Sunday, February 7, 2010

Thailand Pictures while we wait

So we still don't have a court date yet for Zoe (the name of our daughter). We will let you know. However, I thought I would upload some photos of our trip to Thailand. We arrived there in New Years Eve. It was really fun.

Some neat news though is that in the past few weeks there were 9 families who were able to Journey to Rwanda and adopt 12 kids (3 families adopted 2 kids each). While they were there, two of the families were able to meet little Zoe. I was so excited!! They told her that her mommy loved her very much and was coming to get her really soon. I am so grateful for these families to find her. It gives me such a good feeling to know that she is ok. Please keep us in your prayers so that we can pick her up soon. We really need a court date soon! Once this is done then we can travel over and pick her up.
Well, in the meantime- here are some photos of our trip to Thailand.

While we were in Thailand we went to an area where you can play with tigers. Me, Josh and my brothers (Brandon & Spencer) and my sister (lindsay) went in with the big tigers. Then later we took our kids to play with the baby tigers. An incredible experience!

Here I am lying down on a sleeping tiger. YIKES!! He fell asleep about 5 minutes before we went in the cage. Lucky us- so I got to lay right on top of him. But trust me I was still poised and ready to run like mad if he woke up!!

Me with the big tiger. It was really neat to be able to pet a tiger. They are really soft.

Josh with his big tiger!

When we were in with the big tigers they were playing with them right in front of us. We were all wet, but it was totally worth it. However, all I can say is if you have never been 3 feet away from a grown tiger and no cage in between you and he is staring at you in the eye- you do not know what fear is. It is one of the scariest things I have ever done!

Martin with the baby tigers. We loved hanging out with the baby tigers. They were so cute (but still dangerous!)

Calvin playing with a baby tiger.

Martin with a sparkler on New Years Eve in Thailand.

Our Thai friend Anong got us all these special type of balloons that you light up at the bottom and the fire causes it to rise in the air. When it goes up you will just see a bright light. It was really fun! It is a Thai tradition. So happy we got to participate. New Years was a blast!

Here is Josh letting go of his baloon. The sky was lit up with these all night in Thailand. It was beautiful. They would stay up in the air around 2 hours and then float down. When we went up to our hotel room we could see hundreds of thousands of them all lit up for New Years Eve.

Here is our entire group on New Years Eve that went on the trip to Thailand. All of our wonderful family and friends. We had so much fun!!!

Josh and Calvin crossing the river on the elephant ride.

Martin and I were on one elephant together. We went through rivers and jungle. The kids loved it!

We rode bamboo rafts down the river after our elephant ride. It was very green and beautiful!

We went to a long neck village in Chaing Mai. It is a very difficult life for these women to wear these rings around their neck. They are incredibly heavy. I have no idea how they do it.

My boys with a cute little family. Aren't the kids darling!!<

All the women would make different scarves or other items to sell. The women were all so beautiful!! That's me- the plain one!

At a snake show up in Chaing Mai. This guy kissed a King Cobra. I still have nightmares about it. However, it is now Calvin's favorite animal. He was very impressed.

Calvin actually holding a snake. This was huge for him!! Martin was very excited to kiss a large python. The snake show was a huge hit for the boys!

Picture of the boys at a theme park in Phuket, Thailand.

We always get so sad to leave Thailand. But it has been great to be home. Especially since we must do so much to get ready for our little Zoe to come home.

Please keep us in your prayers that we will soon have a court date for Zoe. We want to get her as soon as possible and bring her home to her family.


Chase and Laura Bowers said...

Jamie, Thanks for the sweet comment. It is so encouraging to us to know that people have walked this journey before us. We are so hopeful and prayerful that the ministry finds a replacement for V. soon and that the ball starts rolling again! PRaying for you to get a court date soon and to get Zoe home!

Amy Shepherd said...

I just discovered your blog today-hope you get a court date quickly! We are waiting for our I-600a to be processed so our dossier can be sent to Rwanda. Your timeline looks like you sent your dossier before your I-600 was finished? Is that right and did it cause any problems for you?
Amy Shepherd

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