29 September 2009

visa!

I was going to do a "one week" post, but am posting this important news instead:

We have Lexi's visa!

Yes, the paperwork here is nearly complete. (We still have to register...and no one is sure where to do that. Fingers crossed for St. P!) We are able to leave tomorrow. After all the hiccups--a spat between ministries meant that my registration in St. P (which is all I need plus travel permission for anywhere in Russia--I don't need to register everywhere.) wasn't being recognized. The local OVIR wanted me registered in Moscow. The school/embassy couldn't do that because they'd already registered me in St. P. Oi. Got a hotel room for two nights and took care of that.

Then, today, they had MY name wrong on THE envelope that immigration gets. Counter-man said it would be fine. Someone else said to just put the same wrong name on form #something, I asked for it to be changed. It finally was. Oi.

Also got congratulated on my little boy today. Humph. But, also got admiring comments. Scarily, she's finding the power of her smile.

Now to make that flight and deal with US paperwork...

Today (and tomorrow) under her stars and stripes...



She wore THE stars and stripes. At the embassy she took off her dress and was so proud she and Mama were both wearing, "Flag! Flag!" (No, she doesn't know the pledge yet. She's showing you her flag.)

29 comments:

Jennifer L. said...

That child can wear red like a zebras got stripes!

Anonymous said...

She is ADORABLE! Once her orphanage hair grows out, she will be the prettiest girl that they ever did see! (People thought our daughter was a boy from her passport photo.) From then on, all I ever put her in was pink - from head to toe! So happy to hear all the updates -

Victoria

Jackie said...

Yayyyy!! She IS gorgeous, Kate. And when that hair grows out ... whoa :)

Safe travels!!

kristin said...

Oh I got that all the time! The best was when we were out to dinner with my brother-in-law and the waiter kept asking "what would he like?" My brother-in-law who is very easy going shouted "It is a girl!" So funny! Of course Klaire hated to wear bows in her hair at 2.5, but I dressed her in all pink and dresses all the time! Hope you have a safe journey!
Kristin

Jim said...

She is just SO cute, K!

Jim

Barb said...

Love the stars and stripes together:->

Anonymous said...

Great News..... Congrats again, and again, and again.....

Allison

Jen said...

It won't be long now until you are finished with the final steps and can start to develop a "normal routine." I'm so happy that everything is finally going as it should be and that you have your daughter!

The Holmes Crew said...

Yeah! So happy you've jumped over this hurdle! Lexi looks adorable in her Flag shirt for sure! When we arrived home in the USA with both boys we dressed them in very patriotic attire, and just seeing them, standing there in line in immigration, made me cry more tears of joy! Love hearing your adventures!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Wooohoo!! Congrats! Isn't she precious in her stars and stripes?!

CYNDI ~ DELANEY'S MOM said...

Safe Travels, my dear!!
(btw, when D first saw her picture, she called her a "boy-girl." I explained that her hair was just short and that it will grow out, and she said, "Oh, like mine, then he'll be a girl?"

She is so cute, love the red on her! God Bless the Stars and Stripes!

habeshachild said...

OK that's adorable. And so so happy for you that the visa is ready!!

soon, very soon, she'll set foot on American soil for the first time - so exciting!!!

Annie said...

What a cozy little outfit! I'm glad you can have fun with clothes. :)

She is so cute.

McMary said...

Kate,
I am just catching up and reading all about Lexie and you. There just aren't words to describe it--wonderful, amazing, awesome, and I know there are just so many more that also fall short of describing how it actually must be.
I am so happy for both of you--what a dream come true.
She is adorable and lovely.
The clothes you got her are great and I love those little grey and pink shoes--I don't mind the flames.
Safe travels to America and back.

Maura said...

Lexi has the most gorgeous eyes - those lashes! And she's so cute in her stripes and her flag shirt. While she's not doing the pledge, I think it's great that the pic has her holding her hand over the flag and her heart!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful girl! Gorgeous eyes!

Jim said...

Wishing you safe travels, and praying for your success in getting the American paperwork done.

Anonymous said...

I received the same "Congrats" with my darling daughter. It drove me and "A" crazy at first! Sasha is absolutely Beautiful and her hair will grow sooooooo fast!

Safe Travels girlies!!!!

Allison

Debbie said...

YEAH! And safe and relatively comfortable travels for you both! :)

beckyww said...

Cute!

Tina in CT said...

I love red so love seeing the pictures of her in it. She's so darn cute.

I used to buy American flag things for my granddaughters but not once they left the US for Moscow as my daughter didn't want them to stand out in public as being Americans. I love all clothes with flogs and have my own flag sweaters.

Hope all goes well with the paperwork.

How long will you be home in the US?

annmarie said...

She's got my haircut. I think she's stylin'....

MMrussianadoption said...

congrats again Kate. Now everyone I know from "our time" has come home with their child. She is a beaut. Enjoy your time and being a mommy. Have fun in the US. Stock up on the stuff you need for over there.

Tammy said...

It is so touching that she is so proud of her American shirt. Brings tears to my eyes. She looks more healthy - both physically and emotionally - in every new picture of see of her.

FWIW, people can't figure out if Zachary is a girl or a boy either but for the opposite reason. He has so much hair people are unsure.

boltupright said...

Thinking of you guys and hoping all is going well!

sandy said...

Kate!

I've been blog-absent for a while but just got caught up on your public posts and I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your new... beautiful... daughter! Wishing you all the best and hoping to keep more up to date on your happenings.

Sandy

votemom said...

ok am i the only one checking this blog 17 times a day for an update?!?!!

nsessions said...

Congrats. No matter the glitches life still seems to be moving forward for the two of you. Hang in there and breathe (as they say here in India)!!! Enjoy all the moments of this adventure.

Christine said...

Wow--- congrats! I haven't been to your blog in months and months and then voila-- you have your girl! Congrats! She is a doll!