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,