Our pals Candy and Shawn were there with their young'uns, Kya Blu and Jagger Jet (both of whom our kids just adore). We always enjoy seeing them, never a dull moment. Abby has decided her newest best boyfriend is Jagger. He should run NOW while he has the chance. Abby is a "love 'em and leave 'em" type of four year old.
There are a bunch of pics down below showing the kids and families and I won't even attempt to correctly name or label everyone. I probably didn't even get a picture up of every person that attended. It was hard to tell who was who with all the other people in the park too.
We had a GREAT time with all the families meeting some new folks who will know doubt become life long friends now. Here are some pics, and then we'll tell you about Abby's Ultimate "Make A Wish" Wish.
Day Eleven Pics
Abby gets a hug from Lilo.
Abby the Pirate at the hospital, very sick
but still having fun.
Abby doing her pirate yesterday after
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Here was Abby doing her pirate about a year ago. It was FUNNY then... it's a joy to see her doing it now with a laugh (instead of us getting a laugh out of her morphine induced drunkenness):
Momma and the kids ride the magic carpets.
Landis is about to get surprised by Stitch,
which won't do much for his oscillating
fear of giant colorful rodents.
Landis is rescued by Lilo as Sami
and Abby pose with Stitch.
One of the shows at the Disney castle.
Abby hugs new best boyfriend Jagger Jett
whether he likes is or not. Looks like he's
enjoying this one from the "older woman".
Kya Blu and Abby playing at Lego Land.
A group of the Guat-Tots.
The entire army of Guat-Tots hijacked
this train. The whole thing is filled with
the kids from our group.
The kids had a great time.
After they released the train conductor
unharmed, the kids swarmed the carousel for
a double ride that Shawn and Candy blessed them with.
Jagger Jett with his grandmother on the carousel.
It was so much fun for the adults
getting to watch the kids have so much fun.
And still more carousel...
Landis thinking "I wonder if Jasmine
would be jealous of her little monkey now sitting
by this beautiful Guatemalan Princess...."
Kya Blu flashing her trademark smile...
We met some wonderful families... this is
Amy and Joe's daughter, one of two Guat-Tots for them.
Some of the mom's flashing me a smile as I
rode around the carousel getting pics.
Kya Blu gets my attention again with that smile....
This was how the kids looked all day.
It's so fun to watch them enjoy life and laugh.
Sami and Kya, probably the two LEAST
camera shy kids in the group.
Makes me sad to see all these precious kids and
know that thousands more wait in Guatemala but
they've closed the adoption doors there.
It was like herding cats trying to get
all of them together for one shot.
This is not ALL of them but we got close.
The mom's pose for a shot.
The rugged, handsome, almost scary good lookin'
Dads... (okay, I got the SCARY part right).
Abby got to meet Kya Blu's Grandmother who has
followed Abby's story closely on our blog.
Candy and Sami with their dazzling beauty and smiles.
On the way out of the park... Abby gets a head start on
bed time with her own personal walking pillow.
Abby's Ultimate "Make A Wish" Wish
Before Abby got sick we were already planning another adoption. Sami had come home from Ethiopia and the gears were in motion for another Ethiopian effort. Then our friend "Leukemia" came to visit and everything that was "life" before that became a distant memory.
The entire time Abby has been sick, even REALLY (deathly) sick, she has been relentless in her wishes for another baby brother or sister. We had always encouraged it because we knew we wanted to adopt again. But with her sick, we couldn't be sure we would be able to do it again. At times Abby's condition was horrendous and we knew it could go on for years (not to mention the strain the expenses put on us, especially after my income got cut in half).
We began talking to Abby, and the other kids, about another possible adoption a couple of months ago. Abby has been giddy at the prospect. It is her Ultimate "Make A Wish" to say "I WISH for a new baby brother or sister". If she could make her "wish" a reality right NOW on this trip (and have another baby go home with us), there's no doubt she would (and we'd probably let her!).
We've been talking about it for the couple of months leading up this trip, and we've decided that we are going to go ahead and grant Abby's wish. We are going to begin the process of another Ethiopian adoption, a baby boy or girl.
That's her ultimate WISH and being able to tell her during this trip that we are going to do it has been the perfect grand finale to her magical, dream come true, Make A Wish trip.
Ahhhhhh.... but there's more. We have some wonderful and exciting news to share with you about this adoption. More on that in the next couple of Make A Wish updates.