Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Some of the paperwork, that isnt time sensitive, we are able to start. So far what we have in process is:
* Marriage license - on order from Nevada...then we send it back to Nevada to get it "apostilled"
* Financial statements are done
* Medical forms are in progress, but cant be finished since it's time sensitive, so we started them
* Proof of dwelling and warranty deed of our house... I (Randy) was planning on going to the Town Clerk and Town Assessor this week to get these done
* Social worker license (done)
* Adoption law copy (done)
* Psych papers...this is so we can prove we arent crazy I guess. Time sensitive so we have to wait
* Police papers...this is so we can prove we arent bad people I guess. Time sensitive so we have to wait
Maggie started buying stuff for our trip based on the blog and comments from our adopting friends that just spent 42 hours to get home (yes, 42 hours). Ughh...traveling is fun, isnt it?
Well, time to wait some more.....
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I am looking forward to all the Polish food and all awesome gifts we got for the family. Randy and I started our non-time sensitive papers for the second dossier. The agency told us we can start on that so than we will just have left to notarize the police, and medical papers. We are looking forward to the New Year so we can get our referral and finally travel to Russia just like our friends did. Randy is a light sleeper so I know for a fact he will be sleeping horribly in Russia. We will definitely bring with us Tylenol pm at least for sleeping. Well, that's about it for now till than Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
"Be assured that if God waits longer than you wish, it is only to make the blessing all the more precious"-unknown
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Amur (or Siberian) Tiger has the scientific name is “Panthera tigris altaica” and is the largest living cat in the world. The name ’Siberian’ is actually incorrect because these tigers do not live in Siberia but the Russian Far East in the
Amur-Ussuriregion of Primorski and Khabarovski Krais (States) whilst a few are found across the border in northern China and Korea.
The Tiger in Russia
The Amur tiger has had a difficult time over the past hundred years with a low of less than 50 individuals in the middle of the twentieth century. It gained protection and numbers increased until the present day when numbers may be up to 400 adult individuals.
The habitat of the Amur tiger (and leopard) is a unique forested area in the Russian Far East states of Primorski and Khabarovski Krais. In the summer the forests are dense with varied vegetation which is both deciduous and coniferous but in the winter these forests are cold and snow bound. Much of the terrain is mountainous and rugged but is now crossed by roads, human settlements and more recently logging roads. Each adult tiger needs a huge area of land for its territory — up to 40km by 40km for an adult male whilst the female home range is usually smaller. Amur tigers need much larger areas of habitat to survive due to the relative lack of prey so that any particular area of habitat will have a less dense population than a similar size of habitat in one of the tiger ranges such as India or Thailand. For this reason a very large area of healthy habitat is needed to sustain a population of Amur tigers that is viable for the future. Therefore conservation groups are working hard to create protected areas in the Russian Far East and to find ways that humans and tigers can live side by side.
The Amur tiger is the largest and heaviest subspecies of tiger.
To survive winter the tiger has fine but long fur and a layer of fat that allows it to stand the bitter cold. The coat is lighter in colour than other tigers and it has large paws which act rather like snow shoes.
|Weight of adult male:||up to 800 lbs|
|Weight of adult female:||up to 500 lbs|
|Length of adult male:||up to 10 feet|
Oh little one, where ever you are,
Near to our hearts yet distant so far.
Have you already a birthday? I wonder each night,
Or have you yet to experience that journey of might.
We’ve waited so long to share our blessings with you,
Our hearts ache with joy of the thought coming true.
I want you to know how excited we are,
To meet you and love you; our precious little star.
Thrilled of the thoughts of watching you grow,
Teaching and learning from each other you know.
Please never forget this one promise to you,
We’ll always be your parents and unconditionally love you.
March 26, 2002
Take a glimpse into the sky
And if a moonbeam hits your eye
Follow it back to whence it came
And dream of a child who'll bear your name.
A little one may look right back
And follow a beam along it's track
And see a mother awaiting the day
In who’s arms forever to stay.
© March 22, 2005
As the moon begins to rise
I catch a glimpse of almond eyes
Staring back from outer space
The moon reflects your loving face.
