Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Adoption Update

The craziness continues!!! My head is swimming trying to keep track of details and travel arrangements!!!
We booked our flights to Moscow last night! That felt so good being able to type that! We leave on Monday, June 1st and fly to Moscow arriving there Tuesday morning. At that point, we meet our agency representative to hand over a large lump sum of money! :) We then fly or take a train to St. Petersburg the same day. In country travel is all arranged by the agency in Russia - that's freaking me out a little bit! We spend Tuesday night in St. Petersburg - if we can sleep!
We also have to go to the Ministry of Education to sign the official papers accepting this child on the 3rd.
We get to visit the orphanage on Thursday and Friday, and then we fly back to Moscow on Friday evening.
We are staying in Moscow Friday and Saturday night, and leave at lunchtime on Sunday. I am very excited to have the time for sight-seeing and shopping for our little one.
If ANYONE has any recommendations for hotels near St Pete's City Centre or in Moscow near the Kremlin, please let me know!!!
We are so excited - I know this post is almost bullet-pointed, but I can't think clearly enough to try to write something eloquent!!!
~ 14 days til we meet our little one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Stacy said...

I am soooo EXCITED for you guys :) You have waited so long for this to finally come! Hopefully you will have internet access and can post often (with pictures :)) j/k - I know you will be busy! Keep us posted!

Heather said...

Yea! This is great news. I am so excited for you and your family!

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

I will try to find the name of the hotel we stayed in, I think it was the Grand something or other. It was right now Nevsky. The B and B we stayed in on second trip was about two blocks off Nevsky, right behind the Savior of the Spilled Blood church and was actually fabulous, but a little tight on space. But nice and breakfast was included. Head over the my old blog at http://marymargaretmaybe.blogspot.com for the details of those trips, it might be helpful.

By the way, I nominated you for an award on my blog today, as if you needed one more thing to DO! :)

Tara said...

Yay! We are all excited but I know you are over the moon!! Can't wait to hear all about the trip and see Emma!

Stephanie said...

I am so so so so excited for you guys! You have been waiting for so long and finally this time has come. June 3rd is so soon! I will be praying that things go smoothly.

I can't wait to see Emma!! I bet she's beautiful :-)

God's Girl said...

Yay! God is Soooooooooooooooooooooo Good! I bet you are just overflowing with excitement! Oh, I am praying for you! I can't wait to hear all about it and see your precious Emma. I will be praying for you while you are there! I'll put you on our prayer chain.

Love you,

Kristine said...

Found you through Ondrea's blog and actually I have "lurked" on your blog before! I am so excited for you and your beautiful family and can't wait to hear all about your trip!


Barb said...

Came to you by way of Ondrea . . . we stayed at The Pushka Inn on the Moika River Embankment on our first trip - very nice, excellent location but pricey. Our other 2 stays were at the Hotel Moscow. It was pretty nice but on the other side of town, not very close to Nevsky.

Mandi said...

Oh, I am so happy for you. You are getting so close to your daughter. I can't wait to see her in your arms.


Sarah said...

Wow! So exciting! I hope everything goes smoothly. I am really happy for y'all!

Jodee Leader said...

You must be over the moon! Please tell me you get to post pictures of her sweet little face when you are there!

Jo said...

How FABULOUS for you and your family! I'm so happy for you all ~ can't wait to see all the adorable pictures of your new family member.


Rachel said...

I am so excited for you! You are leaving so soon. I totally understand how you are feeling and can't wait to read about meeting your Emma. I hope all goes well.


PS - I LOVE the balloon animals in today's post. Those are great.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!! I will continue to pray for safe travels. I have never actually stayed in Moscow (always in the more rural towns and smaller cities in Russia and Ukraine), so unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for hotels. Let me know if you need one and I will contact my aunt and uncle - although they haven't been there for about 5 years...

Blessings, Ashley

teg said...

WOW! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear about it. Good luck xoxo

Caroline Armijo said...

Congratulations! This is great news! Hard to believe that it is so close.

Leslie said...

I can't wait to follow your journey to Emma. I wish I could go with you, and I know my husband would second that. You will just fall in love with Russia. Though I have never been to Russia, I've been to Ukaine..(same thing). Take in all the smells, sights, food and people, because you will miss it so much once your home.

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