Alisa, the 18 gifts are for 18 adoption days. Murphy's adoption day is October 23 and Jack's is September 27. Every year on that date we will celebrate the addition to our family. We brought Murphy's gift this year but the little sneak found it in my suitcase. We gave her a pull toy that's a turtle (named Tyler Masat the Turtle) for her first Adoption Day, a puzzle for the second, and a purse and coin purse for the third. We're finding it a little harder to find boy gifts though. We worked really hard to find Murphy's. We had to agree on every single one so it took us a while. And we really thought about what she would be doing in her life at that point. We have fewer market days this time so we'll really have to get going.
Cara, once the Defender of Minors approved our petition it enters the court system. There are 20 some courts; some are international adoption friendly and some not as much so. We were in court four last time and it went pretty quick. We didn't even see the Defender until two weeks after we got here and everything was final three weeks after that. That included several holidays and an election so we though it went fairly smooth. Some judges want you to bring cake and pop to celebrate. Ours didn't but I think he/she was still pretty international adoption friendly. Once the adoption is final (Sentencia) we have to go to the notary and change Jack's birth certificate, apply for his Colombian passport, go to the US embassy doctor, apply for his visa to enter the US, and then go pick it up. I'm not sure how the visa part has changed since 2007 because I think I've already applied for his visa. In any case, that stuff will all take about a week. Now that the Defender has approved our petition, we can travel within Colombia with Jack and one of us can leave the country, but not with Jack. That's how Rob is able to come home. When we have Sentencia, we have Sentencia. We aren't going to worry about whether we have it or not. We're going to enjoy every minute we get to spend in this wonderful place. The only reason we really care about what court we are in is so we can decide if Rob is going to come back down here after he goes home. If we are in a slow court and will be here for nine weeks, he will go home after four, stay there for a couple, then come back down. Or if we are in a fast court, and we are just about done when he plans to go home on October 24, he might just stay down for another week if we will be leaving soon.
So there you have it. A pretty boring weekend for us. I'm not sure what we will do tomorrow. Rob is still on orders to take it easy. I might try to go to Maku but don't think I want to take both kids by myself. We'll see.
Happy birthday Keely! We love and miss you! :)
Coloring with Daddy.
I found my toes!
Someone got a hold of a red marker. Reminds me of the time Rhonda and I decided to be clowns and painted our faces with my mom's red lipstick. It was a great idea until Nancy called and said they were going to Aberdeen. I have never had my face scrubbed so hard in my life. And now, neither has Murphy. And just like lipstick, red marker doesn't come off in one washing. So she got to go around town like this yesterday, too.