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    We’re Paul and Amy. We’re teachers and artists and lovers and laughers. We have a daughter,
    Lucy, who fills us with delight. We take pictures in fields of flowers. We’re adopting a little boy
    from Africa. And we can’t wait to meet him.

Our Trip to the DRC | Photo Heavy

Our trip to the DRC started with a flight from LAX to Istanbul. We had a twenty hour layover in Turkey, which was fantastic. We got to sleep in a hotel bed (what a luxury after a 13 hour flight!) and visit the Hagia Sophia. Lucy has been talking about Turkey ever since we arrived. “It’s a very fancy country,” she says anytime that her trip to Turkey comes up in conversation. “Very fancy.”

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Once we arrived in the DRC, we were excited to spend lots of quality time as a family of four!

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We also were able to spend lots of time with other adopting families while we were in Kinshasa. All of us loved getting to know these families, especially Lucy who was grateful for some friends her own age.

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We didn’t get to leave the hotel a ton–and when we did we were strongly discouraged from taking pictures–but we did get to visit the Congo River one day

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And spend quality time with Congolese friends!

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We also got to spend Easter and Lucy’s birthday in Kinshasa!

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But mostly our trip was about spending quality time as a family together!

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April 26, 2016 - 5:23 am

Connie Reams-Lauterbach - These are all so precious and special. So glad you are home so we could meet Gede in person.

April 27, 2016 - 10:07 am

Aunt Grace - Precious pictures of the fantastic four! What a journey, looking forward to meeting Gede
Love you- Aunt Grace

Washington DC

In an attempt to see progress on Baby Boy’s adoption, I (Amy) went to Washington DC with lots of other adoptive families.  The timing could not have been better- we got news that we weren’t on a list of released children last Friday afternoon, and Monday I boarded a plane.  In DC, I felt instant heart connections with these other waiting families.  I had three wonderful waiting moms for roommates, and we talked into the wee hours of the night about the hardships (and gifts) of the wait.  We prayed together and pumped each other up, put on our power blazers, and stormed the Hill with the other families.  The large group split into several smaller groups, and our group of 5 parents and 1 lawyer traveled together from representative to representative.  This was amazing.  In that small group was Krysta, the mom who lived in Kinshasa with her kids for almost 2 years and learned Lingala (in part) to help change the hearts and minds of the Congolese officials working on this issue.  There were two parents in our group who had their kids released on last Friday’s list, but they still came anyway, showed my son’s picture to their representatives and said “it’s not over yet.”  We told our stories together, cheered our successes, and pretty much all cried at some point or another.  Our lawyer was fantastic, and although his credentials are long and impressive, he knew what would really change our situation was winning over our representatives with our stories, our pictures, our longings.  He empowered us to take the lead in our own representative meetings and jumped in when our faces went blank (I don’t actually know the precedent for private legislative bills, turns out).  What a feeling, to speak to someone you know has power about something that makes you feel so very powerless, surrounded by an incredible network of support and knowledge.  High levels of humility, empowerment, love, gratitude, sadness, and excitement all mixed together in a really muddled and lovely heap.  Baby Boy, what a beautiful network you are coming into!

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March 8, 2016 - 12:04 am

Sarah Boscia - Thank you for the update. Praying for your son to come home soon,

Seattle 2015

We got to make a quick stop in Seattle on the way to Thanksgiving this year. Here is a little sampling of our time with Dad and Farah.
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The big highlight this year was a trip to the Seattle aquarium. Lucy has a burgeoning interest in photography (I wonder why) and she spent most of her time at the aquarium taking photos and videos of the animals that she saw. She’s a really careful photographer–it’s fun to watch how deliberate that she is about focusing and getting the picture just the way that she wants it to be.
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Then we got to spend a little more time inside making Christmas cards and helping Grandma Farah decorate for Christmas.

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