|Claudia and Junu|
|All Hail the Toothache God. Really, a shrine for the Toothache God, behind my girls.|
|Claudia and Junu were very happy to be the same! Yellow girls.|
|Namaste at the Botanical Gardens|
|An Irish Pub in Nepal???? Why yes! Happy St. Patrick's Day|
Claudia and I have been friends for 9 years. Our friendship was instantaneous. In these past 9 years we both have been through many changes/challenges and have been supportive to one another along the way. True friends. She has always known how much I have wanted to become a mother and has watched me from the beginning make the commitment towards motherhood. She was there to give encouragement and a listening ear when I chose to give up aspects of my life which I really didn't want to give up ...but I did. All the delays, the frustration, the confusion and the tears...all the excitement, the hope and the challenges. Finally the dream became real and Claudia was there to jump up and down, which we did, when she saw the picture of Junu for the first time. Thank you cl for always being there to make me laugh, let me cry and help me hold the vision when I was unsure if I could.
Claudia was planning on joining me when I left for Nepal on January 26th, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she was unable to come. So I went alone. She kept telling me, "This is just a delay....I am still coming." She is a woman of her word. I am so thankful and moved by the fact that she was willing to take the time to be with Junu and I all the way on the other side of the world. She and Junu were bff's in less than 1 minute. I felt my whole body relax knowing she was here with us. She helped us stay busy and stay positive. She was here when I recieved my approval phone call and accompanied us to the embassy for our interview. She made us the most delicious of dinners, which helped Junu expand her repertoire. Most of all she showed total acceptance, love and endearment towards Junu. She helped me through all the rough spots with Junu this week (i.e. hitting, biting, pinching, etc.) and continued to help Junu process and understand. We laughed often and enjoyed the simple blessing a child brings. Perfect in every way.
My heart is so full and I am so thankful for Claudia's love and friendship. I look forward to many summers of fun in LI, trips to NYC with Junu (especially during the holiday season) and most of all just sharing in each others' live and seeing our beautiful children interact and grow up together. Thank you CL, little Junu loves her Claudi.