I have had a lot of questions lately about what the process will be once we are over in EE (Eastern Europe, sorry can't divulge her exact location online until after we are home). So here is a brief rundown of what life will look life for us.
June 7th we fly out of here and will land in Dariya's country on June 8th (capital city). June 9th at 11 am (3am central time) we will have our SDA appointment. This is the State department for adoptions in Dariya's country. At this appointment will be shown her file, gain a little information about her and officially sign the referral that we are accepting her & hopefully get to trade our picture for a baby picture of her.
On June 10th at 5pm (9 am central) we will pick up our paperwork allowing us to go into Dariya's region and visit her at the orphanage. As the 10th is a Friday we will probably stay in the capital city until Sunday afternoon./evening and then head the couple hours south to her city.
Monday morning (more than likely) we will go to the orphanage and meet the director, get information about Dariya (hopefully medical and background info) then meet her for the first time.
After that we have more paperwork chasing to do. We will be waiting for a court date in her region (that will officially make us her parents) this court date is taking 2-3 weeks after SDA appointment (prayers for a quick court date). During the wait for court we will visit Dairya every day as much as the director allows.
Once we have court Jason is flying home (I might stay or might come home with him), we are weighing our options and prices as the airfare is VERY expensive in the summer (our one way tickets over were $1500). Jason may return with me or I might stay or return alone to pick her up.
After court there is a 10 day waiting period for Dariya's birth family to object to this adoption. After the 10 day wait we will be given our "gotcha day" (the day we spring her from the orphanage forever). We will have to travel to wherever she was born and get her birth certificate and do lots more paperwork chasing while in country.
Last stop is at the US embassy for a medical for her, getting her visa and passport then once cleared we can fly home.
The overall scenario looks something like this June 9th SDA appointment.
Meet Dariya June 13
Have court in region June 29th (total guess) 10 day wait starts
July 11 gotcha day (total guess)
July 22nd fly home forever! (total guess)
We are praying to have internet over there so we can blog and keep everyone up to date with what is going on.
We ask that you be praying about our travels, transitions for the kids being home with my parents and after Dariya comes home, for court dates to be asap, us to be in country a short amount of time, and for Dariya's transition here.
God has carried us through this adoption in 5 months from the start we should have our girl home.
Thank you for following our journey and holding us up in prayer.