Updated: 04/22/2014 5:19 AM
Created: 04/21/2014 5:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
It took more than seven years and 30 trips to Guatemala for a Minnesota mom to adopt and bring three little girls home.
Twin 8-year-olds Savanna and Sophia and their younger sister Sydney, who is 7, can light up a room.
The girls had plenty of gifts for Senator Amy Klobuchar. "I cant thank you enough, because it's not just us, it's the world of adoption," said mom Suann Hibbs to Senator Klobuchar. Klobuchar spent several years working with Hibbs to get the girls here.
When Hibbs started the adoption process, the twins were only 1, and Sydney was just a baby.
"I just fell in love with them as soon as I saw them, I thought morally I cannot let them go," she said.
Bureaucratic red tape kept her girls in Guatemala for so long. While there, they bounced from one orphanage to another.
"My children have been in five orphanages, and although this last one was the best one, an orphanage is not a home and it's not a family, and every child deserves a family," she said.
She never gave up, and neither did Senator Klobuchar. "We're pleased the Guatemalan government... got to the right place and the girls got to be adopted," Klobuchar said.
They arrived in Minnesota just over a week ago, which was enough time to compile some goodies of blue nail polish, Barbie lip gloss, bracelets and homemade earrings to give the senator as a thank you.
"My last breath of air I would fight for them. Right? Yep, I would fight for them," said Hibbs.
So why did it take so long?
Adoptions from Guatemala, and several other countries, were basically shut down six years ago amid mounting evidence of corruption and child trafficking.
Hibbs says 43 families are still waiting to bring their children home from Guatemala.
As for her girls, they'll start school in about two weeks.