Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Official - she is our daughter!!!

After three long (repeat LONG) years of waiting for the child that God called us to adopt, we are so happy to report that Ellie Aimana Lois Elisabeth Latham cleared the court system in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan and has become our daughter. So very, very exciting for us!!!

We are told to expect to return for pick up of our daughter on 10/12 (pick up on 10/14). I continue to visualize leaving the orphanage with her. It's so overwhelming for me to think of!!! It just seems like it's not real. My mom and I have both agreed that it just doesn't seem real yet. I get moments of unbelievable giddiness followed by amazing wonder and fear of it all!!!

Thank you to SO MANY who have supported us/carried us through this journey: family, old friends, new friends, friends we've never met in person, but know so well online. We would not have wanted to make this journey without you. I'm so glad that God put us together as a family: Kevin, me, Josh and Ellie. What a grand adventure we are all going to have!!

Blessings and many, many thanks to God -- the giver of all things.


God's Girl said...

Congratulations on your beautiful gift from the Lord! Wow... you had to wait 3 years? I bet now you feel, it was worth it all.

We adopted our little girl from Russia 2 1/2 years ago and we are in the process of adopting another (God willing).

Enjoy every moment!!!

Ivy Lee said...

Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance is going on in California, in front of my laptop!!

Suzanne said...

Most excellent news, Maria! I'm so incredibly happy for you. Sounds like your case was able to circumvent the whole Bishkek committee madness, so good for you.

Have fun planning trip 2!


Kelli said...

Just finished "catching up"! She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!

Lisa B and Family said...

We are so happy for all of you!

Ann said...

Better late then never this huge court date congrats is coming your way. You must be soooooo excited!!!


Tamara said...

Maria, I am sitting here an absolute mess with tears streaming down my face! I think it started with the post of you getting "The Call" as I tried to imagine the feelings running through your body. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall (well i guess your car window) at that moment!!

What a beautiful daughter you have to add to your already beautiful family. Thanks for sharing this. =)