Dear Interwebs, I’ve Been Dying To Share This With You…..

So a couple of week’s ago, I shared about the roller coaster ride that we’d been on, but the story doesn’t end there……….

At around the same time that we thought everything was falling apart and that our adoption dreams were dashed, we received a call that would change everything and you have no idea how hard it has been to keep this to myself for the last 3 weeks. But today, after a meeting and file hand over with our Social Worker, I can finally share our big news with you!

On the 24th April 2013, God Willing, we will go to the Bellville Magistrate Court and sign all the papers, from there we will go to a Place Of Safety in Cape Town and collect our daughter, Hannah, who was born on the 22nd February 2013 at 1am, weighing in at 3.2kg’s and 49cm in length.

For those of you who noticed, I’ve had a count down running on my blog, see the right side bar. We have 14 more sleeps till we bring our daughter home and a hell of a lot to do in the interim, including finishing her room, which is of course an owl theme and attending two baby showers! Squee….

It’s happening! It’s really really happening and I can’t actually believe it. God has answered our prayers and Ava was right, she is getting a little sister!

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  • Reply cath

    BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK! Marvellous! Ava gets a sister!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Paula

    What fantastic news! I am so happy for you! Congrats and all the best!

    April 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Wooohoooooooo! As you know, I am over the moon for all of you. It truly is finally happening.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Tracy

    YAY! Another Hannah! πŸ™‚ (My daughter name is Hannah-Kate)

    Congrats ! so happy for you….

    April 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Fairy Girl

    Tears of absolute joy, reading this. I am so happy for you, Ava and Walter.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Reluctant Mom

    Squeaking with excitement. Happiness is, happiness is ….. congratulations you, Walter and Ava. I am so excited and pleased and all sorts of chuffed. xxxx

    {I am not one to use the phrase God willing, but I will so make this the exception….}

    April 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Jeannine

    Big congratulations – I have goosebumps all over. I will keep you and your wonderful family in my prayers during this time. Enjoy every moment:-

    April 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Daryl Faure

    Awesome! Congratulations Van wyks. Cant wait to see some photos. Good luck with all the

    April 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Sue Stuart

    What wonderful news, congratulations!

    April 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    This is SO fantastic! CONGRATUALTIONS. How amazing that you can give Hannah a loving, warm and blesse home. What a lucky little princess. And how lucky you are too that you get to enjoy all the joy that she’ll bring into your lives! Congratulations <3 beautiful. Xx

    April 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Gail

    OMG!! Yay πŸ™‚ What wonderful happy news

    April 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply CBoBez

    WOW exciting, GREAT, Wonderful News! May Hannah bring you joy, happiness and complete your family! So happy with your!

    April 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Gina

    I am so so happy for you guys!!!!!
    Mazel tov!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    Awesome! I’m so happy for you all. God knew just the right time to bless you guys with a beautiful daughter and sister for Ava πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Julia Aitken

    CONGRATULATIONS! What wonderful news for the three of you.24 April is a special as our 2 nd little princess will be celebrating her 1st birthday
    Ava is going to love being a big sister.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Natlene

    So happy for you!! πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Kathryn (Becoming you)

    Congrats Sharon – what AMAZING news. Super exciting. Hope all goes well!

    April 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply melissa

    That’s awesome news!!!! We are waiting for that special call, been screened and approved. The waiting is terrible, hope it’s not to much longer. All the best with your precious girls xx

    April 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Wow! There really are no words, truly happy for you all! <3

    April 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Lise

    OH MY GOD!!!!!! Best news of the week. I am so excited for you. And Ava who knew all along there was a sister waiting in the wings. Congratulations. I look so forward to reading all about it.

    April 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Tracy

    Yay! That’s wonderful news! Wishing you everything of the best in your new lives as a family of four.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Alet

    I’m so happy for you! Ava is going to adore her baby sister. All the best with the preparation xx

    April 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Natasha Whiteley

    best news ever.
    huge congrats!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply anita boxoza

    Wow!!!!!!! Best news EVER πŸ™‚ so happy for you,Walter and Ava.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Best news EVER. So thrilled for you all. xx

    April 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    Wonderful!! Wonderful!! Wonderful!! You are such a perfect family… Congrats!!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your journey ahead!

