About Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is in central asia. It was once part of the Soviet Union. It is nestled to the south of Russia and northeast of China. The national language is Kazakh but the common language spoken is Russian.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Kaitlin is now 1 day overdue! I know it doesn't seem like much but for someone who had a baby- yes- Kaitlin- who went way overdue you really, truly, start to feel that you will be pregnant forever. So, I can sympathize with her.
That said, having gone through international adoption and not knowing if or when you will get a child teaches one big patience! So, my heart is with her I will be patient for her and we will greet that little guy very soon.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Miracles happen! If you doubt this is so, read this..

The family who is in Kaz, presented with twin girls (not the single child they had financially planned 3 years for and consequently did not have the $13,000.00 addtional dollars they would need within 12 days) have received in donations from the vast network in the adoption community, family, and friends- $12,000.00 in 12 HOURS!
Having been in Kaz without any money, etc. I know the helpless feeling one has when one is in a very urgent situation.
This family now has the security of knowing they can adopt these 2 girls and can relax and focus on the bonding period of 2 weeks with them.
Thank-you to all who have donated, prayed, and passed the word!

"Out of the mouths of babes"

Yesterday, we (Sasha, Masha and myself) had to come back into town after the bus dropped the kids off at home. There was about 2 inches of snow. They wanted to play real bad! Sadly, we were not going to be home until after dark.
So, the conversation goes something like this:

S: Oh, I want to play in the snow so bad!
Me: Well, you better pray the snow is still there tomorrow
(a minute or so passes)
Me: "Sasha,
M: Mama, shh, Sasha's praying.

They just make me smile all the time!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Please Read- Urgent: a family in Kaz needs your help!

An Adoptive Family Needs Our Help
by Lori Anderson-Printy on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 4:32pm

The Gobble's a family well know in the Kaz adoption community are in Kaz right now trying to adopt. It took them more than three years to get to Kaz and when they finally got there they waited another two weeks before finally being able to go to the baby house . Yesterday they finally met a sibling set-twin girls! They are three and half years old wth some medical issues and the family is in love.

The problem? The Gobble's fundraised for years to adopt just one child and must now figure out how to raise an additional $9,000 by the time they finish the official bonding period in less than 2 weeks. If they are unable to raise the additional money in the next 12 days they will not be permitted to adopted these girls.

If you can help please make a donation.
Payne County Bank - Just make a deposit into Phillip and Lanetta Gobble’s Savings Account – Adoption Account.

Paypal – Our personal paypal is lanettagobble@yahoo.com

Here’s the info. For making a tax deductable donation through Lifesong:

Checks:Made out to Lifesong for Orphans Memo: Gobble 1246
Sent to:PO Box 40202 N Ford streetGridley, IL 61744

Online @ PayPal:http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/donation.htmlmark "

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Probably no one is checking this blog anymore since I have been so negligent of it.
I have very little time to spend on the computer but hope to get some new photos and updates on soon.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy winter!!

Last night and today we have been dumped on with snow. Wet and abundant snow. I stayed home with the kids as no one was available to watch them and Dave had a shoot scheduled.

We had a terrific day. We played outside. The kids like to slide down the 5 steps on the back deck on a small sled. That kept them busy for quite a while. We built a small snowman. It seemed easier when I was much younger (and shorter). Later we made and decorated Christmas cookies. What a blast! There was icing everywhere.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Today I post for my sweet, lovely, and wonderful daughter Kaitlin.
In August she got married (still waiting to get photos to post). She married a terrific man- Joey.
They are doing very well and just bought a house for which I am very proud of her being able to do. She was my baby and I would drop everything to run to her if any slight thing was wrong. But tonight I had to hold myself back and let her husband do what I felt was my right and responsiblity for so long. We spent a terrific evening at the mall with the kids and Joey pulled up just as I was dropping her off. We chated a minute, then I went home. A few minutes after I got home she called in tears. After I left, they were walking up to the house and were surprised by two unfamiliar dogs. One of them had literally ripped off the front of one of her rabbit cages and had killed her rabbit and she had to see it. They got the dogs tied up, called the police and had the dogs taken away. She has one other rabbit who was not harmed and now worries about that one. Kaitlin is the most sensitive person I know, is a huge advocate of all animals (she even goes to the animal shelter and walks and visits dogs there), so I know how hard this was for her. All I wanted to do was run back into town and be there for her, but I bit my tongue and assured myself that Joey would do it (and I thank God he was there)- take care of her - which is no longer my God given right.
So, Kaitlin , my arms are holding you tight in my heart. I hope you can feel it in yours.

Timeline to Kazakhstan

  • July 28, 2009: Gotcha Day
  • June 17, 2009: Court in Ust-K
  • May 21, 2009: left for Ust-Kamenogorsk
  • May 7, 2009: received LOI and region assignment to Ust-Kamenogorsk
  • March 12, 2009: dossier approved and sent to Kazakhstan
  • Feb. 26 2009: dossier sent to Kazakhstans DC embassy
  • Jan. 23 2009: updated documents apostilled and fed-ex'd to AA
  • Jan. 20 2009: received FBI clearance
  • Jan. 7 2009: Re-did the Re-do of the FBI fingerprinting (Kari) and sent for clearance
  • Dec. 19 2008: Re-did FBI fingerprinting and sent for clearance
  • July 11: Dossier authenticated and Fed-ex'd to Adoption Ark.
  • June 21: received I-171h
  • April 19- received fingerprinting notice in the mail
  • Feb. 13 went to Sherrif dept- got black fingers (fingerprinting) for FBI clearance
  • Feb. 8: received dossier packet via email from AA (Adoption Ark)
  • February 6: mailed contract and initial paperwork
  • 2008