Tomorrow morning I get to go to the Orphanage, hopefully for the last time and pick up the girls. The ten day waiting period will be over today -- we're so excited!!! My facilitator is arriving this morning so that we can go back to the region today and complete the rest of the required steps in order to complete the Ukrainian side of the adoption. Then tomorrow, once we get the girls, we pick up the court decree and head back to Donetsk. It sounds like we are going to have a whirl wind of a day. We will hopefully get the passports tomorrow too. I'm told the great thing about the region we are adopting from is that they turn around the passports in the same day. If all goes as planned (I've come to understand how Ukraine works -- don't plan on it), we will then hop on the overnight train back to Kiev.
The girls and I will hopefully do some sightseeing over the weekend. They are a perfect age to remember their home country and they have never been outside of their little village. I can't wait to see their eyes wide open when we get to Kiev. On Monday we'll hit the pavement and try to get the US Embassy issues completed in a swift manner and hopefully toward the end of the week we'll be heading home. I'm praying everything stays on track. No offense, this is getting old!!!!
I've got the girls all situated with new winter coats and several outfits to wear while we are still in Country. I found the greatest kids clothing store down the street from our apartment. They will be looking stylish.
Ana called me last night from her friend's cell and said "Mama, I want home!" I was shocked and didn't know if she meant to stay in Ukraine, or what. So, I said, "Home in America?" She replied, "YES!" How cute is that? She's already the queen of buttering up.
I'm hoping I won't post again until we get back to Kiev! Until next time,