It's been such a blessing these last 2 years getting to know my family however it's also been the hardest most difficult last two years. My mind, body, and soul continues to crave my "Home" country. It's is very difficult to explain to others so they understand the importance of stepping foot on the soil of which I originated from and being surrounded by all of my family who I have not yet met. I've been working with an immigration attorney to establish my identity due to my falsified documents. My identity is legalized here in the US however all the info on my adoption documents with the Colombian government conflict with the info my mom has and the info here in the US.
Until I have this straightened out Brian, myself, & my immigration attorney agree it's not in the best interest of our children and our family to travel to Colombia as badly as I need this trip. Because of this, it is much easier for my mom to come here to Minnesota. Her and my older brother are coming!!! They'll be here soon. I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for all your prayers and support these last two years. I still am praying God has plans for my travel "Home" but in His time.
I'm including my moms testimony of my kidnapping and the moment my private investigator connected with her. Tears of joy even after watching her testimony numerous times. God Bless You All!
It's like a Fairy Tale in real life and it's really difficult to swallow. The Good Lord continues to fill my life with such magnanimous bountiful gifts of no end with my beautiful Colombian family. I feel like a royal princess that continues to be honored in such a gigantic way and I don't deserve any of it. I'm just a normal humble person with a pretty content and somewhat simple life. My brother Arquis has completely gone out of his way to welcome me when I arrive in Colombia by turning his home into a home of luxury. When I tell my family it's the time spent with them that is most important to me and nothing else now how can I show my appreciation for everything they are doing to prepare for my arrival. To actually get there for one so i can have that opportunity to give back as much love as they have shown my family and I here in Minnesota. Please keep those donations coming in, every penny counts and I appreciate the help more than I can even explain. Only two months to go!
A few days ago I revieved a letter from my mother. It was an entry in her diary after we reunited and I broke down in tears. The moment I am able to hug and feel my mom's embrace for the first time I just am looking forward to this moment so much. Now tonight I received the love from my brother with his sweet letter and picture to me that says, "Marissa I love you." I am so excited to hug my brothers and sister so tight for the first time also. I can on my afford to take one of my children at a time so right now Hallie will be coming with me to Colombia in December. I am still trying to raise money to offset the financial weight of a trip like this. Thank you to those who've already donated and for all the prayers and support. Please click on the link and make a donation. God bless.
These kind of messages continue to lift my spirits from my birth family. The feeling of finally belonging! I fall more and more in love with my family every single day. It's been four months and time continues to fly by. Soon I will be in the arms of my Birth mom. Thank you to my brother Juan Pablo for this message today!
"Te estuvimos pensado muchimo hoy ey y si que te quiere la familia te amamos y ya que somos una familia tan unida hoy querernos espresar que pese al paso de los días no pasa ni uno en el que no hayamo
Every moment I get to talk to my sister's and brothers is a blessing. I love every minute of it. Today we laugh we laughed alot. My brother is learning English and it's so beautiful to watch him talk. My brother also showed me the hospital where I was born. That was so nice to see as he was walking down the street. It's simple things of my history that I never knew about me that mean so much to me now. My brother is also in the process of applying for his Visa but it's very complicated there. Praying he will get approved. Please keep us all in your prayers for us to be together.
Cada momento tengo la oportunidad de hablar con los hermanos de mi hermana y es una bendición. Me encanta cada minuto de ella. Hoy nos reímos nos reímos mucho. Mi hermano está aprendiendo Inglés y es muy bonito de ver hablar. Mi hermano también me mostró el hospital donde nací. Eso fue muy agradable ver que se paseaba por la calle. Son cosas simples de la historia de mi que no sabía acerca de mí que significa mucho para mí ahora. Mi hermano también está en el proceso de solicitud de su visa, pero es muy complicado allí. Orar que será aprobado. Por favor, todos nosotros en sus oraciones para que estemos juntos.
