Friday, September 28, 2007


Dear Family and Friends, as you know we are in the middle of adopting a baby boy, Dominic Xavier, from Guatemala and are beside ourselves with fear and worry over the posting earlier this week on the US Government web site specific to Guatemala.

The posting indicates that Guatemala intends to stop international adoptions with any country that is not compliant with the Hague Convention by January 1, 2008. This implies that we, and many other families, will have our adoptions interrupted and the process will be delayed indefinitely.

We implore you to PLEASE HELP us find a way to prevent this from happening. Our son is six months old, and we have already visited him twice in Guatemala City. He is our child and our sincere and simple desire is to provide a loving, happy and healthy home for him. Our son needs to have a permanent routine as soon as possible to ensure he does not suffer from any development delays or emotional issues.

Please, please, please help us to complete our adoption and bring our son home safely. You can help by going on-line to sign this credible on-line petition to our government asking them to support in process cases to completion, and to work with the Guatemalan government to pass legislation that will keep international adoption as an option for the children of Guatemala.

This on-line petition was written by Hannah Wallace, president of Focus on Adoption--a US based group. She has been a wonderful advocate for adoption from Guatemala and is a credible person. Thank you for your help, we hope thousands of people sign so please forward to other caring people you may know. Here is the link:

We are blessed to have the love and support from all of you. We will keep you posted on our status.

Laura and Dan

Friday, September 14, 2007

Long Time No Poochie Post!

Just a quick post to let everyone know the pooches are doing great! They just spent 9 days and 8 nights at the PetsHotel and apparently had a ball without us. They better have, the bill was not pretty! Oh well, they were very well cared for and we had peace of mind. Here is our little ring leader Brody taking a nap under the craft table in my newly configure office. He's a cherub!

I bought them all their Halloween costumes yesterday and they are going to be so ADORABLE! This is their 3rd Halloween and they have received new costumes each year. :) What are you thinking (you may ask)?!?!?! Welllllllll, they deserve it for bringing such JOY to our lives! :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Big, Hot Teardrops

Ughhhhh... I spent most of the day cleaning my office to make room for Dan. He is going to share my office because we are going to use his former office (full size bedroom) for our son's nursery. I had to purge a lot of old stuff and came across a huge box with many files and documents... all the paperwork for our China adoption. I started crying because I realized it has been over a year since we started the journey to our baby from China, and after all this time she likely hasn't even been conceived yet! I had no choice but to store the paperwork in a file cabinet, but it somehow felt like I was putting our dream aside. A really profound sadness enveloped me and I am just crushed that so many families like us are faced with an endlessly growing wait and so much uncertainty. Let's just say if I make it through our Guatemala and China adoptions I believe that I will be able to live through ANYTHING!!!