So, we're off to Siberia in a matter of days. Although they did grant my visa, I noticed yesterday (and just in time) that they only gave me a small window of time -- not the 30 days I usually get. So we cannot stay the two weeks we hoped to, but we will make the nine days we've been allotted work to our advantage. Honestly, it just means less sleeping while there.
Of course, luck being what it is, my USCIS approval to adopt Daniela came in the mail this week (YAY!) but two weeks later than anticipated (Boo!) so I cannot get it apostilled before I go to Russia. And I realized my Police clearance may expire before my court date in Latvia, so I just had to submit for a new one. Ah well. Just have to roll with it.
And my lovely local health department (which certifies and oversees my summer Shakespeare program) has changed their rules...and suddenly I have to submit more documents, and they want them before I leave for Russia if I want to be recertified. Don't know how I'm going to pull that off this weekend, but I'm going to try my best.
Add to that two doctor appts, another orthodonist appt, registering our dogs, car inspection, and various other headaches that must be done by Friday - and you get why I am quite frazzled and sleepless lately.
I spoke to both Anya and Daniela today, and both conversations were joyful, laughter-filled, and also so full of anticipation for our upcoming reunions. These are the things that get me through these insane weeks. Hearing their voices, and knowing they are happy, and that I'll see them soon - it does my heart good.
Our flight leaves Monday night. We have a stop in Munich for a few hours, and then a 7 hour layover in Moscow (yuck), and then the final flight to Kemerovo. We arrive in Kemerovo at 6:40am on Wednesday. I absolutely dread the travelling part, if I'm honest. I've been an anxious flyer for a long time, and nothing seems to ease it. I just try to tuned out and listen to soothing music the whole time. Nastia hates it more than I do, so I try to focus on putting her at ease and that helps me be distracted from my own fear.
The plan is to spend as much time with Anya as possible, but I'm also hoping to spend a few days in Prokopyevsk. I don't want to go just for one day, because I have so many people to see there -- especially Daniel. so I'm hoping I can stay with one of the older girls who aged out last year. I want to spend a whole day with Daniel and also a whole day taking the older girls shopping for things they need. I really hope that works out.
If you'd like to donate a few dollars towards the older girls, you can use the paypal link on the right. Right now I have $450 for them, but I'd love to leave with $1,000 so I can help a few more. I'm holding an impromptu yardsale at my house this Sunday to raise some funds. I'm selling a vast quantity of Shakespeare items I've accumulated over the years. Let's hope many of my students show up!
I'll be sure to post daily from Russia, so stay tuned. I already warned Anya that I'll be taking millions of photos.
Keep us in your prayers and thoughts!