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A long overdue update

So after 7 years, we are dusting off the “Tucker Blog” for an update. I was actually surprised they haven’t just purged it from the interweb. It’s funny that the web address is “tuckers4” since we started it back when there were just 4 of us – no Daniela or William. Anyway, I’m glad it’s still here. Mercy and I recently had a blast going through some of the posts and pictures from our time in the Dominican Republic from 2006-2010, up through the end of our adoption process in 2011.
Why are we restarting? Well, let’s just say there have been some big changes in our life over the last few months. It has been by far the most challenging, yet strangely fulfilling months of my life, and we continue to process it all. More on that in a second. But we are also about to embark on another adventure and the blog seems like the fitting place to record that journey. Might as well have it all in one place, right?
So where do I start? Well, how about that time (about 3 months ago) I got fired from m…

Cliffhanger

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Okay, I think it’s time to update the blog. I was pretty good at updating it while we were in the DR, but I kind of left it hanging. That’s the problem with multiple social media sites. I updated things on Facebook, but I never got around to the blog. I have now been contacted by enough people who wondered what happened that I think I need to put it here. So we made it back. We have been here in Denver for the last month and things are going great. But more on that later. First, a little catch-up …
The last few days in the DR were an absolute whirlwind. We finally received the birth certificate authorization from the Junta on Thursday, 10/27. I’m pretty sure this is when we officially and legally became her parents. From there we went immediately to the local government office in the town Daniela was born to get the actual birth certificate. They originally said it would be ready the following Tuesday afternoon. But after returning a couple hours later to speak with the Director and …

“Reunited …

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… and it feels so good!” After about 2 ½ months apart, Taryn, James, and I were finally reunited with Mercy, Daniela, and William. Needless to say, it was a joyous and tearful moment at the airport. We then went directly to an all-inclusive resort on the north coast (found an incredible deal for just $44 per night for all of us!) where we spent a few days just as a family. It was just a sweet time. It actually took Daniela a couple days to get used to me again. When we first arrived she would not go to me, which was a little saddening. But I was glad it just took a couple days and not a couple weeks like the first time around. Daniela is fully walking all around and was noticeably taller and skinnier than when I left. She really is built like a Tucker. William, on the other hand, is not. He is a BIG boy. We haven’t weighed, but I’m certain he weighs more than Dani, despite being a year younger (18 mo. vs. 6 mo.). Dani is also talking a lot more. It is a mix of English and Spanish, wh…

I've fallen, and I can't get up!

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Random title, but it’ll make sense in just a minute.

So last night I got a call from Mercy at about 11:30pm here, 1:30am her time. She was crying and clearly shaken. In the split seconds before she explained, the worst thoughts went through my mind – something happened to William or Daniela. She said, “Honey, I fell.”  “What?! What do you mean you fell?”
She went on to explain that she had fallen asleep in an awkward position holding William. So she woke up and went to put him in his crib and as she went to put weight on her right foot, it was totally asleep. Her ankle rolled and as she was falling with William in her arms she was able to twist her body and fell on her back to protect him. A stinging pain shot up her leg. Somehow William remained asleep and she managed to crawl on her knees and get him in his crib. As feeling came back to her ankle the pain got worse and it almost immediately started swelling and turning black and blue. That’s when she called me. She was feeling ligh…

Okay, maybe not almost there

I found out from our Dominican lawyer this morning that what we thought would be a 3-5 day span between submitting our certification of no appeal (which should be done this Friday) and receiving the birth certificate could be more like a month. She's convinced that's inaccurate and will find out more this Friday, but obviously that kind of took the wind out of our sails. So I won't be flying down there this Friday and hopefully we will learn more then. I have a short week at school next week and our kids have half days on Thursday and Friday, followed by their 10 day Fall Break. So if it looks like this could stretch on well beyond next week, I am strongly considering heading down with the kids on Wednesday of next week and staying through the following week. Mercy is having a really hard time not having seen the kids (and I think me too :)) in over 2 months, and vice-versa. So while the flights are a lot of money we'd rather not have to spend, I think it's worth i…

Almost there

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Well, the 30 day appeal period ended on Saturday, October 8th and nobody objected to us adopting Daniela (surprise, surprise). It seems like such a pointless part of the process, as we were there for about 90 days prior to that and it doesn’t make sense that that can’t be done then. But it is what it is. Our lawyer hopes to receive the certification of no appeal and submit it to the court today and then we just wait for approval and receive the birth certificate, which makes it official. At that point we have an interview with immigration officials at the Embassy and receive her passport and visa, which should just take a couple days. And then we can all come home. As soon as I have an idea when we can get the birth certificate, I will fly down. We are really hoping that happens this week so I can fly down there on Friday and hopefully we can finalize everything within that following week. Mercy’s mom and my mom will be staying with Taryn and James here in Colorado for the week.
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The end is in sight!!

Well, we just got news today that Mercy and Daniela will be appearing before the Judge on Wednesday, which means our 30 day appeal period should begin on Thursday. This will be followed by 5-10 days to receive her birth certificate, her passport, and her visa, and they can head home. That would be around October 12-17th. I will be headed there shortly before to bring them all home. It feels really good to have the end in sight and we are just hoping and praying for no unexpected delays.

Gloria a Dios!