Thursday, January 22, 2009

Visitors

When I started this blog, I thought it would be a great way for family and friends to keep up with our process and our family.  There are 3 things that have happened that have been such a surprise and such a blessing!

1) We have made new friends through our blogging. We have found other families who are adopting from Rwanda.  What a blessing this is to see people who are a few steps ahead of us or who are a few steps back!  We are a family!  Even though I probably will never meet these families face to face (even though that would be great!) I really feel a connection with them!  So hello to all of our fellow adoption families!

2)  We have had lots of visitors from all over the world read our blog.  Ryan and I were in such shock when people outside of the states where our family and friends live visited.  There have been visitors from the majority of the states.   Then we were in even more shock when other countries started showing up!  We have even had someone from Rwanda visit us!!!! That is so exciting! The countries so far that I know of are: Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Pakistan, Iraq, Canada, Belgium, Russia, Spain and Chile!  That is just incredible.

So what I am asking is, if you are a regular visitor of our blog, leave a comment. Let us know how you found us and if there are any questions that we could answer for you.  I am just curious and I promise not to bug you!

3) If you are finding our blog because you are thinking of adopting yourself or are in the process, welcome! I have found such comfort in looking at adoption blogs.  So please feel free to look back at where we have been! I would like for you to leave a comment too! Let us know where you are adopting from or where you are thinking about adopting from. We are a family! We will add you to our prayer list! Let us know if you have any questions too!  

I know that God is leading all of this.  He has been here with us since before the beginning! I love seeing Him work in this process, even with the blog!!!

9 comments:

rarmatisfurr said...

I don't know how I found your blog--perhaps through Julie or Amanda's blog. We are also adopting from Rwanda with AWAA. You should join our yahoo group.
My blog is

http://thefurryrainbow.blogspot.com/

Good luck as you progress.
Best, Rebecca

Torri said...

Hi Smith Family! I think I am your visitor from Rwanda. I am an American living and working in Kigali. My husband and I are actually starting the adoption process here ourselves. Hope to run into to you at the orphanage (I volunteer at the one that most people are referred to) or at Bourbon Coffee.
Good luck! Torri

ash said...

Thanks Torri for saying hello! I would love to correspond with you! That would be great to have a friendly "face" in Kigali when we come. It could be anywhere from spring to summer. My email is ashleysmith@brightok.net. Would love to get to know another Rwanda family too!

sarah said...

Hello Smiths,
We found you through another Rwandan adoption blog. We submitted our application to AWAA last week, so we are very new and learning so much. Thank you for your posts - They are a great encouragement. I'm sure I'll visit again as the days go by.

Blessings,
Sarah
sarahengelland@gmail.com

Matthew and Laura said...

Hi! My husband and I are getting ready to start the process of adopting from Rwanda! I am addicting to reading blogs of other people's adoption journeys :)

God and Ponytails said...

My husband and I are a week away from DTR! Thanks! Enjoy seeing everyone else's blogs.

Cammy said...

Hello,
I'm Cammy, and we are adopting from Rwanda too. Currently waiting for approval from our central authorities and a recommendation letter form our Rwandan Embassy. I love reading blogs, it is a community and I like seeing my own emotions expressed by others (as not a lot of our friends and fam understand us). I think I bookmarked your blog because you've got a great blog roll. We're from Canada!

Cammy said...

Hello,
I'm Cammy, and we are adopting from Rwanda too. Currently waiting for approval from our central authorities and a recommendation letter form our Rwandan Embassy. I love reading blogs, it is a community and I like seeing my own emotions expressed by others (as not a lot of our friends and fam understand us). I think I bookmarked your blog because you've got a great blog roll. We're from Canada!

Tessy said...

Hi - I just came across your blog today - We are just starting our adoption journey and there are a lot of unknowns before us. All we know for sure is Africa. We were pursuing the Congo but doors kept closing and closing. There is so much going on in that country and sadly the program is very unstable. So we are currently looking into adopting from Rwanda through AWAA.

I guess my question right now is - Is there any families adopting from Rwanda currently that have three biological children. This was the main issue I ran into when wanting to adopt from the Congo. Paper work says decided on a case to case basis. My youngest, almost 4, are twins :-)

Any thoughts, any insights I would love to read.