Wednesday, January 30, 2008
1. A new birth certificate is ordered from his birth town showing us as his parents. That can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks to get back to our attorney.
2. A passport is ordered for his travel home
3. Our file is given to the US embassy in Guatemala City. They order the second DNA test done. Kolbys fostermom will bring him in. They test his DNA with the original DNA taken. This process can take a week and a half to two weeks. Once they have the results back they will send us our embassy appointment. Known as "Pink" ( I believe it once was a physical pink paper you recieved now its a email) But "Pink" is the magic word that all of us adopting from Guatemala can't wait to hear.
4. Our "Pink" will have our embassy date and time appointment. It generally is given 2-3 weeks in advance of your appointment. Once we have our appointment we can make our travel reservations.
As you can see there are a LOT of time variables, we could travel in as little as 4 weeks or out 8 weeks. The average has been running about 6 weeks.
We will keep everyone updated as we get word of each step. We are THRILLED to be on the homeward stretch. Luke loves looking at Kolby's pictures and says "Kolby Home" thats right baby we are bringing Kolby home.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Jan, 6Th is Luke's Birthday. We had his party on Sat the 5Th. It was such a fun day for him. As you can tell by the last picture he pretty much fell asleep where he was standing once the whole thing was over. One of his favorite things right now is Horses, So that's the theme we used. Grandma came over early and was a huge help. Jennie, Kim and Sam all brought their kids. Even though Luke is the youngest he still had a blast playing, running and laughing with them. The kids decorated horseshoes, played pin the tail on the "horse", and horse memory. Luke's birthday cake was shaped in the shape of a horseshoe. This was his first Birthday party, so he was a little unsure of the whole thing. The look on his face when we brought the cake out and sang Happy Birthday to him was priceless. A wonderful day!!!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Our trip was much to short. It was so hard to be away from Luke but we knew he was in very good hands with Grandma and Grandpa. We feel very blessed to have been able to meet Kolby's Foster family. They are beautiful wonderful people who obviously love Kolby very much. He is so healthy and happy he is being taken care of very well. We also were lucky enough to meet and use Victor and his services. Its so NICE when arriving in a foreign country to have someone waiting with a sign. He was so helpful and polite to us. We will definitely use his services. on our pick up trip.
It was very very hard to leave Kolby. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried for hours. Dewey was strong and wonderful and my rock. I can't explain what it is like to meet your child and then have to give him back. (even temporarily) I do feel good knowing he is loved and being cared for until we bring him home. We pray that we get news soon that we are out of PGN. That's the last step on the Guatemala side. From then the "normal" time frame is four to six weeks to travel.
Dewey and I left on December 27Th and flew to Guatemala. We met our son Kolby on Fri the 28Th. He is AMAZING!!! He is happy all the time. He is sweet and loves to snuggle. He likes to fall asleep laying on our chest. He was just starting to try and walk while we were there. He can stand and walk if you hold his arms. We stayed at the Grand Tikal Futura in Guatemala City. It's a beautiful hotel, the employees treated us so well, they were all very kind. Guatemala City has a population of four and a half million people. There is a mall connected to the Grand Tikal with most everything that we would find at a mall here in the states. Food was no problem on this trip. From what we saw Guatemala is very green and beautiful. We are very much looking forward to our trip to go back and pick up Kolby.
Christmas Morning!! The first picture is Luke's face when he came into the family room and saw what Santa had left him. He was so excited! He was so funny, once he saw his Santa presents he could care a less about unwrapping his presents. Aunt Liz gave him his horse, which he LOVES. Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Jason came over to open presents and have breakfast. It was a wonderful Christmas morning.