Monday, October 10, 2005

Guatemalan Towns Abandoned

As reported by the AP.

Normally, I wouldn't think twice about horrible events like this. It's in a far away land, there's not much you can do, except to offer support by donating money or supplies.

This one hits home a bit, since we are still going through the adoption steps and are not yet able to go to Guatemala City to pick her up and bring her home.

What's surreal about it is the flooding and mudslides occuring near the Lake Atalan area which is where Savannah's birth mother is from. I have not heard anything in particular about San Lucas Toliman, so I am hopeful that she is safe. In additon to the mudslides and flooding in Guatemala City itself, where I am hopeful that Savannah herself is safe.

It's tough as all I can do is wait, hopefully soon I will be able to travel down and get her.


Julie said...

I just came across your blog through bloglines. I hope your daughter's birth family is safe. You must be very worried. My husband and I are also in the process of adopting from Guatemala and our son's birth mother is in Guatemala City so we consider ourselves very fortunate.

Mike said...

Our daughter is fortunately in Guatemala City, but I do hope that her birth mother is OK, because someday, when she's in that rebellious time around college, she might want to travel there. I'd like for there to be something there if she chooses to look for it. Lori (my wife) is adopted and has searched for her birth mother before. It was a good thing to do, even if her birth mother couldn't be pinpointed. She did end up with pictures from co-workers wives who were at the same high school at the same time, and lots of interesting people to help. Obviously Savannah would have a bit more of a challenge, but she could embark on that soal searching "where did I come from" search and have a chance of meeting her (she was just a month beyond her 18th birthday when giving birth).

The area her birth mother is from (Lake Atalan) is quite beautiful, and it would be nice for her to experience it. I'd like to see it as well someday :)