Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Whom it May Concern...

Today we finally got that sweet piece of paper that will allow us to keep Laina with us forever! Although she was legally ours when we passed court, we had to have a signed travel letter, called a To Whom, before we could keep her with us at night, and also leave the country with her. Today we got it!!

We still have to finish getting her passport (applied for it yesterday), and have an embassy appointment before we can head to Ethiopia and then HOME! We're so glad to be done with the hard parts of the Rwanda paperwork and so happy that, save one farewell visit, Laina will not have to go back to the orphanage. She's an orphan no more.

Thank you all for your prayers. Yesterday was a long, frustrating, tiring day but today we can't keep from smiling.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

yay yay yay!!!! we are praying that everything continues to proceed quickly and smoothly! And hope y'all have a wonderful first full day/night together!!! yay! =)

jessie said...

Sweetest of all words: "She's an orphan no more."
:D :D :D

Lauren Robbins said...

So wonderful!!! Rejoicing with you as you rejoice!

becoming 7 said...

happy for this good news:)

Erin said...

Can't wait to see you guys and the little one. So excited for your family.

Jill Bruno said...

Oh ya so happy for you!!

Stephen and Kelly said...

"She's an orphan no more." What beautiful words. Growing more and more anxious every day to finally meet Laina!

Mrs said...

Tears! Laughter! Joy! More tears!

Anonymous said...

WE are so happyand rejoicing with you guys! What a wonderful journey! To God be the glory! I love her name and she is so beautiful. Can't wait to meet her. Our prayers are with you. With Love always, Kristie

Sarah Stephens said...

Can't keep smiling either as I read this Allie! So very happy for you!!