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!
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.... Preparation The day before Travel day In the air We're in Moscow Moscow Check out time We're in Astrakhan It's only Monday? What a day... Tuesday (2007-10-02) It's a girl! It's a girl! Wednesday Thursday Great visit Sights of Astrakhan Another great visit Last visit for a while Atlanta! We're home! (10/06) Round two Skora mweh tam boojum Internet access Elizabeth's room Mweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootra In the air again Back in Moscow (11/26) Tuesday (2007-11-26) Back in Astrakhan Russian adoption consultant Comments welcome Showtime! And the judge says...... Success! The day after Saturday morning Much better visit today Beet salad Went for a walk ... Its going to be a good week She's warming up to us Light at the end of the tunnel Picture of us before court More pictures She's ours! The first hours of parenthood Bowel movement Sleep, what a concept Update Nothing much to update about 51-1/2 hours Just another week to go Pictures of our life in Astrakhan Back in Moscow (12/18) Moscow update continued Update to the update's update To the embassy Can't leave early Still in Moscow Riding the Metro Riding the Metro, part deux We're home! (12/23) A few pictures Airport arrival Stay tuned More pics Summary Doctors say she's normal Adoption video Holmes Russian adoption videos Adoption videos updated Our Russian adoption story
"YAY!!!!!! Great way to start my day at work...now 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 05:58:161