Monday, November 29, 2010

And then there were 8

Today, November 29, 2010, at 1:00 pm in Bulgaria, a judge declared Alexis to be our daughter. We are now, officially, the proud parents of 8 beautiful and amazing children and Alexis is an orphan no more!


Officially introducing. . . .

Alexis Rayna Rieben

We are still working to finalize travel plans, but it looks like I will be returning to Bulgaria to bring her home the first week of January! I can't think of a better way to begin a new year! Once she is home we will FINALLY be able to move forward, full speed ahead, with Gage's adoption as well, so this day was a pivotal day in the lives of many! Once again, we are humbled and grateful for our Heavenly Father's continual outpouring of blessings! Our sweet little girl is finally coming home!


16 comments:

Charity Brown said...

yay! congrats!!!

CeAnne said...

yay!!!! Congrats! She is just adorable! How long since your 1st trip? I can't remember if I cyber-introduced us or not ;o) We are adopting a little girl from Bulgaria, we are headed on our first trip in 5 days.. this Saturday!!! We also have two boys home from Russia. I'll be keeping up on your blog and dreaming of our future at the same time! She looks so happy!!!

CeAnne said...

Oh, if you don't mind sharing. We would LOVE a large family but it takes quite a while to save up money for adoption fees. Do you have any suggestions, what is your way of saving up? Look for something creative that I haven't heard yet and it looks like you have lots of practice!

Yvonne said...

Valerie,

Congratulations~ You and your husband are wonderful people and you have formed a beautiful family. I love reading your posts! Can't wait to hear that Alexis is home in your arms!

Yvonne

Shell said...

That is awesome news. We are in Bulgaria now for pick up trip and walked by the court house just hours after! So great to be here and to hear of good news from others also.

adoptedthree said...

Congrats-glad the wait is over

I have a ton of size five and six clothes I need to find a good home for *girls*
Let me know if you want them!
Leanna~

growing our love... said...

Alexis is beautiful! Congratulations to your family!

Tammy said...

congrats Rieben family!!!! A great new year, indeed!!!

thedickinsonfamily said...

So very excited for you & your growing family. Congratulations!

Chris and Celeste said...

yay, congrats. She is beautiful, you guys are an inspiration.

Jessica K. said...

Oh that is just wonderful! Congratulations!!
It sure will be a great way to start the new year!!

erinannie said...

THRILLED for you!!
And seriously, I'm free and available! And I come complete with my own care, and lots of love. If you need any help with babysitting, I'd be more than happy to serve you!

Arizona mom to eight said...

Congratulations, what wonderful news, you are wonderful parents and she is so lucky to have you, I know you feel blessed to add her to your family too. I love adoption!

Jill said...

Congratulations!!! That's wonderful news! I can't wait to meet ALL of your new children! Oh, and by the way, you ought to update the side of this blog with your new girls! :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the beautiful addition to your family. She is precious.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading your posting of 5-7-2011 and the posts that preceded it; You are a remarkable woman with a remarkable family. What love!