Thank you to all who've been a part of this journey with your thoughts prayers donations. This has been such a beautiful experience and the excitement continues to grow. Please consider making a contribution. This will help offset the financial weight for me to get to Colombia so I can meet my mom. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
Three months ago today my Birth mom was found and my very big family have welcomed Brian, my Fab Five, & I with SO much love. This has been the most amazing God send and blessing. I went my whole life desperately needing to know the woman who gave me life and now I know. Immediately a love SO profound and immeasurable poured into my soul the moment I got to see her through Skype. The tears of happiness continue to fall every time I can talk to her and see her face. I've been able to communicate with all my brothers and sisters weekly through FB and just fall more and more in love with my family every day. The moment I get to meet them in person will be so epic and I can't wait! Still 3 months later it seems so surreal but one of the best gifts from God has been my whole family. I'm so thankful! Glory to God!❤
Third Severe Head Injury: Remembering through this amazing journey God is in control. As many know I had a softball injury scary That left me with a severe concussion / head trauma, & left side of my body with delay & weakness last week, spending some time in ICU, Trauma Unit & Rehabilitation Unit Being stuck here in the hospital has had some challenges but Also Given me time to appreciate everything & everyone in my life. Each day I look back at my journey and I am truly blessed!
Unfortunately due to the head injury (this is now my third severe head injury) I have to postpone my trip to Colombia to see my Birth Mother and family. It's been an emotional struggle accepting today I'm unable to travel This Day but my faith is in God and His plans are much bigger than my own. Recovery will be a long road but I've shown before the Doctors That I can do this! This Also Gives me more time to continue fundraising to offset the expenses for my children and my love to come with me to Colombia. Thank you for your Support during this recovery! I love my Colombian family!
Each day that goes by is one day closer to feeling my mamas embrace. I think about her constantly, last week she read to me. It was a beautiful letter she wrote and had me in tears. A mother reading to her child is just as powerful as an adult as it is if I were still a child. Watching her face, seeing her eyes, her smile, it was a moment I will never forget. The simplest things like reading to me brings me so much joy just to have my mama read to me. Love my mama!❤
Cada día que pasa es un día más cerca de sentir mis mamas abrazan. Pienso en ella constantemente, la semana pasada que ella me leía. Era una hermosa carta que ella escribió y me hizo llorar. Una lectura de la madre a su hijo es tan potente como un adulto ya que es si yo fuera todavía un niño. Observando su rostro, al ver sus ojos, su sonrisa, fue un momento que nunca olvidaré. Las cosas más simples como leer a mí me trae tanta alegría sólo para tener a mi mamá me leía. El amor de mi mamá!❤
God Bless my Amazing Cousin Donna Jo! This means so much to me! Thank you with all my heart for your sweet generous heart! I love you! I can't wait to tell you all about my trip when I get back. My family LOVES to see the pictures you sent last year of Sonny B and Nanny Rose as well as you, Gus, & Bubba! Wish I could just hug you right now Cuz! ❤
I thank God for New Beginnings and fresh starts. TODAY marks exactly one month since I've found my Birth Mother. The desires grow so much stronger to be in her arms. Every day that goes by is one more day closer to this really happening! Thank you to one of the BIGGEST blessings since we moved to FL is my Forest Lake Family Becky, Steve, Bailey & Lola as well as Beckys parents Leslie & Ron. They were with me the night I received confirmation my Birth Mother was found! Thank you to all who have made donations. I still have a ways to go but every little bit counts. God is SO good!
I'm so very close to making the one main dream Ive had my whole life come true, finding my biological mother and family & meeting them all for the first time. This is the one thing that will fill the absence in my heart and being able to embrace the woman who gave me life would be a dream come true. Im so so so close to making this dream a reality. This will be my very first time returning to my home country where I was born . I left Bogota as a six week old infant and returning as a 36 year old adult is a trip I've needed for far too long. The search for my biological mother has been costly as Ive hired an INCREDIBLE private investigator (he's been an absolute blessing to my whole family) , the costs to apply for passport, the costs to retrieve my legal documents from my adoption, the travel that includes airfare, hotel, interpreter while i'm in colombia, taxi costs, and all the other costs for this international travel to finally meet my birth mom. Many of you all know I started this search two years ago and it's actually happening! Im not one to ever ask anyone for anything but it's time to ask for your help. The only family I have right now is just my five children and myself and my fiancee Brian (as hard as it was to let go of my adoptive parents it was harder to keep them in my life), but I know I will have my biological family soon. If you can please please help reduce the financial obligations I need in order to make this happen, Id be forever grateful and will pay it forward to others who are searching. Any amount will be helpful to reach my goal but i only have until june 12th to raise as much money as i can to have an opportunity for myself (and my children next year) to ebrace the woman who gave me life. By God's grace and mercy He's already shown me I know I can do this with your help. Matthew 19:26, With God all things are possible. Thank you & God BlessMarisa Bocanegra