I wanted to update you all and let you know that after a busy morning of running errands, my parents went to Aly's baby home for the last time! At approximately noon their time, they dressed Alyona in her very own new clothes, said goodbye to all of her caretakers, and left to begin the next part of their adventure. They stopped by the passport office, and were informed that Aly would be receiving the new, blue passport. The good news is that instead of waiting for 4-5 days, it will be ready on Friday. They are all now in the capital, and will be staying there through Christmas. They received appointments at the U.S. Embassy at the beginning of next week, and so should be home in a week.
Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement throughout this journey. Pictures and more info will be posted once my parents get some much needed rest! By the way... I cannot tell you how excited Kelsey and I were when we got to Skype with them this morning (evening their time) and see Aly live for the first time!