Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Home Stretch

Well, it's been a loooooooooong time since I posted on our blog. For those of you who know me, you shouldn't be surprised. I tend to procrastinate on certain things. However, good things come to those who wait, and Adam comes home in TWO DAYS ... LESS THAN 48 HOURS! We made it through the 15 day appeal period, Adam has been legally ours since January 30, he has his passport, the visa application is finished and Adam soon leaves Kazakhstan for South Florida. However, Larry and I are still in Florida. Of course, this means that we are not going to pick him up. We have chosen to use an escort to bring Adam home. We were given this option by our agency. His name is Oleg. We met him at the end of our second trip. We spent a day with him, signing over power of attorney to him so he can take Adam through the embassy process. We spoke to families who used him as an escort before, and decided that it was the right thing for us. If there are other families in process considering using an escort, we'd be happy to discuss our experiences with you when all is said and done.

So, on Thursday afternoon, at 2:05pm, Adam and Oleg come into Miami International Airport! Words can't describe how thrilled and excited we are. People keep asking us if we are nervous. The answer is NO. We are excited. We believe that we are as ready as we can be.

A couple of weeks ago, I had my baby shower. It was amazing. Friends and family have seen me (and us) through the process of trying to get pregnant and adopting for the past three years. There have been ups and downs, and my shower was filled with people who I love and adore and who have been such an amazing support system. It was something that many of us have been waiting years for, and it was awesome. We got lots of great presents, and Adam officially has more clothes than Larry and I do!

I will post pictures once Adam is home. I have lots of stories to tell about our second trip, which I promise to post eventually. This process has been emotional to say the least. To those still in the process, hang in there. I do believe that we ended up with the child we were meant to have, and that you will too.

5 comments:

Bill and Melissa Ceravola said...

God Bless!! Your almost there. Congradulations. Bill & Melissa

Mom and Dad said...

WELL, WE COULDN'T RESIST - WE HAD TO COMMENT. WE ARE GETTING READY TO GO TO FLORIDA TO OFFICIALY MEET OUR NEW GRANDSON, ADAM. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS OUR FEELINGS. WE LOVE YOU ALL.
MOM AND DAD

Carol and Taylor said...

Wow...FINALLY the time is here. We are so, so happy for you all. Happy Family Day!

Love,

Carol and Taylor

Diana and Bob said...

Oleg does a wonderful job! We have seen him interact with children, including our little Anton, a 4 year old boy and Oleg's own daughter (she's about 5). Adam is in VERY good hands.

I think you are making a very good choice to escort. We considered it and now we wish we would have. Getting over jet lag while chasing after an active toddler has been difficult. Plus Anton is having a rough time with his teeth. ouchy ouchy. He is soooo fussy and miserable. It would be nice if we were not so tired ourselves.

The Soukas Family said...

Congratulations and may God Bless Adam's journey to America! We are also with AFTH, Lancaster with the Ceravolas, so we have been waiting to here of your return from your second trip! Those of us waiting must live through those of you who have already traveled until it is our turn! Thanks for allowing that! Enjoy parenthood!
Dan & Colleen