Saturday, August 18, 2012

Almost there!

We received word last week that our little girl was transferred to the transition house in Kinshasa and arrived there safely!  This is a great thing because 1) it is run by our agency so their in-country staff will be able to better monitor her health and overall well-being, 2) we should be getting pictures pretty regularly, 3) it means it's almost time to go get her!!!  Our agency is waiting for paperwork from the courts so that they can apply for an embassy appointment and to start scheduling her appointments to get her Congolese passport and the necessary medical exams required to leave the country.

I celebrated our daughter's 6-month birthday with my family (and Marie Callender's pie - yum!) when I came out for a visit to California.  Hopefully we don't have too many more to celebrate without her.

My mom and sister (and some fantastic helpers) threw me a shower while I was out visiting.  It was so nice to see so many of the people from our past and present come out to support us and our daughter.  

I was also able to see some of my favorite colleagues and former students.  It's been so weird not preparing for a new school year but they reminded me that those ten years of teaching middle schoolers might soon come in handy!

I can't wait to bring our baby girl to visit CHCMS and out to visit St. John's.  So many happy memories from my second homes :)

We are busy crossing things off our "to-do lists" like painting the nursery and getting the necessary vaccinations for travel. 

"Hold an armadillo" wasn't on our list but who could resist?!?

There is still much to be done but we finally feel like the end is in sight!  Thank you for your continued prayers for us and our baby girl.

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