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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Court date and Sneak Peak

We've been visiting Amelia every morning from 10-noon, then coming home.  I make lunch, then we sit around watching TV or skyping family or whatever floats our boat.  Tomorrow we're going to take a walk and check out our surroundings after lunch.  It will be nice to just see what's around here.

We're still waiting on one paper to be signed before we can submit everything to the SDA for approval.  It usually takes the SDA 5 business days to process this paperwork and issue an approval so we're praying hard they will complete it at least on time, if not early.  That would truly be a miracle.  Most likely our court date will have to be moved back, which is not good.  Next Monday and Tuesday are a holiday, so the next available day would be Wednesday.  Even if we took the overnight train Wed night, that puts us in Kiev Thursday, sign papers at embassy that day, the leave Friday.  And that may be a challenge since it's the 4th of July weekend.  Sigh.  I know it will all work out in the end, but it's so exhausting to have everything so up in the air!

We're both going home for the 10 day waiting period.  I initially was going to stay because it made more sense financially, but I realized a couple days ago the toll this adoption has taken on me emotionally.  I really feel like I need to go home, regroup, and come back energized (with my MAMA!) to get Amelia for the long trip home.  This will also allow me to schedule doctor's appointments, and get information from our school district about what will be best for her.  Technically she should be in 1st grade all day next year, but I just can't see myself doing that to her.  I really don't think she'll be ready.  Not to mention we have no idea why she's delayed.  It may be a mental challenge, orphanage delay, or a result of some trauma she's experienced.  We just don't know.

I just can't hold back any longer...here's a sneak peak at our daughter!


The McEacherns said...

Such pretty eyes! Praying for the SDA to speed it up!

About her delays, has anyone mentioned FAS or FAE? It may just be the pic you posted, but it looks like she may have some of the facial features commonly associated with FAS. Then again, I think you can see those on just about anyone if you look hard enough! Maybe something to consider though.

Chris and Celeste said...

She is beautiful. So when are you going to share your story? And can you say what her special need is, is it learning disablity?

Christine said...

Congrats! She is darling!

Kelly said...

Your daughter is beautiful!
Praying everything works out perfectly for your court date.
Returning after the 10days refreshed with your Mom sounds like a great idea!
Safe travels

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

She is beautiful!

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

What gorgeous blue eyes she has! She looks like an Irish lass with those blue eyes, dark hair and light skin :)
I look forward to the rest of your journey!

The McGowans said...

So excited that you have found your daughter! She is precious and you are just the people to convince her of that.

Zack & Jenn said...

Your daughter is beautiful - congratulations!!