Friday, December 19, 2008

Dossier Officially in Kazakhstan

It has been confirmed by our partners that our dossier (compilation of adoption paperwork) is safely in their hands! Now we wait for it to go through the 'Kaz channels' and eventually get released to Murat's region. Then we have to wait for an L.O.I. (letter of invitation) before we can go and get our little man! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Murat in Kaz 11-07-08
One of our traveling families was kind enough to bring Matt a "Yertle the Turtle" and meet with him. Here is what she had to say about her visit in an email to me, "He is absolutely adorable. he is bright and understands what people are saying. He came right to me once he saw the turtle and took it immediately. Of course, I got a big hug in exchange for his turtle. He sat on my lap and loves to have his temple massaged. He is extremely animated and well loved. I can't wait till you get here because he needs to be in your home and not the baby house. I know they try but he will only flourish more with you and your family. He understands what a cell phone is because he took my camera and put it to his ear. He is sooo cute. You will truly enjoy him. You are very lucky." I will post more pictures as they come in. They are slow to upload!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Murat in Kaz 11-07-08
The Rest of His Pictures...finally!

Murat smiling for the camera!

Murat zoning out while having his temple's massaged!

"Excuse Me, Who are you again? Okay, you can hug me!"

Murat posing for the camera followed by his 'CHIN UP' picture, which mommy loves - look at our little 'Kaz Man'!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Officially Pregnant (in the land of adoption)

We got our I-797 form today in the mail. Apparently, Rusty does not fully understand the magnitude of this form, as I had to call him to find out, but regardless, it is here and we have been approved to adopt a child by the US Government! YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!! On Friday, I am going to chase down the remaining items of our dossier (adoption paperwork) and our dossier will be done by Halloween, October the 31st and ready for translation! What timing...

In other news, we have a family that is scheduled to leave on Thursday for her little Kaz cutie and she is going to go and see our little man, Murat. With her she will be carrying a 'Yertle the Turtle' that I have asked her to give to Matt for him to hold on to until it can be replaced by his mama, papa and sister, Ellison! So we should have another update on our little guy by Thanksgiving!! Keep your fingers crossed...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Antiquities Photo Shoot Fundraiser

Our Antiquities Photo Shoot is set to take place on November 7th & 8th at Cannon United Methodist Church on Webb Gin House Road (at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Pkwy). We will be shooting from 8am to 8pm, and we would love for you and your child(ren) to participate!!!! The more people that we get to come out, the more money we will be awarded! All proceeds will all go directly towards our adoption of Murat! Please call or email me at your earliest convenience if you would like to participate or if you want more information! My cell phone # is 678-234-5463 and my email is Here is some more information about the shoot:

November 7th and 8th (from 8AM-8PM)
Cannon United Methodist Church
2424 Webb Gin House Road

Snellville, GA 30078
Cost To You: $10.00

In order for this fundraiser to take place, we need to sign up at least 60 families to come out and have their children’s (or family's) picture taken. The cost to you is only $10.00 (all of which will go towards our adoption). There is absolutely NO PRESSURE to buy a photo package as that does not benefit us in any way.


  • A FREE 10X13 Portrait of Your Child(ren) in black & white with a splash of color
  • A FREE Build-A-Bear Teddy Bear (1 per child-while supplies last)
  • A FREE World’s Finest Chocolate Candy Bar (1 per child-while supplies last)


  • Contact me ASAP (preferably via email at and include the following information: Your Name, Phone, Mailing Address, Email Address, and Preferred Day & Time of Sitting
  • Mail your check for $10.00 (made out to Temple Post) to my home address of 1159 Gate Post Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 **You can also include the above info w/your mailed check**

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions! Thank you in advance!!!


Temple Post = )

Friday, August 1, 2008

Murat in Kaz 08-01-08

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Murat's Video 05-14-08

Below is the link to the very first video that we ever received of Murat. It was taken by one of WPA's traveling families, on May 14th, 2008. The fact that Murat was captivated by his little rubber sea turtle both SURPRISED and EXCITED his turtle-obsessed mommy to be! Enjoy...

User Name: temple
Password: kaz2008post