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  • One of my son's favorite movies is the movie "The Incredibles". When our second son was born, someone said that his resemblance to "Jack Jack" in the movie was incredible. Our oldest got such a kick out of that and the nicknames stuck. We are in the process of adding a "Violet" to our family through adoption.

Lyla update

I haven’t posted for awhile about our sweet Lyla girl because the updates continue to be incredibly painful.  Our adoption is complete and she is acknowledged as our daughter in both the Congo and here in the US, but we remain unable to bring her home.

You may recall that in September 2013, “the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that effective September 25, 2013, the DGM suspended issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents. The DGM reports the suspension will last up to 12 months. This suspension is due to concerns over reports that children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be either abused by adoptive families or adopted by a second set of parents once in their receiving countries.”

In November & December we battled against case-specific problems and thankfully overcame those, finally receiving her finalized paperwork declaring her as ours.

In February, the Department of State became involved on behalf of all DRC adoptive families and along with many other countries, met and pled with DRC officials, but to no avail. The DGM in the DRC remains firm that the suspension will last AT LEAST 12 months, if not longer, in order to complete their investigation.

Our daughter is officially stuck in country.  Meanwhile, she is struggling with an array of illnesses and residing in orphanage care.  At last report, she was diagnosed with malaria, an ear infection, pneumonia, and parasites.  We LONG to be with her with every fiber of our being.  We’re working behind the scenes with a large group of other visa-ready families and will keep you posted on advocacy efforts you can become involved in with us, if you would like.  We’re praying about our next steps and if we should travel to care for her in-country.

HERE is an article that succinctly but emotionally explains the current situation–well worth the read.

Please, please continue to pray with us for our daughter and for us to be able to bring her home soon.  And stay tuned!  By next week I will have two opportunities for you to become involved!–a video about our family featured by Give1Save1 for you to watch and share with others, and a form letter you can personalize & sign to mail to your representatives/senators.  Thank you all for your support and prayers in this difficult situation.

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.Paula Bronleewe - March 31, 2014 - 1:34 pm

My heart breaks for Lyla and your family. Continuing to pray for a miracle.

Juliana - March 31, 2014 - 1:38 pm

First thing: yay on a completed adoption! That is something to celebrate. Second thing: my heart hurts to hear that the suspension continues and that it might go on longer! And that Lyla is so sick–that is terrible, and I’m sure it is so hard to be away from her right now. Lord have mercy! Prayers for you and your whole family, near and far, that God will grant clarity and speed Lyla home to you very soon.

Debbie - March 31, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Thanks for the update. Crying with you and praying for you now.

Cheryl Barker - March 31, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Emily, I can’t imagine how painful this must be for all of you. So hard to comprehend that they wouldn’t listen to the pleas of the State department. Praying for comfort for all of you and for wisdom to know each step you are to take. Hugs.

Deborah - April 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Ohhh Emily, my heart breaks for wee Lyla — and for ALL of you waiting to bring your little ones home. You remain in my prayers. Thank you for sharing despite it being to difficult.


Shannon - April 2, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Continuing to pray for sweet Lyla and the rest of your family. I hope she’s home where she belongs VERY soon!

Meal Plan Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

Monday–carrot potato soup & salad
Tuesday–salmon & couscous & broccoli
Wednesday–pulled chicken sliders with cilantro slaw & fresh fruit
Thursday–lemon chicken & mashed potatoes & green beans
Friday–sausage white bean spinach pasta
Saturday–chicken tacos

What are you cooking this week? Any family favorites to recommend?

Deborah - March 31, 2014 - 11:23 am

Yum! Will your boys eat the cilantro slaw? I find that cilantro is very much an acquired taste. I love it now, but the first time I had it, I found it very strange. Do you only eat chicken and fish? We do, so seeing your menu I couldn’t help but notice. :)


Emily - March 31, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Cilantro is definitely an acquired taste :) My boys won’t eat the slaw not because of the cilantro but because of the cabbage, but hubby & I will enjoy it on top of our chicken even if they don’t :) We do eat beef, but not as often!