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! :)
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