The children’s passports have arrived, we’ve been cleared for travel, and we’ve booked our plane tickets to leave in just a couple weeks!
Joel, Amy, and Zinnia will fly out of Minneapolis on Friday, March 16th, arrive in Mumbai 30 hours later, and drive to Pune (where the orphanage is located) the next day. In Pune, we’ll spend a couple days getting settled in to our new surroundings while adjusting to the time zone (almost 11 hrs ahead) and the heat (in the 90’s). We’ll be staying in a rowhouse apartment complex that has a swimming pool, thanks to the wonderful world of Airbnb rental!
On Wednesday morning, March 21st, we will finally meet our adopted children (daughter, age 7 and son, age 4) and spend the day with them at the orphanage. We can only imagine how emotional this day will be for all of us! Later in the afternoon, the orphanage staff and children will a host a “goodbye party” for our family and we will return to our temporary home in Pune as a forever family of five.
Per our adoption protocol, all five of us will stay together in Pune through the end of the week – and from there we’ll fly to New Dehli. While in Dehli, we’ll spend approximately half of our weekdays going to appointments at medical and government offices to finalize the documentation required to return home. In between appointments and over the weekend, we will focus on building trust and positive attachment with one another – which is often quite challenging within the first several weeks and months following adoption. Hopefully, we’ll be capable of exploring a few parks and historical sites in Dehli together as well, which would be a wonderful way to begin making new family memories. We will be in India almost 3 weeks and will arrive home on April 5th.
We plan to post at least once more before we travel, and several times while in India. We’re looking forward to introducing our newest family members to you!