Quick Post- We Made It!

September 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm 20 comments

This is a quick post as our Internet connection is sketchy right now and something we’re looking to approve on tomorrow. Basically, we’re in Kostanai having arrived yesterday at 7 p.m. after a long, exhausting trip.  We were greeted at the airport by two wonderful MAPS employees, Dena and Zhanat who brought us to our apartment, shopping, and a great nearby restaurant. We’re getting acclimated to our living situation (the water gets shut off for two days tomorrow), the city, and the people we work with very quickly. Things on the adoption front aren’t going quite as planned but it is hoped that our glitch will be worked out by the morning. All I can say at this point is that there are a number of people working very diligently on our part to move things forward.

The people here are really incredible: friendly, helpful, and patient with us ignorant Americans. Other than a very smelly cabbage (story to come), we’ve had nothing but kindness shown to us in our first few days here. I hope to post more details of our trip and first two days tomorrow. For now I must find some containers for water and head to bed to catch up on some sleep.

Spahkoynoy nochee (Goodnight)!


Entry filed under: Kazakhstan Adoption.

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  • 1. Tricia  |  September 4, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Glad to hear that you are there and are getting adjusted. I hope things work out quickly for you. Can’t wait to hear some news! Tricia

  • 2. Nell  |  September 4, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    So glad you’re there and settling in well. I hope the glitch is just that and things get worked out soon. Looking forward to hearing more soon!

  • 3. Carol Nylen  |  September 4, 2008 at 7:15 pm



  • 4. Maddy Arsenault  |  September 4, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    E-mail us tomorrow and hopefully the glitch will be worked out by that time. Keep in touch and let us know what is happening.

  • 5. karen  |  September 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Yaay—another family in Kaz. Wonderful to hear. Can’t wait to follow you on your journey!!!


  • 6. Katie Lemke  |  September 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations, I can’t wait to hear all about your baby!!

  • 7. Ellen Norton  |  September 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I was just outside picking some cherry tomatoes, and that reminded me of YOU! I realized I haven’t checked your blog since you were leaving and ran in to see if you got there ok. Sounds like you have ! Hope the glitch is little.
    No water for 2 days? Why? What have you done already? 😉
    Well, the way I look at it, it’s better than 2 days without a toilet, which is what we did this summer with the bathroom remodel. (Only ONE bathroom in these old houses…)
    Anyway, Mark says hi.
    Keep us posted!

  • 8. Phillip and Lanetta Gobble  |  September 5, 2008 at 12:31 am

    yeah…. so excited you are there…

  • 9. Jennifer M  |  September 5, 2008 at 1:23 am

    So glad you made it safely. Can’t wait to hear the stories. 🙂

  • 10. Kjersten Morrison  |  September 5, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Glad to hear you are there safe and sound. Looking forward to hearing the first of many stories you’ll share while in Kaz. Hope you are able to sleep and change over to the new time zone quickly and smoothly.
    We are waiting with excitement for more : )
    -KJ, Steve and Tougy

  • 11. Susan  |  September 5, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Huh? no water for 2 days? no one gave us that memo…oh MY.

    I hope that things get worked out….you have a great team so I am sure they will.

    I know exactly where your apt is, and we go to dolce vita and the coffee shop often…you are in a great location!

    yikes on the water. i better go get in the showe rNOW.

  • 12. kazreader  |  September 5, 2008 at 3:30 am

    So happy you arrived. I hope your team gets the glitch worked out and you can start bonding with your child. If your by dolce vita your in a great location, and the food at dolce vita is delicious. Hopefully your getting some sleep.

    Waiting anxiously for more updates..


  • 13. Susan  |  September 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

    hey, i heard the water is turned off either the 7th and 8th or maybe the 9th and 10th…so we have a couple days. 🙂

  • 14. Scott & Tamara  |  September 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Glad you both are safe and sound! Tamara and I were thinking about you both often. All is good so far at the “homestead”! Curious as well about the “glitch?”! be well! do we need to fedex you a 5 gallon poland spring bottle 😉 ?

  • 15. Beth  |  September 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Glad you arrived safely. Two days without water? ick. I hope the glich has been worked out or is about to be worked out. Give the baby a squeeze for me and I can’t wait to here more about your journey to adoption.

  • 16. Tina  |  September 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Matt and I were thinking of you and Doug over Labor Day weekend– we were in Belfast where I finally found the right buttons for the baby’s sweater. Sorry it wasn’t ready to make the trip with you. I wonder how much postage to Kostanai is….

    Glad you arrived safely. I can’t wait to hear more about The Journey.


  • 17. Debbie  |  September 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Yea Kelly & Doug!!! Erik and I are both very happy for you!!

  • 18. Ruben  |  September 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Excellent! Glad to hear that you guys are making progress.
    Can’t ya just feel all these positive vibes we’re sending your way?

  • 19. Sarah H  |  September 6, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I hope that by today, 9/6, you are glitch-free and flushing and drinking (water). Looking forward to the next installment of good news. — Sarah

  • 20. kiersten stais  |  September 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    you are in my prayers every day! thanks so much for alll the updates, i look forward to more.
    take care
    love kiersten and matt


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