Monday, September 29, 2008

U.S. Embassy Appointment Day!

It's done! Today was the big day and it was great! Everything at the Embassy went so smoothly! It felt so official and final (especially when we had to raise our right hands!) After the Embassy we spent the day relaxing and celebrating trying our hardest to believe that this is real! Our facilitators are the BEST! We love them dearly! We're so grateful that God provided them and that they could walk with us through this finish line!

Notice how as Lindsey happily poses with her beautiful dinner she is also accidentally pouring the sauce on the table cloth! We loved that.




Here we are with our facilitators celebrating after finishing our U.S. Embassy Appointment! We went to a great little bakery and had hand made cakes and fresh coffee!


Daddy and Daughter enjoying a good ole fashioned stair climb at the hotel!



Here Eliana is sporting her presents I gave her for her special day (the final staqe of her adoption)! I gave her a Dora the Explorer back pack so she could be prepared for our big trip Home! Inside the pack I put a little kitty cat stuffed animal which we named Diego!

I'm feeling more and more like her Daddy! It's slowly sinking in that this is not a dream but that my dreams have come true! Thanks for all your prayers, support and encouragement!

So much More to tell, so stay posted!

Grace and Peace,
Chris

37 comments:

el scotto said...

Enjoy the next few days in Guate. I look forward to meeting your little princess. BRP!

Anna said...

Praise God!!!!

Such wonderful news to hear its all finalised and you can all come home now!!!

Enjoy your last days in Guatemala!

God Bless and SO happy for you!!!,

Anna

Sarah said...

YEAH!!! Congratulations on this big step down!! Enjoy your sweet daughter and your last few days in the mala!

JuJu - said...

congrats - what a blessing:)
so thankful for you guys and we celebrate your good news with you - what a very special day indeed:)

Katie Mohr said...

I remember that room like it was yesterday! Congrats, you guys!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

Erin said...

So so soooo excited for you three. I can only imagine the huge sigh of relief, knowing that it's over.

Huge hugs and much love!
Erin

Guatemalan Journey... said...

I just can't believe my eyes everytime I see her...she is growing up so fast! her hair is so long and she is just such a beautiful little girl...congratulations! I cannot wait to see you in person, squeeze my lil peanut and enjoy fellowship with you both again....11 days! can you believe that you will have been home a week by then?!?!

Momma Hen said...

How GREAT is our God?!
Adoption is such a miracle and it has been the greatest blessing to walk (via cyberspace) through this with you! I don't know you at all, but I have been reading your blog for months and months! I am very teary eyed to consider that precious little one is going HOME!

(We are leaving very, very soon for our "short" trip to bring our son home from China!)

The Huffs said...

How wonderful!!! Next stop.... HOME!!! Congratulations!

Felicia

Mary Ann said...

YEA!! I am so excited for you all!
I'm glad to see you have a camera to capture these last few days!

T.R. said...

Congratulations you guys. I am so happy for the three of you. WHat a relief, you can go home!

The Milner Family said...

We are so happy for you. The memories of that day flood back when we get to see this victory for another family. God is so faithful to complete what He has begun. We Love Him for that and for all that He does. This leg of the journey is almost over and a beautiful new one is just beginning.

Kerri said...

Yippee!!!!!!!!!
Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

Bobbi said...

Can't believe you are almost home!! Congratulations. Looks like you celebrated with great people.

Enjoy this time in Guat. as a family

Amanda said...

I prayed for you guys all day yesterday!!! I am glad that things went smoothly.

You will be home DAY AFTER TOMORROW!!!!!! This is such an answer to so many prayers!!!!

I love you guys!!!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is CONGRATS. i heard chris speak at a girls of grace conference once and he told us about your blog. i get on to see how the Lord is great and how He has blessed you with a beautiful baby girl. My heart is for adoption, and I feel led to Guatamala as well. :)
Your story made me cry! God is so good! Congrats!!

suzanne Mayernick said...

praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carrie S said...

So great to see this finally! God is good! Our Elena has been home 9 months and I still have moments of disbelief. Precious gifts from God; enjoy every minute (which I am sure you will)!

emily said...

Yahoo!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr. A and Sussanna were our facilitators too. Happy to see your family has made it through all the official stuff.
Praise God!!
Enjoy your last days in Guatemala. Home is WONDERFUL but life is much faster here.

So happy for your family!
Kim in SC

kim n. said...

We have loved watching your journey from afar and are so happy that it's almost over!! Praise God! It's truely a miracle. Thanks for sharing your journey. Your heart for adoption has really opened our hearts to the possibility. Thank you!

Kim and Jarrod Newcom (and kids) :)

Tracey said...

Woowhooo!You get to come home...SOON! I am so happy for you guys, enjoy every second...they grow like weeds!!

Anonymous said...

Congratultions ! I am so happy for you !!

Sherri
www.caringbridge.org/oh/kara

Jerry and Stacie said...

PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! There is not much more to say than that! We are so very excited for your family!

Stacie

Jess said...

Oh she is SO absolutly precious!!!!!

Congratulations!!

Thanks for a great post and sharing all the pictures!

Jess said...

Okay, I know how to spell "absolutely"

Lainie said...

What a beautiful picture of unfailing love going the distance.

Praying for continued grace ... and all-encompassing peace throughout the rest of your journey home.

I'm so proud to call you family.

Love you,
Lainie

Jocelyn said...

CONGRATS!! I am so happy that you are finally headed home!!

Anonymous said...

AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Praise Jesus!!
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(I love the plate tilt, Lindsey.)

Amy Clemons said...

Congrats! Hope you are home safe and sound very soon.

God Bless.

The Heinrichs said...

What a perfect little backpack for Eliana! So glad everything went smoothly! Enjoy your last few days and have safe trip! You best be skyping me when you get all settled in!!!

Amanda said...

I have the same little backpack for Flor!!! :)

I can't to hear that your feet have hit US ground!! Hurry up and get here!!!

Betsy said...

I am praising our Heavenly Father on your behalf tonight!! So glad to see this post!! Hope I get to meet you all one day soon!!
hugs,
Betsy

margaret said...

long time reader...I am so happy for you guys. This post makes me tear up. What a special day for your family. Congratulations and have a safe trip home!

Tracy said...

She is absolutely adorable! I cannot wait to meet her! I am so glad everything went smooth for your embassy appointment. Ours is October 7th!!!!! I am so excited that you guys are coming home and you get to be together as a family!! I just hate that ours didn't get done in time to be there together. Hoping to see you soon,
Tracy Goodwin

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to hear this great news.

Stephanie
NRH, TX

Lance and Heather said...

these pictures are great! LOVE the one of Lindsey posing with her food and dribbling the sauce onto the table cloth - I laughed out loud. :)

so happy for you guys!
heather