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Friday, October 21, 2011

Today at court

Sveta went to court today and successfully submitted the dossier to the judge. Now she will begin going to the orphanages and vital records to get more paperwork. What paperwork? Honestly, I do not know what she has to get - but she has to get them and she said it should take anywhere from 3-4 weeks before she will submit those papers to the judge on a Friday and we should get our court date that day. Once we have the court date, we will book our flights, get the last minute medical things - x-rays and such - for the Moscow medical evaluations, visas, and make solid plans with Sarah - who will be coming up to take care of Anna, Keith, & Iryna, while we are gone. The court date is actually 2 weeks after we need to be in country. It will take time to do the Moscow medicals, Tyler has to check in at the US Embassy, and then we need to visit both boys 7 times prior to court. Calvin's orphanage has agreed - last we heard - to allow us to come later in the day so we can visit both Silas and Calvin in one day. It will be a headache (literally!) to drive to and from Vicksa each day (remember how bad those roads are?!?) but we can do all our visits in a week instead of 2, so that is very nice. Any questions?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Sveta emailed me to say that she received the form I mailed her today. She is going back to court on Friday. I hope to hear more information then.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I got an email from Sveta stating that the judge wouldn't accept the dossier without that form that I sent last week. It should arrive tomorrow, so Sveta will return back to court this Friday. I hope things can start moving faster now.

Sveta said that the boys are doing well, just wondering where we are. :(

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One more form

So last Friday I got the following email from Victoria:

Dear Jill,

Just wanted to let you know I got an e-mail from Sveta today that she has received both packages, from you and from Olga.  She will be reviewing the documents over the weekend and hopes to let me by Monday.

Woo-hoo! I was so excited that the dossier and the Ukrainian birth certificates had arrived on Friday instead of the following Monday. Then I received this email:

Dear Jill,

Sveta just got back to me that unfortunately judge has visitation hours only on Friday’s now L  And there is also a new procedure that Sveta can only start getting all the documents for court for the kids – birth certificate copies, copies of parental relinquishments, etc., once the judge approves your dossier, so it will be another 3-4 weeks if everything goes well next Friday L

Sorry for the bad news…

Yeah...so, we won't be leaving for Russia this month and maybe not next month, either. I am hoping and praying that we will be able to leave for Russia AND bring home the boys before Christmas. I would appreciate your prayers, as well, for this to come to pass.

Yesterday morning we got a surprise call from Sveta - our facilitator in Russia. She said that one of the forms was missing a line stating Tyler's monthly wage. Even though this is in another form in the dossier, it has to be on this second form as well. So, Tyler put together the form today and had it notarized and tomorrow...you guessed it...I will be driving BACK to Tallahassee to apostille one document and then I will mail it to Sveta from there. I went to the library and checked out HARRY POTTER (first book) on tape and plan to listen to it it on the drive. I enjoyed THE HOBBIT last time I made this trek and I am hopeful that Harry will keep me going tomorrow. Although I don't like the idea of spending the whole day in the car, I am grateful for something that I can do to help bring my boys home.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


On Friday I drove up to Tallahassee and picked up the licensure verification and apostilled the dossier! Then, on my way to mail it, Tyler called and said that there was one paper at home that I needed to include - thank goodness it didn't need to be apostilled! So I came home and Tyler tried to mail it on Saturday, but apparently FedEx doesn't handle international packages on the weekends. Bummer. So, yesterday after I paid $193 - it was en route to Russia! They said it would arrive next Monday.

Today I found out that Olga mailed the twins' Ukrainian birth certificates yesterday and that they, too, would arrive on Monday! Neat, huh? So, Sveta will take the forms to the judge on whatever day the judge handles adoption cases and then we anticipate getting our court date sometime next week! I am thinking it will be late Oct/early Nov. I hope. It feels so nice to have things out of our hands - no more forms to run around and get filled out for the third time. Now we wait and prepare and anticipate news. Stay tuned.