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She's ours! (in family / adoption / holmes ) by Bill — 2007-12-10

We have her in the hotel now. I tried typing that sentence earlier but she shut the computer down as I was typing! I don't know how. But just a few keystrokes and it was shutting down. Now she keeps trying to run away from Tara down the hall. So far, she hasn't cried, just the occasional "I don't want to do that" sound that kids make. She's so great!

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"YAY!!!!!! Great way to start my day at i have to go dry my eyes before my mascara starts running! I'm so happy for you guys! I can't wait to meet her! " — sandy, 2007-12-10 01:00:02
"JOY!!!! Ditto with Sandy, except, in addition-- we can't wait to HOLD her (if she'll let us!) What a JOYFUL day!!! The MOST joyful of both your lives AND Elizabeth's life too (except for your Wedding Day, of course, which made THIS day possible!) If she cries, don't let it worry you too much--she'll also do that when you refuse her the car keys at age 13, or tell her the bungee jumping is out of the question--just remember, she'll always smile again later after her "current crisis" passes! Thanks for recording and sharing her entry into our lives... please keep recording and sharing her until she's at least 100 years old!!!... EnJOY your LITTLE JOY! " — Mom & Nana, 2007-12-10 02:54:05
"She's wearing us out. She missed her nap because of us, so she's cranky, but it's too early for bed. " — Bill, 2007-12-10 02:58:32
"Bill, it sounds like you may have a new computer companion. Check it out. I am so proud of both of you and just can't wait to see Elizabeth. " — Linda, 2007-12-10 09:50:03
"GREAT! I am happy for all three of you! Enjoy as you begin a new life. Lots of memories coming your way.. " — Dawn, 2007-12-14 05:58:16
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Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back (PDF). 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