Jim and I are the proud parents of Anastasia Lawrie Smith and Daria Julianna Smith as of Monday. Sorry for not posting sooner. We just got internet in the new apartment we are now staying at in Donetsk. The Parker family (another family adopting from the US) and I are sharing an apartment. They are a great family adopting a little girl from the same region. We couldn't stand the conditions where we were for the adoption and are now living it up in a big city why we wait for the 10 day mandatory waiting period. Once that is over, on October 31st, I will head back to the region and pick up the girls. We will then get on the overnight train to Kiev and get ready to do the Embassy stuff on the following Monday. We are hoping to be out of here right after that! I'm able to talk to the girls everyday by cell phone. I left them with a list of phrases and meanings before I left the region. It's so cute to hear them say "Hi Mama. I love you!" They even got to talk to their Daddy by phone. We're getting closer and looking forward to getting back home!
Until next time,