Thursday, May 22, 2008
Court is over, the judge approved our application to adopt little Vic in a very formal court hearing. We both made speeches that apparently went over very well. I'm normally pretty modest about our accomplishments, but frankly, we knocked this one out of the proverbial ball park. All of our work and preparation over the last year, and especially the last few months and weeks, all came together nicely right there in the judge's chambers. We couldn't have asked for it to be any easier.
I'm working on a longer post while the ideas are still fresh in my mind, but I just wanted to share the news.
What's next? Well, there is a 15 day appeal period that we must endure, while Vic remains in the baby house. We will return to Almaty tomorrow, and then back to Stuttgart, while we wait. After the appeal period ends, we will return to Karaganda to pick him up and bring him to Almaty for (my favorite) immigration processing, and then back home, finally, to Stuttgart.
In reality, the wait will probably be longer then two weeks for us. Realistically, the wait will be closer to 3-4 weeks due to additional time we must wait for the authorities to issue his birth certificate and passport.
Since events here are fairly fluid, and our net access spotty, I'll start posting updates via cell phone text messages (SMS) to Twitter, a service that merges blogging and SMS services in a really interesting way. Check out my Twitter updates over on the left sidebar. See? You never have to leave this website -- pretty neat. Here's an outstanding tutorial, if you'd like to learn more about how to integrate this with your cell phone as well.
We'll still make regular blog posts, of course, but Twitter allows us to post here as well when we're away from a computer.