We heard from our adoption agency yesterday (Thanks Karen!) and discovered that our adoption of "T" should be final tomorrow or Friday!!!! Yea! Can't wait for that all-important email to arrive! We also were given a tentative travel date of May 24th to arrive in Bishkek, but we are not booking tickets yet until we are confirmed with the court process completed. However, it does give us a target date...and we have been excitedly checking out hotels online, flight prices (Gulp!) and making plans.
I think we are almost as excited about seeing friends in Almaty as we are about adopting! We have two "adopted" Kazakh daughters there, Salta and Ayana, and we have not seen them in almost 2 years. They came to America and visited us for a month, and we had the most incredible time getting to know them, seeing our country through their eyes, and learning things about Kazakhstan and it's culture that we never could have learned otherwise. During that month we grew to love them very much, and they us as well. Matthew sobbed for over an hour after they left Denver International Airport and asked if we would ever see them again. Happily we are now able to say "yes"!
Salta was our interpreter when we adopted Josh, and she was only 16 at the time but had a great command of the language. She and Ayana are both excellent students in college in Almaty. While they were here we took them to Las Vegas, Denver, camping and shopping, shopping, shopping! They have kindly offered to help us after our coordinator leaves Almaty to return to Bishkek so that we can remain in Almaty for a few days, and I can fly to Petropavlovsk to visit our sponsor daughters there. Speaking no Russian we would be LOST without them and unable to add this extra time to our trip. I know that the girls and I will be up talking long after the boys are asleep, just as we were when they were here, and I will treasure that time with them. I also think it will be nice for them to show us "their" Almaty just as we showed them Montrose! But nothing, I am sure, will compare with the sheer delight they had at visiting Walmart :-) 1:00 AM in the Cosmetics Department with grins on their faces a mile wide! Although the Ramstor in Almaty will probably look pretty good by the time we arrive there :-)
Above are some pictures of my "Saltusha" and "Ayasha"!!! Love You Guys! See you soon!!