Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pink Courthouses

One year ago today, after having traveled many miles across a huge body of water (Atlantic Ocean), we made a mad dash in a tiny black sports car (our taxi) to this cute pink little building (our courthouse)...


...sat before a lady in a robe (our judge) and answered some questions about ourselves.  We listened to alot of talking in Russian that we did not understand, waited while our facilitator had to make a phone call to our other facilitator to confirm something in our paperwork, and tried to not worry about what they were talking about.  Then we were asked to stand and state our names and ask the court if we could adopt these two precious little girls.

There was more talking and then everyone started smiling and our facilitator told us the judge declared us Anna and Victoria's parents.  Woohoo! 


We were so excited we took a picture of ourselves back at the apartment.  After court, we had had to rush back to our car because our facilitator needed to be somewhere else (because they really are sooo busy). 

We celebrated by walking up the really long hill from our apartment to eat at McDonalds.  :) Two more little girls now officially part of the Westbrook clan!!

Anna Michal Faith

Then

Now

Victoria Margaret Hope

Then
 
    
Now

They have grown so much!!  We are still so amazed at the wonderful gifts we have been given and we continue to be thankful that God deemed us worthy to be their parents. It has been a ton of work and some hard times mixed in with the good, but it has been so worth it!
If you are considering adoption, but maybe a little bit hesitant or afraid or whatever...please take that leap of faith like we did a year and a half ago!  I am positive you will not regret it.  :)  We cannot imagine our life without these two! 

2 comments:

WalkOnWaterMom said...

they are so stinkin cute! I am so glad they are apart of your forever family! A match made in Heaven..truely! Love your post!

Allison said...

Thank you for what you said at the end of your blog. I am considering adoption, but am so scared of the process! To hear encouraging words from you means so much!! Oh, and your family is beautiful!! Peace, Allison

And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it", whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

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