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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Precious Gift

Today I got a special surprise in the mail. I received the most thoughtful Mother's Day gift from a dear friend from out of town. She sent me a wonderful book called
Motherbridge of Love from Barefoot Books. It is the sweetest book and a most thoughtful gift. The book is an illustrated poem about the role Mothers and Birth Mothers play in who an adopted child is. Of course, I cried when I read it. It was so heartwarming. I'm already looking forward to sharing the book with our son. Click here to listen to Amy Tan read the poem.

These last few weeks have been emotional. With even more uncertainties in Vietnam adoptions and the approaching Mother's Day holiday... It's been hard to keep my spirits up. There couldn't have been a better time to receive such a special surprise. It just takes a little nudge once and a while to boost my confidence that this adoption WILL happen, and our baby boy will be home with us in time. We are still in a race to make the September 1 deadline for referrals. We hope to be matched with our baby boy at any time now.

Also in adoption news, it is feared that Vietnam adoptions may close to all of the US due to a small number of "unethical players". Two groups are working for support from lawmakers to help Vietnam adoptions. Ethica has posted information on their website explaining how you can help. They have a sample letter as well as links to websites for your state representatives. Please consider faxing, calling, or emailing them in support of ethical adoptions from Vietnam. Please, show your support for helping legitimate adoptions to continue. JCICS will be launching a similar campaign soon. I will pass on that information as I know more. Here is the response I got from Senator Richard Lugar:

Thank you for contacting me about adoptions from Vietnam.

You are not alone in expressing concerns about the pace of adoptions in Vietnam. In response to many letters from Hoosiers, my staff has contacted officials at the Department of Homeland Security to raise your concerns. Currently there is only one full-time Department of Homeland Security official in Ho Chi Minh City who is assisted by two local staff. However, subsequent to our inquiry, an additional Department of Homeland Security officer has been assigned to assist in the backlog of adjudications. My office has been in regular contact with officials from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to reinforce to them the need to expedite adoptions in Vietnam. I will continue to closely monitor the situation.

As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I share your concern that the United States remains a strong advocate for fair, transparent, and compassionate adoption policies worldwide.

Thank you, again, for contacting me.


Richard G. Lugar
United States Senator

Please consider passing on this information to your friends and families. Let your voices be heard. It would be a shame for needy children to miss out on having a loving family because the two countries gave up on negotiations too soon.
Thanks for your support! Thanks "Angela Phillpot" for the wonderful gift! A.


Teri said...

Wow you got a responce? I didn't, of course one of my senators is running for president, but you would think he has an assistant or something!!!

I'm hoping that everything turns out okay and we can bring our children home and they punish the unethical people and not the ones trying to do good.


Anonymous said...

I can't wait for you to bring that baby boy home!! It is getting closer everyday! I LOVE that poem--it is soo beautiful!! I had to listen to it twice and cried both times!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Leese Family said...

Hello Andrea,
I was reading over your blog and I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your talent! :) I love all of the little things you have knitted!!! I wish I was that GOOD :) Do you have a special site or area where you post pictures of other things you have done or what is available?

Many Blessings to you on your journey!!!

Anonymous said...

God has the perfect little boy just for you and your hubby. All of this waiting will be meaningless once he is in your arms. Everything you went through to get him home will seem insignificant when you look into that little face and those eyes look back at you. Anyway, that's how I felt when I looked at you. I cried, too, when I listened to that poem. You'll be a great Mom! God bless you both. Love, Mom