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Friday, December 19, 2008

We'll be home for Christmas...and we already got our present!

We made it to Ridder today for our court hearing. It was a long session, lasting from 11:00am-1:30pm and it was full of the dramatic moments that have punctuated our entire adoption process. It involved a judge in richly colored robes, a page by page review of the precious new dossier, an orphanage director and a ministry official who stood firmly at our side, a prosecutor who was both tough and kind, and two handsome young men in suits who were very brave during their day in court. I'll be happy to regale you all in detail after I've had some rest...but for now, here's the only thing that really matters:

On 19 December, 2008, our petition to adopt Aniyar and Madiyar Tatimbekov, citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was granted by the court in Ridder. Pending completion of the required 15 day finalization period, we will officially become parents again, bringing the number of kids in our family to a total of five. We couldn't be more thrilled...or relieved! Almost exactly two years to the day after we began this journey, we've made the dream come true, proving that it pays to be persistent.

All's well that ends well....

4 comments:

Donna said...

Dee and Craig - Woody and I are rejoicing in your most wonderful Christmas gift. A great weight must have fallen from your shoulders. Get some good rest for your journey back to Salem and we will pray that Madiyar and Aniyar will soon join you there. Love, Donna

farmbeachgal said...

Omg, Dee and Craig, what WONderful news! I've been on edge since yesterday, constantly checking your blog in the hopes of reading the word "granted" and now I finally have. Thank GOD! I am beyond happy for you guys, and of course for your two handsome and sweet sons.

Sandi said...

Congratulations! Have a safe trip home and enjoy getting ready to bring home two more sons.

Scott and Paula said...

What a wonderful Christmas this will be! So glad that you will be home in time for the holiday. We must chat again once you get home and get adjusted. I have tons more questions for ya! Can't believe that our day is right around the corner! Yay!