Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Larry and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. After three long years, we have finally found our son. Boy, was he worth the wait! He is thriving during our visits. From the first day we visited with him, he could roll from his back to his front and his front to his back. He can’t sit up unassisted yet. But today, he reached another milestone. He crawled (just about)! I posted a video below. He scoots his feet under him and goes forward! He did this at the end of our time together today, so we will continue to watch him and soon he should be scooting and crawling around the room!


Believe it or not, we are more than half way through our first visit. On Wednesday, December 10, we should get our preliminary court date. We hope that the date will be Friday, December 12 or Monday, December 15. That Tuesday and Wednesday are holidays here and the courts are closed. We can come home the day after our preliminary court. We would return to Kazakhstan about 4 weeks later for our final court date, which puts us in mid-January. After final court, there is a 15 day appeal period for the biological mother, judge or prosecutor to change their minds about us adopting Adam. If there is no appeal, on the 16th day after court, he is legally ours!!!!! Then, in-country workers get his new paperwork … passport, birth certificate, etc. and file them where they need to be filed. That takes about 3 weeks. Then, we apply for a visa for him to come to the US on his Kaz passport and home he comes! This puts his arrival towards the end of February, just in time for his 1st birthday on March 1.

video

We hope that everybody has a Happy Thanksgiving.

6 comments:

Leslie M said...

I have never seen you two look happier! Hope your Thanksgiving with your son is more than you had hoped! We know that with your love and care that video of Adam sitting up and crawling on his own will be coming soon. Take care.
Steve, Leslie & Tiffany

Mom and Dad said...

THE VIDEO WAS TERRIFIC -OUR ADAM IS A GO-GETTER; YOU CAN TELL ALREADY. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE.
WE ALL MISSED YOU HERE IN THE POCS. WE PLAYED POKER AND GUESS WHO WON AGAIN. DAD AND I ARE GOING TO TRY OUR SNOW SHOES TOMORROW. THAT SHOULD BE INTERESTING.
LOVE FROM THIS WHOLE CRAZY BUNCH AND A BIG HUG AND KISS FOR ADAM,
MOM

Barbara said...

HI THERE,

WHAT A LOT TO GIVE THANKS FOR THIS THANKSGIVING. YOU GUYS LOOK SOOOO GOOD.
THE VIDEO WAS FABULOUS.
KEEP THE NEWS COMING. IT IS ALL SO EXCITING FOR US.
BE WELL YOU THREE.
MUCH LOVE FROM US HERE IN ISRAEL

Adrienne said...

Happy Thanksgiving to both of you & to Adam as well. Your smiles say it all! Loved the video & the Yea!

Keep Warm & enjoy each minute.

Love,
A'

Adrienne said...

Oh! forgot to tell Larry that "you look mahvelous' in the hat! It certainly makes a statement!

See what Daddys do???

Love,

A'

Amy P said...

I finally had a chance to catch up with your blog. I am so happy for the two of you. Adam looks totally precious and the 2 of you look completely ecstatic. All of us here at home are so thankful this holiday that you are finally getting the child you deserve and who I truly believe was meant to be your son. Enjoy your time with him and I look forward to meeting him when you bring him home.

Amy P