Monday, October 1, 2007


Today was spent in Den Haag (The Hague) getting Dutch documents authenticated: Hans' declaration that he owns his business, our legal marriage certificate and our Dutch police checks. First we went to the Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) where 2 were stamped but one was not: Hans' business declaration because....the signature of the accountant was not properly notarized (which Hans had asked about 3 times and was told it wasn't neccessary grrrrr). Anyway, over to the Vietnamese Embassy to have the other two authenticated, which was a snap.

Kerry in front of the Vietnamese Embassy :)

We are sooooo stamped

As I type, Hans is meeting the accountant to have his signature stamped. Since he's going to London tomorrow for the rest of the week for a conference, we will venture back to Den Haag next Monday to visit the MvBZ and Embassy again. The good news is that we can just about see the end of this paperchasing! Still waiting for our CIS letters of course.

Something else we have decided is that when we find out if our baby is a boy or a girl, we will be keeping it a secret until we pick him/her up. We will tell people approximately how old the baby will be, but details like our referral photo, gender and name we pick will be hush. We want it to be a surprise! Hans is not so sure I can do it, and even though it will be reeeeeaaally hard, I can be strong.


Beverly said...

Yea! Almost there.


Anonymous said...

Yay Kerry and Hans! Ha ha! Secrets and Surprises!!! I love it! Hans isn't sure you can keep quiet about eh? Hmmm... I will do my best to not fish for hints and clues. The only thing I love more than secrets and surprises are hints and clues : )


Kerry said...

Oh it's going to be hard!! I think in the end it will be worth it, though. The adoption process is so UN-private, so we thought we could make the most important part of it special :)

Cliff & Chandra said...

Hey that's great! I know what a big relief it will be once all your paperwork is done and you just have to wait!

Ok if you can keep it a secret, you are much stronger than me. That's going to be really hard, I think I'd probably accidentally let it slip without realising it. Good luck with that!

Julie said...

Congratulations!! That is going to be one hard secret to keep!

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Jenna and Ed said...

Congrats on making some great progress! You're so close!

S. said...

Wow I will be impressed if you can keep it a secret! THere is no way I could!

Kerry said...

Thanks all :)

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