Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Rebecca Lorena Pippitt !!

Well Rebecca has a new last name: !!Rebecca Lorena Pippitt !! We were not able to post because after court we literally never stopped moving.

The court went really smoothly. We stated our case and asked to adopt Rebecca (submitted in writing), the judge read it and asked one of us to stand and speak, I volunteered and told her about our reasons to adopt and how we have enjoyed Daniel and James etc. She then asked Jeanine a few questions. The judge smiled and said she would be right back (which I took as a good sign).

She returned and read that the prosecutor didn’t have any problems and that the adoption was accepted and then she congratulated us. I jumped up and down and ran around the court room and did a few handstands on the judges bench and then I gave the judge a big hug, at least that is how I remember it. If you ask anyone else that was there they would say I had a big smile, a tear in my eye and an overly obvious look of relief. We were parents again and to a beautiful little girl, we spoke to another couple who were waiting to resolve a paperwork glitch (The parents of Spencer), which I am sure has been resolved.
We headed off to an Armenian restaurant, which I cant remember the name of, and celebrated with Dina and Bouchon. Afterwards we went over to the baby house to say good bye to Rebecca. It was a happy/ sad occasion, we hope she doesn’t lose any of the bond we have created during the time we are gone. Little Luke was their, in the middle of the room playing with some of the caretakers.
He looked so happy, I think he knows he has a “forever family” and two people who will always love him, we will miss him and said goodbye. We are sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye to the other parents we met there. We left the baby house, went to a notary to do paper work and then home to pack and clean. We then rushed to the airport. It was a very, very long trip home (over 30 hours door-to-door). It was interesting to see how the security increased as we neared the U.S.
It was very laid back within Kazakhstan, but in Amsterdam they were checking everything and conducting interviews with each person, others were pulled out of line and interviewed behind closed doors. It was actually reassuring to see this process being carried out. The only bad thing that happened is we lost “Bruce the shark” and were not able to find him in Amsterdam. James took it well, though.

It is nice to be home. We are all very tired and it will take us a few days to get catch up and get back on our schedule, Daniel and James both said “Spasiba” after we served them dinner and I realized that the Russian/Kazakh will quickly fade over the next few days, which will be a little sad to see
Well we are off to the store to shop for food, get the mail etc.. We will soon be turning our attention to preparing to go back to pick up Rebecca and bring her home. My photos are on the other computer so I will update the Blog later with some Pictures.


Anjanette said...

So glad you are home safe and sound. It seemed to go by so fast! I will try and call you guys next week when you recover! Congrats!


The Fluckigers said...

We are excited to hear your news ... the details of your trip have been a pleasure to read ... looking forward to meeting little Rebecca.

Carolyn & Igor said...

Hi Guys! Marvelous news and we're sooo happy for you (and glad you're back). We will give you a few days to recover and then call and catch up! Welcome home!

Laryssa, Alexei & Anysia said...

We are so happy to hear the wonderful news. It has been a pleasure to read about your trip and see the beautiful pictures of Rebecca, Daniel and James. We look forward to seeing you all again.

Beth and Joe said...

How very nice, thank you for sharing your journey with us. You made the most of your stay there and took the time to explore the homeland of your sons and daughter. This has helped some of us who are waiting to travel and calmed a few of our anxieties about the country.
Hope you continue to keep us updated on your second trip to bring your daughter home.

Beth and Joseph
Hoping to travel in the fall/winter.

Anonymous said...

Welcom home! It was an amazing journey to read about. Thank you for sharing.


The 5 McGills said...

Congrats! Glad you're back safe and sound. Looking forward to more updates when you return.

Debbie, Mike & Tim

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