Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics today. We spent most of the day in the embassy and they take your camera from you as you enter. But what an AMAZING day it was! When we got through embassy security we found ourselves in a room with 12 other adoptive families. We had all made it! We were also told that 5 had made it the day before. It was such a happy celebatory group! We congratulated each other and hugged each other's children. We all traveled on a wing and a prayer, not knowing if we would be able to get our children due to the adoption ban. And we did! We did it! Even though most were discouraging and telling us not to travel, we did it! Even the US Ambassador was shocked and told us that they did not think any of us would make it that far. Sadly, many did not. We were also told that several families were stuck in their regions unable to get the necessary paperwork.
The embassy staff was wonderful and the US Ambassador took time to speak with each family. They handled the sudden influx of family with efficiency and compassion.
It was so nice to be in a room with Americans again. So nice to be in a place of joy!
We only have one step left now, Russian immigration. If we can make it through that, we will be home free.