We received the go ahead from our agency to get our medicals updated [for those outside the adoption world: medicals expire every three months] and to update anything in our dossier that has expired. We have been waiting to redo our medicals in an attempt to time it just right so this will be the last update. Of course, our agency doesn't know exactly when we will hear about a court date, but I'm hoping this is a good sign it is coming soon.
Thankfully, only a few documents are expiring since the bulk of our dossier is valid for a year and we finalized it on February 1, 2008. Plus, we already updated a few items in August. However, every piece of new paper we do have to gather will need to be notarized, certified and appostilled. Four times. Again. I have a friend at work who is a notary and has graciously helped us out. I gave her a Star Bucks gift card the for the first round of paperwork back in January and then the second round of paperwork right after we got back from Russia. Any suggestions for something new and different to thank her for this next and hopefully last round of notary seals?
I really hope this means we are on track for a November court date. As much as I enjoy Thanksgiving with our big family, I would be very *thankful* to be in Novokuznetsk finalizing our adoption. Now, if we could get her home before Thanksgiving so everyone could met her, that would be icing on the Thanksgiving cake!