“…once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”
~Proverbs 24:12

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It’s Official! I’m a Mommy!

Just after 12:30 St. Petersburg time today, Thursday, December 09, 2010, a Russian judge formally approved our petition to be parents to Bennett Alim Trevor and Celia Rose Nargiza. With nine other people in the cramped, hot courtroom, Derek and I began a new chapter in our lives. One we have been waiting for for quite some time, and one that could only begin with the two children God preordained to be ours—our “B” an “C.”

Without further ado—and because it’s been a very long and very emotional day, and we have a flight to catch early tomorrow morning as long as the snow doesn’t get in the way—I’m going to cut this post short and introduce the world to our two little blessings.

Introducing the strong-willed and completely lovable Bennett Alim:

…and introducing the very popular and totally smooch-able Celia Rose:

PLEASE NOTE: I do not plan on posting photos of our babies on facebook until we are safely home.

As the judge was reading her verdict, I lost it and began to cry tears of joy immediately after I heard the judge say (via our translator), “I grant your petition…” I didn’t even pay attention to the rest! Good thing Derek kept his wits about him. He informed me as we left the courtroom that we are able to pick up our children as early as the 21st—Celia’s first birthday! Hooray! If all goes according to plan—which our agency representatives here in Russia believe that its should—we will be able to have all paperwork ready by the evening of the 21st, pick each of them up from their baby home on the 22nd (the day brother and sister will meet for the very first time!), and make it home by the evening of the 31st! We should begin the new year with our babies safely home!

Thank you all for your prayers and well-wishes. I feel I’m getting greedy, but if you think of it, pray for our travels home. Currently St. Petersburg is getting a lot—and I mean A LOT—of snow, and flights at our first layover destination have been canceled and postponed for the last day or so… There is so much yet to do at home and I am anxiously hoping and praying to make it back to get things accomplished this weekend.




Jenn said...

Crying tears of joy here! :) So, happy for all of you ~ how could the judge refuse two such awesome people? Will be praying for safety on your return trip and the final trip to bring all of you home. :)

Jodi said...

I shouldn't have checked this at work - but I couldn't wait - now I am a blubbering mess. But they are so totally tears of MUCH JOY!!!'Love you be safe coming home. So happy for everything - especially getting to be with "C" on her birthday!!!!!!

Amy said...

my heart is just overflowing with love and happiness for your family!! praying for your travels and your beautiful babies!

Chrissy said...

That is so wonderful!!! What a way to ring in the new year!

Dot said...

Oh Kat, they are glorious!
What a wonderful Christmas gift for all of you!
Godspeed and bring those babies home safe and happy!

Brent said...

YEAH!!!! so glad for all of you.

MR cried so much she made everyone else in the room cry as well....except the Judge, of course.

Praying for your safe travels.


Jan said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

MR said...

Beyond happy for you all!! YOUR children are precious! Praying for safe travel.
Mary Rae

teresa edwards said...

Congratulations! Praises to God for the answered prayers of all who prayed for the desires of your hearts. Prayers going up for traveling mercies and good health. Teresa

juliewebster01 said...

Unbelievable - yet totally believable because of the Mighty God we serve! Come home and then hurry and go back and THEN bring your family home! I am totally overwhelmed by all you have experienced and shared. Love to all of you!

Anonymous said...

What a blessed day! Many, many congrats for your family. Safe travels home.

Kelly said...

So happy for all 4 of you :-). Adoption is such a miraculous blessing. You've changed yours and your children's lives forever! God is so good!

Dana said...

oh Kat...I am so glad this day has come..I remember us talking about you being a mommy a while ago and here it is!.I told you..Miracles always happen if you believe!..:)

Always believe.<3

They are perfection!..Happy for you all and prayers for safe travels home!

God always provides...in every way!

LOVE you all!

Maegan said...

I am so excited for you guys! I can't wait to meet YOUR kids!


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