It's a good feeling to wrap things up. And under these circumstances it couldn't be better.
As the title of our blog states, these pages are dedicated to the Raines Adoption. We've been home for 6 months but I've actually been thinking about this particular post since January, wondering when the right time might be to end this chronicling of our process. We received the boys' US "birth certificates" last month. As far as the US is concerned, these kids are about as adopted as you can get. Case closed. Ethiopian adoption complete.
Our paperwork continues to sit rather quietly in El Salvador. This summer begins the 5th year that our dossier has lived in Latin America. We no longer receive official updates or reports on the status of adoption in ES, but hear that progress is nearly immeasurable.
We do reserve the right to post on a whim, but for now are ending the unofficially official log of this adoption journey. Lord willing, we'll be here again someday!
April 4th was a great day at the Raines home. All four of us went to the Easter morning church service together. Praise God for His great mercy we see through Christ! It was a great message and was the first time I had sat beside my husband during a worship service since December.
April 4th also marked three months since we first met our boys. It's amazing to watch them change and develop. They're tiny humans! G is now walking and A practically runs everywhere. They both have more than the barely 4 teeth they had at 15 months when we first brought them home. The work of growing our family through adoption has just begun! We love this adventure that continues to prove itself the most difficult and beautiful thing we've experienced.
A new El Salvadoran lawyer has been hired by our first adoption agency. What does that mean for us? More paperwork. In order to continue to keep our file current we are needing to send an updated form. It is something we've done dozens of times before; I could probably walk through the steps blindfolded.
But executing the steps this go 'round was just a bit more tricky. Something about two little monkeys we've got hanging around these days...
Things have been moving along, here. Four weeks in and I can barely keep track of what we've been doing. We're exhausted! In three weeks time, the boys have experienced the following things all for the first time: sleeping in a crib in their own room falling asleep without their bottle riding in a car seat being fed something other than formula being fed with a spoon feeding themselves with their fingers drinking out of a sippy cup drinking milk out of a sippy cup while holding it themselves meeting their dog meeting the chickens taking a bath in the tub listening to Guaraldi listening to a book being read roaming around their home freely ... How are their little heads not spinning!
It has been amazing, to say the least. These kids are awesome!
As far as the adoption process goes, we're working on US readoption paperwork and will also begin our first post placement paperwork soon.