On March 19th, we got THE CALL that we had been given a “referral” for our Russian adoption. In adoption lingo…that means we had been matched with two little girls from Kaliningrad, Russia that are available for international adoption. The next day, we accepted the invitation to travel and the past week we have been busy gathering legal, medical and travel items that we needed to complete before boarding the plane to Russia.
Over the last week, it has been so wonderful to share our exciting news with so many people and to feel their love and joy for us and the two children that God has for us. We can’t thank everyone enough for their prayers and love on behalf of all four of us.
This blog is still a work in progress (we just set it up today), but we hope to work on it more as we travel and use it as a way to keep in touch with everyone that has poured so much love and support into this journey with us! So…if you would like…come along with us as we make our first trip to Kaliningrad, Russia! Here is a basic overview of our schedule for our first trip:
Saturday, March 31st/Sunday, April 1st: Fly STL to New York, New York to Moscow and Moscow to Kaliningrad
Monday, April 2nd: Visit the Ministry of Education and receive permission to enter the orphanage. MEET the GIRLS!!!! Meet with the Orphanage Director
Tuesday, April 3rd: Vist the girls.
Wednesday, April 4th: Vist the girls.
Thursday, April 5th: Make our final decision on whether to accept our referral for the girls. If we accept, try to set up a court date/dates for our 2nd trip.
Friday, April 6th: Not sure.
Saturday, April 7th: Fly to Moscow, possibly get a tour of Moscow.
Sunday, April 8th (Easter): Fly from Moscow to New York, New York to STL and drive HOME!