We are heading back home next week and will be making a second trip to adopt our little one. We ran into some bad luck. The Dept. feels badly about what happened. They have assured us that they will begin matching us with a child meeting our requirements ASAP once they return back from vacation in Sept. We considered remaining here, but since it could take a few months, we felt it would be best for everyone to be back home. We are very grateful to the officials for their continuing efforts in rectifying the situation. It's def. bittersweet. We have the assurance that we will indeed be matched very soon...but we had hoped to bring our child home with us on this trip. One never knows why things happen...but we strongly believe that everything happens in its own time. Our little one just wasn't ready yet. We feel that it's better for our family to be patient rather than adopting a child whom we weren't in a position to parent.
We certainly have grown from this experience. We stayed true to ourselves and it has made us stronger. We're at peace and can't wait to come back to Petro. We'll miss our new friends and have come to know and love the city.
We are very grateful to everyone for your support. We couldn't have gotten through these last few weeks without your words of encouragement and prayers. Please also think of a baby girl who is in hospital here. We visited with her and she stole our hearts. She has to remain in hospital and may need quite a bit of medical treatments and surgeries. She's a fighter and an inspiration!
We hope to be travelling either next Tuesday or Thursday to Astana and then making our home way through Frankfurt.
We'll keep in touch with our new friends!!! and for those at home... see you soon. I guess you could just say we needed to hit the "pause button"...so stay tuned... To be continued!
XXO Sven, Jocelyne and Yannik