Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday, October 14th

Greetings!!! My facilitator and I have had a very busy 48 hours. Yesterday morning we completed all of the paperwork with the orphanage director and then took it to the local inspector. To our surprise, she had her paperwork already completed!!! This is a great region and everyone seems to be so eager to help and get things done swiftly. She indicated that the Vice-Mayor has to sign the local approval papers and she wanted to meet with me before she did. We had an appointment to meet with her this morning. Thinking ahead, I purchased some flowers to bring along with me (flowers are huge over here -- people love receiving them). I put a smile on my face and went in with flowers in hand to meet her. I heard from my faciliatator that she did not care for the previous couple that went to meet her that are here adopting from Italy and that made me real nervous.

She began telling me how she supported National adoption over International adoption and I thought my troubles were beginning. Long story short... within 30 minutes we bonded like friends and promised to stay in touch with each other. (That will be challenging considering neither of us can share in a conversation without translation). She was happy to hear that I was college educated, a business woman and it impressed her that I had the guts to be here by myself. We even gave each other a hug at the end. The Inspector said she was shocked at the warm reception I was given by her and that she was utterly amazed that she signed the papers on the spot.

Within minutes we went to see the Judge -- actually Nina did as I sat in the car and waited for 2 hours biting my nails wondering what was going on. We were able to get a court date of next Monday, October 20th!!!! Another amazing act......considering we hadn't gotten the paperwork back to Kiev yet for the approval of the SDA first. Usually the Judge won't issue a date before the papers come back from Kiev.

We're making major progress. I think we just cut a week off of this journey -- providing we don't run into any road blocks up ahead. Bad thing about today is that I wasn't able to see the girls. I told the Director I was working very hard at the legal process today so I can bring them home faster and asked her to communicate that with the girls. I hope they understood.

Until next time,
Heather

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heather,
I have goose bumps..... I am so excited for you and Jim. I new this felt good. I miss you and pray every day nothing will get in the way. I miss you too. If I can do any thing on this end for you please don't hesitate to ask. I love you....
Debcia

Twyla, John, and Duncan said...

Heather,

So glad things are going well. You have been in our prayers since we heard that you were having difficulties. We have had friends who adopted from the same region (check out hickmansbigadventure.blogspot.com) and the Garretts are currently in region also.

The Barretts (downhill slide in Kyiv)

Chris and Virginia said...

That's great news!! We hope the rest of your journey goes this swiftly. Thanks for the advice on light packing. Right now we are weighing down ourselves but with goods that we're going to leave in-country for the kids at whatever orphanage we go to.

God Speed

Anonymous said...

How exciting for you, and the experiences that you will have. The girls are so lucky, they have no idea, about the family they will hopefully be joining. God Speed!!!!!!!!

Ellen

adopting2fromUkraine said...

What great news Heather! I am so happy to hear it. The Lord is blessing you with swift proceedings:) We'll keep praying.

June

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you and Jim. Can't think of better parents for the girls. Thinking of you often with all you have gone through.
Mary G

Helayne and Howard said...

Hats off to you and N!!!! That's what I call teamwork!

MamaPoRuski said...

O WOW! Praying the miracles keep coming and your process is a smooth one! Congratulations!

Matt and Aimee Garrett said...

Heather, do you remember what I said about Donetsk Region?? It was my hope and real prayers that this would happen. You are exactly right about this region. I believe the Lord knew you were at your breaking point-no more pushing and testing, at least to that extent. I, too, am almost in tears as I read all the posts I am following today. we have 9 days left before our flight home. You're perseverance is nothing short of incredible....way to go. Matt

Anonymous said...

Who would have thunk you would bond with someone who does not even speak englsih! You of course!! I am so excited for you - can't wait to meet your new family! Love ya and miss ya!
Shop til you drop! S

Anonymous said...

Heather - I had trouble reading your daily blog since my eyes kept tearing up! Hang in there - it'll be worth it!

Mary H