Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Alexandra is home and she doing GREAT!

So far, the transition has been smooth. Alexandra is sleeping through the night, she's been eating most things we've put in front of her, and she is getting along tremendously with her new brothers!
She was initially scared of our dog, but has been slowly warming up to her as the days progress!

All in all, we couldn't have hoped for a better experience!

THANKS for all of your prayer, support, and kind words!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Keith, Jennifer, Caleb, Micah, Seth, and Alexandra

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12/7/09 "Gotcha" Day!*picture added*

Hey Everybody,

12/7/09 - "Gotcha Day"!!!

Jennifer and Caleb picked up Alexandra from the orphanage yesterday at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)!

The transition has gone quite well! She is full of smiles, full of "almost 2 year old" energy, and full of mischief! Needless to say, she's fitting right in with our family!

Jennifer, Caleb, and Alexandra get home Saturday, 12/12/09! Micah, Seth, and I can not wait!!!

THANKS for your continued kind words, support, and prayer!

Keith & Jennifer

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Her room is ready!

We can't wait to get her in it!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Court Date!!!

Hey Everybody,

We just finished with our court date here in Kaliningrad! I haven't been this nervous in a long time!

It's a little surreal to be standing in a Russian courtroom before the judge, the prosecutor, a court secretary, the social worker, and a doctor from the orphanage while having everything interpreted by a nice lady standing next to us while trying to maintain eye contact with whomever may be speaking to us in Russian!

The judge asked alot of questions, we were able to answer them to the best of our ability, and she granted Jennifer and I the right to adopt Alexandra!!!

Talk about FANTASTIC!

Now we must wait the mandated 10 days and come back to bring her home!!!

THANKS for your continued prayer and support!

Keith and Jennifer

Thursday, November 26, 2009

2nd visit with Alexandra today!


Second visit with Alexandra this trip went very well!

5 things we have noticed while playing with her:

  • She is extremely shy (at least initially)
  • She is very loving
  • She is SMART!
  • Her laugh is infectious
  • She loves books, toys, her new doll, and "high sky"

While in Kaliningrad, we met another couple from the US also going thru the adoption journey! In fact, we had a wonderful dinner with them tonight!!! Kind of a Thanksgiving dinner for two American couples in Russia! No turkey & no stuffing. But, we did have chicken and mashed potatoes (THANKS Shelly and Scott)!

The trip continues to be tremendous!

Please pray for us tomorrow! We will be in a Russian court room discussing our adoption!


More to come...


Keith & Jennifer

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1st Day, 2nd Trip!!!

It's been a little while! Sorry!

The 2nd trip is here! Yay!!!

We arrived in Kaliningrad yesterday! After a night of sleep, we were picked up at 10:00 this morning and headed to the orphanage to see Alexandra!

We were able to play with her for approx. an hour! She was shy at first (as expected) and warmed right up by the time we had to leave (it was her nap time)!

I would have to say that today was a GREAT day!!!

THANKS for your prayers, good thoughts, and well-wishes!

More to come...

Keith and Jennifer

Friday, October 23, 2009

2nd Trip!

It's official!

We are leaving for our 2nd trip to Kaliningrad in the evening on November 23rd!

Our court date is Monday, November 30th!

We will be back home December 1st!

If all goes as planned, we will head back in Kaliningrad on December 14th and arrive home with Alexandra Kalin Kneiding on December 19th!!!

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during the rest of this journey!!!

Keith and Jennifer

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day #3

GREAT Day today!

Our little one is AWESOME! Things seem to click very well!

She's shy, has a sweet smile, and has a beautiful light within in her eyes!

We've really enjoyed watching her interact with her caregivers. They genuinely love her and she loves them!

Our regional representative, Tatiana, and her team have been fantastic! Kaliningrad is beautiful, the people are friendly, and we look forward to our return for our court date in late November!

THANKS for your continued prayers, support, & encouragement!!! We are tremendously thankful!!!

Love, Keith and Jennifer

Monday, September 28, 2009

1st Visit!!!

Well, it took us almost 24 hours to get from Michigan to Kaliningrad!

