51-1/2 hours

by Bill - 2007-12-15 - in family / adoption / holmes


That's how long before we leave Astrakhan for Moscow. Not that we're counting or anything. The bad thing about these in-country flights is that they don't use "jetways," those expandable tubes that protect you from the weather as you get on and off the plane. You are out there exposed on the tarmac, which is no fun in bad weather.

Once in Moscow, Elizabeth has to get a "physical" which really just verifies that she's a real live girl, nothing more. Then we go to the US Embassy to make Elizabeth a US citizen. Then we fly home. Hopefully, that'll happen on the 21st or earlier. If it is, we'll have to adjust our flights with Delta, but it'll be worth the penalty fee.

Then I get to go straight back to work. At least it'll be Christmas time, so hopefully that means things will be slow.

Otherwise, everything is fine on the Russian Front.


Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, "Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and back". And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.

This time next week....PreparationThe day beforeTravel dayIn the airWe're in MoscowMoscowCheck out timeWe're in AstrakhanIt's only Monday?What a day...Tuesday (2007-10-02)It's a girl! It's a girl!WednesdayThursdayGreat visitSights of AstrakhanAnother great visitLast visit for a whileAtlanta!We're home! (10/06)Round twoSkora mweh tam boojumInternet accessElizabeth's roomMweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootraIn the air againBack in Moscow (11/26)Tuesday (2007-11-26)Back in AstrakhanRussian adoption consultantComments welcomeShowtime!And the judge says......Success!The day afterSaturday morningMuch better visit todayBeet saladWent for a walk ...Its going to be a good weekShe's warming up to usLight at the end of the tunnelPicture of us before courtMore picturesShe's ours!The first hours of parenthoodBowel movementSleep, what a conceptUpdateNothing much to update about51-1/2 hoursJust another week to goPictures of our life in AstrakhanBack in Moscow (12/18)Moscow update continuedUpdate to the update's updateTo the embassyCan't leave earlyStill in MoscowRiding the MetroRiding the Metro, part deuxWe're home! (12/23)A few picturesAirport arrivalStay tunedMore picsSummaryDoctors say she's normalAdoption videoHolmes Russian adoption videosAdoption videos updatedOur Russian adoption story


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"It is almost over! I know it's been a trial but it's almost over. I hope to be able to come visit you, Tara, and Elizabeth in May. She should be very settled in by then. I know I wouldn't want to fly anywhere for a long time after this trip of yours. " — Jeannie, 2007-12-15 04:00:18
"You're right, Jeannie. I told Tara I'm never flying anywhere again. Well, not until Elizabeth is old enough to want to come back to Russia to find her roots. The adoption agency has a phrase for that return trip. Not "homecoming." It escapes me at the moment. " — Bill, 2007-12-15 05:25:57
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