Rach here! Okay, first of all, Adam forgot to remind everyone that the camera adds 20 pounds. I wish I could say it added 40! 🙂 Regardless, things have been crazy and I still don’t have time for a proper post. I just wanted to update everyone and say that we won’t have internet until Friday–maybe Saturday. We are moving into an apartment tomorrow–finally, hallelujah. For the PAP’s out there, I have much information to share on the places we’ve stayed so far, and all about the logisitics of things here, so stay tuned. I have two entries written in my head for today and yesterday, but they will have to wait until Friday….so sorry. And we will have more video of our first meeting. It’s actually about 13 minutes long, but our connection has been too slow to load the whole thing.

Quickly, I love my children. I wouldn’t trade the highs and lows of the last two day for anything. Juan Pablo could probably wear a 3T and his smile lights up the whole room. Daniela has the cutest laugh in the whole entire world, and she’s quite cheeky. Esmaralda loves to tease and tickle–that’s how she shows her affection right now. And Daniel, well he is the best big brother in the whole world. He is very thoughtful, methodical, and tender. Do I have a favorite? Of course–and it changes every couple of hours because they each continue to surprise me. I can’t wait to post my letters to them.

Okay, so I’ll admit it: I’m tired!!! I don’t know how I will get these four children home by myself. I can manage immigration and customs fine, but any meltdowns on the plane–NO! Why? Because as soon as one melts, another starts–you know the drill. I’m praying for an empty flight! 🙂

Good news–our first meeting with the child defender is one week from yesterday. That’s great because it is on the earliest day we could possibly have it. Some families end up waiting the full two weeks before the process officially starts. Not that I’m super hopefull, but that means I could possibly be home on the short end of our timeline.

For those friends waiting for video conferences over Skype–we’ll be calling shortly. Probably this weekend or the beginning of next week. We’ll see how the next few days go. It mostly has to do with our connection and the children’s schedule.

Enjoy the pics…

Love, Rach



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