Friday, May 30, 2008

Waiting Time

I received an e-mail today from Beacon House. Our papers have made it to Nizhniy. They aren't sure if they have been translated and registered yet. I guess the waiting time doesn't actually start until the papers are registered. So, it isn't looking good for travelling this summer. We were told the wait for a boy is 2-5 months. However, these are new regions for Beacon House so they aren't exactly sure. Also, our packet isn't even in Kurgan yet. They didn't mention anything about Tyumen. However, I think our papers are there already. What a mess! I can't believe we have been home from Samara for 2 months and the true waiting hasn't even begun for a new referral. Crazy!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


In case you were wondering....still waiting.

I thought I'd post a picture of Lauren graduating from kindergarten. She was so proud. Notice the missing tooth!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Our paperwork is officially in Tyumen, Kurgan and Nizhniy. Now it is the wait! Not that we haven't been waiting.

Monday, May 26, 2008


It finally happened. Lauren's first tooth came out. She is so excited.

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's a better day!

I'm feeling better today. Yesterday I was sooooo cranky!

We signed our documents today that are being sent to the region of Nizhney Novgorod. I didn't even know this was on the list of possible regions we could go to. I guess it is though. We were also told that our information is in Tyumen. I don't know if that packet is complete or not.

Chris talked to Anne and Linda at Beacon House yesterday. He felt a lot better after talking to them. They discussed our present situation with him. They were very friendly and helpful. It was a comfort to Chris that they knew exactly who he was and what had happened to us in Samara without him having to explain. I guess we weren't the first people to have a bad experience in Samara. In fact, they are going to stop sending people there for awhile. Or so they say.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I think the word "frustrated" describes how I feel about this adoption process. My blood pressure got sooo high today when I found out we still needed to sign more papers to move into our new regions. We've been home from Russia 6 weeks now and our paperwork is still not in the new regions. FRUSTRATED! Here I thought we might be getting a new referral this week. Not even close! The good Lord must think I need to learn patience! I'll have to start working harder on this quality.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


I thought Taylor needed a picture. Wouldn't want her to feel left out!

Lauren's ballet recital

Boy is Lauren glad ballet is over. She complained about the ballet tights, shoes and bun the entire year. I think she will stick to gymnastics now!

ALEX is 11!

Look at this interesting dinner! Scrambled eggs, white trash and b-day cake!

Saturday, May 10, 2008


We don't have news but....we may hear something next week. Now, we know in Russian time "next week" doesn't always mean "next week". But, it sounds like something is coming down the pipeline. The referral may possibly be from Tyumen. I just hope it is a referral we can accept wherever it is from.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

May 3, 2008

I had noticed counters on other people's blogs so I thought it would be cool to put one on my blog. Being the computer genius that I am I had to get my daughter to help me. I was able to figure it out until the paste part. I just couldn't get it to paste in. Fortunately, Alex was able to get it done!

We spent the day washing cars as a fundraiser for gymnastic camp. It was freezing this morning but it ended up being a nice day. One of the other mothers made the comment that she wondered if our kids would ever know how hard we work to let them do their activities. I told her not until they had their own children. The older I get and the longer I am a mother the more amazing my own mother becomes! She is an awesome woman. How did she do it with 12 children? I'll never know.