Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Adoption Latest

In this adoption journey we are thankful that since beginning the process in March of last year there has been little lag time without some paperwork to be completed. The paperwork was a welcomed task as it was our part in helping the process along. Early in January we submitted our final documents to the U.S. Embassy. There will be a few more forms before travel...but for the most part we are finished. So began the wait to hear from Immigration and India's committees and courts. 

At the beginning of last week our orphanage contacted our agency. We had requested R's measurements to begin purchasing some clothing and shoes. Days later we got an email with every measurement on her body. It's incredible   that one email from us starts a flurry of activity for our little girl across the world. Technology is amazing. Included in the measurement email was the happy news that our paperwork cleared the state level committee. :) Happy news indeed. Now for the national committee clearance (NOC), court hearing for a judge to grant custody and passports and visas. We are getting so much closer. 

In this waiting time with no paperwork required, we've put our energy into preparations. Soon we should be able to send a small care package in which we can send photos of our family and a few small gifts. With R being eight years old, she understands a bit more about adoption so we hoped to include some words of reassurance along. We kept it simple and hope the translation speaks peace and a deep sense of love to her. Every page is included below except one special page. In the event you speak the languages translated here, these aren't correct. When Google Translate failed us, our tutor and his friend blessed us with the correct translations. Here is the first draft before our final translation edits: 

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A final edit page w/ only one language
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And in both of her native languages, one final reminder that these new faces really, really mean, "We love you, R..."

3 comments:

Kindel said...

Oh my gosh! You can't post stuff like this during the day while I'm at work! I'm sitting at my desk with happy tears streaming down my face! :)

This is so special! I know you can't wait to meet R! I can't wait either! :) Would you be willing to share sizes with your friends who would like to purchase gifts, also? *wink wink*

Love you all! Praying for the Tegen family...all four members! :)

Jason and Kelley said...

Thanks Kindel...for the prayers and comments! :) God has been so kind and faithful in leading us to R...we just stand in awe!

We would love to share sizes and welcome gifts from friends! It seems she's wearing a size 3 shoe and size 8 clothing. So anything that size or bigger should fit. She's extremely thin so slims would work well we imagine. We'll be sending out through our email group more specifics...but for now those are the general sizes we've figured.

Thanks again for your sweet comment and for loving R with us!

Alicia Marie said...

This got me choked up just a little bit! Can't wait to meet my sweet cousin :)