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Meeting our Little Girl for the First Time

Yesterday was one of the best days of our lives.  It all still feels surreal and while we don't have time to tell the whole story right now (we're running around town doing paperwork), we'll tell you that she is God's gift to our family.

We met our little girl yesterday morning and she is beautiful.  Shé s 10 months old today (Sept. 21, 2010).  She's got big brown eyes, is very happy and active and crawling a LOT.  She has two little teeth on the bottom and what was the biggest surprise is that she's blond!  Even the social worker says that doesn't happen in Paraguay.   She immediately opened her arms to Norberto and gave him a kiss, as if she knew she was in her daddy's arms.

We can't take her home until we do paperwork and the judge signs her over to us. That's why we didn't write earlier, we've been all over Asuncion trying to get everything done.  We hired a lawyer and are hoping that we can get her w/i the month, but it could take longer.  Please pray that the judge signs the papers ASAP.

We see God's hand in this step of faith at every single turn.   God has worked so many amazing, tiny details out.  Our daughter's name is Anahi (Anna EE), which is a Guarani name for a flower.  We can't change her name, but we can add to it if we want.  We love her so much already and are so grateful for God's perfect timing. 

Sweet friends, we can't post pictures here or on FB until she's officially ours, but if you're curious, email us and we'll send you a pic when we get home.  Thanks so much for your prayers, God is answering in mighty ways.


  1. I am so excited for your family! Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! I'll be praying that the process moves forward quickly.

  2. Hola familia Kurrle!
    I visited your Tia Nilah today and she told me the good news....she sends her congratulations and love. We also are so happy for you! What an awesome answer to prayer! We will continue to pray that the paper work goes quickly and smoothly...and you can take your beautiful daughter home! Blessings to all of you! ~Esther

  3. praise the Lord! Will be praying a ton! can't wait for her to be home so that we can see pictures! Love,Julie

  4. I am beyond ecstatic for y'all. Can't wait to see pictures... What a blessing for your family, and a blessing for this little girl. And isn't Anahi also the name of a Guarani princess? Fitting... ;)

    PS--I love the new blog look!

  5. Congratulations on your newest blessing! I'm looking forward to photos, too. What a special and exciting time in your lives.

  6. So happy for you Julie! I also can't wait to see pictures:) I really like her name too! God bless you and I'll be praying for you that the paperwork goes smooth and fast!

  7. Oh, I just can't wait to see that header with a little girl in it! Praying hard!


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