Well I'm not sure quite how it happens, but a month has passed since I last updated this blog. In some respects it is indicative of all that has been going on here, and in a positive light, we are now a month closer to having a lot more to say about our journey to parenthood.
When we came back from Kaz in early July, the end of October was so far away that it hardly seemed to warrant much thought, and somehow, it has remained that way in our minds since. Now as the calendar affirms that October is in fact only days away, we are soon to realize how close we are again to our departure.
I know that many mention in emails and phone calls how hard the waiting must be for us, but the reality, at least for me, is that it has not been that difficult. Sure I am excited and sure I wish the process were closer to finalisation, but like so many things over which you find yourself with little influence, a certain resignation sets in and life just continues its forward march.
Somewhere in the back of my head is the comprehension that my life is heading for a period of drastic and life-altering change, though outwardly, my routine and daily experience suggests no such imminent transformation beyond those associated with our recent move.
As our new house travels along that indefinable continuum from house to home, KJ's new (and much shorter) work schedule has afforded us a new outlook not just on our life together, but inevitably, on our upcoming life as a family. It has really made an amazing difference in our lives. We are certainly encouraged, and our perceived need to leave Lovell has been reaffirmed.
Life in Boothbay has been wonderful. I think we have already had more visitors at this house than we did in six years in Lovell. Location, location , location I suppose. We've had visitors from Illinois, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Ohio, and joined up with friends from Oregon down in the 'good' Portland - Maine of course!
As far as the adoption goes, as best we know everything is still on track. It may prove to be be without foundation, but we continue to put faith in the saying 'no news is good news'. I keep awaiting some sort of breakthrough announcement or big news item with which to lead off a blog posting, and I think that that is partly why I have not posted in over a month. Little has changed adoption wise in the past month.
On our end, we (do you like how I add myself to what we all know are KJ's efforts) continue to procure and track paperwork as nearly all of our adoption paperwork needed to be 'updated', wherein 'updated' is a euphemism for redone. Though we have not yet recieved out LOI(Letter of Invitation) from the Ministry of Education in Kaz, we still anticipate flying out of Boston the last weekend of October, and hopefully returning with our daughter in the end of December.
One thing that we have not mentioned here on the blog is that both KJ and I are taking Russian classes in Portland. It is a private class we(again KJ) set up with an instructor in Portland. We meet once a week for an hour for ten weeks, and so far we are 7 down 3 to go. It was one of the things that we returned from the first trip wishing we knew something of, and so saw our delay as an opportunity to change that to some degree. I would finish this post off all in Russian, but as I don't have a Cyrillic keyboard, I'll just have to do it in English. Next time. Take Care.