The LaBatt family welcomes Savina Grace!

The LaBatt family welcomes Savina Grace!

Una Vida Nueva

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Where do I begin to try to relate all of the emotions, all of the distinct moments, all of the thoughts, and memories of the last 48 hours?  It seems like a dream, like a jumble of taxi rides and beautiful people, but all centered on one lovely little girl who has captivated us and changed our lives completely!  We thank all of you for your love, support, and prayers,  because it couldn't have gone any better than it has.
Savina is affectionate, funny, nice, mannerly, and just amazing!
She has done so well connecting with us and responding to us.  Love is flowing all around.

Since I haven't had a chance to explain things well, here is exactly what we're doing so far:
Sunday night we arrived in Lima, passed through customs, and then were picked up from the airport by our contact here Karina (with her mother, too).
We drove to our apartment and got to bed about midnight.
On Monday morning Karina came for us at about 8am.  We went to get some bottled water and change some money at the store called Metro (like our superstores).
Then we had a meeting at MIMDES, the branch of the government in charge of adoptions.  After that we went straight to the orphanage (hogar) to spend the rest of the day with Savina. The social worker accompanied us the entire day.  We went out to eat at a restaurant across the way from the hogar.  It was Savina's first time to a restaurant that she could remember.  Let that sentence sink in.  After we left the hogar, we went to buy a few groceries.  Then we fell into bed.
On Tuesday and Wed we are required to again spend the entire day with Savina, along with a worker from the orphanage.  On Wed we will have a good bye party at the orphanage with cake for the friends there. 
On Thursday we go just to pick up Savina.  We bring her a change of clothes, so she can leave hers there for the others.
Then we will go to Mimdes again to get the official report written up.  This could take several hours.  Then our week of in-house observations begin.  We will have two official observations during this time.  Also Savina will have a dr. check up.  Then, after this week, the nice pastor who is helping us will journey to the jungle to get the original birth certificate.
That is all we know for now.
I will try to write more details, but now I must sleep!  :) 

Good night!

More photos from today!

Monday, May 30, 2011


Savina is everything we dreamed she would be and more! We love her so much! She is already hugging and kissing us, and calling us Mami, Papi, and hermanas. We spent the entire day with her, and will again tomorrow. I will write details as soon as I can!

Sunday Morning from San Francisco

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Yesterday our flights went smoothly and we arrived in San Francisco at about 9:30 pm.  It is very cold and windy here.  We stayed at the airport hotel Travelodge and today we fly to Houston and then on to Lima.  It's amazing to think that when we return, there will be five of us!

Funny moments:
We got to use the airport's amazing xray technology.  Because I forgot to take my necklace off, I got the pat down, too.  :(

Emily was taking our picture and said, "Mom, your face doesn't look so hot!"

In the airport a girl walked by carrying Lotso!

Jensyn:  Thank you for the text!  I will miss you, too!
Alexis and Jackie:  Thanks for the messages on FB!
Delaney:  Thanks for all of the texts!
Toneiy:  I can't get Cousins out of my head!!
Everyone:  We love you!

Saturday 1pm

Saturday, May 28, 2011
We leave in four hours for the airport.  Now that I spent a week's salary at Kohl's, I think I'm ready (for real this time).  I had my last meal at Chipotle before leaving the country (when I figure out the secret of the chips, I'll let you know), and now I just need to get everything to fit in the suitcases.  Farewell, dear friends!

Saturday, May 28: travel to California

As we start our South American adventure, I will try to keep up our blog!  It is now Saturday, 6am.  We fly to San Francisco at 7:30 pm.  Today is packing and cleaning.  I think I have cried enough tears for now; today I am just content and ready.  I will update the blog soon.  Savina, here we come!  :)

Seven Days from Today!

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Next Saturday, we will be flying to South America!  We will leave Phoenix in the evening and go to San Francisco.  There we will have an overnight layover, and leave again in the morning.  We will stay in an airport hotel overnight.  The next morning we will fly to Houston, then Lima!  The incredible blessing is that two different friends offered to help us get tickets.  One friend from school bought a ticket for us, and another friend donated enough miles to us for a second ticket.  Kerry was able to use our miles for a third ticket.  That only left us one round-trip and one ticket for Savina.  So amazing.  We have July 2nd as a return date.
So now we have one week to pack and get everything ready.  I have school for four of those days.  I know it will be crazy, but that we will be able to do it! 
Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way- we are getting so close to the dream coming true!

The Best News Ever!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Today we received word from Peru that we are approved for travel as soon as possible!!!  They even asked if we could travel this weekend! (No, we are ready, but not THAT ready!)   They are lining up our apartment and VISIT TO THE ORPHANAGE!  It seems too remarkable to be true.  To hold Savina in our arms...
While we are there, someone will have to make the journey into the jungle to get her original birth certificate.  I wish it could be me, but it is considered too dangerous for us to undertake.  Karina is looking for someone who can make the trip.

We are so excited!  Our dream is actually coming true!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Happy birthday, Savina!  We are so glad that you were born ten years ago.  We are so sorry that your road has been so difficult while you have been such a little girl.  Life will be good here in Ocotillo for you.  Today we are having a birthday party for you at school...even though you won't be there to least you will get some presents!

Here's the latest update.  I will send it in letter form so you can figure out what it means on your own.  It is from Karina, our Peruvian contact, to our adoption coordinator here in the U.S.

I went to the Embassy to submit the documents of Savina, but the Embassy
wants the originals. I explained the birth certificate is in a place very
faraway place with difficult access (even more, now the inscription office
is in the same tribe and needs to travel by boat to access to the tribe),
but the Embassy said they need the original one to be sure everything is
correct.  I was surprised with this, because I spoke with the person in
charge and never told me about it; also, with the last family I didn’t have
these requirements.

I will go tomorrow to the court house where is the dossier of Savina and
see if I can get the birth certificate from it. Now, the dossier is in 
“definitive archive”, it means that the file went to a section where is
filed forever and I have to unfiled, but first I want to be sure this
certificate is there.
Also, I have to legalized in the court house the abandonment decree; for
this I will try to get directly with some friends that I have in the court
house to make it faster.

In case the birth certificate isn’t in the dossier I will go to the
inscription office (RENIEC) and try to get it as soon as possible. For
this I have the help of the social worker from the orphanage, who spoke
today with somebody from the RENIEC and begged to this person to have it
faster (maybe in two weeks).

I will tell you what I find tomorrow (Wednesday) about these documents.

I love this video!

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Monday, May 2, 2011
On some days, when you are not expecting anything exciting to happen, it does!

On some days, when you are having a birthday, you get a very special present.

Sometimes that special present comes in the mailbox, and is the very last envelope to be pulled out...after the cards, the bills, and the catalogs. And you hope, just like every day, that it is the envelope.  You hope that it's the envelope from the Department of Homeland Security, the one that ends the two years of waiting.

And sometimes it is!
And sometimes your husband's best birthday present is a new little daughter.  A very cute little daughter with dimples and a sweet little face. 

Happy birthday, Kerry!

Travel in thirty days?  That would be the 28th of May.  That would be possible.  Just barely, but possible! Details coming soon...