Today is the day that we legally became a family of five. The judge has granted our petition to adopt this sweet girl.

Our new daughter!

Viktoria Laura Pedersen

Born October 23, 2008 – Adopted November 5, 2010

Vika’s first name was given to her by her birth mother at birth. We have chosen to keep it out of respect to her first family and culture.

Her middle name, Laura, is in honor of my grandmother, Laura Critchfield, who passed away in 2001. She was a wonderful, loving person and I was blessed to have a close relationship with her. We pray that Vika will follow in her example of love for the Word of God, kindness to others, and devotion to her family.  We are so happy to pass her name on to our daughter.

We are very thankful for the way God has worked in our hearts and lives over this past year, and how it has all culminated in this precious gift to our family. We can’t wait to bring her home!

Tonight we will say good bye to our new daughter, and then board the train for the overnight ride back to the capital. Tomorrow afternoon we will fly to London, where we’ll overnight with our dear friends the Culps, and then fly on to San Francisco (DIRECT THIS TIME!! YAY!!) on Sunday. We cannot wait to be back with our other children at home, whom we have missed so much in these past two weeks.

I will return to Eastern Europe one week later to finish up Vika’s paperwork. I am SO HAPPY that my mother in law, Pat, will be joining me on this second trip to get Vika. We plan to arrive back home in California with Vika on November 20!