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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We are proud to announce

Amanda Kristelle, our newest daughter.
Adopted on June 25 2008, Tallinn Estonia
Goodness, we are so thrilled and honored to be accepted as her parents by Estonia. Igor said today he has know her since she was tiny and he never saw her like she is after only days with us. Love from parents makes a difference to all children, but children with Down syndrome flourish with the attention and love. We vow to do all we can for our newest baby girl.
Look at Amanda's tiny little hands, she really is a delicate little girl. I can't wait to learn more about my new daughter, another adventure in learning who this sweet little angel is.

Right now Tom is at the American Embassy filling out his 1-600 portion and handing over his POA. I want to be brave about it, but I admit the thought of his leaving has made today bittersweet. I know it is only 12 more days, but let me tell you, it is difficult not to be with your spouse for that long, not to mention the rest of your family. Still, Amanda and I will have time to bond more and it will help on the long flight home. I can't wait to get her home to meet her family.

We did it, with prayers and help from so many people, we are her parents, PTL.

20 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

I am so happy for you all. I have been checking for updates this morning every 5 mins. Then to see a very happy face pop up with the title we are happy to announce... tears just started flowing of happiness for you all.

I love the picture of you and Amanda.... she looks so happy and you can definitely see the love given her in her eyes.

She looks like she is clapping with excitement at the thought of now having a wonderful family of her own.... Little does she know she has a huge family ready to give her all the love her heart desires and deserves.

I pray that Tom as well as, you and Amanda have a safe trip home when that time comes. Give Amanda a big hug from Auntie Dawn.

Love you all.

Shelley said...

Congratulations Kris! She's a beautiful little girl!

The Balsis Family said...

Congratulations!!

carol said...

KRIS & TOM,
Congrtulations!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for this update. I am so thrilled for your family and for Amanda. How beautiful she looks in her gotcha day dress.What a beautiful tiny girl she is. Kris know your friends are here for you as you and Amanda finish this journey. Tom have a safe flight home. Love the picture of you holding Amanda Kris !!!!
God Bless
carol n

Dolores said...

Wonderful!! She looks so happy and so do you!
Dolores

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS Kris! She's beautiful ~

Stacy

valda said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for all of you! I love the picture of you and Amanda!
Prayers for Tom for a safe trip home and prayers for you and Amanda!

Amy Bean said...

Congratulations Kris and Tom, and welcome Amanda! You are one very lucky little girl to have such wonderful parents (and I know they are very lucky to BE your parents).

May the coming days be filled with deepening love and lots of hugs as you transition back home.

xoxox
~Amy in Portland

Amy said...

Congratulations Kris!!
Amanda's got a Mommy and Daddy!! YAY!!!!!
Amy

MysticBlueRose said...

WOOHOOO!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!

spahrfamily said...

Congratulations. She is beautiful! She is going to fit right in with the rest of your family. I will be thinking about you over the next 12days.

Sandy said...

Congrats Kris and Tom!! My prayers for a safe return home.

LIN said...

Congratulations, she is just beautiful!

ccjsnyder said...

Aaah Kris ~ what a lovely day! I read a comment from a friend this morning that said that God had my day well in hand, and even more so yours! I know that the next 12 days will drag/fly and I can hardly wait 'til you two *girls* are with the rest of your *family* back here in eland!
Love to you and Amanda ~ have a great *girl time* and we'll see you soon!
Love,
cj

Alice said...

It's the blue dress. That makes her officially yours.:) I had to work today. I've been dying to get home to see this picture.

Anonymous said...

Wow! She's a beautiful addition to already wonderful family. So glad things are going so well and I know what you mean about needing to have Tom with you. Keep your chin up and bond,bond,bond...

Love
Cyndy

Susie D said...

I am thrilled for you. Kris you look so very happy to finally have your new daughter in your arms. What a beautiful sight to see.

Prayers for a safe trip home.

Hugs,
Susie D

Sunny D. said...

Congratulations Kris and Tom... I know you have been waiting a long time...Happy you will be home soon with your family complete. Have a safe trip.

Hugs,

Sunny

Shea said...

That little blue dress is so pretty! She looks just like the little angel she is!

schoolmother said...

Major congratulations, Kris. Great picture of momma and daughter. I'll be praying for you--I know it's hard to be alone in a different country. I know, we're never alone, but you know what I mean.
Joy

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