It all happened so unexpectedly. We had our third visit with PANI this morning and Scott and I, a bit on edge, were armed with a whole list of questions that our cousin helped us to draft. We really did not have time on our side and needed a resolution or a plan of action. It turned out that we got the resolution.
Evelyn met with Marta, the psychologist, and Ana Teresa. At their request, the lawyer for PANI joined them. He came out moments later and showed us a piece of paper that had his signature on it. Underneath his signature it read, Evelyn accepto. Evelyn told them that she was ready to meet with the judge. We were stunned and in disbelief. While we met with Marta and Ana Teresa, the lawyer called the judge and, Pura Vida, we had an appointment for later in the day at 1:30. We went back to the hotel, swam, had lunch and then jumped into a cab and headed to the courthouse. Our attorney was out of town, but the judge said that it was ok and that the PANI attorney would be there.
We showed up at court shortly before 1:30 -- just the four of us -- and Scott and I were nervous. I mean, we've been down this road before. Then, to our surprise and delight, at 1:30pm, Ana Teresa and Marta rounded the corner with the PANI attorney (who is incredible too). Todos had big smiles and exuded confidence. The reinforcements were here! It lifted all of our spirits, especially Evelyn's.
Evelyn met with the judge first. I held my breath. She came out but I couldn't read her. Scott and I were told to come in without our translator (judge said no b/c he wasn't an official court translator). PANI attorney said, "no importa." We went in. The judge talked very fast. We understood some of it, but not all of it. I would have loved to have heard what Evelyn said to her, but in the end it didn't matter because the judge approved the adoption. No time to celebrate (yet). We returned to hotel, swam, ate and are still packing. Tomorrow, we leave for Nosara!
PS -- No photos. It all happened so fast and we didn't look so hot anyway... :)