We spoke with our priest a few weeks ago about the deployment, some family issues, schedules and such. Due to schedule changes we can't attend the inquirers classes anymore. So we have been reading a great deal, and attending every service we possibly can. Our priest called us today and told us that although he has never done this before (accepted someone before a minimum of a year), that he will recieve us before my husbands deployment! We anticipated being recieved in about 3 years (Nativity of 2010 or so, once we could go thru the process again after my husbands return from the Middle East fall of 2009). We are really happy!
We already have our patron saints picked! Although we did have those picked for the most part before he told us about the above.
I chose Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, my husband chose Saint Roman, we chose Saint Anna for youngest daughter Witalu, then we chose Saint Seraphim of Sarov for our son and our eldest daughter chose New-Martyr Matushka Maria of Gatchina.