Wednesday, October 31, 2007



We just got a call from the adoption agency and we are out of PGN!!! This means Aubryella is ours!!!!! Please continue to pray that they do not have a problem getting her new birth certificate with 'Cherry' on it. This could slow us down. If all goes well she should be home in 5 weeks!!!!!

God has carried us through this entire process, from the day we got the call in the beginning saying they might not have a baby for us in time, (then Aubryella was born) to not knowing if we would be able to finish the adoption before Jan 1st . We are so thankful!

Monday, October 29, 2007

New pictures

The owner of our Adoption Agency just got back from Guatemala. She was able to meet all the foster Moms and babies. She took these pictures for us.

The cutest baby in Guatemala

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Today's call to Guatemala

Today's call to Guatemala was a little more comforting then the last. Basically we should be out of PGN in 2 weeks. This will mean that she is ours! It will still be December before we get to bring her home, but at least we know she will be coming home. So please pray that we do not get kicked out and that things continue to move forward.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Calvary International
P.O. Box 10305
Jacksonville, FL 32247
PLEASE NOTE: in the memo of you check add M421 that way we will receive your donation.

A letter from Albert when I asked how we can help

Dear Tiffany and friends.
I would like to share with you what we have been doing with the feeding center that we have been running for the last 3 years.
First off allow me tell you a little about myself and my family. My name is Albert Mendoza and my wife of 16 years is Karen. We have 4 children Daniel is 16, Seth 14, Caleb 12 and our daughter Rachel is 9. We lived in Loveland till Aug 2004 when we moved our family to Guatemala.
We came down to train the National Police (I worked for the Loveland Police Dept for over 10 years). Shortly after we arrived we were approached by a fellow missionary about taking over a feeding center that was feeding 25-30 kids who have been abandoned by their families or one of their parents have died. The children all have great attitudes even though they are some of the poorest kids I have ever seen.
We as a family support the feeding center 100%. We also pay for more than 6 of the children’s education.
The first 2 years we were able to give a small gift to all the children and last year I was able to get a few Guatemalan neighbors to help and buy gifts. So the children all received shoes, pair of jeans or slacks, shirt or blouse and a toy gift. For most of kids that was the only gifts they received.
We missionaries are funded 100% by churches, family and friends. Please pray about how you can help make this Christmas a special one for the kids.
I can share some pictures of last years Christmas Party if you like.
Blessings for you interest in young lives here in Guatemala.

The Mendoza Family
We are under a ministry out of Jacksonville, Fl named Calvary International so if you feel called to help with Christmas you may send your tax deductible donation to:
Calvary International
P.O. Box 10305
Jacksonville, FL 32247
PLEASE NOTE: in the memo of you check add M421 that way we will receive your donation.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

How can we help?

While I sit waiting, I think back to our trip to meet Aubryella. We are so blessed with amazing friends like the Mendoza's to take us under their wings and let us stay with them. Albert, Karen and their 4 kids are all missionaries in Guatemala. They are originally from Loveland but have spent the last several years living in Guatemala sharing God's love. One of the ways they have been able to do this is by running a feeding center. When we were there, we were able to visit the feeding center and were really taken back by what we saw. As we drove in a not so great area of Guatemala City, we pulled up to a small fenced in building. As soon as Albert got out of his car, several kids came running and wrapped their arms around him! We were able to spend some time with the kids there. Sean kicked the ball with some of the boys. Mikayla, Alyssa, Aubryella and I played jump rope with some of the girls. Although we could not understand them and they could not understand (Spanish vs. English) us, we quickly developed a bond with these kids. As Albert told us some of the stories of these young children, my heart hurt for them. I wanted to take them all home with me( I think Sean gets scared when I say that)! As we drove away from the feeding center, Alyssa said to us, "That could have been Aubryella's life if we weren't able to adopt her".
It has been heavy on my heart that I need to do more to help those kids. We are taking something very special from Guatemala, and I want to be able to leave something there. We asked Albert how we could help with the feeding center, and he said that at Christmas time they always try to buy a gift for all of the kids. The only gift these kids will get. This is getting harder for the Mendoza's to do on their own. With 4 kids of their own and all the bills of the feeding center, it really adds up. We want to help this year so we are asking our friends and family to pray about how they can help. Whether it be praying for all of them or donating money to help get all the kids a Christmas gift. I have posted some pictures below of some of the kids from the feeding center.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Not by our strength but by His,

we are doing surprisingly well! God has covered us with a blanket of peace about all of this. I can talk and think about it without crying. We miss her but we know she will be here soon. Thanks for the prayers!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Here is the not so good news....

I called Guatemala today along with a friend of mine (Laura, who speaks Spanish like no other) so she could translate. We called PGN (PGN is the last process of reviews to have the case approved and finalize the adoption) which we have been in since July. The lawyer that is working our case keeps telling us we are pending one more signature and should be out soon. Well to my surprise this morning after calling PGN, that is not true. We knew we had been "kicked out of PGN" once because the lawyer needed to obtain more info from the birth Mom, well we were told that we got put back in, sometime in Aug. The truth is, we did not get put back in until Sept 11th! This puts us back a lot further then we thought we were. this puts us a lot closer to that date of ending adoptions. :(

The cool thing is that God has a plan here and He will bring Aubryella home at the perfect time! Please pray that we can be patient while God works this all out. Please pray that Guatemala allows parents in processes to complete their adoptions. Please also pray that I can get through this time without all these tears (they are making my contacts very dirty and I can't keep putting new ones in :) )

Monday, October 8, 2007

I think this is the week...........

I have no reason to think this I just want to believe it is! So stay tuned for the good news to come......................................

Friday, October 5, 2007

From the hurting heart of a Mother......

It is getting harder to wait! We talked to the agency yesterday and they said that they spoke with the lawyer in Guatemala and she said we should be out in about 3 weeks. That is exactly what she told us 2 1/2 weeks ago. The time just keeps getting pushed out. Please pray Aubryella home!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Petition for the Guatemala 5000

Dear Friends,
I have just read and signed the online petition: "Guatemalan Adoptions & DOS Acountability" hosted on the web by, the free online petition service, at: I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Best wishes,


Monday, October 1, 2007

Not so good news, please pray that we get out soon


Dear Friends,

Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to suspend all intercountry adoption with American families on January 1 2008. The Joint Council on International Children’s Services strongly opposes such a suspension and asks for your support in their efforts to ensure that all children retain the right to permanency through Intercountry Adoption.

President Berger’s plans also call for the suspension of adoptions currently in-process. Such a suspension would be extremely detrimental to the children referred to adoptive parents. If President Berger’s plan is actually implemented, up to 5,000 will unnecessarily remain in foster care or orphanages indefinitely.

This situation represents a pending crisis for the adoptive families who have lovingly chosen to provide permanency, safety and love to a child in need and most importantly a crisis for 5,000 children of Guatemala.

Maybe this will be our week?

Last week did not happen for us, obviously! I still have hope that we will get her before her 5th Birthday! :) At the rate we are going, it could be close!!