Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Beginnings

Hello All, For those of you who followed my adoption journey to Kazakhstan, I apologize for completely abandoning this blog.  I fought for over a year and a half after my last post to bring my baby boy home but in the end I was unsuccessful.  I then tried to adopt a little boy from Astrakhan Russia, that journey went very well until the little boy was sent back to Russia by his adoptive Mother.  Her actions effectively ended my Astrakhan adoption. 

My desire to have a child of my own has not waivered, neither has my adoption journey.

I decided to create a new blog for this new journey. My new blog is called  New Beginnings In Russia.  Please feel free to follow along and I encourage you to comment along the way.  

The URL of the new blog is:

I will not update this blog anymore.  I hope to see you on the new blog, thanks, Chris

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Things To Do While Waiting

We all know that there are various waiting periods during this process. Unfortunately some of us, me, get to repeat some of the waiting periods. So what do you do while waiting; fix the house, gardening, reading parenting books, these all sound like good ideas to me. I‘m redoing my dossier and updating my homestudy. I was notified Wednesday that most of my documents are going to expire in early June and since I don’t know when I will be going back to court again, I need to redo them and I need to redo them as quickly as possible. I’m kind of stuck, I don’t know when my court date is, will my documents expire before or after my court date, will my documents be OK if they are submitted to the court before they expire even if the court date is after they expire, what if I get a court date and they are not updated, will that delay court yet again? So I’m incurring the additional expense, redoing a lot of my documents and trying to get this done as quickly as possible so if I do get a court date, I will be able to back again. This should keep me busy for at least some of this repeat wait. Take care, Chris

Sunday, May 18, 2008

No New News

This is just a quick update to let you know that I don’t have any new news. They are still trying to find out more information about the court decree. I’m guessing that after they are able to find out about the decree decisions will be made about when I may be able to go back to Kazakhstan again. Waiting and not knowing are hard. Chris

Saturday, May 10, 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Some of you have heard me say that this process is one of extreme highs and extreme lows. The joy you experience is often tempered by the reality of the process. This past week I hit what I hope will be the lowest low in my adoption process.

I have to go back to Kazakhstan for another court date. That means that I have taken a huge step backwards in this process. I am now back to waiting for a court date. I am not sure when I will be going back; a temporary legal decree put forth by the higher court in the region prevented me from going before the judge. We are trying to find out when the decree expires so I can go back then.

I was hoping after this last trip that I would be at eight long flights down and four to go. It didn't work out that way, now I'm back to eight flights down and eight more to go.

I would like to thank all of you for your support, kind words and prayers. Please continue to keep me in your prayers so that I get a quick court date and a positive outcome in court.

On a sad note, at home this morning I had to put my cat, Midnight down. I have had Midnight for almost sixteen years and she was healthy up until the last couple of months. She showed her spirit this morning when she growled and hissed at the vet one last time. I’ll miss her. I put some pictures of her below. Chris

Monday, May 5, 2008

Things Did Not Go As Planned

Very quickly, a legal decree stopped us dead in our tracks today. This means that I will have to make two more trips back to Kazakhstan, one for court and one to bring BB home. Before anyone asks what happened today or when I will be coming back, please don’t! Just let me be. Chris

Baby Boy

At about 4 PM today I was able to see BB. It took him a minute or two and then he realized who I was, his large play mate from some time ago. We played with bubbles (I never leave the USA without them) and his See ‘N Say. He has two new top teeth, the two that were making him miserable the last few days I spent with him. He is still not walking; I going to go with he’s saving his first steps for me! I was only able to spend about an hour with him today; then they came in to take him for a nap. My translator questioned that because his nap time is scheduled for 2 to 4 PM. Well apparently little BB has given up on the 2-4 nap so they put him down at 5 PM for an hour before dinner. He is messing with their schedule. I’m not sure if I’ll see him again this trip, we’ll have to see.

After they took him away, the Baby House Director came in to talk to me about court. She wanted to know if I had any questions, if I had my speech ready, what was in my speech, what needed to be in my speech, possible questions they can ask me, etc. She expressed some of the same concerns that Bayan expressed to me yesterday, apparently they weren’t all worst case scenarios. It was very nice of her to take the time to talk to me.

I’m going to re-write my speech now and try to memorize it before tomorrow. Wish me luck tomorrow; I’m going to need it! Good night, Chris