We finally got word on Wednesday, December 12th that we would be having court that Friday at 10 a.m. We woke up that morning excited and yet very calm. Our adoption journey had taken so many twists and turns....here we were - the day we had been anticipating for months, yet looked nothing like we had originally visioned. BUT, we had such peace. God knew all along who would be our son, even if we didn't. Because of our obedience and trust, we were being given the best Christmas present of all.
|leaving for court|
So, getting back to court... :) We were dismissed to wait out in the waiting room while the judge made his decision. We waited about 10 minutes and were called back in. Curtis and I held hands while the judge read his decision. In a matter of a moment, we were given the gift of new child to call our own. We are the proud parents of David Maxim Eriksen!!!!
|left to right - judge's secretary, regional social worker, orphanage lawyer, Curtis, judge, Sara, and judge's assistant|
|David waiting in the car after court|
We were beyond excited to know that we would be able to be home for Christmas, but sad that we would have to leave David behind. We spoke to the nannies at his orphanage and explained what was happening and made sure David knew why we had to leave. It was bittersweet.
We drove back to the capital city that afternoon. We spent the next day getting some papers notarized and enjoying the sites of the big city one last time.
|the snow makes everything look so pretty|
We are now home and trying to adjust our bodies back to the time zone. Jet lag has been rough, but I think I am finally coming around.
We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas. We have been blessed with a new son and a new appreciation of life.
When we lost Porter we also lost his grant. We are trying to recoup those costs as we counted on that grant when we set up our adoption budget. We have been given a generous $1,000 matching grant that goes through 12-31-12. We need another $815 to meet it.
Have a VERY Merry Christmas!