On September 10, 2008 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, Tran Van Dieu joined Team Schlumpf-Butler. He is now our legally adopted son.The ceremony is really just signing papers, but it was very emotional. Out taxi driver had gotten lost on the way there, so we were late, but the government official was even later, so we were OK. (I was totally stressed about that, of course) Ed said he was so nervous that if he left the "Jr" off his name or something, the whole thing would fall through. I felt the same way. I kept looking at the huge file with his name on it and thinking of the years of accumulated paperwork there. That's been our life for two years. I'm hoping my mom can post photos that I've emailed to her. In one, we are signing the papers (Believe me, efforts were made to straighten my hair, but the humidity here makes it so frizzy), with the orphanage director across from us and the director of birth and marriage certificates to my right. Then Magali from our agency takes our official picture. If this works with my Mom posting photos for me, we'll have more of our post-celebration lunch and shopping. Thanks again for everyone's love, prayers and well wishes.
This is Mom here, I will post this and then try to add the pictures to the next post. They wouldn't go in this post.