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  1. EODmom Coolidge

    Oh you lucky, lucky man. And family. A day to celebrate 🎉.

    • #1
    • December 13, 2019, at 1:42 PM PST
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  2. PHenry Member

    Happy family birthday!

    • #2
    • December 13, 2019, at 1:50 PM PST
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  3. GrannyDude Member

    Oh, Stad! I knew you’d adopted three Russian daughters, but I didn’t realize you’d done it in one “Swell Foop” (as my mother would say). Wow! What a fine day that was! Many happy returns of the day. 

    • #3
    • December 13, 2019, at 2:14 PM PST
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  4. Snirtler Inactive

    PHenry (View Comment):

    Happy family birthday!

    Beat me to it. Happy anniversary!

    • #4
    • December 13, 2019, at 2:47 PM PST
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  5. DaleGustafson Coolidge

    I had dinner with my daughter and grandsons today. It is a ritual because 45 years ago my wife and I met a 707 from Korea carrying our daughter to us. December 13th is a good day.

     

    • #5
    • December 13, 2019, at 4:46 PM PST
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  6. Arahant Member

    O frabjous day!

    • #6
    • December 13, 2019, at 5:37 PM PST
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  7. Stad Thatcher
    Stad

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Oh, Stad! I knew you’d adopted three Russian daughters, but I didn’t realize you’d done it in one “Swell Foop” (as my mother would say). Wow! What a fine day that was! Many happy returns of the day.

    We usually buy in bulk. Hehe . . .

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    • December 14, 2019, at 7:37 AM PST
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  8. Concretevol Thatcher

    Congrats on the anniversary!!

    • #8
    • December 14, 2019, at 6:58 PM PST
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  9. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph StankoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wow, congratulations! Did they speak any English when you brought them home?

    • #9
    • December 15, 2019, at 1:04 AM PST
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  10. Titus Techera Contributor

    Congrats!

    • #10
    • December 15, 2019, at 2:20 AM PST
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  11. Stad Thatcher
    Stad

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Wow, congratulations! Did they speak any English when you brought them home?

    None. We planned on not introducing English until we were safely back in our house. While we had them oversees and on the way back, we had a list of parental phrases in Russian to use when we needed them to do something (or as was mostly the case, not to do something).

    • #11
    • December 15, 2019, at 7:09 AM PST
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  12. Titus Techera Contributor

    Stad (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Wow, congratulations! Did they speak any English when you brought them home?

    None. We planned on not introducing English until we were safely back in our house. While we had them oversees and on the way back, we had a list of parental phrases in Russian to use when we needed them to do something (or as was mostly the case, not to do something).

    The notion of a Southern couple trying to talk Russian to little girls on an airplane adds a touch of hilarity to the otherwise heart-melting story! & it all ending with Babuschka!–should be a movie!

    • #12
    • December 15, 2019, at 7:38 AM PST
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  13. Stad Thatcher
    Stad

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Wow, congratulations! Did they speak any English when you brought them home?

    None. We planned on not introducing English until we were safely back in our house. While we had them oversees and on the way back, we had a list of parental phrases in Russian to use when we needed them to do something (or as was mostly the case, not to do something).

    The notion of a Southern couple trying to talk Russian to little girls on an airplane adds a touch of hilarity to the otherwise heart-melting story! & it all ending with Babuschka!–should be a movie!

    We did take a lot of pictures with our camera. However, we also had an early model digital recorder – not the bulky VHS kind, but the hand-held type with digital tape.

    When we got home, we transferred everything to VHS tape just as we caught oldest daughter pulling the tape from one of the cassettes. We eventually had everything put on DVD.

    The most priceless piece of video I shot was the Christmas pageant put on in the orphanage. Because our girls were leaving early (and were in the pageant), they held it early, ironically on December 25th instead of the Russian Orthodox day (January 7).

    • #13
    • December 15, 2019, at 7:53 AM PST
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  14. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wow, Russian infiltration is everywhere! Happy Anniversary to your family, Stad.

    • #14
    • December 15, 2019, at 11:43 AM PST
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  15. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph StankoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Stad (View Comment):
    While we had them oversees and on the way back, we had a list of parental phrases in Russian to use when we needed them to do something (or as was mostly the case, not to do something).

    Nyet, nyet, NYET!!!

    • #15
    • December 15, 2019, at 1:29 PM PST
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  16. Stad Thatcher
    Stad

    My original post was meant to get folks to think about adoption, even if older. My wife and I were both in our forties when we flew overseas to get our girls. Fifties and older might be a little tougher . . .

    • #16
    • December 16, 2019, at 7:37 AM PST
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