for her. It really made her transition in the States A LOT easier. I am so excited for you! What GREAT news.

Barbie said...

Oh my goodness, how awesome is that?!! What a huge blessing for all of you. :-) When do you leave!!

Kerri said...

Congrats!!! How exciting and what a wonderful opportunity for you and Eliana!
Kerri and Ruby

texasknights said...

Just found your blog via Elle Dubb today. I need MORE time to catch up on your story but so far....love it. My husband and I have HUGE hearts for Guatemala and the people, esp. orphans. My husband works for an International Missions Org. that focusses on orphans (including adoptions). He travels there 5-6 times a year. I get to go once a year. Can't wait to read the rest of your story...

The M. Herndon Family said...

That's great news! I can't wait to read more on your blog and see lots of pictures of Antigua. I loved being there with Miranda and the boys, even though we were only there for 2 1/2 weeks.

A Team said...

HEY!
I have a new blog address...
If you put it on your blog roll, list us as the A-Team...
We are trying to be a little more ambiguous with personal information.

www.tnateam.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Trace

PS - WAY COOL... I asked Julie what you were up to. She filled me in!!!

Madelyn's Mommy said...

That is awesome news.

Congratulations!

Andrea

Jocelyn said...

That is wonderful news!! I am so excited for you and for Eliana!!! YAY!!!

Leah said...

I've never posted. I saw Chris at the Girls of Grace simulcast, did some online surfing and found your blog. I have been following your story and praying ever since. Go get your girl! My prayers go with you to Guatamala!

Stacy said...

Praise God for His provision!!! You will NEVER regret your time fostering in Guatemala. God worked some AMAZING stuff in my life while I fostered Isabella. We've been home just over one month. The bonding and attachment time together in Guat was priceless and healing to Isabella. God will show his hand to you in so many new and exciting ways!

Love and prayers,
Stacy

Courtney said...

Awesome News............I wish I was able to foster when we adopted Stella. I hope you will continue to blog while there. You are so lucky to be able to do this. You will have your daughter forever. Congrats and good luck. Courtney
P.S. I wanted your diaper bag but could not afford it. I Love it ! Courtney

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I have followed your blog for a while now. Our adoption agency had posted Elle Dubb on their blog and I have followed your story ever since. My husband and I went to visit our two daughters Christmas of 2006, he returned home and I just couldn't. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay and foster until the end of both adoptions. We just celebrated being home for 1 year! It was hard being away from my husband, but we both knew it was the right thing for our family. The transition home was so much easier than we could have dreamed. Enjoy your time. It truly is a blessing to have this time with your sweet girl all to yourself.

God Bless
Kim in SC

Sharon, Isabella's Mommy said...

Oh, Lindsey, that's awesome!!! I'll be forever grateful for the time I had living in Antigua while I was fostering Bella. Enjoy every moment of it! I'm SO GLAD that you will be there to support our dear friend Melissa. Please hug her EVERY SINGLE DAY for us!

mica said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah, this will be the most amazing experience. Let me know where you are staying and I will hook you up with Kathy. Love, Mica micagunter@excite.com

Maria said...

That's great news!!! Can't wait to read your updates from Antigua!! xxooo

Bobbi said...

YIPPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!

This is the best news I have seen on this site in a very long time. I think it is great.

Can't wait to follow this leg of the journey.

Congrats

Suzanne and Jayme said...

Joy, Joy, Joy. You guys bring such hope, encouragement, dedication, and love to all that follow your journey.I am so hapy that you get to live in Guatemala with your beautiful daughter. You both are so blessed. I send my love and pray on your new journey

Cheri (prounounced like the tree, like the fruit, as in Cherry Pie) said...

Wow! Lindsey! This is something that I wanted to do but didn't have the option. I was in GC with Malaena-Sloan 2 weeks and it really made the adjustment home very easy. This truly is an adventure of a lifetime and I'm so thankful that God has opened this door for you and Eliana to share such a precious time. You can see we are all rooting for you. Get to packing, and don't forget the essentials like Baby Benadryl in the event she won't sleep every night!ha! Cheri

jajbs said...

