Monday, May 30, 2011

Maileen's Journey - May 30

Mother's Day 2011
Just letting you know that as you are preparing lunch on Monday, Peter has a meeting with the local Judge, asking to give Marissa Nicolle permission to leave country and we are also praying that the

Monday, May 23, 2011

Maileen's Journey - May 20

Mother's Day 2011
Praising God, so chemo went well...the surgery spot was sore where they had to insert the IV and drip my drugs through. Went in at 9am and was able to leave at about 1pm. So far I have been feeling well, (I know it's because of prayer. Thanks so much.

Went by after my treatment, bought some brazilian nuts, hazel nuts, Florida grapefruit juice. Had salmon, garlic, asparagus and shitake mushrooms for lunch, and guanabana juice from Honduras. At

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maileen's Journey - May 18

Mother's Day 2011
from Maileen to Peter:
Out of surgery...went well...still tired...and very was marissa nicolle's case? Call you tons...the 'port'pump really sticks out...guess I am a bit


Flight was smooth, this being apart is difficult for all 3 of us.
---surgery for placement of the 'port' near my heart, scheduled from 8-12am
---praying for Marissa Nicolle's permission from the government is for a year. First chemo on Friday.
---God's overwhelming mercy astounds me, I love I can rest in His care.
---Happy I serve a God who loves and hears His children...what security.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Your Momma

This post is soooo late,
but you know what they say (who are "they" anyway??)...
better late than never
it's the thought that counts
et cetera
et cetera

Mom before she was Mom
It's Mother's Day weekend!

I have no idea what our girls have up their sleeves, but they're convinced that I do not want

Maileen's Journey - May 17

Mother's Day 2011
from Peter:
Marissa Nicolle is officially Marissa Nicolle! She has a birth certificate. Our petition for permission for her to travel will go before the judge on Thursday.

SATURDAY the 14th
from Peter:
The latest: Marissa will be registered, i.e. get birth certificate, on Monday. We will also be traveling
the capitol to renew our residency cards. Our petition to the court for permission to get her a Honduran passport and try for a US visa will be submitted on Tuesday. Maileen returns to the US on


 these voices
these lyrics
they move me every time
made a wrong turn
once or twice
dug my way out
blood and fire

bad decisions

that's alright

Maileen's Journey - May 12

Mother's Day 2011
After 40 months, yesterday at noon we were official named guardians of Marissa Nicolle till she is 21 years old, an adult. We are still working on the adoption part but this means she our lawful responsibility and cannot be taken from us. We can put her in school, she can now have a birth

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dear Maileen...

Dear Maileen,

It sucks that we cannot be physically with you, but please know that we are always thinking about you and praying for you daily.  I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true.  I am thankful that you are able to be with Peter and Marissa right now, even though it is only for a short time.  Being surrounded by love is an awesome healer.

I would also like to thank you for our friendship.  I know we haven't been close during the early part of our lives (because we lived so far apart), but with the help of technology (primarily SKYPE),  I have
felt closer than ever to my mom's side of the family and it's because of you.  I love our long conversations about our lives, our loves and our children.  I am so thankful that I can share that with you.I know that these past few months have been a roller coaster.  And I know that the next few months are going to be difficult.  But always remember that God is always with you.

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."  (Joshua 1:9)

So we will keep praying with you.  "For with God nothing will be impossible."  (Luke 1:37)

With love always,

Maileen's Journey - May 11

Mother's Day 2011

AS OF 12PM TODAY WE ARE OFFICIALLY MARISSA'S GUARDIANS! Please keep praying for special permission to travel. There is still much to do.  We lack the birth certificate, tons of steps to get permission before I leave next week...


After nearly 40 months of having been given a precious little girl without a legal name or legal known

Monday, May 9, 2011

Maileen's Journey - May 9

from Peter:
Adoption update: (The bad) Met with our lawyer on Friday. Our file was on his desk, not at child services. (The good) A new possibility has arisen to continue the process in the courts of Siguatepeque. We should have a very important meeting Monday late afternoon.


from Maileen:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You Are Making Me New

The girls were in top form yesterday - 
which resulted in me being mother of the year.

Not really.
I wasn't being a great mother - at. all.
In fact, I was very short on 
-and grace...
and my stinkin name IS Grace.

Monday, May 2, 2011

It's Monday

throwing a bat at your sister
 pulling your sister's hair
yelling at aforementioned sisters
where's my coffee

Maileen's Journey - May 2

Thanks for continuing to pray for Maileen and our family.

She has safely arrived in Honduras - 
please pray for: