The signed court order means that many things can now happen. Our adoption has been officially registered in-country, and our orphanage can apply for her passport. We've been told that her application will be sent in this week, and we will be waiting 4-8 weeks for for it to be completed.
Then when her passport is finished, we can book our flights to India! After 4 1/2 years, I can't believe we are just weeks away from traveling to meet her!
That court order also means that we can share more details about her, and post her photo online!
First, we are happy to announce that K's name is Kavya. We plan to name her Kavya Monika Ann. Like we did with our daughter Anya, we chose an Indian name and a family name for her, and kept the first name she was given. "Kavya" means "poem." "Monika" means "wise counselor," and I know two moms named Monika. "Ann" is part of Peter's mom's name, and he has a sister named Anne, which means "gracious."
Second, we are thrilled to finally share her lovely face with you! This is the first photo we saw of her, taken when she was 10 months old. As you can imagine, we fell in love with those huge, expressive eyes . . .
(We have two more pictures from last December, but are having trouble converting them to a format that this blog template will allow. We may try to post those on F*cebook.)
We have a few more details about her that we will share here: she was 5 pounds, 10 ounces when she was born, and weighed 14 pounds, 10 ounces when this picture was taken. That is smaller than any of our other children at the same age. Since we don't have a current weight or height, we will be guessing about what size clothing and diapers to bring. But we don't even care about that -- we are just so excited that it's time to think about packing things for her!
We are thrilled to have Kavya make her "debut" here, and even more thrilled to be so close to seeing her in person! Every night finds us praying that God will prepare her heart and mind for the enormous change coming her way, and that He will keep her safe and well during these last few weeks. We are coming soon, dear Kavya!