Sunday, January 30, 2011

Holding Steady

We were hoping for an early February court date, but instead have a tentative court date for the end of February, provided nothing unexpected pops up. We realize it is not really that long to have to wait for a court date, all things considered. In all, our process has moved along quite well and we have no complaints.

We go back and forth about whether we will remain in country for the wait period, or come home and make a third trip to Russia. As of now, we are planning to stay in country (yes, yes, I know . . . that's not what I said in an earlier post . . . ). Since we thought we would have an earlier court date, I had already started packing, filling out most everything on our visa applications, and creating my travel checklists (ref. Doug & Shelly's blog). I also packed for our daughter, which I found to be a lot of fun, yet surprisingly, nerve wracking. What exactly DO you pack for a child so young? Since it now appears that we will not be leaving for at least 2 weeks, however, I feel I can relax just a little bit and give the matter more thought. In any event, it will be fun reading about my fellow bloggers' adventures as they recount their (rapidly approaching) day(s) in court on their own blogs.

The following may sound mushy, but I just have to say it . . . sometimes I just step back and marvel at the incredible journey my husband and I are on - the people we have met, where we have traveled and the amazing child that will be our daughter. I also read about the similar journeys other couples are on as they create or add to their own families through Russian adoption. It all fills me with a profound sense of awe and deep gratitude for the blessing of Russian adoption; how lucky and blessed we all are to be on this journey to our children. Wouldn't you agree?

That's all.


Monday, January 17, 2011


This week our family and friends threw us two baby showers! It was so much fun to celebrate our daughter's upcoming arrival with such special people! Both showers were AWESOME! We felt like we were in a dream!
We now sit in our daughter's room and can't believe all of the clothes, toys, necessities and other goodies she has waiting for her. We are overwhelmed and so grateful.

A special "thank you" to Judy, (Grandma) Mom, (Aunt) Mary, (Aunt) Lori, and (cousin) Emily for all of the effort and love they poured into organizing our showers and making each one so magical and memorable! How blessed we are to have such friends and family waiting to love our daughter along with us! Thank you!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Brief Update

Today we assembled our daughter's crib! Her room is nearly finished . . . all that's needed is her!

If you are wondering where we are in this process, we are now simply waiting to be notified of our court date, which we anticipate to be within the next 4-6 weeks (hopefully). Once we receive a court date, we will have approx. 1 week to make our travel arrangements to go back to Russia. We will stay in St. Petersburg for a few days (to attend court and of course, visit with our little girl), and then return home for about one week (there is a full 2 week wait-period after court before the adoption is considered "final"). We then go back to Russia, pick up our daughter (hurray!)and the 3 of us will go to Moscow, where we will remain for about one week (doing adoption related business). After that, we can finally come HOME and begin our lives as a family of three!

Fingers crossed that our court date comes SOON!

Happy New Year,