How are you doing?! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. :)
I’m excited to tell you that we are going on our third and FINAL trip to Latvia for our adoption process.
Now, if you are like most of my friends and family, you are probably thinking, “What?! I thought your adoption was final?!”
Well, yes it is, but Latvia does things a little differently.
Latvia breaks the adoption process into three trips:
Trip #1 is to get acquainted with the child (usually 3 weeks) and begin the adoption process. At this point, the child is allowed to return back home with you. We completed that trip this summer and Sania Louise came home with us in July. (Cy, Adam, Eli, and I traveled to Latvia on this trip.)
Trip #2 is a super quick trip to finalize the adoption in front of the courts. Luke and I traveled on this 4 day trip in November. Sania Louise stayed home with Cy and the rest of the boys.
Trip #3 is a week long trip to finish immigration papers and get her new passport, etc. We are leaving for this trip on Friday, and it will last a week. Jonathan is going with us on this trip, so it will be him, Cy, me, and Sania Louise.
My sweet Mother and Father-in-law will be staying with Luke, Adam, and Eli while we are gone. It is such a relief for me to know they are in such good hands. :)
I am DYING to get back to Latvia! Cy and I have absolutely fallen in love with the beautiful country that our daughter was born in. Even though we have some painful memories there, we actually have a lot more wonderful and special memories there.
I cannot wait to see my little girl there again and hear her speak her native language. I miss my little Latvian lady. She has learned English so well, and she is already struggling to remember her home language. I’m hoping being submersed in her culture again will help bring Latvian back to the front of her mind.
We are also very excited about seeing the foster family that cared for her for five years. They hold a special place in her heart and ours.
As for an update, I am still homeschooling Sania Louise. I will be meeting with the principal of Eli’s elementary school about phasing her in a couple of hours a day and then transitioning to a full day.
We are meeting with an Occupational Therapist for her sensory issues, large and small motor skills, and coordination. She loves going to OT, and I am excited because I think it will really help her adjust better to school.
We still have some difficult moments with her, but they are getting fewer and fewer. Her behavior is so much better than when we first came home. It is a beautiful thing to watch.
She just needed a chance. She needed a family.
There are so many older orphans that need the same thing.
Project 143, the program we hosted Sania Louise in the summer of 2015, is getting ready to list the children that are available to be hosted this summer. If you feel a tuggin’ in your heart that this may be something you may be interested in, then you can learn more about it HERE.
And of course, you can always email me if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for safety as we travel. Thank you, friends!!