Monday, August 11, 2008

We Have a Daughter!!!

Three years ago this month, our family decided we wanted to adopt. Though our path has wound us through a path that included domestic, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and finally, Kyrgyzstan, today we found out that Ellie's case went through court today and that she is officially our daughter!! In our hearts, of course, court was not required. There is a mandatory 30 day waiting period before the judge signs the final decree, but we feel that she is definitely our daughter. I have waited three years to have a daughter and now I'm just overwhelmed with the emotion of it all. It's just ABSOLUTELY UNREAL!!!!
And, to give credit where it is 1000% due: THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING US A DAUGHTER. Children are truly a blessing from the Lord. Without Him, none of this would be possible.

In preparation, I had already scheduled an appointment to get my Hep A/B shots today so as I sit here, there are bandaids on both arms -- a tangible piece of evidence that she is truly our daughter. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

After the 30 day waiting period, I will be able to post photos of her. I think these "teaser" photos will keep you going until September 11.





Don't you love her "incognito" look??? Shades courtesy of our friends Kat, Charlie and Jia!

14 comments:

Bridget said...

Yeah!!!! I have been checking your website all day between calls! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!

Bridget

Kelli said...

Congratulations, Maria! I am crying tears of joy. Can't wait to see some revealing pictures!

Betsy said...

YAY!!!! Obviously I've been thinking about you all day since I decided to make a stalker phone call to find out WHAT WAS THE DEAL???!?!?

So so so happy for you and The Princess!

Jackie S said...

Congratulations, Lathams!! So happy for all 4 of you :)

Jackie

Christina said...

YIPPEE!!! Congratulations on your new daughter. Been watching your blog all day waiting for this news. I bet you are on cloud nine right about now.

hopingforgirl said...

congratulations!!!

Rachel said...

YEA!!! I am so excited for you guys!

Mom to 2 Angels said...

WooHoo! That's the best kind of news to get, that your case already went through court! We are very excited for you guys. Hoping this next little wait is productive for you and flies by.

Lisa B and Family said...

Halleluiah!!!!!
Hugs to you all!!!!!
Way to keep the faith. I hope your trip is scheduled soon!

janiece said...

YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!
There really aren't any other words except:
YYYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!

Michelle said...

YEA! So exciting! I pray this last wait will go quickly!

Jennifer G. said...

So, so happy for your family!

Monica said...

Wow! I skip checking in on you for one day and WOW! That is such fabulous news and now you already have return dates too. I am so happy to read this update from you. Looking forward to Sept.11th pictures of your princess!

Pamela said...

Oh how wonderful! This is the best news I've heard today. Congratulations, Maria! And, more importantly...welcome to your new daughter...it's official!

Blessings,

Pamela