Welcome Home Johan Mateo

Welcome Home Johan Mateo
March 12, 2010 - Cars make me happy!

Feliz en los brazos de Mami

Feliz en los brazos de Mami

Todo la Familia

Todo la Familia
Enjoying the day at Monserrate

Our View on Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful metaphor for our salvation in Jesus. We are all adopted sons and daughters of God, brought fully into His family and loved unconditionally. We hope and pray that we honor God in this journey and come to know more deeply the depth of His love and our true identity in Him through this awesome experience.

"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 COR 6:18

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The wait continues...

Boy, this is hard. The good news we heard today is that our final piece of paperwork has been completed and should now be in the right hands down in Colombia. That means our "entrega" date should be set - and we should know it - before the end of the week. From there its just a matter of buying our tickets and getting on our way. We're still planning on traveling sometime the week of March 8.

In the meantime, its getting harder to concentrate on anything but going down and getting Johan Mateo. But its a special time as well. Our friends the Treats and the Ladduwahettis hosted a baby shower over the weekend. Primrose and Rohan's son Jason (14 months) gave Camila and Gisele good "big sister" practice. And Liliana's work had a shower for her today.

We're also looking forward to getting together this weekend with another couple in San Antonio who will travel in March to pick up their new daughter in Bucaramanga. They share our anxiety over this last excruciating period of waiting, though hopefully by Sunday we'll all be past that and have tickets in hand.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


January 31st was Liliana's birthday (I won't say which one, lets just say it rhymes with "purty fine"). Our friends Mike and Sandra had told me a couple weeks before that they wanted to host a surprise birthday party for her at their house.

Somehow, we managed to keep it a secret, and I was pretty pleased with myself for managing not to blow the surpise as we walked up to the dark doorstep and walked through the door to a big "SURPRISE!!!" Little did I know that the surprise wasn't just for Liliana, but for me too. It was ALSO a surprise baby shower for Johan Mateo. I was too busy taking video, and too dense, to clue in immediately. Never mind the "Its a boy!" balloons and the big blow up picture of Johan, and the pile of presents in baby blue wrappers. What a surprise, for both of us.

THANKS Mike and Sandra, and everyone who came to help us celebrate Lili's birthday and Johan's adoption into our family. We were truly overwhelmed by the love, as well as by all the trains and trucks - not a barbie or pink princess in sight!

Speaking of overwhelming, we were amazed with the news we got following our previous post... an unexpected Friday afternoon call from Raul and Beth at Gladney saying the child welfare agency in Colombia had changed their minds and would allow us to receive and bond with Johan Mateo in Bogota, instead of having to travel down to Florencia to pick him up.

This was incredible news, and we thank God for answered prayers -- specifically, we'd been praying for favor in the eyes of these authorities for our petition, and that is just what ended up happening. We are also sincerely grateful to Raul and Beth and everyone at Gladney for advocating so strongly for us. We truly believe this is the best option for Johan Mateo, for our girls and the whole family.

So, we wait for one last call, when we find out the actual "encuentro" date. This is the day that we will go to the ICBF office in Bogota, pick him up, and take him back with us to our hotel to start the all-important bonding process. It is hard to imagine just what that day will be like. Like a roller coaster? Like a hurricane? Like riding a roller coaster DURING a hurricane?

Our best guess is the encuentro will happen sometime in the second week of March. Once we get the date, we'll finalize our travel arrangements and quickly be on our way.

We're starting to "nest" here. I spent last weekend putting together his crib, a changing table and other things to start making his room really his. Liliana, Allison, Gigi and Hailey went on a shopping spree for boys clothes (a first for everyone). Just last night, Liliana and I bought our first clothes together for him.

Its getting harder to do anything not related to him, to getting ready for him. It is a strange experience, this last bit of waiting. Quite different from waiting for a birth, for lots of obvious reasons. Apart from the obvious pregnancy part.. we know what he looks like, we even know a little about him, its almost as if we can reach out and grab him. So close but still so far. All of which increases the level of anticipation to something very similar to those last weeks of pregnancy, if not higher in some respects.

One month and counting...