THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Troubling News for the Vietnam Adoption Program..

I received this information from Laura/lala at 'Ladybugs and Dragonflies' on this morning's Saturday Morning Chat Group. This family is very special to me and I know that they are special to many of you. They have been waiting 18 months now for a referral from Vietnam. Now it looks like it may not be coming. Please do whatever you can to lift up this family.

This information is taken directly from her blog:

Adopted Children Immigrant Visa Unit
Warning Concerning Adoptions in Vietnam
April 2008
The Department of State continues to urge prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers not to initiate new adoptions from Vietnam at this time. The 2005 Memorandum of Agreement, required by Vietnamese law to authorize adoptions between the United States and Vietnam, expires on September 1, 2008. In addition, recent field investigations have revealed incidents of serious adoption irregularities, including forged or altered documentation, mothers paid, coerced or tricked into releasing their children, and children offered for adoption without the knowledge or consent of their birth parents.
The United States is strongly committed to processing legitimate intercountry adoptions from Vietnam if possible. Our primary concern is to ensure that the children and families involved in the adoption process are protected from exploitation. The Government of Vietnam shares this concern. Both countries acknowledge that more needs to be done to address deficiencies in the current system.
On April 25, the Government of Vietnam announced that it will allow adoption to be completed in cases where prospective adoptive parents have been matched with a child and received an official referral prior to September 1, 2008. It further stated that in accordance with Vietnamese law, the DIA will suspend the acceptance of new dossiers on July 1, 2008. On September 1, 2008 any dossier that has not received a referral will be closed and returned to the Adoption Service Provider. In view of the processing time required in Vietnam from placement to the Giving and Receiving Ceremony, an adoption process begun now cannot be completed before the current Agreement expires.

Welcome Home Crystal and Savannah!!!


Crystal and Savannah are in the United States, they should be home today! Crystal has a special post where you can leave a comment that she will keep in a scrapbook for Savannah-Hope. If you have been following this amazing journey, go by and leave a comment! Their blog is 'The Johnson Family'

Congratulations to the Waala Family!

Congratulations to the Waala Family on their pending adoption of 5 (almost 6) year old Eli! Thank you for sharing your news with us this morning Shelly on the Saturday Morning Chat!
You can leave your good wishes at 'Waala Family Adventures'.

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group...


Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group! It is very windy here today. A cold front is supposed to be moving in bringing out temperatures down into the 50's. We were hoping to put our dock in this weekend, but there are some big waves out on the lake right now, so we'll have to see.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone for LID updates and your supportive comments. I actually came home yesterday to a voicemail from my SW. She apologized for the way that my agency is doing things and said she would like to see changes too. That makes me feel better. My agency did acknowledge a change on the status in the review room, but only after the CCAA changed the date on their portal. So essentially, everyone knew the change before they acknowledged it. But my SW did state that it looks like we will be through the review room when the next SN list comes out and we should be able to see the list and apply for a baby. It seems so strange to me to choose and apply for a baby.

THE SATURDAY MORNING CHAT GROUP IS NOW CLOSED...have a great weekend!

Many of Our Blogs Are Listed Here...

Have you seen this site before? I saw someone come to my blog from this site yesterday on my Feedjit. I have seen a site like this before. It doesn't bother me to be listed here, I was just surprised to see how many people I know that are listed. www.chinaadoptionsites.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

http://justonechildatatime.blogspot.com
on-line auction for Starfish


Bet you think this dress is cute don't you? Bet you want it don't you? Well, you can't have it because I am the highest and only bidder so far at the auction. Too bad for you. My girl is going to be so darling in it.


Robin received over 100 orders for this Kimberley dress. Got one? Well, good luck because Paula has bid on this baby and you haven't gone to the auction!

Oh yes, and don't even think about this outfit! I have the bid on this one too. Hand made by Meredith Teagarden. Darling isn't it....too bad. Mine mine mine.

And if you have ever wondered what it would feel like to take on Rony...go toe to toe with Bloglands hottest Momma, then let me challenge you to raise her bid on this tutu. She's all over it girls, she's outbidding everyone. Are any of you woman enough to take her on?


This is a true opportunity to give some money to a great cause and walk away with something that you really love. Get over to the auction and take a look and start bidding.

AND, I know that you ladies have been shopping. We all have been waiting for so long for our girls that I know you have something in the closet that you could donate to this good cause. Do you have 2 Mulan dolls? A blanket that doesn't match your nursery? A bathtub bubble machine??? (6 of them?) Make a donation!
Lamp from your ex-MIL, necklace from your college boyfriend?? Make a donation!

Love Without Boundaries 'Born In My Heart' Art Auction


Verna forwarded this information to me.

"Born In My Heart" Art Auction

April 24th - April 29th (Beginning the 24th @ 9:00am PDT)

In nearly every orphanage in China, children in need of heart surgery wait to be healed. In an effort to help as many of these orphaned children as possible, Love Without Boundaries began the "Born In My Heart" art auction five years ago. This is an annual event that serves as our special tribute to the miracle of adoption, and also as a fundraiser to help us provide these essential operations to children who need emergency heart surgery.

You can help to save the life of a child by taking part from April 24-29. Every penny raised will help to heal precious children and give them the opportunity to grow and thrive, and perhaps even find a family of their very own. So please bid often and bid generously!

Auction items will begin to launch at 9am (Pacific) on Thursday, April 24th. Nearly 300 items will be added throughout the day, and the auction will close Tuesday, April 29th (again, with items closing throughout the course of the day).

