Dear family and friends,
We've started this blog to share with you our adoption journey. We'll keep it up to date with posts about where we are in the process until we bring our little angel home.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I had a friend email me the other day. She simply said, "Hey Honey, has Russia called yet?" Unfortunately, no new news, but it's always so nice to know when friends are thinking of you. She made my day.
Eddie and I have been married for 11 years. He is my best friend and absolute soulmate. We have two precious boys Austin(7) and Tyler(5). We live in a wonderful neighborhood in a suberb just outside of Houston,TX. We enjoy spending time together as a family being outside, going to Houston Texan's games, trips to the beach and days at the pool.
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own, And don't forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart but in it.
Our Adoption Journey Timeline
5/17/08 Dinner with friends to discuss their international adoption process and explore this option for ourselves.
5/27/08 Sign w/ Agency #1
7/01/08 Agency #1 suspended in Russia, hope to be unsuspended in 3 months 7/26/08 Home visit with social worker
9/12/08 Hurricane Ike hit Houston shutting down the city & Homestudy agency for weeks (right when we're ready to get finalized documents)
9/19/08 Power still out, but get documents from HS agency using a generator and flashlight to run copies
9/26/08 Dossier complete, ready to send to placing agency
10/01/08 Agency #1 still suspended, decide to look for a new agency 10/28/08 Sign with Agency #2
11/11/08 Fingerprinting appointment w/ INS 11/21/08 Receive certification for online adoption courses 12/07/08 Updated and revised HS complete
1/12/09 Received I-171H approval letter 1/16/09 Revised dossier complete & sent to Agency #2
1/24/09 Dossier hand carried to Moscow 4/06/09 Dossier translated & sent to Kaliningrad region
6/09 Registered with the MOE in Kaliningrad 12/09 Work on HS addendum for expiring registration packet12/16/75 Home visit from SW for HS addendum 12/17/09 Got "The Call" for our precious little girl
12/22/09 Met with Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald at TCH 12/24/09 Signed letter requesting a meeting with the MOE and to meet our little girl. The day before Christmas, what a wonderful gift 1/11/10 Got travel dates and MOE appointment 1/26/10 CIS Fingerprints Redone (they expire Feb. 19th) 1/29/10 Leave for Russia 1/30/10 Spend day in Germany with sweet friends 1/31/10 Arrive in Kaliningrad 2/1/10 Meet with the MOE and meet our little girl 2/4/10 Sign Intent to Adopt and tell our little angel good-bye 2/5/10 Hand deliver court package to judge 2/6/10 Travel home 2/12/10 Got Update Letter for new CIS Fingerprints 2/18/10 Got FBI Clearances back Woo Hoo!! BIG Thank you to Congressman Ron Paul's office 3/1/10 Got Invitation from Russia for Visas, another Woo Hoo3/7/10 Shower Day!! Lots of PINK 3/14/10 Leave for Russia, court trip 3/15/10 Arrive in Moscow 3/15/10-3/17/10 Medicals in Moscow 3/17/10 Arrive in Kaliningrad 3/17/10-3/21/10 Visit our baby girl 3/22/10 COURT 3/23/10 Travel Home 4/4/10 Leave for Trip 3 Pick up Trip 4/5/10 Arrive in Kaliningrad 4/6/10 Gotcha Day!! In Our Arms Forever 4/7/10 Get her birth certificate and adoption certificate 4/8/10 Get her passport 4/9/10 Fly to Moscow 4/13/10 US Embassy and Visa 4/15/10 Home Forever