Monday, March 30, 2009
The agency has decided to charge us more $$ since the adoption process was started in 2006. Well, this also seems unfair since it is not our fault the process has taken so long. We contracted certain fees back then and the company should stick with them. Don't get me started about this.
Plus, there is a lot of paperwork to be turned in. And well, I just can't seem to shake the feeling that someone is going to pull the carpet right from under me! ARGH!!! I hate this feeling!!!
And then throw in the economy right now and all the job loss rumors going on!!! I think this is going to be the longest 3 months ever!
Friday, March 20, 2009
First...the process was excurciatingly long for us! ARGH...we started the process in May of 2006, had our dossier in Russia by December of 2006 and are just now meeting our future son. I won't go into the reasons why it was soo long...some are very apparent and others...well, maybe this was just meant to be. For I fully believe, this is the son for us! Fate...hmmm.
Then, while in Russia waiting in the boarding area for our flight home, we see a woman we know. Both Mike and I recognized her, but we could not remember how we know her. She was standing there with a baby...so we assumed we knew her from our adoption agency. So, I go up and ask if she just adopted using Children's Hope International. Nope, that was not it. But, she immediately recognized me also. So, we start the how do we know each other conversation. And...she lives in the cul-de-sac across from our old house in St. Charles...Ok...how weird is that!!! Meeting an old neighbor how many miles away across the ocean in Russia at the same time as us ADOPTING! Again, all I can think of is Fate, the universe, the big guy upstairs...There must be more to this chance meeting. There are no accidents!
So...I move and sit in front of her on the plane and we talk basically all the way home. They had an incredibly short process...less than a year. And yes, I am WAY jealous! LOL!!! Anyway, we talk about our sons and guess what...they have the same birthday, they were both born on April 28th, 2008. OK...weird!!! So, I'm thinking fate, the universe, the big guy upstairs is giving me a BIG kick in the pants. I'm not sure why we need to connect, but I get the message! LOL!!! We exchanged information and I plan to stay in contact. I will see if she feels the same way.
Is it choice? I still say yes. I choose to follow the coincidences and see where they go. Do I know what the significance of all these coincidences are? No. But I plan on enjoying this next part of the journey of finding out! Thank you fate, the universe, the big guy for whatever you have planned for me!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Well...I went to check the board only to find that I have been disabled. I was one of the first members of that board. I find it strange to have been disabled...I made no public posting of my issue...I kept everthing in pm's and names were left out of blog posts.
Oh well...on to other things!
We will have a busy trip. We leave Chicago on a 5:30pm flight on March 13th arriving in Moscow on the 14th at 11 am. We will be picked up by the adoption agency and taken to our hotel. I believe we get a tour of Moscow that day or the 15th. On the 15th we have some training with our adoption agency then get on a train to Pskov at 7pm. It arrives in Pskov at 7am on the 16th. The 16th we will actually meet Maxim, have an independent Dr look at him and get any remaining questions we have answered. On the 17th we will see him one more time and have to make our decision of yes or no. We will jump on the train back to Moscow that night and fly back to Chicago on the 18th.
That is a busy trip in a short amount of time. If all goes well, we will travel again in 2 to 3 months time to finalize the adoption and bring him home!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants
Shaped paper: Bazzil
Phrase sticker and heart: Little Yellow Bicycle
Word Stickers: EK Success
Title stickers: Basic Grey
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Ok...here is a two pager that I'm going to put by itself. I should have photographed it together and completed the journalling. But, I LOVE this layout! I little gets lost due to the bad photography. Sorry. And of course...I can't get them to show up side-by-side! Again...sorry!
I have posted twice making sure everything lines up...still when it goes out for public viewing...crap for all you to see....nice!!! SORRY!!! My patience has been surpassed and I will not waste any more time trying to fix it!
I think Egg Hunt is one of my favorites. I'm not sure why...Maybe the pinks or glitter letters or what, I just like it! She was such a tropper that day. It was sooo cold!
Wheee....Kelly LOVES roller coasters. This one will probably be one of the last time she rides the little kiddie dragon one. I just love taking pictures of her while she is riding....Pure joy for her! I think this one was taken at the Kane County fair!
Coloring Eggs...I always seem to have a ton of
photos of easter time...More than any other holiday. I'm not sure why...maybe it is just fun seeing my daughter enjoy the creative process also!
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