Friday, September 12, 2008

Got my due date!

Finally got the much coveted, highly anticipated LOI (Letter of Invitation)! This tells me the date I'm supposed to be in Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, and it's what I need in order to apply for our visas. It's only the document that all my mountains of paperwork, xxxxdollars, and almost a year of my time has resulted in. No big deal, right? 8-)

So now the work begins: book the flights, reserve the hotel room, compile the "how-to" manual for the saints watching our kids back home, pre-cook some freezer meals, do the Christmas shopping, arrange critter care, arrange for schoolwork that Bella can take with her (she's coming with us), pack for 3 people for about 3 weeks overseas, find something to entertain Bella during ~48 hours of travel (and back again), update some dossier documents, stock up the pantry, batten down the hatches, swab the deck .... well, you get the idea. Wish me luck during this process, I'm gonna need it! Anyone for hire as a personal assistant on a temporary basis?


Lori and Dart said...

Yahoo!! I am so very happy for you and Borya. What a blessed Christmas this year. I hope to be in Ust in Nov but I hope you are all home by then. I was feeling pretty low about kaz adoption this week but I am renewed with your great news. Lori

Shawnee said...

I am so happy for you! It's going to be a wonderful Christmas with everyone together. Thanks for renewing my faith in adoption as well.
Hugs and blessings,

Mary Birdsong said...

fantastic news! your tenacity is amazing, sis. i do not envy what u have to accomplish before stepping on that plane, but if anyone can get it done, u can.

and i cannot FATHOM what that will be like for natasha to go back there. i wonder what it'd be like for her to keep a little diary on the trip? (something to keep her busy on those long plane rides!) or if her writing skills aren't super advanced, maybe she could keep an oral diary with a little tape recorder? or make a scrap book? (like mother like daughter?)

love u,

p.s. i know i'm not there, but let me know if i can help in any way with phone stuff or things i could do from where i am.

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