Those are the words we heard from the judge on Friday. Best words ever. It was an incredible, emotional week. Hard to put into words. Meeting sweet "M" was simply the best. She's happy, playful, outgoing. She came right to us with hugs and kisses as if she had been waiting for us a long time (which she had). We immediately were connected forever. My heart never to be the same.
She remembers her sister. She wants to come home. Leaving her was the single most difficult thing we've ever done. My heart aches for her. It was so good to come home to the kids....but she should be home too.
Now we wait for the court decree to be issued, then the next step is getting the birth certificate and passport. Then we get submitted to the Embassy and wait for clearance from them to travel. Typical time frame? 2-3 months after court approval before traveling to bring your child home. That timeline just isn't going to work for us and M. So much is out of our control, but we will do all we can to advocate her coming home as soon as possible.
For now...I pray her caregivers continue to reassure her we will be back soon.