Doctors say she’s normal

Tara took Elizabeth to the “international adoption specialist” doctors today for a psychological evaluation and another physical exam. They say she is perfectly average/normal for a girl her age. Of course, that puts her well above average for a foreign orphan.

We think she’s better than any other girl her age, but we might be biased. The psychologist added that Elizabeth is “strong-willed,” to which Tara replied, “Yeah, we know.” 🙂

Baby shower

Tara’s female family and friends threw Elizabeth a baby shower last weekend. I was the only man there. The only reason I went was so that any other men showing up wouldn’t be the only man. Oh well. I was able to get a lot on video, and Tara took pictures.

Shower1 Shower2 Cake New Toys New Toys New Toys

Elizabeth received her “Certificate of Naturalization” the other day. She was already a US citizen before leaving Russia, but now it’s even MORE official, if that’s possible. 🙂 It even came with a letter from George W. something. Even the man’s signature is unintelligible. 🙂

Next, we apply for her Social Security Number!


I can’t believe how nice my coworkers at Franklin are. On Friday, they had a luncheon at work for Elizabeth and Tara. They invited me, too. 🙂
Great food, several gifts, and the biggest surprise: a money tree. Tara and I were speechless at that. It’s not like my coworkers have any more
“spare” money than we do. Don’t worry, we’ll spend it all (and then some) on Elizabeth.

Elizabeth really took to Judy, the HR director. That made
Tara, an HR professional herself when she was working full-time, comment that that was a sure sign that Elizabeth was meant to be her daughter. Our
sales VP, David, the father of two girls, gave me tips on how to keep the boys in line when it comes time for Elizabeth to start dating. In addition
to Judy, Elizabeth made friends with everyone there, especially Paula, Jean and Janice … that I noticed, anyway. I don’t mean to leave anyone out.
Paula was impressed with how well Elizabeth shares her toys.

Anyway, THANK YOU everyone at Franklin Industrial Minerals! Here are some pictures:

Settling in

I just thought I’d mention that Elizabeth is settling into her new life pretty well. Tara is her full-time parent, I just appear after work and on weekends. 🙂 Even then, it’s Tara who does most of the work.

Elizabeth’s biggest hurdle so far has been getting used to our pets, three pugs and a cat. She’s ALMOST completely used to the pugs by now, which is pretty fast, really. It’s taking longer to get used to the cat because the cat hides away so much.

She’s learning English slowly, but Tara and I can’t let go of our Russian just yet. I’m curious now to see which Russian words, if any, STAY in Elizabeth’s daily vocabulary over the next few years.

Overall, she’s really a very happy, well-adjusted and adaptable little girl! (knock on wood)


Things you [maybe] never knew about Nashville

Expatriation sites/pages

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  • 5 countries to escape to
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  • Europe from Nashville (video here)
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  • Moscow (video)
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