We got the call at 4:15 p.m. yesterday. "Your case was approved in PGN. You'll be traveling in about 4 weeks to bring her home." I didn't know what to say. I was speechless. I've waited so long to hear those words that it almost didn't seem real. But it is and now Kevin and I need to get in high gear to get ready for Isabella's homecoming.
We still have some hurdles to jump though. The final court judge must meet once again with the birth mother to sign the official adoption decree. The court must request that a new birth certificate be issued with Isabella's new last name. (We pray this step doesn't last as long as it took to get the mother's birth certificate done - three months.) Then the case goes back to the US Embassy for a 48 hour review. After that the Embassy issues our "pink slip" stating the time and date of our Embassy appearance. Once we have that information we can make travel plans and head to Guatemala.
Over the next few weeks, Kevin and I will update you on the status of things as we find out and we will show you pictures of all the things we have to take with us on our trip.
We are still in shock that it's actually happening. Thank you for all your prayers and continued support. We will continue to need them as we prepare to bring our baby home and during our adjustment period.
Have a great day! I know I will because I have tons of people to tell "It's finally done!"