Woo Hoo! Yahoo! Yippeee! Yay! Hallelujah! Wow! I can't think of enough celebratory words to express my excitement. As of 4pm Moscow time on Friday, February 11th, E. is my daughter!
It was a grueling two hours of being questioned and listening to testimony about whether or not I should be allowed to adopt E., but at the end the Judge said yes.
Actually, I'm not certain whether I have ever experienced a more intense two hours in my life. I wasn't scared, I was a bit nervous, mostly I was peaceful, but aware of the intensity in the room. I was acutely aware that the decision being made that day was completely up to God - if He had in mind for E. to be my daughter then there would be no negative opinion in that room that could interfere with this. If He had other plans for E. and for me then the outcome would be a "no". I trusted His Sovereignty and decision. During the two hours in court, I felt really uncertain of which way it would go - but I trusted the One who would decide. The prosecutor and judge were clearly not positive toward international adoption and, judging by the questions they both asked me, were clearly not positive about single mothers adopting, but in the end E. is my daughter.
I wrote in my journal few different times on the trip and a common phrase in each entry was "my heart is so full". I can think of no better way to describe it....my heart is so full!
I promise to update more soon, but for now....to sleep :)