Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Day

our countdown calendar
With the exception of adopting my son and spending every single day with him,  not many things have happened here that have really lifted me up, given me hope, and made me smile deep, down inside.  If you know me, you know that I live my life with my cup more than 1/2 full, and it takes a lot to get me down.  But it's been hard here, and though I've kept the cup as full as I can,  each day I awake to the challenge of being the best I can be in some of the worst of circumstances. 

This weekend two great things happened on the same day.  My friends threw me a Benefit Concert & I turned in my RFE; that's 168 pages of investigative evidence, to USCIS to prove that Pukar is an orphan.  The massive packet is scheduled to arrive on Monday, and immediately after I finished it and dropped it off at DHL, I rushed home to be on skype during my party back home.  To see a clip from the party, click here:  Jenni & Pukar Let Your Love Shine Benefit Concert.  Not only did they raise money to help me out, they poured their hearts into making it a great night for everyone.  Three bands, huge raffle, Gypsy Cafe pizza and soup and of course plenty of beer.  From the notes I've been getting, it sounds like everyone had an amazing time, and that the community really rallied.   Special thanks to Zack, Marion, Angie, Teri and David, for being the steam and the engine, as well as part of the entertainment!  To be on the receiving end of something so powerful and wonderful leaves me a little speechless.  I'm just really lucky.  Or as Joy likes to say, "You're the luckiest unlucky person I know.".

The little pictures you see are on our wall so that Pukar can begin to have a sense of what is going on.  He knows he needs a visa and a plane ticket and that he's going to America.  He talks about it constantly and his favorite book is the one I made for him before I left on iphoto.  It has all the pictures of his home in America, as well as what I had of his orphanage, and tells a story about how I came to get him, shows him where he's going and who he will see.  The date I have my heart set on coming home is Jan 11th.  If you know me well, you will understand why...  (1-1-11)  But it also happens to be about the right timing IF we get approved (which we should) and IF USCIS keeps their promise of processing in 2 weeks time.  I'm the 5th RFE to be submitted and they are done with 2 already, though we won't know the outcome of those first two until tomorrow. 

I'll post the little face tomorrow to let you know what happens.  !!!  Obviously as well as geography and travel we are learning about emotions :-).  But whatever happens tomorrow, today was a really, really, really happy day.  And I needed one of those, and it felt good.  A huge thanks goes out to every single soul that has contributed to making this journey at all possible.  Wow.


  1. WOW! That short of the benefit was amazing and so touching. What an unlucky lucky girl you are! In nursing school we are always talking about "normal abnormals.." (i.e. cataracts). Thats you! :) Crossing my fingers and everything else.....Amy

  2. jenni, your ability to always, constantly, and without fail find reasons to smile and celebrate a life worth living always, constantly and without fail leaves me speechless. your light shines so bright. good luck, big love and here's hoping for the jan 11th arival. love you!