Wow...2 months and no posting. I'm going to blame my laziness on the winter doldrums. Well, the snow is now long gone, and we are enjoying the beautiful warm weather. So, no more excuses for me.
I'm happy to report that Hope officially became our daughter on March 23, 2010. That's right...our re-adoption finally went through, after 6 months of waiting for a court date. You gotta love Philadelphia's legal system. Below are a couple of pics from the big day.
Hope is doing great. She is currently taking a tumbling class and a music class. She's a little soft on the tumbling, but she loves her music class. She loves to stand in front of the instructor and dance away.
She's also been doing a lot of talking. She is obsessed with our neighbor, Charlotte, and we hear Char-char around the clock. Short stack (our dog)and Suz-suz (our other neighbor)are among her other favorite words. Occasionally, we do get to hear a Mama and Daddy, so I guess we can't complain.
Anyone who has gone through the adoption process knows how grueling the wait can be. First you wait for fingerprint clearance, than you wait for a referral, than you wait for a court date (or two or three), than you wait for your embassy date, and finally your travel date. The one thing that helps with all of this waiting is getting pictures of your little one. We were fortunate during our wait. A number of families traveled to Ethiopia, during this time, and supplied us with many photos of Hope.
As our "Gotcha Day" anniversary approaches, I find myself looking at Hope's orphanage photos again and again. She looks so sad in these photos, and so different from the happy, bubbly little girl I know. As I look at them, I realize that she was waiting as well...waiting to be safe and warm, waiting to have a full belly, and waiting to be loved and held. Looking back, her wait was much harder than ours.
Hope has a new favorite place in our home...the dog crate. I cannot keep her out of it. This new development has been very upsetting to Shorty. He loves his sister, but not as much as his bed and crate. To make matters worse, she now runs around in cat ears. I fear poor Shorty is on the road to a nervous breakdown!
We have been friends for 20 years, in love for five years, and married for three years. We are currently a family of five, Steph, Evan, Shorty (our beautiful doggy), and our kitties (Einstein and Spanky). We are the proud residents of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia PA, and former Brooklynites. We cannot wait to travel to Ethiopia to pick up our little girl, and become a family of six!
Evan and Shorty relaxing in the country
"When Steph met Shorty"
Shorty's gotcha day.
Sigmund 1994 - 2008
We love and miss you.
Shorty wins "best in parade" at the Chestnut Hill Garden Festival