Monday, December 29, 2008

A little bit about Vladivostok

Vladivostok is Russia's largest port city on the Pacific Ocean and is situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay not far from Russia's border with China and North Korea. The first child was born in Vladivostok in 1863. The Trans-Siberian Railway connects Vladivostok to Moscow and Europe. The city's main industries are shipping, commercial fishing and the naval base. The average temperature in January is 7.3 f and in August is 68.4 f. Vladivostok is the home to numerous educational institutions, including six universities.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Timeline

We started the adoption process back in May, 2007 and after a few hurdles, our dossier was sent to Moscow on October 10, 2008. We have been assigned to the region of Vladivostok are are waiting for a few last documents and then we will be officially registered in that region. We are being very optomistic and hoping to travel sometime this summer to meet the new addition to our family.
by Tracey and Chuck

Zack and Gunner on their Christmas swim in the lake at our house

We had a quiet Christmas day here in Huntsville. Here is a picture of our Christmas card this year. We hope this will be our last Christmas without toys scattered all over the house from our new little one who will experience their 1st Christmas with us here in the Cooper house.
The weather finally cooperated here and the dogs were able to go for a Christmas swim.
As the new year approaches, we anticipate 2009 to be the best year of our lives!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve and I am finally baking christmas cookies - better late than never. Hopefully next year I will have little fingers helping me decorate the cookies.

Merry Christmas little one, wherever you are.......we are hopeful you will be here with your forever family next year on Christmas. We are counting the days!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Welcome to our blog. We are Chuck and Tracey and have been married for 9 years. We have 2 labrador retrievers Zack and Gunner and are awaiting to journey to Vladivostok, Russia to find the child we have long been waiting for. We are setting up this blog so that our family and friends can follow along with us on this journey.