1st Decree

I’m a little unclear about what this means exactly, but our adoption agency assures me it’s good news. Apparently there are 10 days between the first decree and final decree in Taiwan and once the final decree is passed, the adoption is final. So even though we don’t have travel dates yet, by the end of next week, Evan will officially be our son. Then we’ll get our travel dates and the agency thinks we’ll be going by the end of September or beginning of October.

We’ll be in Taiwan for about 5 days and unlike our trip to China, we won’t be traveling with a group. We’re a little disappointed that we won’t be there long enough to see much of the area, but we’re overjoyed to hear that we might be going in a couple of months.

When I got off the phone with the agency, I told Ava we might be going to get her brother in two months, about the time of her birthday. She pulled out all of the pictures we have of him and told me she couldn’t wait. I know we’ll all go through an adjustment phase, but right now it’s adorable the way Ava sets toys and books aside for him. She talks about the things she will teach him and she even tells me that she knows he will cry a lot at first because everything will be “new and different.” She’s offered to sleep with him if he’s scared at night and she’s going to teach him all of the Mandarin she knows.

We plan to keep this blog and post pictures and updates whenever we can. Someone asked if we would start a blog for Evan, but “Lafayette to Taipei” just didn’t sound good to us. I guess now would be a good time to get his room put together 🙂


3 Responses to 1st Decree

  1. Myrna says:

    Dear Nathan, Diana & Ava,

    Congratulations!!!! It looks like it isn’t going to be much longer. I will be checking the blog often for updates. Wouldn’t that be special if you got to pick Evan up on Ava’s birthday? Yes, I’m sure there will be adjustments but that’s what life is made of. Ava will be the best big sister ever. She is such a special girl (oops almost typed little girl but she is 5 now!) she will do just great. I enjoyed your visit so much. You have no idea. I do hope you will be able to come and see me again in the near future. You are always very welcome to come and stay with me for as long as you want.

    Love you,

  2. Debbie says:

    Such wonderful news! We’re so happy for you and we are really looking forward to hearing about your trip & seeing photos. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to spend three weeks away? Is Ava going to travel with you?

    Lots of love,
    Nick & Debbie Parker

  3. grandma sandi says:

    AVA(mom and dad) this is my 2nd favorite story on your family blog. my first was when they found out that they got to go to china for you. 2 of the happiest days of my life! you will be the very best big sister any little brother could ask for and something tells me he will be a great little brother too. i am one really lucky and very happy grandma. next time i see you – you can let me know what some great books and toys are for “big kids” now that you are one. i love you and miss you but will see you soon. G.sandi

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