Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Official!

Jim and I are the proud parents of Anastasia Lawrie Smith and Daria Julianna Smith as of Monday. Sorry for not posting sooner. We just got internet in the new apartment we are now staying at in Donetsk. The Parker family (another family adopting from the US) and I are sharing an apartment. They are a great family adopting a little girl from the same region. We couldn't stand the conditions where we were for the adoption and are now living it up in a big city why we wait for the 10 day mandatory waiting period. Once that is over, on October 31st, I will head back to the region and pick up the girls. We will then get on the overnight train to Kiev and get ready to do the Embassy stuff on the following Monday. We are hoping to be out of here right after that! I'm able to talk to the girls everyday by cell phone. I left them with a list of phrases and meanings before I left the region. It's so cute to hear them say "Hi Mama. I love you!" They even got to talk to their Daddy by phone. We're getting closer and looking forward to getting back home!
Until next time,
Heather

12 comments:

DoveFamily said...

Congratulations to all four of you!!

Julie said...

I'm a new commer to your blog but I have goosebumps reading your post today. I'm just so excited for you and the girls, words cannot express.
My husband immigrated and we were apart for 4 months, I KNOW how time can drag, but I hope it will go fast for you, keep busy!!!

Best wishes, Julie http://afamilyisborn3.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Yeah! A step closer for you and the girls... We are all praying and thinking of you.

Ellen

Kevin & Pam said...

Fantastic! So excited to see things have worked out for you. I can't wait to see pictures of their faces:) Who knows maybe we will get to meet them when we get to Ukraine next week!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mom & Dad. What a thrill. I can't wait to meet your new family. Can you hurry up and get home.....? Love you all!!!
Debcia

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mom and Dad. It will be so exciting watching them experience all these new things – keep that camera charged and keep writing it all down - they grow up so fast you can't remember it all. Thinking of you often and can’t wait to meet the girls.
Mary G

adopting2fromUkraine said...

Congratulations Heather! Hope everything goes as smoothly as you are anticipating:)

June

Anonymous said...

Yeah Yeah Yeah! Saw a picture today! So cute - they even look like you! Love the middle names! They fit well. By the way - i did sleep Monday nite and D said we have to have a long chat with you and J! Stacey

Matt & Aimee Garrett said...

Heather-here in Kiev for our last few days. Just got Internet and have a lot to do so I will make this quick: start right now securing airline tickets get them changed and/or purchased for the day after you are done at the US Embassy. I cannot stress this enough. We have to stay 4 extra days because of waiting too long. We were looking at almost $4000.00 in changes and purchases until a miracle today of flights opening up. Start doing it now!!!! Matt

Kay Hedeen said...

Congratulations....I got goose bumps when I read of your wonderful news. What a wonderful present God has given you and Jim. I know that you will make great parents. I am proud of you for hanging in there. Your courage is remarkable. I cannot wait to see you and meet the two beautiful girls. Take care and God Bless You. Love..Clem and Kay Lee

Chris and Virginia said...

Congratulations. We hope these 10 days fly by for you and everything else goes smoothly. The Donetsk region can be quick for the passports (2-3 days) so we hope it is for you all. We're looking forward to hearing all about your girls, maybe even have them talk by phone when we all get home.

Anonymous said...

Jim and Heather, As you already know, Sandy and I are thrilled for you, but we didn't know until recently that you had a blog of your adoption mission. It is wonderful and inspiring to read the story, and we can't wait to meet those two cute "Russkies" when the warm weather comes and you all can come up for a visit.