We have some absolutely incredible items this year, all donated by LWB's fabulous supporters! Just a few of the items you won't want to miss are: "Jia: Portrait of Hope" by Leila Ashton: an original oil painting of one of our LWB heart babies, a life-size replica jade burial suit, two giclee prints of "Qi Pan" by Zhao Kailin, personalized digital lifebooks, the most beautiful collection of quilts imaginable (including several "100 Good Wishes" quilts), beautiful paintings (both originals and giclee prints), caligraphy, custom adoption videos, amazing photography, embroidery, gift baskets, jewlery, clothing, heritage items and so much more!

You will be able to access our auction from the Love Without Boundaries website homepage at: http://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/, beginning April 24th

You can also play a part in healing hearts by posting about the auction! If you have a personal or family website or blog, we would be so grateful if you would mention this event, as so many children are counting on us for surgery. Help spread the news that lives can be saved!
Thank you in advance for helping to make this year's auction our best ever!

Love Without Boundaries
Art Auction Committee

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sadness...Despair...Determination...A Chat with my Agency


I had a bad today. This may go into a rant, so be forwarned. I am doing a little self-healing with this post.
For starters, I'm not quiet, passive or particularly patient. I'm not afraid of confrontation if it's necessary and I'm not afraid to speak my mind.
As many of you know, I and some other great women here in blogland are with an agency that will not allow us to see their special needs list until we are through the review room. This revelation was made after we had already committed to them for many months. We were informed that if we leave, we lose our money and will have to re-do our entire dossier. Let's just say that there were some tears and frustration that day.
Still...we waited.
Thank you to those of you who are aware of this and always try to keep me updated regarding who has been notified that they are through the review room and what their LID is, I appreciate this more than you know.
I am aware that many with November 06 LID's and some with December 06 LID's are through the review room and some January 07 families are getting questions from the review room.
So...being that I have a February 07 LID, imagine my happiness at knowing that next month or the month after, our file should be in the review room...the key to accessing the list.
Well, today my agency informed me that they have no idea how these other agency's could be confirming November and December LID's because the portal that they look at only shows that October 06 has made it through the review room.
UNBELIEVABLE
I sent my SW an e-mail listing several agencies and the LID's that they had confirmed and one agency who stated on their website that their November LID families are through the review room.
Their response again was that they did not know how these agencies were getting this information. Now, to me that is completely depressing. My agency will only confirm information that I know is over 2 months old and doesn't know how to access updated information or won't acknowledge that they have updated information.
I realize that I am on a journey here, but I wasn't thinking that my biggest obstacle would be my adoption agency. How can it be that I am so much better informed than them?
How can they put a policy in place that holds people hostage by the review room and then not put every effort in place to be able to supply them with accurate notification when they reach that goal?
I told my SW that I am very disappointed at their inability to provide updated information and that I am even more disappointed by their admitting that they don't know where other agencies are getting their updates. Hmmm....maybe you should call one of them and find out so you can stop devastating the families who depend on you. Let's just say that I spoke my mind and I didn't put any sugar on it.

I tell you, today I am just over it. I cried. This is insane to me. There are so many people in my yahoo LID group who have their referrals or who already have their children home. Where is my baby? Why can't I get to her? Today I am at the bottom...the very bottom.

Quote for the Week...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Garden Mania Begins...




This is my front garden and porch (well, this is what it looked like last year). Right now it looks awful. I raked off all of the leaves and cleaned out all of the debris from last year, but my plants are just starting to come up, so all you see now is bare earth and stubs. But something beautiful is on its way.
In my neighborhood, it's all about your yard and garden and let me tell you...the ladies are always scoping each other out.
There are quite a few retired ladies on my circle and they spend all day in their gardens. I work and have kids, so I really scramble to keep my little part of the neighborhood looking nice.
There is never a negative comment or anything spoken that would lead you to believe that there was a competition for the best flowers going on...but let me tell you...there is. And those senior ladies mean business. : )
But they can bring it on this summer, because I'm ready for them : )
*On a side note. I would like some new patio furniture this year. It is difficult because my patio is not covered and we live on a lake, so there is always moisture and usually quite a bit of rain. I can't put anything out with cushions because once they are wet, they are wet for days. Wood is also an issue, no matter what I do, eventually the moisture gets to it and it discolors and decays. So, I'm limited to plastic or something that will dry out quickly.

The Sophia Set


The lastest design from 'Red Thread Stitches'.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Have a Great Monday...



Enjoy your Monday everyone!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

For Steffie...


Thank you for lunch last week. Thank you for always being a constant friend. I feel so comforted just knowing that you are there if I need help with anything or have any questions. It is so nice to have someone to talk to who completely understands what I am feeling and going through with this adoption. God couldn't have brought you into my life at a better time.

Emily

This post is taken from the Starfish blog. Emily's surgery was completed last Tuesday. I'm not sure if it has been completely funded. I will find out. If you are sponsoring Emily and would like to switch to another baby since her operation has been successfully performed, let me know.




Emily's Surgery is done

I wanted to let you know that Emily's surgery was completed this morning. I have not had much chance to talk to the doctors but they took 6 hours to remove the parasitic twin. The mass had grown on her back and into her stomach cavity, so they opened her up on her back above her buttocks and on her stomach. I am not allowed to stay at the hospital while she is in the PICU so I am staying with an Australian friend until Emily is released which will be another two days or so depending on what is happening. The doctors thought that the mass was one of the biggest they have seen compared to her body weight. They took pictures and I will find out how much it weighted tomorrow.
She has been so cute, since she learned to blow raspberries. She does that as soon as she wakes up. There is just spit flying everywhere. She has been so good. She slept well and the only time I have seen her upset is when she wants to eat. This morning she has not a happy girl because she wanted to eat but she needed to fast for surgery.
Life, Love and Laughter,
Amanda

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