Aventura en Colombia: Dia 1
The Crawford’s are in Colombia! We made the 12+ hour journey to Colombia yesterday and arrived at our hotel last night around 10:00 pm. We are actually staying at what could be more accurately called a guest house. It is a HUGE home on the mountainside in the famous El Poblado district of Medellin. The Providencia Hotel Boutique was built in the mid-1950s as a single family home. We heard a rumor today that this place may have been built with drug money and sustained by a cartel. Who knows if this is true or not but I can tell you that this is an impressive “hotel” for sure. Very spacious and lots of marble on the floors and amenities that are nice by even today’s standards. Anyway, it is now a guest house with just eight rooms for visitors and is really ideal for our family. We have a big suite with two bedrooms. The house provides meals and after just one day I can tell you that the cook, named Gustavo, is outstanding. This place, in many ways is an answered prayer as I will be leaving Julie and the little kids behind for maybe as long as a month. This is a safe place with good food and a very friendly and helpful staff. There is one other couple here right now from South Dakota and we have been told a family from Seattle with two boys is coming in a few days to adopt two brothers! They could be here the whole time Julie and the kids are here. This would be fantastic for them – people who speak English and kids to play with!
Today was a “getting settled” day for the most part. We got up to a great breakfast and spent the morning getting unpacked and organized. After lunch we were picked up by our escort named Christina. A wonderful woman who is a native Colombian but lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and is fluent in English. Along with our driver, Caesar, they gave us a short driving tour of the district, took us to the grocery store for a few items, and then we finally ended up at the offices of our Colombian attorney, Raul Valez. We spent the late afternoon going over lots of details and logistics and preparing some legal documents. We needed to sign a Power of Attorney document plus prepare a couple of affidavits. Raul Valez is a man anointed by God. He is the head of Julyana Adoption Consulting Services and they are taking complete care of everything (including us) while we are here in Colombia. We spent time today with Raul, his brother, Mario, and his two sisters, Nora and Blanco – all attorneys. If you are considering adoption from Colombia you need to find an agency, such as Dillon International, that works with Julyana because they are simply the best.
We also found out that our Encuentro appointment for tomorrow has been moved from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are fine with this. Honestly, there are times Julie and I get overwhelmed with the reality of all that is now happening so it will be nice to have tomorrow morning to pray and prepare ourselves because…TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Marcela is going to join our family forever!
Marcela is going to begin her day tomorrow saying goodbye to her foster mother and family. Then she will travel the three hours from her hometown to Medellin and prepare to meet us. We know that tomorrow is going to be a hard and wonderful day for Marcela. She is saying goodbye to her foster mother and saying hello to her forever mother. So there will be tears of sadness and tears of joy. Please join us in praying for Marcela.
We will, of course, be taking lots of pictures and video and looking forward to sharing our adoption adventure with you!