Monday, December 15, 2008

It's Official

Juliana is officially a member of our family. She was a looong time ago, but it is nice to have the signed document.

Yesterday we went to the Chongqing Adoption Registration Office. It is conveniently located next door to our hotel.
After taking a family picture, we signed some documents, took an oath and sealed it with our fingerprints. Juliana was then declared officially adopted.
We now wait for her Chinese passport which will be ready on Friday. Then we fly to Guangzhou to start the process of making her an American citizen.

She is already a rock star! Every time we are out and about we get all kinds of strange looks. Thankfully our guide made a name tag for us explaining in Chinese we are here adopting. After reading this, we always get the thumbs up.


We went as a group for a celebratory dinner at the seafood restaurant downstairs. I have a few food posts about food in the works. It is too busy now to do them justice! I will say I was quite proud of the fact that at dinner I was holding a baby and eating with chopsticks at the same time. It was quite a feat.

It was of course one of those rare moments when Juliana was not grabbing everything in sight. She is so curious about all the new things she is seeing.

9 comments:

Therese said...

How exciting! You all look so happy! I can't wait to see pictures of all the girls together!

Jim said...

Congratulations! Stella & I are so happy for you all!

Kim H. said...

I love the picture of you with all the Chinese people surrounding you. She is a rock star! And yes, you are talented -- chopsticks and holding a baby. I can't even do chopsticks when I'm NOT holding a baby! :)

So, so exciting. I'm praying everything else continues to roll along. I hope you're getting enough rest and taking your vitamins too. Life will be crazy once you get home! :)

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Found you through Kim's blog. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family.

What an amazing Christmas this must be for you!!!

Braveheart said...

I keep looking at the pictures and reading your posts over and over again. I am SO HAPPY for you guys! We are celebrating with you and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Can't wait to meet this new little addition!
Love you much, Lesley :-)

Braveheart said...

I keep looking at your pictures and reading your posts over and over again. I am SO HAPPY for you guys! I can't wait to meet your new little addition! We are celebrating with you and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Love you much, Lesley :-)

Amy said...

YEAH! Enjoy your days there.

Sharon said...

I am so happy for you and your family! Wow what a wonderful Christmas Present!

nosoulleftbehind said...

Congratulations on your adoption! The children and I have loved looking at the adorable pictures of her! We can't wait to meet her. Marie says she will draw Juliana a picture!

Safe travels home!