“…once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”
~Proverbs 24:12

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Trip #3 Plans

While we've only been home for about a day, people have expressed interest in our trip #3 timeline. Here's the run-down:
12/19/10 - Leave Nashville for St. Petersburg
12/20/10 - Arrive in St. Petersburg at about 3:30 p.m.
12/21/10 - (Celia's birthday!!) Receive the official adoption decree and begin the paperwork for Bennett and Celia's Russian passports, see the kiddos and celebrate Celia's first birthday!
12/22/10 - Take our babies from their baby homes and bring them "home" to our hotel so that brother and sister can meet each other for the very first time!
12/25/10 - Celebrate our first Christmas together as a family of four in our hotel room!
12/27/10 - Take the overnight train to Moscow, arriving on the 28th
12/28/10 - Visit the US Embassy and begin the paperwork for Bennett and Celia's Visas
12/31/10 - COME HOME! Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 6:21 p.m.

Anyone who would like to meet our kiddos is invited to welcome us at the airport. However, once we arrive at our house that evening, we ask that you give us time to continue to bond with our children and limit visiting for a couple of weeks. It is best for our family to have this time together--just the four of us--to strengthen attachment and help teach our children what a "Mama" and "Papa" actually are.

Thank you all for your love, support and understanding. Bennett and Celia are so blessed to have such an amazing extended family that loves them so much!

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