After a brief meeting this morning with the Minister of Education and a 2 hour car ride to the orphanage, Jennifer and I finally got meet her!

She is super cute and she has a tremendous personality!

Kaliningrad and our hosts here have been way above our expectations!

The total experience has been fantastic thus far!!!

Keith and Jennifer

Saturday, September 19, 2009


We know it's been awhile!

After receiving a long-anticipated phone call this week, Jennifer and I will be heading to Kaliningrad, Russia to meet a 20-month old little girl!!!

We are extremely excited, nervous, overwhelmed, & thankful all rolled into one!

We would like to THANK everybody for all of their prayers, support, well wishes, and kind words! We're grateful for our tremendous support network of friends and family!!!

More to come after our 1st trip!

Keith & Jennifer

Saturday, March 14, 2009



Great News! We have been registered to the region of Kaliningrad in Russia!

Our agency operates in a couple different ways. So we could end up getting a referral from a different region within Russia if they find a child that meets our specifications.

This does mean that we are "officially" waiting in Kaliningrad!

Interesting facts about Kaliningrad:

  • Kaliningrad is located on the southern end of the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Poland.
  • Kaliningrad used to a territory of Germany up until after WWII

We still estimate our first travel date to happen in the fall, but things are seeming more "real".

This is very exciting!

THANKS for your prayers and support!

The Kneidings

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009

Hey All,

It's been awhile...again. Sorry!

There is really nothing new to report at this time (other than the blog background change).

Things continue to slowly progress and the adoption journey continues...

Please continue to pray for all families that have made a commitment to adopt children. The adoption journey can be a long, bumpy ride with many roadblocks along the way. Please pray that all families remain strong and faithful throughout each individual journey.

Also, please pray for the children that are in an adoptive situation. These kids need love in more ways than any of us could ever imagine.

THANKS for your prayers and THANKS for reading!

The Kneidings

Friday, February 6, 2009

It's been awhile...

Hey All,

It's been awhile. Sorry for taking so long to update.

Here's the latest information surrounding our adoption journey:
  • Our agency has had a great response from the majority of "waiting families". This means things will continue to move forward with our agency. Definitely a good thing :-).
  • Everything seems to be picking up it's pace a bit. So we may be taking our first trip sooner than expected (our initial thought is somewhere around September 2009).
  • Along with Mom and Dad, Caleb, Micah, and Seth are getting more & more excited about their little sister and her arrival.
  • Please continue to pray for our little girl in Russia (her accommodations, her health, her birth mother who has made such a tough decision, etc.), please continue to pray for our family as we continue along our adoption journey, and please continue to pray for other families that have taken a tremendous step in faith and are on their own adoption journey.

Well, that's it for now!

THANKS for reading!

Love, The Kneidings

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Adoption Agency Meeting Update


For those that are following our adoption adventure. We had our "mandatory" meeting with our agency on Monday, January 12th.

The adoption agency is having financial difficulties due to a variety of reasons... The #1 reason being related to the state of our global economy.

We have been asked to pay an additional fee by February 1, 2009. The "supplemental" fee requirement is needed to help our agency stay open. They, like many companies, have made necessary cuts within their organization and approached us "waiting" families as a last resort option.

They also told us they will be asking for additional supplemental fees in the next four upcoming quarters for a lesser amount.

After a couple days of reflection, we are trying our best to understand their position and the level of stress and anxiety that they must be feeling as a result of the economic situation and the actions they have just taken.

These reflection periods have also provided us with an opportunity to THANK God for all of His blessing upon our lives. He has provided so much and He will continue to do so. We just need to continue have faith in His plan for our lives (we must admit, this is extremely hard to do at times).

As we entered this journey, we knew the road would be long, sometimes bumpy, but would end awesome! In the middle of this journey, it is very easy to get distracted by the "bumps" that come our way. We need to maintain our focus on what will occur in the near future...another miracle added to our family!

THANK God for His Goodness! THANK you for your thoughts, kind words, and prayer!

Have a great day!!!

Keith and Jennifer