I am SO happy for you! I had a feeling this was the BIG news!! YOu are so blessed to have this special time with her. I will be praying for you and Chris during this time. I also pray that you will have FAVOR and get home with her SOON!!

Amanda

Jami said...

Oh my goodness Lindsey! How wonderful for you! :)

Laurie said...

OMG that is amazing news! I have goose bumps! I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey! I think that is the COOLEST thing ever to be able to do. I was going to reply to your comment that I an dying to hang out with you the next time you are in LR but looks like Miss Eliana will be with you! :)

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

What a great journey you are going on....I cannot wait to here all about it. You are so blessed to be able to do this....You just hang on girl. God will open the doors necessary to get your girl home.

Michael and Michelle said...

Good for you!! I'm sure you are so happy that you won't have to say good-bye anymore!!

Michelle

Reba said...

I am so excited for you! (And a little envious too...I always enjoyed my time in Guatemala) I cannot wait to hear details and get to see more pictures of sweet baby girl!!!
Reba

TNKerry said...

I am so incredibly excited for you and can't wait to follow your adventures live from Guatemala!!!!!!!!!!

McMurrays said...

I was so hoping this was the news. I'm so happy for you and I think it is a wonderful decision. I will be praying for the transition to come.
Darcy

K Leclercq said...

Can't wait till you get here! You and little Eliana are going to have such a great time!!! Aeson and are can't wait to hang out with both of you guys!

The Huffs said...

How EXCITING! I have friends that are there now fostering their sons. It's an amazing thing to do. I'm so happy for you and for your precious girl. God Bless you during your time in Guatemala!

Felicia

gracie :) said...

I know you must be thrilled to be able to do this for your daughter. Yet I know it must be a hard decision to make at the same time..I know Chris will miss his girls immensely! Hope the wait is over soon so you can all be home as a family!

Bethany said...

I am SO happy for you! I am so happy that I was able to spend the last two months in Guatemala with our daughter. It blessed my life and made it so much easier on her when we finally came home. Congratulations! If you have any questions, please let me know! I will be praying for you!

Anna said...

Lindsey,

How wonderful and exciting that you are able to go and foster your little girl!!! I thought that was it!!!

I'll be keenly following your journey and praying that all will go smoothly and quickly to bring your little girl home soon!

Hope the packing goes ok!

God Bless,
Anna
(Mum of 2 adopted girls in Australia)

Amanda said...

You have got to be freakin' kidding me...Lindsey, I think you have set a record with 57...wait make that 58 comments on one blog entry!!!
I love you and am so excited that you get to go be with Eliana until this is all over with...it will be worth every minute of it. It will make her transition to a new home in Nashville so much easier.
I hope to talk to you soon!!! I am getting more and more excited for you with each passing day!!!

I will be praying even more for you, Eliana and especially Chris during the time that you are in Guate!!!

~Laura~ said...

That's GREAT news!!

Thinking about you guys & praying for you.

ManyBlessings said...

Good for you girl! Have a wonderful time with that baby and enjoy every minute of your time in Guatemala!
d:)

Anonymous said...

Linds,
That is awesome!
Eliana is one lucky girl!
I can't wait to meet her...bring her home soon.
Love you and still praying,
Sydney

Robyn said...

How exciting!! Congratulations!!

Robyn

Jessica said...

Holy cow this is huge news!! So excited that you get to be with sweet girl! Can't wait to hear more!

Mary Lee said...

That is amazing!!! You are in my prayers!

Betsy said...

HOW EXCITING... our prayers are with you both as you make the plans that will take you to your girl soon!
Betsy

B said...

Hallelujah!!! That is such amazing news Lindsey. God bless you, Chris, and Eliana!!

Cheers,
Beth

Tracey said...

Awesome! Kade was 10 mos when we went to Antigua, we spent a month there and bonded instantly! I think this will be good for all of you! Keep us updated:) We are so happy for you!

allums family said...

pack me in your bags... so happy for you! i knew this was the news;)

Becca said...

Lindsey - I am so happy for you I am crying! May His peace and protection follow you. AND if you're still there when I go we are definitely getting together!

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Dena said...

That is such amazing awesome - chill pump giving news!!! What a wonderful blessing!!!

Debbie said...

I am so excited for you to go foster her!!

Vaya con Dios

Debbie