Today was the final Sentencia in the courts for us to sign on the dotted line and make Nora ours officially. It’s not all as fancy as that sounds…. the court that you sign in is a room full of desks…. looks like a crowded newspaper office without cubical walls. Rick actually went without me to sign. I’m not feeling that great and our guide didn’t think it was a good idea to take the kids downtown at this busy time of the year. I was good with that. I stayed home and have been taking any and all cold medications we brought with us!
When Rick got home he handed me a stack of official papers in Spanish and I read through them the best I could in my Spanglish. It made me cry all over again. Why any child would have to go through this is so SAD! I keep looking at our new daughter… she’s so stinkin’ cute! And talented… and I’m not just saying it because I’m the momma! Even her toes are darling. And she has dimples and wavy hair… not that any of these things matter to me… but they are the icing on the cake. Every child deserves a home with love and acceptance and I’m so glad she’s in ours!
I had the typical new-mommy fear: What if I don’t think she’s cute? Rick reassured me that Colombian girls are all cute! He also reminded me that I didn’t think one of my bio kids was cute either….. but that child has grown on me and now I do! (No names mentioned! Ever!)
Nora is spunky… today was the first morning that she woke up before me… at 6:30! She came jumping in on our bed and kissed me and said her only line in English, “Good morning, Mama!” She wakes up happy. She goes to bed without too much of a hassle! But even if she didn’t, we would still love her to pieces. In our adoption training, we heard worse case scenarios that had us holding our breath waiting for weeping and gnashing of teeth. Our transition has been so much better than we could have hoped for. I do realize this is the honeymoon phase and her true colors will shine at home in a month or so, but I expected so much more trauma! I’m thankful!
Last night I used google translate to ask Nora a bunch of questions. I told her that we have been waiting four years for her! And that we prayed for her that whole time. I asked her if she prayed to. She answered in Spanish, “Yes, to Jesus for a family!” I told her Jesus answered her prayers and ours! It will be so interesting to get more of her story from her own lips once we are on the same language page.
I realize her entire life has been changed forever… but so has mine. I’m a mother of four. Two girls. Two boys. And I get to do ponytails again… and ruffle sockies. Being a mom is the BEST!