Winter?

 

Jay Brandon Jaqui

 

Transitions

We are happy to be home and adjusting to life as a family of seven.  Our time in Bogata was a bit of a blur.  We arrived there Friday afternoon, went straight to get Jaqui’s tb test and apply for her passport.  On Monday, we picked up the passport, went back to clinic to have the tb test read and then went to see the new embassy doctor where he informed us that Jaqui needed 6 vaccines before she could enter the US.

Tuesday we headed to the embassy, where Jaqui’s visa was issued.  We went straight to Avianca and were able to get our flights moved up a week and buy a ticket for Jaqui.  We were picked up 7:15 in the morning Thursday, stopped over in San Salvadavor and arrived home about 1 AM.

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While in Colombia, our adoption agency, provided fantastic support.   We met some wonderful people who worked hard to help us bring Jaqui home.  We arrived back in Maryland just in time to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.  As we prepared, I explained to Jaqui that storms like this are unusual in our area.  Last October Jaqui had no water for about 3 weeks, when a mudslide knocked water out in Manizales so we wondered what Jaqui was thinking about the impending storm.  We lost power for about 24 hours but feel quite fortunate that it was not out longer and that we had no significant damage.

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This is the street that Jaqui has lived on for the last few years.  The view of the city from her house is amzing!

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We were able to spend an afternoon with Jaqui’s foster family.  They are truelly wonderful people and their love for Jaqui was evident. 

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This is the church where Jaqui had her first communion at.  It was neat to be able to see it.

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He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane…

The girls land in Dulles this evening!

Her Journey

Yaqueline  arrived in the US of A on 7/3/2011 (Day 1) for a visit to our home with only God knowing she would join our family on 10/24/2012 and become Jaqueline Noel  (Day 478 of her adventure)

In Colombia they told Jaqui she hit the lottery finding our family… it’s really the other way around. Love You Girl!

Her first step of the Journey

Dancing makes the fear disappear – Day 1

Bicicletas – Yaqui’s Favorita – Day 28

Golf – Day 29

First Family PIcture

 

Some more pictures from Manizales

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Julia’s “creepy” buddy, found on his post most weekends.

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Fun in the grocery store.

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Drawing with ketchup, I think they were happy so see us leave that day.

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A quick stop in the park on the way to exito.

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The view from our local park,  rare sunny day.

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Beautiful picture painted for our family.

Feliz Cumpleanos Manizales

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This weekend the city of Manizales celebrated it’s 163rd birthday.  When I was deciding where to stay in Manizales, my only request was a hotel with a pool. I was told there are none in the whole city!  Our guide, Estefania did manage to find a pool in a local park that the girls could swim in on Saturday.  They swam right through the torrential rain and were only a little disappointed when I made them stop swimming in the lightning.

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When we left the pool and walked through El Bosque Popular el Prado, a very populated park that we have visited a few times, we discovered the rides in the small amusement park were free.  Just one of the many activities this weekend to celebrate the birthday.

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Earlier in the trip, before Daddy returned home to Jay and Matt to work we thought we planned on going on a coffee tour.  But they more we checked into it, the expensive it was and so we did not go on that tour.  The girls understood but we disappointed we did not get to ride horses on the tour.  Another birthday activity was called the Desfile de Caballo, we only saw the end of the horse parade before going in Cable Plaza for birthday cake and to get out of the rain.  But even though the parade had been going on for hours already we still probably saw over a 100 horses pass us.  From the pictures I have seen there are easily 1000 horses that participate in the parade.

Adoption Timeline and Yaqui has a New Name!

Timeline of her Journey:

  • 5/27/2011 – meet with Catholic Charities in Baltimore (on four hours notice), complete Host Family application
  • *7/3/2011 – Yaqueline arrives in the USA for her Summer Miracles Kidsave Visit at our house*
  • 8/3/2011 – She returns to Colombia after a fun-filled month in the USA
  • Mid August 2011 – We sent a Letter of Intent to adopt Yaqueline
  • Yaqui returns to the USA on 12/23/2011 just in time for Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s with our family
  • 12/25/2011 – Yaqui learns we have applied for her adoption
  • 1/13/2011 – She returns to Colombia and waits for her Forever Family’s travel to Colombia for her adoption
  • 1/13/2012 through 9/16/2012 Yaqueline waits to join our family – her sister Daniela, who lives locally, translates weekly phone calls
  • 9/16/2012 – Jim, Wendy and the girls leave Dulles, Virginia for Bogota’ (Matt and Jay remain in Maryland for school)
  • 9/17/2012 – We transfer from Bogota’ to Manizales
  • 9/18/2012 – Reunion with Yaqueline (for the first time in 9 months)
  • 9/25/2012 – ICBF gives us approval for the adoption to move into the courts and her name is changed to Jaqueline Noel
  • 10/2/2012 – Jim returns to the boys in the USA
  • 10/11/2012 – Sentencia! Signing of the ADOPTION DECREE!
  • 10/16/2012 – waiting to hear if the Manizales Court is operational and for her Birth Certificate. Wendy and the girls are making preparations to leave for Bogota’ and will stay about a week.
  • ??/??/2012 – Wendy and the three girls return home!

We are counting down the days until ‘Yaqui’s Journey’ to her Forever Family is finished.

So thankful for everyone who has stood by us during this entire process. This was not nor could it have been a solo effort.

Sentcia!!!

Yesterday i received a call from our lawyer in Colombia saying you have Sentcia!  I will see you at the courthouse.  Sentcia is the actual process of signing the adoption decree.  The journey to  find Yaqui a forever family started for us a year and a half ago, a year before that Yaqui’s sister Daniella and her family started working and praying that this would happen, for Yaqui this dream started long before that.  Yesterday the judge declared that Yaqui would be our daughter and that she would be apart of our family forever.   The judge we met with was great, he took the time to personally talk with us.  He had many nice things to say and encouraged Yaqui about her future.  He also agreed that she may now spell her name Jaqui. 

The girls and I expect to be in Manizales for another week.  It has been great to experience the city that Jaqui has grown up in .  We have heard great things about Bogota and are looking forward to getting there.

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