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We are currently a very happy family of 3 making the exciting and fulfilling journey to soon be 4!
We welcome you all to join with us and to be apart of this amazing experience together...

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"Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change!"


Brayden Heading Home (12 Hour Flight)!

Brayden and Mommy in Red Square!

Brayden and Daddy!

Brayden playing with Mommy!

"Gotcha Day" - 10/12/2009

New Family Photo - September 28, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

We Are Officially A Family Of 4!

Today it was made official....our family of 3 is now a family of 4. We arrived early at the district courthouse here in Moscow for our 10:30am court appointment. The court session lasted nearly 55 minutes with a 10 minute recess. Finally at approx 11:35am Moscow time (3:35am EDT) we heard the words we have been waiting for...."The court hereby grants the petitioners the legal adoption of Brayden Alexander Wyllie." ; however is was actually said in Russia and translated to us by our translator.

What a great day. We will be spending the day with Brayden tomorrow at the orphanage, and returning home to Massachusetts on Wednesday (Without him) to wait out the 10 day mandatory appeal process. In Russia, the official court decree is not issued until this 10 day period expires and the baby must remain in the orphanage throughout this process.

We will be returning to Moscow in 2 weeks (October 10th) to pick him up from the orphanage for the last time and to process his US citizenship here at the US embassy.

The three of us (Barry, Nancy, and Brayden) will be home for the final time on Saturday; October 17th to reunite with Ashton and to finally be a complete family of 4.

Above are the first released photos of Brayden Alexander Wyllie. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Historic Day Today!

Today was a great day. Ashton finally met his baby brother today for the first time. We woke up early this morning and made the 2.5 hour drive out to the orphanage with Ashton, and Nancy's parents (Nana and Papa). We arrived around 11:30am and waited in a small indoor playroom as one of the nurses went upstairs to get baby "Alexander" out of this crib. Ashton was waiting with a new, special toy that he had picked out earlier in the week back home.

With the video camera rolling, baby "Alexander" was brought in to the room and Ashton's eyes lit up. He went up to his new baby brother and gave him a hug and big kiss on the check. The moment was absolutely priceless. We cannot wait to post pictures of this event and other pictures of baby "Alexander"; however we must wait until after the adoption is official, on Monday after court.

Stay tuned for the first officially released photos of baby "Alexander" on Monday!

Friday, September 25, 2009

We are BACK in Moscow!

Today we arrived safely back in Moscow, Russia in preparation for our court date on Monday at 12:00 pm. We had a great flight over here with a short layover in London, England for breakfast. Ashton could not have been better on the 11 + hour flight. Tomorrow is a big day; we are heading out at 9:30 am for the orphanage where Ashton will see his baby brother for the first time.

For the next two days our goal is to will spend as much time as we are allowed with baby "Alexander" at the baby home. Then Monday we will attend court to finally make the adoption official. We will keep everyone posted in the coming days with stories and updated pictures.

Stay tuned ...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We Have Received Our Court Date!

We received our official court date today from our adoption agency. We are scheduled to meet with the judge on Monday; September 28th in Moscow to make the adoption of Baby "Alexander" official. Because the court date is less then 2 weeks away, we scrambled today to order our visas, book our airfare, and arrange our for our hotel accommodations. We have decided to take not only Ashton with us to Moscow on this next trip, but both Nancy's mom and dad will be traveling with us as well.

We are leaving on Thursday (9/24) and will arrive in Moscow on Friday (9/25). We plan to see Baby "Alexander" on both Saturday and Sunday, at the orphanage, and will introduce him to his big brother Ashton for the first. Ashton cannot wait to see him.

We will be returning home on Wednesday (9/30) without Baby "Alexander" because Russian adoption law requires a 10 day waiting period after court before you can take the baby from the orphanage for the final time. Nancy and I will be returning to Moscow on Saturday; October 1oth for the 3rd and final trip to Moscow to finally bring him home! If all goes as planned, Baby "Alexander" will finally be home on Saturday; October 17th!