Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The adoption is finished!

Officially. Finally. We had our last post-placement report apostilled this morning, dropped it into a FedEx box on Michigan Ave. in Lansing (much like another day, a little over 3 years ago), and we're done. No more reports to send to Russia... this has left us with a bittersweet feeling. There is a sense of finality to it, for sure. Which is nice. A weight lifted off the shoulders - no more keeping track of how many months it's been, getting all the information right, tracking down doctors' appointments, finding appropriate pictures...

On the other hand, it's over. An adoption that in some cases technically has lasted since May 2003 - finished. Which is sad, on the other hand. After I teared up a little bit, my next thought was - "let's call Frank for another application!" We laughed about it, and decided it's about a year off before we start thinking seriously. We're keeping track of laws and what's happening in Russia, but we also are keeping our options open (you hear that, South America?). But right now we'll enjoy our wonderful boy, and our blessed family.

Of course, now we have to appear in court in our county to get Roman's "American" birth certificate, figure out how to renew his passport - both Russian & American, and....

1 comment:

wmw said...

Congratulations on that final step in your continuing journey! I hope Ethiopia gets over this "post-placement reports until age 18" idea they currently have (although we will of course comply to keep them happy with Americans)...

I don't know if I ever told you how much reading your old blog helped me understand and emotionally connect with the adoption process when we were thinking about it. Thank you.

Wendy