Thursday, January 11, 2007

And off we go...well, sort of........

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin..." --- Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

Welcome to the blog-story of our trip to Kyrgyzstan, a trip to meet two children, a little boy and a little girl. They are both living in a state orphanage and available for adoption by us, and we are going over to see what our hearts tell us to do. We may go forward with the adoption of one, both or neither. It will be quite an adventure, and it will be interesting to see how things turn out....

This is how adoptions in Kyrgyzstan work--this first trip will be 14 days; each day we will interact with our child(ren) so that we can determine if either or both of these are "our" children. At the end of this first trip, we will decide if we move forward. If we decide to adopt one or both children, we will come back to San Diego for a month, then return to Bishkek for one week to pick up Zachary's new sibling(s).

Friends and family have asked how they can check in on our progress periodically, and this blog seems the best way. Just bookmark it, and you can visit every few days to see what's going on. I have no idea how often we will get to post to it, but we will try to do so regularly.

Our first "hitch"--we were to depart tomorrow morning, but, alas, our visas/passports did not arrive today. After trying to get someone to fly it here from Virginia overnight, with no success, we got on the phone and changed our reservations to leave 15 hours later. So--we will be leaving Thursday night, staying one day and night in Rome (nice) then connecting to Moscow and Bishkek. Our first day "in country" will be Monday, where we will meet Aigul (9 months, girl) and Aibek (2 years, boy).

Laurie will be here in the morning to stay with Zachary for the first 10 days, after which Katie takes over until our return.

Love to everyone--please keep us in your prayers as we travel so far away, and as we mull over this very big decision....

Debbie and John

6 comments:

heidie said...

We will keep you all in our hearts and prayers as you embark on this journey. Best of luck and your hearts will make the right decision.

Eric, Heidie, Jesse & Jack

donna Park said...

Dearest Debbie, John & Zachary,

Thank you so much for the pictures and blog.

I am so fortunate to have such wonderful friends as you; you truly are something special and precious!

Love and my heartfelt prayers are with all of you.

I so look forward to seeing all of you very soon.

H&K's

donna [dp]

Madeline Petersen & Tim Avery said...

Hi Debbie and John,
I think I am changing in my old age....when I read what you wrote about the food under the pillow...I got to tell you....I really cried........a lot.....may you travel safely. Thinking of you with much Aloha

allen weddle said...

Wow great job with the site .Love you guys were praying for you all God Bless

Katie said...

Debbbie & John,
My dad sent me the story and I loved reading it! The kids are adorable and we will be thinking about you and looking forward to your family being together. Hopefully we will meet them in San Diego this summer! Katie& Matt

peachqtie said...

RITA AND SERGEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! I WOKE UP THE OTHER NIGHT AT 4:00 A.M. AND READ THIS STORY , WITH TEAR RUNNING DOWN MY FACE, HOW COULD SOMEONE TROW AWAY SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL AS THOSE TWO. I HAVE NEVER SEEN DEBBIE SO HAPPY.WHAT LUCKY CHILDREN TO HAVE DEBBIE AND JOHN.MOM READ IT AND CRIED ALSO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING THIS, IT WAS SO NICE OF YOU TO SHARE THIS WITH US.I PRAY THAT YOU GET TO TAKE THESE TWO HOME TO KEEP!!! WE LOVE YOU. GOOD LUCK GOD BLESS JUDY , TOMMY, ALICE