Deep breath----- Aaaaaaaaah, the smell of Ukraine! We are here! The trip was uneventful……. Dennis was such an amazing little traveler, so was Julia. We managed to get some sleep, so when we first got here after seeing our apartment we all went out with our facilitator to find a place to exchange money, and get a quick tour of the area around our apartment. We are downtown, walking distance from the SDA building, McDonalds, and the most beautiful park! First bit of bad news----- our SDA appointment to officially be referred Alexsey is not until the 14th instead of tomorrow. Really that is not a bad thing at all--- just more time to explore the city and possibly meet up with other adoptive couples! Simply means, we are one day behind the process, that’s all.
On the way back from eating at the “Potato House”, I hit my leg on a pole sticking up out of the ground while walking. I won’t lie, IT HURTS! John, Julia, Dennis, and I are about to head out for the evening---- hopefully for a little grocery shopping including some ice-cream which I have been craving, and to find an internet café. To all of you again---- Thank you for everything--- your prayers, your help, your encouraging words…… you are all here with us in spirit and we wouldn’t have been able to be here without you!
On another note, we found out today that Anna’s Russian half sister has been trying to get in touch with us for the last year---- but had been unsuccessful since we had moved. Our wonderful neighbors from our previous home gave the letters to other neighbors who we are still in touch with us and so now we have them! And phone numbers. And a picture. Apparently, there is a group of people that work with older kids in the area that Anna came from, and one woman is particularly close to Anna’s half-sister. She also wrote with the mindset that the reason why we hadn’t written back was because we didn’t want contact, so she was trying to encourage us to get in touch anyway. That couldn’t be further from the truth---- so as soon as we get back home we will get together a package and possible set up a phonecall. And guess what---- the half-sister’s fiancé happens to be named Aloshya!
Here is a picture of the yummy salad John ordered for me. It was delicious!
Don't you love the high chairs for the little kids? Pretty cool and gives new meaning to the word "high" chair. :)
8-7-09 - Fly Home! 8-6-09 - Pick up Visa 8-5-09 - Apply for Visa 8-4-09 - On the Train back to Kiev 8-3-09 - Pick up Court Decree 7-31-09 - 10th Day done 7-23-09 - John and Dennis no longer in Ukraine with Us 7-22-09 - 10 day wait begins 7-21-09 - Court 7-15-09 - See Alexsey! 7-14-09 - SDA Appointment 7-11-09 - Leave for Ukraine 6-30-09 - Found out SDA Appt is moved up to July 13 6-22-09 - Found out SDA Appt is July 15th but could be sooner if we redo our medical quickly 6-22-09 - Dossier Successfully Submitted 4-22-09 - Dossier in Ukraine! Begin the translation! 4-14-09 - Whole dossier apostilled 4-6-09 - Finished paperwork for dossier, waiting for immigration approval to come in mail 4-3-09 - Notified by email that we are approved to adopt an orphan 3-14-09 - Fingerprinted twice for immigration and police clearance letter. Received copy of marriage certificate. 3-13-09 - Received invitation for I-600A fingerprinting 3-9-09 - Immigration get our homestudy 2-10-09 - Finished all paperwork for homestudy and mailed off I-600A 1-31-09 - Homestudy Visit 1-28-09 - Notified Homestudy Agency 1-27-09 - Committed to adopting Alexsey