Our 1st visit was to go see Uncle Dan
Meeting Great Grandpa J
A Saturday morning visit with Great Aunt MK
Hanging out with Uncle Benny
Making sure we got to meet Uncle Mike before he leaves for school
We've been so busy! Playing at the park, feeding the ducks and fish (pics to follow), swimming and many trips to target! I have been pleasantly surprised at how much everyone loves seeing the girls, it makes me laugh to realize that the most common question i get from strangers is "are they twins?". So, far not ONE ignorant comment either!!! Today a lady at Target told me that they look like dolls -- i'd have to agree. I love those sweet little muñecas!!
Playing the piano like their daddy!
we only had a couple suitcases :)
"mom, is this my passport?"
the girls did wonderful on both flights home, and we literally caught our flight to
The grandparents anxiously awaiting!
Daddy & "Smiles"
Mommy & "Squeaks"
Going to get our luggage
these past few days at home have been a whirlwind! Unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, pink eye, visitors, and so many firsts for the girls! We have experienced our first time in car seats, first bath in a real tub (with both girls together!), first trip to the park, first trip to the grocery store, sleeping in “big girl beds” for the first time, first time watching TV (no we didn’t have one in Guatemala), eating in their booster seats for the first time and so much more!
First time in car seats
The girls have done so great, I couldn’t have hoped for their transition to have gone any better! They are eating well, napping great and still sleeping 7p-7a!! They are loving meeting new family and friends, and of course wave “hola” to all the people who stop to comment on how cute they are! Surprisingly, the most common question I’ve received so far is “are they twins?” which makes me laugh.
here are just a few pics to hold you over, 'til my next post, promise it will be asap!
"flying is lots of fun!"
"Look at me, I'm on an airplane!"
"ok, mom where are all these people who you say want to meet us?"
Today was our LAST DAY in La Antigua, Guatemala. I actually expected to be less sad, but it's hard for me when i'm leaving behind friends, who just as badly as I want to be home with their families. I just cannot stop thanking the LORD for allowing us to go home! We are so excited to see family and friends, and to introduce the girlys!!
Tomorrow we will be staying at a hotel in Guatemala City, so we can be close the airport for our early morning Tuesday flight! Hoping the weather is nice so we can utilize the pool, and we'll also meet up with our girls' foster mom to say "good-bye" before we leave.
Please pray for us tomorrow at 3:30. We will be picking up the girls' Visas if all goes well.
Here are the princesitas, with their crowns :)
eating their papas fritas!
oh, and some how I came down with pink eye today, so let's hope i can keep that to myself and not share with anyone else!
Adoption is an AMAZING journey, and I can't advocate enough for the children all over the world who just want and need a family. We did not consider adoption until we learned more about GOD's heart for orphans. I could list off statistics and post pictures, but ultimately I think it's a decision that you have to have a desire for. I just hope that my blog might have convinced even one family to make a difference in a child's life, maybe just one person who grew the desire to adopt! Ok, stepped down from my soapbox :)
Here is our Embassy Day family picture.
There are so many things here in my babies' birth country that I am going to miss.
Our Visa Interview is scheduled on July 20, 2007, 8:00 am!!!
If the girls' Immigrant Visa is approved, they will be ready for pick-up on July 23, 2007, 3;30 pm. Our flight to O'hare leaves the next morning at 6:50 am, and will arrive in Chicago later that afternoon!!! We are well on our way! Praise GOD!!! I've finally allowed myself to start thinking about what it's going to be like to have our children home. My heart is just overwhelmed! AHHHHHH, we're really going home!!
WE HAVE A DATE!!!!!
After a crazy, long, hard, exhausting, exciting, and stressful day, it is finally done! We got the girls' passports this morning, we submitted for PINK after that. Our PINK slip will be issued tomorrow, and our appointment will be for this FRIDAY! Then we will pick up the girls' Visas on Monday afternoon, and travel HOME Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look out Chicago here we come! I think we are still in shock that we really have a date and that we are really ALL going home in a week!
Waiting in the car at the passport office this morning. daddy waited in line for almost 2 hrs.
God was so kind and good to give us our miracle! We're coming home, we're really, really coming home TOGETHER, as a family of 4 on July 24!!!! Our tickets are already booked -- yay!!!!