Thursday, June 16, 2011

Here He Comes!

Raul's humanitarian parole has been granted! I don't think I have ever been so happy (and relieved)! I will be going to get my boy soon! And as you can see in the bottom picture, Raul is actually EATING! And I don't just mean bottles (of which he was only eating 1-2 a day when I left) I mean mashed bannanas!!

My Starfish Raul

"Once upon a time there was a wise man

who used to go to the ocean

to do his writing.

He had a habit of walking

on the beach

before he began his work.

One day he was walking along

the shore.

As he looked down the beach,

he saw a human

figure moving like a dancer.

He smiled to himself to think

of someone who would

dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster

to catch up.

As he got closer, he saw

that it was a young man

and the young man wasn't dancing,

but instead he was reaching

down to the shore,

picking up something

and very gently throwing it

into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out,

"Good morning! What are you doing?"

The young man paused,

looked up and replied,

"Throwing starfish in the ocean."

"I guess I should have asked,

why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out.

And if I don't throw them in they'll die."

"But, young man, don't you realize that

there are miles and miles of beach

and starfish all along it.

You can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely.

Then bent down, picked up another starfish

and threw it into the sea,

past the breaking waves and said-

"I made a difference for that one."

Sunday, June 12, 2011


On Friday we received the I-797C for Raul's humanitarian parole application! This means that they have received it, processed it, and it is now being assigned to an officer to review! This step went quicker than it could have, which is great! It took one week instead of two! Tomorrow morning two senators will begin contacting USCIS to expedite the case! We're coming, Raul!