Oh, it was one of the most important days of our lives and it happened it August but I have yet to mention it? Well, how about I catch us all up.
All hopes of documenting everything in the order it happened is gone so I might as well start with the big stuff.
And I guess you could say that Adoption Day is pretty big stuff!
We are not allowed to take photographs inside the courtroom, so our camera is tucked in my purse during this milestone moment. It feels weird to not be documenting this moment in any other way. I try to focus on the girls, on the protocol I am supposed to follow, and constantly reminding myself to remember the details. It is August 28th, and although the morning started off cool, it is steadily warming up. The building is not air conditioned and has no fans. The proceedings are recorded via microphone, due to outside noise from the market the judge orders the windows closed. the court reporter shows her unhappiness with his decision as she closes the window effectively removing any air movement in the room. For the next almost 3 hours we sweat as we stand when speaking and sit on hard benches the rest of the time. The judge sits opposite of us clothed in both a suit and robes flanked by two middle-aged men in a collared shirts who serve as the jury. The gentleman as do the county social worker, the prosecutor, the school social worker, and our translator, slowly turn red as the hours tick by.
|That was it...we were officially parents to Anastasia Grace Robey and Nadia Michelle Robey!|
Leaving the courtroom we run into Stacey's best friend...she is being adopted the very same day. The girls hug and chatter away in excited Russian.
|The town has three restaurants but none of them are open. Instead we find a small grocery and celebrate by standing in front of it eating ice cream and Pepsi in the shade of the building.|
|Do we stand out? Yes. Are we making the most of this awkward, hot moment? Yes and Yes.|
|Our translator, our daughter, our lawyer, and our daughter back at the orphanage.|
|That night we head to the train station in a superhero movie to catch an overnight train to Kyiv.|
Technically we adopted the girls on August 28th but we consider our "Gotcha Day" to be September 10th when we actually picked them up FOREVER from the orphanage.