Tuesday, April 5, 2011

An easy ticket out!

Well, we are headed home. It's almost 9 pm here on Tuesday, our driver will be here around 3 am to take us to the airport!
We had our appt at the embassy here on Monday, then went and did her medical. And today we went and got her Visa. They said it would take about 45 mintues to an hour to print. But 10 minutes later we were on our way!
We met a family who was adopting 2 teenagers who were hosted through New Horizons, the same organization we hosted Anastasia through 2.5 years ago. It was nice to talk to them, and to meet their new children!

I was so struck by what I saw yesterday, at the embassy of all places!
A parking lot full of people, people hoping to go somewhere. To live, to visit, both I'm sure. But it is not easy, impossible for many actually.
Especially a single young woman. They have to provide proof that they are not leaving to get married, and not come back here! Proof they own property, proof they have something to come back to!
There were several lines, and another just mass of people. Our driver walked us in front of all them, we didn't have to wait in any of those lines. Alanna has an easy ticket out of here! And not to say here is horrible, the inability to choose for yourself is what is horrible! You think we have to paperchase, and wait, and jump through hoops to adopt? Try being a citizen here and want to go travel. It can take years. We met a family with 2 young children, citizen of this country. They said it will take them 4 years!!
I was so bothered by this. Why is America so privilaged? So we can buy bigger cars and bigger houses and 5.00 cups of coffee every day? Why did God choose us to have the freedom and rights we do?
They only thing that was layed on my heart was "maybe He thought we would do something with it"
Hmm, maybe He trusted us to do something with it. And I'm not just talking about adoption, adoption is not the only something. But there seems to be a lot of nothing happening too.


  1. WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! Almost home!!!

  2. So happy you are on your way home! We will be praying for you as you travel! Yes, you are absolutely right! We have been given so much! And like the Bible says, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." Luke 12:48 We have not lived up to this in a long time, and in one moment God can take it all away! We need to start redeeming the time!

  3. By now you are probably on your way home and will not read this until after you get home.

    I am so glad to hear that you guys will be home soon. I am sure your family is ready to meet this cute little one.

    While at home please do not stop posting on how she is doing and posting cute little pictures. Alot of us that have prayed, donated money, and are following your journey to get to bring your daughter home, still would like to know what happens when you get home.

    BTW, how is she really doing? Has she grieved at all for her old life or just happy to have a real Mommy and Daddy? YES, we want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. LOL!!


  4. Great post... the end gave me chills! Yes, we should do something more! I am so happy you are heading home with Alanna!

  5. Glad to hear your news... and that's a keen observation you've made...

    Your girl is beautiful!

  6. Great post, Cara. You are so right!

  7. How are things going?

    Been looking for an update from you since you got home.
    Would like to know how Alanna is doing here in America and her forever home.
    We want pictures too! LOL!!

    Please post when you can