    April 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Kristi Fraser

    Ahhhh tears of bliss and joy for you, my heart sings at your news

    April 10, 2013 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Tash

    This is by far the best news of 2013 so far! I am so thrilled for you and your family!!!So looking forward to hearing the avenues of Ava and Hannah πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2013 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Melinda

    Great news…congratulations

    April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Congrats Sharon, I am absolutely thrilled for you and your beautiful family. Cant wait to read all about preparations and you meeting your other little angel and how you settle as a family of four. I adopted two little girls and they have a gap of two and half years and they are the best of friends. I am sure your girls will be too. Thinking and praying for you over this exciting time.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Wow – that’s great! πŸ™‚ Congratulations.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Jimina

    Congratulations!! Yay!! Can’t wait to see pics of your new bundle of joy. Awesome blog.

    April 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    April 10, 2013 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Beth

    Congratulations on this wonderful, awesome news!!

    April 10, 2013 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Robyn

    Shari – at LONG last! What awesome, amazing news. Aah – all teary for you. You must be beside yourselves. Will be counting down with you. Sending you so much love. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    April 10, 2013 at 9:45 am
  • Reply karabo

    Fantastic news! Ava will be a big sister! Awesome indeed

    April 10, 2013 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Bernice

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is the BEST news ever! And well done for keeping a lid on the secret – you must be bursting with excitement!

    April 10, 2013 at 10:34 am
  • Reply sopie

    WaaaaaaaaW Many Congrats !!
    Thrilled for you and your family !!

    April 10, 2013 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Liz

    Congratulations!!! Such fantastic news, all the best to you, Walter and Ava. πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Arnell

    Wow! Wow! Wow!
    Best news EVER! I’m so happy for you guy’s. Welcome little Hannah.
    Hugs xxxx

    April 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Coco

    Congratlations! Hannah is a beautiful name. Ava is going to loveee being a big sister. Enjoy getting everything ready, and yes second time around is still nerve wrecking but definately easier.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Coco

    Congratulations! Hannah is a beautiful name. Ava is going to loveee being a big sister. Enjoy getting everything ready, and yes second time around is still nerve wrecking but definately easier.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Juanita

    Such great news! Very happy for you and hoping that Hannah will be everything you wished for. xxx

    April 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply ntombi

    I am so happy for you, Hannah is a beautiful name.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    still can’t stop thinking about this exciting news πŸ™‚ I had a sneaky, HOPEFUL suspicion that your excitement about your cape town trip was about far more than our sea and mountain! Can’t wait to read more about how it came together!! xx

    April 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Elize

    Stian and I are so incredibly happy for you, Walter and Ava!!! Congrats honey! Such awesome news!

    April 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Mash

    This is fantastic, amazing news Sharon! I’m thrilled for you all. That’s two adoptions I’ve heard of that went through in the last two weeks!

    April 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Sue

    I cannot begin to tell u how happy I am for u and your family. I do believe that his answers all our prayers and that patience is the hardest lesson he imposes on us. I will email u personally too. Sue x

    April 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Lucelle

    I have tears in my eyes reading this news! No words to say how happy I am for you! Big big congrats! Good luck with all the prep! Enjoy every moment and good luck with new little baby xXx

    April 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Cat@jugglingact

    Oh how did I miss this? Maybe with the google reader to Bloglovin switch? Oh wow, I think I may just have shed a few very happy tears innyou behalf

    April 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Spiritedmama1

    OMG!!!! So excited for you all. Somehow, I missed this big announcement. Congratulations

    April 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Lynne

    that is amazing news!!! So happy with you xx

    April 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Mom23

    This is wonderful news. As a birthmom, it’s been such a privilege to watch you raise Ava, I’ve been so holding thumbs that another one came your way. A huge conrats to you, Walter and Little Ava. She is going to be a great big sister!

    April 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Megan Hughes

    A hugr congrats to you guys so very very very happy for you!!!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!

    April 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Camilla

    Yayayaya congrats – wonderful special news xx

    April 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm
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