My heart begins to yearn for you
A love down deep that grows so true
I see the moon throughout the night
My dreams of you are taking flight.
So when you look upon the moon
Please know that we will be there soon
I pray reflected in its light
Will be our love for you this night.
The moon must now complete its course
Let’s not regret and show remorse
It soon will rise and start anew
Reflecting love meant just for you.
© February 26, 2005
Once there were two women
Who hardly knew each other
One you do not remember
The other you call mother
Two different lives shaped to make yours one
One becoming your guiding star
The other became your sun
The first gave you life
And the second taught you to live in it
The first gave you a need for love
And the second was there to give it
One gave you nationality
The other gave you a name
One gave you the seed of talent
The other gave you an aim
One gave you emotions
The other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile
The other dried your tears
The age old questions through the years;
Heredity or environment -
which are you the product of ?
Neither my darling - neither
Just two different kinds of love!
I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.
I know you wonder where we are.. what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.
Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...
Because tonight just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.
Very soon you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.
But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.
A Child To Love
You can have your wealth and riches All the things so many seek, Position, power, and success, The fame you long to keep.
You can earn as much as you wish, Reach a status high above, But none of these can equal Having one sweet child to love.
'Tis the greatest gift from heaven, Little arms that hold you tight, And a kiss so soft and gentle When you tuck them in at night.
A million precious questions And each story often read, Two eyes so bright and smiling, And a darling tousled head.
God has never matched the goodness Of a trusting little face, Or a heart so full of laughter Spreading sunshine every place.
A child to hold and cuddle, 'Tis a gift from God above, And the world is so much brighter When you have a child to love.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
-Sportivnaya Market is the largest Market in Vladivostok
-The city's main industries are shipping,commercial fishing and the naval base
-mean annual temp. (39.7 F)
-Average temp. in January (7.30 F)
-Average temp. in August (68.4 F)
-Vladivostok is a city in Russia that serves as the Eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Yesterday Randy's brother dropped off a lot of things for the baby. Things like baby books,playpen,changing table if the baby is too big for it we can use it for other things because it has shelves and a drawer,babygate,and a lot of Elmos and a rocking chair.
Randy and I started to prepare the toy room. We moved the couches around and made room for all the toys. Now,the room is spacious and there is a lot more room for more toys to come. We received a paper stating that the I-600 approval went to Moscow. Thats is great because thats where it has to be so now we don't have to follow up on it. We are still waiting on a refferral. We hope it will come really soon.
We can't wait to see our little one and finally hold him/her. We told the agency we will take either but you never know. Here we are preparing everything for a little boy and the surprise might be a little girl but whatever it will be we will be very happy!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
June18,09 - Send papers out to agency
June 25,09- met w/agency
July9th,09-1st meeting with social worker
July 12,09-fingerprints for the homestudy
July14,09- send out application for Russia to the agency in Minnessota
July21,09-2nd meeting with social worker
Julu22,09- send out fingerprints
July25,09-send out I-600 application
August6,09-Maggie meeting w/social worker first and than Randy in the afternoon by himself
August17,09- Final meeting w/social worker at the house
August17,09-send out 2nd part of adoption papers to agency
September3,09-finished homestudy (sent to the other agency)
September22,09-social worker sent in revised homestudy
September25,09- homestudy approved by the other agency
October7,09- received Dossier part one
October15,09-sent out first Dossier (part 1)
October23,09- Dossier approved and sent out to Russia (needs to be translated and re-notorized)
November,09-received INS approval
Waiting , waiting, waiting for a refferal!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are so excited to go to Russia and we can't wait to meet our precious little baby!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We know that the region that we will be adopting from is Vladivostok, which is literally on the other side of Russia....a six day train ride from Moscow, directly above North Korea.
As we patiently (okay maybe not so patiently) wait, we begin to transform our home into one that is getting ready for a child. We have purchased furniture for the baby room and started to collect small items.
We know that we will be most likely receiving a boy from the age of 9 to 18 months old. For now, we continue to wait....