We Are Going to Kostanay!

March 11, 2008 at 1:36 am 9 comments

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O.K. A quick post with some good news. I just got the word this morning:

WE ARE GOING TO KOSTANAY! Whoo-hoo!

(Look in the north to northwest area of the map.)

Our agency, MAPS, works with baby houses in both Kostanay and Astana. At this time, Astana isn’t accepting anymore dossiers for the placement of children. From what I understand, each region needs to periodically go through a re-certification of their adoption process (or something like that) and it is Astana’s turn right now. So, Kostanay, here we come.

Next step? Our Letter of Invitation (LOI) to travel to Kostanay. This will come as soon as there is a child available, which could be in two days or two weeks. Onces our LOI comes we apply for visas, wait until those come in (2-10 days), buy plane tickets and we’re off. People at work have compared this wait to a pregnancy: we’re due to go at a certain point, but we could go before or after the due date. Either way, we’re getting closer and more excited as each day passes!

Wait, let me say it again, “Whoo-hoo!”

Here are some quick links on the region and the weather:

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Leaving Soon…I Hope Goodbye’s and Hello’s

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  March 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

    yay!!! congrats!!!!! I have a friend there now who met her daughter YESTERDAY!!! I hope you go very soon. I would really love to go in May-but we’ll just see. I have been having a lot of anxiety dreams thinking about it. Maybe i’ll meet you over there! 🙂

    CONGRATS!!!

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  • 2. PJ  |  March 11, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    ALLEJUIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Leave a “TO DO LIST” and a hide away key….

    xo

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  • 3. Suzanne  |  March 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Yeah! Congrats! What great news!

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  • 4. Kjersten Morrison  |  March 12, 2008 at 4:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on your next step taking you ever closer to the land of Kaz!!!!! Thanks so much for the update. We are excited for you both and are waiting anxiously (though not as anxiously as you, of course) to hear of the arrival of your LOI. …WOW!!!!
    It truly is amazing how all of this waiting before the travel finally fades once you’re home. I didn’t really believe it until we were finally home. You will eventually be there too… so enjoy the journey to come.
    you are in our thoughts,
    Kjersten, Steve and Aitugan

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  • 5. Melissa  |  March 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    WOW, Such wonderful news! One step closer to having that sweet baby in your arms. We’re so happy for you and can’t wait to hear you’re on your way.

    Love,
    Melissa, Rich, Caroline, and Andrew

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  • 6. Ellen  |  March 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I’m really so excited for you guys.
    Here’s another adoption story, a little different, (I hope!) that you might enjoy.

    http://foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com/2006/05/tiny-tail-for-mothers-day.html

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  • 7. Jenny  |  March 15, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Congratulations! We returned home from Kostanai with our daughter Roxana in December. We met a family there who adopted using your agency; your in-country coordinator seems nice. Good luck on your journey!

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  • 8. Regina  |  March 15, 2008 at 3:34 am

    A hearty congratulations to you! This is a really big step, although the biggest ones are still to come. 😉

    I look forward to following along.

    Best,
    Regina

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  • 9. Mcmary  |  March 15, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Congrats on the great news of your region assignment. You are so close now. Happy packing.

    Reply

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