Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Latest

Still no passport for Ry, but it has been promised for delivery tomorrow by lunchtime - we will see! Thanks to the Kaz community for reaching out with tips for us in dealing with the passport office.

The best news of the day came from the Embassy here. Even though we are waiting for the updated I-171H, this will not hold up our trip home since our Home Study and fingerprints are updated. If everything goes to plan and we receive the passport tomorrow, then we will leave Pavlodar on Sunday morning and head to Almaty. We should be able to leave Almaty on Wednesday or Friday depending on how our appointments in Almaty line up.

WE ARE SO READY TO COME HOME!! We can't wait to show Ry his new home and meet his family. We are hoping that we have good news to share tomorrow!

Other than that, we are just having fun figuring this whole thing out. Small victories seem like big, huge successes! Tonight I was able to get Ryland to go to sleep without me being in the room with him. AMAZING!!!! It's remarkable how much more trust he has with us in just 2 weeks time. He is doing great, eating wonderfully and having minimal behavior issues. So far, we have really lucked out. I know that it is not typically this easy and I'm sure we'll have plenty of issues once we are finally home! Dustin and I are working great as a team and give each other some "down time" throughout the day. This new life is so fun and exciting, but it's really nice to have 30 minutes here and there to paint my nails, catch up on Facebook and just zone out. It has really helped us stay grounded and not completely lose our old selves that we knew and loved so much.

Love,
Cortney
Ry falls asleep in the bedroom and then we move him to the couch once Dustin is done working.  We go into the room last night to find him dead asleep like this.  Even the flash from the camera didn't disturb him. 

4 Comments:

At July 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Karon and John said...

I am so happy that you are going to get to come home soon. Y'all have hung tough for a long time but you definately deserve to move on with the rest of your life. It is so nice that you had so much time on Ry's turf to grow as a family. I am so happy for all of you.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Aaron and Julie said...

Hi - I just found your blog and have enjoyed looking over the posts since you gained custody of Ryland. We adopted a 3 year old from Almaty (home 1/08). You guys are doing great!! We had 4 weeks in Almaty with our son before we could go home and although we really wanted to be home, time away from all the distractions to learn how to be a family paid dividends once we were home. Congratulations to the three of you - you are a beautiful family.

 
At July 14, 2010 at 10:44 PM , Blogger 4texans said...

oh my gosh, Nicholas does that too, I have found him half on the toddler bed, he moved to the 'big' bed a few months ago and it has a safety rail.

It is really great you know you need time for yourself. In the beginning, Nicholas needed constant supervision, but he was younger. Ryland needs a lot of time with you but it's so important to take time for yourself and as a couple, keep that up!

I'm so happy things are falling into place! We are headed out towards Dallas this weekend, I'll be thinking of you!

 
At July 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Karen and Glenn said...

Catching up over the last few posts -- Happy 5th Birthday, Ry! This time, while so very stressful to be away from home, will also surely turn out to be a blessing during the long travel home. He will know and trust you so much better than he would have had it only been a few days post-orphanage, which will surely make that journey and ensuing transition more comforting for you all. I just can't get over how much he LOOKS LIKE Dustin, let alone the other similarities that you talk about. What a beautiful family of 3 you are!! We're thrilled for you, and are so honored to be following along.

 

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