Here we are, crowded around the IPad. It's the only photo that we took today. Very long, emotional, getting to know each other kind of day. We began our day with our attorney and the children's social worker, Ana Teresa, who was incredible. We drove together to the orphanage -- which is about an hour or so away from San Jose, unless you get stuck driving behind a big truck. Then it's two hours.
During the drive, we were able to talk to Ana Teresa about the children and what to expect. Then we got stuck behind a truck. By the time we got to the hogaricito, we were excited to meet Evelyn and Jose. It was very sweet. They were a little shy but eager to show us the scrapbooks they made from the photos and cards that we had sent. We then spent the rest of the day getting to know each other. We went to town, walked on the beach, had lunch at a restaurant where little Jose had his first little meltdown. So, it was back to the hogar for his nap. That didn't last very long and we spent the rest of the afternoon running and playing together. We also got to meet some of the orphanage's other residents -- very sweet, needy, and lovely children (mostly girls). On our two hour drive back to San Jose (this time it was just traffic), we were able to relax and reminisce about the great adventure that we just had today.
On an end note, we started this blog, at the request of our agency, to help other families who were thinking about adopting from Costa Rica, but it has also quickly turned into a space to update our friends and family. So, we are going to try and do both. Tomorrow, we will write about the process and what we have learned about adopting from Costa Rica.