Tuesday, October 31, 2006

October 31, 2006

We made it to Volgograd today. We are so happy to be here. We should be meeting our children tomorrow. Please keep us in your prayers. We are very excited!

We had a great time in Moscow and got to see quite a bit of the city. We had dinner last night at the Hard Rock Cafe and the food was very good. It was nice to have familiar food again. We did use the subway and we also did a bit of walking. They have very good public transportation here. Our hotel was a pretty easy walk to the Hard Rock and some main tourist areas, where we got to do some shopping.

We will be meeting up with our Kansas City friends later this afternoon. They had a successful court appearance and are visiting their daughter. We are excited to see them again.

We'll post again when we have more information.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

October 29, 2006

Just a quick note to let everyone know we made it to Moscow, Russia safely. We spent the afternoon exploring Red Square. Moscow is such a beautiful city! It's hard to believe we are really here; very surreal. We are going sightseeing tomorrow with a guide and then we are off toVolgograd early Tuesday morning.

We'll update again from there!

Friday, October 27, 2006

October 27, 2006

That was fast huh? Well, we showed up at the airport this morning, two hours before our flight, like good international travelers should, only to find that our 10:15am flight from Tulsa to Atlanta was cancelled yesterday. They re-booked us on the 6:00am flight; didn't we get a phone message on our cell phone or our home phone?? They asked us this at least five times. We did not get the message. They tried to find another flight out for us but the first thing available is tomorrow. So we are booked on the same flight tomorrow. So, we will have one less day in Moscow but it is good that we had the extra days up front so we will not be late to arrive in Volgograd.

Our case worker is out of the office today so she will have a surprise waiting for her when she returns. I called our driver/interpreter in Moscow to let him know we would be one day late. He seemed like a very nice guy and he speaks English better than I expected. I was told that we would need to speak slowly but I thought he did really well.

The biggest bummer (other than missing a day of sightseeing) is having to unpack some of the stuff and repack again tomorrow but I guess we'll live. Now we have to think of something fun to do today, since my husband has taken a vacation day today and we don't want to waste it.

Well, this will be my last-last post from the U.S. (hopefully). God willing, we will take off tomorrow and our next post will be from Russia. Thank you for all of your prayers. We are very grateful to have so many people praying for us.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

October 26, 2006

We leave tomorrow morning but this will be my last post and it will have to be short because I still have to pack:). Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I took the cats to my sister's house today, so the house is feeling very quiet this evening. I know they will do fine and they will be happy having so much attention but I still cried when I left them. For now, they are my babies and I am not used to being at home without them. They bring a lot of joy and laughter into our house, since they are always doing something cute or funny. I know not everyone loves cats but I am convinced that those who don't like them have just never had one or gotten to know one well. Anyway, my nephew was so happy to have them at his house for two weeks. He will have a good time with them and keep them entertained and they will love having someone to play with them.

This has been a long day. I am hoping to get my shower taken, wash and dry my hair and pack quickly so I can still get to bed at a decent time. I am so tired, which is not the best way to start a long trip like this.

I think we are really in good shape though. All of our paperwork is organized and ready to go and I took a second copy of all paperwork to my sister's house, just in case. We sure have a bunch of stuff sitting around that has to go in our bags though. I hope it all fits.

Well, better get with it. Hopefully the next post will be from Russia. Please keep us in your prayers, especially on November 1st, since that is the day we are suppose to meet our children.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October 3, 2006

Today's the day!! We finally got the call!! We are suppose to be in Volgograd, Russia on October 31st, so they have given us plenty of time to travel. That is pretty much all of the information we have for now. We do not know any information about the children we are going to meet...don't know how old they are or if they are both boys or one girl and one boy. I guess God is going to surprise us. Tomorrow we should find out what day we will be able to return home from Russia so we can make our travel arrangements. We will get our Visa apps filled out this evening and sent off tomorrow.
We are so excited!! Thanks for all of your prayers!!