We received fantastic news today! The judge in the Kolkata high court heard and approved our case! This means we have been granted legal guardianship of Anya Rashi, and we are one step closer to planning our trip to India. I celebrated by taking the boys out for ice cream after school. (Poor Peter was at work and missed the fun . . .)
This week has been filled with highs and lows as we waited to see if our case would be heard before the holidays in India. Durga Puja and Diwali will be celebrated during the next 6 weeks, and the courts will be closed for much of the time. We have been waiting anxiously to see if our case would be heard before October 10, when the first holiday begins. What a relief to hear this great news!
We owe countless thanks to all of you who prayed for us and listened so lovingly. Next steps for us include: waiting for the judge to sign our official paperwork, getting Anya Rashi's passport process started, and applying for travel visas, among other things. Oh, and I still need to make the curtains for her bedroom!
Two other families are in the same part of the adoption process, and we are glad to have company! It would be so amazing to travel at the same time, so the babies can see each other for a few days after leaving the orphanage. What a comfort that could be for them, as they get used to being with the funny-looking strangers who love them so much.
When I saw Peter after work, I said "Hello, father of three!" It felt great.