Monday, August 25, 2014

An orphan no more

After six long years, my friend Suzanne walked out of the orphanage in Kyrgyzstan today with her daughter Diana by her side. Suzanne was matched with Diana when she was five weeks old and expected to take her home when she was just a few months old. But there was delay after delay, and then all adoptions were put on indefinite hold.

Suzanne and Diana at age 22 months (Magpie's age now) 

Suzanne never gave up. She went back to Kyrgyzstan to visit Diana twice. She lobbied U.S. Congress. She wrote and produced an advertising campaign video to gather local support in the Kyrgyz community.  And more recently when things were looking the most promising they have in years, she set out with friends to make a bunch of quilts to raise money to so that she and her four year old (adopted domestically while she was waiting for Diana) could spend several weeks visiting at the orphanage, and then hopefully get to take Diana home. 

With your help, Suzanne raised more than $10,000, funding both her own trip and that of several other waiting families. 

Here's what you helped make happen:

Mom and daughter, finally together forever



Leaving the orphanage for the last time, forever.
Diana is beautiful. And she remembered her mama from her mama's last visit to Kyrgyzstan two years ago. She will face many challenges from spending her first years in an orphanage, but what a wonderful day today marks - to have a family and a home, to have a family of her own, finally after all of this time.Thank you all again for your help - for your support of my friend Suzanne.

And Suzanne, your indomitable spirit - never giving up in what seemed like such hopeless circumstances - has just saved the life, and drastically changed the future, of a beautiful little girl. I am just bursting with happiness for you, for your family of three. What a turning point today marks. Diana is so so lucky to have you as her mom.

Mo


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17 comments:

  1. Those photos...wow.

    Wishing Diana and her daughter a wonderful life together.

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  2. What a wonderful day it is for their family!! Congratulations to them and wishing them many happy years ahead!!

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  3. YAY - Praise God! This is just awesome news, thank you for the wonderful update!

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  4. So awesome, thanks for updating!

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  5. So awesome, thanks for updating!

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  6. oh my word, what wonderful news! I wish them the best as they navigate this new normal for them!

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  7. Wow! Diana is a lucky little one. I wish them much love and happiness as they grow together as a family.

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  8. May they be blessed with many, many years of joy and love and laughter!!! Such a beautiful story and so much love.

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  9. wow - what a long effort and what a great outcome. All the best for Diana and her "new" family!

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  10. Such wonderful news!! I've been following this story for years now and I'm so happy to hear it has a happy ending! Made my day!

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  11. Beautiful story!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. What an awe inspiring story! What resolve, best luck to that lovely family!

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  13. Oh, what wonderful news! So, so happy to hear it!

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  14. I am so delighted to hear of this outcome! Welcome to your forever home, Diana! Thanks so much for sharing with us Mo!

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  15. Congratulations to Diana and her new family with Suzanne!

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