Sunday, December 30, 2007

Officially Ours!!

Papa & Nana waiting for court.
We did it!!!

Yeah, says Michael!!
Readoption day was Friday, December 28th, 2007. Michael became ours forever in the United States law!! What does that mean? Because we didn't meet him prior to picking him up, he was only a resident alien instead of an American citizen. That is, he had a so called "green" card. So now he is a US citizen barring a few details to finish. Did we ever tell you we had to correct immigration because they had him listed as a female? Thank God they didn't charge us as it was "their mistake." Otherwise it was another 250 dollars had it been ours. That took another 4 weeks to get the correct one back. We also get a US birth certificate from the state of Minnesota and can apply for his US passport once we get all the legal documents. We also waited to apply for his social security number as to not confuse the US government by all of a sudden changing him to a US citizen in the middle of the process...now we can process that too!!

Nana and Papa extended their stay to celebrate with us in this joyous ocassion!! It was a wonderful show of support and greatly appreciated.

Anyway, it was a great feeling!!! We felt a family before but now as the judge says, "are you willing to accept him as a natural child, with all the legal implications it involves?" GLADLY, SIR!!!

ps. don't forget to check out below, I did a triple post in one day:)

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6 comments:

Mom to 2 Angels said...

Wow, you are on the ball! We really need to get moving on that. Michael is always sporting the greatest smile!

Jackie said...

Congrats congrats congrats!! Yayy for Michael.

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Sloan said...

Congratulations! Boy, you guys are fast!

Gen, I have just read your blog for the first time and realized that I was in Bishkek the same time as you were! We had been at the Bishkek Baby house on Friday picking up Hannah so we missed seeing you! What a coincidence. I remember seeing Michael!

Many blessings to you on the New Year~
Sloan

Hilary Marquis said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to have Anara "officially readopted"...NE makes you wait 6months. He is just adorable, and he really looks like you guys. Happy New Year!

Jamie said...

Awww...congrats to the new American! He looks so happy!