Wednesday, January 9, 2008


We have Birth Certificate!
We are one step closer to bringing Luciana home!!

What does that mean and what is next??

Okay... Luciana was born in Guatemala City. The Civil Registry of Guatemala City has reissued her birth certificate so that it now names Keith and I as her legal parents... cool! And, the birth certificate legally renames her to have our last name! Also, very cool. This process took just a few days longer than I expected, but I will admit that I was a little on edge for those few extra days. Now I am just smiling ear to ear, and just got in from treating the neighborhood Mommies to one of those famous bus stop happy dances!

Next: The next step (remember to check your checklist!) is to acquire a Guatemalan passport for Luciana. That should happen tomorrow of Friday! After that, our file will be submitted to the embassy, and a request will be made for a second DNA test to confirm that Luciana is the same baby we have loved all along. I will stop there as I know it becomes confusing after that... even I have to refer to Gretchen's handy dandy map to remember where we are in this whole thing!
We are feeling so good to check this step off and hope the others move along quickly. We are so ready.

Thanks for routing us on!
Much love.


Nicole said...

Congratulations!!! You're in the home stretch now. Hopefully, anyway.... The NEXT step ALWAYS looks like the "home stretch" until you actually get there. ;)

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! I just did my happy dance too. Miss Luciana will be here soon enough to enjoy a liitle Maine winter.
Sounds like a good reason to go out and buy a few more things for 'your girl".
Terri o

Guate4Jack said...

YAY! You're so close and she will be home soon! I'm so happy for you!

Becky and Jack

Guatemama said...

YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really happy to see that Luciana's BC is done! Now you will start checking those steps off fast I predict! Wish I could have seen the bus stop happy dance. :)

Bobbi said...


Lucy's coming home,
Lucy's coming home,

Donna said...

YAhOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Your last post was so awesomely positve that good news just had to follow! God bless, One step Down! Congratulations and those of us in blogland wanna see your Pink Appointment Happy Dance on Video!!

Emily said...

Congratulations! Hope you're thinking about travel plans?!


the gFamily said...

YAY! It is so great to check things off the list, especially when they get you closer to your daughter!! Congrats!! You are almost there!!!

Steph said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooo happy!! Oh my gosh, you seriously need to get those suitcases out!! That sweet girl is going to be in your arms VERY, VERY soon!!!! Can you tell I am excited?!?!?!?!

Auntie G said...

YIPPEE!! Now let's get that dna done!

Terry said...

YAY!!! She'll be home in no time!!

Julie said...

Woo Hoo - So happy to cross another step off my list (i mean your list...) - It's happening - she's coming home soon!!!

Lots of love,

Kerri said...

Congrats!!! The end is in sight!
Kerri and Ruby

Laura said...

Thank goodness!!! I am so happy for you guys. I know waiting to tick these last few things off of "the list" is just torturous! I'll be praying for it all to be done quickly and that beautiful daughter of yours to be home in our arms for ever!

Love ya, Laura

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the BC! Come on Embassy!!!