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Monday, April 4, 2011

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!

Carey and I are the proud new parents of Julia Adeye Schwenzer and Sergey Aaron Schwenzer!!

Court went well. The judge asked us some questions pertaining to where we live and why we want to adopt 2 more children and why we are interested in adopting children with special needs. Our lawyer and translator let the judge know that we love children and feel that we are the last hope for these little ones. Then a whole lot of documents were read by the judge. Then the judge asked us one last time what our request is. We told her that we wanted to adopt Julia and Aaron and stated what we wanted their names to be. Then she left with the jury (two older gentlemen who sat on either side of her during the proceedings) and said she would be back in 10 minutes with her decision. One of the two jurors looked over our way and gave us the thumbs up as he left the courtroom. 10 minutes later the judge and jurors returned and the same juror gave us a big smile and another thumbs up. I was feeling confident, but still nervous until I heard the decision read. The judge read the decision, which was a 3 and a half page, single spaced, small type document. It took quite a while to read. Finally, she got to the last paragraph which was the actual decision, and Tatyana, our lawyer, turned to us and said the judge is satisfied...which was to say we could adopt them into our family and they could take our name! Carey, who had been calm as a cucumber up to this point shed a few tears of joy after the decision was read. We received many congratulations, hugs and handshakes from everyone in the courtroom, including the jurors. I couldn't stop smiling. I was so stressed out before the appearance. It's just so amazing to think that those kids are ours now. Yay! Спасибо тебе, Боже!

Now we can't wait to get them home...the ten day waiting period has begun. We will be taking a train ride back to Kiev this evening and going to the embassy tomorrow to fill out several forms and have them notarized. Then we head home on Thursday. Carey will head back here the following Wednesday to finalize all the paperwork and bring our "newborns" home. Carey's good friend Aimee is going back with her for this two week trip to help her get them home. I can't wait to meet them at the airport and scoop them up and take them home. What an amazing journey it will be for them. And us!

Until next time...до свидания

42 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! SOOO happy for you!

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  2. PRAISE GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE!!! Congratulations!!

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  3. That's wonderful news!! :) :) Congratulations :)

    I can understand only one russian word that you typed, spaseebo, which means "thank you" :)

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  4. Oh Happy Day! So happy for ya'll and excited for Julia & Aaron. You folks rock!

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  5. Steve, Carey, Kacey, Ethan, Regan, Evan, Aaron & Julia,
    Congratulations! I was up this morning - praying for you guys!!!! We are so very happy for your BIG family! Hope to someday catch up to you -God Willing! God be with you on your journey home.
    Love you guys!
    Amy, John, Johnny & Carolyn Joy

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  6. Congratulations to your family! What happy news! We will be praying that the rest of your journey goes smoothly. Believe it or not, the rest of the 10 day waiting period and the coming home process will go really quickly.

    The Lococos

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  7. Wow! I have been gone for a few days and so much has happened for you! I can't tell you how excited we are for you! Congratulations! We can't wait to meet your sweet new children! Safe travels and know that we will keep you in our prayers as you await the day when you can bring your children home to meet the entire family! God's blessings to you all! The Millers

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  8. Congratulations! The journey to this moment has been amazing. We wish your family peace, love, and happiness together.
    Love, Lori and Rachel Riddell

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  9. God's glory has surely been shown. He is bigger than any obstacle. Praying for your safety as you bring Julia and Aaron home.

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  10. Wonderful!! :) Congratulations, so happy for y'all!!

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  11. I am elated for you!!!! I hope you will continue updating us even from home. It has been such a blessing to follow your journey. remember if you need anything for Aaron I ma more than happy to help in every way I can!

    God Bless you!

    Melissa

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  12. COngratulations!!!!! SUCH happy news!!

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  13. HOOORAY!!!!! I have been following your journey for a while now and I have been anxiously waiting for this blogpost!!! Congratulations :)

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  14. Wow, I have chills! Wonderful! Congratulations!

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  15. Hooray and Congratulations!!! The Lord is good! We will continue to pray you all the way home.

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  16. Congratulations!!! Love Julia's middle name...so fitting : ) Yay, you're a family of 8 now!!!

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  17. Crying tears of JOY! Praise God! I'm sooooo happy for you and your (now larger) family!

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  18. Yippee! Praise God for bringing all of this together and growing your family in this special way. See you ALL soon! The Hunters

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  19. PTL!!!! Yay!!! So happy for you and the kids!!

    Be blessed

    Ashlee

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  20. Slava Bogu! Two less orphans today! Praying for your final paperwork journey to be blessed and without glitches and for the whole family to be home together SOON!

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  21. YAHOO!!! Congratulations, amazing news! I bet you are excited to see your kiddos at home as well!

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  22. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you!

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  23. Whooohooooo! Congratulations! What a wonderful day!

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  24. Congratulations!! So happy for you all!

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  25. Such wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  26. That is WONDERFUL news!!!! Been following your blog from day one and finally you have your 2 little ones!!! Once again Congratulations!!

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  27. Wonderful news!! Congratulations to you all!!

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  28. Hallelujah!! Aaron and Julia's lives will be changed in the most remarkable ways. You have given these little guys hope and vision for the future. My prayers will be with you as you travel back home and as you prepare for the 2nd trip.

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  29. Спасибо тебе, Боже = "Thank you, God" / "Thank God"

    до свидания = "Until we meet [again]"

    A big congrats to you all!

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  30. Wonderful!!!! Such fantastic news...congratulations!!! Praise God for what he has done! I can't wait to see Julia and Aaron home with their siblings and starting their new life.

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  31. SO happy for you and enjoy reading everyday! I also pray!
    love,
    jackie

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  32. So happy! I can't wait to see them in their new home!!!

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  33. Oh my! Congratulations! Those are some lucky kiddos to have you as parents. Thank you for rescuing them!

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  34. AAAAAH!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! Slava Bogu! (I think that's the right phrase!)

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  35. By the way, Adeye in Julia's name wouldn't happen to be for Mrs. Salem at "No Greater Joy Mom", would it?

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