Last week we officially became Meira's parents and we could not be more thrilled!
We celebrated the day by putting up 'Its a Girl' balloons and having a dinner with our dear neighbors.
(And yes, I have been told 'how good I look for having just had a baby' and people have really enjoyed my response that our baby is actually 5 and a half and is not even home yet!) We continued to have a great week of big and little celebrations, since her little sister turned 3 two days after on April 3rd!
We really didn't expect things to feel different because from day one when we saw her she was 'our daughter' to us, but somehow, it did feel a bit different... perhaps like when you are pregnant and you love your baby as he/she grows, but then the day of their birth comes and your loves grows more.
We are sure this will happen even in a deeper way when we bring her home - FINALLY!
So WHEN will she come home you may be thinking?
So are we...
Right now the court decree is being issued (that takes 7-10 days after the court hearing).
Then her new birth certificate will be issued (that take 1-2 weeks)
THEN, we will be assigned 'travel dates' by our adoption agency in her country.
When we get those 'travel dates' we will let you know!
In the meantime, we continue to prepare for her arrival home and miss her immensely.
Here are a few photos of how our Skype visits go:
The girls really adore one another already and try to share toys through the screen which is sweet but sad too. They recently count together and cheer one another on after they are done. And of course we end each conversation with long, draw-out minutes of declaring 'I love you' in both English and her home country language. Aila constantly talks about Meira and whenever she gets something she will say, 'And one for Meira too?' She understands that she is coming home very soon and Meira is understanding a bit more too and even knows she will come home soon on an airplane!
This is one of my favorite photos of a papa with his little girl... he had a rough time saying goodbye to her this day.
Today, this fell out of my jeans after the wash
The evening we were given our official 'match' we bought Meira a shirt that I would take over on trip 1. When I got to put it on her I peeled this sticker off and put it in my pocket.
Each time I would put on pants, I would place the tag into the pocket.
I have been carrying this tag around with me since late December because I could not seem to throw it out... but soon I will trade it in for the real deal, Meira herself - forever!
Thank you for your love and prayers.
We are really grateful to have such a loving and caring community found in all of you - those near and far - and we are so thankful Meira has you as her community too.