Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The judge granted our adoption today! We weren't really concerned, but it is wonderful to have the court hearing behind us. I know that everybody wants details and photos, but we are exhausted. We have to pack since we leave Kostanai tomorrow morning to fly to Almaty for paperwork and we fly home on Sunday. If we can manage to get all of the paperwork done tomorrow by 4pm, we will try to fly home on Friday. There are no flights out on Saturday for some reason.

I promise that I will post lots more information and photos either from Almaty or when we get home.

Well, it finally got cold. In fact, today was stupid cold. When we woke up, it was -25 C, which translates to about -12 F! The high was -12 C, which is about 10F! This, we decided, was stupid cold.

Again, we want to thank everybody for their years of love and support. We know that it will continue, especially once Adam Garrett Belyeu comes home in February.

For now, I will say dosvidanya (see you later) and tomorrow morning we will say paka (bye bye) to Kostanai. This city and country has given us the greated gift of our lives ... Adam.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We made it!

Yes, we're back and it's COLD and SNOWY!!!!! The trip was, thankfully, uneventful. We visited with Adam today and were so happy to finally see him again. Sorry, no photos today. The internet has been acting up (we couldn't even get on yesterday), so we are going to wait to put photos up. We are all set for court tomorrow and hope to have an update by this time! If there isn't one, don't worry. We may just not be able to get onto the internet. We'll post as soon as we can. Keep your collective fingers crossed for us!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Belated Happy New Year

First, let me apologize for not posting since we got home. Next, let me say that we leave in less than a week for our second trip! Our final court hearing is Wednesday, January 14th. Third, we'll be home from that trip in a week from today. Finally, we want to wish everybody a belated Happy New Year.

Our trip home was fairly uneventful (especially considering the events of our trip to Kazakhstan). Larry kept to his word of not eating food on airplanes and didn't get sick once! Once we got home, we didn't stop for quite a while.

We returned in the middle of Hanukkah and Christmas was two days away. We got the house up and running for the holidays and I went right back to work the next day. Within a day or two, we got past the jet lag. The holidays were good. After years of everybody saying "this will be your year," we finally believed that it would be. December 27th is our anniversary and Adam is the best present we could ever hope or ask for. Every day, we look at each other and talk about how much we want him home.

There is a family who posted recently on our blog, and I want to take a minute to talk to them: yes, we are using Adoptions From the Heart. We hope that you get your LOI soon. Please keep in touch. We were lucky enough to have other AFTH families in Kostanai when we got there and they helped us immensely. We would be more than happy to pass on the favor to other families. You should know that Olesya, the interpreter/coordinator in Kostanai is AMAZING. The kids are cared for better than we would have ever imagined. While it is hard to be separated from Adam, we know he is in good hands.

To everybody else, we want continue to thank you for your love and support. Whether we are home or half a world away, we know that there are endless amounts of people and love behind us, helping us get through the process so we can bring Adam home.