Today, Greg and I are going to meet the daycare owner and visit Gabriel's soon to be new DC facility. We are very excited about this! I am in the process of looking for a job outside the home and once that happens, G will begin daycare fulltime.
It's pretty amazing that on 8/6, it will be 8 months since we brought Gabriel home. Time has definitely gone by very fast. I can hardly believe it and we have been enjoying every minute of it. This little boy is a pure blessing and we simply cannot picture our lives without him. It is like he has always been a part of our home and especially a part of our hearts. I seem to find myself telling Greg often, that I don't remember what life was like pre-Gabriel. When I think too hard about it, I realize how empty our lives really were before him. Life will never, ever be the same as it was once pre-May 9, 2007 and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Please note: For obvious reasons, the name of the daycare will not be mentioned nor ever referred to by name on the blog, for security reasons. In the future, it will simply be referred to as DCP (daycare provider) or DC (daycare).
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
For more information on this year's Guatoberfest, please check out this link. This is the 2nd annual one and it's expected to be a bigger one that last year! What a great time to meet other families who have adopted and meet those you have been getting to know all during the months of your adoption process! We can't wait!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sometimes it is very hard to give back to a country that has given us so much because we simply do not know what we could possibly do for the gift that we have been given. Our hearts will forever be in Guatemala and we will one day be back to visit our son's native land. But in the meantime, Greg and I wanted to do something for another family; one that is very much in need of both our love and support. So here I introduce you to Juan Jose and Maria Elena. They are two students that we are sponsoring and with our donations they are able to go to school. They are part of a group called Mayan Families. Please visit this site for more information. But what really is hard for me to swallow at times is how we complain about gas prices, property taxes, a possible recession, an unknown future, etc but chances are if you're reading this entry, you have a computer, a table, a chair, clean water - either tap or bottled, and most likely a roof over your head. Juan Jose and Maria Elena aren't so fortunate. It's simply a little bit of perspective to show you how much you really have. That has been such an eye opener for Greg and I.
Here's what we know about their family and how they live.
Maria Elena is 9yrs old. She is in 4th grade. Juan Jose is 15yrs old. He is in 5th grade. She lives in El Barranco, an agricultural village above Solola. Maria Elena wears traditional Mayan clothing. She lives with her mother, Juliana, 54yrs old. Her father died 9yrs ago of cancer. They were not able to afford medical care for him. She has two brothers and two sisters. They are Olga is 22yrs old. She is married. Juana is 21yrs old. She lives at home and is in 10th grade. She works part time in a photo copy store. This money she earns pays for her studies. She earns $20 US per week. Juan Jose is 15yrs old. He is in 5th grade. Jose is 13yrs old. He is in 1st grade.
The mother works weaving at home. She earns $8 US per week. She also has a small business selling chickens. When she sells her chickens she can make $8 US per day but this is the culmination of three months of work. Juan Jose works in the fields when there is work, or he sells chickens when they have them to sell. The reason that Juan is so old in 5th grade is that when the father died they had no money to put him in school. He had to be out of school working, quite often to raise money for the family. There also was no money to be able to put the other children into school.
They are living in a family home. It is not theirs but they are allowed to live there. The house is made of mud brick. The roof is tin sheeting and the floor is dirt. They have only one room and an outside kitchen. They have an onil stove. They do not have a water filter. They have a pila. They have two beds. They have two closets. They have tables and chairs. They do not have enough blankets for the bed. They have water connected and pay $4 US per year. They have electricity connected and pay $10 US per month.
Here are some pictures of their home:
Again, for more information, their site is www.mayanfamilies.org
I went back to my parent's house last week and was going through my mom's digital camera and found this picture. I just had to share it! This was right after we walked through the doors of Immigration at Ft. Lauderdale's International Airport, exhausted, but as happy as we will ever be. All those months of worrying if he would ever come home vanished just like that. We knew upon touching American soil that this little boy we had dreamed of for so long was finally ours and ready to join his family that had waited and prayed for him.
That's my mom all the way to the left, and her two closest friends, Graciela and Amada and well, you know the three of us. My dad took the picture.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Gabriel experienced black beans for the first time. I think he thoroughly enjoyed them. So much so, that he needed a nap afterwards.
Let's just say Gabriel didn't like the beach toooooo much. But everything new is well, new. So we will be taking him back this weekend to try and make it a better, more enjoyable experience for him. He can't exactly live in Florida, thirty five minutes from the beach and hate it!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Here are some pictures of the fabulous toddler towel my friend, Jen made for Gabriel. For more information on her store, here is the link: http://http//www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5510090