Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Charlie's got a mother again :-)

Everyone, I'd like to introduce Charlize Izabelle Worke, my DAUGHTER.

I passed court! It took my agency an hour past what they originally told me because of the spotty internet in Ethiopia, but luckily my SW was smart enough to realize what was going on and asked that a call be placed. Court went smoothly.

(All photos are clickable to get a clearer and bigger view)

Referral picture, several weeks old.




Meeting her grandmother for the first time. Her grandmother will be called "Babcia" which is grandmother in Polish. Look at the bonding potential. This is the picture that sealed the deal for me (emotionally). I could see how well she would fit into my little family.



Just after receiving the yellow duckie, which would soon become her favorite toy.



Moments after duckie, look at the joy in her face. Sigh. Kids can be so full of joy. "Joy" (the emotion) is so fleeting as an adult, but kids have buckets of it, they overflow with it. Even in an orphanage. Amazing Charlie.





Some of the wonderful personality my mom reports Charlie has (smiley, easy-go-lucky, even-tempered) comes through loud and clear in this picture.



Aww, this is too cute, this picture. It makes me smile everytime I see it, which is several times a day. I have these pictures all blown up big and keep them taped up on the 4 walls of my office where I can stare at them inbetween each client. I basically live in a "Charlie box".


This is the Mother's Day photo my agency sent me, the most recent picture of Charlie. Notice she still has the duckie, weeks later.


Well, I am completely over the moon happy. I hate that expression, but that's what I am. More thoughts coming... I need to digest and enjoy this moment right now.


What do you think guys? Am I the luckiest mom in the world, or what?


28 comments:

Cathy said...

ADORBALE!!! CONGRATS!!! your daughter is beautiful and does look a little like my Kiya. Enjoy your day and start packing for the trip of a lifetime.

ModernMom said...

Oh Congratulations. What a beautiful little girl. She truly does look full of joy :) So happy to have found your blog so I could follow you through this journey.

missy said...

I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!! Tears in my eyes. She is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I can't wait for you to hold her in your very own arms. So happy for your new name..."mom".

leesavee said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! OH MY GOODNESS, SHE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ADORABLE!!!

I can't WAIT for you to bring her home so you can post more pictures of her sweet little face! SO happy for you!!!

Angela said...

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! OH MY GOSH!


Congratulations Mommy, I knew you would pass!!

Stacy said...

wow! She's just beautiful! Congrats on getting through court.

Stephanie Griffith said...

What a cutie! Congratulations!

J-momma said...

i knew it! i knew you would pass court! congrats! so when do you travel?

oh, and she is adorable and looks just like a Charlie too! She looks like a very happy baby. you're going out to celebrate tonight right? this calls for a lovely meal and some kind of yummy drink. i'd buy you one if i lived closer!

Tami said...

She is beautiful!!!!!!!! You are lucky indeed! CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to seeing her in your arms and reading your home posts and adventures!

Calmil2 said...

YIPEEE, WOOHOO, AWESOME!!!!!!!! I would scream it from the roof top if I had a ladder and a better back, ha.
SOOOO happy for you. Still think she is the cutest baby girl I have ever seen (until my baby girl comes along, of'course). Hope you're celebrating.
Harmony

Samir said...

Congratulations Mika and Charlie!!!!! Alf Mabrook, I'm so very happy for you both. Charlie is so very precious!!!

Kiki said...

I'm guessing that you aren't getting any work done today! :-) It's ok, you deserve a little time to rejoice. Congratulations again!

Catrina said...

Absolutely gorgeous baby! Congratulations!

Queen Diva said...

CONGRATULATIONS!


How soon will you travel to pick her up?


Andrea

Bryan said...

Congratulations!

Ana said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

4evamom said...

Congratulations!!! She is an absolutely beautiful baby. Would you mind sharing what agency you are with?

Robbin said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Sarah said...

I am so very, very happy to hear this good news. Congratulations honey, you're gonna be a GREAT mommy.

Anjolcake said...

OMG!!! She is beautiful, adorable, precious and every wonderful word there is. Congratulations!

Peta-maree said...

Congratulations she is soooooo cute. How long till you travel?

hijasamericanas said...

Hooray! She is a beauty! When do you travel?

Doing the happy dance.

Single PAP said...

congratulations, mika! that is soo wonderful! she is so, so cute! hope you get to travel soon!

Julia said...

She is absolutely adorable. Congratulations mom!

I had court on Monday and I'm still waiting to hear (arggh).

Kristine said...

She is too cute!!! Big congratulations, mama!

May I ask, was her case a relinquishment or have the courts started hear abandonment cases again?? This would be great news for some of us. :)

Kristine said...

OMGOsh, don't be sorry about it!! I am sooooo happy for you and her! I was just hoping that they had start hearing the on-hold cases again. You should absolutely enjoy and celebrate your day without guilt! Congrats again on your daughter!

Anonymous said...

Congratulation.
She is beautiful!!

Ewa mom to Solei from CHina

Justina/DoveiLibri said...

I would just love to kiss and pinch those little round cheeks! She is sooo beautiful ... such a smiley little one. So, Mika - how did you choose the name Charlie? I was wondering because I had just seen the blog where you had posted the list of Ethiopian names.