Friday, May 9, 2008

Embassy Day

We were up bright and early this morning at 4:45am for our embassy appointment. The actual appointment was so smooth and easy. We had two interviews, each which lasted about 2 minutes! The hardest part of the appointment was waiting! We arrived around 6:45am and we were done at 9:00am. The amazing thing is we were #2 in line and it STILL took that long! We didn't care. We were thrilled to be there. Eli's visa has been approved and it will be ready for us to pick up from the embassy on Monday afternoon. We will be HOME on Wednesday, May 14th. We arrive in Detroit around 4:45pm. We can't wait!!!!! As much as we have treasured our time in Guatemala, we are ready to start life at home as a family of three. We are spending the rest of the weekend in Antigua and then heading to Guatemala City on Monday afternoon.
It is two days before Mother's Day and I have everything to celebrate. It was two days before Mother's Day last year when our lives changed forever. It was the day we saw Eli's sweet face for the first time. Two years in a row I have received the greatest Mother's Day gifts I could ever ask for. Today, I am filled with so much joy, relief, and pure gratitude.


  1. Glad things went well for you at the Embassy. Enjoy your weekend in Antigua.

  2. YEA!!!!!!! You are almost home! What a great picture of you 3! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!! Just think next year you can say "we have been home for a year"....

  3. Congratulations! You made it! Couldn't be happier for you guys and can't wait to have you back in Ohio and to meet Eli. Have a safe trip home!

  4. Excellent!
    I've been stalking your web page all day to see how it went. I am so happy for you guys. It's just the end of one chapter and the start of another. So great!

  5. YEA!!! Congratulations!

    What wonderful Mother's Day gifts you've received! It's going to be hard for the boys to leave up to that next year.

    I was SO hoping you were flying in through Cincy so we could give you an AWESOME greeting. I don't think we'll make it to Detroit, but we'll definately be up to visit you guys this summer!

    Enjoy your weekend in Antigua!

  6. It is so good to see you in your Embassy clothes!!!!


    It is weird how much our stories have paralleled each other. Last year on Mother's Day we were in Guatemala meeting Jadon. Then, we were in Guatemala in August at the same time, as you meet Eli and as we brought Jadon home. Now, as I am reflecting on the time we meet Jadon, you are bringing Eli home!

    I love sharing this joy with you!!! Have a great weekend!

  7. Yay! A Visa and a picture to capture the day!

    Happy Mother's Day - it has been such a joy sharing the journey with you, can't wait to see Part II: Living Life with Eli!!

    Oh - the adventures yet to come!

    Continued prayers for your travels. Have fun and I'm with Bobbi - at least one more update!

  8. YAY!! Congrats! That is a great pic to be treasured forever! Safe travels home!

  9. So happy to see you have reached the end of a difficult process and the beginning of a journey of a lifetime...CONGRATULATIONS!!!