Autumn 2005 (13.3)
My birthplace is not Azerbaijan,
nor were any of my ancestors born there. But one very special
little person, my precious daughter Madeline, binds me to this
special country. And now that Azerbaijan seems to be lifting
its suspension on international adoptions after more than a year
and a half, I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation, thrilled
that there will be other families blessed like ours has been
by the same unspeakable joy that family life brings.
Every day my little Beauty from Baku cuddles up close to me as
we read her favorite book together. Oh, it's not a best seller.
You won't even find it in a bookstore. But it's Madeline's book.
Hers alone - her personal story that we wrote about her adoption
from Azerbaijan. The story is deliberately written in simple
language for a young child to understand and enjoy.
Madeline climbs right up on my lap right after her bath - so
adorable in her pink, sparkly jimmies. I love the way her dark
hair, still a bit wet, falls into those lovely ringlets and cascades
down her face and neck. She always brings Azeri Beary along for
the nighttime ritual as well. Azeri Beary is the stuffed animal
that we left with Madeline after our first trip to Baku when
we started the bureaucratic process of adopting her. We wanted
something to link us to her that first month after we met her
and before we would be allowed to return and bring her home with
As Madeline flips the pages, "reading" with all the
gusto of a child not quite three, she comes to the page where
Mommy, Daddy and Madeline say good-bye to the kind ladies at
the Baby House in Baku and leave for the United States to go
start being a family together themselves.
A flood of memories sweeps over me. It seems like yesterday when
we brought this baby home in our arms and walked away from all
that was known of her life's story. It's a part that I want to
make sure she knows backwards and forwards as she grows up -
it's not something to be forgotten or brushed aside. Being from
Baku is part of what makes her our treasure. We want her to know
I can't tell you what a tremendous blessing Madeline has been
to all of us since she joined our family two years ago in October
2003. We'll be celebrating our Family Day next week - my husband
Ben, and our three other children - Micah, Miranda and Benjamin.
We'll be remembering those little ones who are still waiting
for their "Forever Family", as well as those families
that are waiting for precious children to enter their lives.
What a blessing!
Join: AzerbaijanAdopt ListServ on YAHOO! to learn the
current status of adoptions from Azerbaijan, the ListServ provides
a wonderful resource, offering kind advice, support and comfort
for families. This group is for families who have adopted a child
from Azerbaijan, families who are in the process of an Azeri
adoption, considering adoption, or anyone interested in the well
being of orphans in Azerbaijan.
Highly recommended. Kimi Abernathy founded the ListServ in December
2001 after the story of her child-the first international adoption
from Azerbaijan - was published in Azerbaijan International [See
No. 3 left].
The ListServ now boasts more than 500 members. More than 100
children have been adopted from Azerbaijani orphanages by families
in the United States and other countries. Join the ListServ at
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