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Gentlemen...Start your engines
Monday, June 18, 2007
Yep, the rumor appears to be true.

Our agency has also learned that their application has been signed off by the required ministries and now only awaits the MOE issuing the official accreditation certificate.

Because of the massive delay both Stef and I had taken a very dim view of this latest rumor (not to mention the fact that we had no desire to continue to ride the rollercoaster of emotions). But now we can't help ourselves from feeling that indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Now before everyone starts asking when is our flight to Russia keep in mind that the official accreditations have not yet been issued and by some reports it could take from two weeks to another month before they are. Very much like the title of this post, we are just starting our engines. The race has yet to begin.

The MOE needs to officially announce the accreditations and then send those documents to the respective agencies and then communicate all that to all the regional MOE offices in Russia. As I said, just the first two things alone could take a month. So we are still, most likely, several months away from a referral.

However, this is certainly the best news we have heard in a long long long long time and we're going to enjoy it. Plus this could mean we won't be traveling to Russia during the winter!!!

Remember I'm from Los Angeles, went to college in Arizona, and now live near San Francisco. You can read that to mean..."This dude does not know anything about the cold."

And you'd be right.

Now you may know based on some of the obscure quotes I often post here that I'm somewhat of a history enthusiast. So now for some pontification.

If indeed the sign offs occurred on June 15th (when the rumor first hit), that would quite nicely match up with one of the most famous document signings of all time. No, sorry not the U.S. Constitution, I meant something really important. I was referring to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 by King John of England. Which was the one of the most significant steps in the establishment of the rule of law.

An interesting side note. He gave away so many powers of the Crown in that document that to this day the English monarchy never name any of their heirs "John". And he is thought of as the worst King in English history.
posted by Steveg @ 5:55 PM  
  • At 7:25 PM, Anonymous JennStar said…

    Very interesting bit of trivia!!
    And I love your outlook: the possibility of not traveling to Russia during the winter!!! That's the way to see the glass half full!! hehe
    My DH & I are in the paper chase process of our Russia journey. It's great to find your blog (what a wonderful network all of these provide!)!

  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    Glad that your agency confirmed it. I also have confirmation from yet another, different agency, from someone who e-mailed it to me. So, I really think the accreditation certificates are just around the corner. Congrats, Steve and Stephanie! It has been a long journey to this point, but hopefully now you can spend time working on your actual adoption.

    Best wishes to you both.

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    That is most excellent - and heartening - news!! And great piece of trivia, too!!

  • At 9:40 AM, Blogger Jenni said…

    What great news! Finally, this delay has taken a turn for the better.

    BTW, I'm and Arizona/California girl, and we traveled to the Northern most point of Russia towards the end of December. I thought I would be miserable, but you know what? I LOVED it! There is something about seeing Russia in the snow and all decked out for the holidays...

    You guys will do fine, no matter when you go. Just invest in a good down coat (easy to pack, lightweight, and WARM!).

  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    I haven't heard anything from my agency... but will let you know when we {hopefully} do!

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