Wednesday, July 29, 2009
But after reading the entire page, I realized that they were sending our papers to Kenya instead of the Democratic Republic of Congo! Seriously, how could that mistake have been made!?! Kenya and DRC neither look nor sound anything alike! So, we are hoping to catch our paperwork before it is sent there. This could possibly postpone the process by weeks! I am so frustrated! We are also waiting to fill out our I-600, because we believe they might send us a new approval and form with the corrected paperwork. So, I am praying to stop our paperwork and get it sent to Kinshasa soon! I really need to hold my babies.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Feeling very helpless here, I've decided to use this blog to share some info on malaria.
- Malaria caused by a parasite (plasmodium) that is spread from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitos. If not treated promptly, malaria can be fatal.
- Symptoms of malaria are high fever, chills, headache, vomiting, flu like symptoms, and can lead lead to coma or death.
- About 3.3 billion people (half the world's population) is at risk for malaria. Every year about 250 million people are infected and one million people die. The poorest are most vulnerable.
- One in five childhood deaths in Africa are due to malaria. It is estimated that an African child has an average of 1 to 5 episodes of malaria fever each year. EVERY 30 SECONDS A CHILD DIES FROM MALARIA IN AFRICA.
- Early diagnosis and treatment can shorten the duration of the infection and prevent further complications and deaths. Although, treatment and prevention is fairly cheap compared to American standards, it cannot be afforded by many that are at most risk.
- Long-lasting insecticidal nets can provide protection for high risk groups. Indoor residential spraying is most effective. But again, this all costs money.
Okay, now for the pictures sent to us by the wonderful Suzanne! Suzanne brought supplies to Mama Josphine today. She took these priceless pictures. She also has assured us after meeting Mama Josephine and her loving family that we can sleep well tonight because our boys are in very loving arms! Lots of them to be exact! Thanks again so much to her and Mama Josephine and her family for taking care of our precious boys! Merci Mama Josephine mai et de la famille et que Dieu vous benisse tous!
Chad sleeping soundly in Mama Josephine's arms.
Mama Josephine and Pastor Loma's family.
The boys are getting lots of attention from the whole gang!Chad and Ian with Family.
What Big Eyes Beautiful Eyes Ian does Have!
Mama Josephine holding Chad and her daughter holding Ian.
I am getting so anxious to have these boys in our arms. But I am so thankful that they are in a loving home! We are still waiting for the US approval of our I-600A (approval for us to adopt internationally). Then they have to approve our I-600 (approval to adopt Chad and Ian)! Our Kinshasa paperwork is going smoothly. Possibly, in as little as 30 days the boys can be legally ours! Now if we can just get things over here moving!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The conflict in eastern Congo (the deadliest since World War II ) is fueled significantly by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals. Many American’s do not know that the DRC is one of the only places in the world that has the minerals tantalum and tungsten, both are needed to manufacture all of the gadgets that we just can't live without. This includes cell phones, computers, iPods, digital cameras, etc. A major source of fighting in the DRC is over who controls the mines of these valuable minerals.
So how can we help half way around the world? I am asking you to take a minute to email major electronics producers and ask them to use conflict free minerals. A pre-written letter to these companies is available by clicking HERE. All you have to do is put in your email address and the rest is taken care of.
You can also support new legislation. The Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009 calls on the United States to support efforts to help ensure that the mineral trade stops contributing to human rights violations, including killings of unarmed civilians and sexual violence, while at the same time developing mechanisms to allow the Congolese people to benefit from these resources. And it would require US companies to adhere to much stricter rules on the disclosure of the origins of any of the three key conflict minerals for this region.
So, I am also asking you to click HERE to urge your Senators to cosponsor the Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009. Again, all you have to is put your email address and the rest is taken care of.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Please continue your prayers for the families in WY.