Pastor Cary's Thoughts

November 2015

Nov 28

Adoption - Day 20 - Visas

Today was the day. If we got our visas, we could be home on Sunday. If not, it would be Tuesday or Wednesday. We got up early, made our way to the US Embassy, and by 8:30 we were waiting at the embassy for our 9 AM appointment. At about 8:50, we heard our name over the intercom. We approached the appropriate window (the meeting was outside under...
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Nov 26

Adoption - Day 19 - Uber

Thanksgiving in Colombia...we would have never thought we would be spending Thanksgiving in Colombia. We have much to be thankful for...two awesome boys in the US and two awesome boys from Colombia. We are truly blessed! (That is certainly not everything...but that is the focus right now) It was not a typical Thanksgiving for us...no...
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Nov 25

Adoption - Day 18 - Loose Ends

Today was a different kind of day. It was the first day since we have been in Colombia that Cherry and I and the boys were not all together. There were several loose ends that needed to be taken care of and everything we have done to this point has required that we all do it together. Today was not like that. So...at 9 AM this morning I left...
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Nov 24

Adoption - Day 17 - Passports

While watching the news yesterday at a restaurant, I noticed they were doing a story on Colombian passports. They were showing footage of the line outside the passport building. There were hundreds of people waiting to get their passports. I asked Patricia, our interpreter/guide, "Isn't that where we are supposed to go tomorrow?"...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 16 - Courthouse

In the US, maiden names are either forgotten or just used as passwords. However, when one is adopting in Colombia, maiden names are very important. We found that out today at the courthouse. Let me explain. We left our villa in La Mesa bright and early to get to the courthouse. Today is the day all papers were supposed to be signed and the boys...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 15 - Sunburn

Our greatest concern today was not getting sunburned. All we have done is swim, eat, nap, and make sure we have enough sunscreen on. Something tells me all this laying around is to rest up for some stress and long lines. One of the families we are staying with is going through their second adoption here in Colombia. According to their stories...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 14 - Horses

Today we had arranged to take a two-hour horseback ride through the Colombian hillside. We had asked Kevin and Juan David if they wanted to do this. They did and we were all excited to take this little adventure. Other families here with us had also agreed to go…so there was 9 of us. The people with the horses arrived at our villa and...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 13 - Critters

My day started with Juan David saying, “Father” (you have to imagine a strong accent to get the full effect) in a rather urgent tone. I followed him where he pointed towards something that was on the edge of his mattress at the foot of his bed. I cautiously moved forward to discover it was a scorpion (a small one…but a...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 12 - Waiting

We are waiting in paradise…and the only thing lacking is Internet service. I guess that is not a bad thing. Our schedule here at La Mesa consists of sleeping, eating, swimming, napping, eating, swimming, napping, eating, and then it is time to go to bed. It is really rough here (I had to go buy some sunscreen…I would have never...
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Nov 23

Adoption - Day 11 - Surprise

We had an appointment at 11 AM with the Family Defender this morning. Our ride was coming to get us at 9:30 (traffic…). At 8:30 we received a phone call from Lucy, our lawyer, she told us that our Article 5 had been signed and issued by the US Embassy. She then notified us that we had 30 minutes to pack for a 3-5 day trip to La Mesa (this...
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Nov 17

Adoption - Day 10 - Article 5

One of the key documents needed to complete an international adoption is called an Article 5. It comes from the US and is issued by the US Embassy in the country one is adopting a child from. The document allows the family to go before the judge who declares the child can be adopted and, therefore, a passport can be obtained. As you know, we...
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Nov 16

Adoption - Day 9 - Colombian Prayer Warriors

Today has been another good day in Bogota. Kevin and Juan David are definitely feeling more comfortable around us. Their personalities are beginning to show and their guard is coming down. Kevin is starting to ask about life in Ohio. Juan David worries about nothing. If we can give him a hug and some food he is completely satisfied.  Today...
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Nov 15

Day 8 - Adoption - The Advocate

Today has been another good day in Bogota. This morning we walked to a cafe for breakfast, did some laundry (no dryers here...laundry is an all day process), then walked to a park. Around 11 AM, our driver, Jorge, picked us up and took us to a restaurant named Andreas de Carnes. I have never seen a restaurant like this one. It is a...
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Nov 14

Adoption - Day 7 - The 33

Today we went to a small town called Carijas. Just outside of that town is a closed salt mine that has been turned into a tourist attraction. The name of the mine is Nemocon. We went there because Jorge recommended and he said he would be our guide. Little did we know that the movie "The 33" was filmed in this mine. It was very neat to...
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Nov 14

Adoption - Day 6 - Medical Appointments

Today was an exhausting day...it was good...but it was long. We had two appointments today: one with the orphanage psychologist and one with the US embassy medical doctor. Both were vitally important to the completion of the adoption and our return home. The psychologist's appointment was at 10 AM at La Casa (the orphanage). We are...
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Nov 12

Adoption - Day 5 - Relax

Today was our first day of just enjoying Colombia. We had no appointments to keep and no meetings with any officials or social workers. So...we went to Parque Duque (PD). PD is a hybrid theme park. It consists of a museum, a zoo, and rides. It's a cross between a giant playground, the Akron zoo, and multi-cultural museum (with a full-size...
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Nov 11

Adoption - Day 4 - The Lawyer

I have said many times that international adoption is not a user friendly process. However, I did not mean to imply that there are no friends in the process. In fact, we have had many friends in this process and most of them have never met us. One such person is our lawyer here in Colombia. Her name is Lucy. Today we got to spend some time with...
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Nov 10

Adoption - Day 3 - Colombian ID's

It has been a full day here in Colombia. We were told that we needed to be patient, keep a good attitude, and be flexible. I now know that these are the most important things as we work with the Colombian government. There is a method to their madness, but the key word is madness. Last night we found out that we had an appointment (I use that...
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Nov 9

Adoption - Day 2 - Gotcha Day

What an incredible day we have had! The morning was spent learning our way around the neighbor. At 11 AM Patricia picked us up and took us to our first appointment. Traffic in Bogota is unbelievable. There are so many cars in Bogota that people whose car licenses end with an odd number drive on M, W, and F. Those that end with an even number...
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Nov 9

Adoption - Day 1 - Travel Day

Today started at 3:40 AM. It was supposed to be 3:30 AM, but when I set my alarm the night before (after watching a very exciting Alabama football game) I set it for 3:30 PM instead of AM. Thankfully, my dad woke up (I was suppose to wake him up). So...at 3:40 AM he knocked on my door and simply asked, "Aren't you suppose to be up by...
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