Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's a Great Day in Ukraine!

The weather is finally beautiful today and we had a wonderful visit with the kids today. My stepdaughter, Meghan headed back to the great USA this morning. Jim and I wouldn't have been able to do this without her. Thank you Meghan for your amazing help and support this past week!

Yesterday we were able to take the kids for lunch. We were told that there was a McDonald's in the location we are. After several phone calls from our cab driver, come to find out there is no McDonald's. The kids were excited about going there, but could have cared less that we didn't. Instead we went out for pizza. It was their first time eating pizza and they absolutely loved it. Then they each had two desserts of fresh fruit with whipped cream and a vanilla shake.

Today we went to visit them at the orphanage and did not leave the grounds. Overnight, Jim sent us 23 different videos of the home, family and animals for them to watch today. By the way, thank you Laura and Meredyth for assisting Jim with this giant task!!!! The kids were mezmorized by the videos. They can't comprehend what they are missing, because they have absolutely nothing to compare it to -- it's very sad. After we watched the videos, our facilitator asked if they thought more about coming to America with me and they both want to come --- YAY!!!! We then had juice, bananas and some other treats. I then gave S some new shoes from his Grandpa. He's been wearing shoes with holes in them and no socks. Yesterday we noticed what size shoe he wore and went and bought some new shoes today for him before we went to visit. He tried them on and they were a little big. He insisted they were fine and refused to have us exchange them for a smaller size. He was so appreciative and thankful. "A" didn't get any new shoes today as she is sporting a brand new pair of very expensive Puma's. I'm not sure where she managed to get those. We then proceeded to go out and play soccer with "S" and "A" with the soccer ball that they got from us the other day. Before we knew it, we had an entire soccer team built and had a blast. They couldn't believe this old chick had it in her. Of course, when I went to take a picture, the camera battery was dead. I'll take some tomorrow.

Things are moving in the right direction. We will start some paperwork on Monday and the overall process is going to take some time. Apparently, where the children are registered is not an active adoption area and they are very inexperienced in the process -- great! The most important thing is the kids want to be with us!!!!!

Enjoy your weekend. I'm going to kick back and relax by watching movies. It's rather pointless going out and trying to muddle my way through a conversation using my hands -- I'm starting to act like my mother :)



Anonymous said...

After reading your lastest posting, I will enjoy my weekend! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy and excited I am for all of you.

Holly and Kurt

Anonymous said...

Okay--just got a chance to look at the photo Meredith emailed us from the pizza place. Once again, could they be any cuter?

Holly and Kurt

adopting2fromUkraine said...

So glad everything is going well:) Have you heard A & K are going to court Thursday?


Anonymous said...

Hi there. My prayers are still with you both. Love reading about everything. I miss Door Co. but love being home in Fl. You all take care and hang in there. I'm so excited for you. Love, Dawnie

Laura said...

Sounds like everything is going wonderfully! Good luck this week. We'll be thinking of you. Say hi to A and S :) Love, Laura and Todd

Anonymous said...

So happy for you and Jim. Wishing the best, keep your spirits high!

Love Ellen

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear things are going in the right direction. I think about you everyday. No surprise that you won their hearts!! You're a wonderful caring person. There is light at the end of the tunnel and I know you can see it!! Hang in there! Love, Holly.

The D'Antuono Family said...

Hey Heather- I am nervous that you haven't posted. I am praying for you everyday.....If I don't see a post soon, I am going to call you.
Love, Kristina